Self-defense Sessions – Trainer Consultant


 The Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH) is a local non-profit, non-partisan Lebanese human rights organization based in Beirut. CLDH was created in 2006 by the Franco-Lebanese Movement SOLIDA (Support for Lebanese Detained Arbitrarily), which has been active since 1996 in the struggle against arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and the impunity of those perpetrating gross human rights violations.  CLDH monitors the human rights situation in Lebanon, fights enforced disappearance, impunity, arbitrary detention and racism and rehabilitates the victims of torture. CLDH regularly organizes press conferences, workshops and advocacy meetings on human rights issues in Lebanon and collects, records and documents human rights abuses in reports and press releases. CLDH team on the ground supports initiatives aimed at determining the fate of all missing persons in Lebanon. CLDH regularly follows up on numerous cases of arbitrary detention and torture in Lebanon in coordination with Lebanese and international organizations, and with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention WGAD and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. CLDH currently has 4 offices: Dora, Zalka, Beqaa and Tripoli.


Program Profile:


      Free to Be Me (F2BM) is an inspiring and innovative program that puts rights holders in the driving seat, while supporting the LGBTQI+ movement to an impactful and sustainable fight for its rights. In Lebanon, a vibrant LGBTQI+ scene would lobby and advocate for economic and social justice. Despite progresses, challenges prevail in a highly restrictive legal environment. F2BM-ME will give voice, leadership and bounding to a community of qualified activists fighting to advance a common agenda in Lebanon. The Community of Action (CoA) will foster the growth of grassroots organizations and knowledge-sharing within the community. The program will encompass: i) tailored organizational capacity-building, ii) targeted individual skills development iii) micro-project funding allowing community impact and learning through action.  F2BM-ME will be piloted by a project team hosted and benefiting from organizational support from the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH), designated as the host organization (HO). The program will directly benefit 10 grassroot organizations, a minimum of 15 activists and, indirectly, contribute to uphold the rights of the whole community in the region.


Description of the Self-defense Training Sessions:


The self-defense trainer will deliver a 10-session module to a maximum capacity of 10 COA members where they will acquire higher knowledge and skills on proper and better self-defense methods from a theoretical perspective to a practical one. The training will be of use in the long term where trainees will be able to assess on the spot safety risks and react accordingly. The trainer will also be responsible for instructing a well-tailored curriculum that adheres to international standards, which can be used as reference material by the CoA members and beyond. This process will be supported by the Free to Be Me Team.


Self-defense Training Context:


The total number of participants will be up to 20 members of the COA. The sessions, delivered by the trainer, will be conducted from the date of recruitment till the end of December 2023. The trainer is expected to draft and share the training agenda and manual (or an outline of manual) prior to the workshop for review by relevant personnel at CLDH, and a final report after conducting the training.

The working period, including preparation, delivery and final report summary of the training to be delivered by end of December 2023.


Scope of Work:

  • Needs Assessment:
    • Conduct an initial assessment to understand the specific needs and concerns of the participants.
    • Tailor the self-defense training program to address the identified areas of focus.
  • Self-Defense Techniques:
    • Teach a range of effective self-defense techniques suitable for various situations.
    • Cover fundamental skills such as situational awareness, basic strikes, escapes, and practical exercises.
  • Risk Reduction and Prevention:
    • Provide guidance on recognizing and avoiding potentially dangerous situations.
    • Offer strategies for minimizing risks and preventing confrontations.
  • Realistic Scenarios:
    • Incorporate realistic scenarios and simulations to allow participants to practice and apply learned techniques.
    • Ensure a safe and controlled environment during practical exercises.
  • Physical Fitness and Conditioning:
    • Integrate physical fitness and conditioning exercises that enhance participants' overall preparedness for self-defense.
    • Emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Empowerment and Confidence Building:
    • Foster a supportive and empowering learning environment.
    • Encourage participants to build confidence in their ability to protect themselves.
  • Interactive Sessions:
    • Conduct interactive sessions with opportunities for questions and participant engagement.
    • Provide demonstrations and ensure participants have ample time for hands-on practice.
  • Progress Assessment:
    • Implement, with CLDH’s Monitoring & Evaluation Team, assessments to gauge participants' progress and understanding.
    • Provide constructive feedback to help participants improve their skills.
  • Safety Protocols:
    • Establish and enforce safety protocols during training sessions to prevent injuries.
    • Ensure participants are aware of the importance of responsible and ethical use of self-defense techniques.
  • Logistics:
    • Coordinate logistics for the training sessions, including venue requirements, equipment, and any necessary arrangements.
  • Communication:
    • Maintain open communication with the organizing team to address any concerns or adjustments needed.
    • Provide periodic progress reports and feedback on the effectiveness of the training.


Training Deliverables:

10 sessions.

Curriculum Agenda.

Report Summary (including details of sessions, number of participants, observations, recommendations for upcoming activities with the COAs).

Allocation of Safe session premises.


Certification by any official international standard.

Knowledge in the LGBTQI+ context.

Experience in conducting similar trainings                                            

Location :



How to apply

Interested individuals should send their CV and a proposal including budget by email to [email protected] indicating in the subject line "Self-defense Sessions – Consultant" by maximum November 14,2023.

The interview process will be ongoing and might end upon receiving a qualified candidate for the position.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applicants who have a personal relationship/association with a CLDH staff member are required to declare it in their email application.

Tuesday, 14. Nov 2023
Type of Call
Call for Consultancies
Intervention Sector(s):
Gender issues, Human Rights & Protection
Remuneration range:
4000 to 5000 (USD)
Duration of Contract:
2 months