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The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an independent and non-profit applied policy research organisation with a focus on human security in Africa.

Its mission is to conceptualize, inform and enhance the security debate on the continent.

The ACPP Nairobi Office aims to undertakes conflict analysis and early warning in Africa with the primary aim of providing timely and indepth analysis as well as developing policy options in support of African and international conflict prevention, management and resolution activities.

Senior Researcher, ACPP Nairobi (Eastern Africa)

The senior researcher will be responsible for all aspects of primary and secondary research, publish and disseminate output and support ISS partners according to the ISS requirements, reporting, and fulfillment of project deliverables, through publications, briefings presentations and media interaction, etc.

The successful candidate will also assist in guiding and coaching junior researchers and interns, ad hoc assistance to the Programme Head and Office Director in developing project proposals, continuously identify new information or maintain existing information providers to create an information network.


  • Discipline such as international relations, political science, conflict analysis and resolution, peace studies, diplomacy, strategic and security studies, and or related qualification
  • A minimum of five years relevant applied research experience in the field of peace, conflict and security particularly at the national, sub-regional or regional levels and international organizations
  • Competency in English, French and /or other African Union Languages will be an added advantage.
  • A keen understanding of Africa political dynamics and issues related to human security particularly in the East African region
  • Excellent record of publications and proven written work
  • Excellent analytical research, editing and writing skills
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a dynamic team environment, and
  • The successful candidate will be required to undertake considerable travel.

    The position will be based at the ISS Nairobi Office and the length of the contract will be for two years renewable subject to availability of funding and performance.

    Salary: Salary commensurate with ISS internal salary structure.

    Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Assumption of duties: Flexible but preferably in early October.

    Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should email their application including:

    1) a cover letter

    2) a detailed CV

    3) copies of three published articles; and a list of up to 3 contactable referees to: [email protected]

    Indicate the position applied for in the subject headline.

    For further details and additional opportunities, see: Senior Researcher

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