Researcher, ENACT organised crime project, West Africa

The ISS seeks a researcher for the ENACT project, based in Abuja or Dakar. The researcher will build a research and publication profile on enhancing Africa’s response to transnational organised crime, and must be fluent in French and English.

The researcher will undertake research and analysis, develop policy recommendations and communicate results through written products, events and social media. The position requires an understanding of regional and national environments, and government and civil society responses to organised crime and development.

Ideal applicants must be proactive, delivery-focused and able to work independently and under pressure. The researcher will report to the ENACT programme head

Overview of duties

  • Initiate, plan and undertake primary and secondary research either individually or as part of a team
  • Develop policy recommendations
  • Disseminate research results in a timely and relevant way to specific audiences through writing, public speaking, briefings, media interviews and policy forums
  • Maintain relationships with partners, governments, regional and international organisations as well as relevant civil society organisations
  • Help identify new funding opportunities, draft concept notes and develop new projects
  • Provide peer review of ISS colleagues’ work

Overview of requirements

  • Master’s degree in international relations, political science, criminology or development studies
  • At least five years of relevant work experience in research on transnational organised crime in West Africa.
  • Knowledge of organised crime, human security, governance and development in West Africa 
  • Experience in developing research proposals, conducting fieldwork and analysis, and disseminating research results
  • Evidence of single-authored publications in reputable journals and other publications
  • Experience working with civil society groups
  • Knowledge of government and non-government Institutions in West Africa
  • Knowledge of and practical experience in monitoring and evaluation
  • Good networking and interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to work in partnership with regional organisations, governments and civil society

The contract will be until December 2025, and may be renewed subject to project requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.

Email your application to Rekha Valabh at [email protected]. Applicants must provide a cover letter, detailed CV, and recent writing sample, including at least three contactable referees.

Applicants should be based in Abuja and Dakar. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Closing date: 19 April 2024

The ISS values diversity, professional integrity and innovation in the workplace, and a commitment to the ISS' mission of promoting human security in Africa. Female applicants are encouraged to apply.

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ENACT is funded by the European Union
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ENACT is implemented by the Institute for Security Studies in partnership with
INTERPOL and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.