One of the ten official Palestinian camps in Jordan, Marka camp, referred to by the Government of Jordan (GoJ) as Hitteen camp, was established in 1968 on an area of 0.92 square kilometers. It is located 10 km northeast of Amman. More than 53,000 registered refugees live in this camp. The total number of housing units in this camp is 2,824, and the size of housing units ranges from 60 to 100 square meters. Approximately 250 houses (about 10% of the housing units) in the Hitteen camp requiring rehabilitation to ensure the safety of the houses and families, while preserving the dignity of refugees, and improving their living standards.
As part of the Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (AICS)’s continuous support to the Palestinian refugees in the region, this project will support the Department of Palestinian Affairs (DPA) in the GoJ to rehabilitate the housing units in need of rehabilitation and to improve housing conditions for the refugees. The DPA is a Jordanian government agency, under the supervision of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates established in 1950, to oversee the Palestinian refugees and displaced people.
Under this project, UNOPS is supporting the DPA in Jordan to construct new housing units in need of rehabilitation, in order to improve both the housing and living conditions of the Palestinian refugees who reside in Hitteen Camp.
The scope of work entails the reconstruction of 100 housing units of 30 square meters each, consisting of room, kitchen and bathroom of each targeted house (prototype layout design was provided by DPA-beneficiary). The room, kitchen and bathrooms will be constructed adjacent to the existing house structure. The needs for construction works have been identified by the DPA, according to its internal assessment and prioritization.
In addition, it is planned that some refugees from Hitteen camp will be recruited as labourers under this project by the contractor/s (about 50% workers including both skilled and unskilled). This will result in increasing employment opportunities for the refugees in the camp.