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Title: Request for Proposal (RFP) - Building of Sustainable National Capacities of Authorities and Civil Society Organisations for Humanitarian Mine Action, in Particular Explosive Ordnance Risk Education and Non-Technical Survey, in Northeast Nigeria
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a section in the UN Secretariat’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)’s Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI). Established in 1997, UNMAS serves as the United Nations focal point for mine action to support the UN's vision of “a world free of the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development, and where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies”. UNMAS provides direct support and assistance to mine action programmes in over 18 countries and territories. As further described below, UNMAS field programmes are implemented by UNOPS, a subsidiary organ of the United Nations.
On 14 June 2018, the UN RC/HC in Nigeria formally requested the deployment of UNMAS to northeast Nigeria. UNMAS deployed a team in Maiduguri (Borno State), Northeast Nigeria, on 17 July 2018. UNMAS Nigeria is a programme under the overall direction and oversight of UNMAS New York and implemented by UNOPS under the Financial Regulations and Rules of UNOPS. UNMAS Nigeria:
- Provides technical assistance including coordination, planning, and technical advice and support to the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), the humanitarian community, affected populations, and national authorities.
- Acts as the coordinator within the UN for mine action related matters in the northeast.
- Plans for the wide-scale delivery of Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE), survey, and clearance operations as part of the Humanitarian Response Plan.
- Provides emergency medical care (first aid) training and equipment to first responders.
- Conducts survey, mapping, and identification of the needs of the victims and survivors of explosive incidents, and establishment of a referral mechanism.
As the conflict between the Nigerian Army and non-state armed groups (NSAGs) enters into its 11th year, the situation in the North-east, the widespread use and contamination of Explosive Ordnance (EO) continue to pose risk to the lives of the population. Person-Borne IEDs (PBIEDs) and Vehicle- Borne IEDs (VBIEDs) remain primary weapons of choice for NSAGs. According to data available to UNMAS, two thirds of all victims are civilians, with 65% of civilian victims being injured and 35 % killed.
In light of plans by the Government of Borno State to resettle all internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their area of origin by the end of 2021, it is crucial that land for resettlement and areas for socio-economic activities such as farming, shepherding, firewood and water collection are assessed through non technical surveys. This will ascertain if these areas are suspected to be contaminated by explosive ordnance prior to returns. Realistically, it is however unlikely for non-technical surveys (NTS) to occur in all areas of return in time, due to the scope in quantity and size of these areas.
As a mitigation measure the project aims to further expand and mainstream Explosive Ordnance Risk Education throughout the north eastern parts of Nigeria by increasing the capacity of State and National Authorities. as well as the capacity of Civil Society Organisations, to deliver quality EORE messages within the communities that they are active in. The increase in EORE activities will significantly contribute to a status that women, girls, boys, and men in affected communities of north eastern Nigeria are aware of the risks from EO and are encouraged to behave in a way that reduces the risk to people, property, and the environment. Until other mine action activities such as survey and clearance are possible, the objective is to mitigate the risk to a level where people can live safer in the presence of EO, thus contributing to an environment where economic and social development can occur free from the constraints imposed by EO contamination.
The project will be a critical component to achieve UNMAS Nigeria’s programmatic objective, contributing to developing national capacity to protect the civilians from the threats of explosive ordnance, and mitigate immediate threats for refugees, IDPs, returnees and communities. The requested services will support UNMAS capacity building efforts with national authorities and civil society organisations on different pillars of Mine Action in the country.
The Objective of this RFP is to source (a) suitable Contractor(s) to deliver specific Services that will contribute to the following outcomes of the UNMAS Nigeria Country Program Strategy:
- Relevant national and local entities manage explosive threat, based on an accurate understanding of the scale and scope of explosive ordnance contamination.
- Mitigation of the immediate threat posed by explosive ordnance to civilians, and to humanitarian and development actors in the north eastern Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
Specific outputs of the project are as follows:
- Establishment of a sustainable non-technical survey capacity for north eastern Nigeria, that is able to identify the scale and scope of EO contamination and accurately and comprehensively report the findings using standard IMSMA reports. The NTS capacity should be fully self-sufficient in terms of movement and operations, including logistics and life support.
- Expand and increase a sustainable capacity of Explosive Ordnance Risk Education facilitators in north eastern Nigeria within selected services of the National Authorities and Civil Society Organizations (CSO).
Recommended Experience of the Contractor
The Contractor shall be an International or National Organisation registered in Nigeria and with the following experience:
- Experience in similar types of services
- At least 2 years’ experience in conducting EORE/NTS training courses and experience in conducting Training of Trainers.
- Experience in the geographical region where the project will be implemented
- At least 2 years presence in Northeast Nigeria, working with Mine Action stakeholders and at-risk population.
The Proposal must include supportive documentation to demonstrate the required experience - to be detailed in the Contractor’s organizational profile.
Application Closing Date
11:00 (GMT 0.00), 4th January, 2022.
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