RDI Program Director

Qatar Foundation - قطر - Doha

Job Purpose:

To lead the formulation and implementation of RDI programs, agreements and initiatives in support of the Research, Innovation or Talent strategic objectives in QRDI 2030; engage the Qatar RDI ecosystem to foster closer links between different segments of ecosystem to achieve QRDIC objectives and goals.


Key Result Areas:

  • Provide leadership, direction and oversight of current and planned RDI activities and programs
  • Drive future direction and add value through robust insight and consultative engagement with key leadership and decision makers
  • Directly manage strategically important projects funded by QRDIC
  • Participate as a member of RDI Secretariat’s senior leadership team and liaise with RDI Council, Expert Advisory Committee and QF Senior Leadership offices as needed
  • Consult and collaborate with other partners and eco-system actors in the strategizing, prioritization and execution of QRDIC programs
  • Work with relevant ecosystem actors to develop plans & policies to support RDI and diffusion of solutions to national challenges in Qatar and the region
  • Provide input to communication strategies and plans for all RDI initiatives, programs and events to increase awareness of QRDIC programs and events 
  • Serve on boards and advisory boards of RDI entities as needed to provide advisory, counseling, monitoring & governance; Support the establishment of national advisory boards for the priority areas
  • Lead development of major partnerships related to RDI especially within each of the priority areas
  • Provide advice & counseling to executives and management of national RDI enablers as needed
  • Deploy forums such as advisory groups to support mobilization of stakeholders within specific areas
  • Translate relevant QRDI 2030 Strategic Objectives and Initiatives into programs or policies
  • Oversee benchmarking and analysis of relevant Research & Innovation programs and ensure full oversight of the program landscape
  • Ensure full ownership of all information related to above mentioned programs targeting relevant beneficiary, archive all documents, ensure information is updated and disseminated to team members
  • Oversee engagement with RDI stakeholders to identify requirements of RDI programs, develop program proposals, seek feedback and launch programs
  • Manage and evaluate programs & initiatives through consulting with research & innovation performers
  • Establish clear and measurable KPIs to achieve the goals and objectives set out by QRDIC
  • Lead the planning and budgeting of relevant programs & activities during the annual planning cycle
  • Participate in national and global RDI workshops, conferences, panels, roundtables, and forums
  • Other reasonable tasks as assigned by supervisor


Minimum Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, 8-10 years of relevant full-time work experience in Research or Innovation funding and grant management, 5 of which at a senior supervisory level
  • Breadth of knowledge and experience across academic and professional disciplines
  • Well-developed ties with the international RDI community
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills including strong interpersonal & negotiating skills
  • Knowledge of funding agency operation
  • Outstanding communications skills, including the ability to interact effectively with educators, researchers, businesspeople, officials, and other local and international stakeholders
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to draft and edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas clearly and concisely; Arabic proficiency is an advantage
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications
تاريخ النشر: ١٩ أبريل ٢٠٢١
الناشر: LinkedIn
تاريخ النشر: ١٩ أبريل ٢٠٢١
الناشر: LinkedIn