Programme Development Specialist

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

The UNDP Lebanon programme works across various thematic areas in Lebanon including social and local development, particularly on the host-community support programme as part of the Syria crisis responses, conflict prevention and recovery, good governance and environment and climate change. The programme implements several donor-funded projects that include infrastructure for job creation, policy support and local development actions in Beirut and all regions of the country with the central government as well as local municipalities.

Under the direct supervision of the ARR - Programme Manager and as part of the programme team, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Support the programme team in coordinating and implementing joint projects or projects across the programme team: o Building on existing structures, support in consolidating and reporting on projects across the programmes and reporting to the various donors; o Assist in coordinating work and preparing joint communication messages; o Support in completing and strengthening the project reporting database with the M&E focal point; • Support to strategic partnerships for the programme: o contribute to fostering more strategic partnerships at local and national level; o participate in relevant meetings with donors, UN and government, counterparts; • Provide operational and financial support to the programme team as needed: o Given the large volume of projects and delivery objectives, support on operational, ad-ministrative and financial transactions is needed, in coordination with the programme analysis and assistances; o Support in resource mobilisation efforts and build capacity on the implementation of ac-tivities.

The UN Volunteer will work closely with the Programme Managers, Associates and Assistants and benefit from hands-on support and ample learning opportunities from the team as well as the immediate supervisor.

• Accountability • Adaptability and Flexibility • Commitment and Motivation • Communication • Creativity • Integrity • Knowledge Sharing • Planning and Organizing • Professionalism • Working in Teams

International development, local economic development, support to local livelihood, peace-building or environmental development or climate change, providing research or policy analysis and engaging in partnerships; • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded; • Good written and spoken communication skills with experience or interest in analysis and report writing and succinct briefings and presentations would be highly regarded.

The living conditions in Beirut in particular and Lebanon, in general, are good. Beirut is a family duty station with access to good services, shops, health facilities, and schools, which are on a par with many western capitals. Security is generally good, however, one does need to be aware of the context in particular with regard to visiting certain areas of the country. Travel within the country must be coordinated with the UNDP Lebanon Security Unit and UNDSS. The UN Security System in Lebanon is divided into two UN areas of operation. One is the southern area of the country which lies to the south of Litani River (SLR) under the responsibil-ity of the peace keeping force (UNIFIL) according to the UN resolution 1701/2006. The rest of the country is called North Litani River (NLR). Rafik Hariri International airport is located in the southern suburbs of Beirut, less than 10km away from downtown. A taxi from the airport to downtown Beirut cost around $10-15 and make sure to agree on the price before stepping into the taxi. It is advisable to book the taxi in advance (ROMENA can assist with this). All public transportation vehicles in Lebanon have a red li-cense plate. For transportation within Beirut, you have three options: “service” car (taxi off the street with a lower cost than the private taxi), private taxi or minibus. However, only taxis are securely advised to use as a mean of transportation. Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate - hot and dry in summer (June to August), cool and rainy in winter (December to February). In summer humidity is very high along the coast and daytime temperatures average 30°C, with night temperatures not much lower. Winter is mild, with daytime temperatures averaging 15°C. In the mountains, summer days are moderately hot (26°C on average) and the nights cool. Winters are cold, with snowfall above 1300m. The minimum lease duration in Lebanon is generally a half or one year, where tenants usually have to pay a one or several months’ rent in advance. In addition, an amount of one month rent is usually required by the landlord as a security deposit in case of property damage. Additionally, tenants who sign a one-year contract has the right to hold onto the property for three consecutive years. Thereafter, the landlord is entitled to end the contract, or to renegotiate. For rental contracts with a diplomatic clause, individuals have the right to terminate the lease before the end of the agreement. In the event of early termination of the lease, the landlord shall reimburse the tenant the monetary value of the remaining months of the contract. Your rental amount will most probably not cover electricity, telephone, Internet, or cable television service. These are all additional charges, which you should consider when calculating your monthly budget. In addition to the rent, expect to pay common charges for the building, which cover the electricity of the common areas of the building, fees for the concierge and fuel for the generator. This is subject to negotiation with landlord. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for services. Staff can use credit card or cash, Lebanese Pounds and USD, to pay for the services. Most hospitals are well equipped, and doctors are generally well qualified. Also, most medical staff speak both French and English. Upon arrival, you may purchase a SIM card from any of the two main cell phone providers in the country: Touch and Alfa. Although you might find it challenging to find fast Internet in Lebanon, there are many internet providers in Lebanon that offer DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and wireless internet services. The standard DSL monthly subscription prices vary depending on the speed and the monthly consumption (in GB) you select. Further information can be found here: UN staff Orientation Handbook

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