National Legal Expert

Location : Beirut, LEBANON
Application Deadline :17-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :30 working days spread out over a period of 10 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 working days spread out over a period of 10 months


The UNDP Sustainable Land Management in the Qaraoun Catchment (SLMQ) Project aims at embedding sustainability considerations in land use planning and development activities in the Qaraoun Catchment.  The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Environment in Lebanon.  The project is intended to reshape land and natural resource management to (i) alleviate land degradation, (ii) maintain existing ecosystem services and (iii) improve livelihoods in the Qaraoun Catchment.

The project objectives will be achieved by developing institutional tools upstream at national level which will provide the Ministry of the Environment (MoE) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) as well as related agencies such as the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR), the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, the Bekaa Governorate, and District Administrations and Municipalities in the districts of Zahle, Rachaya, and West Bekaa with the know-how, means and mechanisms for promoting sustainable land use as in the best interest of the land owners, farmers and communities as well as the nation.

The implementation of the proposed project will have an immediate environmental benefit, through the increased management efficiency of arable land and rangelands and the expansion of the area under forests through land use plans, buffer zones, and riparian strips. It will also contribute to the restoration of natural productivity and conservation of the habitats of various plant and animal species and valuable ecosystems and will secure migratory bird pathways. 

It is in this context that the SLMQ project is seeking the services of a legal expert to support the project in the capacity building of the legal judicial actors in matters related to environmental enforcement and more specifically planning-related violations

Duties and Responsibilities

More particularly, the Consultant will be expected to carry out tasks such as:

  1. Review and assess current training practices and curricula at the various levels of the legal/judicial system. Documents are to be collected by the expert, reviewed and analyses for gaps or needed updates with special focus on natural resources management, including but not limited to forest, rangelands, agriculture and related urban planning legislation; 
  2. Provide a training concept for the various levels of the legal/judicial system tackling urban planning legislation in particular based on identified gaps and bottlenecks encountered in various ruling.
  3. Draft trainings material in line with the approved concept (training sessions and lesson plans, seminar presentations, roundtable, etc. depending on audience) and deliver them as needed (minimum of 5 sessions);

Support the Project Team as needed in the drafting of updates of legal texts mostly in the form of decisions and decrees related to natural resources management and urban planning.

For additional information, please refer to ANNEX I – Terms of Reference



Functional Competencies:

  • Proficiency in English and Arabic languages. French is an asset;

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrable analytical skills and report writing skills;
  • Excellent proven management and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple tasks

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Law degree in public administration or related fields

Years of experience:

  • Minimum 15 years of relevant professional experience;

Technical experience:

  • Proven knowledge of the related policies, legal and regulatory frameworks;
  • Proven experience in the field of environmental law and planning/real estate law in Lebanon
  • Proven experience working with the public sector;
  • Experience working with multilateral organizations and the UN system 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. Technical Proposal,
3. Annex 3 (Offerors Letter) and
4. Financial proposal

Kindly note that you may find all the required documents on the below link: ; whereas the application must be submitted through this Jobs portal 
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 four (4) documents.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

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