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National - Researcher to support the Forum for Memory and Future (FMF) in developing a Strategy on Dealing with the Past in Lebanon
|Application Deadline :||17-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||2d 11h 38m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||77 working days over a period of 6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||77 working days over a period of 6 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.
Lebanon has since the end of the Civil War (1975-1990) witnessed a series of destabilizing events and conflicts that have fuelled more tensions on the already complex multi-confessional and socio-economic characteristics of the Lebanese society. The 15-years long civil war was followed by 15 years of Pax-Syriana or occupation (1990-2005); the series of targeted assassinations and bombings since the assassination in February 2005 of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and in turn the withdrawal of Syrian troops; the Israeli 2006 war on Lebanon; and the continuing deterioration of the Syrian crisis and its repercussions on Lebanon. The reoccurrence of these tensions and conflicts are putting the country’s security and stability at risk, and the probability for the eruption of a new cycle of violence is increasingly high. One of the major reasons is due to the fact that the violent past of the Lebanese has gone undealt in spite of civil society’s extensive efforts working on transitional justice and peace building. Therefore, the challenge remains to enable the Lebanese society to come to terms with its violent past and achieve necessary change and ensure non-recurrence.
UNDP Peace Building Project and Dealing with the Past Project
Throughout 2019, UNDP technically assisted and facilitated meetings and gatherings between 10 national and international NGOs that focused on addressing the legacy of human rights violations and dealing with the past issues. Following a series of events characterized by insecurity, instability, and vulnerability, which further fueled sectarian tensions and armed clashes throughout Lebanon - a group of 10 Civil Society Actors decided to create a platform called “Forum for Memory and Future (FMF)”. The Forum for Memory and Future (FMF) was launched on the 17th of October 2019. It has ever since advanced its work on issues related to reconciliation and dealing with the past in Lebanon and envision opening its membership to new actors, organizations as well as activists and academics. The UNDP in partnership with UN Women and OHCHR manage an IRF-funding from the UN Peace Building Fund for the “Dealing with the Past: Memory for the Future” project. The project aims to support civil society, individuals and groups of victims, and national institutions in their efforts to seek justice and truth, foster social cohesion, collective remembrance and, ultimately, move towards reconciliation around the legacy of the civil war, including violence perpetrated against women, men, and children. In light of the continuous rise of inter-sectarian tensions in Lebanon which partially bear their source from the civil war, this project will support the full establishment of the National Commission investigating the fate of missing and forcibly disappeared persons (under Law 105), provide support to the families of the disappeared and to national and civil actors in Lebanon in their advocacy efforts to deal with the past. In the broader context, supporting efforts of truth seeking and reconciliation will be a timely and effective contribution to consolidating peace and preventing a relapse into conflict.
As part of supporting national actors in their efforts to deal with the past, UNDP is determined to support the platform “Forum for Memory and Future” to achieve its goal in developing a comprehensive, inclusive and sustainable Strategy for Dealing with the Past in Lebanon.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Project Manager/Peace Building Advisor the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
Therefore, the consultant is required to undertake the following activities/deliverables:
After consulting with UNDP and the FMF members, prepare the work plan, methodology and schedule that shall include information about all the activities along with a chart showing detailed list of tasks, duration and schedule per task and allocated resources (including identifying appropriate experts and the stakeholders to be engaged with; the topics to be tackled and the plan for the meetings, focus groups and workshops including questions to be asked during the consultations). The Consultant will consider the work already done by the FMF, as well as on the framework of engagement suggested by the FMF’s facilitator; as well as on a desk review.
These documents shall be presented to the Project Manager for approval as an inception report. The inception report shall be submitted within two weeks from contract signature. Once approved, the work plan and methodology shall be adopted and shall form the basis for project supervision and monitoring.
The Methodology suggested is the following:
The Consultant will prepare the work plan and methodology taking into consideration the following approach and guidelines:
Identified DWP Issues:
The Strategy to be developed through an inclusive participatory dialogue-based process bringing in the relevant stakeholders to exchange views and reach common recommendations on how to address the problems/issues due to failing to DWP in Lebanon. These issues could be the following (but not limited to):
In addition to other issues identified during the process
Suggested targeted groups:
The consultant, after consulting the FMF’s members, will identify the most relevant stakeholders that actively influence each of the identified issues, map their positions and approach them to engage them in the dialogue process with the FMF’s guidance and support.
The Consultant will follow up with representatives of these targeted actors throughout the consultancy process and maintain contacts to ensure their effective and fair participation and address their concerns to ensure the credibility and validity of the process.
The targeted actors could include (but not limited to):
And others who will be identified during the process
Work Plan and Activities:
The Consultant will present a work plan with timeline of dialogue-based activities such as round tables, facilitated sessions, bilateral meetings, focus groups and round tables which he/she will convene on behalf of UNDP and the FMF. The activities which will be interlinked according to the planned dialogue process, shall focus only on the development of the Strategy document. These activities can be dedicated to one of the issues or tackling more than one issue. UNDP will support financially and logistically in holding these events. The Consultant supported by the Technical Facilitator will seek to identify common grounds and build consensus among the various actors on the content of the Strategy particularly the recommendations and suggested actions.
Outline of the Strategy Document:
The Consultant will consolidate the outcomes of the dialogue-based activities and agreements reached into a draft Strategy document. The outline of the Strategy document will include:
As per the agreement on the work plan and methodology developed earlier, and in consultation with the FMF members, liaise and communicate with relevant mapped stakeholders and conduct all relevant activities needed with them to gather their input for the Strategy on Dealing with the Past for Lebanon.
The Consultant will present the draft Strategy document to UNDP and the FMF for their comments. UNDP’s comments will be submitted through the Project Manager and FMF’s comments through a designated focal point. The Consultant will discuss with both jointly the suggested changes and agree with them on the modifications.
Required Skills and Experience
Years of Experience:
How to apply:
3. Preliminary Methodology
Incomplete applications will not be considered.