UNOPS is inviting concept notes for LIFT Rakhine Programme to strengthen the resilience and sustainable livelihoods of poor and vulnerable groups in Myanmar, particularly women, internally displaced people and returnees, migrants, smallholder farmers, landless people, people with disabilities and those vulnerable to trafficking and forced labour.
This is achieved through increasing incomes, improving the nutrition of women and children, and decreasing vulnerabilities to shocks, stresses and adverse trends. LIFT is also working to encourage diversification in agriculture, more microfinance financial services, gender equality, social protection initiatives, safe migration, and skilling people for new jobs.
- Budget: USD 11.5 million
- Duration: Maximum 30 months, not starting later mid 2021
The programme will explicitly and intentionally contribute to LIFT’s strategic shifts in Rakhine, in particular:
- Strengthening civil society as key agents of durable change: Building on recent increased engagement with civil society organisations in Rakhine, LIFT will further promote local leadership to strengthen and increase capacities, networking, research, advocacy and service delivery. Increased communication, coordination and collaboration between civil society organisations, international actors and the Government will also be promoted.
- Gender equality and women’s empowerment: LIFT’s gender-responsive programming will require gender responsive policies and programmes, equal participation so that women’s voices are heard, increased stakeholder capacities and understanding of gender issues and support for women to take up leadership roles within their communities. Targets and data will be gender disaggregated and activities will mainly benefit women. Gender analysis will provide recommendations to address the barriers that women face in accessing information, training, resources and services.
- Conflict sensitivity and social cohesion: LIFT will place emphasis on mitigating conflict and strengthening (or rebuilding) social cohesion as a step towards peace-building. LIFT will work at the required levels with local communities and stakeholders and within the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.
- Identification and local ownership of durable solutions: Internally displaced persons and host-communities will be given a stronger voice in decision-making, including on the resettlement of internally displaced persons and camp closure. LIFT will build on its former support to rights-based programming and advocacy to support advocacy work with relevant stakeholders at different levels, including communities, the Government, civil society and international actors. LIFT will promote people-centered approaches which respect the rights, dignity and safety in particular in decisions that impact access to essential services and livelihoods.
LIFT seeks to contribute to this purpose through three impact-level outcomes:
- Improved nutritional status, particularly of women and children;
- Increased household income and assets, with greater control by women;
- Reduced vulnerability of households and individuals to shocks, stresses and risks.
Overall, LIFT’s strategy emphasises targeting of the most vulnerable households and individuals. Given the context of Rakhine this includes:
- Internally displaced persons living in camps, temporary settings or host-communities;
- Conflict affected people;
- Women and children within the 1,000 day period;
- Youth and in particular adolescent girls 13;
- Women and women headed households;
- Internal and international migrants;
- Migrant-sending households having only very elderly and very young members;
- People with disabilities.
While there are no exclusions of areas, successful applications will need to:
- Target the most vulnerable groups;
- Demonstrate that they are not duplicating other interventions and investments in Rakhine (though complementarities and synergies are strongly encouraged).
For more information, visit https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/119330