Fellowship Coordinator 

Position: Fellowship Coordinator

Duration: 12 months renewable upon successful performance evaluation

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Overall Purpose

The Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) and The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship (AI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) are seeking a full-time Fellowship Coordinator to work on the Regional Fellowship Program and Summer School under the Supporting Arab Women at the Table (SAWT) project. He/ she will be supporting the design and delivery of the training modules, as well as lead on all administrative and logistical aspects.

The Fellowship Program is conceived as a yearly activity within the duration of 36 months, thus occurring three times by the end of the SAWT project in December 2023. The Fellowship Coordinator will be facilitating the selection process to ensure securing a pool of women activists and advocates who are engaged in impacting communities through work within/or across the public, private, nonprofit sectors and social movements working towards gender equality in countries of intervention. Moreover, he/she will be supporting in the design and delivery of the Summer School. The latter will commence with a series of online training workshops prior to face-to-face delivery and one follow-up activity. The key objective of the Summer School is to create a community of peer- and expert-mentors, identifying future learning opportunities of common interest, and inviting each other to different countries to learn and support the cohort of Fellows. The Fellowship Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating an Alumni and co-designing communication channels for network sustainability.

About the SAWT Project

Within ARI’s women’s political participation program, the SAWT project aims at quantitatively and qualitatively increasing women’s meaningful inclusion in peace processes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It will improve their ability to influence outcomes and establish post-conflict gender-egalitarian frameworks. It will focus on the emergence of a new generation of women activists with enhanced capacity, skills, and confidence. It will create new venues and mechanisms for cross-regional, intergenerational, cross-sectorial exchange and coalition-building for shared learning and collective action planning. It will also generate key forum for South-to-North exchanges that provide unique opportunities for knowledge production and sharing, advocacy and policy influencing.

It is funded by the European Union (EU) with ARI as the lead partner and implemented through country partners consisting of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon, Together We Build It in Libya, the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies in Yemen, the Culture and Free Thought Association in Palestine, and the Iraqi Al-Amal Association in Iraq.

Scope of Work

The Fellowship Coordinator will have the following key responsibilities:

Research Coordination

  • Assisting in reviewing and analyzing the research papers that will emerge from the project, fellowship program and summer school.

Fellowship program and summer school coordination

  • Assisting in the design and delivery of both the fellowship program and online modules – through online and face-to-face modalities.
  • Facilitating the selection package for the women who will be engaged in this capacity building i.e. organizing meetings to support proper selection.
  • Coordinating with the communications team to ensure the packaging of program outreach material (proofreading and editing in English and Arabic).
  • Establishing, together with ARI and AI, a secretariat and coordination body to create and maintain an alumni network.
  • Liaising with participating women to enable regular updates on the challenges they are facing and exploring local project opportunities.
  • In collaboration with AI administration, following up on administrative and logistical tasks to ensure smooth delivery of this capacity building i.e. organizing meetings, visas and travel arrangements, hotel bookings and per-diems in close coordination with ARI and country partners, as per AUB policies and procedures.
  • Supporting the monitoring and evaluation and learning milestones of both the fellowship program and online modules.
  • Following up on material development with speakers.
  • Following up on project activities listed in the annual work plans to ensure all activities are completed on time; ensure timely and duly management of the project and implementation of all activities.
  • Assisting in the preparation of donor’s activity progress and financial reports.
  • Participating in field visits needed for the project.
  • Reporting to AI designate on progress via weekly meetings
  • Liaising with ARI Project Director as and when needed


The Fellowship Coordinator will work under the supervision of the AI Management team and in close consultation with the ARI Project Director.


The Fellowship Coordinator shall be committed to women’s rights and to supporting knowledge production/research, capacity building and voices/networks of women activists within MENA with the following background and experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in gender/development studies, social sciences, or any other relevant fields.
  • 1 to 3 years of work experience in project management.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to build positive working relationships with the project team and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work pro-actively, independently and efficiently
  • Excellent command of English and Arabic is a must - with prior research experience in Arabic a plus.

Contract Conditions

The Fellowship Coordinator should be available to start as soon as possible with a one-year contract that is renewable upon satisfactory performance.

To Apply

To apply, please send your CV (max. two pages), a cover letter describing your qualifications and motivations for the position to eu-jobs@arab-reform.net with the reference FC in the email subject. The closing date is 24 April 2022.

ARI is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.