United Arab Emirates: Director of Programs

Organization: Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research
Country: United Arab Emirates
Closing date: 09 Oct 2017

About the Al Qasimi Foundation

The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research was established in 2009 to aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah, a northern emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Foundation’s mission is to generate a world-class body of research on Ras Al Khaimah and the broader UAE region, develop local capacity, and engage the community in its work. The Al Qasimi Foundation serves as a bridge between the research and policy making communities—bringing to scholars’ attention public policy questions important to Ras Al Khaimah, and, in turn, disseminating research findings to promote innovative policy tools and models that will impact positive social change.

The Al Qasimi Foundation approaches its work collaboratively, and aims to establish relationships with talented scholars and world-class universities, innovative public policy research centers, established government institutions, and strategic partners in the private and non-governmental sectors. Although education was the initial focus for Al Qasimi Foundation initiatives, the Foundation is branching into other public policy areas as it matures (including urban planning and development, public health, economics, and the environment).

Reports to:

Executive Director

Purpose of the Role

The Director of Programs is responsible for developing, administering, and evaluating the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research’s capacity development programs and related educational initiatives. The position is responsible for leading staff and setting priorities in the Capacity Development Department. It also plays a critical role in building and maintaining relationships within Ras Al Khaimah’s education sector and local government departments.

Context and Environment

The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director and is part of the senior management team. This position works closely with other Foundation departments as well as partners in the local Ras Al Khaimah community.


To support the Capacity Development objectives and overall mission of the Foundation:

  • Lead the planning, development, delivery and monitoring of the Foundation’s current capacity building programs and other relevant educational activities and initiatives.
  • Supervise and provide direction to staff in the Capacity Development Department.
  • Identify training needs and provide strategic direction for the development of new capacity development and educational initiatives.
  • Embody the Foundation’s mission and Customer Service Strategy when engaging with stakeholders and partner organizations.


  • Staff Supervision & Human Resources (20%)
  • Student Programs (30%)
  • Teacher & School Programs (30%)
  • Prison Programs (10%)
  • Relationship Management (10%)

Main Duties

  1. Supervise Capacity Development staff, ensuring their work meets Foundation expectations and fostering their professional development. This includes contract preparation and management of external service providers, course instructors, and teaching assistants involved with delivering programmatic initiatives.
  2. Direct and oversee development and implementation of the Foundation’s programmatic activities, including professional development courses and exchanges for educators and other government staff, enrichment opportunities for students, and employability skill courses for current and former prison inmates.
  3. Lead need assessments, monitoring, and evaluation efforts to ensure relevance, quality, and measureable impact of capacity development initiatives and programmatic activities. This includes making presentations and writing reports to share findings.
  4. Manage the development and review process of curriculum and course materials across capacity development initiatives.
  5. Oversee the continued development of the Ras Al Khaimah Teachers Network (RAKTN) as an effective online professional network by moderating the content, facilitating member participation, and producing quarterly newsletters with department staff.
  6. Build relationships with relevant stakeholders to foster collaborations that benefit Foundation initiatives and promote programmatic activities to potential participants.
  7. Create and manage annual work plans and program budgets for the Capacity Development Department.
  8. Identify policy gaps and develop appropriate guidelines and procedures for programs and activities associated with the Capacity Development Department.
  9. Participate as an active member of the Foundation’s Management team and contribute to other organizational needs as required.

Key Relationships


  • Capacity Development team
  • Management team
  • Other Foundation staff


  • Teachers, students, parents
  • RAK government and private schools
  • RAK Education Zone & Ministry of Education
  • RAK government entities
  • Service providers and collaborators

Other Features of the Role

Working hours will be 40 per week. Although largely office based, this position will require frequent off-site activities and meetings in the community. There may be a requirement to attend events outside normal office hours as well.

VISA requirements

Successful applicants will be provided with a three-year work visa.

Position Requirements

Core Competencies/Skills/Knowledge:

  • Master’s Degree (Required – ideally in education or related field (EdD or PhD advantageous).
  • Personnel Management & Supervision (Advanced – past experience required).
  • Communication Skills & Relationship Management (Advanced – ability to work productively on teams and interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds).
  • Time Management (Advanced – ability to perform under pressure, take initiative, and remain flexible in fast-paced environment).
  • Analytical Skills (Advanced – ability to think creatively and proactively solve problems).
  • Education Sector Knowledge (Advanced – contextual knowledge of UAE or Gulf region especially an asset).
  • Program Design & Project Management (Advanced).
  • Monitoring & Evaluation (Advanced).
  • Documentation & Information Management (Advanced – strong administrative skills and attention to detail).
  • Budget Management (Advanced – prior experience required).
  • Presentation Skills (Advanced).
  • Public Relations & Marketing (Intermediate).
  • English Language Skills (Advanced – strong writing skills required).
  • Arabic Language Skills (Preferred – advantageous but not required).
  • International Experience (Strongly preferred – knowledge and experience in the Gulf region is especially considered an asset).
  • Relevant Work Experience (Minimum 8 years – should include training/teaching experience and educational program development).

How to apply:

To apply for this role, kindly send through a Microsoft Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are suited to this role. Please mark it for the attention of Tim Wingrove, email address: applications@redseasearch.com.

Please subject your email with the following reference: Director of Programs (Al Qasimi Foundation)

United Arab Emirates: Recruitment Manager

Organization: International NGO Safety Organisation
Country: United Arab Emirates
Closing date: 10 Dec 2016

Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organisation has grown from innovative start-up to become a globally recognised charity and a highly valued component in the humanitarian safety coordination system. Today the organisation provides daily support to more than 800 NGOs in eleven of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for performance, principles & professionalism.

As we continue to grow in organisational size and complexity, we are now seeking a qualified and experienced individual to join our HR Department as a Recruitment Manager.

The Recruitment Manager will join our Operational Support Office team in Dubai and be responsible for selecting and on-boarding top talent for mid to senior level international positions within the organisation, as well as providing guidance and back-up support to Country Offices in selection and on-boarding of national staff as need may arise.

The Recruitment Manager will initiate and implement recruitment strategies to increase our talent pool and pipelines in the 11 countries we operate in.He/she will provide input to ensure that we have relevant skills at all levels and to attract and retain talented candidates while responding to the changing needs of the organisation.

S/he will implement industry best practices that ensure the timely selection of skilled staff and recruit in support of our organisational culture, while contributing to our position as an employer of choice.

This position will report to Director of Human Resources.


  • In coordination with the Director of Human Resources, oversee recruitment efforts for mid-senior level international positions and working closely with senior/executive leadership team as well as technical units at both HQ and the field.
  • Establish, develop and implement recruitment strategies to maintain a candidate pool and pipelines of former employees and pre-screened applicant in support of international recruitment within the organisation.
  • In collaboration with unit/departmental heads, assist in promoting INSO as an employer of choice by attending technical events and conferences, leveraging social media, job boards and career fairs as appropriate.
  • Partner with Director of Human Resources and Country Offices in workforce planning to determine future recruitment needs within the organisation
  • Provide technical assistance and advice to Country Office HR Leads on recruitment best practices
  • Work closely with Director of Human Resources to find creative solutions to day to day recruiting challenges and ensure timeliness and efficiency throughout the recruitment process.
  • Oversee development and implementation of standardised Recruitment Procedures at all levels (national and international)
  • Lead the development and updating of standardised Job Descriptions and TOR for all staff positions
  • Develop innovative sourcing solutions and strategies to identify, attract and retain the targeted employee profile
  • Execute full lifecycle talent acquisition activities for assigned positions including but not limited to:
  • Develop and post vacancy announcements
  • Respond to vacancy queries
  • Screen applications for required criteria and develop shortlists for interview
  • Conduct applicant screening interviews o Coordinate communications with candidates (application materials, written test, writing samples, etc.)
  • Conduct reference checks o Prepare Offers of Employment, Contracts, NDA, Emergency Contact Data and other intake documents o Prepare and maintain recruitment audit files
  • Track and identify cutting edge trends and best practices in global recruitment practices.
  • Coordinate with heads of unit/department on employee deployment, induction and training
  • Oversee exit/change management procedures to ensure positive transition for departing/transferring employees including re-deployments and exit interviews
  • Assist in the further improvement of recruitment regulations and procedures and identify gaps
  • Coordinate regular employee surveys to develop Key Indicators (satisfaction, performance, etc.)
  • Contribute recruitment data and news to the Employee Portal and HR newsletter to improve organisation-wide communications and visibility.
  • Establish and maintain a principled, transparent, communicative and creative recruitment atmosphere.
  • Provide back-up support to other country offices as deemed necessary and other related duties as assigned from time to time by the Director of Human Resources.


  • Fluency in ENGLISH and FRENCH (written and spoken)
  • Graduate level of education in a relevant field
  • Proven experience in recruiting senior level NGO positions and demonstrable understanding of the specifics of the sector.
  • Demonstrable understanding of current best practice in recruitment/talent acquisition strategies.
  • Strong project management and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced/changing, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Extensive experience of conducting phone, Skype or in person interviews with NGO job applicants
  • Demonstrable understanding of, and commitment to, humanitarian principles and ethics.
  • Mature, outgoing and pro-active personality with advanced people skills.
  • Creative and solutions oriented.
  • Ability to travel occasionally to any INSO field site (insecure locations).


  • Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) certification
  • Experience with Applicant Tracking Systems and use of social media.
  • SHRM or equivalent accredited member
  • Any specialised qualification in HR/Recruitment/Talent Acquisition
  • Existing knowledge of INSO and its mission
  • Existing network of sourcing opportunities.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are requested to the send the following to: jobs@ngosafety.org

Cover letter expressing your motivation, addressing the mandatory skills and competencies and highlighting any preferred skills/competencies. Up to date CV (maximum 5 pages) Please do not attach any other documents – such as copies of your passport or educational certificates – as these are not required and keep the overall size of your application under 3MB. Please use the words "Recruitment Manager" in the Subject Line of your email.

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.