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The Director of Research & Fellow will manage the BDC research agenda, undertake and produce original policy-oriented research, and assist the BDC Director with management tasks. Management of the BDC research agenda will include developing a comprehensive research strategy with core programs; initiating new research projects and partnerships; supervising the editorial process of publications; managing an active Visiting Fellows program as well as research assistants and interns; identifying scholars for commissioned research papers and developing a related scholar database; and taking an active role in organizing policy meetings, workshops, roundtables, and public events. The Fellow’s individual research and writing will include analysis papers, policy briefings, op-eds, and book projects. Management assistance to the BDC Director will include the recruitment and supervision of research staff; maintenance of working relationships with relevant organizations; maintenance of clear and effective communication with Brookings’s Washington office; and assistance with the organization of annual forums and conferences.

Note: This is a contractual position based in Doha, Qatar.


Managing the Research Agenda/Fellows/Publications (50%):
-Develop a comprehensive research strategy for the center; assess current research plans and devise new research areas.
-Supervise the editorial process of research-related publications, including analysis papers and policy briefs; ensure that research and outreach achieve highest level of quality and professionalism.
-Take an active role in conceptualizing and organizing BDC policy meetings, workshops, roundtables, and public events.
-Manage the BDC’s Visiting Fellow program; recruit new Visiting Fellows and outside researchers.
-Identify scholars for commissioned research papers on relevant topics.
-Develop and maintain a database of scholars that responds to the center’s thematic areas.

Research, Writing, and Outreach (35%):
-Undertake original policy relevant research and writing.
-Produce policy relevant research, including analysis papers, policy briefings, op-eds, as well as book projects.
-Provide media commentary and expertise.

Additional Management Duties (15%):
-Recruit, supervise, and mentor staff; oversee the BDC’s research internship program.
-Maintain working relations with relevant organizations inside and outside of Qatar.
-Maintain clear and effective communication with the Brookings Washington, DC office.
-Other tasks as determined by the Director.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Master’s degree in political science, economics, or a related field required; Ph.D. strongly preferred. Must have a proven record of writing and publishing policy-oriented research on the contemporary Middle East. The successful candidate should have program management experience, including a record of overseeing scholarly research.

Ability to undertake research projects; manage staff and visiting scholars involved in projects; produce journal articles and book-length monographs; and lead issue-focused meetings, workshops, and other events. The Fellow must have the capacity to conduct outreach to the public, academia, and the policy community to ensure the impact of BDC research programming. Complete written and spoken fluency in English and advanced proficiency in Arabic is required.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Strong research record. Organizational, administrative, communication, and managerial skills, with a high level of professionalism. Must be flexible, diplomatic, trustworthy, a good team player, and able to work in a fast-paced environment and undertake projects with little supervision.


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