UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system in Lebanon efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women works to economically empower diverse women in Lebanon, at micro, meso, and macro levels. Since 2016, when UN Women established its office presence in Lebanon, the Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) programme has predominantly focused on increasing the resilience of vulnerable women and girls in refugee and host communities, under the Resilience Unit. The programme’s overall goal is to empower vulnerable women, girls and their communities, and strengthen their resilience to conflict and displacement. The project design is based on two pillars of intervention: 1) Economic Empowerment and 2) Protection. The economic empowerment interventions, skills training, paid opportunities in the private sector, and entrepreneurship support, combined with protection interventions at the individual, institutional and societal levels to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. The programme targets refugees and nationals together, as a method of fostering understanding and trust between their communities.
Objective of the Assignment:
Reporting to the Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme Manager, the Programme Specialist will support the Monitoring & Evaluation, reporting, partnerships, and Resource Mobilization under the direct supervision of the WEE Program Manager. She/he works in close collaboration with the WEE programme team, to support successful and timely implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of UN Women’s, Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme Manager to support in UN Women’s WEE project implementation. The Programme Specialist will support the WEE team to conduct the following:
1. Support the programmatic development of UN Women’s economic empowerment portfolio in Lebanon:
Provide technical support on inter-agency coordination where appropriate; represent UN Women remotely in inter-agency forums and support online trainings as relevant
Provide inputs to the development of knowledge management products on Women Economic Empowerment.
Support in archiving WEE documents on the SharePoint, Document progress/calls/file.
Support in preparing partner onboarding packages – including partner budgets, proposal, capacity assessments, amendments, etc.
Support in project/partner Evaluation.
Support the call/request for proposals processes, such as draft calls for proposals, overseeing their issuance – respond to queries, convene technical committee meetings for review, drafting the minutes of meetings etc.
2. Support partnership development:
Support the assessment and scoping of potential partners, and identification of areas for new partnerships.
3. Support the monitoring and reporting of UN Women’s economic empowerment portfolio in Lebanon:
Leading quarterly results management process for the economic empowerment team.
Support the monitoring of the implementation of programme activities, leveraging remote tools.
Supporting in reviewing and coordinating the submission of implementing partners narrative and M & E reports.
Weekly coordination with all WEE partners
1 internal report developed to support RMS reporting versus the AWP
End of December 2022
Capacity assessment for 3 to 4 partners
During August 2022
Internal technical committee report
15 July 2022
Monthly progress reports.
Final Report on progress of all projects.
End of December 2022
12 partners narrative reports revised
End of December 2022
Supporting 5 partners in developing their M &E framework
End of August 2022
Developing 1 donor narrative report
End of September 2022
Attending virtual inter – agency coordination meetings and delivering online trainings on behalf of UN women and reporting back to WEE PM
Respect for Diversity
Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
Creative Problem Solving
Leading by Example
Substantial knowledge and understanding of women’s economic empowerment.
Substantial experience working in Lebanon on Women Economic Empowerment projects.
Demonstrated leadership ability and technical ability to communicate complex ideas verbally and in writing.
Experience drafting research findings and recommendations.
Familiarity with processes and thematic issues related to the SDGs.
Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally.
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies, Business, social sciences, or related field.
Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in the field of livelihood, protection, promoting gender equality, and economic empowerment.
Experience in supporting the implementation of activities by national partners.
Experience with UN agencies is an asset.
Computer skills, internet communication and command of MS Office.
Proficient in written and oral English and Arabic is required.