Africa Programme Projects Assistant

Chatham House
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 12

Position description

Chatham House is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading policy institutes. Based in London, with a full-time staff of over 160, we provide rigorous and independent analysis on how to build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

The Africa Programme at Chatham House has established itself as a world-leading independent centre for meaningful and practical policy research and debate on the politics and international relations of sub-Saharan Africa. By working with the best international researchers on African politics, Chatham House offers reliable and independent research that improves the quality of information disseminated globally.

Chatham House is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Purpose of Job: You will be responsible for providing research and administrative support for the biggest and most complex Africa Programme projects. You will work closely with Africa Programme research teams to coordinate different project activities and travel to support research and events when necessary. You will monitor budgets, assist with financial reporting, provide research and editorial support, organize project related events, and help to produce publications and develop dissemination strategies.

Reporting Line: Working under and responsible to the Programme Manager.

Contract Type: Full time; One-year fixed-term contract.

Salary: £26k.


You will have a Master's degree in international relations, development studies, politics, or related field, or a bachelor's degree with at least two years of relevant professional experience.

In addition, you will need to have:

  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, and be highly efficient.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to improve and effectively implement ideas. You will be a self-starter with lots of initiative.
  • Strong numeracy skills and an understanding of budgets.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills. You will be comfortable interacting with diverse groups and across different cultures.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. You will be a self-starter with lots of initiative, and be responsive and support and work well with others.
  • Experience in organizing events and managing diaries.
  • Excellent attention to detail. You will take pride in delivering work to a high standard, regardless of the nature of the task.
  • Skills and experience of using Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Demonstrable interest in African affairs.
  • Experience working in Africa an advantage.
  • Experience of organizing events internationally an advantage.
  • Fluency in French an advantage. 

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Research assistance and administration of complex Africa Programme projects, which may cover multiple countries or be funded by multi-year grants.
  • Project budget monitoring and maintenance of records, files and database related to allocated projects.
  • Support to project managers and researchers in ensuring projects meet objectives and outputs, timelines and assist with budgetary control of relevant research activities (research, events and publications).
  • Assisting in the organization of seminars, workshops, public events and conferences related to projects, in consultation with line manager.
  • Supporting the design of project-related events.
  • Organizing attendance, travel, accommodation and other logistics for project-related events.
  • Organizing travel and accommodation, and arranging meetings and schedules field research trips.
  • Undertaking travel to support field research and project events as required.
  • Research and editorial support for project related publications.
  • Occasional initial copy-editing of first drafts of manuscripts.
  • Working closely with the Deputy Head, project researchers and Programme Manager on publications production and organization of research events to launch reports.
  • Updating and maintaining the Chatham House Africa Programme website project pages.
  • Performing general Africa Programme activities support during staff absences.
  • Participate and represent the Africa Programme at external functions.

Application instructions

Please email your CV and cover letter by applying below.

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