Position Title: Legal Research Officer
Form of Employment: Full-time consultancy (level of involvement dependent on political developments)
Starting Date: February 2020
Duration: until 31 December 2020
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Deadline: 27 January 2020
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 2017, DRI has been working with Lebanese civil society organisations and public officials to promote local governance in line with good governance principles.
In May 2017, DRI began supporting the Lebanese Parliament to improve the 2014 Administrative Decentralisation Bill and is working, since July 2019, on the modernisation of the 1977 Municipal Act. DRI’s support includes providing legal research expertise to reform the national legislation on local governance (incl. municipal finance and related legislation) and advise on how local and regional governments can be made more transparent, accountable, inclusive and effective. This may entail a support role to the ongoing efforts to enhance the legislation on public accountability and integrity (judiciary independence, illicit enrichment etc.). In 2020 DRI will also be organising national policy consultations that bring together local and national government officials, civil society actors and practitioners. DRI’s recommendations are based on empirical research and international good practices on a variety of discussion points agreed upon with the relevant sub-committee.
DRI is currently recruiting a Legal Research Officer for its country office in Lebanon to assist the relevant parliamentary committees with legal expertise and coordinate policy consultations. The start of this assignment and level of input is contingent on political developments.
Your Duties and responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Country Representative and in close coordination with other DRI Lebanon team members, the Legal Research Officer will:
- Conduct research and draft memos on debated issues, including but not limited to studies in comparative law, as may be requested by the relevant sub-committee, its chairperson, or one, or more, of its members (by ranking of priority);
- Attend the meetings of the relevant sub-committees discussing the 2014 Administrative Decentralisation Bill, the Municipal Act Bill and/or current draft laws on public accountability (e. g. judiciary independence) at the times decided by the sub-committees at the Lebanese Parliament;
- Write conceptual summaries of sub-committee proceedings and assist the sub-committee secretary to capture the modifications that are adopted into the debated draft and comparative tables;
- Provide input of similar nature that may be requested by the relevant sub-committees or DRI;
- Keep all deliberations and generated documents strictly confidential and at the relevant sub-committee’s discretion;
- Support DRI Lebanon’s Project Coordinator and Procurement and Logistics Coordinator in all organisational and logistical matters to ensure the smooth implementation of policy consultations with the sub-committees, line ministry officials and other relevant stakeholders;
- Monitor and report on political, social and legal developments relevant to the assignment;
- Hold weekly coordination meetings with DRI Lebanon;
- Support in reviewing DRI publications and research outputs;
- Produce monthly update reports for DRI Lebanon.
DRI Lebanon will provide you with an adequate working space to fulfil your assignment. Supervision in terms of substance and content is exercised by the sub-committee’s chairperson and DRI.
Qualifications we require
- At least a Master’s degree in Public Law or Publication Administration, with an emphasis on Decentralisation and Local Governance;
- Minimum 2 years of practitioner’s experience in the legal field, preferably supporting parliamentary development and parliament administration in Lebanon;
- Strong knowledge of the Lebanese political system and the law-making mechanisms in theory and practice;
- Practitioner’s experience in the municipal legal and regulatory framework in Lebanon;
- Knowledge of decentralisation frameworks is a strong asset;
- Knowledge of public accountability and integrity frameworks is a strong asset;
- Previous work experience in think tanks, research centres or academia a strong asset;
- A proven track record of organising projects and activities with MPs and parliamentary officials;
- Fluency in Arabic and English is a requirement.
If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter, CV and writing sample) to [email protected]. Please include “Legal Research 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.
Closing date for applications is 27 January 2020, 12:00 PM local time. 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.
Organisation responsible for this vacancy:
Democracy Reporting International gGmbH
10969 Berlin, Germany
Tel +49 30 27877300
Fax +49 30 27877300-10