Posts Tagged ‘Non-governmental organization’

I am lost with some “studies” using 2005 as a baseline. I can’t stand duplications in the work of International Organisations. They are ready to pay amounts for  compilations that exists already, and for action plans that already have been developped in a participatory manner by numerous NGOs and  Govermental organisations.

In Lebanon, numerous authors, researchers and Organisations have worked on studies and documents that go beyond that date (2005) or 2006.

For all those who want to do a research about women rights in Lebanon, please do go back to the core CEDAW reports,

please do call NGOs working on legal issues (they are not numerous and phone calls wont take a whole day). (The goodones I advise you to call are : Abaad, Crtda, LFPA, LADE, CFUWI, KAFA, and of course the National Institution that that holds a coordinative and consultative mission that is NCLW:

Moreover you can check some Websites: all Information is available online, this is normal access to information right:

CEDAW report published in 2014 is available online!

Additionly to follow on legal issues, do not hesitate to check the easy and friendly tables published in NCLW reports:
Annual report 2013 (available in English and Arabic) is comprehensive related to the National Campaigns organised by numerous NGOs.

Annual report 2012 covers what happened till the end of 2012. (available in english and arabic)

and Annual Report 2011, shows the great work and details all laws related to women and the efforts done to implement them .

Moreover a full compilation of all the laws that exist in the Lebanese parliament drawers and the decrees presented to/or studied by the council of ministers have been compiled thematically in this big study funded by UNFPA lebanon. (Arabic version)

There is the  raodmap worked on with the Lebanese Parliament funded by UNDP and compiling  all laws related to women and that has been published in August 2013. AVAILABLE IN arabic .

For those who want to go back to the core texts developped and updated in a participatory manner here is the link for the Women National Strategy 2011-2021 (available in French, english and Arabic). Here is the Link to the National Action Plan 2013-2016 (available in arabic) and that aims to follow up on the implementation of the national strategy goals by various stakeholders.

More than that, all texts quoted previously give credit to all NGOs that have worked on a certain issue, so hearing again the “assumption” that NGOs in Lebanon do not work together or collaborate is in my opinion misleading! and using numbers from 2005 2006 reports a baselines for “legal and contextual researches” is in my opinion outdated.

No more outdated studies about women In Lebanon 2014 Chemaly

Rita Chemaly.

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Proposal Writing Expert for NGO LARD.

Experience required: Minimum 3 years with chronicles for previous writing projects proposals
Education degree: Minimum Bachelor Degree Field of education: Bachelor’s degree programs in mass communication (media), English or a related field are desired:
•         Compile and sustain a database of international and local donors: “philanthropists, organizations, foundations and private corporations…
•         Survey constantly openings from international and local donors and inform in a timely manner the fundraising opportunities matching our NGO vision
•         Research, write and organize ideas and may include creating strategies.
•         Expert in writing project proposals, to meet proposal deadlines and ensure their timely submission for international and local donors “organizations, foundations and private corporations…
•         Expert in writing concept notes, new project ideas to ensure success when we seek financing by fund raising or multiple grants sources too
•         Maintaining relationships with existing donors and respond to their requests regularly and keep updating them about the work of the organization
•         Making sure that proposals in progress are in compliance with instructions, managing production and the distribution of all work documents and ensuring proposal formatting
•         multi-tasking on different projects simultaneously and with tight deadlines
•         Excellent research, computer skills, interpersonal skills and ability to write persuasively and articulately

Deadline: Nov 30, 2012

Please send resume to: cv@netways.com

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for Save the children

Job Vacancy Finance and Grant Officer:

The Finance and Grants Officer will:

  • Prepare donor financial reports and proposal budgets, and ensure all donor requirements are complied with and that proposals and reports are submitted on time.
  • Maintain the accounting and financial records and contribute in preparation of all periodic financial statements and reports as per general instructions from SCI, and to prepare any other necessary report and compilations as requested by the Country Director and Finance Manager
  • Assist in preparing budgets for the country Office and updating the cash budgets reports, and controlling the financial reports of the office, and advise on how to best utilise a programme’s funding portfolio.
  • Prepare management reports for budget holders to monitor budgets on a regular and timely basis
  • Monitor monthly expenditure by checking all invoices other claims and receipts for accuracy and in conformity with purchase orders and quotations as well as actually delivered goods and services when applicable.
  • Manage the Country Office’s records and contributions in relation to taxes, social security, health insurance, monthly salaries and other social service as and when applicable.
  • Assist the auditors as required, generally and in their yearly reviews.
  • Do the book-keeping on daily basis by parking transactions on Agresso.
  • To review and monitor payments and financial reports from Partner Organizations and support them with needed financial training to comply with SCS and donors requirements.  Hence, conduct field visits to partners for monitoring and capacity building purposes.
  • To maintain the fixed assets register.
  • To manage finance department filing and documentation.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Management
  • At least 2 years’ experience
  • Able to work within a team
  • Very good written and spoken English and Arabic languages and communication skills
  • Availability for internal travel and little external travel.
  • Organized with good in time management, and respect deadlines
  • Trustworthy
  • Analytical skills and accuracy
  • Prior experience with donors’ requirements and NGOs is an asset

STARTING DATE: Immediate.  We are looking for candidates who can start as soon as possible or within the next few weeks.


Please note that the closing date for applications is Monday 5 November 2012.

The selection committee will review all applications as they are received. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above, and those unable to meet these requirements will not be considered. No further information will be given over the phone.

Please note: due to the critical nature of this recruitment, applications will be reviewed as they are received and successful candidates contacted on an on-going basis.

Each application package should include the following:

•           Job title for the role you are applying for in subject header of the email

•           Cover letter with the applicant’s current contact information

•           CV with detailed work experience, education/degrees – 3 pages maximum

•           Professional References (minimum of 3, with complete contact information)

•           Kindly do not send supporting certificates and documents at this stage

•           Letter and CV should be saved into one Word or PDF document and sent to:Lebanon.vacancies@savethechildren.org

Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.  All applicants will be subject to Save the Children’s usual Child Safeguarding Policy and reference checking process.


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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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Civil society is asked to act this saturday in Front of the House of the physicians, to denounce the physicians taking part in the horrific tests, that are practiced against people that are thought of being gay, in police stations in Lebanon; Abolish the examinations of Shame is the title of the event that is open to all !!

Homosexuel? des tests de la honte au Liban… https://ritachemaly.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/homosexuel-des-tests-de-la-honte-au-liban/

the article of Al Akhbar highlighting the dilemma : نقيب الأطبّاء يوقف «فحص المثليّة» والنيابة العامة التمييزية تشرّعه

أصدر نقيب الأطباء شرف أبو شرف، اليوم، تعميماً طلب فيه من الأطباء الشرعيين عدم القيام بالفحوصات الشرجية لإثبات المثلية الجنسية، تحت طائلة الملاحقة المسلكية، وذلك بالاستناد الى المادة 30 من قانون الآداب الطبية. وجاء في تعميم أبو شرف «ورد إلى نقابة الأطباء أن بعض الزملاء، ولا سيما من الأطباء الشرعيين، يقومون بإجراء فحوصات شرجية لإثبات المثلية الجنسية بناءً على طلب الضابطة العدلية وإشارة النيابة العامة المعنية».

وأضاف: «من الثابت علمياً أن هذا الإجراء لا يتصف حتى بالفحص التجريبي، ولا يعطي النتيجة المطلوبة ويشكل انتهاكاً جسيماً لحقوق الأشخاص الذين يتم اخضاعهم له من دون موافقتهم، وممارسة مهينة ومحطة من قدرهم وتعذيباً بمفهوم معاهدة مناهضة التعذيب. وطلب النقيب في تعميمه من جميع الأطباء المنتسبين الى النقابة، ولا سيما الأطباء الشرعيين «عدم القيام بأي إجراء من هذا النوع تحت طائلة الملاحقة المسلكية». في المقابل، نشرت جمعية «المفكرة القانونية» التعميم الصادر عن النائب العام التمييزي سعيد ميرزا في 9/7/2012 حول «الفحوصات الطبية لمثليّي الجنس» ليتبين أن مضمونه لا ينسجم مع ما أعلنه وزير العدل شكيب قرطباوي في تصريح سابق لـ«الأخبار» من أن التعميم يطلب من النيابات العامة «التوقف عن إجازة إجراء الفحوصات الشرجية بشكل عشوائي». وجاء في تعميم القاضي ميرزا «نطلب من النيابات العامة في حالة الاشتباه بواقعة مثليي الجنس إعطاء التعليمات الواضحة للطبيب المختص وعناصر الضابطة العدلية بأن ينفذوا هذا الإجراء بموافقة المشتبه فيه ووفقاً لقواعد الأصول الطبية بشكل لا يفضي الى ضرر هام. وفي حال رفض المشتبه فيه الإذعان لهذا الإجراء، إفهامه أنه يستخلص من رفضه قرينة على صحة الواقعة المطلوب إثباتها». وعلقت «المفكرة القانونية» على هذا التعميم عبر موقعها الإلكتروني بالقول: « ببساطة إذاً، ومن دون الاستطالة في التعليق، التعميم لم يؤل الى التشديد في إجراء الفحص، بل الى تشريعه وتعميمه كلما حصل اشتباه. والخيار المعطى للشخص برفضه (وهو يبدو الأمر الوحيد الذي قدمه التعميم) تبطله بالطبع النتيجة التي يرتّبها على رفضه: فإما أن يرضى بالفحص (وله عار) أو لا يرضى فتعلن مثليته ويعاقب على هذا الأساس… وبذلك، يكون التعميم قد كرس إحدى الوظائف الأساسية لتدخل الطبيب والتي هي السعي الى تخويف المشتبه فيه وإذلاله، على نحو يسهم ربما في انتزاع اعترافه ويمسّ في مطلق الأحوال بقرينة البراءة». وكان المدعي العام التمييزي بالإنابة القاضي سمير حمود قد أعاد توزيع مذكرة ميرزا حول الفحوصات الطبية لإثبات المثلية الجنسية، وتالياً المجامعة خلافاً للطبيعة وفق تفسير النيابات العامة للمادة 534 من قانون العقوبات. ولقد أثارت مسألة «فحوصات المثلية» استياءً واسعاً الأسبوع الماضي على خلفية حادثة «سينما بلازا» والتي تم على أثرها توقيف 36 شاباً أخضعوا لهذه الفحوصات، الأمر الذي أثار جملة من الانتقادات من قبل جمعيات حقوق الإنسان ومناهضة التعذيب ورهاب المثلية وتعزيز استقلالية القضاء. ويطالب نشطاء حقوق الإنسان بالمنع النهائي لهذه الفحوصات بعدما ثبت بشهادات من أطباء شرعيين ومحامين أنها غير مجدية طبياً، عدا كونها مخالفة لحقوق الإنسان، وهي ترقى الى التعذيب والممارسات الحاطّة من الكرامة الإنسانية. ودعت جمعية «حلم ـــ حماية لبنانية للمثليين» الى تظاهرة أمام وزارة العدل عند العاشرة من صباح يوم السبت المقبل للمطالبة بوقف «فحوصات العار مهبليّة كانت أو شرجيّة».


below is the facebook invitation :

Since human rights are one and the same for all human beings
Since the law, and institutions charged with upholding it, including the medical profession, are required to protect human dignity, not to test it,
And since Lebanon officially adheres to all the principles mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including those concerned with personal freedoms,
You are all invited to participate in the sit-in outside “Beit Al Tabib” (Order of Physicians) – Furn el-Chebbak, to protest against its endorsement of physicians’ participation in such violations, which amount to rape
Saturday, August 11th, at 10am

إن حقوق الإنسان، كلّ إنسان، هي واحدة لا تتجزّأ، ولأن القانون، والأجهزة المولجة تطبيقه والمؤتمنة عليه، بما فيها الطبّي، إنّما وجد ليصون قيمة وكرامة الإنسان، ولأنّ لبنان وطن الحقوق والحريّات يأخذ بشرعة حقوق الإنسان والمواثيق الدولية التي تعنى بالحريّات الشخصيّة للأفراد، ولمّا كانت الفحوص التي تطال الأعضاء الجنسيّة، الفحوص المهبلية لكشف العذرية والفحوص الشرجية للتثبّت من المثلية الجنسية، تضرب عرض الحائط بكلّ هذه المبادئ والمواثيق، ندعوكم جميعاً، ناشطين وناشطات، أفراداً وجمعيّات، للوقوف ضدّ هذه الممارسات الظلام…

ية، التي تعد شكلاً من أشكال الاغتصاب، وذلك أمام “بيت الطبيب” – فرن الشباك، احتجاجاً على مشاركة نقابة الأطباء في هذه الممارسات. التجمّع يوم السبت ١١ آب ٢٠١٢، في الساعة العاشرة صباحاً

Abolish the examination of Shame in Lebanon!!!!!! this is rape!!!


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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



– 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


· 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 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


· 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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Job  Vacancy 1:  Senior Consultant needed for ABAAD in Lebanon
Title: Senior Consultant
Program: “Non-Discrimination and Reinforcement of Women Peace and Security Agenda in the MENA Region” – Lebanon National Consultations
Duration: Short Term Consultancy – Approx. 3 months (April – June 2012)
ABAAD – Resource Center for Gender Equality and Women’s League for International Peace and Freedom (WILPF) are seeking a Senior Consultant to lead the national consultations pertaining to Lebanon’s women peace and security agenda. More specifically, to identify and/map women’s issues and concerns that relates to the policy of UNSCR 1325.
The overall goal of the national consultation is to advance women’s rights and women’s participation in peace and security issues. The objective is to advance women’s rights by identifying the challenges and opportunities for women’s participation in matters relating to peace and security Lebanon.
The consultation will be organized in partnership with relevant UN Agencies, research institutes and NGOs and is coordinated by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, supported by UNFPA, UNDP, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), International Commission of Jurists, Kvinna till Kvinna, International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) Women’s Network, Geneva Institute for Human Rights (GIHR), Geneva Graduate Institute, Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), Women In International Security (WIIS), Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES);
for more information do check the attached form abaad senior consultant


Job  Vacancy 2:  HR/Administrator/Logistic Assistant with OXFAM
DEPARTMENT: Lebanon Programme, MEECIS Region
SALARY: E1 – 900 – 1000 US$ per month (depending on qualifications) and other government benefits
OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.
TEAM PURPOSE: To implement Oxfam’s strategic and operational priorities within Lebanon Program. To support and to contribute to the development of Oxfam GB Programme in line with the Regional Business Plan.
JOB PURPOSE: To perform administrative tasks to support delivery of a discrete work area within a unit or department, enabling those supported to be more effective; to perform support tasks to progress human resources functions to enhance the organisation’s performance through our people.
Lebanon Staff reporting to this post: Driver/ Cleaning Lady
Human Resources:
● Planning staff recruitment, including preparation of and publication of job announcements online and in other media, setting up interview schedules; long and short-listing, preparing interview questions and test materials
● Member of recruitment panel
● To make sure induction for newly recruited staff is arranged and followed up
● Responsible for maintenance of HR Management Information database (HRMIS) and production of monthly management reports
● Responsible for setting up and maintaining personnel files, including monitoring of probationary periods, absence records, contracts, annual leave records etc.
● Service contract management
● Responsible for preparation of monthly payroll, calculation of additional benefits, end of contract payments etc.
● Responsible for monitoring changes in employment law
● Leading in the preparation of regular Salary and Benefits surveys and pay and benefits related business cases for approval by Oxfam HQ in Oxford
● Responsible for Health and Safety for the programme
● Responsibe for identifying Learning and Development needs and sourcing L&D opportunities for Oxfam Lebanon staff members
Office Administration:
● Daily management of petty cash, and invoices
● Visitors’ liaison, general enquiries, visitors to the programme, including accommodation, visa arrangements, external travel arrangements etc.
● Focal person for coordination of complex and large-scale events such as workshops, conferences etc.
● Medical Database administration and claim management
● Accompany programme staff during the field visits to support in organisational activities
● Providing advice to colleagues and partners on relevant OGB policies as required
● Payment of all regular bills including phones, rents, contractors
● Prepare a list of partners and contact details for Oxfam
● Keep log phone book
● Communicating to all on office close due to public holidays
● Report on critical IT issues
● Communicate and support the IT with the recruited IT company and IT team of Oxfam
● Ensure regular maintenance and check up of the IT equipment
● Line manager to Driver
● Responible for procurement planning, sourcing, transportation, inventory management and various reporting
● Enforce Oxfam GB minimum standards in supply chain management providing advice to colleagues and partners as appropriate
● Act as emergency driver in the case of the absence of the driver
Qualification (essential):
● University or higher Diploma in related field
● At least three years experiences in admin/logistics and HR with national or international NGOs
● Experience in managing petty cash
● Strong computer usage including typing in Arabic and English
● Fluent in English
● Computer literacy
● Basic knowledge of IT simple tasks
● Driving licences
● Communication skills
● Proactive and result oriented,
● Ability to work with and support the team
● Gender awareness
● Able to handle multi-tasks at the same time
CVs to be sent to: Cmokdad@Oxfam.org.uk 
Job  Vacancy 3:  Marketing & Fundraising Assistant at the Cenacle de la Lumiere in Lebanon
As the marketing and fundraising assistant you will play a central role in the growth of CDLL’s mission. By developing and implementing innovative and effective marketing and fundraising strategies in line with the image values and beliefs of the NGO; you will raise the profile of CDLL with its different audiences and mobilize support to the cause securing the yearly budget.
Main responsibilities
– Assist in developing and implementing a yearly fundraising and marketing strategy and operational plans in coordination with the MFC.
– Support in identifying, researching, and exploring potential fundraising sources locally and internationally
– Keep up to date on latest developments in fundraising and marketing opportunities and activities of the NGOs environment
– Write letters of inquiry, concept notes and fill applications as necessary
– Develop and implement communication plans
– Assist and follow up the development and production of CDLL marketing and fundraising materials
– Maintain & update CDLL website and social media channels
– Support in the planning and implementation of events, campaigns and appeals
– Assist PR efforts and other tasks as requested by MFC
– Work constructively and creatively with colleagues to achieve marketing and fundraising objectives
– Carry out administrative and reporting responsibilities
– Ensure that the ethical and professional standards and practice are met, more info via this link
Job  Vacancy 4 : Finance Manager needed for immediate start at the British Council Lebanon
Type of Job: Full time
Basic salary LBP 2,126,667 + daily transportation LBP 8,000
Qualifications, skills and experience:
A diploma or a first degree in Finance
Excellent proven financial skills
Excellent English and Arabic
Customer Care orientation
Excellent Communication skills
IT Literacy skills
Ability to work independently and under pressure to achieve targets
The closing date for applications is Monday 9 April 2012. Please read the role profile carefully, check definitions of the behaviours and generic skills, and complete the application form using the ‘Guidance notes for completing application form section’ for assistance (This is found in the application form). Completed applications should be emailed to: Job.Vacancy@lb.britishcouncil.org specifying the job title in the subject line. No applications will be accepted after the closing date, and only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
For enquiries please call + 961 1 428900
The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.

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