available languages: english July 30, 2019

Looking for: Parliamentary Coordinator

Assignment title: Coordination of 4 high-level national consultations with public officials to discuss amendments to the Lebanese Municipal Act

Nature of the Contract: Individual Consultancy (up to 15 expert days for the entire assignment period)

Assignment location:  Beirut, Lebanon

Start Date: As soon as possible

Contract Period: Until 31 December 2019

Closing date: 15 August 2019, 12:00 pm local time (Beirut, Lebanon)

 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organisation registered in Berlin, Germany and operating in different parts of the world. DRI has worked in Lebanon since October 2016.

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 this, DRI Lebanon has conducted three large-scale surveys, in 2017 and 2018, assessing the role of the three tiers of government (municipalities, unions of municipalities and national government authorities) in public service delivery. This was in order to understand their needs and challenges and develop concrete policy recommendations to improve the decentralisation process.

In further support of this process, DRI Lebanon has been supporting the reform of the legal framework of local governance by providing, since May 2017, legal research assistance to the parliamentary sub-committee discussing the 2014 Administrative Decentralisation Bill. Since July 2019, DRI has provided legal research assistance to the parliamentary sub-committee discussing the reform of the 1977 Municipal Act.

 

Objective of the assignment:

In consultation with the members of the parliamentary sub-committee working on the Municipal Act, DRI Lebanon has planned four (4) thematic high-level national consultations with Lebanese Members of Parliament (MPs), national government officials, governors, district commissioners (qaemaqam), municipal officials and practitioners between September and December 2019. The sessions shall take place on a monthly basis at the Lebanese Parliament in Beirut, as per the following format and schedule: Three (3) half-day working sessions between September and November 2019, and a full-day workshop in December 2019.

The thematic series shall address a number of key aspects of the current Act, such as but not limited to: (1) the creation of municipalities, (2) their election and membership, and the introduction of a gender quota, (3) their competence and scope of work, and (4) municipal finance. The feedback collected during the consultations will be summarised and submitted by DRI Lebanon to the sub-committee members in the form of legal memos.

In this light, DRI Lebanon is looking for a Parliamentary Coordinator to ensure the commitment of the MPs throughout the process and their participation in the consultations.

 

Your Duties and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative in Lebanon and the Project Coordinator, the Parliamentary Coordinator shall:

  • Develop an invitation template to be extended to all MPs involved in the process;
  • Extend invitations to all MPs and follow up to ensure attendance confirmation in each activity;
  • Provide DRI with the list of MPs contacted and confirmed at least one week prior to each activity;
  • Support DRI Lebanon’s Project Coordinator and Procurement and Logistics Officer in all organisational and logistical matters to ensure the smooth implementation of each activity.

Qualifications we require:

  • A university degree in Political Science, Law, Public Administration, Social Science or equivalent;
  • Minimum 5 years of practitioner’s experience in the field supporting parliamentary development and parliament administration in Lebanon;
  • Significant experience in 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;
  • A proven track record of organising projects and activities with MPs and parliamentary officials;
  • Fluency in Arabic and English is a requirement.

 

The estimated level of effort for the entire assignment shall not exceed 15 expert days.

DRI is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and culture. We strongly encourage qualified females to apply for this position. Individuals from minority groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

 

How to Apply

Please submit your application in one PDF document including: (1) a cover letter, (2) a Curriculum Vitae, (3) at least three references, and (4) expert daily rate.

Interested candidates should sent their application via e-mail to mena@democracy-reporting.org, cc’ing e.haddad@democracy-reporting.org. Please mention “Parliamentary Coordinator – Lebanon” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity.

Closing date for applications is 15 August 2019, 12:00 PM local time (Beirut, Lebanon). The assignment may start before the end of the deadline so early proposals are encouraged. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Note: This call for applications does not entail any commitment on the part of DRI, either financial or otherwise. DRI may cancel the call at any time without assigning any reason.

 

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