Research Project Manager

Doha, Qatar
18 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location Doha,QA      

Department Name QU Press, Research and Graduate Studies      

College/Department Profile              

Qatar University Profile:

Qatar University is the premier national institution of higher education with a mission to produce well-rounded graduates with academic knowledge of quality and excellence coupled with  a keen spirit of volunteerism and civic responsibility.  This is underpinned by committed leadership and an experienced and motivated faculty and staff body.

Duties & Responsibilities

Job Summary:

The Research Project Manager will be required to provide strategic, editorial, contractual, procedural and managerial advice and review for the Director of the Press, such as, standard publishing agreements, copyrights, contracts, peer-review process and policies.
The consultant will also give advice on other procedural editorial, production and publishing guidelines for the press. He/she may advise on organizational structure and allocation of work within the Press.

He/she is required to advice on strategic planning and budgeting matters of the Press. He/she may advise on revenue generating agreements and pricing structures, including but not limited to sponsorships, subscriptions and major quotations. He/she may refer and foster the signing of relevant MoUs, agreements and collaborations, on a national and international level.  He/she will be the gatekeeper toward the acquisition and referral of scholarly viable book proposals and articles, as well as the indexing of QU Press journals, raising their impact factor, and the commercialization of books locally and internationally. He/she shall advise on continuous improvement initiatives for the sustainability and growth of the Press. He/she shall seek to uplift the quality of book publications and indexing of journals, as well as their commercialization both locally and internationally.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To promote and facilitate the acquisition of scholarly viable projects for the Press.  
  • To review standard publishing agreements and contracts.
  • To review and advice on book proposals and articles.
  • To support the director with the search, assessment of performance and management of external suppliers, outsourcing companies, associations, etc…
  • To facilitate the contact with international publishing associations, agencies and distributors.
  • To advise on editorial, peer-review and other procedural publishing processes.  
  • To propose an action plan to increase the number of indexing organizations that index QU Press’s journals and increase the international visibility of the journal
  • To advise on sponsorship, subscription and other revenue generating packages for the Press that will make the journal self-sufficient and profitable in the long term.
  • To support the director with human resources matters and recruitment of new staff.   
  • To facilitate the connection with governmental and none governmental institutional clients.
  • To assist the director with the organization and management of editorial and advisory board committees.
  • To edit and review internal and external policies and regulations.
  • To propose innovative strategies and objectives for the Press to ensure continuous improvement, competitiveness, market expansion and sustainability.
  • To help the Press increase its international standing, in terms of indexing and quality of produced books.
  • To draft and coordinate action plans and budgets with the units of the Press.
  • To advise on sponsorship, subscription and other revenue generating packages for the Press that will make the journal self-sufficient and profitable in the long term.      


Education and Certifications:

  • Master - PhD degree is an advantage.


  • Arabic (required)
  • English (required)
  • Additional language is an advantage.


  • A minimum of 10 years of experience a higher education research related environment, involving academic journals, books production and faculty research.
  • To have experience in the chief issues of scholarly communication and have experience with books and journal publishing in a wide variety of formats.
  • Minimum of 5 to 8 years of experience in administrative roles.  
  • Previous work experience in a press, journal, or magazine.
  • Ability to edit, draft and review policies and agreements.
  • Proficiency in budgeting and strategic planning.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership, managerial and communication skills.
  • Multilingualism is an advantage.

Required Documents

Non Academic:

  1. Curriculum Vitae with cover letter.
  2. Experience Certificates.
  3. At least three references including contact numbers and email addresses.


  1. Current Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Cover letter.
  3. Teaching, research, and service philosophy.
  4. Three referees’ contact information (physical and email addresses as well their telephones contact).
  5. Copy of highest earned credential (transcript of highest degree if graduated from an institution where course work was completed. However, if no course work was completed, an copy of certificate letter from the registrar of your highest credential granting institution regarding your highest academic degree).
  6. Any additional documentation that you feel is relevant to your application.


Non Academic:

  1. Competitive tax-free salary.
  2. Housing allowance in accordance with HRM Law.
  3. Annual round trip air tickets for candidate and dependents according to HRM Law.
  4. Public health care and health insurance to candidate and family members.
  5. Annual leave in accordance with HRM Law.
  6. End-of-contract indemnity.


  1. A three-year renewable contract.
  2. Salary is commensurate with experience.
  3. Tax-free salary.    
  4. Furnished accommodation in accordance with QU HR policies.
  5. Annual round trip air tickets for faculty member and dependents in accordance with QUHR policies.
  6. Educational allowance for candidate's children (eligible candidates only) in accordance with QU HR policies.
  7. Private health care and health insurance in accordance with QU HR policies.
  8. Annual leave in accordance with QU HR policies.
  9. End-of-contract indemnity.

How To Apply

  1. Returning Applicant: Please login in QU Recruitment Online website ( to update/edit your saved profile. Use this profile to apply for this position.
  2. New Applicant: You need to setup an account with QU Recruitment Online website ( and complete your personal profile. Once your profile is complete you may use it to apply for an open Position.

Job Category Academic

End Date of Advertisement 06-Jan-2019