Local Governance Researcher – Lebanon

Position Title: Local Governance Researcher

Assignment: Draft stock-taking report on local governance and public service delivery in Lebanon based on qualitative and quantitative survey data and secondary information

Form of Employment: Consultancy (29 Expert Days)

Starting Date: 15 September 2018

Duration: 6 months (September 2018–February 2019)

Location: Beirut, Lebanon / deskwork         



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. 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 are being 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). The collected data includes a navigable dashboard compiling the data-sets and Arabic transcripts of the interviews with government officials and key civil servants. DRI will use the findings emanating 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 a Local Governance Researcher who is specialised in decentralisation and local governance reform for its Lebanon Country Office in Beirut. Under the direct supervision of DRI’s Country Representative in Lebanon and in close coordination with the Project Manager, you will lead the drafting of a stock-taking report on local governance and public service delivery in Lebanon, drawing on a navigable database compiling the results from the three surveys conducted in 37 municipal unions, 11 central government agencies and line ministries, and 207 municipalities as well as other inputs by project partners and stakeholders.


Objective of this assignment

DRI is looking for Local Governance Researcher specialised in decentralisation and local governance reform who is familiar with the work of municipalities and municipal unions in Lebanon, with a proven track record in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and report writing. The objective of the report is to:

You will be asked to propose a methodology and an analytical grid that will be applied to the analysis of the survey databases. DRI will provide the data set, generated by a qualitative survey (open-ended interviews) and a quantitative survey of 207 Lebanese municipalities (close-ended questionnaire) addressing three sectors of public service delivery, namely: solid waste management; security (municipal police, public safety); government transparency and citizen participation. The survey results will serve as baseline for an evidence-based advocacy campaign on decentralisation and local governance in Lebanon.

you will provide the preliminary analysis of this data in November 2018 in form of a draft stock-taking report. Based on this, the final report, synthesising the assessment results and recommendations should be delivered in January 2019 to be published in February 2019.


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. Develop an annotated Table of Contents for the report (based on a Concept Note provided by DRI) that includes a proposed methodology and an analytical framework, and revise it based on DRI’s input;
  2. Analyse the data generated by the three abovementioned surveys and draft a stock-taking report in the English language of around 20,000 words, including an Executive Summary (first draft in November 2018, final draft in January 2019);
  3. Based on joint discussions with DRI and input provided by project partners and stakeholders, provide recommendations and a road map for decentralisation reform;
  4. Generate in-text visuals (charts, graphs) with the data at hand;
  5. Attend regular coordination meetings with DRI Lebanon to discuss the research progress;
  6. Review and proof-read the final manuscript after copy-editing and layout, in the original language (English) as well as the translation (Arabic);
  7. Other relevant duties, as required.


Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in law, public administration, social science, public policy/development studies, urban planning, or other relevant fields;
  • Legal and technical knowledge of local governance and the 3 targeted sectors in the Lebanese context;
  • Good knowledge of the work of Lebanese municipalities and municipal unions in theory and practice;
  • At least seven (7) years of professional experience in social science data analysis and report writing in a concise, think-tank style;
  • Writing samples/publications touching on the targeted sectors;
  • IT skills (MS Word and Excel);
  • Good communication and negotiation skills and ability to work with a culturally diverse team;
  • Fluency in written and spoken Arabic and English is a requirement.


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


Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.


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

Closing date for applications is 22 August 2018. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.


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
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10969 Berlin, Germany
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