We are hiring! – Arabic Language Discussion Group Chair

Position Description:

The Arabic Language Discussion group explores various topics and trends related to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in Arabic. The aim is to offer fellow Arabic speakers the opportunity to maintain and improve their Arabic Language skills through regular meetings. Group topics revolve around developments in the region such as the ongoing Syria conflict and the crisis in Yemen, as well as exploring topics such as Arab literature and poetry and regional economic development.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Determine membership criteria for the DG and process applicants on a timely basis (respond to emails within 72 hours).
  • Arrange meetings at least once every month, provide guidance on topics for discussion, and distribute pre-meeting readings.
  • Work to identify opportunities across YPFP to co-host, co-sponsor, or otherwise contribute to events and other initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate or partner with organizations and initiatives outside YPFP that would add value and provide opportunities for your DG or YPFP as a whole.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Professional or near-professional proficiency speaking, listening and reading Arabic (Intermediate- Advanced levels).
  • Ability to communicate in the language on a range of abstract topics (all dialects accepted).
  • Proven track record of communication, leadership, and management skills.
  • Available to hold regular DG meetings, preparing materials and products before and after each meeting, and generally leading the discussion among members.
  • Outstanding organizational skills to enable consistent meetings.
  • Be proactive and creative in exploring recruitment possibilities and meeting locations that are conducive to group needs.
  • Available to attend regular DG Chair meetings.
  • Responsiveness to email.

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of the Washington DC area
  • Position isunpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer



Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting[at]ypfp.org and tia.potskhverashvili[at]ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally related to foreign policy)

Include “DG Chair Application” in the subject line, as well as the name of the DG for which you are applying.