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Senior Researcher, conflict prevention and management in the Great Lakes Region, based in Bujumbura

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  • Bujumbura Burundi
  • TBD USD / Year
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Institute for Security Studies

The ISS seeks a senior researcher to work on conflict prevention, management, resolution and peacebuilding in the Great Lakes region. The project aims to enhance conflict early warning capabilities in the region, and involves working closely with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region’s Peace and Security Division. The project is funded by the European Union.

The senior researcher will conduct research and analysis on major peace, security and governance challenges. The findings will inform technical support and capacity-building initiatives, and will be disseminated through reports, articles, seminars and briefings. The role includes building networks and developing workable policy recommendations.

The position is based in Bujumbura, reporting to the project manager in Nairobi.

Overview of duties

  • Initiate, plan and undertake primary and secondary research
  • Develop policy recommendations
  • Disseminate research results in a timely and relevant way to specific audiences through writing, public speaking, briefings, media interviews and policy forums
  • Maintain relationships with partners, governments, regional and international organisations as well as relevant civil society organisations
  • Write the annual project report
  • Design and implement monitoring and evaluation plans, and ensure data collection throughout the project cycle
  • Identify new funding opportunities, draft concept notes and help develop new projects

Overview of requirements

  • A Master’s degree (or higher) in political science, law, development, conflict and peace studies, strategic and security studies, or related fields
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in policy, research, government, human security or another relevant professional environment
  • In depth knowledge of African governance and security challenges and policy frameworks, and a particular interest in conflict analysis, early warning, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and dialogue
  • Good networking and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in partnership with international and continental organisations, governments and civil society
  • Knowledge of the workings of the African Union, regional economic communities and other regional intergovernmental structures
  • Excellent English and French language skills. Fluency in French is a requirement
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Willingness to travel at short notice

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

Closing date: 31 January 2024

The ISS values diversity, professional integrity and innovation in the workplace, and a commitment to the ISS’ mission of promoting human security in Africa. Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Email your application to Mercy Rukenya: [email protected]. 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.


deadline: 31-Jan-24


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