Key Actors of Tangible and Intangible Heritage Inventory
for the European project
Promoting Governance and Citizenship in
BACKGROUND and PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The 4 partners have previously collaborated in the “Rural Development Program along Masar Ibrahim” that establishes a trekking route across the West Bank. This program is currently financed by the French Development Agency (AFD), the World Bank, and French local authorities. The Path crosses the West Bank from north to south, passing through towns, villages, encampments and refugee camps, thereby reflecting Palestinian identity in all its diversity and complexity. The first phase of this Program along the Abraham Path, Masar Ibrahim in Arabic, supported by the AFD and French local authorities took place between 2013 and 2016. Its success led to a second phase that has been validated and is being implemented until 2019.
Based on the solid foundations of this existing Program, the 4 Partners have submitted to the European Union (EU) a new complementary project, entitled “Promoting Governance and Citizenship in Palestine”. This new project aims to strengthen Palestinian identity and citizenship through re-appropriation (research, preservation and promotion) of historical and cultural heritage along the Masar Ibrahim.
The Masar Ibrahim allow us to oversee the plurality of the Palestinian identity. The memories evoked by each step of this journey, and the historical relics that we discover, remind us of the multiplicity of influences that have existed on this land. Among them, we have the Canaanites civilization from the Antiquity; references to episodes recounted in the Tora and the Gospels, or mentioned in the Coran; ruins witnessing Greek, Roman, Persian, Byzantine and Arab occupations; buildings reminiscent of the Franc passage; the Mamluk and then Ottoman, and British domination.
The proximity of these steps evokes the close link that connects the various components of the Palestinian population: Christians of various obedience; Muslims of various sensitivity; urban descendants of the oldest Middle East civilizations; nomad Bedouins coming from the center of the Arabic peninsula at various times; sedentary farmers who have cultural and religious characteristics common to all the traditional rural areas; and refugees displaced after the 1948 or 1967 wars.
The exploration and valorisation of diversity along the Masar Ibrahim, which appears to be the central axis of the Palestinian identity, would restore the Palestinians’ consciousness of the plurality which has characterized them as a nation for a long time, and give foreigners an image that reflects the wealth of this country’s history and the complexity of its modern society.
CONSULTANTS QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES
The successful candidate must have:
relevant degree(s) and/or experiences in social sciences or development studies, preferably in geography, archaeology, anthropology, land use planning, sociology…
demonstrated strong methodology;
knowledge of the territory and experience in Middle East culture;
good command of database management software
fluency in spoken and written English
fluency in spoken and written Arabic
thorough understanding of policy and legal frameworks about the heritage issue in developing countries;
experience in assessing / evaluating projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries;
ability to speak French is a plus
In country costs relating to the field mission in Palestine (in country transport costs, accommodation and subsistence) have to be included in the total amount of the financial proposal.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants should submit a tender application covering the following:
CVs of the expert who will undertake the assignment. Please note that the entry and the moving in the Palestinian Territories are subjected to strict rules in particular related to the passport (nationality of the person / visas etc.) The candidates will have to specify the compatibility of their profile with these requirements.
Availability to be physically available to deliver the services required over the period mentioned above.
A short concept note including proposed approach and brief methodology (no more than 4 A4 pages). Please specify the strategies that will be used in order to reach respondents in the areas as Gaza Strip and Jerusalem East. Furthermore, the concept note has to include a contingency plan in case of the impossibility to reach the respondents (political crisis, …).
Maximum 2 examples of studies conducted by the expert in the same field
Applications to be sent no later than the 4th March 2018 to Elias Awad – [email protected]
and to Mathilde Blondeau – [email protected]
Please, indicate “Key actors inventory EU project ENI/2017/390-692” as subject of your e-mails.
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