Senior Researcher, Deputy Programme Director (Sahel/West Africa Programme)

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
  • Location
    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 28

Position description

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 seeks a Senior Researcher and Deputy Programme Director for its Sahel/West Africa Programme. The successful candidate will actively support the implementation of the projects in the Sahel and West Africa region, with a specific emphasis on Chad and Mali. As Deputy Programme Director, s/he will also coordinate the programme’s other projects and take an active part in reporting activities.

SIPRI’s Sahel/West Africa Programme is a part of SIPRI's Conflict and Peace research area. The programme conducts qualitative and quantitative analyses of key conflict, security and peacebuilding issues affecting the contemporary Sahel and West Africa region. The programme aims to document and understand the dynamics of conflict and peacebuilding at a local level. Based on this understanding, the programme disseminates evidence-based analysis targeted to generate policy impact. For this purpose, the programme works in close cooperation with African civil society organizations, research centres, international NGOs, as well as other external partners. Funding partners of the programme are embassies, European ministries of foreign affairs, the European Union and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

The programme’s work will be conducted, when relevant, in cooperation with other SIPRI programmes and researchers as well as SIPRI’s network of associates and guest researchers.

The Senior Researcher and Deputy Programme Director will work under the guidance of the Programme Director and together with partner organizations in West Africa and the Sahel.

The general responsibilities are the following:

  • The implementation of the West African projects in collaboration with SIPRI’s Sahel/West Africa Programme staff, other SIPRI researchers and partner organizations;
  • The development of a research and publication strategy (qualitative and quantitative) for the programme;
  • Direct engagement with African partner organizations and civil society organizations involved in research and outreach activities;
  • Regular contribution to the programme’s research output, including seminar presentations, panel discussions and high-quality research publications;
  • Proactive input to the programme’s fundraising plan (identification of coherent themes, possible partnerships and funding opportunities) and grant and proposal writing, including complex applications to multilateral institutions;
  • Strategic dissemination of research results through engagement with other relevant actors in order to maximize the projects’ impact and visibility;
  • Involvement in the design of programme activities and participation in the collective life of the Institute through seminars, Research Staff Collegium meetings and other collaborative initiatives; and
  • Management and mentoring of junior and senior staff.

The role requires fluency in written and spoken English and French. The position is based in Stockholm and involves travels to West Africa and the Sahel.


The successful candidate will have the following:

  • More than five years of policy-oriented research experience, including initiating and carrying out her/his own research projects within an international environment;
  • A record of publications that include qualitative and quantitative analytical components and is commensurate with the length of time worked in research;
  • Extensive and broad knowledge of the Sahel/West Africa region;
  • Previous project management experience, including reporting and financial responsibilities;
  • A sound understanding of project development procedures (log frame, theory of change, etc.);
  • A track record of funding acquisition, with attendant proposal and grant writing skills;
  • A demonstrated ability to manage researchers and other junior staff;
  • Several years working in an international environment with a multinational staff; and
  • Fluency in English and French (both written and spoken).

Contract period

Starting from 1 June 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will initially be for two years, renewable. The post is full-time, and the successful applicant will be expected to reside in Stockholm with travel to West Africa. The salary package will be negotiated individually.

Application instructions

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A one-page letter, both in English and French, detailing your qualifications and interests in the subject area;
  • A full CV in English with information about your educational background, relevant experience, skills, acquisition record, major publications;
  • Two writing samples (article, book chapter or substantial piece of writing up to 8 000 words).

Applications should be emailed to: [email protected]. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The initial closing date for applications is 12 April 2019.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information about the Sahel/West Africa programme or enquiries regarding the vacant position, please contact SIPRI Sahel/West Africa Programme Director Dr Gregory Chauzal, [email protected]

The trade union contact persons at SIPRI are Frank Esparraga for ST ([email protected]) and Jiayi Zhou for Saco-S ([email protected]).

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