The Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, DC, seeks a director for its Program on Development, Economics and Energy. This program brings together experts on Middle East-related socio-economic development issues; macro-economic and monetary policy; finance, trade and business; as well as hydrocarbon and renewable energy. The program aims to bring in voices with expertise to the broader policy debate of building more inclusive, better governed and sustainable societies, encouraging a more peaceful and cooperative middle east, and better informed foreign policy for the US and the international community.

The director will work with MEI’s Senior Vice President and overall leadership to reach out to relevant experts, organize and launch the program, sustain a steady output of commissioned work, public events, and other activities. MEI is seeking a dynamic expert, with a strong background in economics or related fields who can build and lead this program. 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 director will manage the program; help select and supervise non-resident experts; supervise program interns; coordinate with other MEI resident and non-resident experts; and convene the Economics Working Group. The director reports to the senior vice president.


  • Lead the consolidation and launch of the program
  • Reach out to relevant issue-area experts and build roster of non resident experts
  • Commission short and long form articles and research.
  • Help assemble an Advisory Council for the program.
  • Plan and organize webinars, podcasts, and other outputs
  • 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
  • Participate in fundraising efforts to grow the program
  • Convene the Economic Working Group, which includes members from the expert community, public and private sectors, academia and regional partners
  • 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 development, economic, finance and/or energy dynamics.
  • 2-3 years relevant research or 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 “Economics Program Director” in the subject line of your email.