The Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, DC, seeks a full-time director with a strong economics background for its proposed Lebanon Program.

Lebanon is going through one of the most challenging periods in its recent history with impending crises at the levels of economics, banking, governance, and security. Longstanding US-Lebanese relations are going through a period of complex recalibration. MEI seeks to establish a dedicated program on Lebanon and US-Lebanese relations, and is seeking a dynamic expert, with particular capacities in the field of economic analysis, who can build and lead this program.

The program will comprise an intense schedule of research and publications on the economic and other challenges facing Lebanon.  It will produce a steady stream of publications, podcasts, panels, conferences, and policy briefings. It will also maintain a strong presence on news and social media. The program will identify important challenges facing Lebanon at the levels of economics, politics, governance, environment, and security, and will propose policy recommendations to overcome them. It will also identify common as well as divergent interests in the US-Lebanese relationship, and will suggest policy recommendations to foster understanding and build stronger relations.

MEI seeks a director with a strong economics background to oversee the program, direct the research and analysis, coordinate with MEI’s broader policy efforts, and serve as spokesperson for MEI on the issue.

The director will manage the program in-house at MEI’s DC headquarters; help select and supervise non-resident experts; supervise program interns; coordinate with other MEI resident and non-resident experts; and convene the Lebanon Working Group.

The director reports to the senior vice president.


  • Lead consolidation and growth of the program

  • Research and public policy reports on the economic and other challenges facing Lebanon.

  • Convene the Lebanon Working Group, which includes members from the expert community, public and private sectors, academia, and regional partners

  • Coordinate the production of original research and analysis by in-house and outside experts

  • Participate in fundraising efforts to grow the program

  • Produce regular short commentaries for the MEI website and/or for other outlets with cross-posting to the website. Participate in MEI podcasts and video briefings

  • Organize and lead talks, panels, and workshops

  • Participate in Track II meetings as appropriate

  • Be available for press, radio, and television media as an MEI senior fellow

  • Provide briefings to US and other government officials as needed


  • Master’s in economics or a relevant field of study

  • Expertise in analyzing economic, banking, and monetary conditions

  • US citizenship, Green Card, or visa qualification to work in the United States   

  • Fluency in Lebanese and US-Lebanese affairs

  • Fluency in Arabic and English

  • US Work Authorization (US citizenship or relevant work visa)

  • Ability to provide impactful analysis on a range of policy issues including socio-economic and political

  • 5-7 years relevant work experience

  • Excellent verbal, written, and analytical skills, exceptional ethical standards, and demonstrated ability in interpersonal communication and supervision are essential

  • She or he must be proactive and accountable, and be equipped to manage varied commitments, competing deadlines, and shifting priorities

Prior experience managing the many facets of complex projects, including research, networking, and communications, is strongly preferred. Familiarity with grant reporting is a plus.

Salary commensurate with expertise and experience.

How to apply

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to Please indicate the position “Lebanon Program Director” in the subject line of your email.