PUI: livelihood Advisory Position

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency.

The association leads in average 190 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 5 million people in 20 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian situation and needs

Since 1967, occupation and political stagnation have directly affected the socio-economic situation of the Palestinian population in the West Bank. The movement restrictions policy is severely limiting Palestinians’ access to essential services and markets, and leading to serious and negative impact upon all aspects of their lives, and mainly their livelihoods.

The main features of the Israeli occupation remain in place and consequently the humanitarian needs in the oPt have not fundamentally changed for the last decade. Serious protection threats related to IF and settlers’ violence, limited access to essential services and entrenched levels of food insecurity continue to characterize the day-to-day lives of many Palestinians. Communities in Area C of the West Bank came under increasing pressure—rise in demolitions, increase in settlers’ violence, no easing on movement restrictions and no progress on the planning and zoning regime. Bedouin and herder communities in particular were affected.

Israel continues to impose a blockade on Gaza, amounting to collective punishment of the population and affecting every aspect of life in the Gaza Strip. Livelihoods remained severely constrained by policies that restricted access to the areas with the most viable agricultural and fishing prospects. Risks of escalation of violence remain very high, such as during the 51-day military operation led by Israel in July-August 2014.

Our action in the field

As a result, a 3-years-long PUI’s humanitarian and development aid strategy (2013-2016) has been defined to directly target the consequences of the violations of the Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law both in West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

It combined several sectors to prevent the loss of livelihoods and prevent displacements as a consequence of protection threats, lack of services (Health, Education, WASH), and lack of access to agricultural lands or job opportunities. In the northern West Bank, PUI operates in 6 governorates (Qalqiliya, Tulkarem, Salfit, Nablus, Tubas, and North Ramallah) with programming in protection, livelihoods and women economic empowerment. In the Gaza Strip, PUI operates in 4 governorates (Khan Yunes, Rafah, Middle Area & Gaza) with programming in emergency response, protection, agriculture, Cash for Work / Unconditional Cash transfer, WASH, shelter, and rural development.

As part of our activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, we are looking for a Livelihood Adviser.

PUI has been working on economic development and women empowerment programs for 4 years now and has accumulated a lot of operational experience overtime. The main objectives of PUI in those sectors are to build communities’ capacity, to strengthen employability, competitiveness and entrepreneurship, as well as support the creation of small business. However, most of the implemented activities are short-term response addressing acute vulnerabilities or needs and/or shocks such as settlers’ attacks or demolition and are not designed to address longer-term needs of the targeted population. PUI is widening its scope of intervention in the West Bank to achieve structural improvements. In order to do so it needs to better systematize existing information and better understand the different livelihoods opportunities available in the West Bank in a comprehensive manner, linking both protection threats and environmental challenges. Thus, this study will significantly contribute to this goal as it will focus on the identification of relevant LRRD strategy to link PUI’s current protection activities with long-term strategies for households and communities most exposed to protection threats.

The Livelihood Adviser is a newly created position within PUI and aims at strengthening the capacity of the organization to identify a number of relevant livelihood activities that will contribute to building the resilience of targeted populations to avoid forcible transfer, taking into account the contextual constraints.

The Livelihood Adviser will be in charge to conduct a study linking protection and livelihood support in the West Bank with focus on eco-friendly value-chain development.

1.DESK REVIEW


2.Identify through desk review and interviews with other actors the types of livelihood losses/destructions/damages/injuries suffered by the targeted population and provide deep analysis and case studies


3.STAKEHOLDERS MAPPING


4.Stakeholder mapping of the development/LRRD actors and interventions in the targeted communities (map of key actors and identify potential partnerships)


5.IDENTIFY SOLUTIONS TO SPECIFIC CASES


6.Propose specific solutions to specific cases at both individual and community levels (i.e. low labor intensive farming technics for lands exposed to SV; working with women groups to develop food processing)


7.IDENTIFY THE GAPS


8.Analyse how the affected HH and communities are connected or could be connected to the overall Palestinian market through market based initiatives such as ADEL or Oxfam ones but not only.


9.IDENTIFY LRRD OPPORTUNITIES


10.Identify 3 value chain opportunities with high potential of development and where PUI could provide a significant added value in terms of production and marketing.


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EDUCATION

Post-graduate level qualification in related subjects (Agriculture, Economics, Development Studies, or Business)

Training in Quality process management such as URD (compass dynamique) or SPHERE, very much appreciated

EXPERIENCE

At least 3 years direct experience working on agricultural development, sustainable development, market surveys, and relevant fields.

Experience working in contexts with protection issues such as discriminated access to land.

Experience working in the West Bank is an asset.

OTHER
•Up-to-date knowledge of local market trends
•Knowledge on participatory methodologies.
•Excellent communication and facilitation skills.
•Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
•Ability to make use of information in practical ways, see opportunities and contribute to practical economic development programs designs
•Ability to analyse local economies and diagnose practical solutions to facilitate inclusive, pro-poor growth in agricultural value chains and market systems (m4P)
•Knowledge of proven approaches, tools and practices for inclusive market systems, value chain development and entrepreneurship
•Ability to identify social, cultural and behavioral barriers to local economic development and recommend interventions to bring desired change
•LANGUAGES:
 Excellent proven written skills in English. Knowledge of Arabic is very much appreciated
•PROPOSED TERMS:

Fixed-term contract of 3 months, with possiblities of extension

Starting date: October 1st 2016