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***Applicants MUST apply through Rice’s internal system through the following link: (link also includes full job description).

The Fellow, funded through the Kelly Day Endowment, will lead a research program within the Baker Institute’s Center for the Middle East focusing on women, human rights and refugee issues within the region. The position will be responsible for producing original, substantive, policy-relevant research to bring together diverse viewpoints addressing the issues of women, human rights and displaced people in the Middle East. PhD or other Doctoral Degree required, preferable in a field related to the study of the Middle East, gender issues, or human rights issues such as political science, policy studies, gender studies or sociology. Experience working in academic, policy or government research institutions or with international nongovernmental organizations in the Middle East region is preferred.

Other required skills: thorough knowledge of the subject matter with an ability to understand and discuss their interactions with current policies; advanced skills in oral and written communications; proficient ability in the use of Microsoft Office Suite; strong social and presentation skills; displays a high level of professionalism in dress and demeanor; ability to work in a team, time-sensitive and deadline driven environment; ability to lead a research team in time-sensitive and deadline driven environment. Preferred skills include: Excellent methodological training in policy analysis (quantitative or qualitative) and the ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends. Position would also require: collaborate with the fellows and scholars of the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East; engage with the relevant researchers, decision-makers, the media, and the general public; serve as a point of contact for current and potential donors.

Job duties:

  • Develops a policy research agenda using appropriate analytical approaches, models and methods.
  • Plans, directs and conducts research in coordination with the broader goals and mission of the Baker Institute.
  • Translates research results into timely and relevant public policy recommendations for dissemination to the government, academia and private sector audiences as well as the general public.
  • Writes and publishes white papers, conference reports, opinion articles, blogs and policy briefs.
  • Facilitates collaboration between the Baker Institute and local, national, and international organizations and experts.
  • May manage a team of other researchers and program support staff.
  • Communicates and promotes the work of the Baker Institute to the public through media appearances, public testimony, social media, and other speaking engagements.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

No extraordinary physical demands. Typical office environment. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening or weekend hours may be required for related events or travel or to complete research projects. Security sensitive. Please include a cover letter, C.V., research statement, three letters of recommendation and two policy-relevant writing samples with the application.

The hiring committee will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2018. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.


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