Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 23 August 2021 - 21 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNSCOL-162263-R-Beirut (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the integrated Coordination Unit of the UN Office of the Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) in Lebanon, Beirut.


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Coordination Officer (UNSCOL), the Coordination Officer is responsible for the following duties:

Partnerships, Planning and Programming
•Support UNSCOL's coordination and strategic planning for an integrated UN response focused on the prevention agenda and the implementation of the humanitarian development peace nexus in Lebanon.
•Develop and maintain productive partnerships with mission components, UNCT members, national authorities, bilateral and multilateral donors, regional organizations, international financial institutions, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders;
•Support the preparation and implementation of Mission and UN common planning and programming processes, including the peace and security components of UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Lebanon;
•Provide substantive and practical UNSCOL support to mandate-related coordination mechanisms such as serving as secretariat, to relevant committees, task forces, clusters, interagency coordination groups, steering committees and working groups;
•Monitor and evaluate actions implemented through these frameworks, prepare position papers, and track and record policy related decisions;
•Organize and provide substantive and practical UNSCOL support to conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops, as necessary.
•Serve as a focal point between the Mission and UNCT and Headquarters, and support Technical Assessment Missions, Strategic Assessment Missions and Strategic Reviews.

Analysis, Advice and Reporting
• Identify emerging political-economy issues to support strategies for a common UN approach through policy, advocacy and/or programming efforts;
• Support the development of integrated strategies, policies and other measures designed to achieve common objectives between the Mission, UNCT and other partners;
• Prepare summary and analytical documents, including situation reports, background notes, options papers, code cables and input for reports of the Secretary-General, including on Security Council Resolution 1701, in coordination with relevant Mission components and the UNCT;
• Where appropriate, serve as the focal point for coordinating and reporting on Mission or UN system wide administrative inquiries and processes.

Information Management and Communication
• Facilitate the flow of information between stakeholders, including between the Mission and UNCT;
• Draft communication products such as key messages, talking points and speeches.


Professionalism – Takes initiative and consistently drives for high quality performance for self and colleagues. Strong inter-personal skills, including the ability to manage multi stakeholder processes. Values diversity and works effectively with colleagues and contacts in the immediate and wider teams in pursuit of objectives. Anticipates and manages risk. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspective and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style, and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and Organizing – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities where necessary; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in International Development Studies, Public Administration, Political Science, Management, Economics, Diplomacy or Development.
A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional training in the areas of planning and/or coordination is an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic and social international development, programme management, humanitarian affairs, political affairs or civil affairs is required.
Experience supporting or facilitating multi-stakeholder strategic planning processes at the national level in a peace consolidation and/or sociopolitical unrest setting is required.
Field experience is required, including at least two years in a UN peacekeeping mission and/or Special Political Mission and/or with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes
A minimum of two years' experience with an international organization or non-government organization in a multilayered socioeconomic crisis operational setting is required
Field experience from MENA region is desirable.
Experience working on UN common planning and programming processes is desirable.


Fluency in spoken and written English is required; knowledge of Arabic is required, knowledge of a third UN language “French” would be an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is available for one year from the date of appointment/assignment. Extension of the appointment/assignment is subject to availability of funds, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The selection process for this job opening will be conducted pursuant to ST/AI/2010/3 on the “Staff Selection System” and include the compliance review process by a review body described in staff rule 4.15.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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