The standard terms and conditions for teaching staff generally apply to teaching staff recruited from abroad. The variations and special conditions for non-Lebanese are outlined below.
1 Period of Appointment
The appointment, which is dependent on a medical report of good health, is for a two year fixed period from 1 September, subject to a satisfactory review at the end of the first year. The appointment may be renewable by mutual agreement.
2 Salary and Benefits
The competitive salary will be negotiated on an individual basis and will be reviewed after two years at BHS. Salaries are paid in Lebanese Lira.
2.2 Reduction on BHS Tuition Fees
There is a 50% reduction on BHS tuition fees for children of full-time staff members. This reduction does not apply to charges for insurance, activities, and computer.
Subject to availability, furnished accommodation with satellite TV and a full-time internet connection is provided.
Apartments are provided from 1 September in the year of appointment until four working days before the start of the Summer Camp in the final year (around the end of June). Other accommodation in Boarding Houses is provided from the day before the start of the in-service training until four working days before the start of the Summer Camp (around the end of June).
Meals may be taken free of charge in the cafeteria during boarding term-time (as and when provided for the boarding students).
One return airfare will be offered for each full year of the appointment.
2.6 Removal expenses
Removal expenses of up to 500$ will be refunded on production of a receipt. (Current rate is $1=1,500LL.)
3 Medical Insurance
3.1 Medical Insurance (NSSF)
Five countries have reciprocal treatment arrangements with Lebanon: UK, France, Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland. If you are a national of one of these countries, medical insurance will be provided through the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) for medical care in Lebanon, as well the reciprocal countries.
In addition to school’s contribution, employees pay 3% by deduction on monthly basic salary of up to LL 2,500,000 ($1,667) – a maximum payment of LL 75,000 ($50) per month. This is payable even if the employee is not eligible for NSSF benefits.
The benefits cover:
- In-patient hospitalisation: up to 90% of all the customary medical expenses incurred during a stay in a hospital (3rd class) arising from sickness or accident.
- Out-patient benefits: up to 80% of examinations and medical tests that are required for any diagnostic purpose and that do not require hospitalisation. These include doctor’s fees, medicines, and laboratory tests.
You may wish to purchase additional “top-up” medical insurance, to upgrade to 1st or 2nd class hospitalisation and 100% of lab tests and emergency room fees.
3.2 Medical Insurance (Private)
If you are not eligible to join the National Social Security Fund (e.g. if you have US or Canadian nationality), the school will provide private medical insurance. This does not include medical care outside Lebanon.
The benefits cover:
- In-patient hospitalisation: 100% of all the customary medical expenses incurred during a stay in a hospital (2nd class) arising from sickness or accident as well as emergency treatment.
- Out-patient benefits: 100% of examinations and medical tests that are required for any diagnostic purpose and that do not require hospitalisation. These include laboratory tests and emergency room fees, but not doctor’s fees or medicines.
3.3 Dental Insurance
Dental insurance is not provided.
The school does not contribute to pension schemes outside Lebanon.
5 Work Permits and Visas
All appointments of non-Lebanese staff are subject to the satisfactory completion of the necessary paperwork, including work permit. The school will arrange and pay for a work permit and visa. The documents which need to be sent with acceptance of the appointment are: a copy of the passport identity page, a further passport photo, a copy of degree and diploma certificates, a medical report, and, if applicable, a marriage certificate. Letters of recommendation may also be requested. Originals of all these will then be needed after arrival.
The final terms and conditions for acceptance will be sent with the appointment letter and will be subject to the Lebanese teaching law and amendments.