Office Manager, IISS–Middle East 

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) intends to hire a full-time Office Manager for its Middle East office in Bahrain. The role reports to the Executive Director and will provide support in the management of the office.

The IISS is the world’s leading authority on geopolitical and geo-economic trends. The Institute's publications are at the forefront of strategic thinking, its international summits assist intergovernmental consultations and its analysis is frequently sought by the international business community. The IISS–Middle East office is internationally staffed, and is set to grow and develop substantially under strong leadership. The office is based in a prestigious location in Manama’s Financial Harbour district.

The Office Manager will support and manage the operations of the IISS–Middle East office. This will include:

  • Efficient running of the office operations and buildings
  • Management of local operational staff
  • Provide local delivery of financial and HR matters in liaison with IISS headquarters in London
  • Maintain the office's legal and governance issues
  • Project, plan and monitor all budgets affiliated with IISS–Middle East
  • Support the delivery of the annual IISS Manama Dialogue

The IISS seeks a candidate with a strong knowledge and understanding of Middle East issues, preferably with some experience of working in the region and with proven management and excellent communication skills. The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual able to take on a wide variety of tasks with tact and efficiency. The position will suit a person with strong intellectual qualifications and an established record of accomplishments in government and/or business. Fluency in English is essential and competence in Arabic is preferred.

This role attracts a competitive salary, subject to experience, and will be tax free in Bahrain. It comes with an annual discretionary bonus, and private medical and life assurance.

Applications should include a letter stating the skills the candidate would bring to the IISS, a CV and a list of references. It should be submitted to [email protected] by 31 May.

Senior Fellow for Middle East Policy, IISS–Middle East office

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading independent authority on global security issues, providing information and analysis on a wide range of international security and political risk questions. The Institute conducts research on the problems of conflict, however caused, that may have a significant military dimension, and also analyses international trends, including financial and economic developments, which may have strategic implications. The Institute convenes high-level conferences that bring together government officials, business leaders and opinion-formers at the most senior level, in order to enhance diplomatic exchanges and to enable the crafting of more effective public policy on strategic matters.

The IISS, headquartered in London with regional offices in Singapore, Bahrain and Washington DC, is seeking to appoint a Senior Fellow in Middle East Policy who is regionally focused; politically aware with a well-grounded knowledge of international relations and security. The position will be based at the IISS–Middle East office in Bahrain.

Reporting to the Research Director, the new Senior Fellow will conduct research in regional security dynamics; defence transformation; defence procurement; national defence capacities and alliance relations. While it is expected that this research will have a strong Middle East regional focus, the Institute intends that the Senior Fellow will work closely and cooperatively with colleagues in the other IISS offices who are concerned with the Middle East.

The Senior Fellow will be an analyst of high calibre and strong in people management to enable the mentoring and coaching of junior researchers.

Candidates should have a proven publishing record; a Doctorate (advantageous) or degree relating to Middle East studies, or an equivalent professional background in related fields; and a minimum of eight years of relevant work experience. The candidate must be able to write well in English and conduct research in at least one of the regional languages.

Candidates should email their application to [email protected] by 31 May and provide the following:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Official transcript(s) for all post-secondary schools and universities attended (photocopies are acceptable)
  • Contact information for two references (email and telephone, preferably from both academia and the workplace)

This position is for a fixed term of two years and may be considered for renewal at the end of the contract. Salary is competitive with a full benefits package.