Head of Programs

London (GB)
12 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Programs
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:
  1. Effectively manage the centre, specifically in adherence with research and administrative principles.
  2. Build a team of qualified researchers and staff that work towards fulfilling the mission of the centre.
  3. Manage resources efficiently and display sound ethical judgment.
  4. Coordinate research and collaboration with other research and academic institutions.
  5. Oversee the organization of conferences and symposia aimed at presenting views on current and important issues in the Arab world.
  6. 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 to admin@arabcentre.org.uk with the subject line “Head of Programs”.