Job Listings and Openings
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Translator and communications assistant
Scope of work
Translation, writing, and communication
3 to 5 days/week (see details in "To apply" below)
One year, renewable
November 6, 2020
The Beirut Urban Lab is looking to hire a research assistant to support its public communication portfolio. The researcher will be tasked to translate research and communication material from English to Arabic, to support in communication tasks such as writing, preparing image content, or editing audiovisual material, and to take-charge of maintenance and publication of the Lab’s website and social media platforms.
- Translating material from English to Arabic or Arabic to English,
- Proofreading Arabic material,
- Managing the Beirut Urban Lab website’s back end, and producing material for it (for example, writing summaries of events, invitations, and others)
- Writing documents and communication within a fast paced timeframe: PowerPoint presentations, announcements, newsletters, memos, etc.
- Occasionally posting on the Lab’s Twitter account, and coordinating with AUB social media accounts,
- Supporting the production of digital visuals,
- Documenting the Lab's work and occasionally publishing that documentation,
- Attending team meetings and discussions
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in translation, journalism, communications, visual arts/graphic design, or a similar field,
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Arabic and English,
- Previous experience in proofreading, editing and/or translation,
- Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and other visual production tools is a plus. If you do not know these tools, you will be trained on them and expected to use them,
- Previous experience in managing a website’s back end is a plus. In any case, you will be trained on the BUL’s back-end platform,
- Excellent organizational skills, high attention to detail, ability to follow through and prioritize and manage multiple tasks and meet established deadlines,
- Ability to work collaboratively with people.
Interested applicants can send their CVs and a writing or translation sample in Arabic to Dounia Salamé at [email protected] with the subject “Translator and communications assistant" by November 6, 2020. Please state in your email if you prefer to work part- or full-time.
Senior Project Coordinator – Observatory of the Post-Beirut Blast Recovery
Scope of work
Project Coordination, full-time
13 months (November 2020 to December 2021)
October 12, 2020
The Beirut Urban Lab is looking to hire a project coordinator to lead the efforts of the Observatory of the Recovery, a yearlong commitment to help monitor the activities of the recovery efforts by all actors involved following the Beirut Port blast. The coordinator will help recruit and coordinate a team for data gathering, representation, and analysis over the course of the coming year. S/he will work in close collaboration with the BUL directors and the research team. We expect the candidate to begin working as soon as possible, preferably no later than November 1st, 2020. The project duration is 1 year.
The candidate needs to have at least ten years of experience working in/around Lebanon's public agencies and non-profit sectors, be able to write reports/analysis, and communicate the vision of the Lab in an articulate form. The candidate needs to hold at least an MA degree (PhD is a plus), and to speak and write fluently English and Arabic. Experience in development work or urban studies is a major criterion in the selection. Knowledge of GIS is a plus. S/he has to be able to work well with a team. Remuneration will depend on the candidate qualifications and years of experience.
Operate as a shared information platform that provides rigorous data which enables evidence-based urban policy recommendations to actors involved in recovery, focusing on the four sectors of shelter, public space, waste management, and infrastructure.
Facilitate coordination among stakeholders, through the sharing of the data, and through the organization of meetings, workshops, webinars, amongst other modalities of engagement.
Support the regular production of data and findings through maps, infographics, visualizations, and narratives that advance an inclusive, just, and environmentally sensitive framework of urban recovery.
The ultimate goals of the Observatory are three-fold: (i) Align the values and goals of reconstruction efforts on a people-centered, inclusive, and environmentally-sensitive recovery approach; (ii) Serve as the basis for advocacy and information base targeting residents in the severely affected neighborhoods; (iii) Empower residents to take control of the rebuilding of their neighborhoods and get engaged in the larger city's recovery.
Interested applicants can send their CVs to Michelle Moawad at [email protected] with the subject “Project Coordinator - Observatory of the Recovery" by October 12, 2020
Graphic Design Intern
The Beirut Urban Lab is looking for graphic design students to fill paid internship positions during the Summer period and the Winter session 2020. Interested students should be enrolled in their third year of study within the Graphic Design program at the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, AUB. If you are a Graphic Design student in another university, feel free to send us a letter of interest with a portfolio of work.
The selected student will join the Lab's Critical Mapping team, working on the conceptualization, design and production of maps, infographics and other data visualizations related to research around urban issues. They will also assist in designing Lab publications, presentations, event posters and other communication material.
More specifically, the tasks could include:
- Experimenting with graphic coding and visualization ideas for different sets of data.
- Trying out typographic palettes and developing icons for different maps and infographics.
- Laying out maps and diagrams and preparing for both print and digital publishing.
- Sketching design directions and implementing design ideas for communication on talks, workshops or exhibitions.
- Applying the identity and house style of the Lab on different presentations, publications and event communication material (posters, invites, social media posts…).
Length and Compensation
This is a paid internship opportunity for a period of at least six weeks full time, as required by the Graphic Design Program at AUB. If the internship is to be conducted remotely, in part or in full, some adjustments will be made to the length of the internship period following guidelines set by the Program. Positions are available during Summer (within June, July, August period) and during the Winter session (January, extending into the first two weeks of the Fall semester). The Lab is ready to accept extended internship applications beyond the required period for up to 3 months during Summer, fully paid. Each intern will be compensated at 1,200,000 LBP / month.
Graduate Research Assistant
Position is open for
Students currently enrolled in the Masters program in Urban Planning and Policy or Urban Design, on a full time basis; or students newly admitted to the program.
If you currently are a Masters student at the MUPP\MUD program, we might have GRA opportunities for you!
You will have to work on one of the Lab's current research projects for your thesis in either Urban Planning or Urban Design. Please contact one of the professors listed below to inquire about opportunities and state your subjects of interest. You'll then have a conversation about possible topics for your thesis, as well as funding possibilities.
Part of your tuition will be covered, and you will receive a semester-based stipend.