The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Lebanon invites interested non-governmental; non-profit organizations, Academic institutions to submit Concept Notes for their 2017 program in Lebanon:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Lebanon invites interested non-governmental; non-profit organizations, Academic institutions to submit Concept Notes for their 2017 program in Lebanon:
DEADLINE: Wed, 03/01/2017


Covering Note


 UNHCR Lebanon is launching its third 2017 Call for Expression of Interest in the following areas


 1) Education/Livelihoods – Technical and vocational education and training


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Lebanon invites interested non-governmental; non-profit organizations, Academic institutions to submit Concept Notes for their 2017 program in Lebanon:


  1. EOI/LEB/8/SYR/2017


Sector: Education/Livelihoods - Technical and vocational education and training

Location: countrywide


Population: Syrian Refugees,Asylum Seekers, and vulnarable Lebanese

The Call for Expression of Interest (EoI) is open to all existing and/or new prospective partners who wish to participate in UNHCR’s operations in 2017 in the area of Technical and vocational education and training, and participate in achieving common goals and objectives. Based on concept notes received, UNHCR will select the best-fit partner for the relevant sector(s) and area(s). Applicants are encouraged, where applicable, to submit cover letter and concept notes with a countrywide geographical focus, partner capacity allowing.


All submissions and annexes should be submitted in English to the email address specifically created for the exercise: #0000ff; font-family: Calibri;"> and on #0000ff; font-family: Calibri;">


The closing date for this call is 01 March 2017 – any late submission will not be accepted for review.



UNHCR policy on selection and retention is to ensure that UNHCR partners with the most suitable organization in a given operation for the implementation of projects, in order to provide quality protection and assistance to refugees and other persons of concern.

As partners bring distinctive attributes and UNHCR operates in varying and challenging environments, it is necessary to identify the Best-Fit Partner.

This policy has benefited from close consultation with partners and the outcome of piloting in several operations.

Mandatory Process


The selection/retention process is conducted with adequate due diligence and evidenced in an objective, consistent, transparent and timely manner. The process involves the following main steps:


a) Call for Expression of Interest is issued by UNHCR Office;


b) Submission of Concept Note by new or existing partner interested in partnering with UNHCR on a given Project;


c) Preparation of lists of applicant organizations and verification of their related documents by the Secretary to the Committee) Committee review and address recommendations to the Head of Office;


e) Final acceptance or rejection by UNHCR Representative Committee’s recommendations; and


f) Communication to applicant organizations of the outcome of the selection/retention process.


Submission of Concept Note


Interested existing or prospective partners may submit a Concept Note in response to the Call for Expression of Interest. The concept note is to be submitted in line with the provided format.


The Concept Note is primarily for the partner to express its unique advantage and added value for the Project objectives. The Concept Note is intended to allow the partner to:


  • Articulate its objectives in undertaking the Project;
  • Briefly describe the implementation approach for realizing the desired outcome of the Project;
  • Demonstrate the unique advantage it brings to the partnership for realizing the desired outcome of the Project; and
  • Demonstrate its complementariness to UNHCR's capacities and resources for the Project.


Therefore, the Concept Note should not be a fully developed project proposal and should be concise, contain clear information and not exceed three pages.


Once selected, the partner will participate in the design and detailed budgeting of the Project and concluding Project Partnership Agreement.


All prospective partners should submit the Partner Bio Data contained in Annex A.


Prospective partners, should register at UNHCR Partners portal:       


Selection Criteria:


Concept notes from the prospective partner with required expertise are particularly encouraged. 


International agencies should be able to demonstrate specialized expertise in the sector, work in collaboration with national NGOs/CBOs and/or a clear exit strategy.

Overview of main selection criteria:


  • Sector expertise and experience: Expertise in TVET and proven experience in coordination with government entities are requirements. Project specific skills, specialists, knowledge and human resources have to be available.
  • Project management: Ability to deliver project objectives, accountability mechanisms and sound financial management and coordination with agencies working under the same sector. In addition the agency should have the capacity to deliver quality reporting and adhere to UNHCR reporting requirements.
  • Local experience and presence: Ongoing programs in the area of operation. Demonstrate evidence of local presence and knowledge including assessment of the area of intervention.  Demonstrate collaboration with national NGOs and local CBOs for future sustainability. Working relationship, collaboration with relevant government authorities.
  • Contribution of resources: Evidenced and documented contribution of resources to the Project in cash or in-kind (e.g. human resources, supplies and/or equipment) that are presently available (or potentially mobilized by the partner) in order to supplement UNHCR resources.
  • Cost effectiveness: Level of administrative costs should not exceed 20% imposed on the Project in relation to project deliverables.
  • Experience working with UNHCR: Global and/or local partnerships including knowledge of UNHCR policies, practices and programme, including an understanding of and ability to work within UNHCR’s funding limitations and associated inherent risks.


  • Other:  Participation in the LCRP and active participation in LCRP relevant Sector Working Group is an asset. Legally registered at the location of the NGO’s Headquarters. Legally registered in Lebanon. Authority to operate a bank account in Lebanon. Registered on UNHCR Partner portal #0000ff; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;"> 


Overview of timeframe


  • Concept notes to be submitted by 01 March 2017.
  • All prospective partners will receive written notification by31th March 2017 on the selection.
  • Selected partner will then have bilateral discussions with UNHCR offices to submit and discuss a full-fledged project proposal to enter into a partnership agreement.

For further information regarding applications please refer to the documents on the following link: