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Eli Abu Merhi

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Objective To secure a position with a credible, ambitious, forward-thinking company that appreciates working in a casual and friendly atmosphere and focuses on skills and objectives meeting , where my organizational, public relation and art skills, media relations strength, and positive energy can contribute to the success of the association’s projects.. Profile Combining strong project management skills, PR and media relations know-how, with a formal background in law and legal advocacy, I am both technically and experientially qualified for mid-level management roles in NGOs, advocacy, and agenda-based social action. I have attended many workshops in Lebanon and Jordan on group management, conflict resolution, media relation and representations. I have also undertook art courses and interior design courses with a portfolio of several art exhibitions in both Lebanon and Jordan. Working with regional managers for the MENA region, and participating in regional projects successfully holding good relations with international representatives. Organizing many events for children, and activities that emphasizes both on their creativity development, and social skills and involvement. Education Associate Project Management Certificate (PMI) 2010 Certified Peace Delegate & Trainer (Generations For Peace) 2010 Certified outreach trainer (SIDC) (oui Pour La Vie) 2009 Interior design (AUCE) 2008 Bachelor of Law. (La Sagesse) 2006 Affiliations & Memberships Oui Pour La Vie (NGO), SIDC Lebanon, Generations for Peace, Rotaract. Experience Arts: Student of Interior design, at AUCE, Neo-expressionist artist and designer. Holding several exhibitions in Lebanon and Jordan, Project Coordinator, Oui Pur La Vie, Beirut, Lebanon - 2008 to Present Oui Pour la Vie is a Lebanese NGO that targets marginalized groups, including sex workers, HIV+ people, men who have sex with men, unemployed women, victimes of domestic abuse and disempowered youth, creating workshops and educational activities aimed at sustainable social empowerment and improvement. It is non sectarian, and non religious. My role involves project innovation and development, sponsorship & fund-raising, recruiting volunteers and project management from concept to final delivery. Fundamental to the successful execution of my responsibilities are advanced research and evaluating skills, submitting RFPs and detailed written proposals (in English, Arabic or French) to local and international donors and governmental organisations such as NGOs and the EuroMed, networking, media relations, pitching & presenting ideas to secure support on multiple levels, organising conferences and seminars and managing the supporting infrastructure and human capital. Legal Consultant, André Bouchaaia Law Firm, Jdeideh - 2006 to 2008 As a Legal Consultant my responsibilities included the careful and timely drafting of contracts, researching legal and commercial issues, face to face complex negotiations with other lawyers and consultants, dispute mediation, advising clients and partners, attending court, lodging, processing, and following up on claims and other actions, documenting and record-keeping, advocacy and consultation. Legal Trainee, Matar Habchi Law Firm, Lebanon - 2006 During this internship I was required to follow up cases at court, review records, meet and advise clients, document processes and procedures, play devil’s advocate when devising legal strategies, write, edit and review commercial contracts, conveyancing contracts and general legal communication. Private Tutor - English, French & Sociology, Lebanon - 2001 to 2003 Part time work while completing my legal studies Skills Volunteer Recruitment, Team Building & Management ,Proposal-Writing, Fund-Raising, Spokesperson and Media Representation, Organising Public Events. Computer Skills Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint),), Internet Research Techniques, Adobe Photoshop. Languages Native Arabic, Fluent English, Fluent French Interests Painting, Writing, Traveling, Cooking, Researching, Hiking, Camping and Photography. Exhibitions Paintings and Photography have been exhibited on a solo basis and as part of ensembles to raise funds for charities. Samples at: References Available on request.