Starting date : As Soon As Possible
Duration of Mission: 12 months
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a Humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by addressing their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 200 projects per year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in more than 22 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Europe.
Humanitarian situation and needs
As the Syrian Crisis enters its ninth year, the number of Syrians seeking refuge in other countries has reached an unprecedented scale. With more than 250,000 people killed, 1.2 million injured and 6.5 million people displaced, there are now 13.5 million vulnerable people inside Syria alone. Over 5 million refugees from Syria have fled to neighbouring countries particularly Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt
After Turkey, Lebanon is the second host country for Syrian refugees with just under 1 million refugees registered (and an estimated .5 million unregistered) for an overall population of less than 4.5 million (Source: OCHA Bulletin n33 - 2018). Prior to this crisis, Lebanon was already hosting half a million Palestinian refugees; the pressure on the Lebanese government and local population is very high. Social tensions between communities relate primarily to the competition for unskilled works, while recent surveys (ARK 2018) have shown that there are less and less interactions between refugees and Lebanese.
Due to some concern of infiltration of terrorist groups in Lebanon, in March 2015, the government of Lebanon, through the General Security Directorate, is enforcing entry regularization among refugees entering from Syria. The Lebanese government has also asked the UNHCR to stop the registration process hence new refugees and new born babies cannot be registered anymore either. Since then, it is now much harder for Syrians to enter the country, while those residing in Lebanon are also facing difficulties in renewing their residency or having access to humanitarian aid or public facilities. This situation will cause an increased economic strain on the families, although the ban on work has been left (for occupations related to construction, agriculture and maintenance only) in 2016.
As the Syrian crisis is now protracted, with unprecedented number of civilians affected by the constant violation of the Humanitarian laws, there is little perspective for the refugees to return to their home country. The Syria Crisis Response Conference which took place in Brussels in March 2019 clearly intends to address the humanitarian needs of this protracted crisis, by setting up consistent multi years response tackling current issues, considering the evolution of needs and the necessity to provide the refugees from Syria with some perspectives and ensuring the social stability in Lebanon. The spill over of the Syrian crisis into Lebanon compounded pre-existing vulnerabilities among the Lebanese society, especially in areas where the level of social infrastructures is not developed or strong enough to cope with.
In October 2019, Lebanon has witnessed an unprecedented popular uprising, protesting against the degradation of the living conditions and pushed by an economic crisis not seen even during the Civil War. At the beginning of 2020, the financial crisis had left 40% of the population unemployed and threatens to push 50% of the population under the poverty line, hitting hard the host and the refugee community.
The Covid19 pandemic has pushed Lebanon, like most of the countries, to declare a state of emergency, shutting down its economic activities, promising the country to have to face even bigger challenges than expectedThis led to decrease in basic assistance provided to the refugees, and therefore to an escalation in negative coping mechanisms of most vulnerable households, (such as begging, child labour, child marriages, sexual services for food/accommodation, limitation of movements due to transportation costs, etc.).
Refugee populations have in many cases settled in areas inhabited by impoverished and vulnerable Lebanese communities further stretching limited or non-existent sources of income and public services at the local level, and especially in poorest areas such as Akkar.
Our actions in the field
Present in the country since 1996, PUI has a long experience in assisting conflict affected populations in the South. Since 2012, PUI has been actively involved in the Lebanon emergency response to the Syrian crisis with presence in the North (Akkar), Mount Lebanon and South (Saida) of Lebanon.
In 2020-2022, PUI aims to reinforce the ability of each vulnerable community to become self-reliant and resilient to crisis through 3 strategic pillars targeting the most vulnerable populations (poorest Lebanese, most vulnerable Syrians refugees, Populations of Palestinian camps and gatherings) responding to 3 humanitarian issues
- Lack of access to sustainable and essential services
- Worsening environment for at risk individuals
- Lack of access to safe, stable, sufficient and sustainable livelihoods
As part of our activities in Lebanon, we are looking for a MEAL Coordinator.
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator is responsible for guiding the overall MEAL strategy and implementation, or related activities, within projects while providing timely and relevant information to stakeholders. The MEAL coordinator will support PUI’s operational and technical staff in ensuring the accountability of PUI’s programme in Lebanon by developing the appropriate MEAL strategies and protocols for each project/specific technical sector. He/she will provide technical MEAL guidance and leadership at all level of the Country Program, by leading efforts to document progress, effectiveness and impact of PUI´s intervention in the country. The MEAL Coordinator will ensure the use of technically appropriate needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation methods, contributing therefore to improve the quality and effectiveness of PUI humanitarian action.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Mission for Programmes (DHoM), and in cooperation with Information Management Advisor (IMA), technical coordinators and MEAL staff in the operational bases, the MEAL Coordinator will:
- Strategy: Implement a sound and adapted-to-context MEAL strategy and operational guidance, for results oriented and quality programming;
- Oversight: Ensure the mission uses strategic, accurate and consistent data collection for developing evidence based programming;
- Technical support: Provide specific technical support for the conduction of assessments, surveys and ad-hoc data collection and analyses throughout the project and programme cycle management;
- Capacity building: Sensitise and build the capacity of staff for an enhanced transparency, accountability and learning mind set in the mission and in the framework of a continuous capitalisation and learning approach.
- External Representation: Coordinates the MEAL representation of PUI among external stakeholders.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCES
Training: Master degree in a field related to Project Management, international development and/or social sciences.
- Minimum of 3 years experience in MEAL management in a humanitarian, emergency and/or unsecured context
- Strong experience inplementing monitoring and evaluation processes and activities, using both quantitative and qualitative methods
Knowledge and skills
- Strong experience in donor requirements and expectations, particularly MADAD-UE, WFP, AFD and BPRM
- Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training and mentoring
- Prior knowledge of the country/region an asset;
Languages: Excellent command in writing and editing documents in English.
- Fixed-Term Contract - 12 months
- Starting date: As Soon As Possible
- Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
- Cost Covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
- Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
- Housing: possibility of individual housing
- Daily Living Expenses « Per diem »
- Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
- Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
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