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National Gender Specialist for Climate Change.

beirut

Background

Lebanon has submitted its NDC in 2015 and has received further support to improve the assessment, achievement, gender-responsiveness, financing and reporting of its NDC through the Nationally Determined Contribution Support Programme (NDCSP).Considering the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), gender is to be considered in climate change, and the NDCSP project’s aim is to enhance gender integration into climate planning through a gender-responsiveness assessment of the policies and activities included in Lebanon’s NDC, among other instruments mentioned above. The assessment will be intended to valuate where Lebanon stands, identify potential areas for gender mainstreaming, the barriers which need to be overcome, the institutional arrangements needed to effectively track the progress, and to sustainably ensure gender integration into climate change planning. This in turn is expected to result in an increased gender equality knowledge among decision-makers.

Moreover, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment are seen as goals in their own right and are also central to the achievement of UNDP’s development mandate. UNDP is guided in its work by its Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 which details how UNDP works towards gender equality in each of the goals and key results set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has also partnered with the Office of the Minister of Women Affairs (OMSWA) to provide technical support to the latter and the Lebanese government in addressing priorities pertaining to women affairs. As such, the following two specific objectives will be focused on preparing a consolidated all-inclusive action plan for the OMSWA to mainstream gender equality at the national level developed; and provide support to the OMSWA to coordinate and implement activities that meet its objectives.

In September 2015, the member states of the United Nations adopted “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” based on a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which came into force in January 2016. Lebanon committed to this agenda and UNDP Lebanon has provided support to the Lebanese Government in developing its first Voluntary National Review, which was presented in New York on the 18th of July 2018 during the High Level Political Forum.

By integrating gender into NDC implementation, while keeping in check the SDG (goals 5, 7 and 13 in particular, but not exclusively) its execution becomes improved; The accomplishment and sustainability of the mitigation and adaptation actions in Lebanon’s NDC depends on a comprehensive approach to planning which can be achieved through an integrated policy design approach. This project, through the in-depth gender analysis and subsequent capacity-building, will allow for an integration of gender into climate planning and consequently, a more effective achievement of Lebanon’s NDC.

Therefore, a National Gender Specialist is needed to review and advise on the accomplishment of the gender-climate activities in Lebanon.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP is seeking to recruit a National Gender Specialist (hereafter the specialist) for climate change to ensure that gender outputs, activities and considerations are fully implemented as part of and mainstreamed into the project. In addition, he/she will also develop a participatory in-depth gender analysis to refine and inform the execution of gender activities in the 2018/2019 workplan in order to make sure the activities and outputs are gender-responsive and transformational. The specialist should contribute to advancing climate-gender equality and women’s empowerment in Lebanon.

The NDCSP climate-gender activity involves in-depth gender analysis (from legal, policy and institutional perspectives) with the overall objective of making the nationally determined contribution gender-responsive.

Competencies

Functional competencies:

  • High proficiency in Arabic and English languages;
  • Excellent analytical skills, excellent interpersonal and communication and writing skills as well as ability for coordination;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good relationship with stakeholders;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple tasks and work under pressure;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner and ability to plan, organize, implement, and report on work;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback and positive attitude to work.

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity adaptability.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in sustainable development, economics, public administration, social sciences, gender studies or a related field. Ph.D. is an asset.

Years of Experience:

  • At least 5 years of substantive professional experience in design, monitoring or evaluation of gender projects.

Technical experience:

  • Experience to undertake gender analysis, design relevant criteria and gender strategy;
  • Familiarity with climate change/environment, NDCs, Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS), and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs);
  • Experience in working with developing countries and undertaking policy and programmatic work in the area of expertise mentioned above; gender mainstreaming experience highly desired;
  • Experience in designing and facilitating capacity building processes in developing countries;
  • Experience or strong familiarity with the work of UNDP and/or other multilateral, bilateral and civil society development partners;
  • Experience in producing reports in Arabic and English will be an asset.

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) and
  • 3. Technical Offer
  • 4. 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.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: beirut
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-14

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