Call for Applications – Online Talk-Show Production

Looking for a Pre- & Post-Production Company or Team of Individual Consultants

Assignment Title: Production of an Online Political Talk-Show

Assignment Location: Lebanon

Maximum Budget: Up to EUR 18,000

Contract Period: March – 31 December 2021

Deadline:  25 February 2020; 12:00 PM local time (Beirut, Lebanon)

DRI is looking for an experienced production firm or team of individual consultants to provide technical know-how and guidance for producing an online political talk-show that promotes citizen-centred engagement on democratic discourse and political reform in Lebanon.

Background 

  1. About DRI

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. It has been established in Lebanon since 2016. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. Democratic discourse is the basis of our mission and vision. In our work, we facilitate discussion and exchange about democratic government and the need for a continuous discourse adhering to democratic rules.

In the framework of a pilot project, DRI is working to expand the democratic space for a civil society-led debate on systemic change in Lebanon. The project is premised on the theory of change that, if citizens and marginalised voices are given a platform to engage in the democratic space, and have increased awareness of the political debate, then the vision of Lebanon’s future political model will be more inclusive, because new thought leaders can engage and discuss new proposals for citizen and people-centred political change. In the long-term, citizens are encouraged actively participate in the governing of their own country in an inclusive and participatory manner.

  1. Project Overview

Ahead of the 2022 elections, we aim to launch, with the support of 10–12 young media makers (“young media fellows”) based in Lebanon, an online political talk-show that introduces new faces to the media landscape and amplifies civil society voices. The talk-show will discuss political change in Lebanon and the way it can be achieved through the coordinated effort of local stakeholders. In parallel, we aim to empower young media makers by expanding their skills to tackle policy problems and jointly collaborating on the talk-show.

  1. The Talk-Show

The online political talk-show is structured around thematic queries that cut across the various project outputs and activities. Tentative thematic queries include the following:

  1. How to re-shape the Lebanese political system based on a new social contract, secular citizenship, and a sound system of checks and balances?
  2. How can a value-centric political model rebuild Lebanon? The scope may include the identification of values (e.g., meritocracy, inclusion, sustainability, stewardship, accountability, social justice) and the alignment of target audience on rethinking the political culture of Lebanon.
  3. How to establish the Rule of Law, Accountability, Ethical and Responsible Government?
  4. How to change the electoral system for a fair representation of Lebanese society?
  5. How to improve public service provision?
  6. How to boost the role of civil society, particularly youth and women, in effecting political change?

Your Deliverables

DRI is interested in receiving applications from production companies and individual consultants.

We have planned for 15 episodes of around 30 minutes each to be produced between March and December 2021. The episodes will be recorded rather than livestreamed. Please note that this is a low-cost talk-show production.

The assignment consists in providing all the necessary technical know-how and guidance to produce all episodes from end to end in close coordination with DRI. The concept design, research, writing, and guest selection will be the prime responsibility of DRI, with the assistance of the young media fellows.

Under the supervision of and in close coordination with DRI, you will

Inception Phase:

  • Advise and assist DRI in setting up a budget and input on the elaboration of Requests for Quotations to rent and/or procure equipment as per DRI’s policies within 1 week into the assignment;
  • Advise DRI on the hiring of venue/studio setup and, where needed, talk-show cast, and advise on the recruitment or procurement process as per DRI’s policies within 2 weeks into the assignment;
  • Develop a workflow for the production process within 3 weeks into the assignment;
  • Where needed, advise on identity creation, concept design (talk-show name, intro etc.), visual identity branding, graphics package within 4 weeks into the assignment.

Talk-Show Production:

  • First and foremost: Bring the show to life!
  • Coordinate with DRI to deliver the production process from end to end on time and on budget for 15 episodes (30 minutes);
  • Help coordinate the activities within the production team, e.g., director, camera crew, sound engineer, video editor, and with the DRI team throughout the production process of 15 episodes (30 minutes);
  • Manage, supervise, and fine-tune all technical aspects and steps of the pre-, production, and post-production phases of talk-shows (15 episodes);
  • Manage the stage during the filming for all 15 episodes;
  • Ensure accurate, timely, and high-quality completion of all requested deliverables;

Ongoing technical monitoring and guidance:

  • Hold regular check-ins every two weeks with DRI to assess production progress, take stock of lessons learnt, and ensure that production objectives are continuously met to the highest standard;
  • Coach and mentor DRI on the choice of technical requirements where necessary.

Your Skills & Experience

Interested applicants (registered companies or team of individual consultants) should demonstrate that they can fulfil all the requested tasks and have the following profile:

Required:

  • At least 8 years of experience and demonstrable skills in production/team leader, and a minimum of 5 years and demonstrable skills in direction, sound engineering, video editing, and camera filming (experts proposed can fulfil more than one skillset)
  • Relevant experience in online/WebTV talk-shows, podcast creation, or similar productions
  • Creativity and sense of initiative
  • Strong communication, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Problem-solving, troubleshooting, and decision-making abilities
  • Fluency in English and Arabic

Preferred:

  • Track record working on democratisation, human rights, political reform, and civic engagement, political topics
  • Familiarity with DRI’s work, approach, and thematic focus areas in Lebanon

Due to possible covid-19 travel restrictions, part of the assignment may be conducted remotely.

Please include “Talk-Show Production – Lebanon” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Incomplete applications will be disregarded.

Submission of Proposal:

Both companies and groups of individuals are invited to apply.

If you are interested in this assignment, please send your application to [email protected], with [email protected] cc’d, consisting of:

  1. For companies and individual consultants: All documents listed under the Technical Evaluation Part in Annex I – Technical and Financial Evaluation Form.
  2. For companies only: Annex II and Annex III duly completed, stamped, and signed.
  3. For companies and individual consultants: Financial offer in Euros, disaggregated by unit type and rate per unit (Annex IV).
    Note: The financial offer does not include the use, rental, or procurement of the production equipment or venue.

The applicants will be evaluated 70% on their technical application and 30% on their financial offer (see Annex I – Technical and Financial Evaluation Form).

DRI is committed to diversity and does not discriminate in employment based upon gender (including pregnancy), race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

Closing date for applications is 25 February 2021, 11:59 PM local time (Beirut). The vacancy may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Note:

  1. You can find here a summary of the Q&A held during the information session on 19 February 2021.
  2. This Request for Quotations does not entail any commitment on the part of DRI. DRI may cancel the tender at any time without assigning any reason.

Organisation responsible for this CfA:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Elbestr. 28/29

12045 Berlin, Germany

Tel. +49 (30) 27 877 300
Fax +49 (30) 27 877 300-10

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Project Evaluation Consultant (Lebanon)

Position Title:                             MEL Consultant for Final Project Evaluation (Lebanon)

Form of Employment:             Short-term consultancy

Starting Date:                             as soon as possible 

Duration:                                     One Month, maximum 8 days

Location:                                        Home based with possible field visits to Beirut /Lebanon

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

With support from the German Federal Foreign Office, DRI in the framework of its Lebanon

DRI is currently recruiting a Short-Term MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning) Consultant to design and conduct a Final Project Evaluation of its project implemented by its Country Office in Beirut, Lebanon. The assignment can be conducted in Lebanon or remotely.

Key purpose of the assignment:

The final project evaluation’s purpose is to document learning, gauge effectiveness of DRI’s programming approach and activity implementationIn particular, the final project evaluation will: (1) focus on assessing the project’s performance against its main objectives (impact/outcome/output evaluation), and (2) review and evaluate how the project was implemented (process evaluation).

The Consultant will be required to assess the project against OECD-DAC criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability and to gender and diversity DRI Lebanon will provide the consultant the relevant project documents for desk based review and facilitate online or offline interviews with local stakeholders including beneficiaries and local partners and for primary data collection.

 

Under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative and in close coordination with other team members and DRI HQ’s MEL Focal Point:

Specific Objectives:

  • Evaluate the extent to which the project has met its expected results as per the project’s logframe, including most significant changes
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the project and provide recommendations regarding areas for improvement for a potential continuation of the project
  • Assess the extent and modes of gender and diversity  in the project activities and how they were affected by the project. Including providing recommendations as to how to improve outcomes and inclusion.

Deliverables:

 

  • Draft a methodology that provides the basis for your final evaluation of DRI’s project
  • Draft evaluation report– a maximum of 30 pages excluding the annexes should be submitted within a maximum of 4 weeks;
  • Final evaluation report– a finalized report should be submitted within a maximum of as of receiving DRI’s comments on the first draft
  • Presentation of report and discussion with DRI staff.

Qualifications:

  • University degree in political or social science, international development, or other relevant fields;
  • At least 5 years of work experience as a MEL consultant in the international development sector and/or policy related field;
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluating programmes, including feedback on M&E frameworks, processes, and tools, and providing lessons learned;
  • Understanding of challenges of doing MEL in democracy support programming is an asset;
  • Proficient IT skills, able to create templates in word and excel;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team and under pressure;
  • Experience working on projects based in Lebanon is a strong asset;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic.

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply!

If you are interested in this position, please send the following documents to portfolio to [email protected] cc’ing [email protected].

 

  • Updated CV
  • Technical and financial proposal
  • Contact details of two professional references

 

Please include “Project Evaluation Consultant – “Lebanon” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 4th December 2019, 12pm local time (Beirut). The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are one of those shortlisted, we will contact you within one week after expiration of the deadline at the latest.

Call for Tender – Fiscal Decentralisation Study in Lebanon

RFP Number:                                    DRI-LEB-2019-06-001

Contracting Authority:                 Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Nature of contract:                        Service contract for Research Study

Service Time Frame:                     from the date of signature until 31 December 2019

Payment Currency:                        EUR

Payment Method:                            Bank transfer

1. About Democracy Reporting International

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organisation registered in Berlin, Germany and operating in different parts of the world. This tender for services has been called to provide the data collection services for DRI’s Lebanon country office.

2. Description of the services required:

Assignment Title: Study on Financial and Fiscal sustainability of Decentralised Authorities in Lebanon

In the framework of its Lebanon Project “Setting an Agenda for Decentralisation in Lebanon – Phase II”, DRI is working with Lebanese civil society organisations and public officials to promote decentralisation and a public debate on local governance in line with good governance principles. To do this, DRI has conducted three large-scale surveys, in 2017 and 2018, assessing the role of the three tiers of government (municipal, unions of municipalities and national level) in public service delivery. This was in order to understand their needs and challenges and develop concrete policy recommendations to improve the decentralisation process. However, crucial research on the design of fiscal decentralisation to ensure the sustainability of local government bodies is still missing.

DRI is hiring a research firm to conduct a study on examining how financial and fiscal decentralisation should be designed in the current Decentralisation Bill[1]. The study, which DRI will publish, will include recommendations to derive a specific financial and fiscal framework in the event of a ‘regional decentralised unit’, and recommendations for fiscal amendments in the existing legal framework. The Company will work under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative or his assigned representative.

3. Contents of this Tender Document:

The document consists of the annexes indicated below and should be read in conjunction with any Addendum that may be issued by DRI.

Annex I:               Terms of Reference

Annex II:              Proposal Submission Form

Annex III:            Service Provider Information Form

Annex IV:            Technical & Financial Proposal Form

Annex V:             Criteria for Technical and Financial Evaluation

Annex VI:            Declaration of Honour

The Annexes can be downloaded here

4. Disclaimer:

The submission for this tender document does not entail any commitment on the part of DRI, either financial or otherwise.

5. Submission of Proposal:

If you are interested in this assignment, please send your application in PDF format to [email protected], with [email protected] cc’d, consisting of:

  • The Annex II Tender Submission Form
  • The Annex III Supplier Information Form
  • Annex IV Technical and Financial Proposal Form
  • Relevant samples of your publication

6. Deadline for submission of tender document:

Tender documents must be sent no later than 22 July 2019, 12:00pm local time. Tender received after the deadline will not be considered.

7. Submission of Queries for Clarifications:

Any requests for clarification about the contents of the tender document shall be sent no later than 16 July 2019 to the following email address: [email protected] . DRI will endeavour to provide response or clarification expeditiously; any delay in providing such information will not be considered a reason for extending the submission date. DRI will share the clarification response with all the tenderers. Proposals with incomplete submissions may be rejected.

8. Award procedure

Only those tenders complying with the technical proposal as outlined in point 12 “Structure of the Proposal” and submitted by the established deadline as outlined in point 6 will be considered for the evaluation. The evaluation criteria are attached as ANNEX V.

9. Award criteria:

Please see Annex V.

10. Exclusion criteria

Tenderers shall be excluded from participation, if

  • they are bankrupt or being wound up, are having their affairs administered by the courts, have entered into an arrangement with creditors, have suspended business activities or are in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national legislation or regulations; or if
  • they have been the subject of a judgment which has the force of res judicata for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation or any other illegal activity detrimental to the DRI’s financial interests;

11. Operational language

Written communications for this proposal and the tender itself shall be in English.

12. Structure of Proposal:

The proposal should be structured in the following way: 1) Proposal submission form; 2) Service provider information form; 3) Technical and Financial Proposal.

13. Additional information

Submitting an offer implies acceptance by the tenderer of all terms and conditions of this document and its annexes.

14. Confidentiality:

The entire evaluation procedure is confidential.

15. Notification of Award:

The successful tenderer will be informed in writing. Unsuccessful tenderers will be informed as well.

[1] Launched in 2014, Championed by former MOIM Minister Ziyad Baroud. The Bill aimed to strengthen decentralised governance in line with repeated calls for “expanded administrative decentralisation” since the 1950s, which were rendered constitutionally binding in the 1989 Ta’if Agreement and the subsequence constitutional amendments in 1990. http://www.decentralization-lb.org/LawProject.aspx

Confronting corruption in Lebanon – Citizens Right to Access Information

After 9 years of collaboration between civil society and government agencies, the Lebanese parliament finally passed the Access to Information (ATI) law in February 2017. The law gives the right to any natural person, whether a Lebanese or a foreigner or a legal entity, to access information, thereby pushing for greater government transparency and integrity in public administrations and private entities that control public assets or provide public services.

Although the law grants the right to access information held by central and local government administrations, in practice, various implementation obstacles remain. Citizens are not familiar with the law and its components and there are currently no clear nor structural processes that guarantee the effective implementation and enforcement of this right.

For journalists, civil society and local government the provision of the law has been difficult to understand and to use when requesting information from the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities and the Ministry of Justice. Providing accessible guidance for non-experts to learn the procedures of the ATI law can assist in implementing a better and more transparent rule of law in Lebanon.

Access to Information Law Lebanon - Matrix Overview
Figure 1: Access to Information Law in Lebanon – Matrix Overview

In March 2019, DRI organised three awareness-raising workshops, in collaboration with Gherbal Initiative, to clarify the structures and processes of the right to information. DRI sought to expand the execution of the law by engaging with journalists, media influences, civil society organisations as well as representatives of municipalities and municipal unions.

The three sessions brought together 74 participants, with more than 50% of women participation. The first session, attended by journalists and media influences, many of whom were unfamiliar with the ATI law, expressed how they faced difficulties in their investigations on topics of interest, primarily, political corruption, or corporate wrongdoing.

The second and third sessions, witnessed a lively debate between Civil Society Organisations, Municipalities and Municipalities Unions over the process of publishing information, public service delivery and the engagement of citizens in public decisions.

Access to Information Law in Lebanon
Figure 2: Councilor of Municipality of Sarba Jizelle Fares illustrates the real challenges of requesting information form public administrations and municipalities whether as a decision maker or a citizen.

Nashat Hamieh, Mayor of Sarba, highlighted the importance of knowing the best practices to render the municipal decisions accessible to everyone to increase the level of trust between the municipality and the electorate. Participants from grassroots organisations, such as the People’s Anti-Corruption Observatory, expressed their interest in this law to continue their effective investigations on the recent events of corruption.

The sessions were designed to convey an in-depth, hands-on knowledge of the ATI law and more importantly provide the participants with means to lead investigations on corruptions and obtain information from the national government and local authorities.

Access to Information Law in Lebanon
Figure 3: DRI Supervisory Board member and former Lebanese MP Ghassan Moukheiber explains the lesser-known aspects of the ATI law, which he championed in Parliament.

During the session, DRI Country Representative André Sleiman presented DRI’s findings from its nationwide survey on public service delivery, particularly focusing on accountability and citizen participation. He emphasised the significance of the “Municipal Law” and the “ATI Law”, in terms of allowing the citizens to be informed about and participate in municipal decision-making.

This can be through ad-hoc consultative committees, citizens approaching the municipality to take up a public matter, or requesting municipal decisions and financial information. Sleiman concluded that access to information requests may encourage local administrations to digitalise their data.

Access to Information Law in Lebanon
Figure 4: DRI Country representative André Sleiman Explaining how To reinforce effective cooperation between national, local governments and citizens with an emphasis on ATI and municipalities laws.

Communication and awareness campaign services Lebanon

Call for Tender: Communication and awareness campaign services Lebanon

Title of the Assignment(s): Designing and implementing an Awareness-Raising Campaign on Decentralisation in Lebanon

Starting Date: March 2019

Duration: until 31 December 2019 with possibility of renewal or extension (framework contract)

Location: BeirutLebanon

Deadline:  6 March 2019, 12:00 PM local time

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

In the framework of its Lebanon projects on decentralisation, support to municipalities and local governance DRI is working with Lebanese civil society organisations and public officials to promote local governance in line with good governance principles. More specifically, our project “Setting an Agenda for Decentralisation in Lebanon” aims to reinforce effective cooperation between national and local governments and create platforms for coordination and exchange between citizens and local and national authorities.

DRI works closely with a consortium of Lebanese civil society organisations – Al-Idara bi-Mahalla – and cooperates with academics, think tanks and decentralisation practitioners. In 2019, DRI will use the findings of a comprehensive assessment of governance effectiveness in three key public service delivery sectors (waste management; municipal police and public safety; transparency and citizen participation) to launch a communication campaign and engage national and local government representatives, in addition to working with civil society partners to advocate for reform.

To this end, DRI is looking for a communications agency/expert experienced in designing awareness-raising campaigns. Applicants must have prior experience working with civil society organisations. With the support and under the supervision of DRI, the company shall:

Designing and implementing an Awareness-Raising Campaign:

  • Design and implement an awareness-raising and communications campaign on DRI’s decentralisation portfolio;
  • Execute appropriate “visualisations” in different formats, based on content provided by DRI, to be used for awareness and policy advocacy purposes;
  • Work with DRI to implement the communications plan as per the key messages and SMART objectives determined by DRI to measure the success of the campaign.
  • Other communications related work

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the DRI Country Representative in Lebanon and in close coordination with the Programme Associate Communications, the selected company will:

  1. Review DRI’s existing knowledge products (publications, animation videos, documentary films etc.) to provide DRI with technical expertise in framing key take-away messages for DRI’s awareness campaign;
  2. Implement a story-telling communication plan by generating audio-visual and communication outputs (e.g. info-graphics, GIFs, posters, brochures, blog, testimonies, videos of street interviews, success stories, for example: of neighbourhood initiatives and municipal initiatives) on decentralisation that are digestible and relevant to the targeted audiences;
  3. Convert data into accessible and engaging visualisations (original infographics, interactive web designs, GIFs, appealing and viewer-friendly for DRI’s publications and website) that frame the public discourse and propel political action;
  4. General consultancy on the communications strategy of DRI’s digital tools in line with the awareness campaign, including DRI’s social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc.), incl. online and social media advertising, and web page design;
  5. Ensure gender-sensitive communications throughout the campaign.

Qualifications we require:

  • A company/ an expert based and registered in Lebanon with at least 3-5 years of relevant individual or collective experience in developing communications and social media strategies, and designing and advising political, public policy and civic participation campaigns;
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience in designing infographics and engaging visualisations for social media and/or web campaigns;
  • Experience working with national and international NGOs in Lebanon.
  • Familiarity with the topics of decentralisation, democratisation, good governance, waste management, gender-sensitive communications and transparency and citizen participation is a strong asset.
  • Web design experience for citizen participation campaigns is a strong asset.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.

If you are interested in this assignment, please send your application in PDF format consisting of the Annex I_Proposer Information Form, the Annex II_Sequence of Technical and Financial Proposal Submission and relevant samples of your portfolio to [email protected] cc’ing [email protected]. Clarification requests will be accepted until 1 March 2019, 12:00 PM local time.

Please include “Communication services – Lebanon” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity.

Closing date for applications is 6 March 2019, 12:00 PM local time. The assignment may start before the end of the deadline so early proposals are encouraged.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Remark: DRI is not bound to accept any tender and may award a contract for all or part only of the services. DRI reserves the right to cancel the tender process at any point without any liability.

Mapping the Decentralisation debate in Lebanon

In under five weeks DRI met officials and citizens across Lebanon to build awareness of the practical impact of decentralisation on local development, and hear firsthand about local authority’s different public service challenges and solutions.

In late 2018 DRI held town hall meetings and awareness-raising sessions in five different regions across Lebanon. We started in Mount Lebanon, moved on to South Lebanon, North Lebanon, Beqaa, and finally ended in Beirut. We met altogether more than 350 people, including local government representatives, citizens, activists, experts and journalists. The sessions provided a platform and guide for citizens to consider decentralisation solutions and the specific impact it can have on the delivery of public services.

In the backdrop of Lebanon’s continuing waste crisis, together with our partners, we built on concrete experiences of municipalities and municipality unions to discuss decentralised solutions to tackling a wide range of challenges locally, from public safety, to government transparency and waste management.

Take a look at the map below to get a sense of what was discussed!

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Project Manager (Lebanon)

Title: Project Manager  

Form of Employment: Full-time

Starting Date: March 2019

Duration: December 2019 (renewable, subject to funding)

Location: Beirut    

Deadline:  07 February 2019, 12:00 PM local time

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

In the framework of its Lebanon projects “Setting an Agenda for Decentralisation in Lebanon – Phase II”, DRI is working with Lebanese civil society organisations and public officials to promote local governance in line with good governance principles. More specifically, our project aims to reinforce effective cooperation between national and local governments and create platforms for coordination and exchange between citizens and local and national authorities.

DRI works closely with a consortium of Lebanese civil society organisations – Al-Idara bi-Mahalla – and cooperates with academics, think tanks and decentralisation practitioners. In 2019, DRI will use the findings of their comprehensive assessment of governance effectiveness in three key public service delivery sectors to engage national and local government representatives and work with civil society partners to advocate for reform.

DRI is currently recruiting a full-time Project Manager for its country office in Lebanon to support and coordinate project outputs and communications.

Duties and responsibilities:

DRI Lebanon’s Project Manager is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring all project activities, publications, and other project outputs of DRI Lebanon’s projects in close cooperation with the Country Representative and Finance and Administration Manager (FAM). The Project Manager also provides input into DRI’s programmatic engagement in Lebanon, strategic project design and supports the Country Representative in the overall management of DRI Lebanon’s portfolio of work on decentralisation, governance and policy reform, elections and other areas of democracy support.

Under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative and in close coordination with the other team members:

  • Co-design and lead on the implementation of project activities, such as events, workshops, trainings, and publications;
  • Monitor and report on the implementation of project activities, and update the project workplan accordingly;
  • Monitor and report on political, social and legal developments relevant to the projects;
  • Coordinate engagement and project delivery with DRI partners, consortium members and relevant stakeholders;
  • Develop monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) frameworks and tools, collect and analyse relevant data and compile MEL reports in accordance with DRI MEL guidelines;
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming in the implementation of all project activities and project monitoring;
  • Support the Country Representative on programme development as well as the design and implementation of project frameworks and grant/proposal writing;
  • Co-develop, co-draft and review DRI publications, including liaising with external experts;
  • Support the Country Representative in outreach activities involving key stakeholders such as civil society partners, public officials, academia and media actors;
  • Support the Programme Associate Communications in the development and implementation of outreach and advocacy activities.

 

Your Qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree in Law, Political Science, Social Science, International Development, Public Administration, Management or other relevant fields;
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience in Project Cycle Management in Lebanon;
  • Experience working in research institutions, think tanks, NGOs or international organisations;
  • Relevant experience in the areas of decentralisation, governance and policy reform (notably waste management and government integrity), elections and other areas of democracy support
  • Strong research, writing and reporting skills (samples may be required), communications experience desirable;
  • IT skills, particularly in Word and Excel;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team;
  • Full command of written and spoken English and Arabic;
  • Ability to work effectively in a small team and navigate through tight deadlines.

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter, CV and writing samples) to [email protected]. Please include “Project Manager Lebanon” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications is 07 February 2019, 12:00 PM local time. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

2019: the ‘Year of Decentralisation’ for Lebanon?

Local authorities in Lebanon face many systemic challenges, from dealing with inequalities, poor waste management, to weak public infrastructure and services.

In the context of a governance void at the central level – no cabinet has been formed since the May 2018 elections, local authorities continue to struggle under their lack of capacity to meet huge responsibilities in: ensuring public safety, engaging citizens in decision-making and managing waste. Last year, DRI presented a roadmap for decentralisation reform in Lebanon to strengthen the role of local authorities to address development needs across these three sectors. In 2018, a parliamentary subcommittee continued to review the 2014 decentralisation draft bill and discuss the establishment of Qadas Council, which would act as a new tier in local government (between the central and the local level) elected by citizens to oversee development projects.

In light of this, DRI held its national conference ‘Administrative Decentralisation in Lebanon: From Politics to Development’ on December 8, 2018. This event brought over 10 speakers—parliamentarians, mayors, experts, researchers, urban planners, and politicians— together with 150 participants. The panels focused on bringing to the participants’ attention the relevance of administrative decentralisation from a development perspective and the importance of civil society networks setting an agenda for decentralisation. This went in hand with reflecting upon the current state of decentralisation in Lebanon and looking ahead at possible progress in 2019.

Civil Society has their say  

Together with our partners; as part of  the coalition Al-Idara Bi-Mahlla, participants and panelists shared their take on how civil society working together is vital for pushing for successful advocacy and yielding positive results for decentralisation reform.

“Networking with organisations is key to succeed in working on such topics. We can’t talk about a national issue like decentralisation without benefiting from all actors involved and their expertise. We must, with different stakeholders in central, local and regional governments, push for a bill that is reflective of local community needs.” Ms. Yara Nassar, Secretary General of Lebanese Association for Democratic Election (LADE)

Attendees reflected how more civil society organisations need to dedicate time to work together, with citizens and local authorities to ensure success:

We need expertise and willingness. It is important to work together to develop policies and potentially laws, and this is something I worked on as I cooperated with both central and local governments in previous initiatives. A good example is my previous work with ‘Parliamentarians Against Corruption’ where we all pushed for a set of laws, one of which is the Access to Information law and it indeed was passed. We need to work together.”  MP Ghassan Moukeiber

DRI Conference ‘Administrative Decentralisation in Lebanon: From Politics to Development’
Drawing on a development perspective panelists reflected on the state of decentralisation in Lebanon and looked ahead at possible progress in 2019.

Decentralisation: a development tool

For many years’ discussions concerning local governance reform have only been focused on questions of power, during the conference DRI aimed at shifting this conversation to focus more on its impact on local development.

Panelists and participants considered in depth what role decentralisation can play in improving citizen’s living conditions. During one panel – comprising of the Legal Researcher Nayla Geagea, Waste Management Expert Samar Khalil, Director of United Cities and Local Governments organisation Bachir Odeimi, and Vice President of Ehden Municipality Ghassan Tayoun – it was discussed in detail how decentralisation is a tool that can improve public service delivery across sectors. For example, bringing international best practices to solid waste management, securing greater transparency through bolstering participatory devices and boosting public safety through empowering and training policing bodies in a role that is clearly defined by law.

“If decentralisation is ever achieved, it would go back to ongoing cooperation between citizens and governments. This is the only way we could speak of decent solid waste management, or participation, or good governance for all that matters.” – Serena Ibrahim, Researcher in Urban Planning

Looking ahead at 2019

The conference was closed by MP Georges Adwan, Head of the Administration and Justice Committee, who works in the decentralisation bill subcommittee. In looking ahead at 2019, Mr Adwan highlighted the importance of developing a decentralisation law that targets improved services at the local level. Adwan announced that more work will be put into the bill in the coming months and that reforming any law, and more importantly forming a decentralisation law, should be in tandem with building awareness and education for citizens and authorities.

Right now, serious work is being dedicated to the Decentralisation Bill. We aim to have 2019 as the year of decentralisation in Lebanon.” – MP Georges Adwan, Head of Administration and Justice Committee

During the conference a documentary produced by DRI was screened for the firs time. It presented the link between decentralisation and service public service delivery, and discussed the prospects for decentralisation reform in Lebanon. The film contained testimonials from prominent figures such as MP Adwan, MP Ziad Hawwat (a former mayor of Jbeil Municipality), MP Nawwaf Mousawwi, and other experts who work on issues concerning decentralisation and local development.

 

External Reviewer, Solid Waste Management & Local Governance (Lebanon)

Position Title: External Reviewer

Assignment: Revise and edit a case study report on local governance and solid waste management in Lebanon based on qualitative survey data and secondary information

Form of Employment: Short-term Consultancy

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration: 1 month

Location: Beirut, Lebanon / desk-work         

 

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

In the framework of its Lebanon Project “Setting an Agenda for Decentralisation in Lebanon – Phase II”, DRI is working with Lebanese civil society organisations and public officials to promote decentralisation and a public debate on local governance in line with good governance principles.

To do so, DRI is assessing the role of central and local government authorities in public service delivery to understand their needs and challenges and develop concrete policy recommendations. DRI is assessing three public service sectors in particular: solid waste management, security, and political participation.

 

Between April and July 2017, DRI collected data from 37 Lebanese municipal unions on service delivery aspects in the following three sectors: solid waste management; security (municipal police, public safety); government transparency and citizen participation. Based on the survey findings, a stock-taking report (Public Service Provision in Municipal Unions in Lebanon) and a road map for local governance reform (Local Governance in Lebanon: The Way Forward) were issued in December 2017.

Building on the survey conducted at the municipal union level, two complementary surveys were executed to enable a comprehensive overview of the state of play of local governance and public services: a largely qualitative survey at the level of 11 central government agencies and line ministries (March–June 2018) and a largely quantitative survey in 207 Lebanese municipalities (June–September 2018).

In addition, DRI is publishing a qualitative academic study which focuses on four case studies of local authorities in Lebanon and their respective solid waste management policies, innovations and challenges. The study was conducted by academics at Sciences Po University and the Lebanese University.

DRI will use the findings derived from the research and solicit input from the project partners and stakeholders to raise awareness and advocate for better local governance.

DRI is currently recruiting an External Reviewer who specialises in the governance of the solid waste management sector in Lebanon for its Lebanon Country Office in Beirut. Under the direct supervision of DRI’s Country Representative in Lebanon, you will revise, edit and finalise a 22,000-word report on four case studies on solid waste management and local authorities in Lebanon. This will include, but is not limited to, revising the executive summary and recommendations to contain concrete proposals for solid waste management at a local and national level.

Objective of this assignment

DRI is looking for an External Reviewer who is specialised in the governance of the solid waste management sector in Lebanon who is familiar with the work of municipalities and municipal unions in Lebanon, preferably with a knowledge of decentralisation and local governance, and a proven track record in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and report writing. The objective of the report is to draw attention to innovative solid waste management initiated by Lebanese local authorities as a result of progressive municipalisation. In addition to demonstrating that the success of good local governance is dependent on complex economic, territorial, technical and political factors.

 

Your duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of DRI’s Country Representative in Lebanon and in close coordination with the Project Manager, the Local Governance Researcher will be tasked with the following deliverables:

  1. Review, copy-edit and proof-read the final manuscript in the original language (English);
  2. Review and revise the Executive Summary and Recommendations, to include practical concrete proposals on solid waste management at a local and national level;
  3. Shorten and tighten up the report where necessary to produce a concise, think-tank style;
  4. Unify the bibliography, footnotes and formatting of the final manuscript.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in law, public administration, social science, public policy/development studies, urban planning, or other relevant fields;
  • Advanced knowledge of the framework governing solid waste management in Lebanon and the work of Lebanese municipalities and municipal unions;
  • Preferably with a strong knowledge of local governance and decentralisation in the Lebanon context;
  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in social science data analysis and report writing in a concise, think-tank style;
  • Writing samples/publications touching on solid waste management and governance;
  • IT skills (MS Word and Excel);
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.

Closing date for applications is 10th December 2018. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.Organisation responsible for this vacancy:Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are one of those shortlisted, we will contact you within one week after expiration of the deadline at the latest.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letterCV and relevant work samples) to [email protected]. Please include “External Reviewer (Lebanon)” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity.

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply!