The Program Manager is a key partner in the development and implementation of programming for the Emirates Leadership Initiative (ELI), which provides advanced training in public management and leadership development for leaders in the Arab world. The Program Manager serves as lynchpin for the four major components of the initiative, including leading programming for graduate fellowships for outstanding emerging leaders from the Arab world; supporting the Middle East Initiative in a research fellows program to promote scholarship in the region; serving as a liaison for delivery of executive education programs in the UAE for high potential leaders; and supporting the development and implementation of a new January term course on leadership and innovation in the UAE. The program manager will ensure that Harvard Kennedy School programming is cohesive and integrated and liases regularly with the Middle East Initiative, Executive Education, and Alumni Relations and Resource Development to implement strategic goals across all four components of the initiative. The Program manager will ensure accurate reporting of all four components back to the donor and coordinate with the Associate Director of Strategic Partnership on donor relations and engagement matters.
Time spent in the UAE delivering programming and working on recruitment and alumni engagement is ~20%. ~80% of time is dedicated to on-campus Emirates Leadership Initiative fellows and student focused work for across Harvard, including support for Arab student leaders.
The Program Manager is a key partner in the development of outreach and recruitment strategies to promote the Emirates Leadership Graduate Fellowship Program working in partnership with the Middle East Initiative (MEI), Center for Public Leadership (CPL), the Harvard Kennedy School Office of Admissions and Office of Diversity and Inclusion to attract UAE and Arab students to apply to the Kennedy School and fellowship. The Program Manager will design and deliver an intensive UAE-based recruitment strategy, including forging deeper ties with key UAE government entities to support the strategy, designing recruitment admissions workshops and building these workshops into pre-existing leadership development programming within UAE government at the Emirate and federal level, developing tracking systems to manage talent pipelines that will form part of a recruitment database.
The Program Manager will manage the ELI fellowship application review process including identifying and recruiting faculty, staff and practitioners to serve on the selection committee to interview candidates while serving as selection committee chair.
Additional Responsibilities, continued from above:
Manage, allocate and implement the ELI fellowship budget including allocations for programming, an annual recruitment and support for across Harvard Arab student leadership development.
Lead the design and implementation of the co-curricular program for Emirates Leadership Graduate Fellowship Program, including: welcome retreat; leadership discussion series with eminent practitioners on topics of leadership and governance; speaker series on the unique leadership needs of the Middle East; and semi-annual dinners with program funders. Design programming allowing for several touch points between MEI and ELI fellows to ensure better integration and cross-learning. Refine programming to better address Arab leadership topics.
Design and deliver programming for Arab students on campus, including the curricular design and delivery of a two-part faculty workshop focused on Arab leadership.
Work with MEI faculty director on the design of a new January term course on Leadership and Innovation, to be held in the UAE. Serve as lead on organizing experiential component of the program (i.e. strategic meetings with government officials). Serve as in-country expert for faculty director in delivering the course on the ground.
Support summer and winter funding selection process for Middle East based internships and PAE/SYPAs with MEI.
Provide support for annual Executive Education Program for senior officials in the UAE, in collaboration with CPL, MEI and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program. Serve as key liaison for Executive Education program, managing the relationship with the Abu Dhabi School of Government on behalf of HKS and working closely with EE associate dean and ELI program manager on curriculum re-design and the identification of a new faculty chair. Participates in ELI EE program in-country as part of the program team to facilitate interactions with the ADSG, CPC, and conduct crucial outreach and alumni engagement with EE participants. Provide intelligence regarding Abu Dhabi government structure and network, and identify capacity gaps relevant to inform the curricular aims.
In close collaboration with the Strategic Partnerships team, support the coordination of high-level UAE and regional delegation visits, designing the visit itinerary, coordinating with MEI and EE, the dean's office, and provost's office as needed. Work with the government of the UAE to create more visit opportunities for Emirati dignitaries. Manage the relationship with the UAE Consulate in facilitating those meetings.
Facilitate connections with the broader CPL and Fellows network to broaden fellows' capacity and reach.
Prepare reports for funder as needed including semi-annual progress reports on fellows' activities. Manage stewardship report process, including components from MEI and EE.
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This position is a fully benefits eligible term appointment ending one year after date of hire with the possibility of renewal.
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Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree and at least 3 years related work experience in program or project management. Demonstrated experience in leadership development or public policy related to the Middle East.
Master's Degree Preferred. Knowledge of and commitment to addressing the leadership needs of the Middle East. Experience running complex programs and dealing with high-level constituents in a fast paced environment needed.
Proficiency in written and spoken Arabic and fluency in English is strongly preferred. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and strong attention to detail is a must. Demonstrated organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and work independently. Ability to work with diverse stakeholders to achieve shared goals. Proven ability to manage a budget. Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed. 15%-20% travel to the Middle East is required. Background in public/private partnerships, nonprofit work, and/or the field of social entrepreneurship desirable but not required.
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