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Today, we took our newly born baby boy to church for the first time . It was the first outing for me and him, after the delivery ( surgery) of last week.

To go out was not easy for me, i did it because my 3 years boy asked me : ” mum why don’t you go out with us anymore? ” couldnt answer him , i cant walk normally , therefore i tried to do an effort and join the boys!

It took me less than 5 min to  wear my clothes; take raf, “laflefou” as we say in lebanese, and head to church.

Bref, at the end of the mass , a friend asked the priest to pray for rafael.

What was funny and we all laughed was that, after he began his prayer, the priest stopped and asked us, “what is her name?” Her was the newly born.

We explained that “his” name is rafael and he is a boy.

The abouna laughingly looked at me and said and why is he wrapped up in a pink blanket?!

I was surprised, hein? My response was ” machina abouna, we went out in less that 5 min, we didnt want to be late for the mass,  and plus the beautiful pink hrem/ blanket was mine when i was young”! 🙂

We all laughed and the prayer for the newborn was just Beautiful!

A wonderful blessing!

For us Pink is for…. girls and boys!

Ps: when i told my mum the story for her to laugh, she didn’t, and she asked me where did you put the blue hrem?!

Rody and i were like grrrrr colors colors again!

Rita

Em jn w rafael 🙂

 

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For the first baby, preparations started 8 months before delivery date.

For the second pregnancy, if it was not for the “reflux” or “breathing with difficulty” or “being forgetful” or ” not being able to walk normally” i wouldnt have noticed i was pregnant again!

Second pregnancy term is already there, deadline too, and i feel like a student finishing preparations one night before the exam :).

When i went to the pharmacy for the list we need to have for a new baby, the pharmacist asked, “you didn’t brought them yet?!”.

I was like oops! He is not there yet. And i had work! Lol

The same for chocolate … not yet chosen? Euno… you know choosing chocolate decoration with us takes 10 minutes max! Euno, what we want is the good taste! W ekherta chocolat, akid tayyib! W helo! Lol. Should we have prepared them before??

Souvenirs, this time took with us one visit. We had other issues to do that day, all the family went to protest for a fair electoral law! This is our priority! 🙂

3 years ago, for JN it was hand made , home decorates jars of honey. For rafael it will be chosen with love and care and… rapideness lol.

Bon, to tell you the truth, after finding out where we “parked” all the baby stuff, and brought them to light again, i panicked tonight as i couldnt recall how to use the car seat, or berceau…   roodz and i were like grrr again!

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Bon it will work!

All what we hope for is for a sound baby boy, cool relations with his elder brother and a good environment to live in! This needs time and priorities and efforts! Lol

Again a mother to be soon!

 

Terms of reference

Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon 2016-2018

National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) Supported by the  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project officer

Brief about NCLW

The National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) is an official body, which was established in 1998 by law 720, and is directly affiliated to the presidency of the Council of ministers.

As a National Women Machinery, NCLW works on enhancing the status of women and ensuring equal opportunities between men and women. NCLW acts as the consultative body of the government and of national councils and institutions on all issues related to the status of women including gender-based issues.

Brief about the GIZ LEAD Programme

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) implements the programme “Strengthening Women in Decision-Making in the Middle East” (LEAD) in Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon. In collaboration with local partners, the programme aims at strengthening women’s political participation in decision-making in selected communities through: individual trainings and community project funds; promoting a gender-sensitive environment in local governance and public administration; strengthening gender platforms and networks.

  1. General information
Job title Project officer
Project Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon
Duty station NCLW’s offices in Baabda and on the field whenever needed during work days and week ends
Reports to NCLW- GIZ steering committee
Duration of the job From February 1st 2017 till 30 April 2018
  1. Background

The National Commission for Lebanese women (NCLW) supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) launched a project titled: “Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon”. The primary aim of the project is to strengthen an effective political participation of women at the local and national level and gender mainstreaming in the public administrations.

The planned activities aim to encourage women to engage stronger in politics, as active citizens, and develop their capacities when reaching high decision-making positions on the local and national levels. Through this activity NCLW will be coordinating a coalition of civil society organizations in order to advocate for the enhancement of women’s participation in decision making positions. The political participation component includes also the production of studies and researches concerning both women’s and men’s involvement in the municipal councils.

The second component of the project aims at conducting participatory gender assessment in various local institutions and ministries. Trainings will be conducted at the Ministry of Education targeting the gender unit that was created in 2013 with the mission of mainstreaming gender at the ministry.

 

The third component of the project aims at building knowledge and creating awareness on the 1325 UN SC resolution as well as supporting the national action plan (which is being currently developed by NCLW) through activities to be implemented in the different regions.

The project officer is responsible for providing support for the implementation of the project’s activities and ensuring quality and timely implementation of the project. She/ he will work under the direction of the project manager.

The project officer will specifically carry out the following tasks:

Implementation

  • Follow up on the implementation of the planned activities ;
  • Ensure quality and timely reporting on the project’s planned activities and outputs including the production of narrative and financial reports in coordination with the project manager and NCLW team;
  • Ensure appropriate filing system for all reports and supporting documents;
  • Plan and organize regular meetings and events such as conferences, seminars, focus groups, awareness raising sessions;
  • Participate in the different capacity development and awareness activities as planned in the project ;

 

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Undertake regular field visits to ensure proper and efficient implementation of the project activities;
  • Prepare and participate in the meetings of the project steering committee, including the preparation of relevant documents and minutes of meetings ;
  • Assist in reviewing implementing partners’ reports and suggest modifications to planned activities accordingly ;
  • Gather and deliver to the project steering committee information about the implementation status of measures, at the planned terms and upon request.

 

Coordination and communication

  • Initiate and maintain regular contacts with NCLW’s partners and the project’s stakeholders
  • Assist in the preparation of various documents such as minutes of meetings, materials to be published etc.
  • Provide all needed information to help documenting, publishing and disseminating the lessons learned and best practices of the project including populating websites and social media platforms
  • Ensure continuous flow of information to the project manager and NCLW ;
  • Ensure continuous coordination with the project steering committee, staff and experts/ consultants
  • Assist in liaising with local and national CSOs and public administrations for the implementation of the project ;
  • Contribute to the documentation of the projects findings ;
  • Ensure the use of the NCLW and GIZ communication and publication guidelines for all relevant content and materials.

Other support

  • Assist in reviewing all relevant studies and publications ;
  • Assist in providing needed information and input of different implemented activities to NCLW and GIZ team to be used in their different means of communication ;
  • Provide the needed technical support to the project staff, consultants and experts;
  • Undertake other tasks as deemed necessary and in consultation with the project manager ;

Qualifications

  • University degree in social sciences, administrative studies or related field with knowledge in human rights, gender issues and development (especially local governance issues).
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in development activities
  • Committed to human rights and gender equality
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, team player willing to work with a team
  • Fluency in both Arabic and English (French and/or German are a plus)
  • Strong writing skills
  • Excellent computer skills in various applications including word processing, database, power point and internet
  • Strong command of social media tools
  • Ability to undertake regular visits to field.

Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply by providing an updated CV detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the TORs

Please indicate the following title under subject when submitting applications:  Project officer: Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon

 

NCLW will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the required documents above and in which there is further interest;

The CV should be submitted to the following email address: chantal.bouakl@nclw.org.lb; no later than January 30, 2017 noon.

NO PHONE CALLS

Attached the PDF link for the  job-vacancy-project-officer_nclw and GIZ

Good Luck to all!

Rita Chemalyjob-vacancy-project-officer-nclw

Terms of reference

Project

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Page 1 & 2 of TOR project manager

National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW)

Supported by the

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project manager

Brief about NCLW

The National Commission for Lebanese Women is an official body, which was established in 1998 by law 720, and is directly affiliated to the presidency of the Council of ministers.

As a National Women Machinery, NCLW works on enhancing the status of women and ensuring equal opportunities between men and women. NCLW acts as the consultative body of the government and of national councils and institutions on all issues related to the status of women including gender-based issues.

Brief about the GIZ LEAD Programme

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) implements the programme “Strengthening Women in Decision-Making in the Middle East” (LEAD) in Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon. In collaboration with local partners, the programme aims at strengthening women’s political participation in decision-making in selected communities through: individual trainings and community project funds; promoting a gender-sensitive environment in local governance and public administration; strengthening gender platforms and networks.

  1. General information
Job title Project manager
Project Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon
Duty station NCLW’s offices and on the field whenever needed during work days )even during week ends(
Reports to Project steering committee
Duration of the contract From February 1st, 2017 till 30 April 2018
  1. Background

The National Commission for Lebanese women (NCLW) supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) launched a project titled: “Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon”. The primary aim of the project is to strengthen an effective political participation of women at the local and national level and gender mainstreaming in the public administrations.

The planned activities aim to encourage women to engage stronger in politics, as active citizens, and develop their capacities when reaching high decision-making positions on the local and national levels. Besides that, NCLW will be coordinating a coalition of civil society organizations in order to advocate for the enhancement of women’s participation in decision making positions. The political participation component includes also the production of studies and researches concerning both women’s and men’s involvement in the municipal councils.

The second component of the project aims at conducting participatory gender assessment in various local institutions and the Ministry of Education. Trainings will be conducted at this ministry targeting the gender unit that was created in 2013 with the mission of mainstreaming gender.

The third component of the project aims at building knowledge and creating awareness on the 1325 UN SC resolution, as well as supporting the national action plan (which will be developed by NCLW in 2017) through activities to be implemented in the different regions.

The project manager will work in close collaboration with the project steering committee, The NCLW General Secretary and treasurer for the implementation of the project activities. The project manager will specifically carry out the following tasks:

Implementation

  • Prepare a detailed work plan with a timeline to be submitted to the steering committee for approval
  • Ensure timely and efficient implementation of the project planned activities
  • Provide guidance and advise in the course of the project implementation to the project steering committee
  • Draft terms of reference (TORs) for the consultants/ experts and project staff
  • Ensure regular and proper follow up with the consultants/ experts, organizations institutions and project’s team when implementing the planned activities

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Assist in identifying bottlenecks in the implementation of the planned activities
  • Advise the project steering committee of any shortfall and propose recommendations when needed
  • Undertake regular field visits to ensure proper and efficient implementation of the project activities
  • Produce progress reports (financial and narrative) as needed quarterly and yearly with clear indicators as per NCLW and GIZ requirements and submit them to the project steering committee
  • Prepare and participate in the meetings of the project steering committee
  • Present an overview of the personnel working on the project and their respective roles  to the project steering committee
  • Provide overall supervision of the work of staff working under this project to ensure the production of the expected outputs
  • Review implementing partners reports and suggest modifications to planned activities accordingly
  • Ensure that funds are disbursed in accordance with the project budget
  • Ensure that all financial operations are transparent and are coherent with the financial requirements of NCLW and GIZ
  • Keep financial reports and supporting documents in both soft and hard copies and make them available to NCLW and GIZ upon request and at the end of the project
  • Ensure monitoring, evaluating and documenting the work progress

Coordination and communication

  • Ensure continuous coordination with the steering committee on project implementation
  • Ensure continuous flow of information to the steering committee
  • Ensure continuous coordination and guidance with the project staff and experts/ consultants
  • Liaise with NCLW and GIZ partners including public institutions and civil society organizations to maximize the efficiency and the visibility of the project
  • Liaise with local and national CSOs and public administrations for the implementation of the project
  • Contribute to the documentation of the projects outputs
  • Ensure the correct use of the NCLW and GIZ communication and publication guidelines for all relevant content and materials.

Other support

  • Review all relevant publications and studies and ensure their edition and dissemination
  • Provide needed information and input of different implemented activities to NCLW and GIZ team to be used in their different means of communication
  • Provide the needed technical support to the project staff, consultants and experts
  • Undertake other tasks as deemed necessary and in consultation with the steering committee

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, administrative studies or related fields with considerable knowledge in human rights, gender issues and development (especially local governance issues).
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation
  • At least 3 years’ experience in quantitative and qualitative research
  • Familiarity with governmental and non-governmental entities in Lebanon
  • Excellent time management skills with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, high sensitivity in working with relevant actors at local and national levels, good advisory competence
  • Team player willing to work with a team and develop their leadership skills
  • Fluency in both Arabic and English (French and/or German are a plus)
  • Strong writing skills
  • Excellent computer skills in various applications including word processing, database, power point and internet
  • Ability to undertake regular visits to field.
    Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply by providing an updated CV detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the TORs
    Please indicate the following title under subject when submitting applications:  Project MANAGER: Strengthening women’s political participation at the local and national levels in Lebanon
    NCLW will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the required documents above and in which there is further interest;
    The CV should be submitted to the following email address: chantal.bouakl@nclw.org.lb; no later than January 30, 2017 noon.
    NO PHONE CALLS

Here is the PDF of the  job-vacancy-project-manager_nclw_ and Giz .

Good Luck to all

Rita Chemaly

Voila, entre ma famille qui exulte pour la nomination de Michel Aoun comme President de la Republique libanaise, et mes amies/s qui exultent pour Saad El Harir comme Premier Ministre,

Ce a quoi je pense sont les demandes principales que doivent mettre Michel Aoun et Saad EL Hariri sur leur agenda. En priorite:

1- Voter les lois du Budget. il est super Hyper necessaire d’avoir des lois de Budget claires! J’accepte meme que ce Parlement avec les deputes reconduits les votent. Mais cela est necessaire, c’est la base de toute democratie et Etat de droit. Sachant que nous n’avons pas de Budget depuis des Annees!!! Cher President et Cher Premier ministre, faites en VOTRE PRIORITE!

2- Nomination de femmes (autres que vos parentes) au sein du CONSEIL DES MINISTRES. Les femmes libanaises doivent avoir un role dans TOUTES les Decisions politiques et au PLUS HAUT NIVEAU. Le portefeuille du ministere de l’interieur, de la finance, de la defense, des affaires sociales,  de l’education, Du travail, si vous voulez, moi et tant d’autres femmes sont interessees par servir notre Pays. Nous sommes pretes faites appel a nous!!!

3-Assurez vous de contrer la Corruption, et d’encourager la transparence TOTALE DE TOUS LES MINISTRES NOMMES. Avec des declarations de compte pour eux et leur famille proche;

vous savez je n’ai pas confiance, comme beaucoup de libanais dans cette elite politique dont vous faites partie cher President et cher Premier ministre,  pouvez-vous nous rassurer et nous redonnez confiance?

Mes demandes pour ce soir vont s’arreter la, mais la liste est encore longue, ces 3 demandes deja si vous les mettez en place d’ici peu (2 semaines au grand max) , sont des indicateurs de bonne volonte de votre part, et la j’exulterais avec les amis/es et les parents. et je vous enverrais une autre liste de demandes avec un calendrier pour les mettre en place aussi simple que ces deux semaines que je vous donne.

citoyenne libanaise  :

Rita Chemaly

 

hariri-aoun-liban

 

 

For the women journalist working in print or digital media in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, and are interested in a development program of their skills check below the annoucement in Arabic and Engligh.

please do not Send me your application but send them directly to your filled application form to apply@womeninnews.org.

 Good luck for the selection phase!!

Rita Chemaly

for more info: check the link http://womeninnews.org/

Women in News nominations now open for MENA – تم فتح باب التقديم لبرنامج النساء في الأخبار لعام ٢٠١٦!

Download: WIN 2016 application form

تحميل: إستمارة التقديم لعام ٢٠١٦

!يعلن برنامج النساء في الأخبار عن فتح باب الترشيح لعام ٢٠١٦ للصحافيات المتميزات في مصر، الأردن، لبنان وفلسطين
“يمكنكم الآن تقديم طلب المشاركة أو ترشيح صحافيات متميزات ليصبحن جزءً في البرنامج الرائد لبناء القدرات: “النساء في الأخبار
:يقدم البرنامج الميزات التالية
شهادة للدورات التدريبية حول إدارة وسائل الإعلام التي تم تطويرها خصيصا لمنظمة وان-ايفرا*
فرصة للعمل مع مدربين/ مدربات مهنيين لتطوير خارطة طريق مهنية على مدى 3-5 سنوات*
فرص فريدة للتواصل والتوجيه وتشارك الخبرات مع مشتركات من بلدان متعددة*
إن برنامج النساء في الأخبار هو جزء من استراتيجية منظمة وان-ايفرا حول النوع الاجتماعي وحرية الإعلام التي تدعمها الوكالة السويدية للتعاون الإنمائي الدولي (سيدا) لتعزيز تمثيل المرأة في المناصب العليا في صناعة الإعلام في الشرق الأوسط (الأردن، وفلسطين، ومصر، ولبنان). ويجمع البرنامج بين التدريب والتوجيه والإرشاد والتشبيك لمساعدة النساء في التقدم لمناصب أعلى داخل أماكن عملهم في وسائل الإعلام

:لتقديم الطلبات أو الترشيح، يرجى تعبئة الاستمارة وارسالها بمدة أقصاها الاثنين 17 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 2016 على البريد الإلكتروني

apply@womeninnews.org

:يمكن تحميل الاستمارة من خلال الرابط التالي

 إستمارة التقديم لعام ٢٠١٦

اذا كانت لديكم أية أسئلة، الرجاء ارسالها على البريد الالكتروني

myra.abdallah@gmail.com

The World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is pleased to invite women working for newspapers or digital media in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine to apply for the much-sought-after Women in News (WIN) leadership development programme.

WIN works with media companies and their high potential female employees to overcome the gender gap in management and senior management positions. The programme equips women media professionals in middle and senior management positions with the strategies, skills and support networks they need to take on a greater leadership role within their organisations.

In the past four years, WIN has trained 120 women journalists from 40 media companies in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa. WIN participants have benefited from individual coaching, media management and leadership skills training, mentoring and networking opportunities to strengthen their skill-sets and help them overcome barriers to advancement in the workplace.

This is a results-based programme: 84% of participants reported having been given more responsibility in the workplace, with 40% of participants securing a promotion within their media companies while 68% of participants reported that after the training they noted more opportunities to progress within their companies.

Successful applicants will benefit from the following in 2016:

  1. One-on-one Coaching to work towards a specific career goal within their media company or to implement a workplace project of their choice.
  2. Certified Leadership and Media Management training through a skills development curriculum specifically designed for the WIN programme and delivered by regional experts.
  3. Peer Mentoring to allow for exchange of ideas and experiences, and create peer-to-peer support networks.
  4. Networking opportunities in national or regional settings to facilitate the creation and expansion of business networks.

WHO CAN APPLY:  WIN MENA* is open to media women with a minimum of 2 years in a middle management position (editorial or a senior journalist) within newspapers and digital media in  Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.

Note: successful participants will be expected to travel on specific occasions throughout the programme.

Please note that the programme is only accepting applications from print and digital media at this time.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should send a filled application form to apply@womeninnews.org.

Applications should arrive not later than Monday, 17 October, 2016 for Egypt*, Lebanon*, Jordan* and Palestine*.

*WIN MENA will be conducted in Arabic. Bilingual Arabic/English or Arabic/French candidates can apply.

 

CALL for students and professionals:  Are you interested in electoral systems? A USJ graduate or ISP student or alumni? Are you specialized in elections? Are you an electoral practitioner? A member of an NGO specialized in elections?

Join the course on elections organised by ISP-USJ and UNDP.

intensive-3-days-course-on-elections-at-isp-usj-rita-chemalyCall for registration in the 3 Day intensive Course on Electoral Systems

Course title:              Electoral Systems: A Comparative Perspective

Dates:                         Monday to Wednesday 17-19 October 2016

Location:                   Institute of Political Sciences, USJ , Huvelin Street,  Beirut

Working language:      English

Course overview:

The course is a short, intensive and participatory learning experience for electoral practitioners and graduates interested in exploring the essentials of the structure and functions of electoral systems from a comparative international perspective, and understanding the practical use of electoral systems as instruments for inclusion, representation and delivery capacity of democratic governments.

The course will cover the following broad issues around electoral systems:

  • Electoral systems as rules of the game for elections with discussion on where the rules are embodied, the essence of democracy as a government of the people, main elements of electoral systems including formula of representation, and the relevance of the type of electoral management bodies for the working of the electoral system.
  • Electoral system families around the world with review of proportional, majority and mix systems, and the variations within each family. Comparative look at electoral systems used around the world and those in the Arab region.
  • Inclusion and representation through electoral systems with a review of demographic versus territorial representation, gender and minority representation, the inclusion of poor, illiterate and persons with disabilities in the electoral system, and dealing with electoral justice in making electoral systems effective. Linkages between the different formulas of representation with the interests of politicians and leaders.

The course involves completing three days of interactive sessions, lectures and review of country experiences; daily group work will lead to the required end of course assignment. Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

The course will be led Professor Rafael López-Pintor, a pioneer in the democracy promotion movement who has helped improve the electoral systems of more than twenty countries. He will be assisted by Wissam Lahham and Rita Chemaly from the Political Science Institute. Other professors and experts in the field will also contribute to the interactive sessions, lectures and best practice case studies, fostering innovation, creative learning and networking amongst peers.

Detailed program of the 3 days can be downloaded :

http://www.isp.usj.edu.lb/pdf/ELECTORAL%20SYSTEMS%20%20course%20outline_Online%20Version.pdf

Course fees:                 100$ for USJ students, 300$ for non USJ students and professionals

For registration, send a cover email explaining why you wish to attend the course with your CV to isp@usj.edu.lb, with the subject title “registration 3 Day intensive Course on Electoral Systems” by Friday October 7 2016, at noon at the latest. ISP administration will shortlist the candidates and inform them of their successful registration by email

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