Archive for October, 2014




Job Title: Data Analyst Expert
Project: LBN3U705
Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon
Reports to: National Director (NCLW)
Duration of Employment: 4 months (August  1- November  30, 2014)

Since 2006, the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) has been collaborating with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) towards mainstreaming gender aspects in various development platforms, policies, and strategies. In 2012, this collaboration led to the development, consensus and launching of the National Strategy for Women in Lebanon.  The strategy spells out 12 priority objectives identified as essential ones for ensuring that gender equality dimensions are adequately mainstreamed in the social, cultural, economical, and political spheres.  In order to translate this strategic framework into concrete operational actions and results to be achieved by all stakeholders, NCLW developed – in a participatory approach – a plan of action that sets forth key interventions under each of the 12 strategic objectives along with indicators. The four years action plan was validated in early 2013 (2013-2016) and preparatory work was carried out throughout 2013 to transform it onto a soft application to be launched and adopted by all stakeholders by mid -2014.  The compiled data and information requested from stakeholders covers implementation progress made throughout 2013.
Based on the above, NCLW and UNFPA seek to identify and engage a data analyst expert whose prime responsibility is to process and analyze the data received from stakeholders and develop an analytical report. The report shall be drafted and developed based on (a) the compilation of data, (b) related references and (c) women strategy and its action plan.
It is hoped that yearly reports would be developed and disseminated that would allow women machinery, national stakeholders, partners, donors, development agencies, etc to (a) observe/assess progress made at the national and local levels on gender equity, equality, and empowerment of women as well as challenges, (b) monitor the implementation of the women strategy in general and the 3 years action plan in particular, (c) contribute to future CEDAW reports, (d) guide future revisions of the women strategy and development of the next multi-year action plan, and (e) use the report findings for various purposes such as programming, policy development, advocacy and fund raising.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the National Director, the Data Analyst expert will be undertaking various tasks as described below:
  • Prepare a methodological plan with key milestones, timeline and deliverables;
  • Conduct a desk review of pertinent studies, assessments, reports, documents relevant to the objectives of the women strategy and action plan;
  • Review online and raw data received by NCLW and presented through tailored spreadsheets, tables, graphs, etc.;
  • Transform, validate, and model data with the purpose of understanding the data best suited to address given questions/sectors/areas;
  • Analyze the data in accordance with the 12 objectives of the women strategy and plan of action;
  • Explore and apply new data visualization techniques (such as infographics) to increase insight and visibility to data trends;
  • Submit draft report (based on an outline to be discussed with NCLW and UNFPA);
  • Ensure final report is comprehensive and inclusive of all comments obtained from UNFPA and NCLW (as well as others if relevant)
  • Prepare a power point presentation (20-25 slides) summarizing the main findings of the report; and
  • Take part in 1-2 technical meetings to disseminate the findings of the report

The expert will be expected to deliver the following:
  • An analytical Arabic report highlighting progress made, challenges encountered, coordination and partnerships, policy and programme implications and way forward.   The report shall include – in addition to the narrative sections – tables, graphs, quotes, infographics, and references;  (A detailed outline of the report including annexes will be discussed with the expert and agreed upon).  The final report must be edited by the expert.
  • An executive summary document of the report (not more than 10 pages) in English; and
  • A power point presentation (20-25 slides) in Arabic summarizing the main findings of the report
To facilitate the work of the expert, NCLW will be providing the following:
  • Raw data received through the online application
  • Pertinent reports including previous CEDAW reports
  • National women strategy and action plan
  • Review and input on the draft report, executive summary and power point presentation
  • Work space for the expert if need be



Masters degree  in Social Sciences, Anthropology, Women Studies,  Development Studies, or equivalent work experience.


  • At least 6 years of increasingly responsible experience in data analysis and monitoring with focus on gender/development/human rights related work.
  • At least 4 years experience in research (both qualitative and quantitative), with a strong emphasis on spatial analysis
  • Experience in strategic analysis and report writing
  • Familiarity with governmental and non-governmental entities in Lebanon is essential
  • Familiarity with UN work is desirable
  • Working in teams
  • Communicating information and ideas
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise
  • Results orientation/Commitment to excellence
Language requirements
Fluency and excellent writing skills in Arabic.Good English and /or French is essential.

How to apply
Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply on line by submitting an updated CV detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the TORs.
The CV should be submitted to the following email address: info@nclw.org.lb no later than October 13, 2014.  
NCLW will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the required CV and in which there is further interest.
Source: http://www.unfpa.org.lb/UNFPA-LEBANON/Vacancies-and-Notices.aspx

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The American University of Beirut’s Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship

In collaboration with the Arab Studies Institute and George Mason University

First Annual Conference:  Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship

20-22 February 2015
Beirut, Lebanon

Call for Papers

The February 2015 conference commemorates the fourth anniversary of the revolts that began in Tunisia in the final days of 2010 and rapidly spread to nearly half the countries of the Arab region. The revolts provided a stellar example of the power of citizen engagement as millions of people took to the streets and toppled long-time authoritarian regimes or leaders, changing perceptions of the “Arab Street” for good. Four years later, where are those millions? How do we understand and assess their successes or failures in achieving their demands for freedom, dignity and social justice? Do we know enough about the historical roots of civil society activism in the region to ascribe cause-and-effect in regard to these events? What are the medium and long-term prospects for the future of citizenship participation in the public sphere, given the current realities? What are the factors that give rise to hope in some countries or open the pit of despair in others?

The conference does not claim to assess the Arab uprisings as such. Rather, it aims to shed light on the dynamics of civil society and citizen activism in the region, and to promote an understanding of the historical, political, economic and legal factors affecting this activism. It also aims to gather collective wisdom as to the short-and long-term potential for continued citizen engagement, fill knowledge gaps, assist the Asfari Institute to develop its research agenda, and point the way to future programmingThe Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship invites academics and civil society activists to offer their insights and viewpoints through research papers and panel presentations around any of the following six areas of intervention. Both regional perspectives and country-specific case studies are welcome. Five hundred word abstracts will be reviewed by a committee, and selected contributions will be published. The conference is particularly interested in geographic and topical diversity, and such diversity will be taken into consideration in choosing abstracts. Contributions and presentations will be accepted in either English or Arabic. Simultaneous translation will be available during the conference.


1. Civil society in the Arab region today

Historical development and current assessments of civil societies in the region; means methods, objectives and salient features; “civil” vs. “communitarian” or Ahli society; charity, community service and advocacy organizations and their varied impacts; effects of the various globalizations on societies in the region (economic, political, global civil society, cyber/digital civil society); assessing achieved and potential impacts on public policy.

2. The morning after revolt: civil society vs. civil society?

The ‘revolutions’ four years later: who is still engaged, and how; counter-revolution by governmental bodies and also by forces within civil societies; organizing associational networks and understanding citizenship in the context of increasing violence, internal armed conflict, and sectarianism.

3. The exercise of citizenship and collective responsibility

The conflation of concepts of nationality, citizenship, identity and loyalty; effects on citizen engagement in the public sphere; perceptions of individual and collective responsibilities; identity and citizenship within – and beyond borders; Arab expatriate engagements, citizenship ‘in exile’ and returnees.

4. The rulers and the ruled: cultural and legal paradigms

Kings, emirs, and presidents vs. subjects and citizens; ownership of the State; securitization of associational life and public spaces; laws of association and freedom of assembly and expression; role and effect of the human rights movement and advocacy organizations.

5. Collaboration and networking

National and regional civil society networking and mutual support; global civil society networking, its effects and implications; Arab participation in international civil society; ‘digital civil society’ and/or ‘cyber civil society’; assessing equal and unequal relationships.

6. A future agenda

Identifying gaps in knowledge and understanding towards a future research and knowledge building agenda; future directions for collaboration and activities; an agenda for empowering civil society actors; existing and potential empowering; models for hope.

Important Deadlines:

• 500-word abstracts due: October 24, 2014
Please email abstracts as attachments to asfariinst@aub.edu.lb

• Accepted abstracts to be notified by November 7, 2014

• Papers due December 29, 2014

What is the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship?

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at AUB was established to support the development of an informed and engaged citizenry and to promote increased openness, transparency, and accountability at all levels of associational life in the Arab region. It interprets civil society and citizenship broadly and inclusively and aims to foster fruitful dialogue that builds knowledge on traditional and innovative forms of associational life and encourages an active and engaged citizenry across the region on the basis of freedom of expression and association.

The Asfari Institute was launched with the Inaugural Conference New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World on May 23rd 2013. This second conference is the first in a planned series of annual conferences on topics of citizenship and civil society and is an integral element of the Asfari Institute’s interdependent program of evidence-based and policy-oriented research, education, and collaboration with like-minded partners in Arab and international civil society and academia.

Email: asfariinst@aub.edu.lb
Website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/provost/Asfari

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Un excellent Manual de pedagogie universitaire a ete developpe par l’USJ.

Le manuel est tres “amical” “friendly-user” . Aussi j’ai decourvert qu”il souligne l’importance de l’interactivite en classe.

Il couvre les questions les plus importantes que tout enseignant et chercheur-enseignant doit connaitre. ma partie preferee est celle sur le Plagiat. (preparee par Bazan, bravo steph!)

a vous le lien du Manuel: http://www.mpu.usj.edu.lb/doc/Ressources/manuel-de-ped-uni/manuel-complet.pdf

et  chapeau a mon universite!!! 🙂

Rita Chemaly

pedagogie universitaire

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