• Auto req ID 331BR

Job Description

KAPSARC seeks a passionate, experienced Program Director to lead and contribute to empirical research and policy analysis on hydrocarbon markets. This includes the entire value chain (upstream, midstream, and downstream) of the oil, gas industry, hydrogen, and petrochemical markets.

KAPSARC’s work involves a mix of advisory services and applied research conducted in a dynamic, multicultural environment by a team of highly qualified and experienced researchers. The successful candidate will provide ongoing thought leadership, guidance, and supervision to ensure that advisory and applied research projects result in high quality and actionable policy options. The programs are organized by skill set and area of study (a functional organization), while the advisory and applied research portfolio is organized through the lens of advisory topics and applied research questions and initiatives. The ability to effectively manage a team in a matrixed organization is essential to ensure that project teams consisting of colleagues from several programs can effectively execute the organization’s projects and studies. The Program Director is a member of the Knowledge & Analysis Leadership Team and contributes to setting a tone of collegiality, intellectual risk-taking, teamwork and institutional collaboration. He or she is as accountable to colleagues in the Knowledge & Analysis Leadership Team and to the Vice President of Knowledge & Analysis, in line with our aim to delegate authority down through the organization to the greatest possible extent.

Required qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Econometrics, Engineering, or other energy industry-related field preferred. A master’s degree is acceptable if advisory and applied research maturity in the field is demonstrated given job experience.
  • Education in both economics and engineering preferred.
  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Good communication skills and enthusiastic team player.


  • Minimum 20 years’ experience in oil and gas markets with a strong background in advisory, consulting, and research.
  • Experience in some of the following academic and/or policy fields: oil and gas markets, energy economics, demand and supply outlooks, and geopolitics of energy.
  • Experience developing evidence-based public policy in hydrocarbons.
  • Proven ability to draft analytical and evidence-based policy-relevant papers that are clear, concise, and reader-friendly; successful peer-reviewed publication is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • Strong ability to gather relevant information and data.
  • Ability to develop the capabilities of junior staff and help with their career development by delivering constructive comments and reviews.
  • Ability to manage in a functionally and topically matrixed institutional environment.
  • Good communication skills and an enthusiastic team player.
  • Additional languages to English are a plus, especially Arabic.
  • Planning and managing advisory and applied research projects to which members of the program will contribute.
  • Identifying relevant questions and appropriate methodologies, designing, and proposing advisory and applied research initiatives or projects within the approved initiatives, and coordinating with the Research Leadership Team to ensure consistency across the portfolio.
  • Taking ownership of advisory and applied research initiatives that align with the Program Director’s expertise and being accountable to the Research Leadership Team for projects led by members of the Markets and Industrial Development Program.
  • Providing ongoing thought leadership, guidance, and supervision to ensure that advisory and applied research projects result in high quality, concrete and actionable policy options.
  • Making significant contributions to projects or initiatives led by other colleagues.
  • Providing intellectual leadership in ensuring the relevance and impact of policy advice in relation to the program and contributing to the definition of strategic research directions.
  • Designing, conducting, and disseminating research through effective communication approaches that meet the needs of different audiences and maximize the impact of KAPSARC’s work.
  • Collaborating effectively across KAPSARC and its stakeholder networks to ensure that KAPSARC’s advice on oil and gas policy is developed and disseminated in a consistent and coherent way.
  • Drafting, editing, and producing evidence-based policy papers, working papers, reports and other publications on the above topics that are clear, concise, and reader-friendly.
  • Delivering presentations at conferences and workshops.
  • Monitoring travel, expenses, and travel approvals in the program area.

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