VACANCY- ISS Pretoria: Researcher, Peace and Security Research Programme

ISS Pretoria: Researcher, Peace and Security Research Programme

The ISS is seeking a researcher on human security and governance in Zimbabwe. The 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 researcher will work individually and will also assist senior staff as required. 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 (particularly South African) and global decision making on human security and governance in Zimbabwe. The researcher will report to the head of the Peace and Security Research Programme.

Overview of duties 

  • Stay abreast of human security developments and governance in Zimbabwe through monitoring the media and other sources, primary research, and information gathered from national and international networks
  • Track South Africa’s policy on and international relations with Zimbabwe
  • Initiate, plan and undertake primary and secondary research, and disseminate the results in a timely, insightful and relevant way to specific audiences
  • 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

Overview of requirements

  • Masters in political studies, international relations or relevant field
  • At least three years work experience in a policy, research, government, training or other relevant professional environment
  • Good networking and interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to work in partnership with international and continental organisations, governments and civil society
  • Knowledge of human security and governance in Zimbabwe
  • Knowledge of South Africa’s international relations with Zimbabwe
  • Organise and participate (i.e. deliver presentations) in public and closed events
  • Understand and have practical experience of monitoring and evaluation
  • Good written and verbal communication skills supported by a track record of relevant publications, media commentary and public speaking at international forums
  • Excellent English language skill; fluency in any other regional language/s an advantage
  • Experience in and a willingness to work in a diverse team
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Willingness to travel and at short notice
  • Experience, degree in economics is an advantage

The contract will be for 18 months, and may be renewed subject to ISS’ requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.

Email your application to Rekha Valabh at 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.

Closing date: 12 June 2018

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