In a region that has been marred by recurrent and protracted displacement in the last decade, the quest for durable solutions for refugees and other displaced persons is increasingly high on the agenda for donors, governments and key stakeholders.
To advance the learning agenda on the urgent topic of solutions, the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) has commissioned a series of research initiatives and has developed a capacity building toolkit for solutions programming.
Building on these two pieces of work, there is still a gap in understanding how to best support solutions from the onset of displacement.
Objective of the study: To begin to answer the aforementioned question, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) along with the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) will undertake this study to explore the response to the South Sudan Refugee crisis since 2013 in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia; analyze the policy environments and how they have shaped the response actions; analyze how operational and strategic decision making has impacted future prospects for solutions; and make recommendations on how durable solutions can be taken into consideration while formulating response plans at the onset of displacement.
Component 1: what has been done to date?
- What are the current response actions/strategies and how do they address prospects for durable solutions for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda to date?
- How have response actions for solutions been shaped by national, local or international policies? What are the incentive structures that motivate these policies?
- What are the opportunities or barriers to addressing each of the three durable solutions across contexts?
- What are the key policy solutions at country and regional level to address prospects for durable solutions at the onset?
- What could be done (and what would be required) at the onset of a refugee influx towards operationalizing durable solutions.
- What is or should be the role of humanitarian and development actors, governments and local authorities in early onset solutions planning and programing? What is or should be the role of the displaced host communities, community-based mechanisms and community base organizations (CBO)? What kinds of coordination structures should be in place and what can be learned from the resilience agenda (ex. Somalia).
- What funding mechanisms and funding sources are required to encourage planning and programming for solutions, and how can these mechanisms be integrated into or replace existing?
- Desk Review of relevant policies and responses to inform interview and data collection tools.
- Key Informant Interviews with officials, policy makers, donors, etc. Minimum 30 interviews.
- Focus Group Discussions with displacement affected populations on local level opportunities and constraints. 6 total – 2 per country gender separated.
- Analyze component parts of a durable solution per the ReDSS Framework definition and indicators.
- Remain consistent with and build on previous and planned ReDSS work i.e. learning agenda
- Applying the framework will support the consultant to systematically consider all parts of a solution- particularly pushing the legal side which will be the most difficult.
- Inception Report (with power point presentation) outlining the consultant’s understanding of the TOR, methodology, ethical considerations, outline, work-plan and a list individuals and/or types of organizations the consultant will be interviewing for presentation to the study’s steering committee.
- An initial first draft report (35 pages maximum without annexes) including:
- Table of contents, glossary of key terms, list of acronyms,
- An executive summary, introduction highlighting the objectives of the study, the rationale, methodology used, scope and limitations, theory of change
- Outline of literature review and country context analyses
- Key findings and countries specific case studies
- Conclusions, recommendations and way forward
- Annexes including but not limited to list of key interviews, field visits, bibliography, documents reviewed, etc.
- Validation workshops with key stakeholders and steering committee.
- A final revised report based on the inputs. The final report should include an executive summary (maximum 4 pages) and a short Power Point presentation highlighting the key questions, research methodology, key findings and recommendations, to be presented to the steering committee.
Duration of assignment: The study will be conducted in a period of 35 consultancy days. To be completed by October 28, 2016.
- Available to start immediately;
- An advanced degree in Law, Social Sciences, Forced Migration or related area of study;
- Demonstrable experience on matters relating to forced migration locally and regionally and knowledge of the Tripartite Agreement;
- Proven qualitative research skills and experience in the area of forced migration, at least 3 years;
- Track record working on issues of displacement and durable solutions preferably in an operational capacity;
- Experience working with civil society;
- Good understanding of legal and policy frameworks, economic development in the Horn and East Africa;
- Good understanding of socio-economic dynamics in the Horn and East Africa;
- Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
- Fluency in written and spoken English; familiarity with Swahili and/or Amharic desirable.
- The Consultant must be available to commence the desk review immediately and provide the final report within 35 days from date of commencement.
- The consultant must complete work within the stipulated time frame
- The consultant must operate within the budget allocated.
Interested applicants who meet the required profile are invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) including:
- A suitability statement including CV of participating consultants with details of qualifications and experience.
- Financial proposal providing cost estimates and consultancy fees.
- Contacts of three organizations that have recently contracted you to carry out similar assignment.
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