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The Arab Centre for Research is a newly founded research centre that concentrates on the study of the Arab region, bilateral Arab-British relations and broader Arab-European ties. The centre will hold academic conferences and workshops, in addition to running research projects and producing academic and policy papers on issues of the Middle East, Arab-British relations and Arab-European relations. The centre also seeks to create links and ties with leading British centers and think tanks of the same interest.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The Head of Programs will report to the General Director and will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Developing and proposing research projects and programs.
  • Ensuring implementation of the centre’s strategic vision, values and goals.
  • Heading the centre’s research projects and programs, including implementation and evaluation of each.
  • Creating a budget for each of the centre’s projects and programs.
  • Ensuring that the centre has a presence at relevant conferences and events, in order to disseminate the centre’s main publications and promote its research agenda.
  • Establishing new links with external partners, and strengthening existing relationships, in order to establish the centre as an institution of relevant and timely academic research.
  • Assisting and working closely with the General Director to:
    – Effectively manage the centre, specifically in adherence with research and administrative principles.
    – Build a team of qualified researchers and staff that work towards fulfilling the mission of the centre.
    – Manage resources efficiently and display sound ethical judgment.
    – Coordinate research and collaboration with other research and academic institutions.
    – Oversee the organization of conferences and symposia aimed at presenting views on current and important issues in the Arab world.
    – Represent the centre in the media and public sphere, helping to raise its profile in the UK and attract Arab researchers and intellectuals in Britain.


  • PhD in the social sciences from a reputable academic institution
  • Experience in social science research
  • A record of distinguished publications and scholarly activities
  • Experience in people and project management
  • Proven ability to develop local and external collaborations
  • Proven ability to create a strategic vision
  • Previous leadership experience
  • Proven ability to communicate with diverse communities spanning academic, media and political circles
  • Proven affiliation with academic institutions and associations
  • Proven peer recognition through inclusion on journal or other academic boards
  • Fluency in English and Arabic (written and oral)

Interested candidates with desired qualifications and skills should submit a cover letter and CV with the subject line “Head of Programs”.

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