Organization:Institute for Security Studies
The ISS is seeking a researcher on conflict dynamics and the political, social and security conditions on the continent. The focus of this position is on the work of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC), its decision-making processes, and the impact this has on the AU’s ability to prevent and minimse conflict. Other instruments of the AU’s African Peace and Security Architecture are also relevant.
The researcher will lead the research and analysis for theISS’PSC Report. The work will involve networking, conducting policy research and extensive writing. The researcher will also be required to develop practical policy recommendations related to conflict prevention and mitigation within the AU and REC framework.
The successful candidate will work closely with senior officials from PSC member states, the AU Department of Peace and Security, as well as a network of African governments, regional organisations, the diplomatic community and other research institutions.
Overview of duties
- Proactively initiate, plan and undertake primary and secondary research on the PSC, the AU and other continental conflict prevention mechanisms and disseminate the results in a timely and relevant way to specific audiences
- Provide editorial guidance to thePSC Reportand work with otherPSC Reportteam members to produce timely, insightful, relevant and informative written content
- Maintain proactive relationships with key partners and relevant regional and international organisations
- Conduct media interviews
- Convene seminars, closed briefings and roundtables, and present research findings at ISS events and other relevant forums
- Assist in identifying new opportunities for funding, and draft concept notes and proposals
Overview of requirements
- Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as international relations, journalism, political science, conflict and peace studies, strategic and security studies, law or related field
- Minimum of three years relevant experience in the peace and security field, either as a researcher, policy maker or journalist, specialising in African security and political issues
- Good knowledge of African governance and security challenges and solutions, and a particular interest in conflict analysis, early warning, conflict prevention and governance
· Good networking and interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to work in partnership with international and continental organisations, governments and civil society
- Knowledge of the workings of the AU and other regional intergovernmental structures
· Good written and verbal communication skills supported by a track record of relevant publications, media commentary and public speaking at international forums
- Excellent English and French language skills. The candidate must be fluent in at least one of the two languages and should have a very good command of the other (both written and verbal)
- Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
- Willingness to travel
The contract will be for one year, and may be renewed subject to ISS’ requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.
Email your application to Yemissrach Tadesse firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must provide a cover letter, detailed CV, and recent writing sample, including at least three contactable referees. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.