The Blavatnik School of Government is seeking a Research Assistant: Apply!


The Blavatnik School of Government is seeking to engage a casual Research Assistant to work on a policy research project with Dr Folashade Soulé and Dr Emily Jones on digital geopolitics and Africa. The project looks at how African state and non-state actors are navigating global powers rivalries in digital cooperation.

About the Blavatnik School of Government

Our vision is of a world better led, a world better served and a world better governed. We are a global school committed to improving the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide, through three routes: teaching current and future leadersgenerating research with impact; and engaging with governments and practitioners.

The role

The casual Research Assistant will contribute to collecting qualitative data, which will subsequently be analysed in the preparation of working papers and policy briefs, and provide assistance with the organisation of a webinar.

Duties will include:

  • Help collect qualitative data on the geopolitics of AI (artificial intelligence) and cybersecurity in Africa;
  • Suggest panellists for an upcoming webinar on Navigating geopolitics of AI in Africa;
  • Revise up to two policy briefs, if required.

This casual engagement will be for 8 weeks. We can guarantee a maximum of 6 hours per week, although hours may vary from week to week depending on project requirements.

We are looking for the successful candidate to start from 24 June 2024.

The work can be conducted entirely remotely from the UK.

You must have the right to work in the UK.

Payment will be at the Grade 6.1 rate: £17.03, plus hourly holiday pay (12.07%).

Selection criteria

You will be judged against your ability to demonstrate the following:

  • Very good knowledge on the dynamics of digital cooperation in Africa;
  • Ability to manage own research activities;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

How to apply

Please email your application to [email protected] with the subject “Application for casual RA – Negotiating Africa’s digital partnerships project”.

Please include:

  • your CV (no more than 2 pages);
  • a brief cover letter/email addressing the selection criteria. Also include any constraints around availability (e.g. term dates, thesis deadlines, future commitments, etc.);
  • a sample of your writing in English.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on Friday 14 June 2024. Interviews are likely to be held remotely on Monday 17 June.

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