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Location: Beirut, Lebanon

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is recruiting for the position of Director.  The ACSS is a regional, independent, non-profit organization headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon. The Council is dedicated to strengthening social science research and research capacity in the Arab world. It aims to promote a strong and vibrant social science community by facilitating and supporting networking and the collaborative production of knowledge between individuals and institutions within the region and beyond. Its structure includes a General Assembly, an elected Board of Trustees and a Secretariat headed by the Director assisted by an Associate Director.

Responsibilities : The Director will be based at the ACSS headquarters in Beirut. S/he is responsible for carrying out the mission and achieving the objectives of the ACSS and will be accountable to the Board of Trustees. S/he is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees. Main responsibilities include:

  • Developing a strategy to ensure the viability of ACSS over time. This strategy will be discussed and approved by the Board.
  • Conceptualizing and organizing the work of the Council in the three areas of research, capacity-building and networking/communications.
  • Preparing, for Board approval, the Council’s annual work plan.
  • Leading the fundraising effort to sustain and carry out the Council’s functions and activities.
  • Taking all financial and managerial decisions within the Secretariat and overseeing the operations of other offices in the region when established.
  • Liaising with the Council’s constituencies, the General Assembly, Board appointed committees and other like-minded institutions.


  • Publications and personal research experience.
  • Demonstrated analytic ability, leadership and organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in Arabic and English or French.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with boards, committees and a variety of stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to plan, manage and fundraise.
  • Experience in the administration and financing of research programs and/or centers.
  • In-depth understanding of policy issues related to social science research.


  • Arab nationality (including Palestinians in the Occupied Arab Territories).
  • Ph.D. (or its equivalent) in the social sciences and at least 10 years of post-PhD experience.
  • Experience in a senior role in the management of research organizations and research activities.

Application Process: If interested in this position, please apply as soon as possible by submitting:

  1. Letter of interest in Arabic specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement
  2. Attached cover sheet
  3. Recent, full CV (in Arabic, English or French)
  4. A complete list of publications
  5. Copies of five relevant publications
  6. At least three professional references

Please send your application to: with the subject line “ACSS Director.”

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.

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