Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Closing date: 2 Apr 2022

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION NOTICE

REQUEST FOR QOUTATION FOR THE PROVISION OF CONSUTLANCY SERVICES [CONSULTANCY NOTICE-ECONOMY OF CAMPS]

[RFQ/JO/CO/22/009]

Jordan hosts approximately 1.3 million Syrians, representing 15 percent of Jordan’s total population. Of these, 672,952 were registered with UNHCR as of 31 December 2021. Approximately 80.5 percent of registered Syrian refugees live in the host community, while the remainder comprising 131,309 Syrian refugees live in camps. According to the World Bank, the conflict in Syria and Jordan’s intake of Syrian refugees have caused a reduction in annual gross GDP growth of 1.6 percentage points and a trade shock on GDP of 3.1 percentage points. It has also put enormous pressure on public services such as education, healthcare and utilities, and has periodically caused political tensions amid increased competition for informal jobs in a depressed economy. The prolonged nature of Syrian displacement has exacerbated many of these challenges. The international community has agreed to share some of this burden by providing significant levels of assistance to Jordan under the Jordan Response Plan.

Both Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps bring into relief the myriad challenges associated with hosting refugees for a prolonged period of time, as well as the impact of prolonged displacement on refugee communities themselves. This year marks ten years since Zaatari camp was established, and eight years since Azraq camp first opened. Both camps were intended to provide temporary accommodation and humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees fleeing civil war in Syria. With the situation in Syria still not conducive to return, there is little to indicate any change to the status quo for either camp at least over the near to medium term. Despite minimal prospects for a swift resolution to displacement for Syrian refugees, both camps continue to exude a sense of temporariness, serving as a symbolic reminder that Jordan’s intake of Syrian refugees is a burden that the international community must help shoulder, while domestically reinforcing the message that the presence of Syrian refugees in Jordan is only temporary,

In both camps, measurable improvements have been made in service delivery and the assistance provided to camp residents since each was established. However, there has been little change in the policy frameworks and regulatory environment used to manage both camps and the operational modalities supporting camp operations. In particular, opportunities for income generation and economic self-sufficiency for refugees remain severely limited. Employment outside of the camp is regulated by work permits and influenced by several other factors such as the remote location of the camps and lack of transport options, current limitations on formal employment for non-Jordanians, and the scarcity of decent work opportunities amid growing informality. Opportunities to generate income within the camp are essentially confined to Incentive Based Volunteer (IBV) programs and employment in camp markets, though the latter are limited in size and diversity, face a challenging regulatory environment, and are hostage to the limited spending power of camp residents themselves. Essentially, camp markets have thus far lacked the capacity to generate employment for large numbers of refugees. As a result, a majority of camp residents remain at least partially dependent on aid, which in turn creates potential market distortions and could act as a disincentive to economic participation. Thus far, efforts to improve economic opportunities and outcomes for camp residents have in part been hindered by a focus on maximizing livelihood opportunities within the camps existing administrative and regulatory frameworks, rather than seeking to eliminate or reduce existing barriers to economic activity and livelihood opportunities associated with these same frameworks. Similarly, little attention has been given to exploring the potential socio-economic benefits of more robust economic linkages between the camps and surrounding local economies especially for adjacent host communities.

NRC – Jordan is looking to hire a consultant (Individual consultants or registered companies)

to analyse existing economic distortions and constraints that continue to limit livelihood opportunities and market outcomes in Zaatari camp and Azraq camp respectively, paying special attention to identifying the different and often intersecting causal factors that condition these distortions and constraints; and to develop short and medium-term recommendations capable of improving both livelihood opportunities and market outcomes in each camp in order to strengthen opportunities for self-reliance for camp residents that also, wherever possible, benefit the surrounding host economy and community.

Deadline for Bids:

The deadline for submission of bids, thought email on 02nd April 2022. Failure to meet the closing date will result in the bid being rejected

Complete RFQ documents can be obtained, free of charge from the 11th Mar 2022 until the deadline on the 02nd April 2022, by accessing the following link

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=tNGGP2ssGkuyrm9elQvKHhhzh4stkm1DplDEaGChOtVURFNUSlFFSTNKQjQzVTQ5VjJLREpSNVlQMC4u

If you have any technical issues, please contact us on jo.contact@nrc.no, considering that NRC will not share the bids via email, as all bidders must register their interest using the above-mentioned link.

How to apply:

The deadline for submission of bids, thought email on 02nd April 2022. Failure to meet the closing date will result in the bid being rejected

Complete RFQ documents can be obtained, free of charge from the 11th Mar 2022 until the deadline on the 02nd April 2022, by accessing the following link

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=tNGGP2ssGkuyrm9elQvKHhhzh4stkm1DplDEaGChOtVURFNUSlFFSTNKQjQzVTQ5VjJLREpSNVlQMC4u

If you have any technical issues, please contact us on jo.contact@nrc.no, considering that NRC will not share the bids via email, as all bidders must register their interest using the above-mentioned link.

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