The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine has had a direct and highly negative impact on social cohesion, resilience, livelihoods, community security, and the rule of law. Recognizing the need to urgently address reconstruction, economic recovery and peacebuilding needs in areas affected both directly and indirectly by the conflict, in late 2014 the Government of Ukraine requested technical assistance and financial support from the international community to assess priority recovery needs. In late 2014, the United Nations (UN), the World Bank (WB) and the European Union (EU) conducted a Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment, which was endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers in mid-2015.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been active and present in eastern Ukraine for the past decade, prior to the conflict, with a focus on community development, civil society development, and environmental protection. Work on addressing the specific conflict-related development challenges discussed above built on this earlier engagement, established partnerships, and started in 2015 through the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP). The UN RPP is a multi-donor funded framework programme formulated and led by the UNDP in collaboration with the Government of Ukraine and in cooperation with a number of partnering UN agencies (UN Women, FAO, UNFPA).
The RPP was designed to respond to and mitigate the causes and effects of the conflict. It is based on findings of the Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment (RPA) and is aligned to the State Target Programme for Recovery as well as to the two oblast development strategies up to 2020. It takes into account the opportunities that have arisen from the Minsk Protocol of September 2014 and the renewal of its cease-fire provisions (the latest cease-fire having been agreed in March 2018) and is also fully adjusted to the humanitarian-development nexus. It is an integral component of the UNDP Country Programme and is therefore fully aligned with the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNFP). It is closely interlinked with the Democratic Governance and Reform Programme, operating nationally and in all of Ukraine’s regions and is consistent with the SDGs, in particular SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong institutions).
The Programme’s interventions are grouped under the following key Programme components, which reflect the region’s priority needs:
- Component 1: Economic Recovery and Restoration of Critical Infrastructure
- Component 2: Local Governance and Decentralization Reform
- Component 3: Community Security and Social Cohesion.
The Programme, which operates on the basis of a pooled funding arrangement, follows a multi-sectoral programme-based approach and is implemented using an area-based methodology. With the current project, it is a unifying interventions framework for 12 projects funded by 13 international partners (2019- 2022).
In October 2018, four UN agencies (UNDP, UN Women, FAO and the UNFPA) have countersigned a new joint project document, funded by the European Union. The overall objective of the project is to restore effective governance and promote reconciliation in crisis-affected communities of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine thereby enhancing the credibility and legitimacy of local governments in the government-controlled areas of the regions. It will contribute to peacebuilding and the prevention of further conflict in Ukraine through effective and accountable decentralization, gender-responsive recovery planning and equal access to services, as well as enhanced community security and social cohesion.
This endeavor will be achieved through the pursuit of the following specific objectives:
- To enhance local capacity for gender-responsive decentralization and administrative reforms to improve governance, local development and the delivery of services.
- To stimulate employment and economic growth by assisting to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development through demand-driven business development services and professional skills training.
- To enhance social cohesion and reconciliation through promotion of civic initiatives.
- To support sector reforms and structural adjustments in health, education and critical public infrastructure to mitigate direct impacts of the conflict.
The Programme aims to strengthen the conflict resolution and peacebuilding mechanisms at the national and local levels. It builds on the work done by the UN RPP to date in piloting early warning mechanisms at the local level and in collecting and analyzing various data to support the Programme and the authorities in formulating conflict prevention activities. To deepen understanding of public needs, the UN RPP conducted its first assessment of citizens’ knowledge of, attitudes toward and experience with justice and security issues in the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine in 2017, a second survey was conducted in 2018 and a third one in 2019-2020. The reports helped the international donor community, the Government and civil society not only to identify public needs, but also to align interventions accordingly and advocate for citizen-oriented policy changes and reforms.
As a follow up, the UN RPP currently commissions a fourth wave of the study to observe the dynamics and key developments since the last assessment. Another focus of the survey will be on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on different spheres of life – community development, human security, access to justice – especially for representatives of vulnerable groups. For this purpose, it seeks to hire a qualified company to conduct a representative household survey of 5,700 respondents in the government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, and in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson oblasts.
MAIN GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The Assessment will encompass a representative cross-section of the residents of the 4 oblasts, including both urban and rural communities, with a particular focus on women, youth, elderly, persons with disabilities, persons living in areas close to the “contact line”, minorities (religious, ethnic, or linguistic), IDPs, the LGBTIQ+ community, and other vulnerable population (victims of rape and domestic violence, people living with HIV, etc.). Separate focus will be put on certain perceptions of people living in non-government controlled areas (NGCA) of Ukraine through an online survey.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MONITORING/REPORTING
The contractor will report directly to the Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist and Monitoring, Evaluation and Innovation Specialist. The payment will be arranged in stages according to the proposed payment schedule above and upon acceptance of the deliverables based on quality control and recommendations of the Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist.
The contractor shall comply with the system of monitoring, evaluation and quality control, implemented by the UN RPP, and provide the necessary information, reports and statistics according to a preliminary determined schedule.
In particular, the contractor shall prepare and submit the following reports to the UN RPP:
- Weekly progress reports during the data collection, which includes the number of surveys conducted per enumerator and per location, response rate, the accuracy of the back checks, and any issues that were encountered;
- An interim progress report that will summarize the key progress results over the period of 4 weeks after the start of the assignment;
- A final report after the data collection process is finished which includes the number of surveys conducted per enumerator and per location, response rate, the accuracy of the back-checks, the enumerator maps, and any issues that were encountered;
- The final datasets (both raw and clean) in CSV and SPSS formats. All reports should be in Ukrainian, Times New Roman 12 font, in .docx, .xclx and .pdf formats. Each deliverable and the final report will be evaluated by the Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist and Monitoring, Evaluation and Innovation Specialist.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
An organization submitting a proposal:
- Officially registered organization (commercial or non-profit) for at least 3 years; for Ukrainian bidders – company/organization should be registered on the government controlled area of Ukraine;
- Experience in implementing large-scale quantitative household surveys in Ukraine during the last three years (minimum 3 surveys)
- Equal gender distribution of the proposed team of supervisors and enumerators is an asset
- Experience working in Donetsk and/or Luhansk oblasts
- Experience working in different types of urban and rural settlements
- Experience working in the 20km zone from the “contact line”
Proposals may be submitted on or before 11:59 AM (midday, Kyiv time) Tuesday, January 19, 2021 and via email to the address below:
United Nations Development Programme
Your Proposal must be expressed in the English or Ukrainian or Russian, and valid for a minimum period of 90 days.