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Coordination Officer

Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-04

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Background

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

  • Project: Tensions Monitoring System Project
  • Classified Level: NPSA 7
  • Contract Type: Regular
  • Office- or Home-based: Office Based

The impact of the Syria crisis on Lebanon is unprecedented in the history of complex, refugee-driven emergencies. The crisis is not only challenging the country’s existing social and economic infrastructure, it also brings to Lebanon a new set of disparities, cleavages and tensions that threaten to undermine Lebanon’s delicate social and political stability.

With the protracted nature of the crisis, refugees are living in poverty, accumulating debt and making tough choices to reduce costs, with negative consequences for availability and quality of shelter, access to health, clean water and education opportunities. Furthermore, as an area with the highest concentration of host community and refugees, Beirut and Mount Lebanon (BML), includes one of the poorest and most underserved regions of Lebanon. It has one of the highest eviction threat rates related to rental payment given the nature of shelter accommodation (apartments) compared to other Governorates (which have informal settlements). Even before the crisis, social services, infrastructure and livelihood opportunities were inadequate with high levels of competition over jobs and businesses especially given the density of job opportunities and enterprises in BML. Now, increased refugee populations are putting enormous pressure on water, sanitation, education, fuel, electricity and health care systems, with
critical consequences for Lebanon’s natural and environmental resources, as well as, on social tension and stability.

Reflecting the protracted nature of the crisis and its profound impact on Lebanon, the response to the crisis moved in 2017 towards a four-year integrated humanitarian-stabilization response, the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) 2017-2020. The LCRP is an integrated humanitarian and stabilization strategy. The main objectives are to: (1) Ensure protection of vulnerable populations, (2) Provide immediate assistance to vulnerable population, (3) Support service provision through national systems, and (4) Reinforce Lebanon's economic, social and environmental stability by investing in Lebanese institutions, services and systems in a manner that helps maintain Lebanon's stability throughout the crisis. The LCRP is led by the Minister of Social Affairs (MoSA) with support from UNHCR and UNDP through the LCRP Response Management, and in collaboration with other ministries and the lead UN agencies. The plan covers 10 sectors and all activities are coordinated by line ministries through sector working groups. Response partners thus work across a range of areas: Food Security, Basic Assistance, Education, Health, Water, Protection, Social Stability, Livelihoods, Energy, and Shelter.

UNDP’s role has evolved in parallel, with UNHCR leading on the refugee dimension of the response, UNDP leads on stabilization, under the overall umbrella of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Response Plan (3RP) for the Syria crisis. In addition to this overall leadership role, UNDP is also leading three of the ten sectors of the response, the social stability, livelihoods and energy sectors, while UNDP programmes are providing crucial contribution to Lebanon’s stability by supporting host communities in the areas of livelihoods, basic infrastructure and environmental and social stability.

Through the LCRP response management, UNDP places a strong emphasis on ensuring an integrated Monitoring & Evaluation framework, based on a broad evidence base, informed by quantitative and qualitative research as well as direct engagement with affected populations. Furthermore, mainstreaming protection, conflict sensitivity, gender and environment are key areas of focus within the response and for UNDP.

Moving forward, and based on recommendation from the LCRP mid-term review, UNDP will take a key role in shaping the future of the response and leading dialogue with development actors to ensure coherence and complementarity of approaches in aid coordination and programming towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Coordination Officer will work under the overall guidance of the LHSP CTA, the administrative guidance of the BML Area Manager as the field-level Inter-Agency Coordinator, and day-to-day management (reporting to) the Senior Inter-Agency Coordinator at the Country Office in Beirut. The primary responsibility of the Coordination Officer is to ensure that UNDP effectively leads the coordination, monitoring and mainstreaming efforts at the local level, in close liaison with other co-leads, particularly MoSA, MoIM and UNHCR. This will be done by:

Ensuring coordination and complementarity of sector interventions across the region:
Specifically, the coordinator will:

  • Ensure coherence between the local and national working groups and inter-sector/agency meetings by working closely with the national sector and inter-sector coordinators, attending national working group meetings and related events, and facilitating the flow of information between local and national levels;
  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information amongst sector partners to inform future directions of the response related to social stability and livelihoods;
  • Facilitate coordination of interventions across the sectors to avoid duplication or gaps whether at output/outcome level or in terms of geographic coverage;
  • Develop information products to support coordination and the implementation of interventions by sector partners in close collaboration with the Information Management Officer in the inter-agency coordination team;
  • Organize and chair regular sector working group and task force meetings, according to the yearly calendar and workplan;
  • Set agendas, draft and share minutes of meetings with sector members share information and coordinate their activities related to social stability and livelihoods interventions; and avoid duplication/gaps in activities;
  • Provide inputs and updates to the agendas and organization of national sector meetings;
  • Ensure regular engagement and communication with sector partners and outreach to potential new partners with a particular focus on local NGOs;
  • Consolidate and disseminate lessons learnt, best practices, assessment and evaluations.
  • Support the Area Manager in her/his capacity as field-level Inter-Agency Coordinator in the agenda setting and organization of field-level inter-agency and inter-sector meetings.

Supporting the strategic direction of Social Stability and Livelihoods:

  • Contribute to the development and update of the national sector strategies;
  • Explore area-based strategies in close coordination with the national coordinators and inter-sector colleagues;
  • Contribute to the development of national knowledge products, toolkits, guidelines and SOPs based on trends and lessons learned from the field;
  • Based on collective analysis, provide advise to sector partners on priorities, targeting and programme design;
  • Identify information gaps and define needs for assessments/research to inform the strategies.

Managing field-level tensions monitoring system;

  • Co-lead activities, with the Conflict Analysis and Conflict Sensitivity Mainstreaming Officer’, related to the tensions monitoring system in terms of data collection and validation at the field level.
  • Co-lead with the Conflict Analysis and Conflict Sensitivity Mainstreaming Officer’ the regional Tensions Task Forces which take place every quarter.
  • Support with the compilation of the ‘Monthly Tension Inputs’ in collaboration with UNHCR, MoIM, and MoSA.
  • Undertake ad hoc monitoring of tensions-related incidents
  • Manage the regional ‘Tensions Task Force’ Whatsapp groups and facilitate an effective flow of information between field partners and the central level.

Mainstreaming conflict sensitivity and do-no-harm across the crisis response:

  • In collaboration with the ‘Conflict Analysis and Conflict Sensitivity Mainstreaming Officer’, undertake processes (such as organizing trainings, support in the production of guidelines, facilitate research & analysis) on mainstreaming conflict sensitivity across different LCRP sectors at the field level.

Competencies

  • Ability to assume responsibility and to coordinate the work of others;
  • Ability to interface and maintain a positive relationship with others
  • Ability to represent UNDP and the social stability and livelihoods sectors;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, as well as research skills;
  • Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and accurately;
  • Teamwork spirit and willingness to learn and embrace additional responsibilities within the team;
  • Proficiency in standard Microsoft Office applications and relevant computer applications.
  • Experience with coordination
  • Experience in conflict sensitivity and cross-sectoral mainstreaming an asset;
  • Experience and knowledge of UNDP policies and procedures and experience from previous UN assignments and/or bi-lateral aid organizations an asset.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Secondary degree or Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, economics/economic development, or related fields.

Work experience:

  • Secondary degree with 7 years or Bachelor’s degree with 4 years of relevant experience workingin local economic development, governance and peacebuilding;
  • Experience in context of conflict analysis;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience in field and coordination work with international and/or local humanitarian and development agencies;
  • Experience in conflict sensitivity and cross-sectoral mainstreaming is an asset;
  • Experience and knowledge of UNDP policies and procedures and experience from previous UN assignments and/or bi-lateral aid organizations an asset.

Required Language(s):

  • Fluency in oral and written Arabic and English.

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