Terms of Reference

                                    Support to the German Financial Cooperation activities in Lebanon   

                                            with a special focus on the cooperation with UN agencies


I      General Context

KfW Development Bank is assisting the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to achieve its goals in development policy and international development cooperation for more than 50 years. In this regard, KfW is both a bank and a development institution with financing expertise, a broad base of knowledge in development policy and finance through many years of national and international experience. On behalf of the German Government, notably the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), KfW finances and supports programmes and projects that mainly involve public sector players in developing countries and emerging economies – from the development and implementation of projects to the monitoring of their impact and success. KfW’s goal is to support partner countries in fighting poverty, maintaining peace, protecting both the environment and the climate, and shaping globalization in an appropriate way.

Lebanon is going through challenging times. No other country in the world is hosting as many displaced people and refugees in proportion to the number of its inhabitants. Today more than 1.5 million people from Syria and other neighboring countries are living in Lebanon, amidst a national population of approximately 4.5 million.

Since 2005 Germany intensifies its development cooperation with Lebanon in support of post-conflict reconstruction efforts. The focus of Germany's support to Lebanon is currently on education and on local infrastructure for development, namely in the field of water supply and sanitation. In addition, Germany is implementing special measures to support Lebanese communities hosting ‘people on the move’ from Syria, Iraq or Palestine (migrants, displaced and refugees). In that regard, KfW is mandated to work closely with several United Nations (UN) organisations (for the time being: UNICEF, UNDP, UNRWA, ILO).

About half of all displaced people in Lebanon are children. Therefore the Government of the Republic of Lebanon through its Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) has launched the programme ’Reaching All Children with Education’ (RACE) that is intended to give both disadvantaged Lebanese and refugee children access to quality education, and to strengthen the national education system. RACE is being implemented by UNICEF, among others, as part of the ‘No Lost Generation Initiative’. 

In addition to substantial financial contributions to the RACE programme, the German Government through KfW is engaged in a recently established consultative sub-committee deliberating on various aspects of the financial management of the RACE programme (‘Finance Sub-Committee RACE’).


II     General Profile of the Expert

In the framework of bilateral German-Lebanese Financial Cooperation KfW is looking for an expert who is familiar with UN project conceptualization and procedures and with the specificities of the education sector (in Lebanon), as well as experienced in (public) financial management.

She / he would be working on a consultancy contract fulfilling the herewith presented Terms of Reference independently, but in direct coordination with the Director of the KfW Office Beirut, and under strong sectorial and management guidance of the sector team for education and UN cooperation in the Near East Region, located in KfW headquarters in Frankfurt.

The main goal for the 10 months assignment (with the option to extend the assignment to 14 months), starting as soon as possible but latest on 1st October, 2017, is to participate in the ‘Finance Sub-Committee RACE’. The expert is also expected to build a solid information basis on all UN-KfW-related topics in Lebanon in order to support a most efficient structuring of the German support through KfW. Working and living place of the expert shall be Beirut, Lebanon.


III    Key Responsibilities

1.     RACE programme and education sector

1.1   Specific tasks related to the RACE programme

The objective of the expert assignment within the context of the RACE programme is to build a solid basis for possible further (bilateral) interventions in the education sector. Within this context the specific tasks of the expert include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participation, on behalf of the German Financial Cooperation, in the ‘Finance Sub-Committee’ of the RACE programme (eventually including delegated representation of the German party)
  • Close information exchange and coordination with the responsible KfW sector team / project managers in Frankfurt
  • Close interaction and coordination with a) the Ministry of Education and Higher Education,
    b) relevant development partners and donors and c) UNICEF

Deliberations about the set-up of the ‘Financial Sub-Committee’ of the RACE programme are ongoing and may affect the Terms of Reference of this consultancy.

1.2   Specific tasks related to the education sector

  • Identification of possible new (bilateral) project approaches in the education sector
  • Close information exchange and coordination with the responsible KfW sector team / project managers in Frankfurt
  • Close interaction and coordination with a) the Ministry of Education and Higher Education,
    b) relevant development partners and donors, as well as implementing partners including non-governmental organisations

2.     General Tasks

Encompassing general tasks related to the activities of UN organisations in Lebanon, in order to provide guidance for an eventual future bilateral German engagement through KfW, comprise but are not limited to the following:

  • Identifying viable project approaches, including review and assessment of proposals, support in the preparation of appraisals, etc.
  • Technical input to meetings and working groups of relevant UN organisations as well as participation in such meetings and working groups (eventually delegated by the German party)
  • Intensification of communication, exchange of information and networking with partner institutions and relevant UN organisations for Lebanon. This also includes the thematic discussion of projects as well as the explanation of processes and procedures of German Financial Cooperation through KfW with the aim to strengthen the thematic and conceptional exchange and the mutual understanding between KfW and the UN organisations and other partners concerned.
  • Close coordination with other development partners and donors who are partnering with UN organisations with the aim to harmonize the various interventions
  • Continuous screening and staying abreast of relevant UN agencies’ activities and of relevant sector developments with the aim to provide regular overviews / briefings to German key stakeholders, namely the German Embassy and KfW
  • Provide ad-hoc information, if requested, on current topics and developments to the responsible project managers of KfW in Frankfurt
  • Undertaking monitoring and parallel reporting activities on KfW co-financed UN activities

3. Other Tasks

  • Performance of other duties related to the main mission if requested, according to arising needs


IV    Required Expertise

1.    What is needed

  • Profound working experience in an international and intercultural context
  • Profound working experience with UN organisations (within the UN system or in cooperation with)
  • Profound working experience on financial management
  • Profound working experience in the education sector
  • German Language (fluently spoken and written; European Reference Framework C1)
  • English Language (fluently spoken and written: European Reference Framework C1)
  • Willingness to travel within Lebanon (upon KfW security assessment) and to Germany
  • High communication competency (oral and written): to ensure the information flow, to share ideas, to use multiple communication channels adequately; to address different target groups/ interlocutors appropriately
  • Ability to gain support for ideas, proposals and solutions
  • Ability to develop, maintain and strengthen partnerships with others
  • Teamwork
  • Customer orientation
  • Analytical thinking and diagnostic information gathering
  • Conceptual and strategic thinking
  • Showing initiative

2.   Additional Assets

  • Regional Expertise, specifically in Lebanon
  • Working experience with KfW
  • Arabic Language
  • French Language


V     Way Forward

Kindly send your following documents

  • Updated CV
  • Motivation letter incl. salary expectations
  • Relevant letters of reference

Until:                July 30, 2017

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