UNHCRCALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTERESTNº OF THE CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST :UNHCR/CMR/001/2018
PROJECT TITLE AND IDENTIFICATIONProtection of Internally Displaced Populations andHost Communities (Protection Monitoring, SGBV andChild Protection)
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION(S)North West and South West Regions, Cameroun
BRIEF BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECTThe United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) is a non-for-profit, humanitarianorganization, and agency of the United Nations. Themandate of the High Commissioner was establishedby the resolution 319 A (IV) of 3 December 1949, andprovided with its Statute in resolution 428 (V) of 14December 1950. The Statute stipulates that the HighCommissioner "acting under the authority of theGeneral Assembly, shall assume the function ofproviding international protection to refugees,stateless people and other people of concern, and ofseeking permanent solutions to their problems." InCameroon, UNHCR established its presence since1982 and has provided its services to Refugees,Asylum seekers, Returnees, Internally DisplacedPersons and to People facing the Risk ofStatelessness. As of September 2018, Cameroon ishome to some 696,097 People of Concern to UNHCR,including 263,206 Central African, and 100,504Nigerian refugees. UNHCR currently runs 10 officeswithin the country, including a Representation inYaoundé, 3 Sub Offices (Bertoua, Meiganga, Maroua),5 Field Offices (Batouri, Djohong, Touboro, Douala andBuea) and 1 Field Unit (Kousseri). The current security situation in the North West andSouth West regions (NwSw) is unfavorable. It ismarked by a spiral of violence characterized by attacks,exactions, killings, abductions and multiple incidentsof human rights violations. These attacks and counter-attacks have resulted in deaths, violence, forceddisplacements of populations. The number ofdisplaced populations in the NwSw regions has beenrising exponentially in a few months since November2017 due to the unabated spiral of violence. InFebruary 2018, based on estimates communicated bythe Catholic Church, there were a total of 25,775 IDPs(some 5,155 Households) in the Meme and Manyudivisions of the South West region. At the end of March2018, as violence spread to more villages, including inMamfe and Monge/Kumba subdivisions of the SouthWest region, an UN-OCHA inter-agency assessmentmission reported that the number of displaced peoplehad reached 40,000. By April 2018, the North Westand South West regions had been so seriouslyaffected by the crisis that the number of displacedpersons had reached as many as 160,000 people (ofwhich 150,000 in the South West and 10,000 in NorthWest regions). To date, estimates by HumanitarianOrganizations indicate that the instability hasuprooted a no less than 437,515 people (including350,919 in the North West and South West regions,the rest settling in neighboring towns, forests andvillages). A larger number of the displaced people havesettled in deep forests while others are found invillages and towns spread across the abovementionedareas. Incidents of violation of human rights, somevery gruesome, are continuously reported, asundisciplined and uncontrolled armed men fromwarring sides continue to violently disrupt normal lifein the affected regions. In addition to the increase ininternal & external displacements, humanitarianorganizations have been registering harrowingprotection incidents. In a recent report ("A turn for theWorse – violence and Human rights Violations inAnglophone Cameroun"), Amnesty Internationalreports hideous assaults on schools, beheading oftraditional chiefs, arbitrary arrests, incommunicadodetention, targeted assassinations, torture and deathin custody, extra-judicial executions, beatings, physicalassaults and burning of entire villages. Incidents ofkidnapping, forced labor, gender-based violenceincluding rape and forced recruitment of children inarmed groups have also been reported.In accordance with its responsibilities with regard toits engagement with the internally displaced persons,UNHCR intends to play a crucial role in the delivery andcoordination of life-saving protection services in itscapacity as a Protection Cluster lead agency. It is inthis regard that, along with other protection actors,UNHCR established a presence in Buea (and soon inBamenda) where it has deployed an EmergencyResponse Program with a Protection Componentfocusing on Protection Monitoring, prevention of andresponse to SGBV and Child Protection. UNHCR hereby invites competent National andInternational Organizations to express their interest inworking in partnership with UNHCR in 2019 on theimplementation of a whole set of protection-relatedactivities, which are summarized below.
PROJECT'S OBJECTIVES, OUTPUTS AND ACTIVITIESThe overall objective of this Project is to contribute tothe improvement of the protection situation of IDPsand returnees, through the proactive monitoring of theprotection situation in the areas of displacement ofIDPs, the prevention of and response to all forms ofviolence, including gender-based violence, and thepromotion of the Protection of IDP children.Specifically, this project seeks, inter alia, to:• Ensure enhanced Protection by Presence, byrecruiting, equipping, training and deployingprotection staff to cover the most affected areas, • Proactively monitor the protection situation throughregular missions to the main locations hosting IDPsand other affected populations and by establishingand/or strengthening the existing community-basedprotection mechanisms;• Collect, process, analyze and share data onprotection incidents according to establishedconfidential data sharing protocols;• Create and/or strengthen early warning mechanismsthrough an ongoing the presence of protectionmonitors in the field;• Conduct rapid protection needs assessments for anynewly displaced persons for the timely identificationof any urgent protection risks and humanitarianneeds the latter may be faced with;• Establish information desks to enable IDPs andaffected populations to have a full and unhinderedaccess to relevant information about the protectionand assistance services that they are entitled to,raise any concerns they may have and get thesupport needed accordingly;• Produce periodic analytical protection reports as wellas daily and weekly protection updates highlightingany issues which may need to be addressed as amatter of urgency;• Provide training on IDP protection along with anyother capacity building measures deemedappropriate for the relevant civilian and lawenforcement authorities, as well as local protectionpartners;• Raise awareness of the Guiding Principles onInternal Displacement in accordance with IASC'sHandbook for the Protection of Internally DisplacedPersons,• Provide support to victims of violence, including toSGBV survivors including their referral to therelevant service providers, as needed;• Promote the Protection of IDP Children, in particularby ensuring IDP girls and boys are safe where theylive, learn and play,• Actively involve adolescents and young people inthe design and delivery of child protection services; • Establish and manage child friendly spaces; • Advocate for targeted support to IDP girls and boyswith specific needs,• Ensure IDP girls and boys’ best interest is given dueconsideration in any decision-making affectingthem;• Ensure IDP children are protected against from SGBVand other forms of violence and exploitation.
INTENDED POPULATION OF CONCERN• Internally Displaced Persons: 351,000 people in theNorth West region (Boyo, Bui, Donga-Matung,Menchum, Mezam, Momo and Ngo-Ketunjiadepartments), and South West region (Fako, Kupe-Manenguba, Lebialem, Manyu, Meme and Ndiandepartments)• Host Communities: Populations living in the sameareas as IDPs.• Civil & military & religious authorities, OpinionLeaders and Civil Society actors: in the affecteddepartments and villages.
PROJECT INDICATIVE IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD01/01/2019 – 31/12/2019SUBMISSION DEADLINE : 18/11/2018 at 16H00• Physically in sealed envelope at any UNHCR office inCameroon.• Electronically through the UNHCR Partner PortalINDICATIVE DATE DECISION RESULTS TO BECOMMUNICATED TO APPLICANTS : 30/11/2018CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTERESTOI-61141/en
SELECTION CRITERIACriteria Criteria Description Weighting
1 Sector Expertise and Experience : the required specific skills, sector specialists, knowledge and 20 ptshuman resources.
2 Contribution of Resources: evidenced and documented contribution of resources to the Project in 20 ptscash or in-kind (e.g. human resources, supplies and/or equipment) by the Partner that are presently available (or potentially mobilized by the Partner) in order to supplement UNHCR resources.
3 Project Management: ability to deliver project objectives, accountability mechanisms and sound 20 ptsfinancial management (for example Internal Control Mechanisms etc.) taking into account audit results of the previous funded projects, past performance and the external audit of Partners’ financial statements, where applicable.
4 Procurement Capabilities: Demonstrate capability to conduct procurement in a professional and 20 ptstransparent manner. To be pre-qualified to conduct procurement by a UN organization, supported by the existing and clear procurement policy and its application in ongoing operations as well as the availability of appropriate staffing will be an advantage.
5 Local experience and Presence: ongoing programme in the area of operation; local knowledge; 10 ptsengaging IDPs and host populations; trust from local communities; local presence; Partner policy on community relations; complaint mechanisms for persons of concern; self-organized groups of persons of concern; and other factors that would facilitate access to and better understanding of the persons of concern and that would reduce administrative difficulties.
6 Experience Working with UNHCR: global and/or local Partnerships including knowledge of UNHCR 10 ptspolicies, practices and programmes, including an understanding of and ability to work within UNHCR’s funding limitations and associated inherent risks. Partners that have three consecutive qualified audit opinions for UNHCR-funded projects may not be considered.
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