Desired start date: 1st of september
Length of the mission: 12 months with possibility of extension
Location: Lebanon, Beirut
ABOUT THE MISSION
Lebanon hosts about 1.5 million Syrian refugees, mainly in its northern governorate (Akkar and Tripoli) and in the Bekaa Valley. SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) has launched its operations in Lebanon in March 2013 in order to address the immediate needs of Syrian refugees affected by the crisis. SI in Lebanon has two operational bases (Tripoli and Zahle) and a coordination office in Beirut. The expatriate team consists of 16 staff members, while the national team represents around 150 staff members.
In 2021, the SI Lebanon mission has undergone an extensive Strategic Development exercise to (re)orient the mission given the contextual evolution and transition from a status-based towards a needs-based approach to its programmatic strategy. This transition entailed an internal analysis on the current programming and geographical coverage to determine the impact (both positive and negative) SI’s programming has had on the population of Lebanon over the last years.
With this, the programmatic strategy for 2022-2025 has been designed and will revolve around the following (3) axis:
- Respond to the acute needs of vulnerable populations in the aftermath of sudden shocks;
- Ensure delivery of basic services and strengthen coping capacities of vulnerable populations through a community-based integrated approach;
- Build resilience of communities and systems through strengthening capacities of local stakeholders
The above will consider the integration of the following sectors – at both household and community level – considering the needs along the time continuum between Emergency and Development:
- Public Infrastructure
- Disaster Risk Management
- Food security and Livelihoods including Agriculture – new sectoral focus of SI Lebanon
For 2022, SI Lebanon annual portfolio is an estimated 12 M USD from Unicef, ECHO, AFD/Danida, DFID/EU, GSMA, CIAA.
ABOUT THE JOB
The FSL coordinator, as a technical advisor at the mission, contributes to the development of Solidarités International strategy by proposing a sector-based strategy in the field of FSL.
He/she specifically guarantees the quality and suitability of proposed technical approaches and ensures the appropriateness of FSL activities and general SI objectives to the needs of the local populations.
He/she coordinates the project cycle and more particularly the operational monitoring of FSL programs implemented in the intervention country.
He/she contributes to the process of capitalization and the improvement of Solidarités International methods and techniques in the field of FSL.
Priorities for the first 3 months:
- Lead on setting-up the FSL department of SI Lebanon (coordination and base)
- Design SI FSL strategy for the Lebanese mission in collaboration with the regional FSL Expert and SI Lebanon DCD for Programs
- Support and work closely with Supply team for specific procurement
- Lead assessments related to food security and markets in SI areas of interventions
- Coordination with the local stakeholders and the other actors (local and international) working in FSL
- Active participation sectors and actors linked to FSL
Skills and experience
- Advanced university degree (minimum BA) in agriculture, agronomy, economic science or development & humanitarian studies, social sciences, environmental sciences, or equivalent with significant experience in FSL, agricultural projects/activities)
- At least 5 years experience in the FSL Sector within international humanitarian/emergency contexts with a minimum of 2 years within a FSL Coordinator/Advisor role
- Demonstrated experience in FSL emergency and post-emergency contexts
Technical skills and knowledge:
- Agronomy and agricultural science
- Support to economic recovery/development and economy security
- Value Chains and Markets analysis
- Market Based Programming
- Able to develop SI strategy and translate to operations
- Demonstrated skills and knowledge in FSL integrated programming with particular interventions, in addition to linkages between emergency, recovery and development programmatic designs.
- Demonstrated skills and knowledge in agriculture programming and cash-based interventions
- Demonstrated skills and knowledge proposal writing, donor rules and regulations, validation procedures & coordination of processes
- Fluent in English required
- French & Arabic a plus
SI WILL OFFER YOU
A salaried position According to experience, starting from 2 400 euros gross per month (+ 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of USD 750.
SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.
Breaks: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months. To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of 1 additional rest day per month worked.
Social and health cover Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which refunds all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
In Beirut, the guesthouse and the office are located at 10’ walking distance. The guesthouse is a 6-bedroom apartment, fully furnished and comfortable. Beirut is a very modern city, where you can find all kind of restaurants, shops, international libraries, bars, cinemas, etc.
Depending on the fuel situation, vehicles are available for evenings and weekends if you have a valid driving license and after being validated for driving by the logistics department. Lebanon is a safe country you can discover by yourself. We have guesthouses available in 2 other Lebanese cities, Zahle and Tripoli, available on weekends. All common goods and amenities are available on all bases.
The political and security situation in Lebanon is complex and volatile. A government was created on Sept 2021, after more than 1-year vacancy, but the political situation remains very fragile. Elections are expected in March 2022, and could see rising tensions between the different political groups.
A Financial and Economic crisis has been hitting Lebanon hard, with high inflation, major loss of value of the local currency and shortages (on fuel, electricity, medicines, etc.). This has created an increased trend of small criminality.
Despite these on-going internal and external tensions, Lebanon’s security situation is currently acceptable. There is no curfew in place on the Lebanon mission and international staff can move around without too many restrictions even though Akkar and the Beqaa valley include some no-go areas. The security measures in place could still be upgraded quickly depending on the context’s evolution.
Covid 19 :
SI recommends vaccination against Covid-19, using WHO approved vaccines. If possible, the vaccination should be done before departure in order to reduce the logistical constraints once on the ground.
How to apply
Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English through the following link : https://emea3.recruitmentplatform.com/syndicated/private/syd_apply.cfm?id=PULFK026203F3VBQB6G8N8NX4&nPostingTargetID=75149
CV only applications will not be considered.
NB: The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension
For further information about SI, please visit our website: http://www.solidarites.org/en/