Local Governance & Civil Society Adviser and Translator (f/m) – Libya

Position Title: “Local Governance & Civil Society Adviser and Translator”

Form of Employment: part-time

Starting Date: as soon as possible

Duration: until 30 June 2017

Location: Libya / desk-work and some travel inside Libya



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.

With funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DRI is implementing the ‘Shiraka Project – Support to inclusive and democratic state-building in Libya through capacity building of Libyan CSOs‘, to continue its support to a coalition of Libyan civil society organisations (CSOs) formed under a previous project. The project’s goal is to continuously involve CSOs in a facts-based and inclusive debate on state-building and foster a culture of dialogue, cooperation and institutional development at the local level. Specifically, the project aims to (1) strengthen the operational capacity of CSOs, (2) help the CSOs expand their outreach through designed joint and individual initiatives, and (3) provide the CSOs with a foundation for their involvement in state-building at the local level. In particular, CSOs will contribute to state building at the local level by assessing local governance in their constituencies and supporting an effort to map municipal services and collect data on the legal and organisational frameworks of municipalities as well as the level of citizen participation.


Objective of the assignment

The project therefore requires the services of a Local Governance & Civil Society Adviser and Translator to support the CSOs efforts of collecting data in their municipalities, structure and synthesise their research and translate them into English.


Duties and responsibilities

Under the guidance of DRI’s Libya Country Representative, the Local Governance & Civil Society Adviser and Translator will support the Civil Society Organisations in their research, in particular:

  • provide support to collecting information on local governance
  • provide support to synthesising the data collected by the Libyan partners
  • Provide accurate summary translation of the data collected after consulting with the Country Representative
  • ensure the non-Arabic speaking experts working for DRI can liaise with their Libyan counter parts and receive translations as needed, i.e. ensure correct interpretation at events and support communication of the CR with Libyan partners as necessary.


Location, duration and timing of assignment:

This is a home-based assignment, which might entail the attendance of Coalition meetings of the Civil Society Organisations and some travel inside Libya. The Expert shall liaise with the DRI Country representative and other members of the team through all possible communication means.

The assignment is for a maximum of 50 working days, to be implemented between April and 30 June 2017 with a possibility to extend.


Essential Qualifications:

  • A relevant university degree in a related field;
  • Relevant experience in the Libyan transition process, local governance and the CSO context in specific;
  • Proven translation and interpretation skills;
  • At least three years of work experience in Libya and/or the region is a distinctive advantage;
  • Fluency in English and Arabic;
  • Familiarity with the Libyan context and an understanding of local governance in Libya is an asset.


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


If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “Local Governance Adviser/Translator – Libya” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity.

Closing date for applications: 16 April 2017. 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.


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