Research and project officer (junior)

Region: MENA
Office: Beirut
Hours: 36
Application deadline: February 22, 2019


We are looking for a young professional who would like to join a team developing new projects in the fields of women’s rights, civic engagement and economic empowerment. Are you also interested in both research and logistics and administrative work? Do you want to work toward a better world with equal opportunities for all in democratic societies? If so, you might be who we are looking for.

Job context

Hivos works in five thematic areas: transparency and accountability, freedom of expression, women’s rights, sexual rights and diversity, sustainable food and renewable energy. To achieve its mission, Hivos organizes and implements projects in close cooperation with local partners from civil society, private sector, research institutions and state organs.

In the Middle East and Northern Africa, Hivos is implementing programs  to contribute to open and green societies, where citizens are empowered to work toward creating just, social and sustainable societies.

Hivos Mena currently has three Program Development Managers (PDM) whose primary responsibility is to design their respective programs and develop new projects. To do this, PDMs need to conduct thorough socio-economic developments analyses, identify relevant societal and economic development actors, build partnerships, deploy strategic interventions, and map funding opportunities.

Currently we are seeking a young professional who can assist the program development managers with their work.

Your responsibilities

As a research and project assistant you will be working directly with the program development managers. Your responsibilities include:

– helping draft documents and track records of Hivos MENA programs

– collecting and analyzing data for possible new programs (desk studies)

– helping draft new concept notes and program proposals

– providing logistical and administrative support

You are answerable to the MENA Director.

Your profile

– a Masters’ degree in social sciences, green economics, women’s and gender studies or other relevant fields

– a proven affinity for the social-cultural, economic and political developments in the Middle East and North Africa

– project management and administration skills

– an entrepreneurial spirit and proactive work style

– a results-oriented attitude with strong conceptual, analytical and networking skills

– excellent communication and writing skills in English and Arabic

– a team player with strong social and interpersonal skills and experience of working with people from different cultural backgrounds

What we offer

We offer a stimulating work environment in a professional international organization with very dedicated staff. Employment is offered as soon as possible for the period of one year with possible extension for a longer period. Depending on your experience and skills, your salary will be in accordance with salary scale 9 of Hivos Lebanon, minimum $ 1,601.00 and maximum $ 2,402.00. Travel costs are compensated in accordance with internal regulations and legal requirements. You will be subscribed to NSSF, and a health insurance package is offered.

The MENA program of Hivos contributes to political, societal and economic processes that can lead to societal transformation. We aim for pluralist and democratic societies with respect for human rights and equal opportunities for all citizens. The program works with citizen activists and creative entrepreneurs, and makes use of co-working spaces, alternative financial mechanisms like crowd funding, and investments.

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organizations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Want to know more?

For more information, please contact Doreen Khoury, PDM for Women’s Empowerment and Sexual Rights & Diversity, +961 1570 426

How to apply

Please apply before February 22, 2019. Both a letter of motivation and resume need to be submitted in English to Hivos via e-mail to with reference code 400-24


Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.