Closing Date : 2017-01-25
Duty Station : Cape Town, South Africa
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Organization: Institute for Security Studies
Country: South Africa
Closing date: 25 Jan 2017

ISS seeks to appoint a Senior Researcher to lead a new project on Zimbabwe. Research areas will include political dynamics, especially leading up to the 2018 elections, the economic reform programme, the Zimbabwean community in South Africa and its links to Zimbabwe, and the regional implications of a prolonged political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe.

The successful candidate should have an established track record of political and economic research on Zimbabwe and have a sound network of actors from Zimbabwean civil society, government and the political opposition.

The candidate will direct the project in collaboration with the Head of the Peace and Security Research programme.

Overview of duties:

Undertake and commission research on key emerging issues in Zimbabwe

Write research papers, briefing notes and articles on developments in Zimbabwe

Plan a dissemination strategy and ensure that key stakeholders and policymakers are reached

Organise dissemination and discussion events

Contribute to donor reports, fundraising and budgeting 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 field.Substantial experience in the field of peace and security in AfricaSubstantial expertise on Zimbabwean political and economic history and developmentsA good network of contacts in ZimbabweExperience interacting with key regional and international policymakers on ZimbabweExperience of engaging with high-level governmental and non-governmental actors and good networking abilityExcellent written and verbal communication skills supported by a publications and public speaking record

The initial length of the contract will be 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.

The ISS is committed to achieving employment equity in the workplace. Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

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