Jordan: Market and livelihood assessment in Jordan (Irbid and Mafraq Governorates)

Organization: International Catholic Migration Commission
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 15 Feb 2017

As of January 2017, 655 399 Syrians are registered as refugees with UNHCR in Jordan; 78% are residing in Jordanian host communities, with largest concentrations in the governorates of Amman (27%), Mafraq (25%), Irbid (22%) and Zarqa (14%). Years of protracted displacement have had a significant impact on both the refugee community and the Jordanian economy, with an estimated 86% of refugees now living below the Jordanian poverty line of 68 JOD per capita per month.

In this context and since 2012, ICMC provides assistance to Syrian refugees and extremely vulnerable Jordanian families to alleviate the pressures of displacement. ICMC manages activities in Jordan from its main office in Amman, and through its 2 sub-offices in Irbid and Mafraq where it also operates a Protection Center. The majority of Syrian refugees live in a situation of protracted displacement in urban settings outside of camps. They have accumulated debts and are highly or severely shelter vulnerable (important rental arrears and risk of eviction). They face difficulties in meeting their basic needs and in accessing training opportunities and labor permit, thus relying on informal work to generate some income. Following the “Supporting Syria and the Region” conference held in London on the 4th of February 2016, the position of the Jordanian government regarding legal access to the labor market for Syrians has in fact softened.

ICMC provides assistance to Syrian refugees and extremely vulnerable Jordanian families to alleviate the pressures of displacement and population influx. ICMC assistance spams across a range of sectors, including livelihood (vocational training and job placement).

  1. Purpose and objective

The main objective of the livelihoods and market assessment is to provide practical recommendations and input to inform ICMC’s livelihood programming, which aims to enable and prepare vulnerable Syrian and Jordanian youths (between 18 to 30 years of age) living in Irbid and Mafraq to proactively position themselves for employment and to participate in income-generating activities. The recommendations shall consider the 3RP priorities (Regional Refugee and resilience Plan 2017-2018) for Jordan.

The assessment will identify the main market sectors in the targeted areas and the types of activities and partnerships needed to offer livelihood opportunities for youths. It should provide ICMC program staff with the full-economic picture (wage margins, over-saturated areas) and offer an overview of the existing livelihood challenges and employment opportunities in Irbid and Mafraq (including self-employment and home-based business).

Furthermore, the assessment shall inform ICMC on existing vocational training service providers (public and private) in the selected area and which could be considered as prospective partners, assess their capacity as well as the quality of the training modules, and type and cost of trainings available.

Finally, the assessment shall consider the specific needs of the beneficiaries. Through existing ICMC datasets and beneficiaries’ information, the study will inform ICMC of any existing age or gender-related barriers or any other obstacles to access livelihood opportunities, and which shall be considered for future planning. Moreover, it shall analyze beneficiaries’ livelihood and market participation behaviors, resilience statuses, and preferences.

The market and livelihood assessment should be completed in 3 to 4 weeks (approximately 2 weeks of data collection in Irbid and Mafraq).

  1. Scope and focus

Note that the following points are indicative and are to be finalized between ICMC and the consultant.

  • Analyze existing data and information about current beneficiaries to provide an overview of the income level, education, work experience and capacities, HHs expenditures, coping mechanisms and financial risks management strategies. It should also provide a clear picture of the challenges and barriers that youths (disaggregated by age and gender) are facing in accessing specific business, vocational employment and self-employment opportunities in the target area with particular attention to gender considerations;

  • A Training Needs Assessment will run parallel to the market analysis and should identify the skills and knowledge gaps that can be improved with training within the specific value chains and propose an appropriate plan for vocational and entrepreneurship development training;

  • Map market actors and institutions operating and delivering goods and services in the area; the accessibility of vocational training, financial services and business service providers (i.e. microfinance and Job placement agencies).

  • Map existing markets and value-chains (Size of the markets, volume of sales, market integration/segmentation, supply and demand for products and services, etc.). Identify sectors and value chains that are not overly saturated and present potential for growth, profitability and employment. It should focus on sectors and businesses that are allowed to hire Syrian refugees;

  • Identify and study successful home based businesses, income generating activities and employment integration of vulnerable refugees.

  • The consultant should evaluate institutional capacity, quality and cost of possible implementing partners, including provincial vocational schools, private sector service providers and training centers as well as local mass organizations that can contribute to some training and job placement services;

  • Deliverables

The assessment should use relevant Minimum Economic Recovery standards and analytical tools (Household economy approach, sustainable livelihoods framework, Emergency market and mapping analysis, ILO livelihood assessment, etc.)

The assessment will employ mixed methods. The tools and specific methodological approach will be discussed and agreed between ICMC and the consultant. Primary assessment methods will include (but are not limited to the following):

· Consultative meeting with staff, management and key stakeholders (HQ/ and mission briefing)

· Key informant interviews

· Documents, reports and literature review

· Data/ records review and analysis

· Focus group discussions with beneficiaries and stakeholders

· Field visits to project areas (Mafraq and Irbid) and field observations

· Specific surveys (incl. Training needs assessment and Market and livelihood assessment)

A formal presentation of the key findings for the office in Jordan is required. The consultant should keep the ICMC team regularly informed of progress on key issues arising that may require additional direction or suggestions for other key informants or reference materials.

The final report should be analytical and user-friendly detailing key findings and providing clear and forward looking recommendations. The report will be drafted in English with a length between 30 and 50 standard pages (1 800 characters / page). The structure of the report will be agreed between ICMC and the consultant.

Following is the list of deliverables to be submitted by the consultant beside the market and livelihood assessment report:

· An inception report with detailed assessment work plan (Following the desk review)

· A half-day workshop with ICMC field-staff to present main findings and recommendations

· A first draft of the market assessment report

· A final report inclusive of ICMC comments

  1. Qualifications

  2. Advanced University degree (Master Level minimum) in Development studies, Development economics, Socio-economic studies, or other related field. Additional areas of experience could include poverty reduction; economics, business administration or management.

  3. Minimum of 5 years of relevant practical field experience within one or more of the following areas: Socio-economic and/or household economy assessments; risks and vulnerability assessments, Market assessments.

  4. Experience and knowledge in livelihood programming in terms of Vocational and Technical Education and Training (VTET), job placement, employment promotion, entrepreneurship building, private sector development, urban and rural small business development; Income Generating Activities; Cash assistance.

  5. Demonstrated experience in conducting assessments for planning and/or evaluation purposes. Familiarity with established assessment and analytical tools is desirable (e.g. Household economy approach; Sustainable livelihoods framework; Market analysis; Minimum economic and recovery standards, etc).

· Experience in conducting in depth market survey and livelihood assessment in protracted refugee situations

· Demonstrated excellent analytical, writing and reporting skills

· Prior work experience in the Middle-East and/or proven knowledge of the Middle East region essential

  • Demonstrated publications record, covering research, technical, and policy areas;
  • Excellent networking skills with private and public sector institutions;
  • Extensive computer skills including excel, word and power point.

· Familiarity with refugees and host communities in geographical areas covered by the project/ understanding of issues related to refugees (including their skills, work, wage issues, and policy)

· Fluency in written and spoken English

· Knowledge of Arabic will be a strong asset

5. Responsibilities of ICMC

ICMC will provide the consultant with all related documents and relevant materials. For the logistics, ICMC will provide the consultant with transportation to and within the project sites and arrange translation services if necessary. ICMC will provide support to the consultant in organizing all the necessary field-visits, meetings and survey samples. ICMC will provide comments on 1st draft within an agreed timeframe.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application material by 15 February 2017 including:

· Technical and financial proposal, with data collection/analysis plan and schedule, methodology and draft collection tools.

· CV of all proposed parties.

· Cover letter clearly summarizing experience as it pertains to this assignment and three professional references

· At least one example of evaluation a market assessment report (Similar to that described in the ToR)

ICMC will select the best proposal based on the experience and capacity of the consultant(s), quality of the technical offer and the financial offer.

Application materials shall be submitted per email to: Mr. Osama Al-Muhammad, Director for Jordan and Syria at vacancy-jo@icmc.net.

The Vacancy Notice number MLA/ICMC_ME/03_02_17 and the applicant’s full name must be quoted in the email subject line.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 February 2017 (incomplete bidding materials will not be considered). Applications will be evaluated upon reception.

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