Deputy Director Research

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an independent, non-profit applied policy research organisation with a focus on human security in Africa. Its mission is to conceptualise, inform and enhance the security debate on the continent.

The ISS has offices in Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Nairobi and Pretoria as well as a head office located in Pretoria.

Deputy Director Research; ISS Head Office.

The Institute seeks to appoint a Deputy Director Research to be based at the ISS head office in Pretoria.

The successful candidate will lead the development, management and oversight of the Institutional ISS Research Strategy and formulate dissemination strategies for all ISS research products.

S/he will take the lead in research aspects of new office establishments specifically in West Africa, New York and Brussels.

S/he will also serve as the editor of the African Security Review and oversee the ISS Knowledge management function.

The Deputy Director Research will be responsible for all aspects of quality management processes of all ISS publications, website and multimedia.

S/he will also guide the ISS Research committee; oversee the editorial team that manages the bi-monthly magazine, The African. Org.

S/he will serve as part of the Management net Committee of the ISS and report to the Executive Director The successful candidate will also support the Executive director and Office Directors in the development of new research proposals that support the continental outlook of the ISS and review results based narrative reporting to partners.

The Ideal Candidate Would Meet The Following Requirements:

  • A Doctoral degree in Political Science, African Studies or related field.

  • Minimum of 10 years experience in a management position. Extensive experience leading and conducting policy research in academic, government or policy research environment.

  • Excellent financial management, human resource management, communication, writing, presentation and networking skills.

  • In-depth understanding of conflict and political issues throughout Africa.

  • Extensive publishing record in a peer reviewed and accredited academic journals.

  • Track record in fundraising and donor liaison.

  • A strong team leader with excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Fluency in French and/or Portuguese will be an added advantage.

    The position will be based at the ISS head office in Pretoria and includes extensive regional and international travel.

    Salary range is commensurate with ISS internal salary structure and is available upon request.

    Deadline: January.

    For more information and application, see: Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Website

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