Chatham House Research Assistant – Africa Programme

Chatham House Research Assistant – Africa Programme

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute, based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. The Africa Programme at Chatham House is a world-leading centre for independent policy research on issues affecting individual states of Africa, their international relations, and the continent as a whole.

By working with the best international researchers on African politics, the Programme offers reliable and independent research that improves the quality of information disseminated globally.

The Africa Programme supports improved understanding of changing international relations and influence in sub-Saharan Africa. We don’t shy away from tackling the difficult and often complex issues facing the continent, and in doing so, we support improved understanding and effective international engagements that can lead to positive outcomes for citizens. The work we do is complex and sensitive.

Reporting to a Senior Research Fellow and working closely with the Projects Manager and the Deputy Director of the Africa Programme, the successful candidate will be providing research and administrative support for a number of Africa Programme projects; work closely with Africa Programme’s research teams to coordinate different activities; oversee the organization of events, publications and dissemination of research findings and outputs; and provide editorial support as required. Some travel will be required, including on some weekends.


You will take initiative, be a problem solver, and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

You will have:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Proven interest in African affairs.

  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills.

  • Experience in supporting
    event organization, including internationally.

  • Outstanding attention to detail and ability to work under tight timeframes whilst balancing various tasks.

  • Ability to take ownership and balance multiple tasks, prioritise accordingly, and work calmly under pressure.

  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills and capacity to communicate effectively with a wide range of people at all levels.

  • Capacity to navigate and interact with diverse groups and across different cultures.

  • An awareness and experience of less developed contexts e.g. through travel and/or work experience etc.

  • Experience of working in a think tank, research institute, NGO, foundation, or academic institution (desirable).

    You will be:

  • Solutions-orientated and able to respond to constantly evolving situations.

  • A problem-solver with the ability to show initiative.

  • A team player with energy, passion and a desire to learn.

  • Proficiency in French, Portuguese or Arabic (desirable).


  • Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days), enhanced pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance, and other benefits designed to suit your personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging, and intellectually stimulating environment.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Chatham House Research Assistant – Africa Programme

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