Danish Red Cross (DRC) is part of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent (RC/RC) Movement, which is the world’s largest humanitarian network with 17 million volunteers in 190 countries. Working under the umbrella of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), DRC has been present in Ukraine since the outbreak of the conflict in 2014 and is a strategic partner of Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) with a team based in Kyiv. The partners are currently engaged in humanitarian response to the needs and consequences of the Eastern Ukraine armed conflict, but also in addressing the needs of various vulnerable and marginalized groups across the country. DRC is one of the main partners supporting URCS in their development, directly engaged in capacity building of the URCS on psychosocial support, branch and volunteer development and disaster risk management. DRC in Ukraine has developed a strong cooperation with non-Red Cross stakeholders and is a trusted organization among the Humanitarian Community. To enhance Danish supported humanitarian impact, and build on complementary expertise and mandates, Danish Red Cross, Danish Refugee Council and others danish partners have engaged in developing a partnership to respond together to the needs in Eastern Ukraine. The Danish MFA has recently released a new four-year programme for “civilian and military stabilisation support to Ukraine through the Danish Peace and Stabilisation Fund (PSF). The overall objective of the support is improved social cohesion, security, justice, trust and state legitimacy, especially in eastern Ukraine, contributing to increasing stability in the region”. One of the engagements is to Strengthen contribution from civil society to resilience, and the Danish Humanitarian organizations are aiming to propose a project to address the objective.
Entering its 8th year, the armed conflict is still active in Donbass in Eastern Ukraine with more than 13 000 deaths and daily incidents over the line of contact. It continues to severely impact the population and has resulted in loss of health and livelihoods, essential civilian infrastructure damages and caused vulnerabilities and major displacement from the conflict-affected areas. Millions are affected and need assistance and protection, amongst which the most vulnerable such as the poor, women, children, elderly, persons with disabilities and IDPs. 800 000 people live along the conflict zone and face shellings, mines and ERW, utility outrages or cuts mental health pressure and severe medical conditions, industrial and environmental risks because of the protracted crisis. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affecting veterans, unaddressed psycho-social needs of domestic violence and SGBV survivors, adolescents and young men spiral into increased intolerance, social tensions and violent acts. Women, youth, marginalised persons, elderly, and adults of the working age have been disproportionately hit by the economic crisis and the pandemic. Patriarchal culture and stereotypes that tolerate violence continue to be widespread in the country. During the COVID lock-down, women suffered an additional burden of the housework and family care duties, many of them being heads of households or the only breadwinners in their families. Many employers had to cut jobs during the quarantine and after. Due to a restricted freedom of movement across the line of contact conflict affected residents of the non-government-controlled areas were unable to collect their pensions and other social payments, or access administrative services in the government-controlled territory. Youth from poor families and rural areas could not always afford the distance education equipment and/or the Internet. The need for addressing the barriers suffered by conflict affected youth has been noted as one of the most important areas by the funding agencies. Civic literacy, democratic participation, professional orientation and career opportunities for youth need to be strengthened to ensure social and economic well-being of the society in general.
2. Objectives of the consultancy
The overall objective of the mission is to support Danish Red Cross in producing a conflict sensitive analysis and support the design of a project framework to increase resilience in Eastern Ukraine through civil society intervention under the Danish PSF.
Scope of Work
The mission of the consultant will focus on the following:
1) Assessment and analysis;
When assessing the current context and response in Eastern Ukraine, the assessment will focus on the following:
· Overall conflict and context assessment, needs assessment through review of secondary data and relevant interviews with a focus on – but not limited to:
Conflict-related psychological and physical trauma support
Resilience of conflict-affected youth and access to their fundamental rights
Youth civic rights participation structures and volunteer opportunities in the East
Pro-democratic civic rights literacy of youth in the East
Women’s rights situation to prevent SGBV and advocate for
women’s economic empowerment and participation in peace building
· Lead a conflict sensitivity analysis using approaches on Do No Harm, Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA) and Aid for Peace.
· Consider Danish Red Cross, Danish Refugee Council, DIGNITY and other key partners' strategies and expertise in Ukraine to leverage synergies for Peace and Stabilisation impact
Deliver in timely manner:
· An assessment report of not more than 20 pages, excluding annexes and executive summary. The executive summary shall comprise not more than 3 pages.
· A conflict sensitivity analysis framework adapted to the design of the project
2) Project framework design
When designing the project framework, the consultant will focus on –the following
· Triple nexus frame of the proposed intervention
· Complementarity and synergies of the various partners and others intervention to enhance impact
Deliver in timely manner:
· A Concept note of maximum 8 pages with a description of the proposed intervention, response analysis, beneficiaries, and outline of activities which could be implemented by the different partners
· A detailed result framework (LFA) indicating objectives, outputs and key indicators of the project
4. Method of work
1) Assessment and conflict sensitivity analysis:
The consultant, with support of Danish Red Cross, Danish Refugee Council and Dignity in country staff will conduct desk review, interviews and consultation for conflict sensitivity and context analysis.
The draft assessment report and conflict sensitivity analysis framework will be shared with Danish Red Cross for comments and further discussion. After receiving the comments, the consultant will finalise the report and submit to DRC.
2) Project framework design:
Based on the Peace and Stabilisation Program strategy from the MFA, the consultant will proceed to consultation of partners experts, review existing documents and facilitate a results framework exercise.
The draft concept note and result framework will be shared with Danish Red Cross and partners for comments and discussion. After receiving the comments, the consultant will finalise the report and submit to DRC.
5. Time frame
The consultancy will take place from Mid-October to December 2021. The total scope of work will be of maximum 20 days including for:
• Assessment - 1 days for preparation for the assessment, 3 days of desk review and consultation, 2 days of compilation of results. Final Assessment report will be delivered first week of November 2021;
• Conflict sensitivity analysis – 4 days will be allocated to prepare and organize this task, upon the consultant methodology proposition.
• Project framework design: 4 days of desk review and consultation of partners to define LFA and main activities outline. 4 days of formalizing concept notes and result framework. The Final documents will be shared by end of November 2021.
6. Team Composition
DRC Country Manager Ukraine
DRC PMER officer Ukraine
DRC PSS and Protection delegate Ukraine
DRC HQ technical advisors
Danish Refugee Council
Local partners organization
7. Qualifications of the consultant
The following qualifications are required:
• At least 8 years of professional work experience in humanitarian, development and peacebuilding intervention at community level in conflict settings
• Demonstrated knowledge, experience and understanding of conflict sensitivity approaches
• Excellent writing skills in English. Russian or/and Ukrainian language are a strong asset
• Advanced (MSc) university degree in conflict, peace and security; development and International Relations field
• Knowledge of Ukraine and Eastern Europe
• Previous experience with Red Cross/Red Crescent is an asset
DRC will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and per diem if field presence is agreed with DRC – upon COVID-19 conditions. CV should include references. Individual consultants or consultancy groups are eligible to apply. Deadline for application is 15 October 2021.
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