Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
COOPI is looking for a Country Administrator in Lebanon
COOPI has been operating and developing humanitarian projects in South Lebanon during the years 2003-2005, then, since 2013, in Northern Lebanon, supporting most basic and pressing needs of Refugees and vulnerable host communities through a multi-sector and integrated approach. COOPI assists the targeted communities mainly by providing water, sanitation and hygiene assistance, shelter support, multi-purpose cash assistance and education support. Since 2018 COOPI has been implementing a Solid Waste Management (SWM) programme funded by UE, entitled: “SWaM Akkar Supporting Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Jurd al-Kaytee, Akkar”.
Since June 2018 COOPI has been implementing a 24 months Solid Waste Management Project financed by EuropeAID, entitled: “SWaM Akkar Supporting Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Jurd al-Kaytee, Akkar” whose objective is to improve and to support integrated sustainable solid waste management within the Union of Municipalities of Jurd el-Kaytee in Akkar district, Nahr al-Bared river basin by: 1) introducing a Participative Waste Management Master Plan in Jurd al-Kaytee area; 2) mitigating the Municipal solid waste pollution in all the member municipalities; 3) sensitizing the Local authorities and local community on sustainable waste management and recycling. The programme is implemented in collaboration of several partners, including the Union of Municipalities of Jurd al-Kaytee (UMoJK), three international partners expert in the sector, the American University of Beirut (AUB) and one local partner specialized in the sector.
We strongly recommend the national staff to apply.
During the eight years of Syrian crisis, the influx of refugees from Syria into Lebanon has placed additional strains to an already vulnerable situation. When the Syrian refugee crisis began in late spring 2011, North Lebanon became the first area to host refugees: in the urban areas, most refugee families rented accommodation and/or were hosted by Lebanese families.
The Government and the local municipalities and other public authorities had to deal with one of the most catastrophic humanitarian disaster in the 21st century: Lebanon currently has the highest per-capita concentration of refugees in the world with the largest concentrations of registered refugees. Due to the rapid increase of the country’s population over the last few years, the capacity of municipalities and other public authorities to meet the demand in terms of basic services, including solid waste management and sanitation has significantly decreased. Therefore, local authorities have limited resources and administrative capacities to deal with protracted refugee crisis, this further exacerbating conflicts within communities.
Lebanon has generated 1.6 and 2 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2010 and 2013 respectively, nearly 60% of which generated in Beirut and Mount Lebanon. The quick rising of people currently living in Lebanon (as a consequence of the arrival of hundreds of thousands Syrian refugees escaping the war over the border) causes – beyond other socioeconomic and cultural aftermaths – the significant rising of waste production in the country, with an estimated increase of 15.7 % of the total solid waste quantities generated by Lebanese citizens prior to the crisis. This determines a dramatic reduction in the possibility of Lebanon municipalities to provide basic services, since the lack of financial, technical and human resources to front the raised public needs. The falling quality of public services is a further reason of tensions within the communities hosting the refugees, in particular if, as it’s the case in Akkar (located in the Northern Governorate and bordering Syria, Akkar is considered as one of the poorest Lebanese districts since decades. According to UNHCR, on 31st December 2016 there were 100.041 registered refugees in Akkar and 3.998 in Jurd al-Kaytee Union of Municipalities other 1.849 not registered refugees are living in the target municipalities), those hosting communities are already suffering for lack of resources and planning, limited access to basic services and socio-political conflicts.
Responsability: The Country Administrator is responsible for supervision, management and quality implementation of all aspects of COOPI financial and administrative operations in country.
Administration and finance
Human Resources: Coordinate and supervise overall human resources policy implementation, included Labour Law application, contracts, recruitment and that staff salaries are effectively paid to eligible staff and an audit trail of records is maintained.