The ISS is seeking a senior researcher on human security in West Africa to 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 media commentary.
The work will involve independently managing the entire process of complex projects, including tracking budgets and expenditure, and monitoring and evaluation of project impact. The successful candidate will help build the ISS’ profile by initiating and maintaining relationships with ISS stakeholders and donors, ensuring engagement with research results, and shaping African and global decision making on human security. The senior researcher will report to the ISS Dakar Office Director.
Overview of duties
Stay abreast of human security developments in West Africa through monitoring the media and other sources, primary research, and information gathered 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 as well as 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
Implement effective monitoring and evaluation plans for projects and ensure that relevant monitoring data is collected throughout the project cycle, including objective means to demonstrate and report on results
Provide management support to the Office Director
Overview of requirements
Masters or PhD qualification in strategic/security studies, law or a relevant field
At least five years work experience in a policy, research, government, training or other relevant professional environment
Excellent networking and interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to work in constructive partnerships with international and continental organisations, governments and civil society
At least two years experience in managing projects and supervising junior research staff
Experience in budget management and financial administration
Knowledge and practical 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 at least one of the two languages and should 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 for three years, and may be renewed subject to ISS’ requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary 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 short-listed candidates will be contacted.