The Employment Intensive Infrastructure Programme in Lebanon (EIIP) is now launching a Call for Proposal to enhance productivity and employment in farming that is open to registered NGOs involved in the agricultural sector.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is implementing the Employment Intensive Infrastructure Programme in Lebanon (EIIP), in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Programme is fully financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW. The programme aims at creating short- to mid-term employment opportunities for Lebanese host community members and displaced Syrians through infrastructure works. At the centre of the programme is a so called Local Resource Based Technology (LRBT) approach to infrastructure rehabilitation and improvement.
ILO will support up to four municipalities with important agricultural production in a way that will also directly benefit the farmers and generate short term employment for unskilled and skilled farm workers. The project aims to reclaim and cultivate new or idle land to increase crop production. Land may be owned by municipalities or local farmers. ILO will support municipalities and local farmers by paying for input and workers to prepare and cultivate land. The surplus produce will be sold by the farmers at reasonable low price to community retailers, and/or provided by the municipality for free to vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees.
Identification of priority crops, farmlands and farmers will be done in close coordination with the municipality, based on agreed screening criteria, with priority to smallholder farmers.
The activity will generate short-term employment for farm workers in each of the participating municipalities, spread out on several farms or identified farmland in and around the municipality.
The IP will provide overall management of the intervention and will work closely with appointed municipal focal point and the ILO EIIP team.
The proposal shall describe suitable farming activities in each municipality, process for development of detailed work plan, strategy for progress monitoring and reporting and generally describe delivery of the two project outputs below.
- Output 1 crop production
- how to identify and engage with farmers
- Identification of priority crops and securing farm land
- Identification and supply of input
- Farming activities including land preparation and cultivation
- Advise and support commercialization of the products, especially in case of surplus
- Output 2 income and employment generation
- Identification and recruitment of farm workers
- Labour management and employment monitoring
- Payment of wages
- Implementation of OSH and COVID-19 measures
The maximum budget for this initiative is USD 400,000.
- Workers will receive LBP 30,000 per day for 40 days spread over three months (or longer), ie the farmers are supported for 3 months (or more) to cover land preparation, planting and harvesting.
- The workers included in the initiatives should be a minimum 50% Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese in need of an additional income source. There should be a minimum of 30% women. Documentation on the workers must be collected and provided to ILO, including copy of ID, proof of payment (e.g. signature of the workers stating that the daily fee received), and amount of days each worker worked. Workers should be paid equally for work of equal value (i.e. the pay per worker cannot differentiate based on age, nationality, and gender or other). The working conditions (including working hours) must comply with the Lebanese labour law and regulations. Workers safety is a top priority and workers should be briefed on safety requirements and shall be provided with appropriate safety gear for the activity, including specific COVID-19 measures.
For more information, visit https://www.ilo.org/beirut/events/WCMS_745142/lang–en/index.htm