UNHCRCALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Nº OF THE CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST :UNHCR/CMR/002/2018
PROJECT TITLE AND IDENTIFICATIONProtection through the Provision of NFIs/Shelterassistance to IDPs
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION(S)North West and South West Regions, Cameroun and Host Communities
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,and provided with its Statute in resolution 428 (V) of14 December 1950. The Statute stipulates that theHigh Commissioner "acting under the authority ofthe General 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, Doualaand Buea) 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 byattacks, exactions, killings, abductions and multipleincidents of human rights violations. These attacksand counter-attacks have resulted in deaths,violence, forced displacements of populations. The number of displaced populations in the NwSwregions has been rising exponentially in a fewmonths since November 2017 due to the unabatedspiral of violence. In February 2018, based onestimates communicated by the Catholic Church,there were a total of 25,775 IDPs (some 5,155Households) in the Meme and Manyu divisions of theSouth West region. At the end of March 2018, asviolence spread to more villages, including in Mamfeand Monge/Kumba subdivisions of the South Westregion, an UN-OCHA inter-agency assessmentmission reported that the number of displacedpeople had reached 40,000. By April 2018, the NorthWest and 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 inNorth West regions). To date, estimates byHumanitarian Organizations indicate that theinstability has uprooted a no less than 437,515people (including 350,919 in the North West andSouth West regions, the rest settling in neighboringtowns, forests and villages). A larger number of thedisplaced people have settled in deep forests whileothers are found in villages and towns spread acrossthe abovementioned areas. In addition to the mounting number of protectionincidents and human rights violations, the crisis hasalso had a daunting toll on people lives, in particularwith regard to loss of goods and property anddestruction of peoples' means of livelihood. Asviolence escalated, cases of arson attacks anddestruction of property are numerous. On 17 October2017, late in the evening, one of the sections of theCatholic Primary School in Manji was burnt down.Between 2pm and 4pm on the same day, two privatehomes in Menji were destroyed. In early December2017, rag-tag armed men damaged houses and stolevaluable items and money from residents of theKajifu area. In one particularly violent incident thatwas followed by a procession of dispossessions ofgoods and massive destruction of property theKwakwa village was forcibly vacated before beingburnt down. The affected regions have suffered avery rapid deterioration of living conditions, acollapse of means of livelihood as well as heightenedabuses affecting the entire population, in particularchildren, women and the elderly. As the flare ofviolence increased, the majority of IDPs report tohave departed from their homes in total depravationof vital domestic goods. In spite of the very littleinformation that is available due to reduced access tothe affected areas, all assessment missions havereported that the displaced populations are deprivedof any basic needs – including vital domestic items –and appropriate shelter and infrastructure.Approximatively 70% of the IDPs have moved intoforests with no access to adequate shelter or basichousehold items. The lucky ones have constructedmakeshift houses offering no protection to badweather and animal attacks, but most IDPshouseholds have absolutely no access to a livingspace. According to latest assessments, the majorityof the remaining IDPs are living in host families and asmall percentage is renting apartments in urban orperi-urban areas. Both groups are living inovercrowded and cramped conditions, with theirresources of both IDPs and host families beingdepleted.In accordance with its responsibilities with regard tointernal displacements, UNHCR, is the Global Lead ofthe Shelter/NFI Cluster and is responsible forcoordinating Shelter & NFIs response interventions.It is in this regard that, along with other actors,UNHCR established a presence in Buea (and soon inBamenda) where it has deployed an EmergencyResponse Program with an NFI/Shelter componentfocusing on the provision of Core relief items andShelter Assistance to IDPs and Host Communities.UNHCR hereby invites competent National andInternational Organizations to express their interestfor engaging with UNHCR in 2019 in animplementation collaboration, as per the indicatedmodalities.
PROJECT'S OBJECTIVES, OUTPUTS ANDACTIVITIESThe overall objective of this Project is to contribute tothe improvement of the protection situation of IDPsand Host communities, through the provision of BasicDomestic Items and Shelter Assistance.Specifically, this project seeks, inter alia, to:• Contribute to the definition and implementation ofa Shelter/NFI response strategy within the Cluster, • Identify shelter and NFI needs of IDPs, andprioritizing the most vulnerable among IDPcommunities,• Source and/or procure of IDPs shelter and NFIassistance, with due consideration of hostpopulations, • Distribute NFI and Shelter assistance to IDPs inaccordance with UNHCR and Cluster standards,protocols and strategies,• Repair and/or construct of approved shelter typesfor the most vulnerable IDPhouseholds/individuals,• Implement any other shelter modalities identifiedby the cluster in its shelter/NFI strategy,• Facilitate Shelter/NFI advocacy initiatives of theShelter/NFI Cluster,• Contribute to the elaboration of UNHCR andShelter/NFI Cluster's assessments, contingencyplans and definition of standards and protocols• Share sector-related information according toagreed protocols through regular, flash reports, and4Ws
INTENDED POPULATION OF CONCERN• Internally Displaced Persons: 150,000 people inthe North 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.PROJECT INDICATIVE IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD01/01/2019 – 31/12/2019
SUBMISSION DEADLINE : 18/11/2018 at 16H00• Physically in sealed envelope at any UNHCR officein Cameroon.• Electronically through the UNHCR Partner PortalINDICATIVE DATE DECISION RESULTS TO BECOMMUNICATED TO APPLICANTS : 30/11/2018CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTERESTSELECTION CRITERIA
Criteria Criteria Description Weighting1 Sector expertise and experience: the required specific skills, sector specialists, 20 ptsknowledge and human resources.2 Contribution of resources: evidenced and documented contribution of resources to 20 ptsthe Project in cash 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 20 ptsand sound financial 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 20 ptsprofessional and transparent 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 10 ptsknowledge; engaging 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 10 ptsknowledge of UNHCR policies, 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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