Assistant Director - BCARS and Project Manager - PGO

Northeastern University
  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 23

Position description

The Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS), founded through grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Northeastern University’s Project GO (PGO) program, supported by grants from IIE/Institute of International Education, invite applications for an assistant director (BCARS) and project manager (PGO).?The position is divided equally between the two programs (BCARS and PGO).

BCARS roles and responsibilities: 
With Principal Investigator and BCARS Director, organize workshops on research and policy proposals related to Arab region post-Arab Uprisings, including but not limited to Syrian refugee crisis and transnational/trans-regional movements; develop series of policy briefs, occasional papers, and workshop reports; plan meetings with UN, US, or EU officials and potentially with governments in region. Maintain BCARS social media (Twitter, Facebook) and website; oversee the publication and dissemination of research and policy products (articles, policy papers, working papers, etc.). Ensure compliance with UNHCRand other international partners related to data sharing agreements. Serve as point of contact with key BCARS constituents: Executive Board, Scholar Advisory Board, all BCARS partner institutions, Internship partners (e.g., UNHCR-MENA Regional Office, Amman). Organize grant proposals and reporting documents to Carnegie Corporation of New York. Process payments through Northeastern University for direct payments to speakers, consultants, research assistants and others.

Project GO roles and responsibilities: 
With co-Principal Investigators, complete all reporting requirements to Project GO (PGO) offices at IIE (Institute of International Education); maintain the NU webpage on the PGOwebsite; conduct outreach for student recruitment to NU Project GO program in Jordan, including ROTC class visits at NU and social media (within and beyond NU audience); organize applications and with co-PIs select students for acceptance to NU-PGO in Jordan programs; coordinate with Northeastern’s GEO (“study abroad”) office for PGO and DOC(Dialogue of Civilizations) paperwork; communicate with PGO and DOC students after selection about enrollment and other paperwork, expectations, and other program details; manage logistics to, from and in Jordan; serve as head assistant to PGO/DOC Faculty Leader, including living and traveling with all PGO and DOC students in Jordan for 8 weeks (roughly May 15 – July 12); support students with cultural orientation and acclimation to living and studying in Jordan; assist in assessing student performance during PGO/DOC, including qualitative assignments and student completion of Flagship and OPI pre- and post-tests.


  • Master’s degree required in Middle East Studies, international affairs, public policy, political science, development studies, humanitarian assistance, or related fields;  
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in research, policy analysis, journalism, or related fields; 
  • Experience living, studying, or working abroad, preferably in the Arab region;  
  • Project management experience in higher education, research, humanitarian assistance, or policy analysis; 
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills; 
  • Preference given to applicants who speak and/or have studied Arabic language; 
  • Preference given to applicants with experience in risk assessment, emergency preparedness, and contingency planning abroad.

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