Lebanon: Protection Baseline Study of Non – ID Palestinians in Lebanon

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Country: Lebanon
Closing date: 05 Feb 2018


The purpose of the study is to collate, synthesize and analyze information through a desk review, interviews, focus group discussions and other relevant methods on the general situation and protection challenges faced by Non-ID Palestinians in Lebanon, including the current availability of civil documentation. The Study will also consider any limitations on access to basic services (including UNRWA services) and on the enjoyment of rights. See further below, ‘Key Issues to be Addressed’.


The expected outputs of the study will be as follows:

  • A research proposal (4-6 pages) setting out the proposed research approach and methodology.

  • Final report (max 30 pages) and its executive summary (3-5 pages) detailing the main findings of the study and operational recommendations to main stakeholders.

    The study is expected to take place in the first half of 2018. The exact timetable of activities will be agreed with the consultants.


The potential scope of the study is significant given that the last thorough and methodologically sound study about Non-ID Palestinians dates back to the “2005 Survey Report on the Situation of Non-ID Palestinian refugees” published by the Danish Refugee Council. The protection situation has since evolved, as well as the advocacy possibilities for UNRWA and its partners with the relevant authorities. It will be important that the parameters of the study are methodologically sound, clear and achievable in order to arrive at a meaningful analysis.

The study must therefore include, at a minimum:

  • Historic background in relation to their presence in Lebanon and overview of the applicable legal frameworks;

  • An examination of the protection situation of Non-ID Palestinians in all Areas of Lebanon, namely Central Lebanon Area, North Lebanon Area, Beqaa, Saida and Tyre.

  • A focus on the protection situation in 2018, with reference to trends and developments from previous years.

  • Key metrics and analysis rather than specific case studies. Perceptions of Palestine refugees are expected to be part of the assessment.

  • Humanitarian response to the protection and service related issues faced by non-IDs Palestinians.

  • Sets of recommendations for all relevant stakeholders (UN agencies, NGOs, Academia, Lebanese and Palestinian actors and authorities, among others).


    A detailed research plan will be developed by the selected consultants, however, it is expected that the study will address the following key issues:

  • Providing key facts and figures of Non-ID Palestinians that can be used in UNRWA’s and other agencies’ protection advocacy;

  • The legal status and civil documentation available to Non-ID Palestinians;

  • Current and past regulations and practices by the Lebanese authorities in relation to documentation and civil status regarding Non-ID Palestinians (ie Special Identification Card, SIC);

  • Limitations faced by Non-ID Palestinians in relation to freedom of movement and access to education, health, housing, employment, civil status registration, and access to justice;

  • Other existing limitations or obstacles, related to humanitarian and human rights standards and provisions;

  • Any specific vulnerability related to age, gender and diversity;

  • Existence of community-based protection mechanisms, specifically related to Non-ID Palestinians;

  • Mapping of all organizations (national or international) currently providing assistance to Non-ID Palestinians in Lebanon;

  • Recommendations for all relevant stakeholders, including UNRWA and duty bearers, to address the main protection challenges and obstacles faced by Non-ID Palestinians.


A detailed methodology will be proposed by the selected consultants to conduct the study, however, it is envisaged that it will comprise of a desk review of relevant documents, interviews with key UNRWA and NRC staff and other key actors/partners in the region and interviews with the population (methodology to be defined). The following main elements would be included:

  • A review of relevant secondary source external reports (UN, NGO, civil society, research institute, etc.)

  • A review of existing UNRWA policies (HQ and field level) about the inclusion of Non-IDs Palestinians in UNRWA programmes and services;

  • Reference to UNRWA’s advocacy documents.

  • Semi-structured interviews with key UNRWA staff at Lebanon field office.

  • Establish and consult with research institutes and experts working on Palestine refugee protection issues in the region.

  • Speaking to community leaders / members themselves should be strict requirement of the study (eg selected interviews, focus group discussions).

How to apply:

The team of consultants should submit their application (all in English) demonstrating clearly the knowledge and experience required to meet the consultancy requirements to Matteo Benatti, Field Protection Officer UNRWA Lebanon (m.benatti@unrwa.org) clearly indicating the title of this consultancy “Protection Study of Palestinian Non-IDs in Lebanon” in the subject line of the message. The deadline for the submission of applications is 05/02/2018 (late applications will not be considered).

The joint application should include:

  • Cover letter including a brief outline of the methodology and work plan for conducting the study;

  • CVs demonstrating clearly the knowledge and experience required to meet the consultancy requirements;

  • Indication of availability

  • Proposed budget and fees

    Please do not send individual applications.

UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced female candidates. Due to a large number of applications, only qualified applicants under serious consideration will be contacted.

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