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INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES IS LOOKING FOR A RESEARCH OFFICER

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Closing date: 7 May 2023

The ISS seeks a research officer to work on issues relating to African countries’ collective engagements within global multilateral institutions, and the continent’s major international peace and security partners. The job entails undertaking primary and secondary research and analysis, developing policy recommendations and communicating results through written products, briefings and social media. The research officer will report to the ISS senior researcher responsible for the Africa in the World work.

Overview of duties

  • Conduct primary and secondary research and analysis
  • Document research results in appropriate formats suited to target audiences
  • Assist with disseminating research results and policy recommendations through written products and events
  • Assist the senior researcher by carrying out administrative and logistical activities, including event organisation, budgeting and fundraising
  • Identify and proactively engage with stakeholders, peer groups, donors and beneficiaries
  • Assist with monitoring and evaluation


Overview of requirements

  • A minimum of an Honours degree (Master’s degree preferable) in social sciences, political science, economics, international relations, law or a related field
  • At least two years of work experience in a policy, research, government, training or other human security-relevant professional environment
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, including their application, and experience in designing and implementing research projects
  • A publishing record related to human security, governance, multilateralism and Africa’s international relations
  • Experience participating in public and closed events, conferences or training
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with mid-level diplomats, government officials and peers
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills in English (plus a second language, either Arabic, French or Portuguese)
  • Good computer skills (MS Office)
  • Self-motivated, able to work quickly, independently and 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 Rekha Valabh at [email protected]. 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.


Closing date: 7 May 2023

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

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