The Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, DC, is seeking a director to lead its growing Lebanon program.

The past two years have been grueling for Lebanon. Political, humanitarian, financial, and socio-economic crises have converged. In parallel, citizens have risen up to demand accountability, reforms, and an end to corruption and incompetence. In such critical times, MEI's dedicated Lebanon program seeks to inform and advance the policy conversation on Lebanon in the United States and globally. The program particularly focuses on investigating and promoting viable paths forward for Lebanon as it battles through one of the darkest periods in its 100-year modern history.

As it enters its second year, the program is seeking a dynamic expert with joint expertise in economic/financial and political/diplomatic analysis to oversee and expand its multidisciplinary research and outreach activities.

The director reports to MEI's Vice President for Policy and coordinates closely with MEI's President and other resident and non-resident MEI scholars.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the growth of the program's research and outreach activities

  • Produce regular commentary and thought pieces on Lebanese political and economic affairs and U.S. foreign policy towards Lebanon

  • Curate and coordinate the production of original research and analysis by resident and non-resident experts

  • Provide briefings to the U.S. and other government officials as needed

  • Organize and lead public talks, panels, and workshops on Lebanese affairs and Lebanese-American relations

  • Participate in MEI podcasts and multimedia briefings

  • Nurture and grow MEI's relationships with Lebanon-focused policymakers, diplomats, academics, journalists, and activists in the U.S., Lebanon, and around the world

  • Convene the Lebanon working group, which includes members from the expert community, public and private sectors, and academia

  • Serve as a primary point of contact for press, radio, and television media interviews on Lebanese affairs and developments

  • Convene the Lebanon program advisory council quarterly

  • Manage and mentor Lebanon program interns

  • Participate in fundraising efforts to grow and sustain the program

  • Participate in and organize Track II meetings as appropriate

Qualifications and Profile

  • Master's in economics, business administration, political science, international relations, public administration, or a relevant field of study

  • Proven track record and ability to analyze Lebanese political, diplomatic, economic, and financial developments

  • Fluency in Lebanese and US-Lebanese affairs

  • Fluency in Arabic and English; fluency in French is a plus

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

  • Proactive, accountable, and equipped to manage varied commitments, competing deadlines, and shifting priorities

  • Prior experience managing the many facets of projects, including research, networking, and communications, is strongly preferred

  • Valid work authorization in the U.S. is essential

  • Willingness to relocate to Washington, DC is strongly preferred


Salary commensurate with expertise and experience.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Please use "Lebanon program director" as the subject line in your e-mail.