The Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, DC, seeks a director for its growing program on Climate Change in the Middle East.

The Middle East has already been experiencing the impact of climate change, in terms of rising temperatures, disturbed rainfall patterns, extreme weather events, and growing desertification. The effects will intensify in the years and decades ahead. This in a region that is already one of the most hot and arid in the world. The Climate Change Program at MEI will look at the patterns of climate change in the region, their current and projected impacts, and will examine policy options to increase resilience, particularly for vulnerable communities and social sectors, and the necessities of expanding alternative energy use and reducing carbon emissions.

The program will comprise an intense schedule of research and publication integrating the work of both resident and non-resident experts. 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 key trends in climate change and impact in the foreseeable future, and will recommend robust policy options for states and communities in the region, as well as for the international community, to increase climate resilience in the region and to encourage a rapid transition to carbon neutral modes of production and consumption.

MEI seeks a director 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 Climate Working Group.

The director reports to the senior vice president.


  • Lead consolidation and growth of the program

  • Participate in grant writing and fundraising efforts to grow the program

  • Convene the Climate 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

  • 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

  • Write policy analyses involving in-depth research and policy recommendations 2-3 times per year

  • Organize and lead talks, panels, and workshops

  • 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 degree in a field related to climate, environment, or ecology.

  • Expertise in climate/environment/ecology-related issues facing the Middle East specifically

  • 3 years relevant work experience in the policy or research communities

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

  • Arabic language a plus

  • 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 e-mail your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to Include “Climate Change Program Director” in the subject heading.