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 & Digital Media Assistant – Lebanon (m/f/d)

Position: Project & Digital Media Assistant – Lebanon (m/f/d)

Form of Employment: Full-time

Starting Date: 18 January 2021

Duration: One year, with the possibility of extension

Location: Beirut, Lebanon        

 

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 worldwide.

 

DRI is currently recruiting a full-time Project & Digital Media Assistant for its country office in Lebanon to support the communications team in increasing audience engagement with DRI’s work.   

 

Your Tasks

  • Support the implementation and further development of DRI’s communications, strategy and tools, including DRI’s social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)
  • Support DRI’s reporting on activities and knowledge products in the form of news and feature stories
  • Support the development of media relations (writing press materials and kits, drafting and editing comment pieces, in English and Arabic; developing and maintaining contacts with Lebanon-based and regional media professionals)
  • Develop visual materials, including infographics and videos as well as co-draft and edit scripts for videos (animation videos, short documentary films), animations and visualisations (graphs, icons, charts etc.)
  • Support the preparation, implementation and follow-up of project activities including support to concept notes, agenda, invitation letters, participant lists, evaluation materials, and general administrative tasks
  • Contribute to internal and donor reporting through writing and researching for weekly, monthly and narrative reports
  • Support quality control, including copywriting and proofreading of print and online outputs; Support the knowledge management of DRI’s media outputs for Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) purposes, e.g. success stories, photos, videos, events, press releases, updated stakeholders list, DRI mailing list
  • Other relevant duties, as required.                           

 

Your Skills and Experience

Required:

  • University degree in communications, media studies digital marketing, graphic design, or related field
  • 1–2 years of experience in digital communications, copywriting and editing, and ability to write engaging media content for a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in visual design, video production, website and social media platforms management, particularly using Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Google Analytics, Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Web and graphics design (such as Photoshop and illustrator), in addition to editing videos using Premiere Pro
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic 

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of governance, democracy standards and international human rights conventions is a strong asset
  • Creativity and analytical skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Strong communication, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team 

 

What We Offer

DRI offers you flexible working hours, travel health insurance, training options, and the opportunity to work as part of an international and diverse team.

 

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application (cover letter and CV) here.

Closing date for applications: 04 January at 08.00 AM Beirut time. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

DRI is committed to diversity and treats everybody equally, independent of gender identity, sex, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion (as long as respectful of democratic principles), or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Elbestr. 28/29

12045 Berlin, Germany

 

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 & Communications Officer – Lebanon (m/f/d)

Position: Project & Communications Officer – Lebanon (m/f/d)

Form of Employment: Full-time

Starting Date: 18 January 2021

Duration: One year, with the possibility of extension

Location: Beirut, Lebanon        

 

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 worldwide.

DRI is currently recruiting a full-time Project and Communications Officer for its country office in Lebanon to lead a project on the expansion of the democratic space for political change in Lebanon, in addition to contributing to DRI’s communications. The project in focus aims to support an inclusive debate on the prospects of political change in Lebanon and the role of youth by:  

  1. Amplifying the voices of civic actors in democratic spaces and discourses – this will include the creation of a podcast/WebTV to share solutions for political reform; 
  1. Training local media makers to support a citizen-centred engagement on democratic discourse and political reform this will include grassroots debates about democratic change in Lebanon.  

 

Your Tasks

Under the overall supervision of the Country Representative and in close coordination with other DRI Lebanon team members, the Project and Communications Officer will

  • Co-design and implement the overall strategy of the podcast/WebTV, content creation, and all outputs and activities of assigned project(s);
  • Coordinate engagement and project delivery with relevant project stakeholders and liaise with external experts and consultants
  • Develop and oversee project monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) frameworks and tools, collect and analyse relevant data and compile MEL reports in accordance with DRI’s MEL and donor guidelines
  • Ensure gender and diversity mainstreaming
  • Lead on internal and donor reporting for relevant projects through writing and researching for donor reports
  • Support the implementation and further development of DRI’s communications, strategy
  • Report on DRI’s activities and knowledge products in the form of news and feature stories and other content for DRI’s website
  • Support the outreach to media outlets (developing media messages, writing press materials and kits, drafting and editing comment pieces, in English and Arabic; developing and maintaining contacts with Lebanon-based and regional media professionals
  • Support the production of publications, including editing DRI publications and the preparation of knowledge materials for DRI’s online platforms
  • Support the Communications Coordinator with specific research tasks, such as background research on political developments in the fields relevant to DRI’s work in Lebanon
  • Other relevant duties, as required                                          

 

Your Skills and Experience

Required:

  • University degree in communications, media studies, journalism, or other relevant fields
  • At least 3–4 years of work experience in communications, journalism or the media sector
  • Knowledge of governance, democracy standards and international human rights conventions is a strong asset
  • Creativity and analytical skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Strong communication, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team
  • Experience in project coordination
  • Excellent writing, editing, proof-reading for media purposes
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Fluency in English and Arabic      

Preferred:

  • Experience in podcasts and content creation
  • Knowledge of governance, democratisation, and decentralisation
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation of projects is a strong asset
  • Sense of initiative, attention to detail, and creativity in driving DRI’s online and advocacy presence forward
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team and under pressure. 

 

What We Offer

DRI offers you flexible working hours, travel health insurance, training options, and the opportunity to work as part of an international and diverse team.

 

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application (cover letter and CV) here.

Closing date for applications: 04 January at 08.00 AM Beirut time. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

DRI is committed to diversity and treats everybody equally, independent of gender identity, sex, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion (as long as respectful of democratic principles), or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Elbestr. 28/29

12045 Berlin, Germany

 

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 .

Finance and Administration Officer – Lebanon (m/f/d)

Form of Employment: Full-time

Starting Date: 04 January 2021

Duration: One year, with the possibility of extension

Location: Beirut, Lebanon        

 

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 worldwide.

DRI is currently recruiting a full-time Finance and Administration Officer for its Country Office Lebanon (in Beirut). In collaboration with, and under the supervision of the Finance and Administration Manager, you will support the Finance and Administration Unit of the DRI Lebanon office.

 

Your Tasks

The Finance and Administration Officer will support DRI in finance, administration, procurement, and human resources, especially with the following tasks:

  • Review incoming invoices, process payments (cash and bank) and prepare all accounting records, including invoices, petty cash management
  • Support with field payments and advance payments.
  • Prepare monthly financial reports and scans for financial documentation
  • Maintain an electronic and physical filing system for administrative and financial records in Lebanon
  • Supports the Finance and Administration Manager in the implementation of financial software including data entry and update the accounting System
  • Support in recruitment process with long- and short-listing and the onboarding process and keep an overview on necessary insurances documentation
  • Coordinate with the Procurement and Logistics Coordinator on matters related to inventory assets, update procurement overview. Prepare procurement documents/contracts
  • Support with the implementation and further development of all administrative policies, procedures, and templates
  • Support with the communication and preparation of documents for financial and administrative external stakeholders (bank, lawyers, state authorities regarding office registration in Lebanon)
  • Support with assessment, training, and financial guidance to subgrantees and project partners
  • Support with the preparation of documents for donor and external audit missions
  • Perform any other related duties, which may be assigned
  • Other relevant duties, as required

 

Your Skills and Experience

Required:

  • University degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration or equivalent degree
  • At least 3 years of experience in administration and financial management, with demonstrated experience (at least one year) of working in similar role for not-for-profit organisations
  • Excellent IT Skills- especially knowledge of Excel

Preferred:

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and Arabic
  • Knowledge in Lebanese law, taxes and National Social Security Fund (NSSF)
  • Creativity and analytical skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Good communication, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team

 

What We Offer

DRI offers you flexible working hours, travel health insurance, training options, and the opportunity to work as part of an international and diverse team.

 

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application (cover letter and CV) here.

Closing date for applications: 20 December 2020. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

DRI is committed to diversity and treats everybody equally, independent of gender identity, sex, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion (as long as respectful of democratic principles), or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Elbestr. 28/29

12045 Berlin, Germany

 

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 .

How a Lebanese municipality is protecting households affected by covid-19

By Mostapha Raad, Communications Officer at DRI Lebanon

The municipality of Ejdebrine in Koura, North-Lebanon, was quick to support its citizens amid the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus in Lebanon.

On 24 March, the residents of Ejdebrine were surprised by a Facebook post published by their mayor, Jocelyn Al-Bayeh, who announced: “The better our psychological state, the stronger our immunity. On behalf of all its members, the municipality has paid the March 2020 power-utility bills, wishing you continued health and wellness.”

This is just one way that local authorities in Lebanon are stepping up their efforts to protect the local population from the pandemic and ensure that households can make it through economic difficulties.

In conversation over the phone, the mayor said this decision was a municipal “duty and the least we could do towards our people”. She added: “The municipal council took the responsibility of helping the destitute and all the residents of the town, so we paid the utility bills owed to the municipal power generator for 160 subscribers, with a total value of 12 million Lebanese pounds.”

The municipality has also taken measures to stop the propagation of the virus. “We have closed the town’s access points and assigned the municipal police and volunteers the task of checking the temperature of all those coming in and out, based on the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities and the General Mobilisation Resolution issued by the Council of Ministers to counter the spread of the coronavirus.”

Local authorities are also responsible for distribution assistance, both in-kind and services, and for ensuring that families do not fall through the social security net, all in cooperation with the relevant government ministries.

Each municipality is also responsible for creating a task force that includes local officials as well as civil society and community organisations, to mitigate the pandemic through awareness and contingency measures.

In addition to foregoing payment of local electricity bills, Ejdebrine provided 172 food vouchers, with a value of 100,000 LBP each, to cover citizens’ basic needs. “The municipality has also collected the residents’ medical prescriptions and bought the necessary medicine directly” added mayor Al-Bayeh.

According to Al-Bayeh, the municipality is sterilising all public spaces and buildings on a weekly basis through the municipal health department and volunteers.

Local authorities in Lebanon have suffered from the central government’s delays in transferring revenues of the Independent Municipal Fund. In reaction to the pandemic, President Michel Aoun signed a decree to distribute the 700 billion LBP that was owed for the year 2017, providing a first step to paying what is owed and providing municipalities with an influx of cash when they need it most.

Municipalities play a vital role in curbing pandemics in coordination with the central government. The covid-19 pandemic demonstrates how municipalities are at the forefront whenever crises strike.

The pandemic also highlights the need to bring the draft law on administrative decentralisation to the front of the political agenda. Its adoption would enhance the work of local and regional authorities, facilitate citizens’ affairs, and mark a step in the direction of accountability and good governance. This would also give municipalities the tools they need to carry out their frontline efforts when facing crises such as covid-19.

Find out more about Democracy Reporting International’s work in Lebanon here

Communications Officer – Lebanon    

Form of Employment: Full-time

Starting Date: January 2020

Duration: until 31 December 2021

Location: Beirut, Lebanon    

Deadline:  13 January 2020, 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.

Since 2016 DRI has been raising awareness and advocating for evidence-based policies that foster good local governance and participatory democracy in Lebanon. The basis for our actions is explained in our Briefing Paper on the State of Play of Decentralisation in Lebanon. DRI has been working with Lebanese civil society organisations and public officials to promote a public debate on local governance and support decentralisation reform. We also support local governance actors and authorities to strengthen their performance in key governance and service delivery areas and promote effective cooperation between national, regional and local government.

DRI is currently recruiting a full-time Communications Officer for its country office in Lebanon to design and implement project communications and a social media strategy across its projects.

 

Duties and responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the Country Representative and in close coordination with other DRI Lebanon team members, the Communications Officer will:

  • Act as the focal point for communications in the Lebanon Country Office, including coordination with HQ Berlin Communications Coordinator;
  • Lead on the implementation and further development of DRI’s communications, strategy and tools, including DRI’s social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube);
  • Report on DRI’s activities and knowledge products in the form of news and feature stories and other content for DRI’s website;
  • Develop and maintain media relations (developing media messages, writing press materials and kits, drafting and editing comment pieces, in English and Arabic; developing and maintaining contacts with Lebanon-based and regional media professionals);
  • Draft and edit scripts for videos (animation videos, short documentary films) and create visualisations (graphs, icons, charts etc.);
  • Collate analytics and metrics on DRI Lebanon communications and submit quarterly analysis reports;
  • Act as a gender and diversity focal point in the Lebanon Country Office to ensure gender- and diversity-sensitive project activities and communications;
  • Support the production of publications, including editing DRI publications and the preparation of knowledge materials for DRI’s online platforms;
  • Support the Programme Unit in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of project activities including support to agenda, invitation letters, participant lists, and evaluation material;
  • Support the Country Representative with specific research tasks, such as background research on political developments in the fields relevant to DRI’s work in Lebanon;
  • Contribute to internal and donor reporting through writing and researching for weekly, monthly and narrative reports;
  • Any other outreach and project activities, as agreed with the Country Representative and DRI HQ.

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in communications, media studies, journalism, political or social science, international development, or other relevant fields;
  • At least 2 years of work experience in communications and/or international development/political sector;
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills (writing samples will be requested);
  • Experience in writing, editing, proof-reading and designing communication outputs in an engaging style for online platforms;
  • Experience in managing social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) both with regards to strategy and implementation;
  • Experience working with a Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress or Drupal;
  • Sense of initiative, attention to detail, and creativity in driving DRI’s online and advocacy presence forward;
  • Knowledge of governance, democratisation and decentralisation is a strong asset;
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team and under pressure;
  • Proficient IT skills and ability to create visualisations etc. with open source software;
  • Fluency in English and Arabic; proven excellent writing and editing skills in English and Arabic are essential prerequisites. Knowledge of French is a distinct asset.

 

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunity 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 including at least three references, and writing samples in both languages, e. g. communication strategies drafted, publications, scripts, press releases, social media content) to [email protected] Please include “Communications Officer” 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.

The closing date for applications is 13 January 2020, 12:00 PM local time. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 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.

This position is subject to funding. 

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.

Promoting the participation of young people in politics

Promoting the participation of young people in local government, Lebanon’s Jabal El-Sheikh municipality establishes youth council. 

The Union of Municipalities of Jabal El-Sheikh (JES), in the Rashaya district of Lebanon’s Beqaa valley, announced their new Youth Council on 17 August 2019, after 120 young citizens turned out to vote.  

JES organised the elections after drafting an electoral law that gives local youth between the ages of 15 and 21 the right to elect a three-year youth council. 

This activity was part of Democracy Reporting International’s (DRI) efforts to raise citizen’s awareness of the role of local governments in Lebanon, as well as improving young people’s understanding of electoral procedures and how to exercise their political rights.   

 

Figure 1: Candidates and activists of the Sawa Mnikdar Youth List in the Jabal El-Sheikh Union of Municipalities, Rashaya, 17 August 2019. 

JES’s electoral law adopted a list proportional representation system; using electronic voting to reduce the risk of invalid ballots. Each voter had to choose one female and one male candidate from their favoured list, ensuring that fifty per cent of elected council members were women. 

Two electoral lists competed for 14 places in the youth council. The candidates of Sawa Mnikdar (Together We Can) gained 9 seats, while the Abel Ma Nfel (Before We Leave) secured 5 seats.  

The youth council will regularly attend the council’s meetings, and will receive a budget for local activities and projects. Union President, Saleh Abou Mansour, committed to discussing every project endorsed by the youth council with the union council.  

  

Figure 2: Candidates, activists, observers and organisers of Jabal El-Sheikh Union of MunicipalitiesYouth Council, Rashaya, 17 August 2019. 

Before election day, DRI held a series of trainings with the youth candidates and voters on themes such as the electoral and municipal laws, campaigning methods and leadership skills. Candidates were also supported in presenting their mandate and debating with voters and local NGOs 

We need to change society’s perception of youthsaid Léa Richani, a candidate from the Sawa Mnikdar list. She shared how a council will provide a common ground between the elected youth and federal council and allow young people to input on how funding should be used to support local development in the area 

 

Figure 3: Candidates and activists waiting for voters at the polling centre, Rashaya, 17 August 2019. 

Voter Bouchra Said voiced support for Abel Ma Nfel, as it canvassed for development projects in their communities to stop rural youth leaving. This is a window of opportunity to strengthen our role in activating the federation council work. No matter who will win, because what is important is to join hands and work towards developing Rashaya,” she added.  

She remarked on how the turnout shows how young people want to participate in the democratic process, and how a youth council offers them an opportunity to effectively oversee the Union’s work and hold them accountable.  

Figure 4: Candidates and activists of the Abel Ma Nfel Youth List in the Jabal El-Sheikh Union of Municipalities, Rashaya, 17 August 2019.

Figure 5: Delegates and observers jointly counting ballots after the election was completed, Rashaya, 17 August 2019. 

 

You can watch the election unfold in this video.  

 

This event was part of DRI’s campaign to bring citizens and government together and build awareness of the practical impact decentralisation can have on local development across Lebanon. The campaign is part of the project Setting an Agenda for Decentralisation in Lebanon – Phase II, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. 

Expert in Solid Waste Management – Lebanon

Looking for: Expert in Solid Waste Management (SWM)

Assignment title: Drafting a Policy Brief on SWM in Lebanon

Form of employment: Short-term consultancy

Contract Period: Until 31 October 2019

Start Date: As soon as possible

Deadline: 5 September 2019, 12:00 PM local time (Beirut, Lebanon)

 

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 project “Setting an Agenda for Decentralisation – Phase II”, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, 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 Lebanon has conducted three large-scale surveys, in 2017 and 2018, assessing the role of the three tiers of government (municipalities, unions of municipalities and national government authorities) in public service delivery, with a focus on Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM).[1] This was in order to understand the needs and challenges of local and national authorities and develop concrete policy recommendations that support the decentralisation process.

On 6 July 2019, DRI held a workshop with municipal officials, CSOs and practitioners and wishes to build on this activity to lead a policy discussion around ISWM with the involvement of Lebanese policymakers and local communities later this year.

Objective of this assignment

DRI is looking for an Expert to draft a Policy Brief of 2,500–3,000 words on Integrated Solid Waste Management with a focus on decentralisation as an enabling framework, citizen participation through user inclusivity, and financial sustainability of SWM systems using cost-recovery schemes in Lebanon.

The copyright of the publication is the exclusive property of DRI.

 

Your duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative, the expert will draft a Policy Brief as per the following guidelines:

  • The brief must focus on decentralisation, user inclusivity and cost-recovery systems as sustainability factors for a successful ISWM.
  • Based on joint discussions with DRI provide recommendations for Integrated Solid Waste Management with a focus on decentralisation as an enabling framework.
  • Conduct a literature review of DRI’s existing SWM publications, activity reports and brief context analysis of the current SWM challenges in Lebanon.
  • The manuscript should not exceed 3,000 words, including an Executive Summary with concrete policy recommendations.
  • The writing should be crisp and concise and follow a think tank style. The written language is British English.
  • The expert must be available in person, or remotely, for regular meetings with DRI throughout the reviewing process.

Qualifications we require:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Environmental Engineering, Social Science, Political Science, Economics, Law or equivalent.
  • At least five (5) years of practitioner’s experience in local governance and SWM in Lebanon and/or abroad. Comparative expertise is a strong asset.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills and demonstrated research experience.
  • Fluency in English is a requirement. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

 

DRI is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. We strongly encourage qualified females to apply for this position.

 

Interested candidates should sent their application by 5 September 2019, 12:00 pm local time (Beirut). Please include (1) a cover letter, (2) your CV, (3) samples of similar assignments, (4) three references, and (5) a quotation to [email protected] cc’ing [email protected]. Please mention SWM Expert (Lebanon) in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Note: This call does not entail any commitment on the part of DRI, either financial or otherwise. DRI may cancel the call any time without assigning any reason.

[1] DRI. (2017). Public Service Provision in Lebanese Municipal Unions: National Survey Report. Beirut: DRI.

DRI. (2019). Are Lebanese municipalities delivering? Survey results on solid waste management, public safety, and citizen outreach at the local level. Beirut: DRI.

Can Lebanon’s decentralisation process help the city of Tripoli?

Tripoli was known as an economic hub competing with the capital of Beirut. Nowadays, the city’s reputation is associated with conflict, the absence of local development projects, and strained public services due to a large increase in population, including a high number of Palestinian and Syrian refugees. In addition, the city suffered from general neglect that the northern municipalities experienced from State institutions in Beirut. These and other issues were discussed in a townhall meeting in Tripoli on 27 June 2019, facilitated by DRI in collaboration with the Partnership Centre for Development and Democracy (PCDD) and the Women’s Section of Tayyar Al-Azm (Determination Movement). The event was attended by 60 representatives of municipalities, union of municipalities, syndicates and civil society. Participants concluded that national legislators should advocate a decentralised approach in managing public affairs to provide the necessary support to Tripoli. More powers should be transferred to local and regional authorities and to enhance public transparency, reduce poverty, improve people’s welfare and boost urban development.

The panelists, MP Samir Jisr, District President of Zgharta, Iman Al-Rafii, President of the Union of Municipalities of Fayhaa, Ahmad Qamareddine, Lina Alameddine, Director of PCDD, and André Sleiman, DRI Country Representative, discussed the challenges facing local authorities, especially the Municipal Council, under the current municipal laws and the role of decentralisation in addressing growing development needs.

Sleiman presented DRI’s recent national survey showing the deterioration in provision of public services in municipalities and municipal unions across Lebanon. He called on sustainable solutions to accelerate the work of municipal councils, such as increasing the number of employees in certain municipalities, improving citizen access to information to enhance transparency, and adopting a decentralised financial system to strengthen the municipalities capacities to address local needs.

MP Samir Jisr voiced his strong support for implementing administrative decentralisation in Lebanon founded on building blocks such as “elected municipal councils” which would have administrative and financial independence.

District President Iman Al-Rafii emphasised the need for greater municipal participation in local development planning to improve living conditions and boost Tripoli’s economy. She also called on oversight agencies to play a bigger role in fighting corruption and misuse of public funds in municipalities.

Participants engaged with panelists throughout the session and indicated issues with service delivery and misuse of public funds by the municipalities. Attendees also asked for more transparency in municipal budgeting and planning.

This meeting was part of DRI’s wider Idara bi Mahalla campaign to bring citizens and government together and build awareness of the practical impact decentralization can have on local development across Lebanon.   This campaign is part of the project « Setting an Agenda for Decentralisation in Lebanon – Phase II », funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

 

Decentralisation of Waste Management – a Viable Solution for Lebanon?

Most of Lebanon’s landfills will reach their full capacity before the end of 2019, due to the urban sprawl, increasing population of Syrian refugees and deficient SWM (Solid Waste Management) systems. Lebanon recovers only 17 percent of its waste through sorting, reusing, recycling and composting. The rest is either landfilled or dumped illegally. Rather than dumping waste and leaving it to the municipalities to deal with their waste without resources, the central government should adopt an integrated SWM system based on decentralised structures, user inclusivity and cost-recovery principles. Only by ensuring citizens’ buy-in throughout the SWM process can new behaviours in generating and managing waste emerge. These were the main conclusions of a workshop on 6 July 2019 facilitated by DRI on “Integrated Solid Waste Management in Lebanon: Towards A Decentralised Approach”.

The workshop brought together 50 stakeholders from across Lebanon for an intense debate about sustainable solutions to the ongoing waste crisis. While activists continued to protest against the establishment of a waste incinerator in Beirut, international and local experts and municipal representatives shared their knowledge and experiences in SWM.

“In Lebanon, there are around 980 dumpsites that are costing the Lebanese citizens and the healthcare system billions of dollars and are increasing the negative environmental effects” emphasised Sophia Ghanimeh, an expert in efficient treatment processes that recover energy, water and resources from solid waste and wastewater at Notre Dame University (NDU). “The cornerstone of an effective and integrated SWM system are decentralisation and engaging both citizens and municipalities to sort and treat their waste directly from source, instead of relying on central-level ad hoc planning.”

Mayors like Marwan Kaiss from Batloun stressed the importance of establishing an integrated SWM (ISWM) based on the principle of subsidiarity. Kaiss added that “most citizens are unaware of the importance of sorting at source and municipalities are not empowered to manage the waste cycle from source to disposal, let alone to implement environmentally suitable treatment solutions”. His assessments are supported by an extensive study conducted by DRI in 209 Lebanese municipalities, which finds that most municipalities in Lebanon favour ISWM, but are lacking sustainable funding.

Federico de Nardo, SWM Expert and Team Leader at the Lebanese Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR) highlighted that empowering citizens, both men and women, to influence and scrutinise the SWM process will provide legitimacy to the municipalities to collect a waste tax to sustain this essential public service.

In collaboration with DRI, the participants agreed to keep pushing for decentralisation on the national level through raising citizens awareness on the state of play of local public services in Lebanon and on the vitality of enhancing local participatory democracy and accountability to improve citizens’ welfare.

 

The event took place in the framework of the project « Setting an Agenda for Decentralisation in Lebanon – Phase II », funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

 

DRI Annual Report 2018

Our Annual Report 2018 is out. It gives an overview of our activities and our organisational development.

In 2018 we continued our work on local governance, constitutions, human rights, rule of law and human rights. Social media monitoring during elections has become an important part of our activity across the countries we work in. Last year we worked with different actors, including government, civil society, election administration and universities.  We regularly consulted and engaged them in discussions to identify their needs and support them in their work to strengthen democracy.

Download the DRI Annual Report 2018

Read the 2018 annual audit report here.