Researcher, African Futures and Innovation programme

Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th December, 2017

Job Description

The ISS seeks to appoint a researcher in the African Futures & Innovation programme in Pretoria.

The successful candidate will work on long-term forecasting on the future of Africa mostly using the International Futures data modeling (IFs) tool hosted and developed by the Frederick S Pardee Center for International Futures, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, at the University of Denver.

The researcher will analyse historical trends, current and future developments in Africa related to agriculture, demographics, economics, education, energy, environment, health, governance and conflict.

Applicants must be highly motivated with an exceptional ability to work under pressure, respond quickly and manage time effectively.

Key AFI stakeholders and beneficiaries are African policy makers and practitioners, including the African Union, inter-governmental institutions, civil society actors, as well as international actors operating on the continent, the media and local communities.

Overview of duties

  • Undertake trend and scenario analysis along various dimensions using the IFs model
  • Update the IFs model with new data components as required
  • Write reports and papers as required
  • Contribute to publications on various dimensions on the future of Africa
  • Provide data-driven inputs on profiles for countries and regions
  • Take part in AFI’s capacity building and training activities
  • Maintain a current understanding of the regional and national environments relating to the future of Africa
  • Social media and outreach work

Overview of requirements

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in economics
  • At least one policy or academic publication where the candidate is the lead author, alternatively proof of research and writing skills
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English
  • French language skill would be advantage
  • Track record of excellent interpersonal and networking skills, including the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and to establish effective working relationships both within and outside the organisation with a diversity of stakeholders

The initial length of the contract will be for six months and may be renewed or extended subject to programme requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.


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