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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.
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:
Supporting the strategic direction of Social Stability and Livelihoods:
Managing field-level tensions monitoring system;
Mainstreaming conflict sensitivity and do-no-harm across the crisis response:
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Contract Duration: 1 Year
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