Project Manager

Democracy Reporting International, Beirut, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th March, 2018

Job Description

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. DRI works in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa assisting democratic reform actors with knowledge transfer, evidence-based policy advice and multi-stakeholder processes on key areas of democratic change.

In Lebanon, our current work focuses on the political aspects of the country’s decentralisation efforts. More specifically, our project “Setting an Agenda for Decentralisation in Lebanon – Phase II” aims to reinforce effective cooperation between national and local governments and create platforms for coordination and exchange between citizens and local and national authorities. DRI works closely with a consortium of Lebanese civil society organisations – Al-Idara bi-Mahalla – and cooperates with academics, think tanks and decentralisation practitioners. In 2018 and 2019, DRI will conduct a comprehensive assessment of governance effectiveness in three key public service delivery sectors and use the findings to engage national and local government representatives and work with civil society partners to advocate for reform.

Job Description:

As DRI Lebanon’s Project Manager, you are responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring all project activities, events, publications, and other project outputs of DRI Lebanon’s projects in close cooperation with the Country Representative and Finance and Administration Manager (FAM). You also provide input into strategic project design and planning and support the Country Representative in the overall management of DRI Lebanon’s portfolio of work on decentralisation, legal reform, elections and other areas of democracy support.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Co-design and lead on the implementation of project activities, such as events, workshops, trainings, research studies and publications;
  • Monitor the implementation of project activities and update the project workplan accordingly;
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks and tools, collect and analyse relevant data and compile monitoring reports;
  • Ensure gender-mainstreaming in the implementation of all project activities and project monitoring;
  • Provide advice and support to the Country Representative on the design and implementation of project frameworks;
  • Monitor political, social and legal developments relevant to the projects to be able to suggest modifications to project activities, if appropriate;
  • Co-develop, co-draft and review DRI publications;
  • Contribute to regular project reporting;
  • Support the Country Representative in outreach activities involving key stakeholders such as civil society partners, representatives of civil society organisations, Members of Parliament, local and national government institutions, academia and media;
  • Support the Communications and Research Officer in the development and implementation of outreach and advocacy activities, including travel to the regions;
  • Other duties as required.

Your Qualifications include:

  • University degree in Law, Political Science, International Development / Relations, Management or other relevant fields;
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience in project management in Lebanon;
  • Experience working in research institutions, think tanks or international organisations desirable;
  • Relevant experience in the area of decentralisation, legal reform, elections and other areas of democracy support;
  • Experience in the monitoring and evaluation of projects;
  • IT skills, particularly in Word and Excel, and Project Management Tools;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required, French is an asset;
  • Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions like heavy workloads and tight deadlines.


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