ISS: Researcher

Institute for Security Studies
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 9 November, 2018
Opportunity type: 

The Institute for Security Studies is a leading African organisation that enhances human security to enable sustainable development and economic prosperity in Africa. It works across the continent, doing authoritative research, providing expert policy advice and delivering practical training and technical assistance.

ISS seeks to appoint a Researcher, to be based in South Africa.

Duration: The contract will be for eighteen months, and may be renewed subject to ISS’ requirements, funding and satisfactory performance

Salary: A competitive salary is offered

Report to: Head of the Transnational Threats and International Crime programme

The Researcher will to work on counter-terrorism, preventing violent extremism and related human rights and rule of law issues in Africa. 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 social media.


  • Initiate, plan and undertake primary and secondary research
  • Produce and disseminate research findings through publications and other media in formats appropriate to the target audiences, including meetings, briefings, seminars and visual media
  • 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
  • Assist the programme to execute administrative and logistical activities, including but not limited to event coordination, budgets, meetings and internal ISS administrative processes
  • Assist with the implementation of effective monitoring and evaluation plans for projects


  • Masters qualification in the social sciences, political science, international relations, law or a related field
  • Minimum of five years’ work experience in a policy, research, government, training or other relevant professional environment
  • Strong networking, interpersonal and communication skills, in particular the ability to work in partnership with international and continental organisations, governments and civil society
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Strong skills in written and verbal French will be an advantage
  • Track record of relevant publications, media commentary and public speaking at international forums relating to security, terrorism or related matters
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to design and implement complex projects/events, with multiple partners, in a timely and efficient manner
  • Ability to work under pressure, quickly and accurately, meet tight deadlines and operate independently
  • Understand and have practical experience of monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in and a willingness to work in a diverse team
  • Willingness to travel

To apply, submit a cover letter, detailed CV, and recent writing sample, including at least three contactable referees to Rekha Valabh at

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