Institute for Security Studies: Research Consultant

Institute for Security Studies
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 15 March, 2019
Opportunity type: 

The ISS is seeking a researcher on human security in the Lake Chad Basin, with a focus on dynamics pertaining to Boko Haram. The researcher will be based in Nigeria. The position involves conducting primary and secondary research and analysis, developing policy recommendations based on the findings, and actively communicating results to ISS stakeholders and partners through written products, verbal communication and media commentary.
The work will involve independently managing complex research projects including conceptualisation, field work planning, stakeholder engagement, and monitoring and evaluation of impact. 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 and global decision making on human security.
This will be a consultancy contract and the researcher will report to the ISS Dakar Office Director.
Overview of duties

  • Stay abreast of human security developments in the Lake Chad Basin through monitoring the media and other sources, primary research, and information gathering from national and international networks
  • Initiate, plan and undertake primary and secondary research, and disseminate the results in a timely, insightful and relevant way to specific audiences
  • Manage research projects and guide junior team members in the production of written content, briefings and presentations
  • Maintain proactive relationships with key partners and relevant regional and international organisations
  • Conduct regular media interviews
  • Convene seminars, closed briefings and expert roundtables, and present research findings at ISS events and other relevant forums
  • Identify new opportunities for funding, and draft concept notes and proposals
  • Report to key stakeholders on research processes, activities and outputs

Overview of requirements

  • Masters or PhD in international studies, security studies, sociology, law or a relevant field
  • At least three years’ work experience in a policy, research, government, training or other relevant professional environment
  • Previous research experience in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states in Nigeria and willingness to conduct cross-border research as required
  • with international and continental organisations, governments and civil society
  • Knowledge and experience of monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills supported by a track record of relevant publications, media commentary and public speaking at international forums
  • Excellent English and French language skills. The candidate must be fluent in one of the two languages and have a good command of the other (both written and verbal)
  • Experience in and a willingness to work in a diverse team
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Willingness to travel

The contract will be until December 2019, and may be renewed subject to ISS’ requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive fee is offered.
Email your application to Aida Niang at Applicants must provide a cover letter, detailed CV, and recent writing sample, including at least three contactable referees.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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