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GIF Director (f/m/d)
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Draft Vacancy Notice
The German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF) is looking to fill the following
position from the first quarter of 2020.
The German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development was established in 1986 as a legal
entity in Israel, headquartered in Jerusalem. The founders are the Federal Republic of Germany and the State
of Israel. The purpose of the Foundation is to support bilateral civilian research and development projects of
The successful candidate is expected to show great commitment in running the Foundation's funding
and working towards building stronger German-Israeli science relations. The working language
Manage the Foundation's Secretariat in Jerusalem
Prepare and implement the Foundation's programmes on the basis of its funding regulations
Communicate and maintain trusting relationships with the Foundation's Board of Governors and
Oversee the Foundation's budget, financial performance, investments and other business ventures
Support and liaise with the Investment Committee, Controller and Scientific Committees
Organize and implement Foundation events
Represent the Foundation externally
Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following:
Strategic planning and management abilities in a public organization that deals with science funding
Familiarity with the professional management of scientific programmes, budgets and human resources
Proven experience with the Israeli and German academic research systems as well as the funding and
project proposal review and funding procedures
Excellent communication and team-building skills
Master's degree or higher. Preference will be given to Ph.D
All GIF business is conducted in English. An excellent knowledge of English is therefore required; knowledge
of German and Hebrew would be of advantage.
The Director of the GIF will be appointed by the Board of Governors for a period of four years with the option
of one reappointment of another four years.
The application should include:
A short essay (maximum one page) describing why the candidate thinks they are suitable for the role of
Director of the GIF
Names of three potential referees*
Please submit your detailed application by e-mail no later than November 28th 2019 to both
Director, International Relations
Ministry of Science and Technology
Head of Directorate 22 - European Cooperation
in Education and Research
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
* Candidates who will reach the last round of interviews will be asked to fill out a Candidate Questionnaire
concerning issues of conflict of interest.