Programme Officer, Middle East Programme (part-time)

6 August 2017

Job title:  Programme Officer, Middle East Programme (MEP) (part-time)

Reporting to:  Middle East Programme Director

The Role:  The post-holder will be responsible for assisting with the administration of ORG’s Middle East Programme with a particular focus on peacebuilding projects in Israel and Palestine.

Location:  London, Development House, 56-64 Leonard St, EC2A 4LT. Some short trips to the Middle East region may be required

Hours:  Part time (4 days per week)

Salary:  £25,520 per annum pro rata (i.e. £20,416 total for 4 days a week). ORG operates a contributory pension scheme with an employer’s contribution of 6%.

Duration:  Eight months (October 2017- June 2018) with the expectation of extension thereafter. There may be the possibility of increasing the role to full time later on subject to funding.

Eligibility:  You must be eligible to work in the UK in order to apply.

How to apply:  Please send a short cover letter (max 1 page) and CV (max 2 pages, including 2 referees) to by end of 3rd September 2017. Please make "Programme Officer, MEP" the subject line of your email.

Interviews:  We expect to hold interviews in London in the week of 11th September 2017.

About Oxford Research Group (ORG)   

Oxford Research Group (ORG) is a leading independent ‘think-and-action-tank’. Based in London, it has been influential for over 30 years in pioneering the idea of sustainable approaches to security as an alternative to violent global confrontation. We work through original research, wide-ranging dialogue, and practical policy recommendations.

Our work is currently based around three programmes. Sustainable Security analyses the deeper drivers of global insecurity and advocates for a radical shift in security and defence policies and spending to address these drivers. Our Middle East programme facilitates innovative forms of dialogue and capacity building for conflict resolution.

ORG is a registered charity, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a company limited by guarantee. It currently has nine staff and several paid and pro bono consultants.

About the Middle East Programme

ORG’s Middle East Programme runs projects in Palestine, Israel and the wider region. It is small in size but ambitious in its influence. Our three-track work in Palestine and Israel focuses on building the capacity of inclusive groups of Palestinians, Jewish Israelis and Palestinian citizens of Israel to think and plan strategically towards conflict resolution and peaceful coexistence.

In the first instance, this new position will support the Projects Director for the Israel and Palestine tracks to implement activities of the Palestine Strategy Group and the Palestinian Citizens of Israel Group and Israeli Strategic Forum up to mid-2018. We anticipate the role continuing and possibly expanding later in 2018.

Role Description

  1. General Administration
  • Providing coordination and logistical support for events including overseas travel arrangements including booking international flights, accommodation, visas, circulation of meeting-related materials, etc.
  • Regularly communicating with and collecting project-related materials from ORG partners.
  • Assisting in project monitoring and evaluation
  • Logistical and administrative support in communications including Twitter, the website and advertising campaigns
  • Supporting the Project and Programme Directors on day-to-day administrative tasks, as required
  • Attending project meetings and events
  1. Financial Administration
  • Maintaining financial records to enable the production of accurate, timely information in close co-operation with the Project and Programme Directors and ORG's Finance Manager.
  • Working with the Project Director, Finance & Operations Manager and external auditor on project audits and reporting to programme donors.
  • Attending meetings with donors to report on the projects
  1. Other Duties
  • Regular reporting on the progress of the projects to the MEP Programme Director.
  • Research in support of the work.
  • Drafting short articles and blog pieces.
  1. Key relationships

The Project Officer is a full member of ORG’s MEP team, reporting to the MEP Programme Director. The main relationships of the Project Officer will be:

  • MEP Programme Director, who will act as line manager to the Programme Officer
  • Israel-Palestine Project Director, who will task the Project Officer on issues related to the Israel-Palestine projects
  • ORG Finance & Operations Manager, who will liaise closely with the Programme Officer on the financial administration of the Projects
  • Representatives of local partner organisations in Palestine and Israel

Person Specifications







Education and qualifications

University degree in peace/ war studies, development, politics, international relations, Arabic, Hebrew, Middle Eastern studies or similar



Experience of financial administration, including making and receiving payments, issuing and checking invoices and purchase orders, bank reconciliations, maintaining electronic records and producing financial reports


Experience of general administration, including filing systems



Experience of fund-raising from statutory and trust donors, including use of logical frameworks.



Experience of grant administration.



Experience of the third sector



Experience of fund-raising from statutory and trust donors, including use of logical frameworks



Event organisation experience



Communications experience


Skills and Abilities

Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple deadlines


Excellent verbal and written communication skills


The ability to be self-motivated and work independently



Close attention to detail in numeric and written work



Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team and with a wide range of people



Flexibility and creativity



Arabic and/or Hebrew language abilities



Strong research skills


Knowledge and understanding

An interest in the Middle East and conflict resolution



Commitment to ORG’s goals and ethos.