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Municipal Empowerment and Reslience Project Review
|Application Deadline :||18-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||8 weeks|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||8 weeks|
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.
The impact of the Syrian Crisis on Lebanon has reached an unprecedented scale in the history of complex, displacement-driven emergencies. In April 2012, 32,800 Syrian refugees were registered or awaiting registration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon. By October 2018, the Government of Lebanon estimated that the country was hosting an estimated 1.5 million refugees, a quarter of the total Lebanese population.
The refugee crisis places tremendous pressure on Lebanon’s services and resources, particularly at the decentralized level. Municipalities face challenges in providing adequate housing, ensuring quality public services, and in creating jobs for both host communities and displaced/refugee populations. Furthermore, localities with the highest concentration of displaced people from Syria, which include all large cities of Lebanon and their suburbs, consistently suffer from heightened insecurity, higher levels of tension and more exposure to violence than other areas in Lebanon.
The above situation is further exacerbated by the current economic, political, and health crisis. Lebanon is facing one of the gravest economic downturns since the end of the civil war in the early 1990s. The World Bank estimates that in 2020 real GDP contracted by 20.3 percent, on the back of a 6.7 percent contraction in 2019. In fact, Lebanon’s GDP plummeted from close to US$55 billion in 2018 to an estimated US$33 billion in 2020, while GDP per capita fell by around 40 percent in dollar terms. Public debt stands at 174 percent of the gross domestic product. The latest rapid unemployment assessment by ILO found that unemployment stood at 37 percent in 2020. According to the UNESCWA, in 2020 more than half of the Lebanese people lived in poverty (55.3 percent), up from 27.4 percent in 2011-2012. Amid economic uncertainty and an extremely protracted crisis, challenges continue to deepen for many displaced, refugees, and Lebanese who face long-term poverty. Both Lebanese and refugees perceive those long-standing inequalities are deepening and competition for shrinking job opportunities and dwindling resources and services remain drivers of tension at the local level.
On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic and on March 15, the government of Lebanon issued the governmental resolution on the General Mobilization. The first case of COVID-19 in Lebanon was confirmed on 21 February 2020. As of 7 March 2022 in Lebanon, the total number of cases rose to 1,084,114 cumulative cases of Covid-19, and 10,200 deaths have been reported. This complex situation puts tremendous pressure on the subnational authorities to deliver quality services and to create income generation opportunities for their communities.
The “Strengthening the Long-Term Resilience of Subnational Authorities in countries affected by the Syrian and Iraqi Crises” is a project funded through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis ‘Madad Fund’ and jointly implemented by UNDP/UN-Habitat in Lebanon and Iraq over a period of 48 months.
The main objective of the action is to improve the resilience of host and refugee population in communities impacted by the Syrian crisis, through strengthened local multi-level governance systems, and improved access to basic services, affordable housing and income.
In Lebanon, the action is implemented through the ‘Municipal Empowerment and Resilience Project’ (MERP) – a joint UNDP and UN-Habitat initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (MoIM).
The Project’s geographic areas of intervention include three unions: the Urban Community Al Fayhaa, the Federation of Municipalities of the Northern and Coastal Metn, the Union of Tyre, and 92 of their member municipalities.
The Project aims to benefit host communities, Syrian refugees, and displaced people in the three targeted Unions of Municipalities, taking into accounts gender and the needs of vulnerable groups.
The overall Project goal is to Strengthen the Long-Term Resilience of Subnational Authorities in countries affected by the Syrian Crisis.
The objectives and corresponding indicators and outputs of the Project are listed below:
Objective 1: Subnational authorities have enhanced capacities to engage in holistic, area-based planning and consider different scenarios that respond to the needs of host, refugee and IDP populations
Objective 2: Service delivery is increasingly responsive, and generates greater social stability outcomes, based on the needs of host, refugee and IDP populations
Objective 3: Subnational authorities are empowered to facilitate local economic development and have better access to municipal investment that benefits the extension of safe public services and economic opportunities for host, refugee and IDP populations
Overall, the Project aims to contribute to achieving the indicators of the below-mentioned frameworks:
 Government of Lebanon and the United Nations, Lebanese crisis response plan 2017-2020 (2019 Update), Beirut, (https://www.unhcr.org/lb/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2019/04/LCRP-EN-2019.pdf), Accessed December 2019
 The 251-vulnerability map identifies the most vulnerable localities in Lebanon. They host 87 per cent of the displaced from Syria and 67 per cent deprived Lebanese. Lebanese crisis response plan 2017-2020 (2019 Update)
 Lebanon Economic Monitor, World Bank, Spring 2021.
 Lebanon Economic Monitor, Spring 2021, World Bank.
 UNESCWA Policy Brief No 15/2020: Poverty in Lebanon.
 WHO Lebanon COVID-19 Daily Brief for 7 March 2022.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main objectives of this assignment are to review the Lebanon component of the action, by reviewing MERP approach and activities in terms of achieving impact and objectives, and accordingly, generate recommendations and lessons learnt to be considered during the final implementation phase of the Project and guide the design of a potential second phase. As such, this review will assess MERP relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability. Specifically, the review will be used to:
This review builds on an earlier conducted Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) exercise supported by the EU in March 2021, and it considers linkages and intersections with result areas spearheaded by the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCDF) for Lebanon. Its findings can also inform the final evaluation of the Project, which is planned for mid 2023.
This review will be conducted for the implementation period till to date (January 2019 – July 2022), and it is intended primarily for MERP team, UNDP/UN-Habitat management, and the Project steering committee, in addition to the project partner and beneficiaries, the Ministry of Interior and municipalities, and the Directorate General of Local Administrations
 Upon approval of a No-Cost Extension till June 2023
Required Skills and Experience
The application must include all of the following Mandatory documents:- Please refer to the link : https://procurement-notices.undp.org/ to reach the above documents