Project Specialist, Border Community
Vacancy Announcement VA20P088V01 Project Specialist, IBM - Border Community Strengthening Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (EU IBM Lebanon Phase III)
Posting Date: 15 June 2020
Deadline for Applications: 11 July 2020
Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon
Start Date: As soon as possible
Contract Duration: 24 Months
Type of Post: Local Organisational Overview:
The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation tasked with promoting innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies. With 17 Member States and over 60 projects active throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, ICMPD isagrowingandever-morerelevantpresenceinitsfield.Theorganisation’sgreatestassetsareits200+ staffmembers,whopersonifyitsvaluesofcommitment,integrity,partnership,respect,andinnovation in actions and decisions.
ICMPD is inviting all interested candidates to apply for the Project Specialist - Border Community position for the project Strengthening Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (EU IBM Lebanon Phase III). The overall objective of this project is to seek to leverage the sustained commitment, and past investment in Lebanon, through ICMPD’s expertise and thereby achieve the following Specific Objectives:
1. To enhance border governance. This Objective seeks to support Lebanese commitment to the implementation of the National IBM Strategy and work towards inter-agency cooperation with the aim of enhancing overall border governance, which will enhance sovereignty, facilitate trade, improve security and strengthen the rule of law. This will be achieved through a continuation of the work done on interagency cooperation and coordination, asset management, planning, budgeting, and institutionalised relations with international counterparts.
2. To reinforce right based approach and IBM coordination contributing to enhanced border security and trade facilitation. This Objective seeks to sustainably strengthen the capacities of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), General Security (GS), Lebanese Customs Authority (LCA), Internal Security Forces (ISF) and Lebanese Civil Defence (LCD) in carrying out their respective mandates at an operational level, through training coaching and mentoring. This will include planning work on borders, and with regards to customs and border procedure transparency. 1 3. To contribute to the security and stability of border communities. This Objective will leverage past investment in Community engagement in vulnerable border communities in the North and East of the country with a view to improving relations between Security Sector Actors and local communities, bearing a high burden of displaced population hosting. It will entail the development of local development projects implemented in cooperation with local NGOs and CBOs and security sector actors that provide shared benefits.
The project will run over four years. The position is based in ICMPD’s Lebanon office. Please note that this position is subject to approval and availability of project funds. Job Description:
The Project Specialists for Strengthening Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon Phase 3 project) will provide day-to-day expert and advisory support to the Lebanese border agencies. The main functions are mentoring, coaching and advising national counterparts and national experts on strategic IBM development and contribute to the overall work plan implementation.
They contribute to the identification of areas for improvement and draft recommendations, and ensure quality control of all technical content.
The Project Specialist - Border Community will be allocated to one of four thematic areas (outlined below). The Project Specialists team will comprise the team of experts, three senior experts from EU Member States and one local expert, based on expertise in the key thematic areas of the action, as follows:
- Project Specialist, IBM - Border Management, working closely with General Directorate of the Security General ( DGSG);
- Project Specialist, IBM – Customs, working closely with Lebanese Customs Administration (LCA); - Project Specialist, IBM - Border Surveillance, working closely with Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF); - Project Specialist, IBM - Border Community,working closely with Internal Security Forces(ISF) and LAF.
TheProject Specialist-Border Community reportsto the Headofthe BorderManagement and Security Programme (BMS), and in close coordination with the Senior Border Management and Security Advisor. The incumbent works in collaboration with the Project Manager, IBM Lebanon Phase 3. The Project Specialists are embedded within the structures of the national IBM/border agencies. They provide the necessary technical expertise and situational awareness and have experience in monitoring and advising.
The Project Specialists team will coordinate work within the team internally lead by the lead expert. Likewise, this team will coordinate work with other stakeholders in Lebanon, both international and national. Hence, each Project Specialist will need to be aware and knowledgeable of other Project Specialist`s work and its progress.
The Project Specialists will reside in Lebanon/Beirut, which is intended to ensure permanent communication links to respective beneficiaries.
2Tasks and Responsibilities:
1. Planning and implementation of activities:
Under the guidanceoftheHead ofBMS and incoordination with theSeniorAdvisor, BMS, provide technical and expert support to the Project beneficiaries, ensuring that project activities are carried out according to agreed work plans and conform to contractual reporting requirements; Draft reports on the outcome and results of project activities;
Liaise with the relevant Lebanese beneficiary/security agency to ensure optimal project results based on the project work plan;
Organize events of relevance to the project, including study visits, conferences and seminars on the topic of border community;
Provide technical assistance for developing mechanism to Border Control authorities on community engagement;
Prepare conflict-sensitive local development plans in selected area; Support promotion of communal dialogues between security sector actors stationed in the region and border communities;
Ensure the cooperation between local NGOs and security sector actors, through jointly defined small scale interventions.
2. Project administration and contribution to partnership development
Support relationships with donors, beneficiaries and other partners; Proactively identify opportunities for expanding the partners’ network; ProvidetechnicalassistancetoimprovethecoordinationbetweenBorderControlauthorities,non- security agencies and private sector;
Identify areas for improvement and draft recommendations;
Ensure that project activities within the assigned area are implemented in an efficient and cost- effective manner in line with the work plan;
Monitor compliance with ICMPD’s policies and procedures within the area of responsibility. 3. Substantive contributions and provision of technical expertise:
Provide expertise and advisory inputs in the field of technical specialisation; Plan and coordinate processes for the production of project content (research publications, studies, thematic/sector reports etc.) by:
o Selecting instruments and methodology.
o Reviewing, commenting and revising outputs ensuring adherence to ICMPD´s quality standards
o Disseminatingfindingsthroughpresentationsatworkshops,meetings,events,asapplicable. Analyse and formulate high-quality analytical inputs;
Formulate inputs to internal and external project reviews and reports; Review and assess project results and identify and record best practices/lessons learned; Identify project ideas. Develop, formulate and draft new project concepts, proposals, work plans and budgets.
High-quality project outputs and deliverables related to area of work delivered in a timely and qualitative manner.
Project inputs administered according to ICMPD´s rules and processes and donor requirements. Substantive project output and content defined, formulated and produced according to highest analytical and professional standards.
3 Project achievements assessed and lessons learned generated.
Qualitative and timely contributions for formulation of project content provided. Technical inputs provided for the procurement-related activities.
At least 5 years of progressive working experience (directly or indirectly) with EU agencies and/or international organizations dealing with border security issues (e.g. Frontex, OSCE, etc.); Previous working experience in border community engagement in border management; Proven working experience on civil-military cooperation and coordination; Knowledge and understanding of migration and border management issues and principles; Strong skills in report writing, communication and intercultural sensitivity required. Corporate Qualifications:
Master’s degree (or equivalent police academy/law enforcement training institution) in law, political science, international relations, or other relevant disciplines. An excellent verbal and written command of English is essential. Knowledge of French or Arabic is a strong asset.
Prior work experience in Lebanon or in the region would be an advantage. Compensation:
ICMPD offers a monthly gross salary to be calculated based on qualifications and experience. Additional benefits include Health and Accident Insurance and six weeks’ annual leave. Application Procedure:
Interested candidates are requested to submit their application in English through the ICMPD online
recruitment system at http://www.icmpd.org/work-for-us/current-vacancies by midnight (CET) of the closing date specified above. For this purpose, candidates will first need to register with the ICMPD website. Once the relevant data has been entered, candidates will be able to apply for vacancies. Please note that in thecourse oftheonline application, themotivation letter andpersonal CVmust be uploaded in the EuropeAid format in English. The template is available for download at http://www.icmpd.org/work-for-us/.
All applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated above. Applications received after the published deadline, and offline applications submitted via email, fax or post, will not be considered.
Due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted and applicants are expected to be available for a personal/telephone interview.
In the event of a technical issue with your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. General Information:
ICMPD retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy or to cancel the recruitment. This position may entail frequent travel to high risk areas at short notice for theexecution of the tasks and duties, which may warrant adherence to security protocols, and/or health procedures. 4