Research Director

The Ramphal Institute, launched in 2008 at the 80th birthday of Sir Shridath Ramphal, is hoping to appoint a Research Director this autumn. Subject to resources this paid position will be either part-time or full-time. Until now the Institute, whose work is set out on this site, has been largely voluntary, assisted by a part-time administrator.

The Institute, which is focused on the Commonwealth and development issues as is appropriate given its title, has established a reputation for quality research, practical recommendations, and interaction with Commonwealth governments at the highest level. It has 22 distinguished Patrons around the world. It is a UK charity and non-profit company.

The chair of its Ramphal Commission on Migration and Development, 2009-2011, was Mr P J Patterson, lately Prime Minister of Jamaica. The three Ramphal Commissioners who have been consulting this year on how to ease visa regimes for travellers between Commonwealth states are: Mr Farooq Sobhan, former Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, Mr Michael Frendo, former Foreign Minister of Malta, and Mr James Jonah, former Under Secretary-General at the United Nations.

The Institute would welcome approaches now, in confidence, from persons with citizenship or a right to work in the UK, specifying whether they would wish to be considered for a full-time or part-time role as Research Director, and indicating the order of salary they would look for. It is expected that the Research Director would have the capacity to raise research and other funding, and build a small paid staff over time, under the guidance of trustees and their finance sub-committee, and an honorary treasurer. The Research Director will have prime executive responsibility for running the Institute.

Key requirements are:
• Knowledge of contemporary development issues, and a capacity to conduct and oversee quality research
• Experience of the Commonwealth and of its developing countries, including small states, and of their political leaders and administrative systems
• Advocacy and public relations abilities
• Energy, an entrepreneurial spirit, good inter-personal skills, and a readiness to undertake many tasks in a small office
• Understanding of international organisations

The Institute will not be taking up references at this stage. Persons interested in the Research Director post should write in confidence to Richard Bourne, Secretary of the Ramphal Institute ( Richard.bourne@ramphalinstitute.org ). They should send a short letter explaining why they are interested, and their key capabilities and annexe a brief CV. Every inquiry will be acknowledged and, later in the year when it is clear whether a full-time or part-time appointment can be made, the Institute will contact a shortlist of relevant persons to interview. Interviewees will be asked to indicate priorities for research and advocacy up to 2020, and how they plan to grow the Institute.