Entrepreneurship show the 4th and 5th March in Utica

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Tamss is hiring a finance project officer

TAMSS is hiring!


Finance Project Officer


Specific Responsibilities:


  • Building the capacity of Local Partners on
  1. Project Agreements to be signed;
  2. Instruct and train partners regarding how to financially report to TAMSS;
  3. Provide joint & group technical trainings and coaching to Local partners;
  4. Ensure that deadlines are met;

·         Prepare financial reports for partners and Local Office staff


Professional Qualifications:

·         At least three years experience in finance and accounting for international agencies.

·         Strong computer skills, particularly Excel, Word and Access.

·         Fluent in written and spoken English;

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Personal Competencies:

·         Demonstrated strengths in financial management with a strong client service focus; able to work with diverse groups of people and team oriented environment

·         Skilled in obtaining information necessary to accomplish duties

·         Able to prioritize work, multi-task and meet deadlines

·         Problem analysis and problem resolution at both a strategic and functional level

·         Able to express technical ideas and concerns in a non-technical environment

·         Strong customer orientation

·         Ability to develop effective systems considering organizational effectiveness and impact on people.

·         Strong organization and planning skills, detail oriented

·         Maturity and discretion, able to work with, and maintain confidential information

·         Able to work independently and within a team

·         Able to adapt and learn


Physical Requirements/Environment

·         Able to travel to local partners in different governorates of Tunisia and abroad.

·          This position requires flexibility and the capacity to deal with ambiguity and change until regional systems and standards are in place.

To apply to this position, please send your cover letter and resume outlining your experience to



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Women entrepreneurship with TAMSS

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Awareness citizenship’s session

TAMSS organized an awareness session on citizenship on November 22, 2013 in Dar Echaab Ariana.

An intervention was made ​​by Ms. Hana Ben Abda, Teacher in Civil Rights at the Faculty of Legal Sciences of Tunis and a member of the Tunisian Association of constitutional rights.

Various points during this session were cited, namely:
* Citizenship and Human Rights
* Democracy
* The requirements of the voter and elections
* The importance of election observation

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Chéma Gargroui, Founder & President of TAMSS participation at the Georgetown University Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate – June, 2013


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Events on June 2013

The TAMSS association participated in two events in June 2013:

-a meeting with specialists and academics of the rights of the women was organized  on June 26th in association with CAWTAR.

 - The Conference of Starting up of the Initiative of Dialogue between Tunisian Women on Saturday, June 29th, 2013 when representatives of the civil society and labor unions were present. This event was organized by “Search for Common Ground” and embassy of Great Britain

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Trainings of French and English


During the summer holidays, the trainings of French and English for the children are assured by Aline Reichenbach and Karima Jemaiel . Do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested!

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Review gender meeting for the first half 2013

TAMSS participated in a meeting organized by UN Women and UNFPA on 23th July , 2013.

The meeting was to take stock of the various programs and activities related to gender that were conducted during the first half of 2013.

It was held at the Center for Research, Studies, Documentation and Information on Women (CREDIF) and was attended by nearly 25 participants representing 16 organizations (governmental and non-governmental organizations, UN agencies and agencies bilateral cooperation) working to promote gender equality and empower women.

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Newsletter du mois de Juin 2013 – Programme TILI


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Women Face Fight to Keep Their Rights in Tunisia

Published: February 20, 2013

TUNIS — At the funeral this month of Chokri Belaid, the murdered secular opposition leader in Tunisia, his widow Basma Khalfaoui, a prominent feminist, stood on the ambulance carrying his casket, her head uncovered, raising her arm to wave a defiant victory sign.

“My husband was denouncing Ennahda’s double talk and we will continue his struggle,” Ms. Khalfaoui, 42, said at the funeral, referring to the moderate Islamist party that governs the country. “We will not give up the fight.”

Tunisia, perceived by the West as the most secular country in the Arab world and a staunch promoter of women’s rights, has gone through a rocky transition since the revolution two years ago that ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. While political pluralism exists for the first time in decades, new freedoms for some are threatening long-cherished ones for others — in particular those for Tunisian women.

After Tunisia gained its independence from France in 1956, the government passed laws to expand women’s rights, including the right to education and gender equality. Over the following decades, Islamists were persecuted and exiled while the government pushed the secularization of society to such an extent that a decree in 1981 banned women from wearing a veil in public buildings and universities.

After the fall of Mr. Ben Ali’s regime, the Ennahda party won elections in October 2011 with a comfortable majority. Since then, worries have grown that one of its aims is to restrict women’s freedoms in a country where, until recently, those rights had been taken for granted for decades.

“I think it’s normal that the Islamists are so vocal — veiled women used to be harassed and the frustration came out all at once,” said Sarah Ben Hamadi, 28, a blogger and journalist. “We are simply paying today for Ben Ali’s mistakes.”

“I don’t think the country is more radical,” she added. “There is more freedom so we see more of the religious people who were hiding in the past.”

Certainly, the religious ultraconservatives known as Salafists are more visible. The University of Manouba, in suburban Tunis, experienced months of tension last year after Salafist students rioted against the ban on the niqab, the face-covering veil.

More worrying are legal overhauls, human rights officials say. As Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly writes a new constitution, there have been repeated confrontations between Islamists, who dominate the assembly and want to roll back some rights acquired by women, and secular liberals, who want an expansion of those rights to include, for example, equal inheritance rights.

“We cannot speak of an obvious rollback since the legal reality is still the same,” said Amna Guellali, the director of Human Rights Watch in Tunis. “But acquired rights are being threatened by repeated attacks by Salafist groups on those they consider infidels or on behavior they deem contrary to Islamic morality.”

When a young woman was allegedly raped by police officers in September, she was charged with indecency and risked six months in prison before the charges were dropped, after a huge uproar. Human rights organizations cite the case as an example of how rights are under threat.

“Under the old regime, there were similar cases,” Ms. Guellali acknowledged. “Now with the new freedoms in the country, the media is paying attention to these kinds of stories.” Still, she said, even allowing for the amplifying effect of the news coverage, something has changed.

Chema Gargouri, the president of the Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability, a nongovernmental organization that provides training and microloans for women and young people in poor areas, said women were more secure under Mr. Ben Ali.

“What was really striking to me after the revolution was that women started to lose their self-esteem,” Ms. Gargouri said. “The dictatorship was pro-woman. The hatred against the dictatorship is expressed through action against women.”

The rise of social and religious repression and the loss of self-confidence “prevents any entrepreneurial initiative for women,” she added.

Ms. Gargouri, who is in her 40s, said that women of her generation had never previously had to debate or defend their rights. But recent developments had pushed her to work to raise awareness of the challenge now facing them.

“What scares me is that the Tunisian woman seems lost,” she said. “In many places I go to, people ask what the government can do for them. We try to teach them to do it on their own.”

The fact is that Tunisia has an Islamist majority, said Ms. Ben Hamadi, the blogger. “Article 1 of the Tunisian Constitution states that it is an Islamic state,” she said. “If we want real democracy, we must listen to everyone’s voice.”

A version of this article appeared in print on February 21, 2013, in The International Herald Tribune.

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