Policies and Procedures Expert

Clown Me In is seeking to appoint a Policies and Procedures Expert for the International Institute For Very Very Serious Studies (IIVVSS). The successful candidate will be drafting missing policies and reviewing and amending and proposing suggestions to improve the effects of existing ones.  

The Company

Clown Me In is a clowning and street theatre company. Our experience ranges from street performances, to social therapy workshops and event hosting. We use creative and playful means to work with displaced and/or disadvantaged communities and work to bring people together using laughter and fun. We also aim to take the arts from urban to rural areas as well as from closed spaces to the streets. Clown Me In has worked with communities around the world, including Mexico, Myanmar, the Balkans, Lebanon, India, Brazil, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Greece, Sweden and the United Kingdom. One of our main projects is IIVVSS, a performance two year training program in Beirut, Lebanon, to develop the talents of experienced artists and send them out to use their skills to engage with communities. 

More on www.clownmein.com 

Application Process 

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (500 words max) outlining why you think you’d be suitable for the job to clownmein@gmail.com (subject: M&E expert) by end of day Sunday 14th of February 2021. Please refer to the job description and person specification in your cover letter. 

Interviews will be held on Friday the 19th of February via zoom. 

Please indicate your availability for that day in your letter.

Key Information

Job title: Policies and procedure expert  
Rate of pay per project: USD 2,250  
Reporting to: Managing Director and Artistic Director
Location: The policies and procedure expert will be working from the office and home. 
Length of engagement: a maximum of one year 
Employment type: This is a self-employed position. You are responsible for paying any tax.

Key Roles

  • Provide advice, editorial expertise, and consultative support to organizational policy development; 
  • Develop new policies and improve existing policies to fit best the organisation’s work and activities;
  • Working with the team to identify and develop key policy areas;
  • Assembling, interpreting and analysing information;
  • Providing advice to inform management decisions. 

Person Specification

Essential

  • At least three-year experience in Policies and Procedures policies for NGOs.
  • Being analytical.
  • Having good research skills.
  • Having excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Self-motivated person able to work with little supervision.
  • Well organized.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.

Monitoring and Evaluation Expert

Clown Me In is seeking to appoint a Monitoring and Evaluation Expert for the International Institute For Very Very Serious Studies (IIVVSS). The successful candidate will provide technical leadership to follow the program framework, plans and indicators to capture project performance results and provide effective, accurate and timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all project activities. 

The Company

Clown Me In is a clowning and street theatre company. Our experience ranges from street performances, to social therapy workshops and event hosting. We use creative and playful means to work with displaced and/or disadvantaged communities and work to bring people together using laughter and fun. We also aim to take the arts from urban to rural areas as well as from closed spaces to the streets. Clown Me In has worked with communities around the world, including Mexico, Myanmar, the Balkans, Lebanon, India, Brazil, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Greece, Sweden and the United Kingdom. One of our main projects is IIVVSS, a performance two year training program in Beirut, Lebanon, to develop the talents of experienced artists and send them out to use their skills to engage with communities. 

More on www.clownmein.com 

Application Process 

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (500 words max) outlining why you think you’d be suitable for the job to clownmein@gmail.com (subject: M&E expert) by end of day Sunday 14th of February 2021. Please refer to the job description and person specification in your cover letter. 

Interviews will be held on Thursday 18th of February via zoom. 

Please indicate your availability for that day in your letter.

Key Information

Job title: Monitoring and Evaluation expert  
Rate of pay: USD 3,000 per year 
Length of engagement: 20 days per year for a period of two and half years
Reporting to: Managing Director and Artistic Director
Location: School is based in Sin El Fil and operates nationally. The M&E expert will be working from the school, office and home. He/She might also need to be present during performances. 
Employment type: This is a self-employed position. You are responsible for paying any tax.

Key Roles

  • Ensure an appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system is in place and is functioning satisfactorily. Periodically review and revise the system so that it is adapted appropriately to changing operating contexts;
  • Coordinate monitoring activities and inputs required of other team members;
  • Anticipate, plan and support reporting requirements;
  • Ensure information gathered through monitoring activities is shared quickly and in an appropriate format with the Artistic Director and Project Manager so that any problems arising can be addressed;
  • Organize evaluation activities in line with Awrad’s policy. 

Person Specification

Essential

  • At least three-year experience in M&E activities.
  • Skills in data analysis presentation and report writing.
  • Good analytical skills combined with a proactive, energetic approach to problem solving.
  • Strong verbal communication skills (Arabic and English are a must) with a clear Arabic and English writing style.
  • Self-motivated person able to work with little supervision.
  • Well organized.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.

E-learning Expert Consultant

Clown Me In is seeking to appoint an E-learning expert consultant for the International Institute For very Very Serious Studies (IIVVSS). The successful candidate will lead the inception and development of IIVVSS online curriculum, production plan, mock course, and budget with the aim of eventually integrating E-learning into IIVVSS in order to ensure program continuity amidst COVID-19 and societal shocks. 

The Company

Clown Me In is a clowning and street theatre company. Our experience ranges from street performances, to social therapy workshops and event hosting. We use creative and playful means to work with displaced and/or disadvantaged communities and work to bring people together using laughter and fun. We also aim to take the arts from urban to rural areas as well as from closed spaces to the streets. Clown Me In has worked with communities around the world, including Mexico, Myanmar, the Balkans, Lebanon, India, Brazil, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Greece, Sweden and the United Kingdom. One of our main projects is IIVVSS, a performance two year training program in Beirut, Lebanon, to develop the talents of experienced artists and send them out to use their skills to engage with communities. 

More on www.clownmein.com 

Application Process 

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (500 words max) outlining why you think you’d be suitable for the job to clownmein@gmail.com (subject:E-learning expert) by end of day Wednesday 10th of February. Please refer to the job description and person specification in your cover letter. 

Interviews will be held on Monday the 15th of February via zoom. 

Please indicate your availability for that day in your letter.

Key Information

Job title: E-Learning expert consultant 
Rate of pay per year: USD 18,000 
Reporting to: Managing Director and Artistic Director
Location: School is based in Sin El Fil and operates nationally. School’s e-learning expert will be working from the school, office and home.
Length of engagement: 12 months 
Employment type: This is a self-employed position. You are responsible for paying any tax.

Key Roles

  • Inception and development of IIVVSS online curriculum;
  • Conducting interviews with the trainers in order to produce individual scripts containing the outline of the content of each lesson;
  • Submitting a whitepaper containing all the findings and resulting material; 
  • Prepare a production plan;
  • Identification of best-fit LMS (Learning Management System);
  • The production of a mock digital course which will be displayed for review;
  • Submitting a provisional budget for the production of the entire digital content of IIVVSS online. 

Person Specification

Essential

  • At least three years experience.
  • Strong verbal communication skills ( Arabic and English are a must) with a clear Arabic and English writing style
  • Natural collaborator with the independence to manage and drive own workload.
  • Well organised.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.

Company Producer


Clown Me In is seeking to appoint an in-house producer to lead our street productions as well as other projects for the next 6 months. The successful candidate will administer the creation of new works, plan and assess future projects, and manage touring. The successful candidate should be a great project manager with at least three years of theatrical producing experience. 

The Company

Clown Me In is a clowning and street theatre company. Our experience ranges from street performances, to social therapy workshops and event hosting. We use creative and playful means to work with displaced and/or disadvantaged communities and work to bring people together using laughter and fun. We also aim to take the arts from urban to rural areas as well as from closed spaces to the streets. Clown Me In has worked with communities around the world, including Mexico, Myanmar, the Balkans, Lebanon, India, Brazil, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Greece, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

More on www.clownmein.com 

Application Process 

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (500 words max) outlining why you think you’d be suitable for the job to clownmein@gmail.com (subject: Producer) by end of day Sunday 7th of February.
Please refer to the job description and person specification in your cover letter. 

Interviews will be held on Wednesday the 10th via zoom. 

Please indicate your availability for that day in your letter.

Key Information

Job title: Company Producer (freelance)
Rate of pay: 720$ per month + 10% on sales
Reporting to: Artistic Director
Location: Company is based in Sin El Fil and operates nationally. Company producer will be working from the office and home.
Working hours: 3 days (18 hours) per week. We currently work as a team on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays.
Length of engagement: 6 months with an option of a longer type contract
Employment type: This is a self-employed position. You are responsible for paying any tax.
Other: The Company Producer will be required to provide their own phone and laptop.

Key Roles

  • Developing partnerships with companies, municipalities, institutions, schools, etc. 
  • Selling shows, events and projects / packages 
  • Providing administrative support to the Managing Director and Artistic Director
  • Writing reports and maintaining records
  • Provide feedback after a tour/ event as part of a debrief session
  • Managing the admin related to tours, such as getting permits and finding adequate locations to perform
  • Helping plan what productions to stage in future and when these will be, in collaboration with other key team members.
  • Ensure that the tour is running smoothly for individual members of the group
  • When on tour, respond to questions and offer help with any problems that arise, ranging from simple matters to more serious issues. 
  • Deal with emergencies happening on the ground

Person Specification

Essential

  • Strong verbal communication skills ( Arabic and English are a must) with a clear Arabic and English writing style and ability to make and present a powerful case.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • At least three years experience, either as a main role or as a substantial part of another role.
  • Natural collaborator with the independence to manage and drive own workload.
  • Well organised.
  • Adaptable and inventive, with the ability to spot and seek out new opportunities.
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure.
  • Passion for Clown Me In’s work and commitment to its core aims and objectives.

Job Opportunity: Fundraising Manager

Clown Me In is seeking to appoint a Fundraising Manager to lead our fundraising and development work for the next 4 months. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record of achieving core and project funding at all levels for a range of arts organisations and companies. This initial contract covers 32 days across a 4-month period (approx 2 day/week, flexible working), with the aim of extending this position into a regular role with the company long-term.

The Company

Clown Me In is a clowning and street theatre company. Our experience ranges from street performances, to social therapy workshops and event hosting. We use creative and playful means to work with displaced and/or disadvantaged communities and work to bring people together using laughter and fun. We also aim to take the arts from urban to rural areas as well as from closed spaces to the streets. Clown Me In has worked with communities around the world, including Mexico, Myanmar, the Balkans, Lebanon, India, Brazil, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Greece, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

More on www.clownmein.com 

Application Process 

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (500 words max) outlining why you think you’d be suitable for the role to clownmein@gmail.com (subject: Fundraiser) by end of day Friday 8th of january. Please refer to the job description and person specification in your cover letter. 

Interviews will be held on Tuesday the 12th via zoom.
Please indicate your availability for that day in your letter.

Key Information

Job title: Company Fundraiser (freelance)
Rate of pay: 400.000L.L  per day ( 15,600,000L.L per 4 months) 
Reporting to: Artistic Director
Location: Company is based in Sin El Fil and operates nationally. Company Fundraiser will be working from the office and home.
Working hours: 2 days (16 hours) per week, with the possibility of expanding to 3 days some weeks during busy periods.  We currently work as a team on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays, and it would be useful if you had some time on Thursdays free.
Length of engagement: 4 months, with possibility to  extend depending on future funding.
Employment type: This is a self-employed position. You are responsible for paying any tax.
Other: The Company Fundraiser will be required to provide their own phone and laptop.

Key Roles

The purpose of this role is to lead on the fundraising and development work for Clown Me In, across public funding, trusts and foundations and individual giving. The Freelance Fundraiser will work in close collaboration with the core Clown Me IN team, and key roles will include:

  • Researching new sources of funding and staying aware of new opportunities from existing funders to identify most appropriate funding opportunities.
  • Creating cases for support for individual projects and the core work of the company 
  • Writing and submitting grant applications to reach an agreed target.
  • Updating the core team and requesting the information required to ensure a successful application

 Long-term, should the contract extend beyond the initial 4-month period, the Freelance Fundraiser will be responsible for:

  • Creating a SMART strategic development plan that is aligned with Clown Me In’’s project cycle and ethos.
  • Managing the funding cycle and identifying the funding timeline to ensure the company has sufficient cashflow to carry on its work
  • Stewardship of funder relationships
  • Attending funder meetings with other members of the core team

Person Specification

Essential

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills ( Arabic and English are a must) with a clear writing style and ability to make and present a powerful case.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • At least three years’ fundraising experience, either as a main role or as a substantial part of another role.
  • Natural collaborator with the independence to manage and drive own workload.
  • Well organised.
  • Adaptable and inventive, with the ability to spot and seek out new opportunities.
  • Strategic thinker who is also able to apply that thinking to create tangible outcomes.
  • Demonstrable experience of writing and submitting successful funding applications.
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure.

Desirable

  • Passion for Clown Me In’s work and commitment to its core aims and objectives.
  • Demonstrable experience securing donations (e.g. individual giving, corporate giving).
  • Experience with companies / projects bridging arts and non-arts sectors, working across the arts, healthcare, and academia.
  • French speaker

Clown&Clown Festival – Monte San Giusto, Italy

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Sabine Choucair, Lebanese humanitarian clown and founder of Clown Me In, received the Il Clown nel Cuore 2019 award at the Clown&Clown Festival in Monte San Giusto, Italy, for her work using the art of clowning on the streets and in crisis and conflict zones with refugees, disadvantaged communities, women, and diverse social groups around the world.

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More than 10,000 people attended the award ceremony. The Il Clown nel Cuore award recognizes artists who combine comedy and the joy of living with humanitarian missions in solidarity with those in need, thus becoming models for the community.

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Over the years, the award has recognized the work of big names, including Andrea Caschetto, Dario Ballantini, and Patch Adams. 

Sabine Choucair is the first woman to receive this award.


حازت سابين شقير، المهرجة والناشطة اللبنانية ومؤسسة Clown Me In ، على جائزة Il Clown nel Cuore 2019 في مهرجان Clown & Clown في مونتي سان جيوستو، إيطاليا، عن عملها باستخدام فن التهريج في الشوارع وفي مناطق الأزمات والنزاعات مع اللاجئين والمجتمعات المحرومة والنساء والفئات الاجتماعية المتنوعة في جميع أنحاء العالم

حضر المهرجان وحفل توزيع الجوائز أكثر من 10000 شخص 

تعترف جائزة Il Clown nel Cuore بالفنانين الذين يَجمعون بين الكوميديا والفرح والمهام الإنسانية تضامنا مع المحتاجين، وبالتالي يصبحون نموذجا يحتذى به في المجتمع

على مر السنين، أعطيت هذه الجائزة لأسماء كبيرة تم الاحتفاء بأعمالهم، ومنهم Andrea Caschetto و Dario Ballantini و Patch Adams.

سابين شقير هي أول امرأة تحصل على هذه الجائزة

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Job Opportunity: Operations Officer

Operations Officer

with experience in finance/accounting and operations

Clown Me In (Awrad Association) is a clowning and street theatre NGO based in Beirut, which uses clowning to spread laughter and provide relief to disadvantaged communities while exploring human vulnerabilities and helping individuals to accept them. Clown Me In has worked around the world, in Mexican, Lebanese, Palestinian, Indian, Brazilian, Moroccan, Jordanian, Syrian, Greek and British communities.

We are looking for a self-motivated and result-driven operations officer with extensive experience in finance/accounting and operations for NGOs.

Duties will include formulating policies, coordinating and following up with project managers of the different projects, working on general budgets, allocating budget resources, monitoring and motivating staff, managing operational costs, improving administration processes, identifying new opportunities, and monitoring financial activities.

The successful candidate for this role should possess good communication skills, exceptional budgeting and finance skills and strong leadership qualities.

Operations Officer responsibilities:

  • Overseeing daily operations
  • Developing and implementing growth strategies
  • Developing and implementing policies in accordance to international NGOs norms
  • Creating and managing budgets
  • Evaluating performance and productivity
  • Analysing accounting and financial data
  • Generating reports
  • Managing cash box and bankbook
  • Drafting contracts
  • Overseeing the legal papers of Awrad Association
  • Overseeing the work being done at the new space

Cashbox Management:

  1. Make all due cash payments in a timely manner in coordination with project managers.
  2. Make sure that all invoices are in compliance with rules and regulations required by the Lebanese government and donors.
  3. Make sure there are sufficient funds in cashbox and that cash counting is carried out on a weekly basis.
  4. Record all payments in cashbox sheet in a timely manner.
  5. Archive all financial supporting documents of cashbox according to budgets and projects.

Bankbook Management:

  1. Make all due payments either via check or bank transfers in coordination with project managers and president.
  2. Record all payments in bankbook in a timely manner.
  3. Manage online banking.
  4. Carry out monthly bank reconciliations in coordination with president.
  5. Archive all financial supporting documents of bankbook according to budgets and projects.
  6. Make sure that there are sufficient funds in bank account in order to carry out due payments on time upon request of project manager and/or president.

Human Resources:

  1. Draft new consultancy contracts per budgetary requirements.
  2. Archive resumes and contracts per projects.

Reporting:

  1. Deliver financial reports due to donors on time in cooperation with project manager.
  2. Provide all required financial supporting documents to donor due along with reports.
  3. Provide all documents required by the auditor for the preparation of end-of-year reports to the government and follow up with auditor and lawyer to guarantee that reports are submitted in due time.

Operations Officer qualifications:

  • Degree in business management and/or MBA or similar
  • At least 3 years of experience in NGOs
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Highly organised
  • Computer literate
  • Good Arabic and English (French is a plus)

 

To apply, send an e-mail to clownmein@gmail.com with “Operations Officer” as a subject along with a motivation letter and your CV before April 19th.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted on the 22nd of April.

To know more about Awrad Association please visit : www.clownmein.com
and our fb page: https://www.facebook.com/clownmeinpage/

Job starts on May 1st 2019

“Clown Me In” in Boulder Circus Center

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On Wednesday August 29th, Sabine Choucair was part of an evening of open sharing and discussion about the #Clown and its political, social and healing power along with Giovanni Fusetti.

Sabine Choucair, from Clown Me In – Lebanon, showcased the work she and her team are doing with refugees and disadvantaged communities in the Middle East and Europe. And opened a discussion about how artists can make a positive difference through our work. She is the proud co-founder of the IIVVSS ( International Institute of Very Very Serious Studies) that will be launched in Lebanon in the coming few months.

Wednesday, August 29th, at 7.30pm
Boulder Circus Center
4747 26th St, Boulder, CO 80301

These are some of the themes that we will be exploring.

The Hero and the Fool: how tragedy and comedy dance together.
What is the politics of the Fool?
Laughter is a human right. And so is Play, Joy and Humour.
What is the role of Clowns in areas of humanitarian crisis?
What is the difference between performing as clowns and touring to different communities vs using it as tool to find stories and spend more time with people?
Storytelling, trauma and the resilience of the heart.
How we as a community can take our work further?

Donations are very welcome and will fund the work of Clown Me In-Lebanon.

Healthcare Clowning International Meeting

400 clowns from 50 different countries and 150 healthcare clown organisations gathered in Vienna for the very first Healthcare Clowning International Meeting hosted by Red Noses, and Sabine was one of them!

She was invited to give a workshop passing on methods she has used in Lebanon and elsewhere when working with refugees and disadvantaged communities. She led her workshop ‘We must clown: different artistic formats to engage with refugees’ on the first day of the conference for a group of 20.

Together they had a lot fun, playing games and engaging in focused exercises but they also talked about the use of clowning in crisis zones. They listened to stories recorded from children during The Caravan projects to help to contextualise the work that we do at Clown Me In and discussed the techniques we use.

“The conference was an incredible experience, all these awesome clowns gathered together in one space in a frenzy of silliness, laughter and practical jokes all in the context of a huge learning experience. It was fantastic to hear from so many very accomplished clowns working in healthcare clowning, leading fascinating and eye opening conversations about our form of art and performance, it’s techniques and effects.” – Sabine

Upon her return Sabine exclaimed that it was definitely one of the most fun conferences she had ever been to, and honestly who can blame her? An auditorium full of 400 clowns? Who wouldn’t want to be there!

Clown Protest

As clowns we tend not to be too dramatic about things, so when we cry or make a fuss you KNOW it’s for a good reason. Back in February we joined a protest (I know, I know, February was a long time ago – but we’ve been in mourning!) to express our extreme distress at the government’s solution to our ongoing trash crisis: to build an incinerator for Beirut! Apparently it’s not enough that our sea is drowning in trash, that our landscape is littered with plastic, that our food has become poisonous and that the air is filled with the exhausts of a million cars. Apparently now we must inhale the fumes of all the trash piled up and burning in our very own incinerator!

So we joined the demonstration, protesting in the only way we know to be effective: with a good dose of humour. We arrived with a goal and determination to break the Guinness World Record for the longest noose of trash. On our shoulders we bore an incinerator and around our neck was tied a noose. We hugged each other and sobbed loudly –

We were received with surprise and encouragement from the many people gathered on the streets of Beirut that day. A couple even asked us to include their infant in our procession which we did gladly, giving him a bright red clown nose and carrying him whilst we set up our Guinness World Record breaking noose of trash. The crowd was keen to take part, we placed the noose around one of our necks and with the help of enthusiastic (and sometimes weary) volunteers we held it up with a broomstick and started piling on the trash.

Our attendance at the demonstration is part of our long term clown commitment to living in a cleaner and healthier environment. You may remember us from the last protest we attended where we were interviewed by the press:

After everyone had packed up and gone home, we received a message from one of the organiser’s of the event who thanked us for our participation and intervention because we had transformed the protest from a dramatic and heavy on the heart event into something a little more enjoyable. It is always important to stand up for our rights. See you very soon on the streets, where we will be standing up for social justice with a little side of clown humour!