Senior Inter Agency Coordinator

  • Added Date: Monday, 16 September 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 23 September 2019

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Department: Coordination Unit
Reports to: CTA Stabilization & Recovery Programme     
Direct Reports: 3
Position Status: Non-Rotational
Duty Station: Beirut
Family Duty Station as of Date of Issuance: Yes

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 quality of shelter, access to health, clean water and education opportunities. Furthermore, areas with the highest concentration of refugees, North Lebanon and the Bekaa valley, are among the poorest and most underserved regions of Lebanon. Even before the crisis, social services, infrastructure and livelihood opportunities were inadequate. Now, increased refugee populations are putting enormous pressure on water, sanitation, education and health care systems, with critical consequences for Lebanon’s natural and environmental resources.

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.


Acts as the UN co-lead within the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) Response Management:

  • Act as the key focal point for UNDP on all issues associated with coordination of the LCRP;
  • Co-chair the national Inter-Agency involving all response partners, together with UNHCR and MOSA;
  • Co-chair the national Inter-Sector Working Group involving all government sector leads and UN coordinators, INGO and NNGO representatives;
  • Lead on ongoing cross-sectoral mainstreaming efforts including protection, conflict sensitivity, environment and gender;
  • Maintain close collaboration with the Government counterpart from the Ministry of Social Affairs, and other national sector leads, on all issues associated with implementation of the LCRP;
  • Design and lead the annual planning and partners’ appeal processes.
  • Support implementation of the integrated monitoring and evaluation of the response, including reporting and analysis of the Brussels Monitoring Framework;
  • Coordinate the implementation of the WHS recommendations, as relevant within the context of Lebanon, and provide guidance on the implementation of the HDPN within the framework of the response;
  • Ensure close collaboration and communication with the offices of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, and the Humanitarian Country Team on issues related to the LCRP;
  • Support the design and planning of the future of the response, post-2020, to ensure coherence and complementarity of approaches in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ensures effective communication of stabilization approach and results within the context of the LCRP:

  • Act as the key focal point with the Sub Regional Facility, based in Amman, to ensure coherence, cross linkages and joint approaches to the Syria crisis response;
  • Liaise closely with the UNDP and UN RCO/OCHA Communications Officers to ensure that all materials produced are accurate and present the LCRP programming in the most effective manner;
  • Prepare briefs, talking points and speeches for the Resident Representative and other senior UN staff on issues associated with the LCRP;
  • Take the lead in developing key communication and knowledge products highlighting specific issues associated with the implementation of the LCRP, specifically concerned with the Stabilization dimension.

Provides advisory support to UNDP management in ensuring effective implementation of the LCRP:

  • Advise the Resident Representative and other senior staff on all issues associated with the LCRP;
  • Advise on emerging policy developments, institutional positioning and partnerships as relevant to the effective co-leadership and implementation of the LCRP;
  • Identify opportunities for learning, knowledge sharing and new programming across COs and organizations supporting the regional crisis response;
  • Where relevant, advise on programme design and development processes in line with the LCRP, including opportunities where linkages and partnerships can be developed with other actors whether they be UN, Private Sector, INGOs or local organizations;
  • Explore how UNDP can best leverage the Accelerator Lab to innovate through its Syria crisis response programme.

Manages the UNDP sector coordination team:

  • Provide quality assurance and guidance in the planning and implementation of the sector strategies where UNDP co-leads the sectors;
  • Supervise the UNDP sector coordinators and information management officer for Social Stability and Livelihoods;
  • Manage, as part of a matrix management system, the four sector coordinators placed in each of the UNDP field offices to ensure better linkages between national and sub-national coordination levels;
  • Provide guidance and support to UNDP Area Managers in their roles as co-chairs of the Inter-Agency and Inter-Sector Working Groups at field level.
  • Hold regular coordination meetings with Area Managers and Field Coordinators.



  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work    
  • Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)


  • Ability to persuade others to follow    
  • Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

People Management

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction    
  • Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform    
  • Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)


  • Ability to get things done    
  • Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)


Advocacy/Advancing a policy orientated agenda

  • Creates effective advocacy strategies;
  • Contributes to the elaboration of advocacy strategies by identifying and prioritizing audiences and communication means;
  • Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses;
  • Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert).

Building Strategic Partnerships

  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UN/UNCT’s strategic agenda;
  • Sensitizes UN Partners, donors and other international organizations to the UN/UNCT’s strategic agenda, identifying areas for joint efforts;
  • Develops positive ties with civil society to build/strengthen UN/UNCT’s mandate;
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners;
  • Effectively attentive to programmatic synergies in inter-agency meetings;   
  • Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor).

Results Based Programme Development & Management

  • Identifies country needs and strategies using a fact-based approach;
  • Sets performance standards, monitors progress and intervenes at an early stage to ensure results are in accordance with agreed-upon quality and timeframes and reports on it;
  • Makes use of a variety of resources based on UN/UNCT priorities to achieve results, such as cross-functional teams, secondments and developmental assignments, and collaborative funding approaches;
  • Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert).

Client Orientation

  • Anticipates client needs;
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider;
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective;
  • Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert).

Knowledge Management

  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge;   
  • Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor).

Global Leadership & Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals

  • Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses;
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level;
  • Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert).


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Development Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Social Sciences, Social Anthropology or related field. 


  • At least 7 years of relevant experience, particularly in countries in crisis;
  • Extensive experience at the national or international level in providing policy advisory services and in substantive coordination and planning of crisis responses;
  • Experience in development of strategic planning frameworks;
  • Hands-on experience in design, monitoring and implementation of efforts to build national aid coordination systems;
  • Hands-on experience establishing inter-agency relationships among a range of stakeholders, including international organizations, INGOs, local civil society and local and national government representatives, as well as demonstrated networking and relationship building skills;
  • Knowledge and experience from crisis response operations, including missions in support of recovery planning and/or refugee responses;
  • Proven experience working with UNHCR would be an asset.

Language Requirements:   

  • Fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of Arabic and French would be an asset.


  • Good computer skills and familiar with MS Office package.

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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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