Programme Manager (m/f/d) Lebanon

Permanent employee, Full-time · Lebanon


Form of Employment: Full-time 
Starting Date: As soon as possible 
Duration: Until December 2024, with possibility of renewal 
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Application Deadline
: 12 May 2024, 11:59 pm local time

Background Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organization registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies, and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. Democratic discourse is the basis of our mission and vision. In our work, we facilitate discussion and exchange about democratic government and the need for a continuous discourse adhering to democratic rules. 

DRI has been active in Lebanon since 2016. We strengthen democracy by bringing it closer to people through effective local governance, free and fair elections, improved integrity, independent media, and citizen participation in public institutions. 

Our work in Lebanon focuses on three key areas: 

• Giving voice to civil society, notably young people and women, to participate actively in political life and elections, increasing their representation in decision-making positions; 

• Promoting good governance, public integrity, and the rule of law; 

• Increasing engagement between people and local authorities to help improve how public services are delivered and cooperation between different levels of government; and • Supporting independent media in strengthening the democratic discourse.

Your tasks


DRI is currently recruiting a Programme Manager for its Country Office in Lebanon. Under the supervision of the Country Representative, s/he will:

  • Supervise the Lebanon Programme Unit and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of all country projects through their life cycle, in line with project objectives and in strict compliance with the contract and the requirements of the grant givers, ensuring that project outputs are responsive to project goals and delivered in an effective, timely, and cost-effective manner;  
  • Oversee, co-draft, and review internal and donor reporting across all projects; 
  • Coordinate with the Finance Unit when planning deliverables and sign off on all project expenditures not exceeding 1,000 EUR in accordance with project budgets; 
  • Manage, with the support of the Country Representative, the performance of the Lebanon Programme Unit through periodic touchpoints, HR check-ins, and annual performance appraisals; 
  • Monitor political, social, and legal developments relevant to the country projects and suggest modifications to project design, when appropriate; 
  • Coordinate engagement and project delivery with DRI partners and stakeholders; 
  • Travel in the different regions of Lebanon to ensure sound implementation of project activities; 
  • Ensure a continuous and effective Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) process throughout the project management cycle across all country projects and ensure that programmatic targets are being met; 
  • Ensure gender and diversity mainstreaming across all country projects; 
  • Support the Country Representative on programme development as well as the design and implementation of project frameworks and grant/proposal writing;  
  • Co-develop, co-draft, review, and finalise DRI publications, including liaising with external experts and consultants;  
  • Advise and support the Country Representative on the design and implementation of project frameworks; 
  • Support the Country Representative in outreach activities involving key stakeholders such as donor organisations, civil society partners, public officials, academia and media actors; 
  • Liaise with the communications team members to ensure timely and comprehensive flow of information between the PU and communications in terms of planning, development, and implementation of digital content, and outreach/advocacy activities; 
  • Draft project concept notes and activity concepts to provide detailed planning for each project activity;   
  • Perform other relevant duties, as required. 
Your skills and experience


  • University degree in business management, social sciences, political science, public administration, development studies, public policy, law, or a related field;
  • At least 8 years of professional experience in Project Cycle Management, involving fieldwork and liaising with a diverse spectrum of stakeholders;
  • At least 5 years of team management experience and supervisory skills;
  • Demonstratable budget and procurement management abilities (budget monitoring, procurement planning and execution, drafting ToRs, reviewing and finalising contracts);
  • Outstanding writing skills and ability to draft narrative reports in a concise and compelling style;
  • Outstanding attention to detail and a strong sense of thoroughness, accuracy, and consistency;
  • Proven experience in writing project proposals and amendments;
  • A proactive team player with a “can-do” attitude” who can blend into a diverse and dynamic team; 
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
  • Strong emotional intelligence competencies, with outstanding communication and negotiation skills, and the ability to manage conflict;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic. 



  • Experience with issues pertaining to the rule of law, good governance, elections, anti-corruption, and democratisation processes is a strong asset;
  • Experience in youth and women empowerment processes is a strong asset;
  • Familiarity with the work of Lebanese municipalities in theory and practice is an added value.
What we offer

DRI offers you a job with flexible working hours, health insurance, training opportunities, and the opportunity to work as part of a diverse and dynamic team. The remuneration for this position is competitive and aligned with DRI’s remuneration range for national employees.

Application Instructions

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application here, consisting of: (1) a compelling and crisp motivation letter, (2) your Curriculum Vitae, and (3) writing samples (publications, articles, narrative reports, etc.) – these will be kept strictly confidential and used solely for the purpose of evaluating the application internally. 

Closing date for applications is 12 May 2024, 11:59 pm local time (Lebanon). The position may be filled before the deadline, so early applications are encouraged.

DRI is committed to diversity and treats everybody equally, independent of gender identity, sex, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion (as long as respectful of democratic principles), or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Elbestr. 28 / 29

12045 Berlin, Germany


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About us
Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to political participation and democratic governance around the world. DRI headquarters (HQ) is located in Berlin; DRI has country offices in Pakistan, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Democratic Republic of Congo  and works with local partners in a number of other countries. The working language is English. 
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