Mashreq Gender Facility Legal Consultant - Lebanon
• Legal degree required with Master degree in social sciences or law preferred.
• At least 8 years of experience working on the legal framework related to gender and/or labor.
• Demonstrated experience in drafting legislative law, advocacy and policy analysis.
• Demonstrated understanding of international policy and legal framework to promote gender equality and women economic empowerment.
• Experience in conducting consultations and roundtables for legal reviews and discussions (identify participants, draft agenda, concept note, develop evaluation form for participants).
• Demonstrated strong understanding of legal gender related matters in Lebanon and proven record in timely delivery of outputs (analytical reports, drafting of proposed laws and similar outputs) with high quality.
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team and strong communication skills and ability to liaise with government officials and the World Bank teams effectively.
• Proven ability to develop and maintain close and constructive working relationships with different teams.
• Experience working with the government, and/or previous work with the World Bank or other international and donor organization, especially on gender related matters, is highly desirable.
• Fluency in written and spoken Arabic and English is required.
ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS AND REMUNERATION
The duration of the initial Consultancy is a total of 40 days, spanning over the period September , 2019, to June 30, 2020. Remuneration for this Short-Term Consultancy will be determined based on the candidate’s experience and the Terms of Reference. Based on program needs, performance and fund availability, the contract may be extended. In the day-to-day activities, the consultant will work closely with the National Coordinator of the Mashreq Gender Facility and with the World Bank Technical and Operations Officer, Maha Yaktin Quol, and other persons in the Lebanon team as needed. Final reporting responsibility is to Angela Elzir Assy, Labor Market Specialist and Task Team Leader of the Lebanon MGF.
The World Bank reserves the right to shorten and/or terminate the contract and/or suspend payments if the consultant does not fill the commitments, or if the project is cancelled.
INSTRUCTION FOR APPLICATION
A curriculum vitae, along with a cover letter explaining the applicant’s point of view on priorities for reform of the legal framework for women’s economic empowerment (not exceeding 600 words) should be emailed to Maha Yaktin Quol at [email protected] by September 2, 2019. An evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
An individual will be selected in accordance with process stipulated in Section V of “Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011) (Revised July 2014).
The consultant is hired by the World Bank Beirut Office to provide legal advisory services for the Mashreq Gender Facility which is led by the national coordnator of the facility, appointed by the Ministry of State for Economic Empowerment for Women and Youth.
In line with the Ministry of State for Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth's mandate, the Mashreq Gender Facility (MGF), launched on January 19, 2019 in Beirut, Lebanon, aims to provide technical assistance to Lebanon to enhance women’s economic opportunities as a catalyst towards more inclusive, sustainable, and peaceful societies, where economic growth benefits all. Through collaboration with private sector, civil society and development partners, the Facility will support government-led efforts, country level priorities and strategic regional activities that: (i) Strengthen the enabling environment for relevant stakeholders to effectively identify and address constraints to women’s economic participation; and, (b) Improve women’s access to economic opportunities.
Gender equality is smart economics, contributing to poverty reduction, strengthening resilience and boosting shared prosperity. Empowering women and girls have an intrinsic value and is instrumental to achieve more inclusive institutions, sound policies, and effective development outcomes.
In the Mashreq countries of Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon important gains have been made in women’s access to education and health, but persistent challenges remain in women’s economic opportunities.
The Mashreq Gender Facility provides technical assistance to the goverments of Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The World Bank Beirut Office is the secretariat of the facility.
n the Mashreq countries, around 1 in 5 women work and less than 5% of firms are led by a woman. Legally, there are certain restrictions related to areas and tasks in which women can work in all three countries. Women also have less access to formal financial services. Furthermore, countries are faced with context-specific problems, especially in the face of fragility and conflict.
Increased female economic participation would contribute to inclusive growth, and to help grow the middle class. Closing the gender gap in labor force participation rates by 25 percent can boost GDP (PPP terms) by 9 percent in Lebanon, 10 percent in Jordan and 11 percent in Iraq (ILO 2018).
The Facility will support country level activities guided by government developed Action Plans. The Facility will also support Regional activities to take advantage of economies of scale and to support activities that effect all three countries. Activities of the 5-year Facility (2019-2024) will be identified under three, interconnected, pillars:
i. Dialogue & Participation: building capacity and awareness at all levels, convening stakeholders across sectors and segments
ii. Data & Knowledge: country and regional data and analytics for evidence-based policies
iii. Innovating for Results: testing and assessing interventions to identify solutions and provide support to catalytic initiatives that boost women’s economic opportunities
Many laws and regulations continue to prevent women from entering the workforce or starting a business; discrimination that can have lasting effects on women’s economic inclusion and labor force participation. Economies that failed to implement reforms towards gender equality over the past ten years, saw a smaller increase in the percentage of women working overall and in the percentage of women working relative to men. In Lebanon, some of the most important labor protective provisions to women’s employment and family’s work-life balance in the public and private sector are occupational segregation; incentives and benefits to employees at the workplace; protections at the workplace; and entrepreneurship.
Applicants can refer to the World Bank Group publication “Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform “ for a global review of laws affecting women in the workplace. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/31327/WBL2019...
OBJECTIVE & TASKS
The main objective of the consultancy is to provide legal support and advice to reach the objectives outlined in the Government of Lebanon’s MGF work plan of removing legal impediment to women’s access to employment. This legal support will include, amongst other tasks, reviewing legislative frameworks related to women’s economic empowerment, developing legal analysis and drafting proposed legislation and/or amendment to current laws/regulations, as well as facilitating consultations and/or conducting workshops with key stakeholders on the proposed draft legislation/amendment to current laws/regulations. The selected Consultant will work closely with the Government of Lebanon’s National Coordinator for the Mashreq Gender Facility workplan and World Bank Group team, on the tasks and produce the deliverables outlined below.
TASKS AND DELIVERABLES
The initial contract will run from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, and the Consultant will conduct the following minimum set of activities and deliverables:
• Develop a work plan to support the Mashreq Gender Facility plan.
• Act in a legal advisory capacity to the MGF team on the legislative process in Lebanon, strengthening the reviews of the referenced draft laws and amendments and support advocacy and outreach related to women’s economic empowerment and the abolishment of discriminatory laws and policies.
• Provide technical legal expertise and conduct legal analysis and research on best practices as required; draft legal policy papers in support of legal reform efforts (i.e. economic argument), and proposed amendments to selected draft laws based on international best practices adapted to Lebanon’s context (on Sexual Harassment Law ,draft laws on NSSF laws, flexible work, paternity leave, and labor law discriminations among others).
• Identify key legal challenges for women’s economic empowerment and engagement and recommend best practices.
• Engage key stakeholders to prepare for parliamentary, Government of Lebanon briefings, advocacy activities, media and outreach for the adoption of key laws, legislations, and execution decrees to remove discrimination against women and to support their participation and protection in the economic life.
• The legal consultant will participate in up to 14 workshops with key stakeholders (such as Parliamentarians, senior government officials and civil society organizations), delivering content related to the legal reform priorities by delivering presentations, trainings, and consultation sessions.
• The legal consultant will conduct consultations with the private sector on the implementation framework of the above-mentioned laws and regulations; explore international best practices and identify incentives with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and hold up to 4 roundtables with private sector.
• Suggest media engagement as needed for raising awareness and advocacy on proposed legal amendments, especially when approved by the Government of Lebanon.
• The legal consultant will perform other tasks as needed by the National Coordinator and World Bank team.
The selected consultant will work closely with the National Coordinator and the World Bank team and provide weekly updates on the development of his/her workplan.