The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an independent international institute whose core mission is to undertake research and activities on security, conflict and peace. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. SIPRI provides excellent opportunities for scientific and personal development. SIPRI is an equal opportunity employer.
SIPRI is seeking a Senior Researcher for the Sahel/West Africa Programme. The Sahel/West Africa Programme is a part of the Conflict and Peace research cluster, together with the Institute’s other regional security programmes and the Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme. The Programme conducts analyses of the key conflicts and security and peacebuilding issues affecting the Sahel—with a particular focus on the relationship between security and development—in cooperation with African civil society organizations and research centres.
The Senior Researcher will participate in the implementation of projects in the Sahel/West Africa region and will be responsible for the quantitative analysis components, together with SIPRI project staff, the partner organizations and other participants in Africa. By mobilizing his/her pre-existing networks, the Senior Researcher will also be expected to support the development of projects and actively contribute to the acquisition/fundraising plan. The Senior Researcher will also directly assist the Programme Director in all relevant tasks and will provide cover for the Programme Director when needed. In some instances, research work is undertaken in cooperation with other programmes within SIPRI. The role requires fluency in written and spoken English and French. The position is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and might involve travel to West Africa or the Sahel on occasion.
Main tasks and responsibilities
The general responsibilities of the Senior Researcher, working together with partner organizations in West Africa and the Sahel and under the guidance of the Programme Director, are the following:
The successful candidate will have the following experience and skills:
Previous experience working with civil society organizations in West Africa and a deep understanding of dynamics in Mali, especially in the northern and central regions, are considered assets.
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