Almost seven years of active fighting have had profound consequences on the lives of more than five million people in conflict-affected Donetska and Luhanska oblasts of eastern Ukraine. Some 3.4 million of these people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. The vast majority of the 1.9 million people targeted for humanitarian assistance live in the two oblasts. Over 770,000 of the people targeted live in areas outside of Government-control (NGCA) while 1.14 million live in Government-controlled areas (GCA). The GCA caseload includes 189,000 people who have been internally displaced and account for 17 per cent of the people targeted in GCA. There are fewer people targeted for assistance in NGCA than GCA despite the higher severity of humanitarian needs because ongoing access constraints continue to limit operational capacity.
The shock of COVID-19 has created additional pressure on the struggling civilian population. The pandemic and its ramifications have sent the weakened healthcare system, the insufficient provision of social services and the declining regional economy to a breaking point. The affected populations’ living standards are negatively impacted by the disruption of basic services such as water, electricity, public transport and health care. The “contact line” has severed local service networks, markets and employment opportunities between GCA and NGCA. This has led to a “reorganization” of networks, forcing people, particularly in rural areas, to make new connections and seek services and employment in new locations. This phenomenon has placed an additional burden on services and capacities in urban areas that have not been directly affected by the armed conflict, but now have to serve a larger population. IDPs face difficulties related to durable solutions and seek greater support in the areas of livelihoods and housing. Increased restrictions on humanitarian access to Donetsk (NGCA) have been compounded by the closures of the crossing points due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has limited civilians’ abilities to cross the “contact line” and has led to a significant gap in the humanitarian response as only few partners have had access to implement projects. This unfortunate situation has led to approximately 230,000 people with unmet needs in NGCA.
NRC started its activities in eastern Ukraine in late 2014 striving to help people displaced by the armed conflict. NRC supports internally displaced people, as well as the local population living in conflict-affected communities in government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, especially along the so-called “contact line”. NRC provides legal aid services, helps to improve sanitary conditions of public infrastructure, supports vulnerable families with basic food items during the winter season, and implements a range of livelihood activities. Due to the volatile situation, NRC maintains the capacity to rapidly react to evolving humanitarian needs. At the same time, NRC is working to mitigate the risk of protracted displacement and has begun to purpose approaches that offer durable solutions for the displaced and host communities. In 2019, through various projects, NRC assisted over 32,802 people in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.
In 2020, NRC has started a new cycle of global strategy development for the period 2022-2025. As part of the global process, NRC Ukraine is planning to start with the development of its four-year strategy, which will analyse external context, look at the most likely scenarios in Ukraine during the strategy period, take stock of internal capacities, capture NRC strengths and opportunities, as well as some of our weaknesses and the risks we might face in the coming years. NRC Ukraine strategy will be based on the local context but linked to NRC Global strategy and NRC Ambition 2030.
The main objectives for the consultancy include:
- Support NRC Ukraine in shaping the thinking around the development of its internal strategy process 2022-2025, ensuring that all various elements characterizing the NRC standard strategies are taken into account.
- Support NRC Ukraine in developing the required 2022-2025 Country Strategy documents.
The key activities for the consultancy will include:
- Complete a desk review of NRC’s previous strategy, vision, mission and other programme and context related documents, including study of Ukraine relevant documents such as HNO, HRP, HIP etc
- Participate in several online meetings/workshops: pre-strategy planning meeting’ Strategy Kick Off Workshop, Access Strategy Workshop
- Conduct external stakeholder consultations,
- Support the planning for area programme strategy workshop
- Support the CD with Access Strategy Workshop
- Plan and facilitate Ukraine two-day country strategy workshop by setting up the agenda and all sessions and facilitating strategy discussions which will include drafting Strategy Map with Objectives/Sub-Objectives
- Spend 10 working days in the country at minimum.
- Compile the inputs and results from the discussions
- Drafting strategy documents
- Deliver a presentation to CO highlighting the key areas of the strategy.
- Relevant post graduate degree
- At least 5 years of proven professional experience in humanitarian-development sector; at least 3 of which should be overseas.
- Proven experience in designing and writing INGO strategies
- Native English speaker with strong writing skills
- Basic Understanding of Ukraine context
- Prior experience working with NRC and understanding of NRC strategic processes is an advantage
- Previous experience of working on Ukraine is an advantage
Period for the Assignment
- The Assignment shall continue until October 20, 2021
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Deadline for submission of tenders (receiving date, not sending date) 9 April 2021 18.00