1. Job Location
2. Type of Institution
While the Middle East Institute (MEI) is an autonomous research institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS), MEI’s principal stakeholder is the Singapore Government.
MEI’s primary mission is to provide independent analyses on issues relevant to the Singapore Government. This mission guides the Institute’s academic research agenda.
Within the Government of Singapore, MEI’s main stakeholders are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).
MEI does not have teaching responsibilities. However, MEI carries out public education in Singapore on relevant issues. This is done through public lectures and seminars, amongst other modalities.
The scope of MEI’s coverage is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Turkey, Afghanistan and Central Asia. It would be an advantage for candidates to have deep knowledge of the Gulf States, Israel, Iran, Turkey and Egypt.
MEI’s current four research clusters are: Diffusion of Ideas, Arabia-Asia, Political Economy, and Transsytemic Law.
3. Terms of Contract
This position is hired by the University and therefore subject to the rules and regulations of NUS. The contract is for a minimum of two years.
4. Job Description
The role of Director is a senior management position in NUS and has supervision and research responsibilities. The Director answers to the Management Board and to its Chairman. The Management Board consists of MEI’s stakeholders including MFA, MHA, MTI and NUS.
5. Key Responsibilities
The Director’s key responsibilities are:
a. In consultation with the Chairman and Management Board, to set the yearly research agenda for MEI and to deliver on this agenda.
b. To ensure that MEI’s Research Clusters align with the key interests of our stakeholders.
c. To consult with The Board and its Chairman in timely fashion on all key policy matters whether these are research-related or pertain to the management of MEI. The Director will also have oversight responsibility of MEI’s budgetary operations.
d. To work closely with the Deputy Director, the Research Cluster Coordinators, the Communications Lead and the Events Lead in developing MEI’s annual research focus and all related activities.
e. To partner with senior researchers in identifying potential collaboration projects with other NUS regional research institutes and to consider the possibility of grant applications in support of such projects.
f. To lead the talent and performance management process in a timely and systematic manner so that key staff are identified, developed and managed appropriately on the performance spectrum.
6. Required Accreditation and Skills
The Director should possess relevant accreditation and skills, as follows:
a. The Director should either hold a PhD in a relevant field of study that has focused on the Middle East or he/she must have relevant and sufficient work experience in the Middle East and a deep understanding of the region.
b. A strong understanding of how the Middle East interacts with Southeast, South and Northeast Asia is a major advantage.
c. If the Director is not a practitioner, he or she must have a credible body of published work including books, book chapters and articles in credible peer-reviewed journals.
d. The Director should preferably be at least an Associate Professor but Assistant Professors would also be considered if deemed suitable.
e. Experience in working with government policy makers would be an advantage.
f. The Director should be comfortable in speaking with and writing for media. Having an established and influential social media presence would be an advantage.
g. Experience of leading and managing a diverse team of researchers and non-academic staff would be an advantage.
To apply, please send your details and a full CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will close on Jan 12, 2020