Jordan: Request for Proposal (RFP) for services to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa

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Organization: UN Women
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 15 Oct 2015

Terms of Reference

UN Women Country Office for Jordan


UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women, and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women Jordan currently supports projects that promote the economic participation of Jordanian women and works to improve access and effective participation of marginalized Jordanian women in economic and public life by addressing the barriers that have led to their exclusion.


As outlined in the Jordan Response Plan (JRP) 2015, the influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan has exacerbated existing social vulnerabilities. According to the National Aid Fund (NAF), which targets vulnerable Jordanians, the indirect and direct impact of the Syria crisis has resulted in an additional 20,000 Jordanian families enrolled in their cash assistance programmes, at a cost of an additional US$4.23 million annually. Those at particular risk are poor households, female-headed households, survivors of violence, children deprived of parental care, children in conflict with the law, children engaged in child labour, and persons with disabilities. Violence against childrenin schools is high for boys and girls, and women are reporting increasing levels of violence at home’.[1] Moreover, the JRP 2015 highlights challenges related to unemployment: ‘the influx of Syrian refugees has resulted in availability constraints in jobs and income generating opportunities, particularly in the governorates of Mafraq, Irbid and Amman. From 2012 to 2013, the unemployment rate increased in Mafraq (10.7 to 14.5 per cent) and Irbid (11.7 to 13 per cent), settling above the national level (12.6 per cent in 2013). In 2013, the unemployment rate for women was about twice that of men and for youth between the ages of 15-24 it stood above 30 per cent.’[2]

Access to safe and decent economic recovery activities can mitigate protection threats, including through diminishing individuals’ and families’ reliance on negative coping mechanisms to meet their basic needs. For example, global data shows that when women have access to employment opportunities, household economies benefit and household spending on health care and education increase, both key social dividends for human resilience. In line with this and with the overall guidance of the Jordan National Resilience Plan 2014-16, and specifically the JRP 2015, and through a resilience and social cohesion framework, UN Women is launching its project, improving the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women in host communities.The main objective of this project is to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women living in Irbid and Zarqa governorates.

More specifically, the project is aligned with the following elements of the JRP 2015:

Livelihoods and Food Security sector –***To protect food security to save lives, and enable livelihoods to cope with and recover from the impact of the Syria crisis, as well as strengthen the capacity to adapt to future shocks.***

Resilience Strategic Objective 1: More and better job opportunities created for vulnerable women, and young men and women.

The project strongly integrates the JRP’s cross-cutting priorities of youth, gender equality, social cohesion, environmental sustainability and capacity development.


UN Women is seeking innovative and impact-oriented initiatives. This fund seeks to support the promotion of gender equality in Irbid and Zarqa governorates through linking women to income generation and employment opportunities, while enhancing key life skills and linking them to decision-making structures. The project has three main components:

a) Enhance Jordanian women’s economic empowerment through access to decent employment;

b) Support women’s political representation and engagement in local level decision-making;

c) Enhance women’s access to life skills and other key skills areas;

Applicants are expected to articulate clearly how they will achieve tangible results in these areas:

– Income generation and self-reliance interventions:Supporting women’s engagement in the labour market will focus on providing vocational and business skills training and creating income generation opportunities for Jordanian women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates. The focus will be on, where possible, entry into the formal labour market. Applicants are expected to present innovative employment models. The emphasis should be on identifying entry points for women’s sustainable employment in particular in areas with high unemployment and high numbers of refugees in order to support the building of social cohesion.

– Strengthen capacities for inclusive and effective women’s and girls’ participation in decision-making processes at the local level on issues affecting their lives:This should focus on supporting women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates to be active decision-makers in their communities by providing trainings and support related to rights, confidence and business skills. Support should also be given to link women to decision-making forums at the community level, including creating or maintaining/supporting mechanisms that link women to elected leaders, allowing them to articulate their priorities and call for these to be addressed in local initiatives, plans and budgets.

Please be aware that the fund prioritizes proposals that reflect the following four key aspects:

  • Contribute to social cohesion between Jordanians and Syrian refugees.
  • Are undertaken through strong national leadership.
  • Link livelihoods to environmental sustainability and natural resource management.
  • Has measures in place to mitigate anticipated risk of gender-based violence related to the project’s activities throughout the project cycle.


The fund is for ten months. The ceiling for this work is $230,000.

[1] Government of Jordan, Jordan Response Plan to the Syrian Crisis 2015, pg. 122

[2] ibid, pg. 138

How to apply:

please check the full documents and instructions to apply through

1.UNGM (UN Global Marketplace):

2.UN Women:

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