Negative Coping Strategy Study consultant - Der Dalloum - FOR NATIONAL CANDIDATES ONLY

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Please submit your application before August 11, 2020 on

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Funded by Germany through KfW Development Bank, under the project: Regrowth II: Supporting durable socio-economic resilience for Syrian refugee and host communities in Lebanon, the IRC’s Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) unit delivers livelihoods support to vulnerable populations, both refugee and host communities. The livelihoods support is aligned with local market needs and in compliance with Lebanese laws, regulations and the UNDP-MoSA-led Livelihoods Working Group’s guidelines.

The IRC’s ERD unit delivers skill building activities, supports vulnerable populations in seeking safe and decent employment and facilitates access to capital and proper business management for entrepreneurs. ERD ensures that all services are provided in the ‘Do No Harm’ approach, conflict sensitivity and an overall ‘protection lens’. The IRC also contributes to advancing learning on livelihoods programming in crisis-affected contexts. Previously, the IRC produced research on the business/market in Akkar, Mount Lebanon, Beirut and North Lebanon and has performed analyses on the impact of trainings on the economic wellbeing of vulnerable populations.

With continued support from KfW, the IRC will continue driving forward learning on livelihoods and the dynamics of the economy as they impact the day to day lives of vulnerable populations. For its next study, the IRC seeks to analyze both negative and positive coping strategies adapted by vulnerable Lebanese in light of the current socio-economic crisis.

Coping strategies are adaptive methods that individuals and households adopt in order to address changes in their daily lives. Humanitarian programming specifically aims to mitigate the risk of vulnerable populations adopting negative or harmful coping strategies. Negative coping strategies may include reduction in food consumption, incurring debt though unsafe lending practices, exposure to exploitative work, child labor or child marriage. Simultaneously, humanitarian programming should seek to identify pre-existing ‘positive coping mechanisms’ to ensure that programming builds on existing capacities and resources of vulnerable groups, and does not do harm by undermining existing coping strategies.

Globally, it has been recognized that the coping strategies are highly contextual and are embedded in specific cultural, customs and geographical specificities. However, in Lebanon, the coping mechanisms adopted by Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese host communities has not been adequately contextualized. In response to the Syrian crisis, humanitarian actors have tended to use as a frame of reference for analysis coping strategies which was developed in other contexts (primarily in Africa where such research is advanced). For this reason, the IRC recognizes that further research is required to better understand the various coping strategies that vulnerable groups utilize in Lebanon. This research is particularly relevant and timely as coping strategies are not static, but evolve with shifting environmental, political and social factors. As Lebanon is currently in the midst of an unprecedented financial and economic crisis, compounded by the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly relevant to re-examine the current coping strategies employed by the most vulnerable. Through providing a detailed and contextualized understanding of coping strategies, the IRC will be able to enhance the development of programming which seeks to build on positive coping strategies and mitigate against the risk of individuals, households and communities adopting negative coping strategies. The study will draw upon quantitative and qualitative research to provide a current and contextualized analysis in light of the significant contextual shifts Lebanon is undergoing.



  • Develop a KII questionnaire
  • Identify the negative coping strategies adopted by the Lebanese community.
  • Identify outstanding strategies adopted by various segments of the population (females, PWSN, residents of urban area, etc.).
  • Categorize the strategies into thematic areas mostly outlined by the Lebanese community.
  • Rank the coping strategies from the most adopted to the least adopted.
  • Quantify the coping strategies into number of days or other unit when possible.
  • Develop a negative coping strategy index
  • Draft a thorough report on the analysis and findings.
  • Draft recommendation for activities that would reduce the negative coping strategy index.
  • Present the findings to the IRC and to the Livelihoods Working Group



  1. Literature review on coping strategies
  2. KIIs with IRC staff
  3. KIIs with community focal points  (vulnerable populations)
  4. Validation workshops with clients

A focal point from IRC will regularly coordinate with the consultant to ensure the work is progressing on track. In the event where support is needed in data collection or logistics, the IRC will provide the relevant support.



Start date: August 2020

Duration: 23 days of effort

Tentative work plan:

  • Kick off meeting with IRC (0.5 day)
  • Literature review (3 days)
  • KIIs with IRC staff (3 days)
  • KIIs with community focal points (4 days)
  • Workshop preparations (2 days)
  • Workshop delivery (3 days)
  • Developing NCS Index (1.5 days)
  • Drafting of report and (5 days)
  • Presentation of findings (1 day)


  1. Summary of the qualitative data collected during the KIIs per category.

Date: 15 days after the start date


  1. Workshops preparations:
  • The objective of the workshops
  • The agenda of the workshops
  • The details of the activities that will be implemented during the workshops
  • Needed material and resources

Date: 20 days after the start date


  1. Summary of the data collected during the workshops.

Date: 25 days after the start date


  1. First draft of the final report

Date: 33 days after the start date


  1. Final report and presentation

Date: 45 days after the start date


PS: Shortlisted consultants sitting for the interview are expected to produce a detailed workplan about how to go about implementing the above stud

Last modified: 
29 Jul, 2020
Intervention Sector(s):
Business & Economic Policy
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Contract Type:
Period of Employment:
October 31, 2020 / 23 days of effort
Salary Range:
> 3000 (USD)
Education Degree:
Masters Degree
Education Degree Details:
Experience Requirements:
5 to 10 years
Arabic Language:
English Language:
French Language:
  • Lebanon
  • Aakkar
  • Aakkar
  • Deir Dalloum - Zouq El Moqachrine