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Job Description:

Position Purpose

The IPSS Research Unit intends to make a substantive contribution to the contemporary discourse on peace and security on the African continent, and, more specifically, to assist the African Union (AU), Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/Regional Mechanisms (RMs) in the development of evidence-based and actionable policy options. In this respect, the IPSS Research and policy Programme complements and supports other IPSS activities.

Key Responsibilities

The job holder will be assuming the following tasks;

The main tasks will include the following:

-          Supervise and guide the production of Peace and Security Reports, including Conflict Insight Reports and other special reports

-          Supervise and guide the special research project activities    

-           Produce one conflict insight/ analytical report within 4-6 months that will be published by IPSS

-          Liaise with IPSS Policy Dialogues Unit to ensure that every report emanating from this desk is followed by a policy dialogue that involves relevant stakeholders


Detailed tasks include:


·         Generate up-to-date policy analysis, ideas, policy options, and policy proposals related to peace and security issues across the African continent through the policy reports

·         Analyze future trends and make recommendations accordingly;

·         Guide the ongoing research studies, develop and maintain the communication, and monitor the activities of the sections;

·         Guide the publication process of the research studies;

·         Identify areas of potential research activities on current and/or future trends/issues;

·         Report directly to the research head;

·         Involve in the research activities of the research Unit s or departments of the Institute.

·         Provide relevant input to the Unit and management meetings, when needed.

·         Liaise with relevant stakeholders of the Unit;

·         Represent IPSS at conferences and meetings when delegated by his/her immediate superior.

Job Requirements:

Required Qualification and Experience

·         A Master’s degree in International Relations, Political Sciences, Peace and Security, public policy, or any other relevant social sciences fields;

·         At least 5 years of work experience in relevant research  activities, including at least 5 years of work experience in peace and security in Africa;

·         Demonstrate knowledge of, preferably experience in working with, the AU, RECs/RMs and other relevant networks;

·         Ability to work with different policy areas across the African continent

·         Ability to innovate and implement cutting-edge solutions in applied research, excellent research and drafting skills, including the ability to assimilate and summarize large volumes of material, and to draft high-quality papers on matters relating to public policy.

·         Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;

·        Ability to produce objective and balanced work which is unaffected by the writer’s own political or other views;

 Required Skills and Competencies:

·         Strong communication skills, including presentation skills;

·         Excellent command of English (both written and oral); French, Arabic and/or Portuguese would be an asset;

·         Good IT skills;

·         Experience in working in a multicultural environment;

Job Category:
Research and Development
Research and Development
Full time
Full time
Addis Ababa University Institute for Peace and Security Studies- IPSS Addis Ababa University Institute for Peace and Security Studies- IPSS

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