National Research Consultant.


Location : Beirut, LEBANON
Application Deadline :11-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :80 working days over a period of 5 months.
Expected Duration of Assignment :80 working days over a period of 5 months.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

Empowering Youth through Transformative Entrepreneurship Support is a new UNDP regional project being implemented by UNDP Lebanon and Palestine with funding from the Big Heart Foundation. The project aims to support youth entrepreneurs in both countries by laying the foundation for innovation and scale in the incremental development of policies, systems, and capacities of institutions and for young people to start and scale inclusive SDG impact-oriented businesses that would generate employment for other youth and contribute towards green growth and resilient societies.
The primary objective of the project in Lebanon is two-fold:
• Address some of the challenges facing youth led SMEs across viable economic sectors by supporting
them in accessing new markets and provide them the capacity building needed to grow and export;
• Incubate viable, innovative, impactful, and sustainable development solutions in the form of social
enterprises, nonprofits, initiatives of up to 20 youth. This component will be implemented by the
selected national NGOs.


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will be responsible to develop the following:
• Desk research on youth entrepreneurship and ecosystem in Lebanon pre and post the 2019
financial crisis, COVID 19 and the Beirut blast (deliverable will include overview of financial
support available to youth start-ups, incubation support, technical training available, business
infrastructure including digital infrastructure, mapping of entrepreneurship ecosystem actors,
access to markets support, etc)
• Mapping of all programs / policies/ laws currently available targeted at the youth (a gender
focus is also needed). Programs in place by international stakeholders should also be included
• Organization of consultations and focus group meetings with national stakeholders to
understand current challenges and opportunities
• Design and implement a survey targeting youth entrepreneurs to understand needs and
challenges of the business environment (this will be done in partnership with organizations that
support youth in Lebanon)
• Benchmarking of new trends in youth entrepreneurship and start-ups developments especially
after COVID-19
• Development of methodology to identify sectors and sub-sectors of growth potential in which
youth entrepreneurs in Lebanon have comparative advantage and short list sectors with
potential for youth employment and exportability
• Development of priority policy reforms recommendations that can enable a conducive business
environment for youth entrepreneurship in Lebanon (including improved regulatory framework
and more responsive public institutions to young entrepreneurs needs).
For additional information, please refer to ANNEX I – Terms of Reference


Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Technical ability to design survey questionnaire and evaluate findings
  • Excellent English and Arabic reading and writing skills
  • Very good communication skills.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Knowledge of the UN preferable.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • The Individual Consultant should possess the following minimum qualifications:

Education:

  • University Degree in Economics or any related field (business, finance, etc)
  • Master’s degree in economics or above related field is preferred

Years of experience:

  • 5 years of relevant experience in economic research, especially in relation to productive sectors, public policy, SME development, youth entrepreneurship, labor force assessment

Technical experience:
The consultant will need to have the following experience:

  • Knowledge of the Lebanese economy,
  • Knowledge of Lebanese productive sectors
  • Familiarity with issues facing productive sector growth specially post crisis and post COVID is a must
  • Experience in designing surveys and evaluation of survey results
  • Experience in publishing policy reports and economic assessment reports
  • Experience and familiarity with work with government entities is preferred
  • Previous experience with UNDP or any other international organization is preferred.

How to apply:
The consultancy is open for all national consultants who meet the selection criteria and propose a competitive fee. Interested consultants are requested to apply only through this UNDP jobs portal.
Submissions through any other media will not be considered.
The application must include all of the following documents:
1. P11,
2. Annex 3 (Offerors Letter) and
3. Financial proposal
All files shall be submitted in one single document and uploaded as word or PDF file to the UNDP job site.
It has been observed that bidders don’t submit all requested documents and thus reducing their chance to be selected for a contract with UNDP. before you submit your offer please revise that the application is complete and comprises all documents.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.



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