project coordinator, NOB
ESCWA, Beirut - Lebanon

Posting Title:Project Coordinator, NOB
Department/Office:Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station:BEIRUT
Posting Period:23 January 2018 – 21 February 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Programme Management-ESCWA-91974-R-Beirut (N)
Staffing ExerciseN/A


United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located within the Food and Environment Policies Section, Sustainable Development Policies Division (SDPD) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Project Coordinator reports directly to the Chief of the Food and Environment Policies Section and will be under the overall supervision of the Director of SDPD.


The Project Coordinator will be responsible for carrying out the following:

1- Works with project partner agencies to facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of the assigned project; monitors and analyzes all aspects of project implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow up actions;
2- Drafts TORs for key inputs (i.e. personnel, consultants, training events, and procurement) and submit these to the supervisor for clearance and approval, and administer the mobilization of such inputs;
3- Prepares and updates project periodic work plans and submits them to the supervisor for approval;
4- Provides technical advice and support to project partner agencies, review technical reports and monitor technical activities carried out by responsible parties;
5- Provides logistical and substantive backstopping to all project-related meetings, workshops and conferences, including proposing agenda topics, identifying contributors, preparing background documents and presentations;
6- Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, section of reports and studies, input for publications, etc.;
7- Provides advisory services and technical assistance to stakeholders and Member States on project-related topics;
8- Ensures that all agreements with implementing partner agencies are prepared, negotiated and signed;
9- Ensures that all partner agencies mobilize and deliver the outputs in accordance with their letters of agreement or other agreements, and provide overall supervision and/or coordination of their work to ensure the production of the expected outputs;
10- Assists the chief in managing the project budget as per the project work plan;
11- Provides administrative support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc.,to include identifying participants, handling logistics, etc.;
12- Supervises staff and local or regional short-term consultants working for the project;
13- Ensures the timely submission of work plans, reports, outputs and other deliverables to supervisor and other stakeholders for review and evaluation, as appropriate;
14- Tracks milestones and accordingly ensures necessary work flow, personnel and financial resource allocations;
15- Undertakes official travel as necessary;
16- Prepares project annual progress reports and the project final report and organizes project review meetings and evaluation missions, in coordination with supervisor and implementing partner agencies;
17- Maintains the project website and ensure its update of all project related activities and outputs in a user friendly manner;
18- Ensures an adequate archive of all project related reports and outputs in both hard and soft copies.


Professionalism – Ability to identify, extract, analyze and format data from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and Organizing – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;
allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


A first-level university degree in agriculture, food, food security, water or environment or other relevant field. Master’s degree or equivalent is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in one of the agriculture, food, food security, water or environment field. Experience in project management in the Arab Region, preferably at the international level and in international organizations, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required.


The shortlisted candidates will undergo a substantive assessment related to the functions of the post in addition to a competency-based interview. Only short-listed candidates will be

Special Notice

This position is open to nationals of Lebanon only. 

This position is available for one year with possibility of extension, subject to funds/post availability.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers In accordance with established rules and procedures.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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