Closing Date : 2017-01-27
Duty Station : Cape Town, South Africa
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Organization: Institute for Security Studies
Country: South Africa
Closing date: 27 Jan 2017

The ISS is seeking a researcher to work on a range of issues related to the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe.

The candidate will carry out in-depth field and desktop research, communicate the results through publications, briefings, seminars and media engagements, network with Zimbabwean actors from government, civil society and political parties, and provide policy advice to senior decision makers at a national, regional and international level.

Overview of duties

Initiate, plan and undertake primary and secondary research, including field research, on political and economic dynamics in Zimbabwe

Write papers, policy briefs and ISS Today articles

Assist in organising events

Disseminate research findings and policy recommendations through briefings, seminars and roundtables

Work closely with relevant stakeholders

Contribute to donor reports, budgeting and fundraising for the project

Overview of requirements

A master s degree in a relevant social science discipline such as international relations, political science, conflict and peace studies, strategic and security studies, law or a related qualification

A minimum of seven years experience in the field of peace and security in Africa

Good network of contacts in Zimbabwe and experience interacting with range of actors in Zimbabwe

Good knowledge of regional dynamics, SADC and South African policy towards Zimbabwe

Experience of engaging with high-level governmental and non-governmental actors and good networking ability

Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills supported by a publications and public speaking record

Excellent English language skills

Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines

Willingness to travel extensively on the continent and beyond

Proactive approach to research and writing

The contract will be for one year and may be renewed subject to programme requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.

How to apply:

Email your application to Rekha Valabh at Applicants must provide a cover letter and detailed CV, including at least three contactable referees. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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