Project Manager - Our Past Our Future, All Together in Faynan - 1 year fixed-term contract - Jordan

16 March 2019 - Applications are currently under consideration and we are no longer receiving new applications for this position.

The ‘Our Past Our Future, All Together in Faynan’ (OPOF) project, has an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager. The successful applicant will work with a team of UK and Jordanian academic staff, as well as with the Department of Antiquities and organisations and communities associated with Qurayqira and Faynan in southern Jordan, and be based at CBRL’s British Institute in Amman.

This fixed-term, one year position presents a unique opportunity for an experienced project manager with expertise in cultural heritage, community engagement and sustainable development to engage in the development of the Faynan Museum and eco-tourism in the Faynan area.

About the Project

The 'Our Past, Our Future, All Together in Faynan' project is supported by the AHRC Newton-Khalidi Fund led by a team of UK and Jordanian researchers and professionals, working together with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan.

The project aims to enhance community engagement with the newly opened Faynan Museum and contribute to the development of eco-tourism in the surrounding area. The local museum in Faynan was opened with the joint aims of developing eco-tourism to generate income into the local community for sustainable development, and build community engagement with the museum for social cohesiveness. The objective of the project is to make a significant contribution to this task: to build community engagement with the Faynan Museum and facilities for eco-tourism to support social cohesiveness, individual well-being and sustainable economic development in Faynan.

About CBRL’s British Institute in Amman

CBRL is the British Academy-sponsored charity that promotes, sponsors and carries out high quality research in the humanities and social sciences throughout the countries of the Levant. The British Institute in Amman (BIA) is CBRL’s research centre in Jordan with offices, a library and associated research facilities. Established in in the 1970s, the institute is registered with the Ministry of Culture and holds formal ties with the Royal Scientific Society. The Institute offers a friendly and professional international working environment. The institute building is currently located in Tla' al-'Ali, not far from the University of Jordan.

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General Role Summary

The Project Manager will act as the single point of contact and liaison for all members of the project in the UK and Jordan, providing advice and support regarding working in Jordan. The project is organised around a series of workshops that the Project Manager will coordinate, with other associated activities and meetings in between the workshops that take place in spring and autumn.

It is critical that the Project Manager is an excellent people manager and writer communicator in both English and Arabic. S/he needs to be highly motivated, self-driven and detail-oriented, and a strong multi-tasker. It is essential that the Project Manager is flexible, able to work under pressure and is comfortable working with an international team and with local communities.

The Project Manager will report to the Project’s Principal Investigators (PIs) and local line management in Jordan will come from the team at CBRL Amman.

Key tasks

  • Organise the project workshops in Jordan with regard to:
    • Liaising with all participants to agree dates
    • Collection and drop-off at airport(s)
    • Booking accommodation for participants as required in Amman (at BIA ideally) and at the Feynan-Ecolodge
    • Booking meeting rooms and refreshments
    • Arranging vehicle hire and other local travel arrangements
    • Invoicing the University of Reading for payments
    • Liaising with the Faynan Community, involving identifying participants and conducting pre-meetings
    • Liaising with the Faynan Schools, when required, involving arranging meetings and visits
    • Act as note taker during the workshops
    • Act as a translator during workshops
    • Provide written reports to all participants on the workshop and actions required
  • Support arrangements for travel, accommodation and activities in Jordan by project members outside of the project workshops
  • Act as liaison with the Department of Antiquities, and other Government bodies that require notification or the provision of permits, including Ministries for Education and for Planning
  • Act as liaison with the Faynan Community, making regular visits to build relationships, monitor progress
  • Support the project members to source materials and services in Jordan, such as for the manufacture of signs, printing materials, and workmen
  • Provide Arabic translations of text to be used in museum displays, archaeological signs and so forth
  • Report to the PIs on a weekly basis
  • Contribute to the project in any additional ways within reason, as requested by the PIs.

Essential Requirements:

  • University degree with a GPA not less than 2.75.
  • Fluent in Arabic and near-native knowledge of English, spoken and written
  • Outstanding social and communication skills
  • To be prepared to frequently travel to Faynan
  • Excellent administration skills, as demonstrated by previous employment
  • Previous experience at Project Management, including financial management, working to fixed budgets and meeting agreed deadlines
  • A commitment to diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace
  • Jordanian citizenship or a valid residency and work permit in Jorda

Desirable requirements

  • Previous experience at liaising with the Department of Antiquities and other governmental bodies
  • Familiarity with Faynan and its communities
  • Full-driving licence
  • Familiarity with social media
  • An interest in photography

This is a full-time, fixed-term contract for 1 year, with a 3-month probation period, possibly extendible.

Hours of Work: 8.00 am – 3 pm. Flexibility in working hours is essential, especially during the period of project workshops.

How to apply

Submit your CV and covering letter to: Names, positions, emails and mobile numbers of two referees are required, at least one of whom is a previous employer/professor, willing to give favourable character references.

Please state in the subject line: OPOF Project Manager

Closing Date: Position open until filled, please make your job application as soon as possible by CV and covering letter. The covering letter should explain in no more than two sides of A4 why you meet the person specification and wish to work on the project. We will only contact individuals that we are interested to interview.

Start Date: 1 March 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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