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Intitulé publication: National Dialogue Coordinator: Women Economic Empowerment and Care Economy – Childcare in Focus
Département / Bureau: Commission économique et sociale pour l'Asie occidentale
Lieu d'affectation: BEIRUT
Période de candidature: 15 novembre 2021 - 21 novembre 2021
No de l’appel á candidature: 21-Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia-168605-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
Valeurs fondamentales de l'ONU: intégrité, professionnalisme, respect de la diversité
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Result of Service

National Dialogue Final Report with recommendations and way forward

Work Location


Expected duration

The overall duration of the contract is 2 months starting from the date of signature.

Duties and Responsibilities

I. Background

Lebanon has one of the highest gender gaps in the world, ranking 132 out of 156 countries in the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report 2021. This low ranking is due primarily to Lebanon's very low position in the economic opportunity and participation sub-index (139th), with one of the lowest global rates of women's labor market participation, standing at 25% compared to 76% for men, despite a slight advancement in women's political empowerment and a significant rise in Lebanese women's educational attainment1.

The low economic participation rate of women in the Arab region in general, and in Lebanon in particular, can be attributed to various factors. One major barrier to women's labor force participation relates to the role they are expected to play in their society and families and the unpaid care work they are expected to assume2.

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, women in the Arab region carry out 80 to 90 per cent of all unpaid care tasks, and according to the International Labor Organization (ILO) they spend, on average, 4.7 times more time than men on unpaid care tasks. Lebanon is no exception to this rule. It follows the regional trends, whereby the persistent social beliefs and norms which categorize women as the main caretakers in their families, contribute to perpetuating existing gender inequalities in care and domestic tasks, negatively influencing women's labor force participation, jeopardizing their chances in pursuing careers and economically disempowering them3.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing lockdown measures have also come to further exacerbate the situation, leaving workplaces, schools and child daycare centers closed over long periods of time, consequently leading to an increase in unpaid care work, particularly child-caring responsibilities, and forcing working women to assume the compounded paid and unpaid care workloads.

The pandemic has therefore brought to the forefront the centrality of care work and highlighted the need for comprehensive care policies and infrastructures deemed essential for women's economic empowerment and gender equality. This also comes in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG5 and its target 5.4 which recommends to "recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure, and social protection policies, and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate".

Nonetheless, whereas childcare economy has flourished in Lebanon over the past decade - particularly in the private sector - with significant number of daycare centers opening their doors and offering quality care and pedagogical curricula, it remains limited in scope given their narrow coverage and spread when compared to the potential demand. Furthermore, its impact remains invisible on women's economic empowerment. The increase in the number of child daycare centers alone is not sufficient and has to be accompanied by enabling legislative frameworks, social protection systems and public and private sector initiatives which make quality childcare accessible for all and promote a more equitable distribution of childcare responsibilities between the two parents.

A case-study on women's economic empowerment and childcare in Lebanon developed by ESCWA, in partnership with the International Labor Organization's Regional Office for Arab States, and in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministries of Public Health and Social Affairs, has shown that despite some advancements and legislative reforms that have taken place over the past few years in Lebanon, important barriers are still to be lifted in the uphill journey of advancing care economy and promoting women's economic participation.

Most importantly, the case study has revealed a consistent lack of coordination among various major stakeholders which keeps the space open to overlapping in the mandates of the main institutions addressing childcare and also notably leads to shortfalls in capitalizing on existing resources and tools.

Overall, the case study has demonstrated that significant deficiencies exist at the national strategic and vision level, and that all achievements and on-going efforts are scattered and disparate and do not fall under a national agreed upon vision or strategy that would frame and guide the efforts at all levels and allow for these efforts to accumulate and build on each other. Unless these deficiencies are addressed, not only will gender inequality persist in Lebanon, but inequalities in human capital building will also be further exacerbated.

Against this backdrop, and in the context of its work with member States, namely Lebanon, to address unpaid care work, advance care economy, promote women's economic participation and reduce gender economic inequalities, by supporting necessary changes at the legislative and policy levels, ESCWA is partnering with ILO, the National Commission for Lebanese Women, UN Women, the World Bank, and the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University to organize a multi-stakeholder national dialogue on unpaid care work, specifically childcare, and related policies and services in Lebanon.

The main objectives of this national dialogue are the following:

- bring together the various stakeholders (government, international community, NGOs and syndicates of nurseries, amongst other relevant stakeholders) that can affect or be affected by policies and associated strategies, plans and programmes related to the provision of childcare in Lebanon, identify their different roles and responsibilities and discuss necessary coordination and alignments;
- promote the sharing of and capitalizing on information and institutional knowledge by engaging stakeholders in a constructive discussion on existing efforts and initiatives as well as on the various obstacles and challenges that affect women's participation in the labor market in Lebanon, as it relates to childcare; and set the basis for necessary coordination mechanisms;
- develop a common national vision/approach on that could further be developed either as a standalone strategy or as part of a broader strategy to frame existing and future efforts related to unpaid care/care economy, specifically childcare, and women's economic empowerment and draw a pathway for change.

II. Tasks and Deliverables

Under the direct supervision and in close coordination with the responsible parties at both the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), the National Dialogue coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks and deliverables:

Prior to the National Dialogue:
• Prepare the list of invitees/participants, continuously checking the names and affiliation of those who accept, and inviting suitable replacements in case of non-acceptance;
• Propose the National Dialogue agenda and finalize topics to be explored by each discussion group;
• Coordinate and support the preparation of resource materials for participants that are aligned with the focus of the National Dialogue and the discussion topics;
• Closely coordinate with speakers and resources persons who will be supporting the dialogue sessions and activities;
• Manage all queries and communication with participants and presenters during the preparation phase of the National Dialogue;
• Closely coordinate with the moderator;
• Coordinate the overall logistic arrangements for the various dialogue activities

During the National Dialogue:
• Participate in the various sessions and take notes

Following the National Dialogue:
• Compile participants' feedback
• Develop the national dialogue's final report which includes recommendations and the way forward

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Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced University degree (master's or equivalent) in social and/or gender and/or development studies and /or related areas is required.
Experience: At least 5 years of relevant work experience with government and/or international organizations and/or NGOs is required; experience in coordinating and planning events for international and national level is desirable; ability to liaise with government, donors and stakeholders is desirable; analytical and writing skills with proven skills in policy recommendations and problem identification and solving are desirable; administration, organizational and time management skills are desirable; an understanding of gender equality and women's rights issues is desirable.
Language: Fluency in Arabic and English is required.

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