Local Expert on Messaging during Political Transition (Libya)

Position Title: Local Expert on Messaging during the Political Transition

Form of Employment: Short-term Consultancy

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration: Up to 4 working days

Location: Deskwork; and mission in Libya in April


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 working with its local partners and networks to create a conducive environment for the next steps of the political transition. To do so, DRI, in close cooperation with its local partners, will raise awareness among citizens (online and offline) on the relevance of democratic milestones of the transition and facilitate exchange between citizens and relevant political and institutional actors (such as representatives of the National Election Commission, the Constitution Drafting Assembly and others).

DRI has just launched its new project on strengthening the role of civil society in the political transition in Libya. Two components involve:

  • Providing sub-grants to up to 15 local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on projects related to civic engagement awareness raising on the political transition and civic engagement.
  • Implementing 15 Town Hall Meetings to debate issues related to the political transition through up to 15 Libyan facilitators.

DRI will hold a two-day inception meeting in Libya with the selected sub-grantees and facilitators in April 2019. The event will include:

a) A discussion of the detailed workplans and coordination with DRI;

b) The development of key messages on the Libyan political transition that the CSOs will incorporate into their DRI-supported activities.

For the purpose of paragraph (b), DRI is seeking to hire one local expert to design and deliver sessions for the inception meeting on key messages that participants should convey throughout their DRI-supported activities. The aim is to enable the subgrantees and facilitators to disseminate coherent messages on issues of substance, including both the constitution drafting and the electoral processes in Libya. The sessions are to be provided in Arabic.

In addition to the CSOs and facilitators being guided into more refined messaging within their own proposed projects, the expert will prepare messages of common themes that can be used by CSOs as well as facilitators. These messages should be in a form that will allow the participants to use them later as tools during their activities, allowing them to have a basis to expand on rather than having to start from scratch. This material should be developed in Arabic.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Review the proposals of activities submitted by the participants in preparation for the meeting;
  • Based on a review of the proposals, design the sessions in close consultation with DRI Libya;
  • Deliver three sessions for a total number of 30 participants on development of messages on the political transition in Libya including the constitution and elections;
  • Moderate and facilitate discussions with the participants to enable them to draft messages that are relevant to the projects they will implement in their local communities;
  • Discuss format of the messages that will be produced after the discussions with the participants and with DRI staff;
  • Write a report after the event making recommendations on the way forward.


  • Design of the three sessions on messaging to be submitted to DRI one week before the event for approval;
  • Facilitation and moderation of sessions during the meeting in April;
  • A list of proposed messages based on the discussions during the meeting, to be submitted to DRI one week after the event;
  • Final report with recommendations on improving DRI partners’ messaging capabilities in Libya.

Required language for event and deliverables: Arabic.

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in political science, law, development or other relevant fields;
  • 5 years of work experience researching and writing specifically about topics related to constitutional law and/or elections;
  • Sound knowledge of international democracy standards;
  • Sound knowledge of the Libyan political and socio-economic context and latest political developments, with a particular focus on constitutional and electoral processes.
  • Extensive knowledge and considerable experience in working with Libyan CSOs
  • Sound understanding of the settings/challenges that Libyan CSOs operate in
  • Fluency in 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 your application (cover letter, CV) to [email protected]. Please include “Local expert on messaging during the political transition” in the subject line, and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 20 March 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 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


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