Baseline Assessment Protecting Our Future: A Youth-Led Approach to the Promotion of Lebanese Cultural Heritage

Baseline Assessment Protecting Our Future: A Youth-Led Approach to the Promotion of Lebanese Cultural Heritage
Deadline for applications: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Location: Lebanon
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Job Description

Search for Common Ground Lebanon seeks to recruit a consultant to conduct a Baseline Assessment for its British Council funded project in Lebanon. The assessment should be completed by the 15thNovember 2017


Organization Overview

Search for Common Ground (Search) is a non-governmental organization working to transform the way societies deal with conflicts. We have acquired over 30 years of experience in peacebuilding and are based in 53 local offices worldwide.

Search first worked in Lebanon in 1996, and we opened up our office in Beirut in 2008. Since then, our activities and capacities have grown significantly. We rely on local staff as well as local partner organisations in order to ensure our work is culturally sensitive, sustainable and well grounded in the Lebanese context.

Our Vision

While conflict is inevitable, violence is not! Therefore we work to achieve social change through transforming the way people deal with conflicts – away from violent and adversarial approaches, towards collaborative problem solving.

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Intervention Summary

In partnership with two Lebanese non-governmental organisations, Nahnoo and Arcenciel, Search is kicking-off a project titled “Protection our Future: A Youth-led Approach to the Promotion of Lebanese Cultural Heritage”.  

This project will seek to create a virtuous cycle whereby cultural heritage is protected by building bridges across dividing lines, which will in turn be strengthened by fostering greater value in cultural heritage.

The project will pilot its model by engaging a core group of 30 youth leaders from six different communities in Lebanon (across Beqaa, Mount Lebanon, Tripoli, and Tyre) who will in turn engage directly with more than 1,000 community members.

With the main aim to promote and protect Lebanese cultural heritage, the project will aim to contribute to this goal through reaching the following Outcomes and Sub-Outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Cultural heritage under threat is researched, documented, conserved and restored to safeguard against permanent loss
  • Outcome 2: Local professionals have sufficient business or specialist skills to be able to manage and promote cultural assets which will benefit the local economy

The Baseline Assessment

Assessment’s Objectives

The intended study is an assessment in each of the areas of intervention to determine local perceptions and attitudes towards local and national cultural heritage in Lebanon and to establish initial understanding of project context in Lebanon. The findings will be used as point of reference to measure the impact of the project and track its progress over time. Moreover, the baseline assessment will seek to further refine the project design and help tailor activities to be context specific, by improving the understanding around the dynamics within and between the targeted local communities and the different perceptions, attitudes and behaviours at stake. The project aims to foster collaboration and leadership among the young generation across geographical dividing lines and relationships building across generations in order to promote and protect local cultural heritage. Therefore, the baseline is expected to be a participatory analytical study, engaging youth as much as possible in the process, of the local cultural heritage promotion and protection processes occurring at the local level and community members’ perceptions and attitudes toward their own local heritage and cultural heritage in Lebanon in general.
More specifically, the initial assessment will seek to provide information on:

● Mapping of the existing efforts to document and promote local cultural heritage (including social media strategies and government initiatives), challenges to do so and opportunities for collaboration.
● Current understanding and attitudes of local authorities and community members towards the need to document and promote local cultural heritage in general and increased engagement of youth to do so in particular. What are the barriers and the opportunities?

● Current societal norms around cultural heritage protection.

● Current dividing lines at stake hindering local and national cultural heritage protection.

● Skills and capacities of youth to lead the process of documenting and protecting their local heritage.

Consultant’s Qualifications

Search Lebanon seeks an experienced consultant with the following qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Arabic and English.
  • Solid understanding of the cultural heritage protection and promotion context in Lebanon in general and the target communities in particular.
  • Experience with youth engagement programming.
  • More than 5 years of experience in project evaluation and baseline studies or equivalent in DM&E expertise, including collecting and analysing data from interviews, surveys, FGDs, etc.
  • Facilitation experience.
  • Experience in working with international organisations.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Experience working with youth empowerment programming in the region.
  • Research and evaluation methods and data collection skills.
  • Ability to be flexible with time and work schedule.
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Conflict resolution/peace building experience.
  • Availability for future evaluation contracts with Search preferred.
Experience required: Education degree: Masters Degree Field of education:
Arabic: Excellent English: Excellent French:
Submission guidelines: Search Lebanon invites all interested and qualified candidates to request the full Terms of Reference by email to and submit a resume and a letter of interest, clearly explaining how their experience meets desired qualifications by 24th September 2017through the following link:
Cover letter required? Yes
Contact information
zeinab Dandach
HR & Admin Officer