Program Assistant, Middle East Programs

Atlantic Council

About the organization

The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, motivated, and creative program assistant to support the work of the Middle East Programs. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the politics and economics of the Middle East through academic and work experience. The program assistant will work closely with the Director and Deputy Director of the Middle East Programs on all aspects of day-to-day management. Previous experience working on Middle East policy in government, a think tank, or other NGO is highly desired. The ideal candidate will be remarkably well-organized and detail-oriented and will have demonstrable administrative and communication experience. The program assistant will also be involved in regional and thematic projects conducted by the Middle East Programs’ various initiatives, including event coordination, publication management, and business development. The program assistant will also be encouraged to engage in his/her own research and publishing in addition to cooperative assignments.

This position requires excellent communication and administrative skills, superior writing ability, and strong analytical acumen. The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, communicate effectively, and proactively seek out opportunities for growth. Experience living in the region is a plus, as is proficiency in a Middle Eastern language.


Provide administrative and logistical support for the Director and Deputy Director, including scheduling, managing external contacts, arranging travel, and completing expense reports.
Manage weekly Middle East Programs meetings through virtual and in-person settings as appropriate.
Draft weekly and monthly Middle East Programs reports.
Serve as a liaison for internal and external offices including high-level US and foreign government officials, diplomats, business executives, board members, and internal Council employees and management.
Organize and oversee the proper maintenance of files, documents (e.g. proposals, presentations, notes, speeches, etc), contacts, and confidential records to assist the director and deputy director in tracking and prioritizing various tasks and projects.
Provide operational, logistical, and administrative support for events and activities related to the Middle East Programs’ various initiatives (e.g. high-level luncheons/dinners, policy workshops, conferences, strategy sessions, and task-forces).
Assist in drafting and editing various Atlantic Council publications and other writing projects for external publication, including journal articles, policy briefs, and op-eds.
Contribute to Atlantic Council blogs with news aggregation, policy analysis, short articles, and blog postings.
Engage in projects under the leadership of the Director and Deputy Director related to topics of interest to nonresident fellows and the priorities of the Middle East Programs.
Support other Middle East Program activities as appropriate.


Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as Middle East Affairs, International Affairs, or Economics.
Demonstrable interest in the MENA region.
Approximately 1-2 years’ relevant work experience.
Strong writing, communication and analytic skills.
Technical skills in data management and analysis strongly preferred, HTML and web skills are a plus.
Experience living, studying or working in the MENA region is highly desired.

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