Call for Tender
Terms of Reference
for the European project
My Heritage! My Identity!
Promoting Governance and Citizenship in Palestine
The 4 partners have previously collaborated in the “Rural Development Program along the Abraham Path” 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 valorization 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.
Through the re-appropriation of historical and cultural heritage along the Masar Ibrahim, the Project aims to consolidate the social cohesion between the different components of the Palestinian population.
The EU funded project, started on the 1st January 2018, is approaching the halfway point in March 2019.
A first intermediary narrative report on the first year of the project has been already submitted to the EU as well as the first expected results of the project.
A previous consultancy has been carried out during the first year to help the project team to improve the logical framework (see Annex 1) and to define the baseline for the project.
Based on these previous works, the project team is launching the following call for tender in order to contract a team of experts to carry out the mid-term evaluation of the project.
The purpose of the Consultancy is to carry out the mid-term evaluation for the EU funded project “My Heritage! My Identity!” to assess the relevance and the efficiency of the project implementation and give preliminary indications of effectiveness. The Mid-term evaluation should provide the project partners with sufficient information to make an informed judgment about the performance of the project, document lessons learned and provide practical recommendations for improving the project impact.