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Nine years into the Syria crisis, and the vast majority (91%) of Syrians think that the Lebanese have been good hosts to those displaced by the conflict. Violence between the host communities and the refugees has remained rare and isolated, with no major instances of communal violence, attesting that social stability has largely been maintained.
At the same time, the relationship is strained, with various pressure points ranging from service provision and job competition to historical grievances between the two communities. While violent inter-communal incidents remain rare, 17% of Syrians reported having experienced verbal harassment in July and August 2020. Anti-refugee sentiment increasingly manifests itself on social media with inflammatory messages being posted on WhatsApp and Facebook.1 Critically, the prevalence of host community fatigue increasingly risks turning violent. Over 2020, there was a 62% of respondents report that they would turn to violence if their interests were threatened. Taken in sum, there remains a significant risk that the further deterioration of relations between host communities and refugees could result in the further reduction of the protection space for refugees and localized instances violence.
Since 2017, within the framework of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan, UNDP and UNHCR, together with key ministries in the Government of Lebanon – in particular the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (MOIM) and the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) – have set up a tensions monitoring system to share, consolidate and analyze information on tensions in Lebanon. As the Social Stability Sector Coordinator, UNDP has taken the lead in compiling and analyzing inputs from a range of qualitative and quantitative data sources. These inputs have served to expand and deepen the understanding in the evolution of tensions in particular localities, as well as the factors that contribute to those tensions using rigorous methods that triangulate and validate multiple sources of information. To date, the analysis produced is captured through the production of monthly tension reports and more analytical quarterly reports that inform key decision- makers to respond to those changes in the context.
Given the evolving multi-faceted crises in Lebanon, coupled with increasing tensions and propensity to violence, there is needed to further enhance response actors’ understanding and mitigation of these tensions. As such, for the 2021 extension of the LCRP, increased focus will be put on ensuring that interventions across the response are conflict sensitive and consider do-no-harm principles.
This position would support the Conflict Analysis & Conflict Sensitivity Mainstreaming Officer in analysing multiple sources of data on conflict and tensions. The incumbent will be a member of the UNDP Coordination Unit which is responsible for UNDP’s leadership on the stabilisation dimension of the LCRP at inter-sector and sector levels. The incumbent will report directly to the Conflict Analysis & Conflict Sensitivity Mainstreaming Officer.
Under the direct supervision of the Conflict Analysis & Conflict Sensitivity Mainstreaming Officer, the Analysis Officer will be responsible of the following functions:
Support the Tensions Monitoring System through tension monitoring and producing and disseminating regular analysis on tensions-related issues
Support partner engagement relevant to understanding conflict dynamics at national and field level.
Support conflict sensitivity mainstreaming and do-no-harm across the response
Support engagement on issue related to communications and advocacy on tensions.
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Contract Duration: 1 Year
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