Director of National Center for Public Policy and Leadership (NCPPL)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
12 May 2020
End of advertisement period
12 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Director of National Center for Public Policy and Leadership (NCPPL)

The United Arab Emirates University is seeking to appoint a highly qualified Director for the National Center for Public Policy and Leadership (NCPPL). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with our fast-paced research team at the university.  The Director is expected to work across disciplines and functions to advance the national agenda on public policy and leadership.  The ideal candidate for this position will have a proven record of conducting high quality research and leading services in the area of public policy and leadership.   The candidate should have excellent communication skills, be a strong contributor to the senior leadership team, a self-starter, and willing to learn new skills and take on a variety of high level assignments.


The main responsibilities of the Director of the National Center for Public Policy and Leadership (NCPPL) include, among others:

  • Develop Strategy for the Center.
  • Develop the image of the Center to become a world-class renowned Center of Excellence in the area of Public Policy and Leadership. 
  • Develop and execute external research programs around public policy issues.
  • Work closely with public policy researchers at the University to develop strong interdisciplinary research collaboration among departments and colleges.
  • Build partnership with local and international academic institutes
  • Inform and influence policy in communication with governmental entities.
  • Attract and secure major funding to the Center.
  • Advocate the Center’s position on important public policy issues.
  • Develop policy initiatives, provide feedback about potential new laws and regulations, and discuss issues facing the government.
  • Develop in depth analysis and regular reports on policy developments.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree required in public policy or related majors such as Political Science, Economics, Business Administration, Communications, or Journalism.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in the field of public policy, leadership, and related fields.
  • Proven record of conducting high quality research in related fields
  • Experience and understanding the international legislative process
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills.
  • Demonstrating ability to prioritize multiple and competing priorities.
  • Experience of leading research teams and take initiatives

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree from one of the established high ranking research universites.
  • 15 years of experience in well-known organizations in the field of Public Policy and Leadership.
  • Strong networking experience with international organizations and researchers
  • 5 years of work experience in the GCC Countries.