Programme Director

Full Time 

Salary: $60,000 – $110,000 (tax free)
Contract length: 2 years in the first instance
Deadline: Saturday, 31 May, 2014

Four opportunities are available for the appointment of Programme Directors (Head of Department) in each of the Institute’s programmes, including:

  • International Politics and National Security [Code: J1009]
  • Economics, Energy and Environment [Code: J1017]
  • Science, Health, Education and Public Services [Code: J1021]
  • Community, Civil Society and Cultural Development [Code: J1025]

Person Specification

Candidates are expected to have:

  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant field
  • Proven track record in management and leadership within internationally renowned research institutions
  • Extensive experience in policy-making research.
  • Significant high impact output

Brief job description

Programme Directors (PDs) lead multi-disciplinary teams, consisting of research and admin staff working on different projects. Each PD is responsible to the President and Management Council, and liaises with other PDs, for the following purposes: (Management and leadership)

  • Providing intellectual leadership for the Directorate
  • Managing, monitoring progress and assessing performance of all staff within the Directorate.
  • Designing the strategic directions and funding streams of the Directorate, and overseeing, supporting and evaluating the implementation of its activities.
  • Ensuring the overall internal coherence of the Directorate in terms of staff and research projects.
  • Identifying the needs of the Directorate (staff and projects), providing intellectual support to project teams, identifying research issues, raising funds and initiating projects.
  • Identifies opportunities that will contribute to meeting the objectives of the Directorate, in terms of relevance, quality, policy impact, capacity building and in terms of visibility (reputation) of the Directorate.
  • Identifying opportunities and leading initiatives for strategic networking with other donors, lenders, research institutions and policy makers
  • Preparing and submitting regular progress reports to MERI’s Management Council, Board of Trustees and funding partners.
  • Managing relationships and communication with stakeholders and general public, and participating in the planning, promotion and conduct of key activities, including publications, meetings and communicating.
  • Enhance internal collaborations between researchers within and between Directorates of MERI.
  • Keeping up to date with literature, research and developments in the areas covered by the Directorate.
  • Working with the Communications Division, communicate the news value of the Centre’s substantive programming and provides intellectual content and interpretation for the Centre’s public relations efforts.

Research Projects 

  • Identifying, developing and assessing research proposals, including conceptual, methodological, operational, evaluative, and financial aspects;
  • Developing partnerships with other funding agencies to support project activities
  • Providing technical and intellectual support/supervision for researchers in writing, editing, analysis of interim reports, publishing, participation in workshops, literature searches, identification and administration of resource persons/consultants in support of projects;
  • Engaging researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders for optimal use of MERI’s research output;
  • Reviewing final project reports of research results, identify areas of weakness for revision or additional work, before finalising project documents and submitting them for approval.
  • Managing, in liaison with Human Resources and Finance Directorates, the initiation, consolidation, monitoring and closure of projects.
  • Designing appropriate plans for dissemination and utilization of research results.

To Apply

Please submit:

  • The online application form
  • Up-to-date CV, including Names of three work-related referees, at least one of these should be a referee from your existing or most recent employer
  • A covering letter to

Deadline for applications: Saturday, 31 May, 2014.