The Lebanese Parliament has three main functions: legislative, oversight and representation. However, given the concept of separation of powers, these roles are not necessarily decisive. Government is accountable to Parliament, as the system resembles a parliamentary democracy. Hence, Parliament is one of the main pillars representing the country’s long history of multi-party democracy, and the institution in which Lebanon’s legislative power is vested.The most recent parliamentary elections in Lebanon were held on 6 May 2018, after Parliament adopted, on June 2017, a new proportional electoral law for the first time in the history of the country. Although originally scheduled for 2013, the election was postponed three times in 2013, 2014 and 2017 under various pretexts, including the security situation, the failure of the Parliament to elect a new President, and the technical requirements of holding an election.Over the years, many factors have led to the weakening role of Parliament in Lebanon, evident in the lack of legislative initiatives, lack of awareness about human rights and gender mainstreaming in legislation and a very limited parliamentary oversight role over the executive authority.Technical support to the Lebanese Parliament ProjectIn 1999, the Lebanese Parliament and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), jointly initiated a three-year project to respond to the needs of the Parliament and parliamentarians, in the framework of a cooperation agreement signed by UNDP and the Speaker of Parliament. The project has been modified and renewed every 3 years, ever since, (2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2017) and extended in 2018, in order to respond to the changing needs but also to keep abreast with requirements as a result of the political situation in the country (presidency vaccum until October 2016, extension of Parliament’s mandate) until the parliamentary elections took place in May 2018. During this period, the Parliament has been paralyzed and the project has been functioning at minimal capacity in terms of resources. In 2018, a substantive revision was conducted to the Project Document to add the 2018 strategy and annual work plan and modify the budget accordingly.The project mainly aims at strengthening the legislative, oversight, and representative capacities of the Lebanese Parliament, by working with parliamentary committees and the parliament’s administration. It also aims at strengthening the relationship between the Parliament and civil society and social groups. Currently, its activities focus on implementing the 2030 SDG agenda, promoting gender equality, empowering women legislation, ensuring environmental sustainability, and extending the partnership to consequently achieve Human Rights protection.The project, located at the premises of the Lebanese Parliament, builds up on the strategic partnership already established with Parliament for over 18 years and utilizes its vast network with civil society organizations (CSOs) allowing for their greater participation and increased dialogue between them and parliamentary committees. UNDP also uses its presence in most ministries and public institutions and in the various regions of Lebanon to effectively link them with the Parliament through periodic sessions of review of progress and dialogue. Work developed by the project with Parliament, over the years, has built trust between both institutions and has strategically positioned the project to continue in its mandate of supporting Parliament, building on past investments and achievements and moving forward.Throughout the different phases of implementation, the project has had different donors, and partners, including the Belgian Ministry of Development, the government of the French Republic, and UN/UNDP sources. Currently, it is being co-funded by UNDP and Parliament. The project’s budget varied at the different stages, and depending on the specific implemented activities, with a yearly average budget of more than 250,000.00 USD.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP intends to undertake an independent evaluation to assess the UNDP-Parliament project at the macro level covering the period 2011-2018. The evaluation must provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful. The evaluator is expected to follow a participatory and consultative approach ensuring close engagement with government counterparts. The evaluator need to ensure that women and disadvantaged groups are adequately represented. In order to make excluded or disadvantaged groups visible, to the extent possible, data should be disaggregated by gender, age, disability, ethnicity, wealth and other relevant differences where possible.The final report should comply with the UNEG Quality Checklist for Evaluation Reports. The evaluation will use the OECD/DAC evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability, as defined and explained in the UNDP Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results.
- Proficiency in Arabic and English. Knowledge of French is a plus.
- Outstanding written skills demonstrated through previous publications.
- Previous experience in developing work plans and strategies.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
- Knowledge of the UN preferable.
Required Skills and Experience
- Graduate Degree (Masters or equivalent) in Public Administration, Political Science, Management or related Social Science fields.
- At least seven (7) years of professional experience in Projects’ M&E, preferably in governance related projects.
- Previous experience in evaluating projects of similar nature for Lebanese and/or International Organizations.
- Knowledge of the Lebanese public administration framework is an advantage.
- Ability to collect and analyze information from a variety of sources; advanced knowledge of the Lebanese public administration; Familiarity with organizational structures.
How to apply:
The consultancy is open for all national consultants who meet the selection criteria and propose a competitive fee. Interested consultants are requested to apply only through this UNDP jobs portal. Submissions through any other media will not be considered.
The application must include all of the following documents:
1. P11,2. Annex 3 (Offerors Letter) and3. Financial proposal
All files shall be submitted in one single document and uploaded as word or PDF file to the UNDP job site.It has been observed that bidders don’t submit all requested documents and thus reducing their chance to be selected for a contract with UNDP. before you submit your offer please revise that the application is complete and comprises all documents.Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
- Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
- Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
- Operations and Administrations
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Closing Date: 2018-07-26