Job Opening

Posting Title: Lebanon and Climate and Security Assessment
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 09 December 2021 - 15 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-170494-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Climate and Security analysis and risk assessments are incorporated into UN plans and programmes, thus increasing the UN system’s capacity to protect the environment and increase resilience to climate change pressures or shocks. This will contribute to Lebanon’s recovery and to building resilience to future crises.

Work Location

Remote with field work: within the framework described above, the consultant will visit Lebanon for a period of 5 workings to undertake consultations with relevant UN, Government and civil society interlocutors. These interactions will be facilitated, as needed and in consultation with the consultant, by UNSCOL, UNDP and UNEP focal points. The visit will be subject to COVID-19 measures and precautions.

Expected duration

The consultancy will be for 20 working days over a 2 month- period, beginning as soon as possible.

Duties and Responsibilities

In 2019-20, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs commissioned an analytical report Addressing climate-related security risks in the Middle East and North Africa, which was completed by an analyst in consultation with UNEP and UN field-based partners including Special Political Missions, UNDP, and DCO. This report noted the worsening impacts of climate change across the region, and that “the stability of societies as well as their ability to build and sustain peace will partially depend on their capacity to prevent and manage climate related security risks and protect vulnerable populations. Of special concern are politically tense contexts with weak governance structures, a history of conflict and a pronounced vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.”
The report author recommended further analysis by UN entities of whether current and future climate risks can be addressed through preventive action within the context of existing mandates, and analysis of past disputes around water, land, and other natural resources, which could be exacerbated by climate change. The UN Development Programme has also taken action at the regional level to understand and address climate-related security risks, working through the SDG Climate Facility to establish a Regional Climate Security Stakeholder Dialogue and four Task Forces “Towards an Integrated Climate Security Framework for the Arab Region.”
Building on this regional work, and the global policy work undertaken by the UN Climate Security Mechanism, three UN partners (UNSCOL, UNDP and UNEP – reflecting a CSM partnership in the field) now seek an expert on environment, climate change, peace and security to undertake a climate security risk assessment for Lebanon and propose recommendations for management of emerging risks.

Drawing on regional analysis and on these and other Lebanon-based entities’ knowledge of environmental degradation, climate change, socio-economic and governance challenges, and conflict risks facing Lebanon, the expert will work with stakeholders towards ensuring that climate-related security risks facing Lebanon are better understood, and incorporated into relevant strategies and plans – including those relating to the UN Secretary-General’s prevention priorities. Taking into account recommendations from earlier climate change studies, the expert will identify opportunities to promote equitable recovery from Lebanon’s current multi-dimensional crisis - including work to prevent water disputes; solutions relating to q sustainable clean energy transition; investment in livelihoods that promote climate resilience and land restoration; and options for boosting the green economy – which would mitigate climate-related security challenges in Lebanon.

Qualifications/special skills

• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds; strong interpersonal and teamwork skills;
• Personal commitment, flexibility and drive for results;
• Analytical thinking, planning, organizing and problem-solving abilities; and
• Ability to work under tight time constraints.
Academic Qualifications:
• Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in environment, climate change adaptation, sustainable agriculture, public policy, development studies or equivalent field;
• At least 7 years of relevant professional experience working on environment and security, climate adaptation and/or development issues, including in the Middle East region;
• Experience of work with national governments, and with UN agencies and programmes;
• International experience, including field experience in conflict-affected countries, considered a strong asset;
• Demonstrated project and programme development experience considered a strong asset;
• Knowledge of the broader UN system considered a strong asset.
• Fluency in spoken and written English is required, including the ability to draft written reports, project proposals, presentations and communications materials, and communicate complex ideas and concepts in a clear and concise manner;
• Knowledge of written and spoken Arabic will be considered a strong asset;

Additional Information

The consultant will report to UNSCOL (DPPA), UNDP and UNEP senior focal points in Beirut, as constituents of the UN Climate Security Mechanism.

No Fee


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