Senior Researcher, Enhancing Africa’s response to transnational organised crime

Institute for Security Studies, South Africa

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationProject/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th August, 2017

Job Description

The ISS is seeking to appoint a senior researcher to support the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities in their efforts to implement the African Union’s ‘Silencing the Guns’ agenda. The senior researcher will undertake and support desk and field research on conventional and small arms; raise awareness of efforts to combat arms proliferation in Africa; engage in public analysis and media commentary on arms control; and participate in the production of various publications on arms issues.

The position will involve extensive networking with relevant organisations, governments and inter-governmental organisations, monitoring of media reports and other sources, primary research, analysis and writing, presentations and briefings.

Overview of duties:

  • Undertake ethical primary and secondary research and analysis, develop policy recommendations based on the findings, and actively communicate results to ISS stakeholders through written products, verbal communication, media commentary and social media.
  • Convene seminars, closed briefings and expert roundtables, and present research findings at ISS events and other relevant forums.
  • Independently manage the entire process of complex projects, including tracking budgets and expenditure, and monitoring and evaluation of project impact.
  • Provide peer review of ISS colleagues’ work.
  • Network and liaise with stakeholders and donors to build ISS’ profile, shape decision making and ensure engagement with research results.
  • Identify new opportunities for funding as well as draft concept notes and proposals
  • Implement effective monitoring and evaluation plans for projects and ensure that relevant monitoring data is collected throughout the project cycle, including objective means to demonstrate results.

Overview of requirements:

  • Relevant Masters or PhD qualification in humanities, social sciences, international relations, law or a related field.
  • Minimum of five to seven years relevant work experience in a policy, research, government or other relevant professional environment.
  • Knowledge of human security in Africa.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills supported by a track record of relevant single authored publications, media commentary and public speaking at international forums/ events.
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to work in constructive partnership with governments and civil society.
  • Understand and have practical experience of monitoring and evaluation.


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