Consultancy - Scoping assessment on Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Coordination in Yemen

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Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Closing date: 9 Oct 2020

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is non- Governmental Organization with its headquarter in Oslo, Norway, whose mandate is to promote and protect the rights of all people who have been forced to flee their countries, or their homes, regardless of their race, religion, nationality, or political conviction. NRC has been operating in Yemen since 2012 with a country office in Sana’a and field offices in Hajjah, Hodeidah, Amran, Aden, Lahj, Taiz, and Al-mokha. NRC has strategic programming priorities focusing on shelter, WASH, Education, Food Security, Protection, and Information, Counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)[1]. The ICLA programme has been operational in Yemen since 2017, providing services aimed at enabling displacement affected papulations claim and exercise their rights. This includes promoting and protects housing, land and property (HLP) rights through capacity building on HLP, strengthening security of tenure, and preventing and responding to forced evictions.

Housing, land and property issues are one of the key obstacles that modern Yemen faces in achieving sustainable peace. Land disputes were the most common cause of violence before the 2015 conflict due to historical Iack of land registry, conflicting systems of tenure, tribal claims, land grabbing and corruption. There is no system for authenticating land deeds and land documents, either formal or customary, and no national cadaster. However, both urban and rural landowners have a reasonable degree of tenure security with rights enforceable under either civil law or customary and Islamic law, respectively. Yemen’s formal court system faces significant challenges, functions poorly, and is less accessible to the rural poor and women. As part of its decentralization initiative, Yemen has assimilated some of the traditional leaders into the government system, a process that has in some areas weakened the effectiveness of traditional dispute resolution forums. Access to land for women and minorities is major challenge, although Women perform 75% of cultivation activities in Yemen, they rarely have ownership rights to land and commonly relinquish inherited land rights to male family members in exchange for promises of security. Women’s economic status suffers from low agricultural wages, widespread illiteracy, exclusion from the formal non-agricultural labor market, and traditional religious and social constraints on mobility and employment[2]. The housing, land and property situation of the displacement affected Yemenis is equally precarious with 80%[3] of IDPs in collective centers and spontaneous settlements lacking any form of tenure documents rendering them vulnerable to forced evictions.

[1] ICLA is a programming that is unique to NRC, that employs the concepts of law and legal methods to promote and protect rights.
[2] Yemen – property rights and resources governance profile (USAID)
[3] ICLA needs assessment report (NOV 2019)

Objectives

The overall objective of the assessment is to identify the needs for humanitarian coordination on the theme of housing, land and property rights in Yemen.

Expected timeline

26 October to 20 December 2020 (dates are negotiable)

Expected Deliverables
NRC desires to receive final scoping assessment report by the agreed timelines above.
In order to respect the public health norms in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings and interviews held under this consultancy will need to be conducted through remote forms of communication (phone call, Skype, zoom, etc.). Travel is neither required nor expected.
The following shall be the main deliverables of this consultancy:*

  • A report scoping the needs for humanitarian coordination on HLPNR with recommendations (maximum 20 pages, plus annexes, if relevant) with formatting & editing;
  • A restitution meeting (via zoom) to HLP partners in Yemen and/ or the eviction task force in Yemen;
  • Facilitating two meetings (via zoom) with humanitarian actors to produce due diligence guidelines/checklists. These should be targeted for the type of intervention which most urgently require these tools;
  • Due diligence guidelines/checklists for two distinct types of projects. (Each should be short and actionable)

Methodology

The consultancy will involve;

  • Literature review and desk study of relevant documentation;
  • Key informant interviews (KIIs) and stakeholder consultation with local authorities and key humanitarian and development actors as relevant;
  • Interviews with NRC ICLA and other core competency staff within NRC;
  • The consultant is expected to present initial findings to key stakeholders during the final week of the research.

Please refer to the full Terms of Reference here.

Qualifications

The consultant will be required to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Sound knowledge of HLP rights in conflict or post-conflict communities, including forced displacement, humanitarian assistance and development;
  • Previous International Development or Humanitarian experience, preferably with access to justice, sub cluster coordination, collaborative dispute resolution and legal aid provision;
  • Knowledge of working in an emergency context;
  • Previous experience in geographical or operations mapping;
  • In depth knowledge of humanitarian and development landscape in Yemen and knowledge of actors on the ground;
  • Fluency in English and excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Fluency in Arabic highly desirable;
  • Proven ability to operate under strict deadline and high level of discipline and professionalism;
  • Legal knowledge including knowledge of Sharia will be a distinct advantage;
  • In addition, previous experience working in or on Yemen is a particular asset.

Note: Applications can be accepted only from registered consultancy firms/sole traders

How to apply:

Interested consultants who meet the above requirements are invited to complete an NRC Webcruiter application with their personal details (CV) and upload the following information as part of the application:

Cover letter: A short (maximum 1 and ½ pages) letter addressing suitability for the assignment and current contact information and the dates of availability for the assignment

Consultant’s Profile: (2-4 pages) through:

  • a summary of how you expect to plan to conduct the research including expected challenges
  • a brief explanation about the consultant with particular emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work. Provide a sample of a previous academic or professional writing.
  • demonstration of understanding of the TORs and the tasks to be accomplished.
  • Supporting evidence showing relevant experience

Financial Proposal:

  • A financial proposal for the consultancy fully explaining how the task will be accomplished; covering daily consultancy fees in CHF, inclusive VAT (including an indication of the expected number of working days) and a proposed budget for the development of data collection tools, enumerator /assistant costs, insurances and communication costs.

Please refer to the full Terms of Reference here.

Link to NRC vacancies for WebCruiter application

Please note: All consultants working with NRC should maintain high standards on ethical issues, respect and apply basic human and social rights, ensure non-exploitation of child labour, and give fair working conditions to their staff. NRC reserves the right to reject quotations provided by suppliers not meeting these standards.

Consultants doing business with NRC will be screened on anti-corruption due diligence before NRC confirms a contract.

We look forward to receiving your application!



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