Project Manager, Middle East and North Africa Programme

Chatham House
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 30

Position description

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute. Based in London, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

The Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme is seeking an Arabic speaking Project Manager to support the delivery of a wide range of funded projects. The position will start as soon as possible. The duration of the appointment is 24 months, renewable subject to funding. 

The purpose of the role is to support the programme’s delivery of project outputs and high-level events; manage grant(s) administration and finance; contribute to project fundraising by supporting proposal development; build and maintain relationships with department and project stakeholders; and support projects’ outreach strategy. This post is likely to involve some international travel. Could this be the role for you? If so, please read on.

This is a dynamic role for someone with impeccable organizational and interpersonal skills who can meet multiple priorities simultaneously. You will be proactive, dedicated, flexible, and at ease with meeting tight deadlines. You will also be a self-starter, capable, and keen to form an integral part of a diverse team.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Grant management
  • Event and output delivery
  • Project finance management and administration
  • Project communications including social media
  • Project proposal development


Essential Qualifications 

  • You will have a Bachelor degree (or above) in a topic relevant to the Programme and a demonstrated interest in issues relating to the Middle East and North Africa

Essential Experience:

  • Experience of managing various size grants, including strategic output planning and delivery of large and complex projects
  • Experience of conducting project administration, including detailed budget management and donor liaising and reporting
  • Experience of successfully organizing a wide range of outputs, from small scale roundtables to large scale high-level events 
  • Experience of overseeing costs, budgets and suppliers
  • Experience of supporting the design of workshop agendas to meet research objectives
  • Experience in contributing to funding applications, building budgets and articulating a case for support
  • Evidence of working successfully as part of a team

Essential Skills:

  • Fluency in written and spoken Arabic
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to complete a number of tasks at a time from start to finish to a very high standard to meet tight deadlines
  • Proven ability in managing project finance
  • Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to interact with a wide range of people
  • Ability to build and influence strong working relationships
  • Proactivity and ability to take initiative and decision-make effectively under pressure

Desirable Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in the development and implementation of a project monitoring and evaluation framework and impact monitoring tools
  • Experience of delivering project activities internationally
  • Excellent process planning skills
  • Demonstrable ability to think critically and constructively
  • French language skills

We are an equal-opportunity employer who values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days), pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance, staff canteen providing complimentary tea and coffee and lunch, and other benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging and intellectually stimulating environment.

Closing date: Friday 30 August 2019 at 9:30am. You will be notified on the status of your application within 7 working days after the closing date.

Salary:£30,000-£33,000 per annum

Contract: Full time (35 hours per week), 24 month contract

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