The Lebanese Working Group on Palestinian Refugees, which became later known as the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee (LPDC), was created in November 2005 by the Council of Ministers, in response to the goal set by the Government of Lebanon (GoL) to improve the living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. This project seeks to strengthen the capacity of the LPDC to implement its strategic Plan (2015- 2020) that enables the GoL to set up a comprehensive policy on the Palestinian refugee issues, with a view to improving their living conditions. The Project components include: Output 1: Institutional Capacity of the LPDC Office for Policy Reforms Enhanced; Output 2: Support to LPDC to Establish the National Observatory for Palestinian Affairs provided; Output 3: Capacity of line ministries mandated with Palestine refugees strengthened; Output 4: Capacity of LPDC to act as the focal point for national and international partners, on issues regarding Palestinian refugees in camps and surrounding communities strengthened; Output 5: Capacity of LPDC to facilitate multiple forums and platforms of Dialogue and consensus-building enhanced. In 2015, the LPDC, under the Prime Minister patronage, had launched and hosted a Dialogue platform among the Lebanese Political Parties to discuss the Governmental policies towards the Palestinian refugees. In 2020, the LPDC is planning to launch the “Palestinian Working Group” with similar structure and composition of the “Lebanese Working Group”. In this context, the LPDC requires the support of a “Dialogue Facilitator and Strategic Communication Advisor”.Apply Now
Duties and ResponsibilitiesUnder the supervision of the Support to the LPDC’s strategic plane-Phase I Project Manager and under the overall guidance of the LPDC Chairman, the consultant will work on the below: 1. Support the design of the dialogue strategy for the “Palestinian Working Group”; 2. Liaise with the project team and external experts to prepare for dialogue sessions and develop dialogue agenda; 3. Facilitate the dialogue sessions and participate in the sessions of the Lebanese Working Group (LWG) and Palestinian Working Group (PWG); 4. Liaise with media, public opinion, academia and political figures to promote LPDC’s policies and agenda; 5. Support the LPDC in drafting strategic communiqué, concept notes and policy papers addressing the national, regional and international challenges facing Palestinian refugees. For additional information, please refer to ANNEX I – Terms of Reference
- Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills.
- Very Good knowledge of Palestinian refugees’ context in Lebanon, their living conditions, political aspirations, political factions/parties and affiliations and their history since 1948
- Fluency in oral and written Arabic and English, good command of French is desirable.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
- Knowledge of the UN preferable.
Required Skills and ExperienceAcademic Qualifications:
- University degree in political sciences, international relations, economics or other closely related fields.
- Previous experience in writing concept notes, policy papers and strategic communiques in English and Arabic (samples to be provided with the resume)
- Previous experience in facilitating political dialogue/discussion sessions or processes
- Previous experience working on Palestinian refugees’ political rights
- Previous Experience working with Government Institutions.