Study on Local Authorities Role in the Governance of the Petroleum Sector in Lebanon

Study on Local Authorities Role in the Governance of the Petroleum Sector in Lebanon
DEADLINE: Thu, 10/19/2017

              I.      PROJECT’S DESCRIPTION

The Common Space Initiative is commissioning a study on local authorities role in the governance of the petroleum sector in Lebanon; this study is part of the «Oil for Development» project which focuses on building a Partnership for Oil for the Common Good in Lebanon.

The project, which is conducted in cooperation with the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and funded by the Norwegian Development Agency (NORAD), strives to strengthen the role, knowledge and capacities of local authorities in the matter and to build common understanding on key national issues among national and local policy-makers, stakeholders and experts in Lebanon. 

The objective of the project is to better integrate local ownership, participation and local content in the Petroleum sector in Lebanon. This is achieved through increasing knowledge and capacity of local authorities on this subject, facilitating policy dialogues among all concerned stakeholders for the development of related frameworks and policies, and integrating the latter into national frameworks and strategies.


            II.      AIM OF THE STUDY

There is still a weak focus on how to integrate and safeguard citizen ownership and roles in the oil and gas sector. This is a major concern as the lack of ownership and active involvement of citizens in the exploitation and use of the natural resources sector greatly hinders the trickledown effect of the sector, consequently resulting in negative effects to development.

To start preparing for a proper response and involvemnt of local staekholders in the nascent oil and gas sector in Lebanon, CSI is commissioning a study which aims to assess, evaluate and analyze local authorities  potential role and prerogatives in the said sector. For this aim, the consultant is required to conduct a mapping of international and most importantly regional regimes when it comes to local authorities’ role and prerogatives in the oil and gas sector; these can be presented in the study as success or failed stories/case studies. The required mapping will help providing local authorities with examples and best practices.

In addition, the consultant, and based on the gathered information and his/her knowledge of the sector, should propose a clear detailed vision for municipalities and unions of municipalities’ involvement in the sector; this shall be achived through proposing a policy framework for local authorities’ involvement in the upcoming oil and gas sector in Lebanon.  


          III.      SCOPE OF THE STUDY

The study work plan would comprise the following main tasks:

1.       Develop a pragmatic methodology, an outline of which is to be attached to the cover letter. It should be in line with the contract’s period of 2 months. The contractor should keep in mind while defining the methodology and later on when drafting the study that the stakeholders, especially local stakeholders, have no knowledge regarding local governance or petroleum sector. The methodology should be included later in the final study and shall specify the resources used in preparing it (desktop review, meetings, and any other data collection method).

2.       Map the international and regional regimes and policies on the involvement of local authorities in the governance of the petroleum sector; whether a consultative role, decision-making, observation, or preservation etc. It should touch upon economic, social and environmental issues related to the exploitation of the oil and gas sector. Consequently, the study shall provide unions of municipalities and municipalities in Lebanon with clear examples and best practices.

3.       Propose a policy framework for local involvement in the petroleum sector in Lebanon out of the above-mentioned analyze of the international and regional regimes. The local involvement refers to the municipalities and unions of municipalities’ role, rights and duties in all of the future operations related to the oil and gas sector. This policy framework shall propose recommendations that can be used later on by local authorities in Lebanon to advocate and lobby for their rights and responsibilities in the matter (municipalities and unions of municipalities).

4.       The consultant should share with CSI, in a maximum period of TWO weeks starting from the signature of the agreement, a comparative table that defines the role of local stakeholders in the governance of the oil and gas sector in all its aspects. This table shall be a preliminary one and will help local authorities to have a general view and idea of their potential role and responsibilities in the matter.

5.       The consultant might be asked later on to present the results of his/her study to national and local stakeholders.



  • A detailed methodology – including timeline - shall be presented by the consultant to CSI and approved by the Head of Research at CSI.
  • The consultant shall share with CSI a preliminary comparative table as above-mentioned.
  • The consultant shall incorporate any feedback and undertake necessary revision of the draft report according to CSI written feed-back.
  • Consultant shall submit final version of the study to CSI at the exact timeframe agreed upon (the study is expected to be around 12,000 to 15,000 words). The final payment to the consultant will be processed after the approval of the Final Report by CSI.
  • Language of the study can be in Arabic or English.


            V.      EDUCATION

University degree in Law, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Economics or related fields.

          VI.      WORK EXPERIENCE

At least 10 years of research experience in Law, Political Science, Public Administration or related fields with a focus on the governance of petroleum sector. In addition, the contractor is required to have experience in conducting studies on international and regional regimes.


Mode of Application

The application shall include the following items in order not to be disqualified:

  • Cover letter including the methodology of work (1 page maximum)
  • CV of the consultant carrying out the evaluation
  • Expected consultancy fee
  • Relevant samples from previous work (if available)


Applicants should ensure compliance of their application with all requirements of this call for proposals

Contract Period: 2 months

Cover letter required? Yes (as indicated above)



Mrs. Layal Yamani


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