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Since 7 am this morning we are on the crazy roads of North Lebanon , trying to fill as many questionnaires as we can for the Sciences Po research about syrians and lebanese feeling about safety.

For me it was disheartening to see where syrians refugees are living:tents of nylon, that they rent for 150$ per month.

A syrian in lebanon is forbidden from work. Curfews are imposed by some municipalities.  It means they don’t have the right of movement.

More than that In Qualamoun young children can’t go to schools because their parents can’t afford the registration fees.

in Nabi Youchaa camp Haguar and her children are not on UNHCR lists. Her young boy of 7 months has otitis and she can’t afford the treatment.

and what they say as how are lebanese treat them: some are great others hate us.

I can’t express the feeling of that first day. The need to have a clear public policy for refugees is a must must!  Must!

Inhuman treatment is not okay, Not Any Convention, Law, Right, or Constitution might Accept it, we need to find solutions and help refugees feel more welcome and Safe!!!!!

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Deputy Project Manager
Deadline for applications: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Contract:

Location: Beirut
Working area:
JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Announcement

Position:         Deputy project manager (full-time)

Start Date:      July 1st, 2015

Duration:        1 year (with possible extension)

A deputy project manager with excellent organizational skills, basic research experience and a core interest in working on gender and sexuality (focus on sexual and reproductive health), is sought for a new 2 year-long funded project.

What is the A project?

The A project is a Beirut-based organization seeking agency, alternatives and autonomy in sexuality, sexual health, and gender. The project looks to address people living in Lebanon, young and not so young, through various programs. The project aims to work on sexuality, while looking at but not limiting the discussion to disease-prevention and violence, but also through a political, critical, yet affirmative and sex-positive framework.

Main Duties

 

This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic and flexible individual. Applicants will need great interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with individuals of diverse backgrounds and community organizations.

Applicants need not be experts in sexuality, gender, and/or health but preference goes to those who have experience in these domains. The position requires a range of skills and responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Logistical set up and contribution to workshops/ trainings
  • Meeting with migrant workers and refugee community leaders
  • Familiarize themselves thoroughly with the work that has been commissioned
  • Collecting and analyzing qualitative data
  • Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports
  • Coordinating with national, regional, and other global-south networks and allies
  • Documentation of project activities
  • Running a sexuality support-line and liaising with support-line volunteers
  • Plan work in such a way to achieve specific objectives

Ideally candidates must have

  • Either an MPH or MA degree in a social science discipline, or a bachelors degree and work experience; applicants with a healthcare background are also encouraged to apply
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice issues
  • Good analytical, quantitative, and qualitative research skills
  • High level of independence and decision-making
  • An interest in working within the field of sexuality and gender
  • Proficiency in Arabic and English (spoken and written)
  • Willingness to learn new skills and work under pressure at times
  • Basic knowledge of windows office (excel, ppt, & word) and social media platforms.
  • Ability to work well with other organizations
  • Very good representational and presentational skills
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills
  • Skills of innovation and lateral thinking and being able to find new and imaginative ways of doing things
  • An ability to prioritize and manage time effectively
  • While it’s not required, please mention if experienced in photoshop, and/or blogging.
  • Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines;
  • Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations – collaborator; problem solver; relationship-builder; and strong inter-personal skills

Circumstances

  • Work hours are flexible with possibility of working in evening/week-end for trainings (for which time off in lieu will be given)
  • Field visits take place in different parts of Lebanon
  • Priority will be given to women and gender non-conforming persons

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Please rate your level of comfort addressing, discussing, and working with individuals who relate to the below topics.

  

This position doesn’t require knowledge on all the below topics, this is only to gauge comfort levels.

– Include the below table at the end of your cover letter.

– Mention in your cover letter whether you have worked in any of the below fields or have specific discomforts regarding any of them.

Very comfortable

1

Comfortable

2

Undecided

3

Uncomfortable

4

Very Uncomfortable

5

Premarital sex
Sexual violence
STIs and HIV
People living with HIV
Unwanted pregnancy
Abortion, early term
Abortion, later term
Sexual orientation
Transpersons
Sex work & Sex workers
Sexual pleasure
Contraception
Sex with multiple partners

 

If you fulfill the criteria and are interested please send a cover letter, CV, and the name and contact information of one reference to mashroualef@gmail.com with the subject heading: Deputy Project Manager

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Communications and media consultant
Deadline for applications: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Contract:

Location: Beirut
Working area:
JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Announcement

Position:         Communications and media consultant (part-time)

Start Date:      July 1st, 2015

Duration:        8 months

A communications and media consultant with creative edge and a core interest in working on gender and sexuality (focus on sexual and reproductive health), is sought for a part time position.

What is the A project?

The A project is a Beirut-based organization seeking agency, alternatives and autonomy in sexuality, sexual health, and gender. The project looks to address people living in Lebanon, young and not so young, through various programs. The project aims to work on sexuality, while looking at but not limiting the discussion to disease-prevention and violence, but also through a political, critical, yet affirmative and sex-positive framework.

Main Duties

 

This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic and dynamic individual. Applicants will need great interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with individuals of diverse backgrounds and community organizations.

Applicants need not be experts in sexuality, gender, and/or health but preference goes to those who have experience in these domains. The position requires a range of skills and responsibilities, including but not limited to:

Main Duties

  • Develop communication strategies for offline and online channels (website articles, feature stories, blogs, infographics, interviews, annual report, brochures; videos/ animations are a plus).
  • Produce and design, or give suggestions on the design of attractive brochures, pamphlets, and other publicity tools that are in line with theAproject’s politics.
  • Produce relevant, creative, and engaging communication material for various online channels in English and Arabic.
  • Launch and manage social media platforms (Twitter/Facebook):
  1. Develop a communication strategy for each platform;
  2. Prepare the contents (video and image production);
  3. Community management and monitoring.
  • Assist with other communication tasks, as needed.

Criteria

  • A degree in communications, marketing, media and public relations, journalism, or other related fields.
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice issues
  • Knowledge in providing communication support for non-governmental organizations
  • Ability to use social media tools and blogging for advocacy.
  • Excellent writing, editing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills (in English and Arabic).
  • Knowledge and prior use of Microsoft Office, photoshop, and illustrator.
  • Basic research and analytic skills
  • Result driven, able to meet targets and deadlines
  • Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Self-starter and organized
  • Able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities
  • An interest in working within the field of sexuality and gender
  • Professional blogging experience a plus
  • Experience in communication consulting a plus

Circumstances

  • Part time: 10 days per month for a period of 8 months
  • Priority will be given to women and gender non-conforming persons

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Please state if you have worked on or have any specific discomforts in working on any of the following topics: premarital sex, sexual violence, STIs and HIV, people living with HIV, unwanted pregnancies, abortion, sexual orientation, transgenderism, sex work, sexual pleasure, or contraception.

This position doesn’t require knowledge on the above topics.

If qualified and interested please send a cover letter, CV, and the name and contact information of one reference tomashroualef@gmail.com with the subject heading: Media Consultant

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As a mother of a young baby boy, looking for a school in #Lebanon,  I was happy to read the last decision taken and published in the official  gazette ( Source: No 23 of the 4/6/2015)  in Lebanon by the Ministry of work ( Circular Nb 2068 ). Now the employees having a work contract can benefit from a scholarship allowance  for the education of their kids at school for the 2014 and 2015 educational year. 🙂 As for the sums allocated, here is a brief about what has been decided:

  • 300 000LL for students in public schools;
  • 750 000LL for students in private schools or universities;
  • 450 000LL for students enrolled in the Lebanese university;

As the Circular says: the children must be between 4 and 25 years old. If the employee benefits from an allowance that is higher than this one, it shouldn’t be changed. this is what is written in the text. For more details attached the picture of the official gazette/ JARIDA RASMIYA Even if the sums are “tight” this IS a GREAT Step for WORKING parents!!!!!! Now Make sure to ask your accountant and boss to IMPLEMENT This Marsoum!!! youhou! Below is a picture of it! Rita Chemaly20150611_124035 AND HERE IS THE CLEAR PICTURE OF THE MARSOUM EDUCATION ALLOWANCE LEBANON PAGE 1 OFFICIAL GAZETTE CHEMALY RITA EDUCATION ALLOWANCE LEBANON PAGE 2 OFFICIAL GAZETTE CHEMALY RITA

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For those interested here is the TOR posted by UNFPA for the development of facilitator’s modules  on stigma and discrimination against PLHIV and preventing/responding to GBV.

Rita.

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TOR  – Development of Facilitator’s Modules for Two Thematic Areas

 Terms of Reference (TOR)
 
Development of Facilitator’s Modules for Two Thematic Areas
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
   Lebanon 
BACKGROUND
In line with its strategic plan to increase young people’s access to comprehensive, gender sensitive, quality, sexual and reproductive health services and information, and specifically within the framework of the “Let’s Talk Campaign” , UNFPA partnered with the NGO VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts Association) for carrying out the “72 Hours Movie Challenge” contest in 2013 and 2014. The themes of the contest were on “Stigma and Discrimination against people living with HIV” (PLHIV) and “Preventing/Responding to Gender Based Violence” (GBV) in 2013 and 2014 respectively.  Young people competed for the production of the movies within 72 hours (or 3 days). Three winning movies were selected under each theme by a renowned panel of Lebanese producers, directors and actors.
Based on the above, there exist therefore 6 winning short movies that depict realities, reflections and messages on the 2 thematic areas. The diversity and richness of information within the 6 movies should certainly be utilized as a complementary tool and/or multiplier effect to reach a wide range of young people and through different approaches.
OBJECTIVE
The objective of the consultancy is to develop two facilitator’s modules for each of the 2 thematic areas i.e. stigma and discrimination against PLHIV and preventing/responding to GBV.
These 2 modules will be used by facilitators (who could consist of young leaders, trainers, teachers, peer educators, etc.) during awareness raising sessions within various youth settings. The outcome is expected to contribute to preparing the grounds for engaging in appropriate discussions and interactions among the participants on various HIV/AIDS and GBV related issues. It is anticipated that increased knowledge and discussion among young people on these issues would contribute to more positive attitudes as well as engaging in safe, responsible and harmless practices.
The rationale for the production of two facilitator’s modules is to make efficient and optimal use of the winning movies by a trained and capable person facilitating awareness-raising sessions with young people, in different settings (i.e. schools, clubs, camps, etc.). The consultancy will be undertaken in close collaboration with UNFPA and consultation with VAPA.
PROCESS
The UNFPA office will initiate the undertaking of the assignment by engaging a national consultant and in accordance with the agreed upon terms of reference.  The identification of the consultant will be made by UNFPA on basis of agreed upon criteria and requirements as per required qualifications (see Qualification section below).
TASKS
The consultant’s main tasks will consist of (a) undertaking desk review and literature search of pertinent resources as well as similar material, (b) reviewing the six movies (3 for each topic) and related scenarios, (c) carrying out consultation and meetings with the production team/actors, UNFPA and VAPA, (d) developing a structured framework for the modules, and (e) finalizing the modules based on testing and feedback by UNFPA.
Specifically, the consultant will undertake the following key tasks for achieving the objective of this consultancy:
  • Draw up a plan of action and timetable for accomplishing the tasks of the consultancy;
  • Undertake desk review – including internet search –  and investigate/review similar resources developed/used in the country and/or the region;
  • Prepare a period of consultation/interview with the various partners/stakeholders;
  • Consult with UNFPA, VAPA, the script writers and production teams;
  • Develop a framework and structure for each of the two modules (i.e. PLHIV and GBV) on basis of literature review and consultation;
  • Elaborate content of each module;
  • Prepare and ensure timely delivery of the first draft of the 2 modules for review by UNFPA;
  • Pre-test the modules through the undertaking of focus group discussions with young people from different regions as deemed necessary for obtaining feedback including views and opinions of potential user (to be organized and supported by UNFPA);
  • Finalize the two modules on basis of comments received from the field and from UNFPA; and
  • Provide UNFPA office with an electronic and hard copy of the final modules (Arabic);
  • Proof read the final text once the graphic designer has worked on the layout.
DELIVRABLES
The consultant shall provide the following deliverables which will consist of the final outcomes for this consultancy:
  • The final version of the facilitator’s modules in Arabic in both soft and hard copies for each of the 2 thematic areas (i.e. HIV and GBV).
It is suggested that each of the 2 modules includes the following sections (around 15-20 pages); a two pages background; a one page lesson plan for each activity, and two-three pages note for the facilitator:
1. Background
  • This section is suggested to include a definition on the topic, a brief situation analysis about the magnitude of the topic, statistics about the subject matter, some information about national efforts and systems, main players in the country, etc.
2. One activity for screening the movie
  • This activity aims at introducing the topic and engaging participants in a discussion covering the topic dealt with. It could be about expressing opinions, feelings and thoughts. It could also be about characters from the movies, the way they behaved, acted, etc.
3. Two activities to address general information on the related topic
  • Two activities on attitudes and perceptions about the related topic
  • Two activities on the political environment (legislative, political, etc.)
  • A facilitator’s note for each section
It should be noted that the content of each module can serve one or all three movies under each thematic area (i.e. HIV and GBV).
TIMEFRAME
The duration of the entire consultancy is for 8 weeks starting from the date of the signature of the contract.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Advanced University degree in social/development sciences or other related areas with previous work experience and considerable skills in training material development
  • Significant  knowledge and expertise in HIV/AIDS and Gender/GBV;
  • Extensive experience in training material development, field work and focus groups;
  • knowledge with UNFPA’s work is an asset
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong analytical writing skills
  • Computer literate
  • Strong Arabic writing skills.
Interested candidates may apply online by providing:
  • A letter of intend
  • A most updated CV
The documents must be sent to the following email address: 
UNFPA: info-lebanon@unfpa.org 
by no later than June 22, 2015

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For those interested here is the detailed TOR published on NCLW and UNFPA WEBSITES FOR A COMPENDIUM ON CEDAW IN LEBANON

pdf version: TORs Consultant for CEDAW review material FINAL

Consultant for the compilation and assessment of Material /Resources/ Tools developed on CEDAW in Lebanon

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION

Job Title: Consultant for the compilation and assessment of Material /Resources/ Tools developed on CEDAW in Lebanon

Project: LBN3U705

Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon

Duration of Employment: 3 months (July 1 to September 30,  2015)

  1. BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE

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.

NCLW and UNFPA have sustained their collaboration in 2015 to implement all activities agreed upon for 2015 namely (a) Strengthen the institutionalization and operationalization of the National Action Plan related to the national women strategy in Lebanon 2011-2021, (b) support advocacy efforts for promoting legislation towards gender mainstreaming and equality including CEDAW, and c) Enhance institutional capacities on gender mainstreaming.

Within the context of the joint 2015 annual workplan between NCLW and UNFPA, an activity will be implemented aiming at compiling, reviewing, and assessing CEDAW related material / resources/tools developed/adapted since 2000.  The objective of this task will aim specifically at assessing the material/resources/tools in terms of objective, content/messages, relevance, effectiveness, accuracy, appropriateness, friendliness, target audience, usefulness, producers, among others. This compilation/assessment will also contribute to identifying gaps either on messages, particular groups, language, etc. The end result would consist of a comprehensive and descriptive reference compendium for providing concerned partners and actors with an overall situation of existing (and non existing) knowledge and resources to promote their efforts on CEDAW in the future.

By doing so, the producers and users of material/resources/tools (i.e. Public Sector, NGOs, UN system, academia, etc) would (1) avoid duplication of producing material /resources/ tools on CEDAW, (2) be provided with an overview of existing CEDAW material/resources /tools by type, objective, messages, target groups, etc, (3) be informed of what gaps exist on CEDAW related knowledge and how to address/fill them, and (4) ensure consistency of key messages in future development and promotion of CEDAW related material/resources/tools.

Within the context of this consultancy, the CEDAW material/resources/tools would include – but not exclusive to – reference manuals, training material, tool kits, policy briefs, information leaflets/ brochures/ pamphlets, TV spots, short documentaries, curricula, etc. The approaches to be assessed include – but not exclusive to –  media campaigns, outreach campaigns, capacity development, formal and non formal education, policy dialogue events, etc.

Based on the above and under the overall guidance of the NCLW Secretary General, in coordination with the NCLW National Director and in close collaboration with the project manager, the consultant will be undertaking his/her tasks as per the description below:

III. METHODOLOGY AND DELIVERABLES

  1. Prepare and submit a methodological plan for the consultancy with key milestones and timeline.
  2. Carry out desk and literature review as follows:

2.1. Review CEDAW related documents globally

2.2. Review CEDAW related documents nationally namely national CEDAW reports and shadow report relevant training/evaluation reports, etc.

  1. Produce necessary tools (questionnaire, checklist, focus group guide) for the compilation process of material/ resources/tools in Lebanon
  2. Collect and compile the material/resources/tools produced and/or adapted in Lebanon through web search, face to face meetings, and focus group discussion(s).  The potential stakeholders to be contacted for compilation will include, but not exclusive to,  NCLW, NGOs, social workers, Unions, universities,  possible government administrations/ministries (Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, etc), UN organizations.  During the face to face and focus group discussion(s) with the producers/users of material/resources/tools, they will be asked to provide – among others – feedback on effectiveness/impact of the material/ resources/ tools.
  3. Review, assess, and analyze the material /resources/tools as follows:

5.1. Produce a comparison matrix by type, language, objective, target group, etc. It is suggested to use the CEDAW sections for developing the matrix

5.2. Review, classify and describe in a systematic manner the material /resources/tools based on the comparison matrix

5.3. Analyze the material /resources/ tools and their content both quantitatively and qualitatively and based on the variables in the matrix. The analysis should assess gaps, needs, effectiveness, among others

5.4. Make practical recommendations based on the analysis to better inform producers and users of material/ resources/ tools on the way forward for increasing and enhancing efficiency and impact for promoting CEDAW principles within their respective interventions and programmes through various means and approaches – including innovative approaches.

  1. The final outcome to be delivered by the consultant at the completion of this task would consist of a “comprehensive compendium reference manual in Arabic” (both soft and hard copies) and composed of 2 parts as follows:

6.1. A descriptive and analytical part including background, objectives, findings, analysis and recommendations

6.2. A systematic compilation of all resources/material/tools by several variables (to be agreed upon with NCLW and UNFPA)

  1. In addition to the compendium reference manual in Arabic, the consultant shall provide a brief executive summary in English (7-10 pages).
  2. SUPPORT PROVIDED BY NCLW

NCLW and UNFPA shall assist the consultant on tasks related to the Terms of Reference and as follows:

  • Provide access to various reference material as part of the desk and literature review
  • Review the tools for collection purposes and the comparison matrix
  • Facilitate access to stakeholders
  • Provide input on the draft compendium reference manual
  • Education: Bachelor or Master’s  Degree ( Social sciences, humanities, etc )
  •  V. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • At least 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in qualitative research and evaluation work.
  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of Gender at levels of policy, advocacy, community mobilization, etc
  • Work experience with governmental and non-governmental entities is essential
  • Familiarity with social media platforms is an asset
  • Competencies:
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Working in teams
  • Conflict and self-management
  • Organizational awareness
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Results orientation/Commitment to excellence
  • Language and requirements
  • Fluency and excellent writing skills in Arabic and English
  • French is essential
  • IT knowledgeable (i.e. Microsoft office programs, Internet browsing, etc).
  • Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply on line 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:  Consultant for the compilation and assessment of Material /Resources/ Tools developed on CEDAW 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: info@nclw.org.lb no later than June 19, 2015.

http://www.unfpa.org.lb/UNFPA-LEBANON/Vacancies-and-Notices.aspx

http://nclw.org.lb/NewsList/86

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