Lebanon – A Field Coordinator in Akkar
Lebanon – A Field Coordinator in Akkar
Type of contract
Fixed Term Contract
Expected start date
Duration of mission
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 action 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
The field coordinator is responsible for the proper functioning of the project site, and proper implementation of programmes developed on that site.
Safety and Security: In collaboration with the head of mission and with the support of the base security manager, s/he is responsible for the safety of the staff and mission assets, and also monitors humanitarian access constraints.
Programmes: S/he is accountable for an adequate definition and efficient implementation of the projects. S/he ensures the coordination between the support teams (administration, information management and log), the implementation teams and the coordinators in order to timely and qualitatively guarantee that the objectives and results of the projects are reached. S/He preventively identifies issues, gaps and delays that may impede the correct implementation of the projects and proposes mitigation plan to the HoM.
Human Resources: S/he supervises all the teams at the site, composed of national and international staff. S/he is responsible for the capacity building and the development of the staff.
Logistical, administrative and financial support: S/he oversees the logistical, administrative and financial components of the base for the purpose of programme implementation, and ensures compliance with the relevant procedures, with substantive support from the logistics coordinator, the human resources coordinator and the administrative coordinator of the mission.
Representation: S/he represents PUI towards the stakeholders of the area (such as donors, authorities, international/local NGOs).
Coordination: S/he centralises and disseminates information from/to the site, and consolidates the internal and external reporting activities implemented in his/her field of operations before submitting them to the head of mission.
Assessment/ Strategy/development: S/he participates in strategy development and proposes new interventions in function of needs identified in his/her field of operations. S/he actively contributes to seek funding opportunities and leads the proposal development process at base level, in close cooperation with coordination.
Audit: S/he is responsible for the compliance with internal procedures of PU AMI, external donors’s rules, as well as the national law.
MA/S or equivalent in social science, programme management, international development preferred
At least 1 year experience in a similar Field Coordinator Position
At least 1 year experience in humanitarian context involving populations displacement
Experience working with a variety of donors;
Experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methodologies required.
Project Management skills
Ability to represent PUI as per the recommendations of the HoM and ensure an efficient and proactive coordination with other actors.
Knowledge of Pack Office
Employed with a Fixed-Term – 12 months
Starting Date : June 2020
Monthly gross income: from 2 200 up to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI Contract
Insurance : including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housing :in collective accommodation
Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)
Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months
Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
Person in charge of this offer
Emmanuelle Gracia, Human Resources Officer for expatriates