Organization: Oxfam
Closing date: 14 Jun 2021

Community Capacity BUILDING ON Protection and Emergency Preparedness

1. Background

The humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) can be described as a protracted protection situation affected by many factors including the ongoing Israeli occupation. The Situation, which is already dire, had been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic affected the already vulnerable groups while pushing other groups into vulnerability. This has been more apparent with the economic deterioration and loss of jobs. Furthermore, 2020 had witnessed a significant increase in the protection risks in OPT. This is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and adopted measures included movement restrictions, school closures, job losses, and socioeconomic deterioration.In response to the emerging needs, Oxfam is currently implementing a project under the title of: “Agile response by the Belgian Alliance for Humanitarian International Action to control the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its multi-dimensional effects on the humanitarian crisis”. This project will target communities in Area C, to respond to protection needs with relation to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 60 per cent of the West Bank is considered Area C, which means Israel has an exclusive control over the area, including law enforcement, planning, and construction. Such control with the current situation in Area C, is hindering the development of adequate infrastructure, housing, and livelihoods within the Palestinian communities. In Area C, any construction activities within permits is faced by demolition orders, which is a constant threat to the communities. Such threats, when implemented, have previously resulted in displacement and disruption of livelihoods, which leads to increased poverty levels, and aid dependency. Furthermore, there are high levels of protection risks caused by many factors, including lack of freedom of movement, confiscation of land, demolitions, settler violence, closed military zones, arrests, and military operations. In addition, there are obstacles facing community’s accessibility to health care centres and accessibility to education.

With the outbreak of COVID-19 there had been several measures imposed to contain the spread of the virus, including recurrent lockdowns travel restrictions, school closures, reduction of commercial activities and mandatory quarantines. These measures have severely affected the living conditions across the oPt. Insufficient access to basic services, along with high levels of unemployment rates among women and youth and the chances of getting a job are almost nil, poverty; are factors which lead to despair and frustration and which strain women’s and youth’s coping mechanisms. This exacerbated Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in all its forms, including sexual violence, domestic violence, and child marriage.

Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) is a worldwide phenomenon, which also exists in Palestine. In 2019, PCBS reported that the percentage of violence against women decreased to (27%) compared to (37%) in 2011. SGBV survivors don’t seek help due to the lack of confidential and compassionate services, and fear of stigma and reprisal. In the most vulnerable and marginalized areas, Palestinian women who are survivors of violence have difficulty accessing services and do not have awareness of services.

In response to these needs and under the mentioned project Oxfam is will provide several interventions including the increasing of communities’ awareness on mitigation measures for the protection of the spread of the virus, through disseminating tailored communication products and messages. Moreover, some affected groups including farmers and herders, small business owners and daily workers will be targeted with livelihoods activity including, cash assistant, provision of agricultural inputs, and small grants to support affected small businesses. Furthermore, the project will provide a number of awareness sessions to a selected group of community leaders and representatives. The sessions will aim to increase their awareness on selected topics including protection, prevention of SGBV, emergency preparedness, and response. It will also prepare them to provide sensitization sessions to some members of their communities on the same topics, with relation to COVID-19. Additionally, awareness sessions will be provided on the same topics to selected service providers. This will be in line with designed advocacy activities on the existing barriers to protection services in the targeted comminutes. These activities aim to amplify the voices of the communities while targeting relevant actors with tailored messages on the barriers to protection services and what actions that needs to be adopted.

2. Purpose of the Training

Under the mentioned activities Oxfam is seeking the service of a consultant/service provider with training expertise to provide two rounds of training and coaching sessions. The first round will target community leaders and representatives. The second round will target members of protection services providers, who are located and/or serve the communities targeted under the project. The training sessions will be followed with coaching sessions for the participating community representatives that allow them to lead a series of awareness sessions in their communities. As well as the consultant/service provider will provide coaching sessions to the protection services providers while drafting their emergency plans. The overall aim of the training is to:

Increase the awareness of community representatives to support community-based protection, which includes community sensitization, preparedness, and response management actions. In addition to supporting local authorities and protection service providers to perform their role to protect the populations.

How to apply:

A detailed description of the assignment, services required by Oxfam and conditions of participating in this bidding is contained in the RFQ dossier which can be downloaded from the following link:

Terms of Reference

The deadline for submission of bids is June 14, 2021 at 16:00 West Bank time upon conditions in the RFQ dossier.

Responses (Offers) shall be sent only to (procurement.ramallah@oxfam.org)

Offer shall be sent in 2 separate files - PDF format - (one for Technical Offer and one for Price Offer)

Oxfam does not bind itself to award the tender to the lowest offer and reserves the right to accept the whole or part of the tender.

We look forward to receiving a proposal from you and thank you for your interest in our account.

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