Facilitator for Community Consultative Sessions in Maradah, Libya (m/f/d) – Libya

Type of the contract: Short-term consultancy   

Starting date:26 July 2021 

Duration: up to 10 (ten) days The total assignment duration is spread over the period from 26 July to 30 August 

Location:Maradah 

Closing of applications: 21 July 2021 

Background:  

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organization registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. In Libya, Democracy Reporting International (DRI) has been supporting the constitution-drafting process, community engagement in governance, civil society strengthening, the democratic transition, and women’s participation in public life.  

Under the ISAL project (Improved Service Delivery and Accountability at Local Level) which is implemented by a consortium of CILG, VNG International and DRI and funded by the European Union, DRI aims to contribute to the consolidation of the democratic transition and stabilisation process in Libya by ensuring Libyan citizens and their representative networks and organizations are more involved in local public life, municipal action, and local policymaking.  

ISAL focuses on bilateral work with municipal officials and community and civil society representatives to build trust and provide targeted capacity building on participative approaches in local governance. We engage in activities that aim to achieve a wider shift in mentality, toward municipalities, civil society and other community actors acknowledging the benefits of participative local governance and fostering sustainable cooperation. As part of ISAL, the consortium will be designing and constructing an urban park in the Eastern municipality of Maradah. Throughout the process, the consortium will work closely with the municipal council and the local CSOs, representative groups and networks to ensure a truly participatory and inclusive co-ownership process, enhancing transparency and reinforcing the trust between the council and the citizens.   

In line with the objectives of the above-mentioned project, DRI Libya is recruiting two experienced facilitators to coach and support the municipal council in Maradah in executing 3 (three) community consultative sessions. The Facilitator will also mentor and support local CSOs and citizen representative groups to facilitate a conversation with the officials at the council regarding the needs of their communities related to the urban park.   The Facilitators will work with a Senior Expert who will develop the methodology for the consultative sessions. The facilitator is expected to report back the outputs of the consultative sessions to the Senior Expert. 

The desired result of this activity is increased community engagement within the municipality and increased trust-building between the municipal council and the residents. It aims to ensure co-ownership of the process of constructing the urban park and to ensure cooperation between the council and residents/CSOs in the maintenance and sustainability of both projects 

Your tasks: 

  • Coach the targeted municipal councillors and staff on mobilising CSOs and community groups and their involvement in municipal planning  
  • Build bridges with CSOs and citizen representative groups and networks to facilitate their active engagement with the municipal council  
  • Support the municipal council in holding three consultative sessions with the targeted CSOs and citizen representative groups  
  • Conduct a pre-coaching assessment and a post-coaching assessment 
  • Write up a report which summarises the output of the three consultative meetings and forward it to the Senior Expert, which also entails concrete recommendations and next steps for the municipalities following the interaction with them 

 

Deliverables: 

  • Attend training on the methodology set up by the Senior Expert  
  • Provide short coaching sessions to the members of the council in Maradah, as provided in the methodology of the Senior Expert 
  • Provide short mentoring sessions to targeted local CSOs and representative groups, as provided in the methodology of the Senior Expert 
  • Support the council in facilitating the 3 (three) community consultative meetings  
  • Conduct a pre- and post-training assessment, analyse the results and share reflections in the final activity report 
  • Submit a final activity report including the output of the consultations, material and content used, reflections on the work conducted and observations throughout, results from the pre- and post-assessment and recommendations for the municipal councils on the next steps after the training. 

 

Activity  Working days  Due Date 
Attend Training (Online & Offline)  2  Last week  of July 
Municipal Council Coaching Sessions  3  Last week of July  
Support in facilitating the 3 (three) Community Consultative Meetings  3  First and second weeks of August  
Pre and Post Training Assessment   1  First and second weeks of August 
Submit a Final Activity Report  1  Third week of August 

Qualification  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences, Social Sciences or other relevant fields. 
  • At least five years of successive experience in the field of facilitation with at least 3 years of experience in the field of local governance or local community engagement 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Attentiveness to gender and diversity issues, including gender-sensitive communication. 
  • Must be a resident of the mentioned municipality and have excellent relations with the stakeholders in the municipality  
  • Ability to work closely with the municipal council and the stakeholders in the municipality.  
  • Excellent reporting skills.  
  • Excellent command of Arabic.

The expert must be based in Maradah.

The level of effort for this assignment is ten expert days. 

Interested candidates should send their applications, consisting of (1) a cover letter, (2) their CV (3) daily rate to [email protected].

Please include “Facilitator for Community Consultative Sessions” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity. Kindly note whether you are residing in Maradah.

The closing date for applications is 21 July 2021, 12:00 PM Libya time. The assignment may start before the end of the deadline so early proposals are encouraged. 

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy: 

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH 

Elbestraße 28/29 

12045 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.

Tunisia’s constitutional court: The institutional arbitrator put on hold

Since the Tunisian Constitution was adopted in 2014, DRI has accompanied the democratic transition process in Tunisia and continually monitored the implementation of the constitution.

According to Article 148 of the constitution, the constitutional court should have been put in place within a year of the first parliamentary elections, which took place in 2014. Yet, it still remains absent to this day – an absence that has significant negative effects on Tunisia’s judicial order and the functioning of its political system.

DRI Tunisia recently organised a colloquium to discuss the obstacles to the creation of the court as well as potential ways forward. Read the full story in French.

Call for Applications: Training for Libyan Media Makers

Training to produce podcasts and digital stories from Libya

Training duration: 1 month of online training from 15 July – 15 August 2020

Closing date: 11 July 2020

 

About DRI

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

In Libya, Democracy Reporting International (DRI) has been supporting the constitution-drafting process and the work of Libyan civil society organisations on topics related to the constitution, human rights and local governance. Under this project, DRI has worked with local partners and networks to create a conducive environment for a democratic transition. DRI, in close cooperation with its local partners, has implemented awareness raising activities among citizens, on the relevance of democratic milestones of the transition and facilitated exchange between citizens and relevant political and institutional actors.

As part of this, in partnership with Deutsche Welle Academy (DWA), DRI Libya country office is conducting a training to produce democracy and covid-19 related podcasts and digital stories from inside Libya. The training is expected to support 16 Libyan media makers from all three regions in Libya to develop their capacity on research, ethics, fact-checking and how to produce podcasts and digital stories with coaching to ensure the content of 8 podcasts and 8 digital stories is finalised. The produced content will be broadcasted on Libyan media outlets, both radio and TV channels. It will also be promoted through the DRI and the DWA social media. This training will be led by trainers from the Arab region with extensive thematic and technical experience.

 

Criteria for selection of training participants:

  • Libyan national.
  • Interest and passion in working on production of podcasts and digital stories.
  • At least 2 – 3 years of experience in the production of digital stories or podcasts.
  • Presenting an idea that is related to human rights, democracy, civil and political or covid-19.

Libyan women are encouraged to apply to this training opportunity.

 

What you need to do to apply:

Fill in an application and upload your CV before 11 July 2020 here:

Call for Podcast Producers

Call for Digital Video Producers

 

For more information, watch this video!

Senior Think Tank and Organizational Capacity Building Expert – MENA

Supporting the development of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law as a Policy Think Tank

Senior Think Tank and Organizational Capacity Building Expert

 

Form of Employment:    Consultancy

Starting Date:                   1 February 2020

Duration:                           15 working days over a period of 11 months

Location:                            Home-based, with 2 missions to Tunis, Tunisia

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 three country offices being located in the MENA, DRI benefits from an extensive network of national experts and partners from the Arab states who provide local and regional expertise and help fostering peer-to-peer exchange.

The Arab Association of Constitutional Law (AACL), established in 2014, is the first regional network of constitutional experts in the Middle East and North Africa. Its main objective is to contribute to good governance by promoting intra-regional learning. The AACL also aims to provide objective, grounded and forward-thinking technical analysis of the region’s constitutional frameworks. AACL is headquartered in Tunis. Its membership includes 60 recognized legal experts from across the MENA.

In the framework of the project “Supporting the development of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law as a Policy Think Tank”, DRI and AACL seek to contribute to improved public policy debates on constitutional and public law issues in the Middle East and North Africa,  through building AACL to become a credible regional voice on these topics and create a positive influence in favour of human rights and democratic guarantees on national authorities and expert publics. In particular, the project has as its aim to develop the necessary skills and procedures to allow for the AACL to become an effective and sustainable policy think tank through the following means:

  • By supporting AACL to develop the capacity to produce high quality policy papers;
  • By supporting AACL to develop the means to effectively communicate the content of its policy papers to policymakers and other influential persons and organisations in the region and beyond.

Within this framework, it is envisaged to also establish a strategy document that will set a path for how the AACL will establish itself as a main source of knowledge in the MENA region on constitutional and public law issues, developed together with the relevant bodies and endorsed by them, together with an action plan.

To support these processes, the project requires the expertise of a Senior Think Tank and Organizational Capacity Building Expert who will be working under the supervision of DRI’s Director of Programmes and AACL’s Executive Director.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Support collection of baseline data prior to the official project launch event to adequately reflect the status of AACL’s current policy work, to identify enabling and restraining factors, and to form a basis for setting performance targets and ensuring accountability to partners and other stakeholders. This process will include the review of relevant existing documents and a baseline opinion survey with AACL members;
  • Support facilitation of a brainstorming session with AACL members to discuss findings of initial review and jointly develop a respective action plan for the project implementation;
  • Support review of the various drafts of the strategy document developed over the course of the project, including the final strategy;
  • Facilitate interim evaluation session with AACL members after trial and first stage of the project’s implementation phase to explore lessons learned and propose institutional strengthening recommendations for final project stage and strategy document during last roundtable;
  • Provide additional organisational development consulting tasks as needed and agreed with DRI HQ and AACL management.

The timeline and delivery of outputs will be determined in coordination with DRI HQ and AACL management.

Qualifications:

Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in political science, organizational development, change management or a related field;
  • At least 10 years of work experience conducting organizational development and planning work in development context, preferably parts of which in think tank/policy development context;
  • Proven consulting experience with networks and with networks restructuring;
  • Solid track record in monitoring and evaluation;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent facilitation, coaching and consensus-building skills;
  • Excellent diplomacy, cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Fluency in English (oral and written).

Assets

  • Experience in managing and conducting policy research;
  • Familiarity with the context of the Middle East and North Africa;
  • Fluency in Arabic.

This position is subject to funding.

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Women and people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]  Please include “Think Tank and OCB Expert” in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: 22 January 2020. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

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. For more information about processing your personal data, see privacy policy.

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. 

COUNTRY DIRECTOR (LIBYA)

Form of Employment: Full-time

Starting Date: 1 January 2020

Duration: Until December 2020, with the possibility of extension

Location: Tunis, Tunisia (with regular travels to Libya if the security situation allows)

 

Background

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

In Libya, DRI has been supporting the constitution-drafting process and the work of Libyan civil society organisations on topics related to the constitution, human rights and local governance since 2012. Under this programme (currently comprised of three projects), DRI will be working with its local partners and networks on building the knowledge and capacity of Libyan citizens to engage in the country’s governance processes, with an initial focus on the local level. To do so, DRI will run civic education activities with elected local officials, civil society organisations and citizens on political participation, with a particular focus on women.

 

Your Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of DRI’s Director of Programmes, the Country Director will be responsible for overseeing the entire portfolio of work of the DRI Libya country office. This entails the design, implementation and evaluation/reporting on DRI Libya’s projects, and the management of the DRI Libya office.

More specifically, the Country Director will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Ensuring that the projects’ outputs and activities are responsive to the political and security context and project goals, as well as delivered in an effective, timely and efficient manner;
  • Identifying significant developments (political, security, etc.) and their impact on the projects’ activities or entry points for engagement;
  • Drafting, reviewing or contributing to reports, briefing papers and other knowledge products;
  • Developing a visibility and outreach strategy for the projects;
  • Monitoring the implementation of the projects and proposing any modifications to the projects’ work plans; ensuring a continuous and effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning process throughout the project management cycle;
  • Ensuring that gender mainstreaming is applied throughout the project management cycle and within the country office;
  • Overseeing the recruitment and work undertaken by local and international experts;
  • Overseeing project budgets and financial reporting, in cooperation with the Finance Manager and DRI HQ Finance Unit, as well as ensuring that procurement is carried out in accordance with DRI standard practices and donor regulations;
  • Ensuring the safety and security of all DRI operations and persons contractually affiliated to DRI;
  • Managing the DRI team in Tunis as well as colleagues in Tripoli, supervising staff and experts;
  • Ensuring effective coordination with and reporting to DRI’s Director of Programmes, DRI Representative for North Africa, and other relevant staff at DRI Headquarters;
  • Ensuring effective coordination with project partners, consortium partners, donors;
  • Providing advice and briefings to key stakeholders on relevant issues of democracy and governance (including elections, local governance and (women) political participation), constitutional reform and human rights implementation;
  • Representing DRI Libya, respecting DRI’s mission statement of promoting political rights as enshrined in international human rights standards, as well as DRI’s reputation and status as a charitable, non-profit company.
  • Coordinating closely with domestic and international organisations as well as relevant embassies in Tunis, to ensure complementary program activities. This also includes the exploration of potential partnerships with DRI which need to be discussed with the Director of Programmes prior to their initiation.
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 

Your Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in, law, political or social science or a related field;
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience managing projects related to democracy assistance, human rights, local governance or governance reform. Experience with international non-profit organisations is preferred;
  • Proven experience in supervising and managing staff; experience in heading a project office in Libya is a distinct asset;
  • At least three years of experience in managing projects in Libya;
  • Strong networks with relevant stakeholders in the governance field in Libya;
  • Sound knowledge of international democracy and human rights standards; experience in local governance and civil society focused projects is a distinct asset;
  • The ability to travel inside Libya is a requirement;
  • Fluency in English required; Arabic, both spoken and written is a distinct asset;
  • Strong presentation skills (written and oral);
  • Excellent interpersonal, managerial and communication skills, and a strong administrative track record, including proven leadership, staff and financial management;
  • Good negotiation skills and the ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team.

 

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer.

DRI offers a competitive salary according to donor regulations and incumbent experience. Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.

This position is subject to funding.

For interested applicants, please send your application (cover letter, CV and three references) to  [email protected]. Please include “Country Director – Libya” in the subject line and inform us about your earliest possible starting date and your salary expectations.

 

Closing date for applications: 31 December 2019. 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 two weeks after expiration of the deadline.

 

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.

 

Young civil society leaders work to strengthen local democracy in Tunisia

Twenty-three young leaders of different professional backgrounds gathered from across five governates for the third session of the Young Leaders for Local Democracy programme delivered by DRI Tunisia. For four days, from 24 to 27 October, the participants were able to deepen their knowledge of human rights, rule of law and democracy.

The young leaders learned about the fundamentals of human rights and were able to study real life examples from history, from the First World War to the new Tunisian Constitution. They also put their knowledge into practice in simulations inspired from their everyday work to promote youth participation in local democracy.

Young leaders learning more about the history of Human Rights during a simulation

Participants were exposed to situations that can challenge them professionally, such as the state of emergency and the absence of a Constitutional Court in Tunisia. This was followed by a debate about the role of justice and its independence to guarantee the rule of law. Amal Chtourou from Sfax highlighted the importance of the simulation to better dive into the topic and Wissem Omrani from Tozeur gave real examples from his work with “The Hive”, a local civil society group working to promote youth participation in the democratic process.

This session was also an opportunity for the DRI team to present and talk about subgrants that will be given to participants to support their small projects promoting local democracy and youth participation in their respective cities. The small projects will be implemented from January 2020 onwards and will go on for approximatively four months.

The DRI team presented a subgrants information session

DRI Tunisia promotes youth participation in local democracy initiatives and wants to give young civil society leaders the right tools to better support Tunisian democracy.

This activity is part of a series of training sessions targeting young civil society leaders all over Tunisia and is part of a project supported by the Swiss Cooperation Agency.

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.

Eight years after the revolution – Taking stock of Libya’s transformation

Libya’s developments since the 2011 revolution have been complicated and confusing. What were the important moments, what did they lead to in the long run? Who are the important players? And what can we learn from the recent past?

DRI launched a publication which connects the dots of how the country got to where it is now. Looking at the (war) economy, questions of legitimacy, power and violence along an interactive timeline, the publication serves as an online guide to find a way through the complexities of Libya’s transformation from 2011 – 2018.

Click the image for a read of “At a Glance: Libya’s Transformation 2011- 2018: Power, Legitimacy, and the Economy”.

The launching of this publication on 10 June in Tunis gathered more than 35 participants, including two of the authors as well as representatives of international organisations, embassies, scholars, activists, and civil society organisations. Beyond presenting and discussing our analysis, members of the international community and Libyan scholars and activists identified current challenges and recommended ways to overcome them.

Concerns ranged from the lack of clarity of UNSMIL’s mandate, the missing respect for the rule of law in Libya, the lack of women representation in decision-making, to the shrinking space of CSOs in the East of the country, all in the context of violence and a war that was escalated once more this year.

Concretely, some participants underlined the lost credibility of the UN and international community and recommended to clarify and re-consider the UN’s mandate to a potential peace keeping mandate.

Others stressed the need to increase the role of the Libyan judiciary system. In the past years, many political decisions were subsequently challenged in courts and overturned. Some participants felt that the courts should review principle laws or decisions on political issues like elections or the constitution before they are formally adopted, to reduce the scope for judicial challenge. Some legal systems include such mechanisms for laws of high importance (such as ‘organic laws’).

One speaker stressed that women were systematically assaulted since 2011 and yet remained resilient and worked at the forefront of protecting and restoring a sense of social cohesion, working with youth, education and ethnic minorities. Unfortunately, women have been missing around the negotiation tables. Participants called on all actors to give women a voice and a seat at the negotiation table – in particular the international players should ensure participation of women in internationally led decision-making processes.

Finally, participants discussed the lack of viability of civil society organizations in Benghazi and the East in general. International actors find it particularly difficult to reach out to Eastern organisations. Most of the activists in the East are afraid to work openly, as they are easily labeled as traitors, ‘atheists’, or spies when expressing political opinions. In order to perform any activities or even travel outside of Libya, activists need to obtain security clearance from security agencies in Benghazi. The use of virtual spaces and advocacy campaigns online were discussed as possible ways out.

The launching event was held under Chatham House Rule in the framework of the project “Strengthening Libyan Civil Society Engagement on the Constitution and the Political Transition”, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

English Editor/Copywriter (Libya)

Position Title: English Editor / Copywriter (Libya)

Form of Employment: Long-term Consultancy

Starting Date: End of February 2019

Location: Home-based

 

Overall Project 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.

In Libya, DRI has been supporting the constitution-drafting process and the work of Libyan civil society organisations on topics related to the constitution, human rights and local governance. Under this project, DRI will be publishing a study on the political transition in Libya which will provide a comprehensive and clear picture of the events that took place since 2011 and offer an outlook on how the transition to a democratic Libyan state could be achieved.

The paper is currently being finalized in English and will target both an international and Libyan expert audience. DRI would like to copy-edit the document before publishing it online.

The contract may be extended to include other publications, communication outputs or texts.

 

Your duties and responsibilities:

The English Editor/Copywriter shall review the finalized publication to ensure that the text complies with the following essential requirements:

  • Clarity and accessibility;
  • Neutrality of tone and style, following DRI’s Style Guide;
  • Linguistic correctness and proper syntax (British English);
  • Consistency in the use of terms and names/spelling of official documents and bodies;
  • Correct terminology, grammar, punctuation and referencing;
  • Correct spelling, and
  • Gender-sensitive language.

The English Editor/Copywriter is required to copywrite the text so that the final product sounds as if it were written by an English native author and that the language is consistent throughout all sections of the publication.

All rights related to the produced documents will become the propriety of DRI and the English Editor/Copywriter will not be entitled to any compensation apart from the lump sum amount agreed as per the contract.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in journalism, English literature, law, political science or other relevant fields;
  • 5-7 years of work experience in copywriting;
  • Excellent command of English is required;
  • Proven record of editing and copywriting political, economic and/or historic content in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the Libyan political transition and politics is desired;
  • Previous experience in copywriting similar publications will be an asset;
  • Ability to meet strict and tight deadlines is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in working for an international organization will be an asset.

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

 

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter, rate per word, CV, names and contact details of two references and  two samples of previously completed work with political, economic or historic content) to [email protected]. Please include “English Editor/Copywriter (Libya)” in the subject line and refer to the source through which you have found this opportunity.

Closing date for applications: 17th of February 2019. The position may be filled before the expiry of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

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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.

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH
Prinzessinnenstraße 30
10969 Berlin, Germany
Tel +49 30 27877300
Fax +49 30 27877300-10

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!

DRI Lebanon’s nationwide study on public service delivery comes to an end

Amidst the significant delay in forming a new government since May 2018, the question how local authorities and their line ministries co-operate to deliver essential services has become even more important.

In order to understand the reality of how local authorities and the central government to deliver services, DRI Lebanon conducted interviews with 24 state administration officials and local authorities from 209 municipalities—20% of the overall number of municipalities in Lebanon. The survey assesses three sectors: solid waste management, municipal police and public safety, government integrity and citizen participation—all of which have stirred a lot of public debate lately amidst Lebanon’s protracted waste crisis and high levels of corruption.

We will present the results of the survey in early 2019 and use them for an upcoming evidence-based policy advocacy campaign that seeks to improve decentralised service delivery in the country.