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Depuis hier, certains representants et representantes de mon pays, le Liban, sont a Geneve. Certains en delegation officielle, d’autres representantes d’ONG . Le but discuter du rapport sur les droits de  l’homme UPR, et discuter de la situation de la discrimination à l’égard des femmes devant le comite de suivi de la CEDAW.

Il faut dire que le rapport presente par le Liban pour la Cedaw est exhaustif. pour tous ceux et celles qui ne l’ont pas lu voila le lien en Francais. http://www.un.org/french/documents/view_doc.asp?symbol=CEDAW/C/LBN/4-5

Rita Chemaly

Ci dessous l’article pris de l’OHCHR :

Comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination à l’égard des femmes : audition d’ONG sur le Liban, les Émirats arabes unis et le Malawi 2 novembre 2015 Le Comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination à l’égard des femmes a entendu, cet après-midi, des représentants d’organisations non gouvernementales et d’une institution nationale des droits de l’homme au sujet de la mise en œuvre de la Convention sur l’élimination de toutes les formes de discrimination à l’égard des femmes dans femmes dans trois des quatre pays dont les rapports seront examinés cette semaine, à savoir le Liban, les Émirats arabes unis et le Malawi. Le Comité examinera, le 4 novembre, le rapport de l’Ouzbékistan, mais aucun représentant de la société civile n’est intervenu sur la situation dans ce pays.S’agissant du Liban, dont le rapport sera examiné demain, l’attention a notamment été attirée sur les problèmes de violence familiale contre les femmes, de traite de femmes et sur la situation des travailleuses domestiques migrantes. Les organisations ont dénoncé la loi sur le statut personnel: le mariage, le divorce, la garde des enfants et l’héritage sont toujours soumis aux différentes lois des 18 confessions et sectes du pays, constituant autant de discriminations flagrantes fondées sur le sexe.En ce qui concerne les Émirats arabes unis, dont le rapport sera examiné jeudi prochain, 5 novembre, ont notamment été dénoncées les discriminations et souffrances quotidiennes endurées par les femmes engagées en faveur des droits de l’homme et des femmes proches de défenseurs des droits de l’homme. Il a en outre été recommandé que soit réformé le système de la kafala afin de permettre aux travailleuses domestiques de changer d’emploi sans l’autorisation de leur employeur et sans perdre leur statut d’immigrant. Pour ce qui est du Malawi, dont le rapport sera examiné vendredi prochain, 6 novembre, ont notamment été évoqués les problèmes d’accès des femmes à la justice et de représentation des femmes dans la vie politique et publique. Il a en outre été déploré que le domicile des femmes mariées dépende toujours du mari. Les intervenants ont également déploré le peu d’engagement du Gouvernement à aborder concrètement la question de la violence fondée sur le sexe dans les écoles, ainsi que le manque d’accès à la terre pour les femmes rurales.Des échanges entre les membres du Comité et les représentants de la société civile ont suivi ces présentations. Demain matin, à 10 heures, le Comité entamera l’examen du rapport du Liban (CEDAW/C/LBN/4-5) Audition des organisations non gouvernementales S’agissant du Liban Le Comité non gouvernemental du suivi des questions féminines a attiré l’attention sur la loi relative au statut personnel, déplorant le maintien de la réserve que le Liban a émise à l’égard de l’article 16 de la Convention, alors que le mariage, le divorce, la garde des enfants et l’héritage sont toujours soumis dans ce pays aux lois des 18 différentes confessions et sectes qui y existent, constituant autant de discriminations flagrantes fondées sur le sexe. L’ONG a en outre souligné que la loi relative à la nationalité restait discriminatoire à l’égard des femmes auxquelles elle ne permet pas de transmettre la nationalité libanaise à leurs enfants et époux. L’ONG a également dénoncé la faible participation des femmes dans la vie politique libanaise. KAFA (assez) Violence et Exploitation a attiré l’attention sur les problèmes de violence familiale contre les femmes et de traite de femmes. L’ONG a notamment déploré que la loi 293 sur la violence familiale adoptée en 2014 pâtit d’un manque de perspective sexospécifique puisqu’elle couvre tous les membres de la famille, y compris les hommes. Au lieu d’incriminer le viol marital, en réponse aux pressions exercées par les groupes religieux, cette loi se contente d’incriminer le recours à la violence ou à la menace pour obtenir de prétendus «droits maritaux». Quant à la traite de femmes, l’ONG a déploré que les trafiquants ne soient pas poursuivis en justice pour rendre des comptes.Avenir Liban a insisté sur la nécessité pour le Liban de créer un ministère chargé des affaires féminines, d’abroger les lois discriminatoires – notamment pour ce qui est de l’article 522 du code pénal qui permet à un violeur d’être acquitté pour son acte s’il épouse sa victime – et de promouvoir l’accès des femmes libanaises à la justice.Human Rights Watch a fait observer que le Liban comptait quelque 250 000 migrants travailleurs domestiques, presque tous des femmes. Dans le secteur du travail domestique, les plaintes sont nombreuses pour non-paiement de salaires, horaires de travail excessifs, privation de nourriture et autres violences psychologiques, physiques et sexuelles. En vertu du système de la kafala, a ajouté l’ONG, les travailleurs migrants domestiques ne peuvent quitter leur employeur ou en changer sans l’autorisation de leur employeur initial.Une experte du Comité a demandé des renseignements sur la mise en œuvre au Liban de la résolution 1325 du Conseil de sécurité (femmes, paix et sécurité) au regard du nombre de réfugiés se trouvant actuellement sur le territoire libanais. Quel espoir les ONG fondent-elles sur l’acceptation d’un mariage civil, a en outre demandé l’experte? Une autre experte a souhaité en savoir davantage au sujet de l’accès des femmes à la justice. Les femmes ont-elles accès à la propriété foncière au Liban, a-t-il en outre été demandé ?Une organisation non gouvernementale a souligné que jusqu’à présent, aucune mesure n’avait été prise afin de tenir compte de la résolution 1325 du Conseil de sécurité. Une autre ONG a par ailleurs indiqué qu’aucune loi ou règle n’empêchait les femmes d’avoir accès à la propriété foncière, sauf pour les femmes musulmanes qui ne peuvent pas hériter à parts égales avec les hommes et sauf le machisme qui peut amener les femmes à refuser d’hériter au profit de leurs frères.S’agissant des Émirats arabes unisInternational Centre for Justice and Human Rights a attiré l’attention sur les souffrances endurées par les femmes engagées en faveur des droits de l’homme et des femmes proches de défenseurs des droits de l’homme, qui, aux Émirats arabes unis, sont confrontées au quotidien à la discrimination. Aussi, le Comité devrait-il demander au pays de cesser l’oppression exercée contre ces femmes.Human Rights Watch a déclaré que les Émirats arabes unis n’avaient pas protégé de manière adéquate les travailleuses domestiques migrantes contre les abus de leurs employeurs et des agents qui les recrutent. Ces femmes seraient au moins 146 000 aux Émirats arabes unis, a précisé l’ONG. Le Comité devrait notamment demander au pays de réformer le système de la kafala afin de permettre aux travailleuses domestiques de changer d’emploi sans l’autorisation de leur employeur et sans perdre leur statut d’immigré. Musawah – représenté par International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP) a déploré que les Émirats arabes unis justifient les réserves qu’ils maintiennent à l’égard des articles 2, 15 et 16 de la Convention en affirmant que leur contenu violait les préceptes de la charia islamique que le pays considérait comme «immuables». Or, il existe dans la théorie juridique musulmane des outils et concepts juridiques qui peuvent être utilisés pour réformer les lois musulmanes discriminatoires, a souligné l’ONG, précisant notamment que l’essentiel de ce que les Émirats arabes unis considèrent aujourd’hui comme étant la «loi islamique» est en fait constitué par la jurisprudence (fiqh), c’est-à-dire la compréhension humaine de ce qu’est la charia.S’agissant du MalawiWomen’s Legal Resources Centre a fait observer que 28 ans après la ratification de la Convention, les femmes du Malawi ne pouvaient toujours pas invoquer cet instrument devant les tribunaux parce que le Malawi, qui est un État dualiste, n’avait toujours pas transposé les dispositions de la Convention en droit interne. L’ONG a par ailleurs attiré l’attention sur les problèmes qui se posent au Malawi en termes, notamment, d’accès des femmes à la justice et de représentation des femmes dans la vie politique et publique. L’ONG a également déploré que le domicile des femmes mariées dépende toujours du mari. L’organisation a également déploré le peu d’engagement du Gouvernement à aborder concrètement la question de la violence fondée sur le sexe dans les écoles.NGO Gender Coordination Network a dénoncé la faible représentation des femmes dans la vie politique et publique du Malawi. L’ONG a par ailleurs déploré que selon la loi traditionnelle, le domicile de la femme dépende de l’homme, ce qui ne manque pas d’avoir des répercussions posant problème en matière d’héritage. Enfin, en cas de viol dans une institution scolaire, les violeurs sont simplement transférés vers d’autres écoles, a déploré l’ONG.Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace a notamment fait observer que les femmes rurales au Malawi n’avaient pas accès à la terre. Un programme de sécurité sociale n’a été mis en place par le Gouvernement que dans 16 districts sur 28 concernés, et encore ce programme n’est-il financé que grâce à l’aide extérieure, ce qui n’est pas viable. La Commission des droits de l’homme du Malawi a reconnu que le Malawi avait fait des efforts pour renforcer le cadre juridique et politique en faveur des droits des femmes. Elle a toutefois déploré que le pays n’ait toujours pas ratifié le Protocole facultatif se rapportant à la Convention; que la Constitution et la loi sur l’égalité entre les sexes n’aient pas adopté la définition de la discrimination fournie dans la Convention; et que le pays n’ait toujours pas révisé la loi sur la nationalité en vue d’en abroger les dispositions discriminatoires, en particulier celle qui prévoit la perte de nationalité pour les femmes qui se marient avec un étranger, ce qui n’est pas le cas pour les hommes qui se marient avec une étrangère. La disponibilité et l’accès à des services de soins de santé acceptables reste un défi majeur pour les femmes du Malawi, a ajouté la Commission des droits de l’homme.Une experte du Comité a souhaité savoir où en était le projet de loi sur la santé génésique qui devait être adopté dans le cadre de la réforme de la loi de 1948 sur la santé publique. L’avortement est-il légal au Malawi et quelles sont les dispositions à cet égard?Une organisation non gouvernementale a déclaré que la plupart des femmes avaient accès au système de justice informelle. Mais le Malawi examine actuellement la loi afin d’améliorer la situation à cet égard. __________ – See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/fr/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16699&LangID=F#sthash.DlCaHAs3.9o9x1XZF.dpuf

Source:

http://www.ohchr.org/fr/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16699&LangID=F

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I have visited the university in 2009, and their research work is amazing!! My thesis was about civil society engagement and mobilization online and its impact on the political system and policies.

Below is the new call for research opportunities and the fuil links for more details,

good Luck! Rita Chemaly

Pre- and Post-Doctoral Opportunities at CMDS for Fall 2015 / Winter 2016

The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at the School of Public Policy of Central European University is pleased to announce the availability of research appointments for the fall 2015 or winter 2016. CMDS is one of Europe’s leading centers of communication research, with a mission to advance public understanding about the impact of media and communication policy on public life. The CMDS produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing the needs of policy makers, civic leaders, and citizens.
These are pre- and post-doctoral appointments with the expectation of residence in Budapest for 1-3 months, depending on the project. Ideal applications are working on doctoral projects, or have recently defended their doctoral work, and the stipend will be commensurate with experience. Researchers will conduct basic research on media, technology and political change. We welcome applications from a variety of disciplines, including the social, information and computer sciences, and media, law, or science and technology studies. In particular, we welcome applications related to these domains of inquiry:

  • Understanding violent extremism online: the role of social media and internet companies in responding to online extremism; policy responses at the EU and global level to online extremism; understanding the complexities of the relationship between technology, free expression, and policy that lie at the heart of the relationship between global security and human rights.
  • Civil society and technology: research examining the use of technologies and strategies that enable activists to mobilize, organize and advocate or policy change; how activists use different technologies and tech tools; how community media use analogue and digital spaces for communication and community engagement.
  • Internet policy advocacy: investigations into the role which civil society can play in advocating for a free and open internet; the potential of technology and online tools for mobilizing and organizing constituencies in support of an open Internet and for enhancing the security and privacy of online communication.
  • Digital rights, privacy and data protection: research into issues of digital media rights and ethics, privacy, surveillance, and their interplay with freedom of speech standards and practices; research examining the impact of data in society and the policies and practices of data collection and retention; research examining contemporary privacy norms and data protection issues, including the policy and practices of social media companies.
  • Strengthening journalism in Europe:  research into better understanding the environment and challenges for independent journalism and watchdog NGOs in Europe; examining media ownership in Europe, legal frameworks and freedom of expression.
  • Trends in regional protection of freedom of expression: research on contemporary legal, including judicial, and/or policy trends on the protection of freedom of expression, including media freedom.  This may include: comparative approaches to specific subjects/issues and their relationship with freedom of expression (e.g. defamation, national security, freedom of information, privacy, information law, incitement/”hate speech”, press regulation, development goals, shrinking civil society space) across regions; studies of approaches to such subjects within regions; or investigations of approaches to such subjects employed by particular actors, such as national courts and regional human rights courts, notably the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, or policy-makers at the national or regional levels.

Interested candidates should apply via email to cmds@ceu.hu. Please include an academic resume, a writing sample or representative publication, and the contact information for two referees. In your cover letter, please describe your proposed research project, and the ideal time frame and earliest start date. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2015.

– See more at: http://cmds.ceu.edu/article/2015-08-03/pre-and-post-doctoral-opportunities-cmds-fall-2015-winter-2016#sthash.Bxq8mAkL.XfgVwzLm.dpuf

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign has announced its new theme for 2015.

16dayscampaign theme lebanon

The Campaign that will be held from November 25 to December 10 will focus on:

“From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!”

Below is a clearer view of what is thought of under the theme of 2015:

Under this global theme, the 16 Days Campaign is asking you to join in advancing the right to education and challenging violence, discrimination, and inequity in education at the intersection of gender, race or ethnicity, religion, real or perceived sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and other social identifiers. You can start thinking about what spaces and access to education look like in your community, country, or region. In planning your participation, consider the ways in which militarism affects education, whether in peacetime, during conflict, in refugee and IDP camps, in indigenous territories, in schools and other education settings, or even on the streets. Consider how violence and increased militarism has affected the education of young people in countries that have recently experienced different types of armed conflict; how extremism through State and non-State policies and practices have affected the right to education, especially for girls; and how government expenditures on arms and other priorities of militarization set the tone in funding for safe and accessible education for all .”

In Lebanon Education is a huge domain in which clear action plans need to be implemented, the Problem is access and quality of education for several people living in Lebanon.

I am thinking of all those IDPs camp in which I was greeted by yound children that didn’t go to school, and stayed in the camps all day long.

below is the link the website:

http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/2015-campaign/2015-theme

here is what you Can do to join this Global Movement:

RESOURCES FOR 2015

CWGL is in the process of developing resources and campaign materials, which will provide useful background information on the theme and suggestions for planning campaign activities.

CWGL will be posting these resources on the 16 Days Campaign website over the months leading up to the campaign. You can also write to the 16 Days Campaign (16days@cwgl.rutgers.edu) to request hard copies of these materials. Participants can visit our website (http://16days.cwgl.rutgers.edu) to download the Take Action Kit materials or to request a hard copy when available.

Join the 16 Days Campaign!

The 16 Days Campaign is open to participants engaging in action on these issues in ways that are relevant to their specific context. Participants know best on what and with whom they can engage – whether their governments or communities – to challenge and change in positive terms the structures which perpetuate gender-based violence. Create or join a community, campus, national or international activity! Request campaign materials, join the 16 Days listserv, and use past International Calendars of Activities (available online) to spark ideas for your activities or to find information about groups in your area. Use of the hashtag #16Days on social media is encouraged!

Share your plans!

As November approaches, remember to submit your plans to CWGL for posting to the 2015 International Campaign Calendar to become part of the global 16 Days Campaign movement. The International Campaign Calendar can be found at http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/campaign-calendar.

Check out the website!

If you would like more information about the international 16 Days Campaign, please visit the website http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/16days/home.html. Pictures from previous 16 Days Campaigns can be viewed on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/16dayscampaign.

Sign up for the 16 Days e-mail list!

Join the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence e-mail listserv, which gives activists a space to share work against violence, build partnerships with others worldwide, and develop strategies and themes for the annual 16 Days Campaign. Sign up at https://email.rutgers.edu/mailman/listinfo/16days_discussion.

ABOUT THE 16 DAYS CAMPAIGN

Since its founding in 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership has been the global coordinator of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. For the past twenty-five years, the 16 Days Campaign has been dedicated to advocacy and coordination of work in support of ending gender-based violence at the local, national, and international levels. The dates, November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and December 10th (Human Rights Day), were chosen to emphasize the links between ending gender-based violence and human rights principles and highlight that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation. The 16 Days Campaign is used as an organizing strategy to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence by individuals, groups, and institutions throughout the world.

Attached is the full PDF form :

Theme Announcement 2015 FINAL_English

Rita Chemaly

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Encore une initiative “choc” de l’ONG Sakker El Dekkeneh.

Des PV sur toutes les voitures des grandes rues Beyrouthines, et des grandes villes comme Batroun et Zahleh dans la Bekaa.

Les citoyens ont eu un choc en se reveillant et en voyant des contraventions sur leur voiture ce mercredi matin 1er avril 2015.

En lisant la contravention, ils et elles decouvrent que c’est une campagne de conscientisation menee par les volontaires de l’ONG qui mene son combat contre la corruption dans tous les domaines.

Un nouveau code de la route a ete vote au Liban et sera obligatoire des debut Avril. Le nouveau code a pour but de preserver la vie des citoyens et cityonnes.

alors #Akalta ce matin ? a toi de t’assurer de la limite de vitesse, de passer l’examen pour avoir un permis de conduire et assures toi que tout fonctionne dans ta voiture .L’Etat quant a lui devrait par le biais de ces ministeres s’assurer de l’etat des routes, de l’eclairage ect!!!

voila le Poisson d’avril de la dekkeneh  #Akalta!! 🙂

sakker el dekkeneh des amendes pour informer contre la corruption

Rita

Previous posts about Dekkeneh’s activities:

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Following the part one blog post ” Recent legal achievements about women in Lebanon… latest researches 2014“, here are some other national surveys that can help researchers prepare their desk reviews about what exists in Lebanon:

Do not forget the MDG follow up 2013-2014 launched last month by the Council of Minister in Lebanon.

the Latest report that is very well known is the MICS 2009, In my opinion we need to update it asap but here is it link:

 http://www.cas.gov.lb/images/Mics3/CAS_MICS3_survey_2009.pdf

Labour Market In Lebanon

This publication focuses on the Labour Market in Lebanon gathering a number of key indicators and figures from different sources.

Type of publication: Indicators.
Language: English, Arabic
Format: pdf file size 2.87MB  (Download file: English, Arabic)
Women in Numbers in Lebanon prepared by Maral tutelian for CAS april 2014
please stop giving me outdated data, we can create and find data as most of the ministries and national insitutions are publishing theirs online.
good luck for all researchers!! 🙂
Rita

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A new movie will be screened in Lebanese Cinemas since November 20, Shehrazadeh’s Diaries,

a movie by Zeina Daccache director of Catharsis, the NGO that works in Lebanon to offer therapeutic help through theater and art.

to watch the trailer of the movie do click this link http://youtu.be/5VnZGmd6EMg

Shehrazade women prison Lebanon announcement Rita Chemaly

here is a brief about Catharsis:

Catharsis is the 1st non-profit organization in Lebanon to promote & offer therapeutic actions through the use of theatre & art processes for individuals and groups.  It offers services & programs in various social, educational & therapeutic settings such as substance abuse treatment centers, mental health facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, private practice settings for children & adults, schools and corporations.  Catharsis also works with individuals who want to explore various life problems & expand their quality of life.  Catharsis produced the play & documentary 12 Angry Lebanese with male inmates of Roumieh Prison (2009-2010);  Scheherazade in Baabda the play interpreted by Baabda prison women inmates(2012); the play From the Bottom of my Brain with the residents at Al Fanar psychiatric hospital(2013); the documentary Scheherazade’s Diary with the Baabda inmates (2013).

Great work and I’m eager to watch it on the big Screen!!

Rita Chemaly

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dears, for those interested, a National coordinator post is available. attention for the deadline and requirements.

Good luck!

GBV IMS National Coordinator

GBV IMS National Coordinator

Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon
Contract Type & Level: FTA – NO-B (ONLY for Lebanese Candidates)
Duration: One year (with possibility for extension
Vacancy Announcement Nb.: VA-FPA-LBN-2014-07
Vacancy Date: October 20, 2014
Closing Date: November 2, 2014

1. Organizational Location
The incumbent (i.e. GBV IMS National Coordinator) will be based partly at UNHCR Beirut Office, partly at UNFPA Country Office, according to a time division agreement between the two Agencies. He/she will undertake regular in-country travels to the five regions where the project is implemented: Akkar, Tripoli, Bekaa, South Lebanon and Mount Lebanon.
The incumbent will work under the umbrella of the national SGBV Task Force chaired by UNHCR and co-chaired by UNFPA and UNICEF. She/he will report to the SGBV Task Force Coordinator.
The incumbent will plan deliverables and priorities in collaboration with the chair and the two co-chairs of the SGBV Task Force and will keep them regularly informed of all programmatic and technical aspects of the Job Description. All administrative related matters will be reported to UNFPA, as the recruiting Agency.
The incumbent will work in close cooperation and coordination with the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator at the national level, as well as with the Field SGBV Coordinators in the five regions.
2. Job Purpose
The Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS) was created to harmonize data collection on GBV in humanitarian settings, to provide a simple system for actors providing services to GBV survivors to collect, store and analyze their data and to enable the safe and ethical sharing of reported GBV incident data within and between relevant entities. The intention of the GBVIMS is both to assist service providers to better understand the GBV cases being reported as well as to enable actors to share data internally across project sites and externally with agencies for broader trends analysis and improved GBV coordination and response.
In Lebanon, increasing concerns regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria and spill-over of persons of concern into the country prompted the SGBV Task Force to consider means and modalities to improve data collection and analysis. In January 2013, a pilot GBV IMS roll-out was launched in Akkar (North Lebanon). In July 2013, the GBV IMS Global Team supported the progressive extension of the phased roll-out to the other regions in Lebanon. As of today, the 6 GBV specialized service providers (IRC, DRC, INTERSOS, IMC, Caritas, Makhzoumi) are using the system in the 5 above mentioned regions. An Information-Sharing Protocol endorsed by the Task Force in October 2013 allows the national compilation of a limited set of data.
In order to reinforce the dissemination of good practices and increase the quality and the quantity of GBV data available, the Government of Canada is funding a two-year project “Developing Field Level GBV Capacity for Improved Service Delivery, Information Management and Inter-Agency Coordination” in 6 countries, including Lebanon. As part of this project, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the roll-out and driving the successful implementation of the GBV IMS in Lebanon, under the supervision of the SGBV Task Force Coordinator and the guidance of UNHCR, UNFPA and UNICEF.
3. Major Activities/Expected Results
With the support of the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator, the incumbent will facilitate the implementation of the GBVIMS in Lebanon, providing technical support to the organizations and agencies using the GBVIMS for data collection through their service provision to GBV survivors in order to improve and expand the use of the GBVIMS. In addition, the incumbent will support national efforts to roll-out the GBVIMS among potential additional GBVIMS users in coordination with the GBVIMS Steering Committee.
The incumbent should work closely and in collaboration with GBVIMS organizations, the National GBV IMS Steering Committee, the SGBV Task Force, the Global Team and all relevant stakeholders and/or coordination bodies.
1. Coordination:
  • Participate in GBVIMS coordination meetings at the field and national levels. Provide all support needed to the field GBV IMS coordinators, including in the identification of new GBV IMS users;
  • Maintain and update the work plan/strategy for the GBVIMS rollout ensuring a clear implementation process per region;
  • Ensure ongoing communication between the field GBVIMS Steering Committees and the national GBV IMS Steering Committees, and between the National GBV IMS Steering Committee and the SGBV Task Force;
  • Assist with any other issues related to the coordination of the GBVIMS.
2. Capacity Building/Coaching: 
  • In coordination with the SGBV Task Force Coordinator, the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator, the National Steering Committee and the Global Team, encourage organizations and agencies to use the GBVIMS through technical support, trouble shooting, training, and quality assurance;
  • Identify capacity building needs and liaise with the inter-agency GBV IMS Coordinator for follow up;
  • Document concerns, good practices and lessons learned from the rollout process.
3. Information & Analysis: 
  • Participate in and facilitate the process of revising the Information Sharing Protocol (ISP);
  • Support the consolidation of monthly reports from GBVIMS users;
  • Utilize GBVIMS data to support reporting, produce information bulletins for programming and advocacy purposes and every other relevant use.
4. Facilitation and Representation:
  • Help organize support missions to Lebanon and facilitate the delivery of technical outputs;
  • Represent the GBV IMS Steering Committee as requested;
  • All other tasks required from the supervisor.
4. Job Requirements
Core Competencies
  • Integrity/Commitment to mandate: Acts in accordance with UN values and holds himself/herself accountable for actions taken.
  • Knowledge sharing/continuous learning: Takes responsibility for personal learning and career development and actively seeks opportunities to learn through formal and informal means.  Learns from others inside and outside the organization adopting best practices created by others.  Actively produces and disseminates new knowledge.
  • Valuing diversity: Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciates differences in values and learns from cultural diversity. Takes actions appropriate to the religious and cultural context and shows respect, tact and consideration for cultural differences. Observes and inquires to understand the perspectives of others and continually examines his/her own biases and behaviors
  • Working in teams:  Works collaboratively to allow the achievement of common goals and shared objectives. Actively seeks resolution of disagreements and supports decisions of the team.
  • Analytical and strategic thinking:  Uses appropriate analytical tools and logic to gather, define and analyze information, situations and problems and draws logical conclusions from data. Demonstrates an ability to set clear and appropriate priorities focusing on tasks and activities which have a strategic impact on results. Anticipates and meets information needs of the team and other stakeholders.
  • Conflict and self management: Manages personal reactions by remaining calm, composed and patient even when under stress or during a crisis and avoids engaging in unproductive conflict. Expresses disagreement in constructive ways that focus on the issue not the person. Tolerates conditions of uncertainty or ambiguity and continues to work productively.
  • Results orientation/Commitment to excellence: Strives to achieve high personal standard of excellence. Takes action that goes beyond responding to the obvious needs of the situation and persists until successful outcomes are achieved.
Additional Competencies:
  • Offer great organizational skills and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and productively, with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment;
  • Adopt flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently, and to handle requests or issues as they arise;
  • Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrate understanding of issues related to confidentiality, data safety and other ethical concerns related to the sharing on sensitive data between humanitarian agencies.
Requirements/Qualifications 
  • Lebanese nationality;
  • MA (preferred) in public health, social work, women/gender studies, humanitarian or development work, or other related degree, or equivalent programming experience;
  • At least 3 years of Programme management or other relevant experience, preferably including at least 1 year implementing a GBV program in a humanitarian context;
  • Experience developing and facilitating workshops;
  • Experience in information management, database development, usage and management;
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyse data/statistics for humanitarian operations;
  • Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Access and database software, including in depth knowledge of pivot table/chart analysis;
  • Fluency in English and, Arabic strongly preferred.

5. Notice:
  • There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process
  • UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status
HOW TO APPLY?
Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply on line by submitting the following:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Updated CV
  • P11 form [click to download] detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the Job Description

The above documents should be submitted to the following email address: info-lebanon@unfpa.org no later than 2nd November 2014.  

UNFPA will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the required CV and P11 and in which there is further interest.\

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I was super glad to participate to the 4M Beirut Forum. Meeting and exchanging with people coming from different countries, with different experiences related to activism and sharing of information.

below is a copy of 3 days announcement. more info are available: http://www.4m.cfi.fr/index.php/en/the-forums/4m-beirut-forum/presentation-4m-beirut-forum-2014

ONLINE MEDIA AND JOURNALISM IN THE ARAB WORLD: RISKS, PRACTICES AND ECONOMIES

توفير المعلومات عبر الإنترنت في العالم العربي: المخاطر، الممارسات والاقتصاد

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How are online media changing the very foundations of news production and broadcasting in the Arab world?

What impact are they having on the public debate?

At a time when life in the Arab world is becoming more turbulent than ever, the 4M forum in Beirut from 17 to 19 October will analyse the role and place of online media in this complex and highly charged context: how are online media changing the very foundations of news production and broadcasting in the Arab world? What impact are they having on the public debate?

At the forum, more than 200 stakeholders from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia will therefore have the opportunity to discuss the practices, new tools, ideas and innovations that they are implementing as part of their everyday activities and to describe the changes that are occurring in the region, in particular the increasing power of citizen journalists.

Participants’ discussions will focus on 3 main themes:

– New media or the redefinition of the media scene in society in the Arab world

– Innovation in terms of production of web based content and the new tools available to journalists

– Media enterprise and economy in the Arab world.

4M Beirut picks up the baton from CFI’s various ongoing projects supporting online media in the Arab world, such as EBTICAR and 4M Mashreq.


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فكيف تُحدث وسائل الإعلام تغييراً جذرياً
في طريقة إنتاج المعلومات في العالم العربي ونشرها؟

ما هو تأثيرها على النقاش العام؟

في خضمّ الغليان الذي يعيشه العالم العربي اليوم، يطرح منتدى “ 4M بيروت” (4M Beyrouth)، من 17 إلى 19 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر، التحديات الكبرى المرتبطة بدور وسائل الإعلام الإلكترونية ومكانتها في هذه البيئة المعقّدة والمتغيّرة. فكيف تُحدث وسائل الإعلام تغييراً جذرياً في طريقة إنتاج المعلومات في العالم العربي ونشرها؟ ما هو تأثيرها على النقاش العام؟

في هذا الإطار، يوفّر المنتدى فرصةً لأكثر من 200 صحافي وناشط وخبير من الأردن، تونس، الجزائر، سوريا، العراق، فلسطين، لبنان، مصر ليبيا، والمغرب، ليتبادلوا المعلومات والآراء حول الممارسات والوسائل الحديثة والأفكار والابتكارات المتعلقة بواقعهم اليومي، ويشهدوا على التحوّلات الراهنة، لا سيّما سطوع نجم صحافة المواطن.

ومن المقرّر أن يتبادل المشاركون الخبرات حول ثلاثة مواضيع أساسية هي: 

– وسائل الإعلام الجديدة أو إعادة تعريف المشهد الإعلامي ضمن المجتمعات العربية.

– الابتكار على صعيد إنتاج المحتوى الإلكتروني والأدوات الجديدة المتوفّرة للصحافيين.

– ريادة الأعمال واقتصاد وسائل الإعلام في العالم العربي.

يندرج منتدى “4M بيروت” ضمن إطار مشاريع مرافقة مختلفة متعلقة بوسائل الإعلام الإلكتروني في العالم العربي، تنفّذها في الوقت الراهنقناة فرنسا الدولية (CFI)، مثل مشروع “ابتكار- ميديا”، و” 4Mالانتقال الرقمي للصحف العربية””، أو أيضاً4M مشرق”.


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On Friday, a General Assembly for Lebanese Women Married to non-nationals ( french, american, syrian, canadian, egyptian, palestinian, Spanish, Italian, Chinese….) gathered at the YWCA in Ain El Mreisseh.

The aim of the gathering was to recall the activities, protests, and actions of the Nationality Campaign in Lebanon, and to discuss future actions for 2013.

During the meeting Lebanese women who participated to trainings about leadership and communication, organised by WLP and CRTDA were given “diplomas” by the organisations.

They participated to the training to be able to form a lobby to push forward their right to transmit their citizenship to their children and husbands.

during the ceremony many media representatives were present : LBCI, New TV, Future TV, as well as the presence of a lot of newspapers journalist ( el Diyar, el Moustakbal, ….)

The Women were given also goodies bags… the bag contained : deliciously chocolate wrapped, with a sticker for the car, and the New Nationality Calendar for 2013.

I participate to each year General Assembly, and I feel bad when I see all those women suffering from not being able to share their passport with their children. I am suffering when I see that those women cannot see their children hospitalized or go to school in Lebanese public schools, or in Lebanese free schools. A women told me that this is a Shia ( a muslim sect in Lebanon  her children were accepted in a free school by the nuns, but they were not able to stay there because….they are not considered nationals!! Lebanese!! 😦

 I hope that lebanon will ratify the CEDAW completely without reservations!

I hope that my cousins will be able to come to lebanon without a visa because their father is a french diplomat, I hope that my cousin will be able to stay here and work as a lawyer even if he is lebanese and canadian…..

those are my Wishes for 2013…. Long LIVE THE TABBOULEH AND THE LEBANESE MUMs anD gRAND mOTHERS! 

Rita Chemaly

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NGOs in Lebanon: Abusing Their Workers in the Name of Human Rights

“Ability to work under stress, alone or in a team, and the ability to multitask.” These are some of the conditions repeated in most job ads for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Lebanon. “Under stress” and “multitasking” might not seem like the kind of expressions that call for closer examination, yet they often tacitly spell worker exploitation.

With a fragile Lebanese economy, many qualified young people look for work in the fastest “growing” sector in Lebanon and that is the NGO sector. Most of these people are forced to accept adverse working conditions under the pretext of working for the public good and supporting important humanitarian causes! Labor rights are seen as nothing but a minute detail that distracts from fundamental goals like “poverty reduction,” “the empowerment of women,” “good governance,” “conflict resolution and the dialogue of civilizations” as well as other such concepts shoved down people’s throats by funders.

Organizations in Lebanon are not new, they were one of the foundations of sectarian pastoral institutions shortly before Lebanon’s independence and the withdrawal of foreign forces in 1946. They also flourished during the war to compensate for the breakdown of the state. But after 1990, and with the rise of structural economic policies globally accompanied by the gradual withdrawal of the welfare state, civil organizations proliferated dramatically. Funds from international donors started pouring in to address the social repercussions of structural changes that occurred in state institutions.The number of associations registered, according to the Law of Associations, reached 5,623 in 2007. If we exclude from this figure political parties, clubs, scouts and family ties in addition to fictitious or inactive associations then the number would range between 1,200 to 1,500 organizations, according to the 2010 civil society organizations directory.

Open Job Opportunities

Civil society organizations’ fields of activity have varied over the past few years and so have the approaches they take, ranging from charity to services and development. Funding increased and the donors multiplied. This created new job opportunities that are rarely found in the public and private sectors especially for medium-qualified and highly-qualified young people.

For example, the number of job vacancies on the website Lebanon Support (a civil society portal) sometimes reaches about 800 positions, according to the executive director Bassem Chit.

The civil organizations sector brought with it new kinds of professions that are not recognized in the public and private sectors, including human rights trainer, facilitator and advocacy officer. Some Lebanese universities have started to provide disciplines for these jobs to respond to market demand.

As with the private sector, this sector has witnessed a decline in labor earnings… though hidden in its “non-profit” cloak.

It is hard to count the number of employees in these organizations because only a small percentage of them have work contracts that are registered with social security. And even if they have contracts, they often work for short periods of time (depending on the length of the projects), and herein lies the problem. The civil society organizations sector is characterized by an absolute lack of job security and stability.

Chit said that while donors used to operate based on programs which lasted longer and needed a medium-term strategy, the current trend is to fund short-term projects and rely on contractors to cut labor cost.

Maya (not her real name) has ten years experience in civil society organizations, during which she moved between seven different organizations (the longest period she spent at one organization was a year and a half). Throughout those years she only received social security benefits for two years, therefore she was deprived of a large chunk of end of service indemnity. She admits that she has recurring anxiety about funding running out or the project ending. She remembers an incident that happened when she used to work for an organization concerned with women’s rights on a program addressing women’s economic rights, including social security. She says that she felt embarrassed working on this campaign: “How did we have the nerve to work for women’s social security at a time when the organization consisted mostly of women who lacked social security?”

Zeina (not her real name) has worked at many organizations since 2003. She believes that the basic offense lies in the manipulation of concepts and values which legitimizes many violations at work. She explains: “One can not ask for a raise or adhere to certain working hours or calculate overtime… because one’s work is divided between the job and volunteering.”

She says that at one of her jobs she was signing papers stating that her monthly salary was $900 while in reality she was receiving $700. When she complained about it the executive director justified it by saying that the association takes from employees’ salaries to pay for office expenses that were not taken into consideration by the funder in the budget.

Zeina’s case apparently is not unique. Based on the interviews we conducted, the problem is a common one in these organizations even if the excuses differ. Walid (not his real name), for example, has been working for a year at an association concerned with women’s rights. He says that part of his salary was deducted to pay social security contributions in full, including the employer’s contribution!

Zeina says that the problem she experienced most at work was the large number of tasks she was assigned that went beyond the scope of her “job,” under the pretext that part of the work is volunteer-based.

Farah remembers her first work experience in an organization concerned with refugee issues. When she asked her director about working hours, the director responded firmly: “There are no work hours here, we’re all volunteers.” Farah said she couldn’t stay for a long time in this organization as “employees” were on average putting in about 12 hours work a day in addition to working weekends, which was the normal trend. Of course there is no overtime pay because “the funder pays based on the tasks performed, not the hours of work,” says Maya.

The violations do not stop there, according to the editor of the Lebanese Observatory for the rights of Workers and Employees, Ahmad al-Dirani. He says that in addition to the problem of not having contracts and workers being deprived of social security and set work hours, most organizations do not have a mechanism for wage increases and most workers did not get the wage increase that was passed recently.Furthermore, under the pretext of being secular, some civil society organizations do not commit to all the official religious holidays and do not give vacations. In the last organization where Zeina worked, which was concerned with legal and human rights issues, she was allowed eight days of vacation annually instead of 15 – a clear violation of labor law.

Despite the human rights approach adopted by most civil society organizations, you find a lot of discriminatory practices between employees, whether in hiring or employment conditions. “We have the foreigner complex,” says Maya with a bitter smile. She says that during her work she came across many cases of discrimination between the “locals” and the foreigners. “With the same job description and indentical tasks and qualifications required, there was a $300 difference in wages between a French employee and myself, even though she did not know Arabic.”

Al-Dirani believes that the working conditions of civic association employees are still a lot worse, even though they enjoy job stability due to the flow of funds from religious and sectarian institutions.

Jinan is a nurse at a medical clinic that belongs to a religious organization. She has been working for five years for minimum wage, she has no work contract and does not receive social security benefits or health insurance and not even her yearly vacation.

Samia is in no better a situation. She’s been working for six years in an organization that belongs to a prominent political personality and there too “working hours depend on the work that needs to be done.” She indicates also that she does not have social security or private insurance.

Volunteering… or Cheap Labor?

Most of these violations take place under the guise of volunteering. The United Nations Volunteer Program defines volunteer work as “contributions that individuals make as non-profit, non-wage… action for the well-being of their neighbours, and society at large.”

If we step away from the idealism of this definition and we look at the dynamics of work and relationships between people inside organizations it becomes clear that volunteering has become in many cases synonymous with cheap labor.

The way money is dealt with in these NGOs is made evident in the examples that Walid cited about his work in this field. He saw how money is generously spent on hotels and taxis, so he did not have the audacity to convince target populations, most of them from poor and marginalized areas, to volunteer.

Who’s the Boss?

Labor relations in this field are no doubt ambiguous. The identity of the worker is lost between volunteering and working and the role of the employer is not clearly defined and is lost between the board of directors, the executive director and the funder.

If legally the employer is the administrative body then actual power is likely to lie in the hands of the executive director who is hired by an organization to be in charge of personnel management and to perform daily tasks. That is, the executive director is the decision-maker when it come to the terms and working conditions of the rest of the employees.

For Zeina, the executive director is the boss, meaning he is the person with whom she negotiates for her labor rights while “the role of the administrative body in this respect is often marginal.”

Walid points out that despite the direct daily relationship with his executive director, the funder bears a huge responsibility whether directly or indirectly in terms of determining working conditions.

Based on her experience in dealing with donors, Zeina stressed that in the best case scenario, some funders force management to sign model contracts (that include tasks, duration of contract and salary) but without determining the hours of work, social security, end of service indemnity and mechanisms for complaints.Maya is sure that most funders do not observe the working conditions at the organizations they deal with and even if they notice violations at work, they turn a blind eye.

It appears then that work relationships are three-pronged and consist of the employee, management and funder. The last party might seem absent but has a lot of influence. If exploitation of workers in the private sector involves reducing their share of added value for the benefit of increasing the corporation’s capital and the investors’ profits, exploitation in civil society organizations consists of reducing labor costs (wages and social security) to invest in projects and activities in order to compete with other organizations and attract more funding.

The ambiguity of labor relationships and the resulting “invisible” exploitation are not the only obstacles to organizing this sector and defending the rights of its workers. The problem also lies in the workers’ way of thinking and the logic of their work that relies on dialogue to “resolve conflicts” and the “we all benefit and no one loses” mentality regardless of who has the authority and the capital.

The question therefore remains, are employees of NGOs who are used to legalizing conflict and diluting it able to engage in a battle to defend their labor rights?

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

an Article by CAROLE KERBAJ

Source: http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/ngos-lebanon-abusing-their-workers-name-human-rights

 

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Beirut – In recent days, the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli has been the site of highly publicised clashes between diverse political and sectarian groups. However while this small minority battles, the majority of Lebanese citizens are standing up against violence – both online and on the ground.
Soon after the clashes began, Lebanese civil society activists condemned the spread of violence through Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Their calls for national unity and to disarm the city circulated online in record time. Building on this public support, activists created new social media pages – many of which gathered over a thousand members.
These ordinary Lebanese citizens are standing up to show that they reject violence, that they are organising to stop it and that, ultimately, they refuse to be silent.
The Facebook group “Tripoli without weapons!” posted an appeal to local and national authorities that read, “. . . We are citizens who condemn the proliferation of weapons in the neighbourhoods and streets of our city Tripoli. We implore the state and all political, executive, security and military authorities to take whatever steps necessary to rid Tripoli of the weapons circulating through it. Yes to a weapon-free Tripoli! “.
Following this appeal, many key individuals declared a city-wide strike to protest the violence that had claimed several lives, and held a demonstration in front of Tripoli’s public administration offices to raise awareness of their cause.
Demonstrators waved Lebanese flags, sang the national anthem and demanded an immediate response to the city’s problems of rampant poverty and a lack of security, which are seen as interrelated. They called on the state to provide better security and reiterated the need for street militias to disarm. The non-violent protest brought together the President of the Municipal Council, members of parliament from the region, as well as leaders from all faith groups and other members of civil society. Their message was clear: Lebanon needs to return to the rule of law and provide security for all, throughout the country.
With the sectarian strife dividing Tripoli, and fearing that the country as a whole is heading once more towards violence, other civil society activists responded quickly through multiple initiatives, this time in Beirut. Online, youth showed their patriotism with pictures they created in response to the situation, with captions that read: “Neither Sunni nor Shiite, nor Christian, nor Druze, but Lebanese.”
“Our union is our salvation” was another slogan activists displayed on the steps of the National Museum in Beirut, where white chairs with the names of victims of the recent violence, unnamed chairs with Lebanese flags, and a large sign reading “That’s enough!” all begged for a return to peace.
In addition, scholars formed online groups to say no to war in Lebanon. The Third Voice for Lebanon is one example of a non-partisan, non-denominational and apolitical grassroots online group which publishes and circulates texts that protest violence and cronyism, as well as the recruitment and the indoctrination of children into militias and extremist groups. It uses peaceful demonstrations in Lebanon and overseas to say no to violence and yes to peace.
Lebanese civil society is calling upon the state to take firm action against violence and the circulation of weapons in poor areas by establishing security and supporting sustainable development that can help end the poverty that drives violence. The hurdles Lebanon faces now are very real. But these collective actions by Lebanon’s diverse, multifaceted civil society demonstrate hope.
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* Rita Chemaly is a writer and researcher in social and political science and author of the book Spring 2005 in Lebanon, between Myth and Reality. She won the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press in 2007 and blogs at www.ritachemaly.wordpress.com. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).
Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 26 June 2012, http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=31597&lan=en&sp=0

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Job vacancy- Program Manager for the Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB)

Reporting line: President of the association

Job description:

– Develop and Execute the LLWB action plan

– Plan, manage and Implement events

– Manage the database of members and LLWB contacts

– Update and Maintain the website

– Leads proposals and concept papers

– Responsible for the administration of the organization

– Manage the budget

– Search for funding opportunities

– Handle the PR of the association

 

Qualifications:

– Proven, successful work experience in a program management role that includes a breadth of activities in event planning and management, communications, financial and narrative reporting

– Proficiency in English – written and verbal – and ability to produce required reports in English

– Demonstrated ability to execute work-related tasks in an effective and timely fashion

– Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented

– Effective communicator with both team members and external constituents

– Outgoing professional individual in one-on-one and large group settings

– Productive and confident team member who can effectively represent the association

– Strong competencies in basic office technologies: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, and internet; comfortable with online forums, new media

– Ability to travel to meetings, as needed

 

Email: info@llwb.org

Job Vacancy – Advocacy Trainer- Oxfam GB

Oxfam GB is implementing a programme on social protection for widows in Iraq. The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to the most vulnerable population in Iraq – in particular widows – being protected through promotion of an equitable social protection system.

The programme focused on empowering widows through awareness and direct legal support, enhancing coordination among NGOs working on women’s access to welfare assistance;

building capacity for relevant departments at the governorate of Baghdad in charge of widows’ application, and advocacy and lobbying for gender sensitive social protection system in Iraq.

Oxfam GB is looking for a competent consultant to facilitate and train local partners in Iraq during a learning review of Social Protection Programme of Widows in Iraq.

Date of consultancy: from 6 until 9 June 2012.

Location: Beirut – Lebanon

Purpose of the consultancy:

Strengthening advocacy efforts for Oxfam GB partners on social protection and enhance engagement of different stakeholders in Iraq.

The consultancy scope will focus on the following:

1- Facilitate 2 days internal learning review on project implementation and lessons learnt. (6-7 June 2012)

2- Facilitate discussions during 2 days strategic meeting engaging different stakeholders, and guide participants towards developing national advocacy strategy. (8-9 June 2012) Detailed TOR will be shared with the selected consultant

Qualifications and Requirements:

– Fluency in Arabic and English as appropriate and a high standard of written presentations

– University degree, preferably in international relations, political science

– Specialized expertise in area of policy and advocacy

– Proven experience in facilitation and conducting participatory training

– Experience working in a multi-country context, particularly as related to social protection or/and gender equality programmes

– Knowledge of Iraq context is an advantage.

Interested candidates should send a CV, three references and a letter of motivation to eashmar@oxfam.org.uk

Deadline for application in 20 May 2012

Only short listed candidates will be contacted

 

Job Vacancy -Civil Society Program Specialist at Promoting Active Citizen Engagement (PACE)

 

Promoting Active Citizen Engagement (PACE), a three-year program funded by USAID/Lebanon, seeks to   trengthen civil society capacity to act as a catalyst for change through civic advocacy and participation. Through grants and technical assistance, the program partners with Lebanese civil society organizations across the country to support civic engagement, media activities, social entrepreneurship, and capacity building. PACE is recruiting a Civil Society Program Specialist to join its technical team. Applications will be accepted until May 17, but will be reviewed as they are received. Interested applicants are therefore encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

 

Position: Civil Society Program Specialist

· Proactively identify and conceptualize potential civil society activities that advance program objectives,  including civic activism, advocacy, social entrepreneurship, and capacity-building grants

· Play a key role in soliciting and awarding grants in close coordination with the program team

· Analyze and evaluate grant applications and proposals to ensure consistency with program objectives and relevance to local context

· Provide technical oversight of a portfolio of grants and ongoing mentorship, guidance, and support to Grantees throughout the grant cycle, from initial design to closeout

· Manage implementation of all grants within assigned portfolio, maintaining continuous communications with grantees to remain up-to-date on their activities, progress, and plans

· Assist grantees in developing performance monitoring plans to assess the results and impact of their grantfunded  activities

· Conduct capacity assessments of grantees and contribute to developing capacity-building approaches and

activities to address identified gaps

· Conduct regular site visits and attend grantee-sponsored events and activities

· Identify and seize opportunities to promote civil society networking, partnerships, and coalition-building

Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, international development, or a related field

· At least 3 years of experience in civil society, community development, project management, or a related

field

· Field experience with local and/or international NGOs

· Up-to-date understanding and knowledge of political and social conditions in Lebanon

· Prior experience with and/or good understanding of donor organizations active in Lebanon, particularly

USAID

· Fluency in Arabic and English (written and verbal)

· Ability and willingness to conduct site visits throughout the country on a regular basis

 

Program Summary: Promoting Active Citizen Engagement (PACE), a three-year program funded by

USAID/Lebanon, seeks to strengthen civil society capacity to act as a catalyst for change through civic advocacy and participation. Through grants and technical assistance, the program partners with Lebanese civil society organizations across the country to support civic engagement, media activities, social entrepreneurship, and capacity building. PACE is recruiting a Civil Society Program Specialist to join its technical team. Applications will be accepted until May 17, but will be reviewed as they are received. Interested applicants are therefore encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

Company Profile: Management Systems International (MSI) is a global international development firm based in

Washington, D.C. providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. The firm has specific expertise

in the fields of civil society strengthening and democracy and governance. Over the last 10 years, MSI has  conducted 11 short- and long-term projects in Lebanon. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

http://www.msiworldwide.com. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and biodata form to rsakkab@msilebanon. com as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please.

NOTE: Due to the urgent nature of this position, applications will be reviewed as and when received

Period: Three years

Salary: Based on experience and salary history

Interested applicants are requested to submit a filled biodata sheet that can be found on: www.usaid.gov/forms/AID1420-17.doc

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Today, Tuesday, April the 3rd 2012, the Jinsiyati Campaign in Lebanon, lobbying for women to be able to transmit their Lebanese nationality for their children and families,  is organising a Sit in in front of the Grand Serail( Saraya), Riad el Solh Square at 10:30 ( while the Council of Ministers is meeting) to ask the governmental Committee in charge of working on the nationality law to:

– Indicate a clear timeline within which the committee will be working and assume agreeing on the draft law;

– Share the Terms of Reference of the Committee (  what are their sources, what are their info);

– Include civil society organisations in the process of the discussions ( the importance of consulting civil society organisations campaigning and working on this right since more than 10 years is a must, they know the cases, the numbers, the obstacles and hindrances as well as the citizen’s expectations);

– and last but not least, take into consideration our demands for FULL CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS for women without any conditions ( women should transmit their nationality to their families, the Lebanese Constitution has clearly stipulated that all citizens are equal) ;

The banners of the peaceful collective action of today are clear:

Transmitting the nationality is a Right , this is not the Settlement of Palestinians,

Nationality is a right for women in the state of Rights and laws

the nationality law of 1925 is old and need to be amended ASAP!!!

Rita Chemaly,

The nationality law is so old that it is part of our "tourath"

N'enterrez pas la Loi sur la Nationalite dans un de vos tirroirs ou comites!

 

the woman's right to transmit her nationality is not naturalisation or settlement!

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