ISS Addis Ababa: Senior Researcher, Peace Operations and Peacebuilding

ISS Addis Ababa: Senior Researcher, Peace Operations and Peacebuilding

Closing date: 3 April 2018

The Peace Operations and Peacebuilding (POPB) Programme at the ISS is seeking a senior researcher to work on the Training for Peace (TfP) programme. TfP is an international capacity building program. The researcher will conduct policy research, write publications and produce related communication products, develop practical policy recommendations based on research results, and disseminate the results via briefings, seminars, workshops, training courses as well as regular interaction with the media.

The researcher will be based in Addis Ababa and will report to the head of the Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Programme in Pretoria.

About the Training for Peace (TfP) programme

Training for Peace (TfP) is an international capacity building program that provides direct support to the African Union (AU) on peace and security. It focuses on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and its link with the African Governance Architecture (AGA). TfP has the following priorities: conflict prevention and peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction and development, global security threats like terrorism, cooperation between the AU and Regional Economic Communities, the gender dimension of peace and security, and providing technical guidance on AU peace support operations.

Overview of duties

  • Collaborate closely with the AU Peace Support Operations Department to enhance capacity building in the Department in support of the above priorities
  • Provide analysis, policy development and technical advice to the AU’s Departments of Peace and Security as well as Political Affairs, especially on APSA and AGA
  • Participate in evidence-based research on the impact of terrorism on African peace operations
  • Establish a network with stakeholders who are involved with the above strategic priorities
  • Ensure that the gender dimension of peace and security is included in all of the above priorities

Overview of requirements

  • A PhD or Master’s degree in peace operations, peacebuilding and/or security management
  • At least 10 years (for PhD) and 15 years for a Masters of relevant work experience within a policy, political, research or professional environment with increasing management responsibilities
  • At least two years of service in a senior leadership position in an AU or UN mission
  • In-depth knowledge of AU peace support operations
  • Proven experience in research, project development, implementation and training
  • Financial project management skills
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • A strong team leader with excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in cooperation with AU departments and civil society
  • Experience in providing policy support to the AU
  • Excellent English language skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Willingness to travel extensively throughout Africa.

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

Email your application to Rekha Valabh at Applicants must provide a cover letter and detailed CV, including at least three contactable referees, as well as electronic copies of three single-authored publications. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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