Institute for Security Studies New Ongoing Recruitment

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17 Oct, 2018

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Research Jobs in South Africa

The Institute for Security Studies is a leading African organisation that enhances human security to enable sustainable development and economic prosperity in Africa. It works across the continent, doing authoritative research, providing expert policy advice and delivering practical training and technical assistance.

Job Title: Researcher
Salary: A competitive salary is offered.
Duration: The contract will be for one year, and may be renewed subject to ISS’ requirements, funding and satisfactory performance.

The researcher will conflict dynamics and the political, social and security conditions on the continent. Lead the research and analysis for the ISS PSC Report. Network, conduct policy research and extensive writing. The researcher will also be required to develop practical policy recommendations related to conflict prevention and mitigation within the AU and REC framework.


  • Proactively initiate, plan and undertake primary and secondary research on the PSC, the AU and other continental conflict prevention mechanisms and disseminate the results in a timely and relevant way to specific audiences
  • Provide editorial guidance to the PSC Report and work with other PSC Report team members to produce timely, insightful, relevant and informative written content
  • Maintain proactive relationships with key partners and relevant regional and international organisations
  • Conduct media interviews
  • Convene seminars, closed briefings and roundtables, and present research findings at ISS events and other relevant forums
  • Assist in identifying new opportunities for funding, and draft concept notes and proposals


  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as international relations, journalism, political science, conflict and peace studies, strategic and security studies, law or related field
  • Minimum of three years relevant experience in the peace and security field, either as a researcher, policy maker or journalist, specialising in African security and political issues
  • Knowledge of African governance and security challenges and solutions, and a particular interest in conflict analysis, early warning, conflict prevention and governance
  • Networking and interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to work in partnership with international and continental organisations, governments and civil society
  • Knowledge of the workings of the AU and other regional intergovernmental structures
  • Written and verbal communication skills supported by a track record of relevant publications, media commentary and public speaking at international forums
  • English and French language skills. The candidate must be fluent in at least one of the two languages and should have a very good command of the other (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Willingness to travel

To apply, submit a cover letter, detailed CV, and recent writing sample, including at least three contactable referees  to Yemissrach Tadesse at [email protected]

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 5th November, 2018

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