Department/Office:Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon
Duty Station:BEIRUT
Posting Period:25 September 2020 – 24 October 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Programme Management-UNSCOL-141896-R-Beirut (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Office of the Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL). The Senior Coordination Officer will report directly to the Special Coordinator (SCL) and Deputy Special Coordinator (DSCL). The Senior Coordination Officer provides strategic advice and support to the SCL and DSCL on UN and external coordination issues and ensures the integrated management of UNSCOL substantive activities in line with the strategic vision and guidance of the SCL and DSCL/RC/HC, as appropriate.


Within delegated authority the Senior Coordination Officer is responsible for the following duties:

Analysis, Advice, and Reporting
•Fosters positive relationship with Government counterparts and advises the Special Coordinator and Deputy Special Coordinator on identifying priority areas of international support in support of Lebanon’s stability and security and liaises with national and international partners
•Supports the development and implementation of strategies, policies and other measures to address relevant programmatic and coordination issues within the mission, and in relation to the mission and the various components of the UNCT;
•Identifies and analyzes pertinent developments, issues and challenges for the mission and provides up-to-date analysis and advice to the UN Special Coordinator and the Deputy Special Coordinator on economic, social, human rights and humanitarian trends;
•Upon request, provides coordination inputs for background briefs, policy notes, talking points and other materials in support of the political activities of the UN Special Coordinator, including in preparation for Security Council Briefings;
•Leads in UNSCOL preparations for international donor meetings, supports UNSCOL participation at such meetings;
•Identifies issues for policy discussion and prepares for and coordinates meetings of various donor groups with appropriate follow-up to ensure implementation of effective strategies;
•Lead/advise on UNSCOL’s engagement within the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation and other UNCT frameworks as relevant,
•Coordinates with UNIFIL on aspects of joint implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 and mission economies and efficiencies between the two entities;
•Coordinates UNSCOL outreach and engagement with civil society, national authorities and other stakeholders as it impacts UNSCOL’s mandate implementation; Ensure timely and effective coordination for field visits for the mission leadership and HQ leadership as relevant; Coordinate UNSCOL’s systematic outreach to provinces in support of UNSCOL’s mandate implementation.
•Advises in Team-wide planning processes, ensuring coherence is maintained between mandated tasks, component plans/concepts of operations and, where appropriate, United Nations-system-wide integrated planning as required by policies, guidelines and best practices on planning, in particular the Integrated Mission Planning Process (IMPP) and risk management, and incorporates mandated cross-cutting issues, such as gender mainstreaming; and supervises and provides managerial guidance to Team planning staff to this effect.
•Ensures the proper conduct of processes critical to the delivery of mandate implementation, particularly strategic planning, policy coordination and senior level decision- making internal planning and coordination functions including planning and budgetary processes

Partnerships, Planning and Programming
•Supports the SCL/DSCL in the development of strategic and programmatic frameworks for the UN system coordination in Lebanon and, as required, in the region;
•Facilitates the translation of policy intent and high-level direction of Team leadership into viable tasks and works with components to ensure their effective implementation. Interacts closely with other sections of the mission in the production of briefings, background notes, talking points, cables, media statements and speeches;
•Advises the SCL/DSCL on the identification of potential areas or issues for common UN approaches and in the development of proposals/actions for enhancing inter- agency cooperation and coordination particularly on those issues with political dimensions; Liaises with government’s substantive teams on all issues related to UN programming and development initiatives in the context of the UNSCOL’s mandate;
•Coordinates and prepares meeting agendas, alerting the SCL and DSCL RC to pending issues; Prepares and records conclusions and ensures appropriate follow up; Maintains working relationships with agency representatives, UN colleagues and other relevant partners, such as Government counterparts and NGOs at all levels;
•Ensures coordination with the Peacebuilding Support Office, in particular with relation to the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) on joint work relevant to UNSCOL’s mandate and the UNCT; undertakes or oversees UNSCOLs inputs into peacebuilding projects and ensure they are coordinated with UNCT.
•Provides guidance on United Nations policies and procedures;

Information Management and Communication
•Ensures that advice and information on crosscutting issues is coordinated between UNSCOL and the with relevant entities of UNCT;
•Promotes coherence in strategies between the UNSCOL and with UN agencies;
•Oversees the implementation of knowledge management approaches throughout the mission, such as handover notes, after-action reviews and end-of-assignment reports;
•Oversees the coordination and preparation of inputs into United Nations reports, including reports of the Secretary-General and the Resident Coordinator

•Coordinates aspects of internal management of the office on behalf of the Mission senior management including the development of, advice on, and promotion of policies on management issues.
•Manage UNSCOL’s coordination unit (CU) in all aspects including budget preparations, analysis and reporting, and hiring of staff. Oversees the day to day operations of the coordination unit. Formulates and manages the implementation of the programme of work of the CU; Supervises, mentors, and evaluates staff;
•As required, participate in senior staff meetings, recruitments panels, internal boards of inquiry and other management duties associated with the post;
•Coordinates all activities emanating from the unit, sets priorities, supervises and ensures follow-up and feedback;
•Consistently applies rules and regulations;
•Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to identify problems and propose policy options; Drafting ability and negotiation skills. Ability to use diplomacy and judgment in dealing with others; 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

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

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly


Advanced university degree (Master’s or Equivalent) in social sciences, political science, international studies, or a related field is required. A first level university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience with international organizations, Member States or NGOs in humanitarian, conflict, post-conflict, development contexts, or related field is required.
At least two years of experience working in a UN Field Operation – or similar multi-lateral or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.
Experience working with the UN and inter-agency coordination or RC system is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required; Working knowledge of Arabic is required.

Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.


United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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