Internship, Project on the localisation of Aid in Lebanon,a partnership between Lebanon Support and Amel International

Internship, Project on the localisation of Aid in Lebanon,a partnership between Lebanon Support and Amel International
Employer: Lebanon Support
Deadline for applications: Monday, April 17, 2017
Location: Beirut/ Lebanon
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Project on the localisation of Aid in Lebanon

a partnership between Lebanon Support and Amel International


After numerous crises, amongst which the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the Israeli War (2006) and the eruption of the Syrian crisis (2011-present), Lebanon witnessed a surge in the number of civil society organisations established across the country. However, ongoing conflicts coupled with political instability rendered aid, development, and human rights work more difficult.

It is against this background that the local civil society in Lebanon was involved with the World Humanitarian Summit process. In Lebanon, national consultations were held in October 2014, initiated by Amel, in partnership with other national NGOs, ICVA, OCHA and the WHS Secretariat. Then, regional consultations were held in Amman. Following these consultations, different Lebanese NGOs recognised that there was a need to follow up on the outcomes of the MENA regional consultations. It appeared that discussing those recommendations and reviewing them according to the Lebanese context were essential. Consequently, Amel, who had taken the lead in organising the Lebanon consultations in October 2015, and Lebanon Support, the leading research centre specialised in civil society issues, designed together a round-table aimed at producing recommendations and submitting them to the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat, before the Istanbul meeting in 2016. One of the main topics present in the discussion was the importance of enhancing the effectiveness of humanitarian action notably through a localised approach which would be improved through the identification and replication of best practices. After the panel, the participants agreed to continue their discussions, notably at the Summit.

Amel and Lebanon Support released a call for papers on “Glocalising humanitarian interventions in Lebanon: a reflexive look into innovative practices in times of crises” that led to the publication of a compilation of 6 papers published in early 2017.

In parallel, a set of recommendations  to develop a model for effective local humanitarian and development action in Lebanon, were presented in an open letter to the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat in July 2015. The four key points of the letter focused on:

  • preventing and ending the Syrian conflict through a political solution;  

  • addressing the root causes of conflict in order to avoid and prevent recurrent crises;

  • the importance of complementarity within a humanitarian sector that is localised and contextualised;

  • and the need to recognise the role of volunteerism as a vector of local expertise.

The Summit gathered approximately 8,000 representatives from “crisis-affected communities”. It resulted in over 2,000 commitments by the international community with the aim of improving the humanitarian system and ensuring accountability and effectiveness. One key result for local and national NGOs was the commitment, in the Grand Bargain Agreement to channel 25% of aggregated aid funding to these organisations as directly as possible by 2020.

Amel and Lebanon Support are in this vein committed to ensure that a more equitable humanitarian eco-system is fostered; this would provide a better inclusion of locally rooted organisations in response planning, management and implementation, alongside an enhanced respect for International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.


- Support Amel and Lebanon Support is the daily follow up of their joint “localisation of Aid in Lebanon” project;

- Write concept notes and support in resource mobilisation for the project;

- Organise events (such as experts meetings, roundtable discussions) within the project;

- Follow up on any publication process within the project;

- Any other task as required.

Length of the Internship:

This internship is of a 6-months term with possible renewal, to a period not exceeding nine months in total.

Experience required: Education degree: Bachelor Degree Field of education: Social sciences, Development studies, Humanitarian assistance, NGO management.
Arabic: Fluent English: Fluent French: Very Good
Period: 6 months internship with a possible renewal not exceeding 9 months.
Salary: un-paid internship; interns will have per-diem allowance.
Submission guidelines: Applications should be submitted in English and have an attached CV as well as a cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please send applications to contact@lebanon-support by Monday 17 April 2017, including "Internship, Project on the localisation of Aid in Lebanon" in the subject line. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Cover letter required? Yes
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