Contribution in Support of UNHCR's Activities in Jordan 2016 and 2017

Contract partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Jordanien Funding amount: € 1.300.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2016 End: 31.12.2017

Short Description:

Overall goal

Most vulnerable Syrian refugees living in urban locations in Jordan will be able to sustain their minimum standards of living.

Expected results

Austria’s contribution will help 7,931 Syrian families (about 35,927 individuals) to receive crucial assistance to sustain their minimum standards of living.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries will include female-headed households, persons in serious medical conditions, disabled persons, women, elderly and children at risk, persons with specific legal or physical protection needs, torture survivors, single parents, and unaccompanied or separated children. The activities are implemented by UNHCR directly in numerous urban areas all over Jordan.



Austria’s contribution will help 7,931 Syrian families (about 35,927 individuals) living in the most vulnerable conditions in urban locations to receive cash assistance for one month. Cash is provided monthly on a sliding scale based on family size, between USD 113 to USD 219. The average amount is USD 174 per month. Thus, with Austria's contribution of EUR 1,300,000 (equivalent to $1,380,042 with the UN exchange rate of 1 USD / 0.942 EUR as of 1 December), 7,931 families can be reached. The beneficiaries will be carefully selected through home visits and multiple layers of reviewing committees, and for the approved cases, cash-based assistance will be delivered through IRIS-equipped ATMs where only the registered head of household can withdraw using his/her iris as identification.


Jordan is home to some 655,000 registered Syrian refugees, including some 500,000 in urban areas. 93% of Syrian refugees living outside of camps in Jordan are living below the poverty line. Vulnerabilities are increasing as personal savings are depleted and assistance, such as in the areas of health and food, is reduced as a result of budgetary constraints. Such situations often force families to start and rely on negative and sometimes dangerous coping strategies to meet their needs (e.g. reducing food intake, sharing accommodation, taking loans, removing children from school in order to support the family, begging, resorting to prostitution). Such practices increase refugees’ exposure to exploitation and enhance protection risks faced by families.

UNHCR's protection and operational strategy in Jordan will prioritize activities including cash-based interventions, camp coordination and management, provision of healthcare services and community based protection.

UNHCR’s financial requirements to cover the needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan, as set out in the 3RP for Jordan, have amount to USD 229,964,286 for 2016.

project number 2694-00/2017
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
modality Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Gender: 1, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.