United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Consultant (Validation and Assessment of Enfeh and Its Surroudings Village Productive Sectors and Main Value Chains and Development of A Business Plan and Operation Module)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

 

The impact of the Syria crisis on Lebanon is unprecedented in the history of complex, refugee-driven emergencies. The crisis is not only challenging the country’s existing social and economic infrastructure and employment, it also brings to Lebanon a new set of disparities, cleavages and tensions that threaten to undermine Lebanon’s delicate social and political stability. Due to the crisis, Lebanon is witnessing a sharply rising influx of Syrian refugees through the Northern and Eastern borders. Within this setting, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has taken on a number of roles to help ensure that ensure that the response to the refugee influx, while focusing on the immediate lifesaving needs of the refugee population, also contributes to longer-term objectives, more resilient host communities and supporting durable solutions. In that regard, UNDP plays three equally important and reinforcing roles; 1) Support to vulnerable host communities integrated components for stabilization, and livelihoods; 2) Inter-agency Coordination through UNDP’s co-lead of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan and 3) Sector Coordination through UNDP’s lead of the Livelihoods, Social Stability and Energy Sector.

Within the programming component, UNDP formulated a Stabilization and Recovery Programme (SRP) which sets out the overall institutional response to stabilize the current situation in Lebanon, UNDP sets up a specific program for host communities (Lebanon Host Community Support Program - LHSP) in term of reducing and mitigating the Syrian crisis' effect on the most poor Lebanese communities, looking at increase livelihoods and jobs opportunities, improve the basic services delivery and reduce communities social conflicts.

The LHSP methodology contribute to:

  • The development of institutional capacity in a crisis context, without which neither local government nor the social and private sector can have the context or foundational base to stimulate economic and social progress;

  • The enacting and implementation of interventions that create an enabling environment for effective participation in sustainable local solution for resilience;

  • The enhancing of the capacities of people who are normally bypassed in the distribution of the social and economic benefits to participate more effectively in productive activities on which their livelihoods depend.

  • The creation of enabling environment for gender equality and inclusion for vulnerable people including disabled and youth.

The Four outputs of LHSP are:

  • Output 1: Capacity of local stakeholders strengthened to asses and respond to the needs of the community in the Design and delivery of interventions in a conflict-sensitive and participatory manner.

  • Output 2: Competition for basic services reduced in vulnerable communities

  • Output 3: Income generation for vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees created through intensive labour activities supporting rapid employment schemes

  • Output 4: Jobs opportunities increased particularly for vulnerable women, disabled persons and youth

Within the coordination components, UNDP leads on stabilization, under the overall umbrella of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Response Plan (3RP) for the Syria crisis. In addition to this overall leadership role, UNDP is also leading three of the ten sectors of the response, the social stability, livelihoods and energy sectors, while UNDP programmes are providing crucial contribution to Lebanon’s stability by supporting host communities in the areas of livelihoods, basic infrastructure and environmental and social stability.

Through the LCRP response management, UNDP places a strong emphasis on ensuring an integrated Monitoring & Evaluation framework, based on a broad evidence base, informed by quantitative and qualitative research as well as direct engagement with affected populations. Furthermore, mainstreaming protection, conflict sensitivity, gender and environment are key areas of focus within the response and for UNDP

Project Background

Enfeh is a coastal village located in Al Koura district that stretches from the Mediterranean Sea up to Mount Lebanon, and comprises a series of foothills surrounding a low-lying plain where olive is cultivated. The olive orchards of Koura are among the most extensive in Lebanon, However Enfeh is particularly known for its Touristic Maritimes Attraction as well as Olive cultivation and olive oil production.

Due to Enfeh location on the cost, its main economic activities are fishing, maritime touristic resorts and sea food cuisine. the town has its small port and hosting a small fishermen cooperative as well.

On the other hand Enfeh village is listed as heritage area, due to its richness in many archeological sites, in addition to that, the town is characterized by its unique identity related to the local cuisine (sea food), the distinguished architecture that we can notice especially in the old souks, as well as the religious heritage.

Recently, the town became famous for its maritime attractions, such as diving, resorts, and local Mediterranean cuisine mainly sea food noting that the Lebanese people are usually consuming lots of fish in their food diet and the Local demand for fish is considerably higher than the neighboring Middle Eastern countries.

All these resources have not been well invested till the moment, and the local inhabitant rely on employment in the private and public sector, fishing activities, and hospitality small businesses, or leave the town to look for better opportunities in the cities or abroad. To note that the municipality have conducted basic assessments on some sector to develop a strategic plan and activate the growth of the existing economic activities, without distorting the identity of the village, and have dedicated a land that can host small industrial activities

Currently, after the spread of Covid 19 in Lebanon, the country is under a state of emergency which lead the government to announced the closure of All businesses except those related to the food and health industries (grocery shops, pharmacies); leading to a loss of jobs for hundreds of thousands of people. The new development exacerbates an already challenging economic situation for the most vulnerable host communities and refugees, particularly affecting people with specific needs, female-led households, youth, children and elderly.

Therefore, the need to identify and implement some initiatives to strengthen the value chains development is a crucial approach to enhance economic development, generate job opportunities and support inclusive economic growth. Moreover, strengthening value chains has the potential to provide economic benefits at multiple levels creating a trickle-down effect on vulnerable groups.

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. The Expert is expected to carry out a validation and an assessment of Enfeh village main productive sectors, taking into consideration its close surroundings sharing the same aspects (maritime, costal, agricultural, touristic…) ,and identify the main 3 value chains that could be the entry point for intervention in the village for a Production and Service Facility, including by not limited to the maritime and the fishery sector taking into consideration the sectors that extend to the neighboring villages,

  2. The expert is expected to identify the existing value chains with potential along with a SWOT Analysis

  3. The expert is expected to conduct a detailed market assessment of the selected value chain

  4. The expert is expected to propose the suitable potential interventions including a possibility for a production and service facility along with its business and operational plan while keeping in mind the main objects:

  • Sector and Value Chain Development

  • Job Creation with focus on Women and Youth

  • Income Generation

  • Improving the Quality

  • Create a competitive and comparative edges

  • Preserving the Environment

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

Competencies

Other assets:

  • Excellent written and spoken Arabic and English

  • strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Willing to travel all project sites all over Lebanon mainly Enfeh and North Lebanon.

  • Attention to details, listen actively, acknowledging and responding constructively to other points of view;

  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks simultaneously and accurately;

  • Ability to assume responsibility and to coordinate with others.

  • Produces quality outputs in a timely manner when assigned a given task;

  • Full commitment to UNDP rules and regulations

Required Skills and Experience

I. Academic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Development, Marketing and or other direct related fields

II. Years of experience:

  • 12 years of experience in the consultancy field, carrying out assessment, Business Development plans, feasibility studies, value chain development strategies

III. Technical experience:

  • Carrying out Two (2) assessments in the fields of Maritime and fishery sectors

  • Two (2) projects implemented related to value chain analysis in Lebanon or the region;

  • Five (5) Projects implemented in developing business development plans and feasibility studies

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 that are found on UNDP Procurement site( https://procurement-notices.undp.org/index.cfm):

  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 https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm. .
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.

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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