Job Title

Dean – Academic Affairs


Academic Department

Reporting Line

Deputy Director General

Job Code



1. Job Function

The mission of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) is to build capabilities to meet the UAE’s foreign policy objectives through providing accredited academic programmes and best-in-class training. In addition, it aims to advance the understanding of diplomacy and international relations through insightful thought leadership and impactful research and analysis.

EDA currently delivers a Postgraduate Diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations, as well as a Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy. The Academy is set to introduce a new Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action and Development shortly.

The Academy is seeking to appoint a Dean, who will:

  • Provide leadership for the Academic Department’s faculty and staff to support the delivery of ambitious performance objectives and enable their continuous professional growth.
  • Oversee the development, accreditation and delivery of high-quality postgraduate academic programmes that are tailored to the needs of EDA’s stakeholders.
  • Lead EDA’s overall engagement with its students across academic programmes and ensure that they benefit from a first-class and well-rounded learning experience.
  • Develop purposeful, sustainable collaborations and/or partnerships with other academic institutions within the UAE and overseas.

2. Key Responsibilities/Duties

Strategy and Planning

  • Contribute to the development of EDA’s overall strategy and growth, and ensure a coherent approach across its Academic, Executive Training and Research Departments.
  • Lead all planning and operational activities of the Academic Department, including its budget and performance objectives, and ensure the departmental plan is aligned with EDA’s wider strategic plan.
  • Take responsibility for the efficient implementation of academic policies and procedures.
  • Lead the continuous development of academic programmes to ensure they deliver optimal and relevant learning outcomes for EDA’s students and stakeholders, while also managing any relevant accreditation processes.
  • Engage with external stakeholders of EDA’s academic programmes, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to ensure the programmes meet their needs.
  • Actively participate in the Faculty Hiring Committee, the Faculty Review Committee, the Senior Management Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee, and other committees, as required.
  • Ensure effective coordination with EDA’s Executive Training and Research Departments
  • Develop and implement EDA’s strategy to internationalise its academic programmes, including through building purposeful partnerships and seeking international accreditation.
  • Build and maintain relations with the UAE’s educational authorities and ensure EDA’s full compliance with relevant educational standards.

Managing academic programmes

  • Oversee the admission process for students in the academic programmes.
  • Oversee the scheduling and allocation of courses for each semester and manage the process to decide on the allocation of extra-curricular activities in the students’ programmes.
  • Manage academic programmes efficiently to meet the highest standards of teaching and ethical behaviour.
  • Oversee the consistent implementation of quality assurance procedures across the academic programmes.
  • Lead EDA’s engagement with the Student Council and take steps to ensure an optimal learning environment for the students of the academic programmes.
  • Manage the planning of overseas study trips as part of the academic programmes.
  • Oversee the process of evaluating students in the academic programmes and ensure a consistent and comprehensive approach to evaluation.
  • Oversee the plans and operations of the library to ensure the availability of appropriate resources for EDA’s students and researchers.

Teaching and research

  • Contribute to teaching in the academic programmes, to the extent that it is compatible with other responsibilities.
  • Publish research, either with EDA or with external publishers, to the extent that it is compatible with other responsibilities.

People Management

  • Take responsibility for the performance management, mentoring and professional development of faculty members and other Academic Department staff, including Student Affairs and the library.
  • Inspire and motivate faculty and staff to deliver high quality performance in all areas.
  • Ensure academic faculty produces high-quality scholarship that is published in reputable outlets
  • Promote a collaborative working environment to maintain and enhance the quality of the student learning experience and the overall knowledge ecosystem.
  • Ensure that faculty have an appropriate workload that includes teaching responsibilities as well as research and service.
  • Lead the process of recruiting new academic faculty and staff, as required.

3. Job Specification


  • PhD degree from a reputable and internationally accredited university.
  • Academic background in a field associated with international relations and diplomacy.

Relevant Experience

  • A minimum experience of 10 years that includes progressively responsible management experience in an academic environment.
  • The candidate should have served as Associate Professor or Professor in a previous role.
  • Strong record of published scholarship as well as of teaching in higher education.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, encompassing the ability to work collegially as a member of a team and the ability to engage effectively with students and senior external stakeholders.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required and fluency in Arabic is a significant advantage.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the required duties, responsibilities and job specifications / requirements

To apply for this job send your CV to


Apply Now