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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) launched in 2013 the "Lebanese Host Communities Support Program" (LHSP) as a comprehensive, coordinated and durable response towards the Syrian Refugee Crisis and its implications on the country. The project is developed under the overall Lebanon response to the crisis (Lebanon Crisis Response Plan – LCRP) and a number of guiding principles which drive the activities of MoSA and UNDP to support Lebanon and the host communities, as well to support national and local institutions through capacity building to respond to the impact of the Syrian crisis in Lebanon and the pre-existing problems before the Syrian crisis and exacerbated by the current situation.
LHSP seeks to help increase stability, specifically in the areas affected by the Syrian crisis, through improving livelihood and service provision in a conflict sensitive manner. It aims at contributing to improved social stability in the affected areas through a community-based approach which will increase livelihood options and local level service delivery. LHSP aims to achieve three main goals:
1. Increase the livelihoods and economic opportunities mainly in affected areas
2. Strengthen the capacity of local and national actors to assess and respond to the needs and risks in a community participatory driven and conflict sensitive approach.
3. Improve the local level dispute resolution and community security.
While the gender gap in Lebanon is not new the trend has been downward since the onset of the Syrian crisis. In 2010 Lebanon ranked as 116th country out 142 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. In 2016 Lebanon had dropped to a rank of 135 out of 144 countries. The main challenges for gender equality being related to economic participation and opportunity (labour force participation, estimated earned income in comparison with men and control over assets) as well as women’s political empowerment. ¹ Women face limited employment opportunities and they often work in lower paid positions, particularly in the informal sector without social protection.² Women are predominantly active in the services and agriculture sectors.
Even though most legal barriers to Lebanese women’s economic participation have been removed, as they have the civil and independent right to monetary possessions, financial management and spending (CRTD_A 2006), the Lebanese labour market still suffers from low participation of women. In spite of a greater number of women obtaining university degrees compared to men; only 25% of the Lebanese workforce is women. Moreover, women in the Lebanese workforce are generally paid less than men working in the same position (75% of the salary of men).³ For Syrian women in Lebanon the gender related risks may be further pronounced as most Syrian refugees are living in difficult socio-economic conditions with limited livelihood resources.
Under the overall guidance of the CTA of LHSP and direct supervision of Livelihoods and Local Economic Development Specialist, the Project Coordinator, will be responsible for the timely and successful implementation of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Project, within the framework of the Lebanon Host Communities Support Programme (LHSP). This will include managing, planning, monitoring, reporting, supervising and coordinating project activities. Moreover, it involves working closely with municipalities, Local Economic Development entities and other local actors for the implementation of activities to address the barriers for the economic empowerment of women.
¹ World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report, (2010 and 2016)
² CRTDA, Women in the Lebanese Economy, 2012
³ Lebanese Economic Association, Women in the Labor Force, Current Legislative Framework and Proposed Recommendations, 2014
Under the direct supervision of the Livelihoods and Local Economic Development Specialist and the overall guidance of the LHSP Chief Technical Advisor (CTA):
Monitoring and Evaluation
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Contract Duration: 1 year (renewable)
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