Since 2009, SIPRI has been implementing projects to strengthen African Civil Society organizations (CSOs) on their role in shaping peace and security policies in several sub-Saharan African countries. The Mali Project’s full name is “Targeted civil society contributions to national and local post-conflict policies to address the safety and security challenges for the population in Mali”. It is a follow-on to a previous project to support civil society contributions to peace, security and development in Mali. The project is innovative in its attempts to combine research and lobbying, social mobilization and scholarly reflection, understanding conflict and building peace. It is conducted in partnership with a Malian coalition of CSOs and seeks to adhere to strong local ownership approach. Funding for this project has been provided by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).
• The ability to conceive, design and implement innovative capacity-building and research-supporting projects;
• Proven management and fundraising experience;
• Experience in policy analysis on peacebuilding and security sector issues;
• In-depth knowledge of the history, political, security and economic developments in Africa, especially francophone West Africa;
• A track record of successfully implementing collaborative projects.
• A PhD or other higher degree in areas of relevance for peace, conflict and security in Africa, with an emphasis on Africa studies /West Africa highly desirable;
• A minimum of five years of experience at a senior level in academic research and/or policy related work in this field, including a strong record of high quality (including peer-reviewed) publications;
• A deep understanding of Sahel security issues, especially with regard to civil society organizations, non-traditional and transnational security challenges, regional conflict and Mali’s relations with other major players in the international system;
• Demonstrated success as a team leader
• Well developed networks with government and non-government institutions working in this field;
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills;
• Ability to speak and write fluently in English and French (working fluency in local languages important for the field research in Mali would be helpful, but not necessary).
Read the full position description on the SIPRI website: http://www.sipri.org/about/vacancies/mali_head
How to apply
If interested in applying for this position, qualified candidates should submit a resume/CV and a one page cover letter, in both English and French to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The initial closing date for applications is 29 February 2016.
For further information about the Africa security and governance project and Mali civil society peacebuilding, please visit our website: http://www.sipri.org/research/security/africa or http://www.sipri.org/research/security/mali. For information about the Mali project, contact SIPRI Mali Project Head, Dr Elisabeth Sköns, email@example.com. For confidential enquiries contact SIPRI Deputy Director Jakob Hallgren, firstname.lastname@example.org.