Sealed Proposals must be delivered by hand or through mail to IOM with office address at BEC-CRA-011-21, Plot 4C, Diplomatic Enclave G-5 Markaz Islamabad on or before 25thApril of 2021. No late proposal shall be accepted.
The International Organization for Migration (hereinafter called IOM) intends to hire experienced NGOs’/CSO’s/CBO’s for the Community resilience workshop support in Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai and North Waziristan for which this Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued.
The CRA-N Project is designed to support community-level development and conflict prevention activities in the newly merged districts (NMD’s) of Khyber, Kurram, North Waziristan and Orakzai within Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province; with a key focus on reducing marginalization and exclusion amongst the most vulnerable and remote communities where resilience is lacking, and instability is prevalent. CRA-N is designed to promote engagement between segments of society, increase social bonds, strengthen a sense of community belonging/purpose and cohesion; increase civic engagement, particularly amongst the youth and support the continued reintegration of formerly displaced persons. The project is seeking information on NGOs’/CSO’s/CBO’s who have experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas;
Activity 1: Actively engage former/current Temporarily Displaced Populations (TDP’s), inclusive of returned youth (male and female); and other key segments of communities in interventions designed to increase social bonds, decrease perceived marginalization and increase civic engagement between communities and district government administrations.
Activity 2: Provide avenues for engagement and trust building between the Government of Pakistan (GoP) and district-based communities; through two models (a) Community based programming activities; (b) Increased awareness and dissemination of information about district government supported development initiatives and information on the merger and reform process.
Activity 3: Possess the research experience and capacity to develop evidence-based approaches to understanding community resilience and social cohesion and conducting continuous research to act, assess and adapt to fluid and dynamic situations.
The objective of this ToR is to propose and deliver an effective, systematic and practical solution for the provision of Community Resilience Programming within selected regions of the target districts in order to enable communities to better understand what is meant by resilience, and more importantly how this understanding may be employed to strengthen communities against instability, conflict and violence. The intent of the Community Resilience Programming is to scale and build on CRA
North’s current experience in community resilience programming with a particular emphasis on youth and female engagement; a successful Community Resilience Model should be easily transferable and interdisciplinary, combining elements of peacebuilding, intercommunal dialogue, confidence building, community cohesion, resilience and innovation.
(c)Scope of Services
Considering the long-term trauma, severe levels of poverty and unaddressed grievances of the past that communities within the Newly Merged Districts underwent, CRA-North seeks to support community resilience through multi-faceted support within and between communities. The region’s history of isolation, recurrent violence and societal grievances, ensures that historical interpretations and narratives of what is considered unfair treatment and perceived injustice between communities remains unaddressed and unresolved. CRA-North in collaboration with local stakeholders ( communities & local government) would like to identify and pilot innovative approaches to improve community resilience to community instability and other stressors related to violence, intolerance and internal conflicts; while addressing the current challenges faced by former Temporarily Displaced Populations (TDP’s) in their efforts to reintegrate within their communities, enhance inter & intra community cohesion efforts and increase civic engagement of the community members. These efforts should support local community and public officials to help build thriving and resilient communities amongst the most remote and marginalized areas within the target districts; through increased support for economic livelihoods, the capacity to address inter & intra community disputes, while building durable, sustainable and cohesive relationships and enhancing communication to develops understanding and resolve conflicts in public and challenging environments within Khyber (Upper Bara & Tirah Valley), Kurram (Central Kurram & Upper & Lower Border Areas), Orakzai (Upper Orakzai) and North Waziristan (Miran Shah).The selected service provider will be expected to deliver the following types of services as part of these Terms of Reference;
In collaboration with CRA-North, create an inclusive space for Community Resilience Workshops, that will engage male & female youth, elders, community leaders, religious leaders, Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s), Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) in order to develop a better and more nuanced understanding of community resilience factors that serve to strengthen communities against the threat of instability and/or violence within the target districts of Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai and North Waziristan. CRA-North anticipates that the service provider will have to reach and engage 500 Community Resilience Workshop participants within each district over the next 6- month period for a total of 2000 participants.
Provide a robust Community Resilience Workshop methodology or Toolkit that provides basic community resilience concepts with definitions, stories, talking points and exercises, which is also segmented to ensure that appropriate material is in place for varied audiences. This toolkit should reflect (a) What is meant by Community Resilience & Why It Matters; (b) How steps are taken to build resilience and how it may be maintained to address specific issues and challenges facing these separate groups within the target districts. The Toolkit should both educate people about resilience; while then enabling them to understand and develop their own workplans to help build community resilience in their respective areas.
Ensure that the Toolkit (Workshop Training Material) is designed to enhance the beneficiaries understanding of what is meant by Community Resilience and support existing CRA-North programming efforts to reach and educate district youth, elders, community leaders, religious leaders and government partners about what is meant by community resilience building, within the context of the Newly Merged Districts and the threats posed. The Toolkit should serve to provide basic community resilience concepts with definitions, stories, talking points and exercises; and should be segmented to ensure that appropriate material is in place for varied audiences,
The Toolkit should reflect what is meant by Community Resilience, why it matters, how steps are taken to build resilience and how it may be maintained to address specific issues and challenges facing these separate groups within the target districts of Khyber, Kurram, North Waziristan and Orakzai; and how these communities may work together to use available resources, local knowledge, networks, relationships, communications, governance, leadership and engagement with the district and regional government to reduce their marginalization and exclusion, enhance inter & intra community cohesion and strengthen their efforts to withstand unwarranted and negative influences, particularly false propaganda narratives. The Toolkit should both educate people about resilience; while then enabling them to inform others on the subject matter for effective resilience building; and will be made available in English, Urdu and Pashto.
Enable community (youth, elders, leaders, government etc.) driven resilience programming activities as a learning and communication experience for sustainable inter-community dialogue, enabling community members to work through their own resilience focused frameworks that can deliver innovative concept notes and ideas that will serve to strengthen broader community resilience efforts. Promote engagement between segments of society, increasing social bonds, strengthening a sense of belonging and purpose and increasing civic engagement, particularly amongst the youth; while equipping stakeholders with the practical peacebuilding efforts and tools for increasing social resilience and cohesion and continue to build trust within and between communities, local, district and regional public institutions.
Translate the community experiences, resilience recommendations and lessons learned into a Toolkit that will be employed for future CRA-North Community Resilience Programming to ensure a broader outreach to additional communities within the target regions. New priority interventions may potentially be identified based on the outcome of this process. At the conclusion of each Workshop, the Service Provider will be required to document the Workshop activities in detail, describing the conversations, commenting on the findings, outlining the documented impact and proposing recommendations for future resilience themed programming. These Reports should include appropriate technical guidance and recommendations that aim to empower communities in their resilience building efforts through positive engagement approaches.
Employ all the required district and regional government mandated and CRA-North required Covid 19 mitigation measures, including the use of masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing requirements during regularly scheduled programming events.
Ensure that the selected service provider has the appropriate No Objection Certificate from the competent authorities to operate within the identified regions.
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