Ethiopia: Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa

Ethiopia: Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa

Organization: Institute for Security Studies
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 31 Jan 2019

The ISS is seeking a senior researcher on human security in the Horn of Africa. The senior researcher will undertake 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 and media commentary.

The work will involve independently managing the entire process of complex research projects, including organising high-level research, interventions and capacity building support to regional governments as well as technical support and policy engagements. The senior researcher will assist in resource mobilisation, and tracking budgets and expenditure, and monitoring and evaluation of project impact. The successful candidate will help build the ISS’ profile by initiating and maintaining relationships with ISS stakeholders and donors, ensuring that the right policy makers engage with research results, and shaping African and global decision making on human security.

The senior researcher will report to the ISS Addis Ababa Office Director and Regional Representative to African Union, Horn and East Africa.

Overview of duties

  • Stay abreast of human security developments in the Horn of Africa through monitoring the media and other sources, primary research, and information gathered from national and international networks
  • Initiate, plan and undertake primary and secondary research, and disseminate the results in a timely, insightful and relevant way to specific audiences
  • Manage ISS support to IGAD and regional governments through technical support and other capacity-building engagements
  • Manage research projects and guide junior team members in the production of written content as well as briefings and presentations
  • Maintain proactive relationships with key partners and relevant regional and international organisations
  • Conduct regular media interviews
  • Convene seminars, closed briefings and expert roundtables, and present research findings at ISS events and other relevant forums
  • Identify new opportunities for funding, and draft concept notes and proposals

Overview of requirements

  • Masters or PhD qualification in international studies, peace and conflict resolution, political science, security studies, law or a relevant field
  • At least 10 years of work experience in a policy, research, government, training or other relevant professional environment
  • Excellent networking, political and interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to work in partnership with international and continental organisations, governments and civil society
  • At least five years experience in managing projects and supervising junior staff
  • Experience in budget management and financial administration
  • Knowledge and experience of monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills supported by a track record of relevant publications, media commentary and public speaking at international forums
  • Excellent English and French language skills. The candidate must be fluent in at least one of the two languages and should have a good command of the other (both written and verbal)
  • Experience in and a willingness to work in a diverse team
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Willingness to travel to difficult places

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

How to apply:

Email your application to Yemissrach Tadesseat Applicants must provide a cover letter, detailed CV, and recent writing sample, including at least three contactable referees. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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