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TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) TO SUPPORT THE PSYCHOSOCIAL COMMUNITY- BASED REINTEGRATION OF RETURNEES AND COMMUNITIES OF RETURN IN HARGEISA, SOMALILAND UNDER THE EU -IOM JOINT INITIATIVE FOR MIGRANT PROTECTION AND REINTEGRATION

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This project is funded by EU

TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)

TO SUPPORT THE PSYCHOSOCIAL COMMUNITY- BASED REINTEGRATION

OF RETURNEES AND COMMUNITIES OF RETURN IN HARGEISA, SOMALILAND UNDER THE EU -IOM JOINT INITIATIVE FOR MIGRANT PROTECTION AND REINTEGRATION

  1. ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 166-member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM has been operating in Hargeisa since 2008 and is providing a variety of services in support of local communities and authorities, this includes capacity building support through diaspora engagement, medical health and water and sanitation services. A core activity of IOM Hargeisa’s work is Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) activities which provides vital assistance to hundreds of migrants every year. Building on experience and a world-wide network of offices and partners, IOM’s AVRR programs strive to ensure that migrants in need are assisted to return to Somaliland voluntarily, safely and in dignity, and are supported in achieving sustainable reintegration.

  1. PROJECT BACKGROUND

IOM is implementing the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration (EU-IOM Joint Initiative) funded by the European Union’s Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to facilitating orderly, safe, regular and rights-based migration through the facilitation of dignified voluntary return and the implementation of development-focused and sustainable reintegration policies and processes.

A main pillar of the programme, which is implemented in 26 African countries is to provide sustainable reintegration by addressing migrant returnees’ economic, social and psychosocial needs, foster the inclusion of communities of return and strengthen systems for reintegration support. While some migrants reintegrate more easily within their communities of origin or return, others might face challenges they cannot overcome on their own and need support in their reintegration. At the same time, communities, regions and countries to which migrants return may – sometimes also as a result of a great

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number of simultaneous returns – not have the capacities to provide an environment conducive to successful reintegration due to a lack of local infrastructure and resources.1

Under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative programme, community-based reintegration assistance supports strengthening community networks and conditions for sustainable reintegration. It is implemented using a participatory approach involving returnees and their communities of return or origin to address wider needs and concerns. Community-based initiatives can increase support for reintegration among local actors. This kind of initiatives is particularly useful when there is a large number of returnees to a specific community, because community-based integration can address tensions between returnees and local communities or serve as extra capacity when a community has been stretched to accommodate returnees’ needs.

In this regard, IOM in close coordination with the National Displacement and Refugee Agency, has conducted community consultations in Hargeisa from 15/12 to 19/12, bringing together migrant returnees as well as representatives from various socioeconomic groups. This five-day consultation resulted in a community action plan with a set of priority activities identified by the community.

Among the main priorities identified by the community, the stress has been posed over the support and facilitation of reintegration for youth returnees with a focus on health and psychosocial support programs. The latter is considered a challenge faced by returnees, especially among returning youth and represents one of the goals for a holistic and sustainable reintegration process at individual and community level.

Therefore, IOM is intending to conduct an activity with the objective of improving support to youth and returning migrants through a community approach to psycho-social support.

The main purpose of this activity is to foster social cohesion between migrant returnees and host communities as well as promote psychosocial wellbeing and access to activities in Hargeisa. The selected implementing partner is expected to meet the below mentioned objectives and outcomes.

  • REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Through this Call for Proposals (CFP), IOM is inviting applications from implementing partners that can undertake the task of designing and conducting a sustainable psychosocial community-based project for reintegration of youth returnees and members of their communities in Hargeisa. The project should focus on providing psychosocial support to returnees in their community of reintegration by capacitating community members and leaders on gaining a better understanding over Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) as well as supporting the roll out of a peer to peer approach which sees the involvement of selected returnees trained as mentors.

  • IOM, Towards an integrated approach to reintegration (2017).

This project is funded by EU

The proposal should include the following components:

Output 1: Strengthening community-based psychosocial support for youth and returning migrants in communities or return

The project may include one or combination of the below approaches:

  • Provide free individual and/or group psychosocial counselling sessions by a qualified psyhotherapist or counsellor and identify and refer cases to specialized services in case of further treatment;
  • Strengthen and use existing referral systems or support the creation of it together with other stakeholders;
  • Design and roll out a training on basic psychosocial skills, PSS in migration contexts and referral for community leaders and/or religious leaders (to consider gender balance) acting as Focal Points for the rolled out of PSS at community level;
  • Plan, implement and coordinate community-based psychosocial activities through the facilitation of trained community focal points;
  • Promote Awareness raising of psychosocial factors/consequences of migration to returnees and community members through recreational events and arts promotion;
  • Develop IEC materials through local actors and stakeholders, according to IOM standards and approval;
  • Provide supervision and follow up trainings to Focal Points selected over the course of the agreement to stimulate continues learning;
  • Monitor and report activities according to IOM M&E standards mainly through the training of community Focal Points on Community based M&E methodology and its roll out;
  • Facilitation for inclusion and participation of returnees in communal activities.

Output 2: Develop and implement a peer to peer mentorship approach for and to youth returning migrants

  • Design and deliver a Training of Trainers (ToT) for 25 returning migrants on MHPSS concepts and basic skills especially on its applicability to the migratory context;
  • Development of a mentorship program to support newly returned migrants to re-insert in their communities through appointment of trained migrants as mentors;
  • Roll out of refresher trainings and ensure supervision of appointed returnees as mentors;
  • Train and roll out of community-based M&E methodology in coordination with IOM M&E officer;
  • Support and roll out of mentorship activities in communities targeted as per Output 1.

III.I. Target Areas

TBD

III.II. Target Groups

This project is funded by EU

Migrant returnees, members of communities of origin, including people with disabilities, women and youth. Gender balance will need to be taken into account.

III.III. Budget range

USD 30-50,000

  1. TIMEFRAME

The project should be completed within 12 months, no later than 30 March 2021. The proposal should include a detailed workplan showcasing how the implementing partner is expecting to meet the stated objectives within the timeframe provided.

  1. MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION

The implementing partner will be overseen by IOM office in Hargeisa. The implementing partner will receive direct guidance from the MPA Programme Officer in Hargeisa and the technical support of the Mental Health and Psychosocial (MHPSS) Officer and MHPSS assistant.

  1. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR APPLICANTS

The applicant should be based or operating in, and legally registered in Somaliland, and have established presence in Burao;

The applicant should have a good understanding and working relationships with the relevant line ministries, local authorities, local communities and other relevant stakeholders in Hargeisa;

Demonstrated experience in providing psychosocial support, including individual and group psychosocial counselling, and in providing psychosocial community-based activities.

Experience in design and delivery of capacity building activities on MHPSS specifically Training of Trainers;

Demonstrated experience in providing psychosocial support to migrants and returnees;

Sound donor reporting skills (abiding to strict data confidentiality agreements) and use of monitoring and evaluation tools;

The proposal should demonstrate inclusiveness and respect for diversity, and should take into consideration the engagement of community members and have a gender sensitive approach;

This project is funded by EU

The applicant should be able to demonstrate sufficient staff capacity and expertise to implement the project;

Subcontracting will not be preferred

Experience working with an international non-governmental organization, or the United Nations would be an asset

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