Lebanon: RDPP Project Manager Lebanon (maternity cover)

Organization: Danish International Development Assistance
Country: Lebanon
Closing date: 28 Feb 2018

Post location: Beirut, Lebanon

European Regional Development and Protection Programme for Refugees and Host Communities in the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq)

1. Introduction and Background:

The European Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) is a four-year initiative with the objective to support Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq to better understand, plan, and mitigate the impact of forced displacement of Syrian refugees. In partnership with governments, civil society, NGOs, and UN agencies the programme seeks to enhance protection for displaced-affected populations and create socio-economic development opportunities.

The RDPP is supported by a platform of eight European donors; European Commission (DEVCO), Ireland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark. Denmark manages the programme through the Programme Management Unit with offices in Beirut and Amman.

The objectives of the programme are:

· To ensure that refugees are fully able to avail themselves of a durable solution

· To support socio-economic development in host countries that will benefit both the host populations and refugees.

This is achieved through support to partnerships focusing on:

• Research – To assess and analyse the impact of displacement on refugees and host communities and provide inputs for long-term planning.

• Protection – To strengthen the protection of refugees through legal support, community empowerment and conflict mitigation, better capacities of national institutions for protection and asylum, and combating child labour

• Advocacy and Political Dialogue – To improve and uphold refugees’ rights

• Socio-economic development – To enhance economic opportunities and livelihood capacity of vulnerable populations through employment generation and business development.

The RDPP works through partners to implement projects across the four thematic areas. In Lebanon the RDPP currently works with around 15 partners spanning a range of UN, INGO and NNGO actors. Directly following the current phase of the RDPP which ends in June 2018 it is anticipated that a second 3.5 year phase will start up.

2. The position

2.1. Title: Project Manager, Lebanon

2.2. Place of Service: Beirut, Lebanon

2.3. Duration: until end 2018

2.4. Reporting to Programme Manager in Beirut

2.5. Terms of Employment: Full time

The employer will be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

2. Area of responsibility / tasks

The Project Manager will be in charge of managing projects being implemented in Lebanon. These are partnerships with UN, INGOs and NNGOs, mainly in protection and socio-economic development.

S/he will be based in Beirut and part of a lean management team split between the Beirut and Amman offices. The tasks of the position will be carried out in close coordination with the M&E Specialist and the Operations Manager. The Programme Manager, also based in Beirut, will be the direct supervisor for the position, which the Project Manager will report directly to.

The main responsibility and tasks will be:

  1. Project planning: Identify, propose, and plan possible projects and partnerships in cooperation with the Programme Manager.

  2. Project management:

a. Lead negotiations when developing new partnership agreements and amendments

b. Oversight on partnerships, ensure projects develop as planned, alerts of possible deviations and together with partners identify solutions

c. Regular field visits to monitor implementation of projects

d. Follow-up on narrative and financial reporting from partners

  1. Reporting: With the M&E and reporting staff:

a. Gather data from partners on M&E plans

b. Coordinate regularly on procedures for monitoring, reporting and innovative elements of partnerships.

  1. Coordination: Attend relevant coordination fora, when needed

  2. Any other required duties as assigned by the Programme Manager

3. Profile / required qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic person that has a strong experience in managing development-focused or humanitarian projects in Lebanon, with proven background working with civil society and UN organizations. S/he will have a solid knowledge on forced displacement, protection and ideally on economic recovery and livelihoods.

Proven experience working with EU rules and regulations for project implementations will be highly considered.

The candidate must have Lebanese nationality or have a permanent residence and work permit for Lebanon.

– Academic requirements

  • University degree in social sciences, economics or related disciplines. A post-graduate on humanitarian/development aid will be positively considered.

– Work experience required

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience managing projects in development and/or humanitarian fields with UN or donor agency, international / national NGO or similar.

  • Knowledge of and programmatic field experience with forced displacement, protection and livelihoods-related issues.

  • Experience in project management cycle, logical framework and results based management.

  • Experience in negotiation of project proposals with partners.

  • Proven experience in financial follow-up, monitoring and reporting.

– Languages

  • Native/fluent Arabic speaker (written and spoken)

  • Proficiency in English (written and spoken)

– Skills and competences

  • Highly motivated

  • Strong analytical and negotiation skills

  • Planning and organizational capabilities

  • Proactive and proposes solutions.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Should be a team-player, but also able to work independently

  • Basic IT skills.

Please note that the final appointment is conditional upon obtaining the required security clearance.

4. Duration

The position is advertised to provide cover during maternity leave of the present incumbent. The successful candidate will start during April and the position will run until the end of 2018 contingent on funding.

How to apply:

Qualified applicants should send their:

· CV

· Maximum one-page cover letter explaining their motivation and why they fit the role

to the following email address: rdppme@um.dk. Please include in the subject of the email your name and “RDPP Project Manager”. The CV should not be longer than 3 pages and should include 3 reference persons from at least 2 different employers. Both the letter and the CV must be in English.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited for interview. References may be checked at this stage.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 23:59 Beirut time.**