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ISS Pretoria: Senior Researcher, Peace and Security Research Programme
26 September 2016

The ISS is seeking a senior researcher to work on a range of issues related to conflict dynamics and the political and security environment in Central and/or Southern Africa. The candidate will conduct in-depth field research and desktop research. The results of this research will underpin sound policy making on the key issues and crises that the continent faces. The researcher will communicate the results through publications, briefings, seminars and media engagements. Providing policy advice to senior decision makers is a priority. The researcher will work closely with a network of African governments, regional organisations, the AU, the diplomatic community as well as other research institutions.

Overview of duties 

  • Initiate, plan and undertake high quality primary and secondary research on peace and security dynamics in Africa
  • Write regular analyses of peace and security dynamics in Africa
  • Convene briefings, seminars and expert roundtables with stakeholders
  • Interact and network with key organisations and partners
  • Work closely with relevant regional organisations
  • Present research findings at ISS and other relevant forums
  • Provide interviews to the media

Overview of requirements

  • A Masters degree in a relevant social science discipline such as international relations, political science, conflict and peace studies, strategic and security studies, or a related field
  • A minimum of seven years of research or policy experience in the field of peace and security in Africa
  • Extensive field research expertise or time spent living in the specified region
  • Geographical or thematic expertise
  • Good knowledge of African governance and security challenges and an interest in conflict analysis, early-warning and conflict prevention
  • Good knowledge of the workings of the AU and regional economic organisations
  • Experience working with government and non-government actors
  • Good networking ability
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills. Second language French, Arabic, Portuguese is highly desirable
  • Ability to oversee junior staff
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Willingness to travel extensively in Africa and beyond

Email your application to Rekha Valabh at Applicants must provide a cover letter and detailed CV, including at least three contactable referees. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Closing date: 26 September 2016

The ISS is committed to achieving employment equity in the workplace. Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.