Senior Government Relations Officer, L7, Beirut (Subject to funding)

  • Added Date: Monday, 08 July 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 08 August 2019

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Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. Be part of a growing international organization that is dedicated to tackling this global challenge. To learn more about ICMP click here.

Syria/MENA Program

ICMP Syria/MENA program aims to establish the foundations for an effective and sustainable mechanism to address the issue of the missing in a future post-conflict Syria. The program will focus on:

1) Contributing to increased understanding among victims, civil society and key stakeholders regarding processes, standards and rights of victims and survivors who are involved in accounting for missing persons;

2) Establishing the conditions to launch a participative process of data collection that empowers and engages families of the missing; and

3) Increasing the capacity of Syrian families, legal experts and other stakeholders to foster an impartial and law-based approach to accounting for missing persons in post-conflict Syria.

The primary beneficiaries of the Syria program are families, in particular women, with relatives missing from the conflict, who are currently displaced in neighboring countries and, also where possible, those who are still in Syria.

The Senior Government Relations Officer (SGRO) will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the government relations activities of the ICMPs programs in the MENA\Syria program, ensuring that they are carried out in line with the ICMP strategy. This includes serving as point of contact for ICMP in relation to relevant commissions on missing persons, prosecutors’ offices, specialized institutions, government ministries and institutions, and other relevant stakeholders working on the issue of missing persons.

This position will remotely supervise two Government Relations Officers.

The expected outcomes of the position are:

  1. The successful day-to-day implementation of the government relations activities of the ICMPs regional project/activities in the MENA region,

  2. Provide Capacity building assistance and technical support to the ICMPs partner institutions involved in the missing persons process, justice and specialized institutions towards resolution of missing persons issue in the MENA\Syria program.

  3. Ensure that the Office of the Head of MENA Program is aware and attuned to initiatives and work undertaken by region and international governments, IOs and NGOs on missing persons’ issues.

Reporting to the Head of Program, the SGRO is responsible for:

  • Provide analysis and advice to the supervisor on political and other issues that affect implementation of program activities, and support as interlocutor with regional government officials and decision makers, as well as international organizations active in the missing persons issue.
  • Draft reports, letters and other documents to support the implementation of day-to-day activities of the MENA\Syria program and coordinate with ICMP staff in the implementation of strategic goals and program activities.
  • In collaboration with the Head of the MENA\Syria program, act as the point of contact with the local and international counterparts in the MENA region. Cultivate and provide access to ICMP leadership to relevant actors in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Syria and Erbil, Iraq. (Latter in close consultation with ICMP Iraq).
  • Ensure ICMP is present in all relevant policy dialogues and opportunities that impact and affect the issue of missing persons, as well as opportunities for the development of a comprehensive system to address the issue of missing persons in the region, and as related to the rights of families of the missing;
  • Provide support to and collaborating with political actors and civil society organizations directly engaged in missing persons issues and assisting them in developing their professional capacities.

  • Create, develop and maintain an up-to-date a stakeholder map for Lebanon and Syria, which identifies key political stakeholders, as well as to widen the existing stakeholder base in the areas that are crucial to ICMPs strategy in the region. Supervise staff and ensure mapping is updated and reflective of latest status.

  • As necessary, give briefings and presentations on topics related to ICMPs activities in the MENA region. Provide assistance in the implementation of the ICMP’s HQ initiatives and activities as necessary

  • Prepare presentation materials as needed

  • Planning, organizing, attending, following-up, and reporting on meetings and events;

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced university qualification in either law, diplomacy, International Relations, Public Administration, social sciences or other relevant qualifications is desirable;
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience;
  • Sound knowledge of local legislation, government entities and the political climate in Lebanon, with an understanding of the political environment in Jordan, Turkey and Erbil, Iraq;
  • In-depth understanding of the policy and legislation and its application to the issue areas;
  • Understanding of the institutional structure in Lebanon, Turkey and Syria related to missing persons;
  • Understanding of the Syrian conflict and the region, as well as work experience related to Syria and the region is desirable
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a highly political environment and in an international environment;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Discretion, tact and professionalism
  • Solution focused and action oriented
  • Excellent verbal presentation and advocacy skills

Additional Requirements

  • Legally entitled to work in Lebanon
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Arabic. Turkish or Kurdish is desirable.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality, religion or gender
  • Willingness to travel and to work flexible hours including weekends and evening
  • Understanding of and commitment to a rights-based approach to the issue of the missing


This is a full time position with a competitive base salary at the LES 7 level on the ICMP MENA/Syria Program salary scale, generous paid leave and extensive health insurance benefits for the incumbent and any eligible dependent.

This is a locally engaged position and is not entitled to the expatriate allowances.

Please see the ICMP website for salary details.

Please note that this position is subject to funding by the donor.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

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