Working at UCL Qatar

UCL Qatar was established in partnership with Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums, positioning Qatar as the centre of excellence in museum practice in the region and advancing the understanding of Arab and Islamic archaeology. We are based in the Georgetown University building within Education City, Doha.

We expect a lot from the people we employ and we offer a lot in return – in terms of a competitive reward and benefits package, personal development and job satisfaction. Whether you are seeking a new career challenge or a job that really makes a difference, it’s worth taking a closer look at UCL Qatar.  

Please see below a list of our current vacancies and information on living and working in Qatar.

 

Current Vacancies at UCL Qatar

To view more details and information about how to apply, please click on the job title you are interested in – you will be directed to the job advert on the main UCL Human Resources jobs website. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, you can contact the UCL Qatar HR team on jobapplications.qatar@ucl.ac.uk.

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Immigration and Orientation

Residence and Exit Permits
To live and/or work in the State of Qatar, anyone who is not a Qatari citizen must have a sponsor and a Residence Permit (RP) issued by the Ministry of Interior. Qatar Foundation sponsors all UCL Qatar employees.

One of the first steps after arrival is to convert the Permanent Entry Visa into a Residence Permit, which will be processed by UCL Qatar and issued by the Ministry of Interior on behalf of Qatar Foundation. This will include completing a medical test and fingerprint/eye scans in country.

This process usually takes 4-8 weeks to complete. Note, employees will be unable to leave Qatar until this process is completed.

Qatar requires individuals to have a valid exit permit if they wish to leave the country. All UCL Qatar employees will be provided with a Multiple Exit Permit (MEP) after their Residence Permit has been granted. This is valid for one year, to be renewed annually.

Orientation

On the first day, new employees will meet with members of the HR Team to complete the required paperwork and discuss UCL Qatar policies and procedures. Immigration requirements will also be discussed with at this time.

Meetings with other UCL Qatar units (e.g. Finance, IT) will be scheduled throughout the first week and the new employee’s manager will arrange for orientation within their new work team.

More detailed information, including required documentation, is available here: Qatar Immigration Procedure

 

UCL Qatar Salary Scale and Benefits Package

UCL Qatar provides a competitive employee benefits package in addition to basic salary. This includes:

  • Free accommodation or a housing allowance
  • Transport and Communications Allowances
  • Relocation (restrictions apply)
  • Annual Flight
  • Medical Insurance
  • School Fees

The UCL Qatar Salary and Benefits Package can be downloaded here:

 

Living and Working in Qatar

Qatar has undergone a lot of development recently and continues to develop at a fast pace, both as it prepares for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and whilst it works towards its National Vision 2030.

The population is about 2.5 million, of which most reside in the capital, Doha. The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken as are Hindu and Urdu.

Qatar is an Islamic country. Visitors and expatriates are expected to be respectful of the traditions of the state. Dress (in public spaces) should be conservative, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Female visitors and expatriate residents should avoid skirts above the knee or exposing the shoulders, cleavage and stomach. Tight or revealing clothing should be avoided. Women are not required to cover their hair.

The national population typically wear traditional dress in public. For men this is the Thobe – a white full length attire worn with a white or red headdress called a Gutra. The Gutra is secured with a black rope called an Agal. Women wear a black Abaya which is a loose, long black robe and a headscarf called a Hijab.

The working week is Sunday to Thursday.

Places to Visit
Qatar has a number of exciting places to visit including the Museum of Islamic Art, Msheireb Museums, Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village, the Pearl and many shopping malls including City Centre, Villagio, Landmark, The Mall of Qatar, Doha Festival City.

Getting around Qatar
UCL Qatar provides staff with a travel allowance for the duration of employment with UCL Qatar, from the date of arrival in Qatar, which could be used for car hire, towards car purchase, or for transport by taxi, for example.

There are a number of car rental agencies operating in Qatar, ranging from the global car rental brands such as Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty to local car rental agencies. Normal driving rules apply as you would expect in most countries. In particular the driver and front seat passenger are required to wear a seat belt at all times. Mobile phones should not be used whilst driving. Minor expressions of ‘road rage’ like rude gestures can attract significant penalties. Caution should be exercised and hand gestures should not be used, even those considered friendly in other countries.

Life on Campus

UCL Qatar is located on the second floor of the Georgetown Building within Education City. The building is large and modern with ample space for socialising. Numerous areas are shared space for UCL Qatar and Georgetown students and staff, including the cafeteria and atrium.

The Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Centre
The Student Centre is located a short walking distance or shuttle bus ride away from the Georgetown Building. The Student Centre serves as a space to relax, play sport, hold meetings, dine, watch a film or to go ten pin bowling. There is also a copy shop, cafeteria, pharmacy and other shops. For further information see: hbku.edu.qa

Dining

  • On Campus
    Education City has many dining options. The Georgetown cafeteria and the HBKU Student Centre alone have a number of cafeterias, coffee shops and restaurants catering for different cuisines. Cafeterias in other university buildings are also available, as well as in the Residence Halls. On average a meal will cost between 15 – 30 Qatari Riyals.

    In addition, A fine dining restaurant (Chefs Garden) is also available (bookings may need to be made in advance as it can get busy).

  • Off Campus
    There are also a number of dining options within a short drive outside main campus including Al Gharrafa centre (within this complex you will find eateries such as KFC and Subway).

Sporting Facilities
In addition to the facilities at the Student Centre, the Recreation Centre hosts an Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium and badminton facilities. Tennis courts and numerous football pitches are located around Education City. Staff can also utilize the facilities at the Education City Community Housing Centre.

Transport
Shuttle buses run regularly around the Education City campus, stopping at all Universities, Student Residences, Student Centre and Recreation Centre. The shuttle buses run on a set timetable and are frequent but times are subject to change (normally every 10 – 15 minutes). Shuttle buses normally stop outside the main entrance to each building.

Employee Shuttle bus
An employee paid for shuttle bus (via monthly deductions from salary) is available from a number of compounds and towers in Doha for travel between employee residence’s and UCL Qatar. Further information is available from our Facilities team: facilities.qatar@ucl.ac.uk.