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Search for Common Ground

Country Director- Lebanon

Middle East and North Africa – Beirut, Lebanon
Department Middle East and North Africa
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict—away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.  

Position Summary

The Country Director of Search in Lebanon has the overall responsibility for the program development, management and successful operations in Lebanon (including programmes addressing the Syria crisis). The Country Director will report directly to the Director, Middle East and North Africa. 

Key Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Serve as Search’s representative in Lebanon 
  • Oversee the implementation of the Lebanon and Syria country strategy within the overall vision and goals of the organization 
  • Oversee the management of Search-Lebanon’s projects while managing project priorities, developing plans and long-term strategies in Lebanon and Syria 
  • Raise additional support for the Lebanon and Syria programmes through fundraising efforts and other channels, as necessary 
  • Identify new opportunities for Search involvement in Lebanon and Syria and explore new innovative ways to ensure the continuation of Search programming in the region 
  • Represent Search in donors visits and meetings both in Europe and the US
  • Take full responsibility for the financial management and health of the Search-Lebanon program, including budget management, financial reporting, and budget monitoring 
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation practices to capture the results achieved by the different projects and the program as a whole, supported in part by the Design Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist 
  • Work with public and private actors, local and international non-governmental organizations, the media and communities across the country on promoting a culture of dialogue 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with international and local trainers, partner organizations, other NGOs, media, donors, clients, key government officials, and others especially as part of the Syria refugee crisis coordination mechanism led by GoL and UN agencies
  • Ensure compliance with donor regulations 
  •  Ensure full compliance with all Search Safety & Security Policies and Procedures 
  • Oversee the management of grants and budgets and report regularly to supervisor 
  • Work closely with Lebanon senior management team to ensure strong office structures and systems are in place and adapt to new context and programmatic realities
  • Ensure that work environment is conducive to staff development and empowerment and adopt a participatory, inclusive approach to planning and staff management
  • Ensure the recruitment, effective supervision and evaluation of Search’s program and project staff (30+) in Lebanon 
  • Ensure ongoing capacity-building efforts of staff members, particularly in specific thematic areas relevant to the Lebanon and Syria portfolio as well as for program and budget management 
  • Stay informed of the international conflict transformation field to ensure that the program’s work remains innovative and professional 
  • Maintain local administrative policies and procedures, ensuring that they comply with Search policies 
  • Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its Institutional Learning efforts 
  • Contribute to Search growth and development in other countries, as may be appropriate 

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


    You meet the following qualifications:


    • Bachelor’s Degree in a related area required (Master’s degree preferred)


    • At least ten (10) years of experience in international relations, peace-building, and/or related fields, including democracy and governance issues and civil society strengthening 


    • Extensive experience working in and/or knowledge of Lebanon and Syria, as well as the political, social and cultural issues affecting the region including challenges related to the refugee crisis
    • Strong knowledge of and experience in conflict transformation, dialogue, negotiation, and mediation approaches
    • Significant experience in project management at a high level in a non-profit environment
    • Demonstrated experience with budgeting, project development, fundraising, proposal and report writing, and grants management
    • Demonstrated financial management and program administration experience
    • Ability to successfully manage and inspire a team in the field of conflict transformation, international development or related fields
    • Excellent managerial skills, interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to conduct professional working relationships
    • Dynamic leader with creative problem-solving skills and negotiation skills
    • Knowledge of donor rules and regulations, and ability to manage and prioritize multi donor funding
    • Proven ability in convening and facilitating multi-party meetings and ongoing dialogues
    • Demonstrated experience in setting up and managing monitoring systems and initiating regular evaluations of programs
    • Ability to work with people at all levels, ranging from high-level officials to community leaders
    • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
    • Written and oral fluency in English. Fluency in Arabic is highly desired.
    • Ability to function as a social entrepreneur
    • A team spirit
    • Written and oral fluency in English. Fluency in Arabic is highly desired. 

    Deadline for submission of applications is Sunday June 3 at midnight Washington, DC timeTo apply, interested candidates should send a cover letter and current resume to our employment portal here.  We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.

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      Beirut, Lebanon
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      Middle East and North Africa
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