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COORDINATOR for H&M “Let’s Talk” Campaign

COORDINATOR for H&M “Let’s Talk” Campaign


Within the context of the Youth related program in 2013 supported by UNFPA Lebanon, a national campaign (“Let’s Talk” Campaign) will continue to be implemented for the third year. The campaign – supported by H&M – will focus on promoting the well-being of young people with particular emphasis on creating demand, stimulating debate, and raising awareness on issues surrounding young people in Lebanon including HIV/AIDS. 

Based on the above, UNFPA is partnering with local NGOs that will be entrusted to implement the various components of the “Let’s Talk” Campaign including advocacy and policy dialogue, building the capacity of youth, and supporting outreach through edutainment and peer to peer approach. The campaign will also include a comprehensive social media component as well as a study. As such a coordinator for the campaign will be recruited by UNFPA for 12 months (1 April, 2013 to 31 March, 2014). He/she is to coordinate the different components of the campaign – as well as other related activities – with the various partners and under the guidance of UNFPA. Specifically, the coordinator will carry out the following tasks: 

Planning/ Implementation/ Monitoring of Activities 

  • Draft TORs for the various experts/NGOs involved in the campaign
  • Ensure adequate support and assistance to the three NGOs in the organization and implementation of all related activities including events, training workshops, advocacy, sensitization meetings, etc.; and contribute to these events if and when needed
  • Provide logistical support when needed
  • Undertake regular field visits
  • Assist in identifying, adapting, and contributing to the production of various campaign materials
  • Share regular updates with the campaign’s steering committee and coordinate its meetings, including organizing the meetings, sending agenda and supporting documents, taking notes, contributing to writing minutes and sharing those with its members.
  • Liaise with UNFPA on any emerging bottlenecks during implementation
  • Prepare regular progress reports and contribute to various reporting mechanisms as requested by UNFPA

Sensitization, advocacy, and visibility activities

  • Advocate among various stakeholders about youth related issues
  • Coordinate with the social media strategist to ensure all components of the campaign are being covered within the agreed upon social media plan of action
  • Review and provide comments when needed on reports pertaining to the campaign, as well as conduct relevant research on specific areas of interest when needed
  • Coordinate with UNFPA to ensure proper visibility of the campaign through various media channels
  • Document good practices and experiences in consultation with the partner NGOs for knowledge sharing purposes
  • Contribute to the various visibility related tools and resources mainly UNFA’s website, newsletters, etc

Other support

  • Support in the preparation and conceptualization for the celebration and marking of various events (International youth day, World AIDS day, etc)
  • Ensure ongoing coordination with various partners, office staff for maximizing efficiency
  • Represent UNFPA when and if requested
  • Provide other support as required


  • MA/MPH degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, or any related discipline
  • 4-5 years of increasingly responsible experience in programme/project management in youth development with a focus on monitoring and coordination
  • Team player, good communication skills, dedication to perform under stressful time constraints, and the capacity to communicate efficiently and coordinate with a number of partners
  • Fluency and good speaking and writing skills in English and Arabic
  • Excellent computer skills including word processing, PowerPoint, and internet browsing with particular emphasis on the use of social media

Candidates who meet the above required qualifications and are available to start as of April 1, 2013 may apply on line by submitting the following documents:

  1. Updated and comprehensive CV detailing their work experience that is relevant to the post requirements as indicated in the Terms of Reference.
  2. A motivational letter – no more than 2 pages – specifying the following:
  • Why are you applying for this post?
  • Do you have any experience related to these post requirements and/or similar ones?
  • What do you believe you can bring in to this project?
  • What are your main strengths and weaknesses in relation to this post?

The CV and motivational letter should be submitted to the following email address: 
by no later than March 20, 2013

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Project Coordinator: NCLW/UNFPA

Project Coordinator: NCLW/UNFPA


  • Job Title: Project Coordinator
  • Project: LBN3U705
  • Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Reports to: National Director (NCLW)
  • Duration of Employment: 9 months (April 15- December 31, 2013) with possibility to extend for to 6 months based on need and availability of funds


Since 2006, the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) has been collaborating with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) towards mainstreaming gender aspects in various development platforms, policies, and strategies. In 2012, this collaboration led to the development, consensus and launching of the National Strategy for Women in Lebanon. The strategy spells out 11 priority objectives identified as essential ones for ensuring that gender equality dimensions are adequately mainstreamed in the social, cultural, economical, and political spheres. In order to translate this strategic framework into concrete operational actions and results to be achieved by all stakeholders, NCLW developed – in a participatory approach – a plan of action that sets forth key interventions under each of the 11 strategic objectives along with indicators. The plan was validated in early 2013 and is expected to be turned into a soft application and adopted by all stakeholders beginning of 2014.

Based on the above, NCLW in collaboration with UNFPA is seeking assistance of a coordinator in support of the operationalization of the [National Strategy for Women in Lebanon] action plan. Specifically, the incumbent will provide support in collecting baselines for indicators, following up on the development of the programme software/application, and facilitating the piloting of the software among selected users. Additional support will be provided to NCLW in tasks related to the activation of the strategy and action plan. Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the National Director, the coordinator will be undertaking various tasks as described below: 

Compilation/collection of data

  • Undertake visits to various line ministries, institutions, NGOs, UN agencies, donors, etc for collecting information and data
  • Collect, compile, and review relevant national reports, data, statistics that would be used for determining baselines for indicators
  • Develop tools and instruments for collecting and validating data from various stakeholders
  • Provide needed support for convening expert group meetings to review compiled data and agree on baselines/targets for the different indicators established in the action plan
  • Ensure updating of the action plan based on the agreed upon baselines and targets
  • Ensure feedback of NCLW and UNFPA are obtained and reflected in final product
  • Provide logistical support in organizing events such as meetings, workshops, in relation to the indicators

Development of software/application + manual

  • Assist in drafting TORs for the development of software/application
  • Follow up on identification/engagement of software developers based on competitive bidding
  • Contribute to fleshing out the elements of the software/application based on the elements of the action plan
  • Provide overall guidance to the software developer throughout the development process
  • Facilitate the convening of meetings with NCLW, UNFPA and experts for reviewing the various stages of the application as well as the content
  • Provide continuous update on the development process of the software and ensure that the feedback and input of NCLW and UNFPA are reflected in the various outcomes of the application
  • Develop a draft user manual jointly with software developer
  • Ensure completion of the provisional software in accordance with the agreed upon TORs and uploading it online for the piloting phase

Piloting the software among users

  • Assist in selecting a varied group of users from different disciplines (Ministries, NGOs, academic sector, UN/development agencies, donors, media, etc)
  • Introduce the software / application to users with hands on practices
  • Follow up on the piloting of the software/application with the selected users group
  • Ensure provision of ongoing advice to the users throughout the piloting phase through visits to users sites as well as online
  • Compile input and feedback from users on the software for enhancing it at all levels i.e. technical, content, friendly user, etc and share with NCLW and programme developer for finalization

Other Support

  • Contribute to developing, producing and disseminating informative material on the action plan for various uses (i.e. NCLW/UNFPA newsletters, website updates, etc)
  • Assist in preparing minutes of meetings, progress reports, briefing and concept notes, PPTs, training material/documents, and documentation of successful experiences
  • Provide support in reviewing specific documents, searching the internet for information, compiling data and information, and summarizing reports and documents as requested
  • Contribute to sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, and approaches and support in the drafting of relevant materials for dissemination
  • Provide other support as required



  • Bachelor Degree (Public administration, social sciences, humanities, etc )


  • 4 years of increasingly responsible experience in project coordination and monitoring with focus on gender/human rights related work.
  • Experience with governmental and non-governmental entities is essential
  • Familiarity with UN work is desirable


  • Working in teams: Works collaboratively with colleagues to allow the achievement of common goals and shared objectives. Actively seeks resolution of disagreements and supports decisions of the team.
  • Communicating information and ideas: Delivers oral and written information in a timely, effective and easily understood manner. Participates in meetings and group discussions actively listening and sharing information. Frankly expresses ideas with the intent to resolve issues, considers what others have to say and responds appropriately to criticism
  • 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.
  • Organizational awareness: Uses the formal structure or hierarchy in the organization effectively in order to get work done. Provides assistance to colleagues in dealing with other parts of the organization and in applying policies and procedures which affect the work unit. Understands when issues or problems can and should be resolved at own organizational level, when the assistance/input of other organizational units is required and when issues should be raised to a higher level
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches: Generates new ideas and more effective ways of doing things. Adapts quickly to change.
  • Job knowledge: Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position. Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks. Identifies new and better approaches to work processes and incorporates same in own work. Strives to keep job knowledge up-dated through self directed study and other means of learning. Demonstrates basic knowledge of standard computer software applications and information technology including electronic communication and seeks to apply it in work tasks
  • 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

Language requirements:

  • Fluency and excellent writing skills in Arabic. Good English and /or French is essential

Candidates who meet the above required qualifications and are available to start as of April 15, 2013 may apply on line by an updated and comprehensive CV detailing their work experience that is relevant to the post requirements as indicated in the Terms of Reference.

The CV should be submitted to the following email address: info-lebanon@unfpa.org by no later than March 29, 2013 latest. 

Please indicate the job title “Project Coordinator: NCLW/UNFPA” under subject when submitting application,

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

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“La vie est belle… souriez! ” a toujours ete mon leitmotiv dans la vie;

récemment nous avons perdu un être cher a la famille.

et le leitmotiv ainsi que les sous-bassements auxquels on croit deviennent frêles;

comment sourire à la vie quand des êtres chers nous quittent? Comment ressentir le soleil du matin sans sentir le manque de l’autre… Oui l’Autre nous manque, et souvent cruellement.

Pere Joseph Abdel Sater nous l’a dit une fois a une de nos reunions (lejnet al kalimeh) : perdre un être cher est l’expérience la plus difficile de la vie.

lui avait perdu sa maman, les funérailles étaient le matin et c’est lui, pere joseph, qui avait insiste pour célébrer la messe de Paques le soir même;

J’avais mal pour lui, et lui  Sourait! ouiii…. il etait zen et souriait! ouiiii nous – a – t-il dit, vous êtes croyants? alors vous devez sourire, car El Massih Kam…

elle n’est pas partie dans un monde lointain… elle est la, avec LUI…

etre en presence de l’Amour est enviable oui, mais je prefere cher Jesus profiter de tous ceux qui me sont chers ici…

et la, je pense et si ils ont besoin de profiter de LUI , la -haut?

L’Amour est si attachant que penser a lui, et aux cadeaux qu’il nous fait et au bonheur qu’il nous donne dans les autres et par les autres, colmate les plaies d’une absence physique de ceux qui sont allés le retrouver. Consolation? nullement. Notre volonté peut être si différente de ce destin incompréhensible.  Absence …oui mais réunion sure,


A un de ses quatre!  chers tous et toutes, et spécialement tonton….


Prière dite de Saint Augustin

La mort n’est rien. Je suis simplement
passé dans la pièce à côté.

Je suis moi, tu es toi.

Ce que nous
étions l’un pour l’autre, nous le sommes toujours.

Donne-moi le nom que
tu m’as toujours donné.

Parle-moi comme tu l’as toujours fait. N’emploie
pas un ton différent.

Ne prends pas un air solennel ou

Continue à rire de ce qui nous faisait rire

Prie, souris, pense à moi, prie avec moi.

Que mon nom
soit prononcé à la maison comme il l’a toujours été, sans emphase d’aucune
sorte, sans une trace d’ombre.

La vie signifie ce qu’elle a toujours
signifié. Elle est ce qu’elle a toujours été. Le fil n’est pas

pourquoi serais-je hors de ta pensée simplement parce que je suis
hors de ta vue ?

Je ne suis pas loin, juste de l’autre côté du

Tu vois, tout est bien.

Tu trouveras mon coeur, tu en
retrouveras les tendresses épurées.

Essuie tes larmes. Et ne pleure pas
si tu m’aimes.

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How a women body is linked to a car sale?????!!!! or to excitement?????

our bodies shouldn’t be used as objects!! those are sacred things!!!

such adv is in my point of view crap…. and sexist!!! :-(( grrrr!!



to read subject on the same matter…

Mazda billboard using woman’s body to sell more cars…..



Kherrberr.org Les “Must See” des Publicites sexistes

You can be Seduced by a Taouk…. or a warak arich on a women body

الاعلانات مش قصة اباحية Ton corps n’est pas un jeu entre leurs mains

Salons de Beaute pour ENFANTS! au Liban tout est travaille pour Arranger l’image de soi


When is Nudity in Advertising Sexist?

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SHARE Beirut is a weekend-long public, free and non-commercial hybrid event blending an Internet culture and technology related daytime conference with dynamic cutting-edge music festival by night. It will bring together hundreds of passionate people, forward-thinkers, cultural creatives, activists and artists from Lebanon as all around the world for talks and parties in 72 hours of powerful gathering to share ideas, knowledge and creativity.


It’s about understanding and celebrating Internet culture and all the aspects of open, decentralized and accessible forms of communication, exchange and creation. It’s about empowerment of individuals and networking of like-minded people. It’s about setting the values and new standards that will prevent any kind of oppression, censorship and surveillance for future generations. It’s about understanding alternative economic, cultural and educational models. It’s about Internet ecology and struggles to protect Internet as open and free territory for all of us. It’s about energizing sub-cultural groups and praising diversity that these cultures are bringing. It’s about promoting open access to software, hardware, information, knowledge, science, government, design and almost everything else that can be open. It’s about sharing. It’s about how to do it yourself. But mostly, it’s about cats doing flips, birds flying over the moon and robots making biiips.


During the 3 days of the conference Beirut will become the world’s epicenter in exchanging progressive ideas and knowledge on Internet culture, society, technology, music and new media. The lectures and talks will be given by leading international stars in these fields, world-class bloggers and artists who will educate the audience on new forms of activism and approaches in using advanced technologies and the latest tools to create, influence and affect. Discussions will delve deep into the underground of the Internet subcultures and explore groups that fight for digital and human rights, free information flow and access, improving transparency, and protecting the privacy of fellow peers and residents. The event will be accompanied by an intensive music program, which will be simultaneously organized in several well-selected clubs and alternative venues in Beirut. Contributors and visitors who obtain one of 1500 unique free wristbands will get access to both day and night events where many local, regional and international artists will perform for audiences who will share vibes and energy to celebrate the Internet as open and free territory for all.


From 5th to 7th of October (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) 2012.
Get ready and don’t plan anything else for this weekend. 🙂

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Yes. Even though the main venue is huge and several clubs are on board, capacity is limited, so it is important that you register for the event. Around 1500 unique wristbands will give access to over 80 talks, exhibitions, concerts and DJ sets, so we encourage you to register as quickly as you can. Moreover, we encourage you to contribute and help us make this event even better.


Main conference venue is Solea V in Beirut – a dazzling and very hip venue promising to host large events, dripping with atmosphere. The center boasts a huge skylight, and an indoor tree under high ceilings. Night program venues, clubs and program are soon to be announced, so be sure to subscribe to the newsletter.

Location: Jisr el Wati, next to Jaguar Dealership Sin El-Fil
Capacity: 1500 people

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Share is organized by Share Foundation, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting the rights of Internet citizens and promoting positive values of openness, decentralization, free access and exchange of knowledge, information and technology. The activities of Share Foundation are supported by cooperation and friendship with a wide network of various institutions, individuals and organizations such as State of Exit FoundationGoogleVimeoMozilla Foundation.MeErste FoundationInstitute for Sustainable Communities,Electronic Frontiers FoundationPirate PartyFlattrDigitalna AgendaRepublica …


We are not looking for sponsors, we are trying to find partners who will share our vision of creating social and cultural impact on society.
Check our presentation (pdf) and contact us

Issues and topics that we are addressing are important for every system and society. Freedom of speech, ecology of media, internet neutrality, privacy and transparency should be on the list of priorities of any responsible government.
Check our presentation (pdf) and contact us

Contact us. We will try to help as much as we can in your activities. We can create this event together, give you opportunity to spend 3 days with an international expert in your field of work, give you a space and time to present yourself or even try to fundraise for your activities.

Do something together with us. We will organize a lot of collaborative activities before, during and after Share Beirut: remixing, crowd-designing, filmmaking, street art and interventions, flash mobs.
Here you can check some of our previous activities:

Donate (Karma +1).

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Multiple award winning and Vimeo staff picked documentary about the first SHARE Conference that happened long time ago, in a galaxy far far away.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time at info@sharebeirut.net

The Force is strong with this event.




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here is the link to the new video of Chayef Halak….

a class of lebanese students try to define an ethiopian with a srilankan…. a house maid,

an egyptian is the worker at the gas station….

the sudanese is the concierge…

the arab guld guy, is the rich guy….

and to the question… what is a lebanese the class stop laughing and went silent…..

a video showing the perversion created by stereotypes in Lebanon….


“We would like to thank all the young men and women who took part in this film. Please bear in mind that the answers given by them do not represent in any way their personal opinions, but reflect the general viewpoint of the Lebanese society.”

Rita Chemaly

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IN THE patriarchal societies of the Arab world, quite a few women are getting noticed for flouting conventional gender norms. There’s Saudi Arabia’s Manal al-Sharif, who lost her job and came under great pressure for driving a car and putting a video of it on YouTube; Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani, a powerful art patron in Qatar; and Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, a globe-trotting minister of foreign trade for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). And later this year the region will see its first museum dedicated to the accomplishments of women.

The Women’s Museum of the United Arab Emirates is the creation of Rafia Obaid Ghubash, an academic, psychiatrist and former president of the Arabian Gulf University, who campaigns for women’s education. Her aim is to educate visitors—locals, expats and tourists—that Emirati women have enjoyed more power and influence than is recognised. She also wants to re-connect the fast-moving modern Emirates with its history and tradition. The three-storey museum is determinedly contemporary: traditional jewellery hangs suspended in minimalist cases; material wraps a stylised mannequin; worn housework tools are displayed alongside artwork by modern female Emirati artists.

Dr Ghubash declined a free site in Bastakya (an official Dubai heritage district), preferring to buy one in Deira, Dubai’s old nexus of souks. She sold off some commercial property she owned to finance the museum herself, at a cost of around $4m, and plans to seek sponsors for its projects and exhibitions. She explains that her mother taught her that womanhood need not equal subservience. Speaking in the museum to the sounds of saws and final touches, her iPhone headphones threading through her fingers like worry beads, Dr Ghubash recalls her mother telling her: “You have to learn that your rights are born with you. Don’t think the government or a man or your husband will give you a right. It’s inside you, just practise it.”

This belief emanates from the art and artefacts on permanent display, from photographs to literature, mosaics, paintings and objects. They tell the stories of Sheikhas operating as peacemakers and dynastic linchpins, women who became pioneers in education and business, and also poets (“When you say Shakespeare, we would say Ousha Bint Khalifa”, says Dr Ghubash). Emirati women today are much better off, she adds, because many of them are now able to go to school and work, which enables financial independence. Dr Ghubash sees these changes as the legacy of Sheikh Zayeed of Abu Dhabi, who was president of the UAE from its foundation in 1971 to his death in 2004.

For Dr Ghubash the appreciation of history and tradition in rapidly developed societies like the UAE isn’t just good cross-generational manners, but mentally healthy. “Those who keep their tradition in dealing with modernity will be healthier than those who take out their tradition,” she explains. “Globalisation is an umbrella to use in part of your life but not all of your life.” When talking of Dubai’s near-famine years during the second world war and the six months of every year the men spent away pearl fishing, she asks, “Who was running society? Just recently you can see us but we were behind the door all the time.”

She accepts that there is a dual attitude to Arab women. “Part of the tradition is kind to women. But part is very negative. Those who are not educated just utilise the negative part.” Now female UAE graduates outnumber males two to one. Dr Ghubash wants to reach those young women, and help them appreciate the achievements of earlier female generations. “They are educated, they become powerful, you see them everywhere but there is something missing.” She also wants to close the distance between non-Arabs and locals. “Foreigners are the majority here. They know nothing about our society. You live with us and you don’t know us.”

Dr Ghubash hopes locals will feel a sense of pride, and visitors will have a richer understanding of the Emirates as a place where women have played important roles in politics, business and education. The message of the museum, she says, is that “everything from your past is important to you.”


source: the Economist July 30 2012 http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2012/07/museums-middle-east

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