Institute for Security Studies Job Vacancy

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12 Jun, 2018

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Executive 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: Office Director
Location: South Africa
Salary: A competitive salary is offered
Report to: Executive Director

Duration: Three years, and may be renewed subject to programme requirements, funding and satisfactory performance


  • Manage the office on a day-to-day basis, including staff, workplans, budgets and M&E systems as required by ISS procedure
  • Ensure that ISS is strategically well positioned and profiled in Addis Ababa through active and ongoing networking and relationship building with various structures in the AU, regional economic communities, local diplomatic community, government officials, partner organisations and civil society
  • Identify and pursue fundraising opportunities for the office, including writing proposals, regular and ongoing liaison with donors, and writing donor reports
  • Provide strategic and proactive leadership and guidance on key human security developments in the region and on the continent to staff in the Addis Ababa office and ISS as a whole
  • Provide guidance and quality control of relevant research, training and capacity building activities
  • Work closely with ISS Programme Heads and other office directors to ensure communication and collaboration in the planning, implementation and reporting of activities that intersect with the mandate of the Addis Ababa office
  • Contribute actively to ISS strategic planning, management meetings, and other organisational processes


  • A postgraduate qualification in social sciences, law, international relations, public policy, or related field
  • Strong management skills with at least seven years in a senior management position
  • Experience with fund raising, donor liaison and donor reporting
  • Business administration or financial qualification will be advantageous
  • Experience in budget planning, efficient monitoring of expenditure and financial reporting
  • Experience working in a policy research environment, or in policy making, government, or an intergovernmental organisation
  • Experience in research, policy advice, training and/or technical assistance
  • Experience in using Results Based Management
  • Willingness to travel extensively in Africa and internationally
  • Understanding of human security in Africa and the thematic areas of ISS work
  • Interpersonal, management, leadership and diplomatic skills across all levels of the organisation and with external stakeholders
  • Understanding of the requirements for high quality policy research, practical technical support and training
  • Communication skills, both written and verbal

To apply, submit cover letter and detailed CV, including at least three contactable referees to Rekha Valabh at [email protected]

Application Deadline: 27 June, 2018

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