ISS Pretoria: Senior Researcher and Coordinator

The ISS is seeking a Senior Researcher and Coordinator in the African Futures and Innovation section. The candidate will coordinate a small team that focuses on large-scale analysis, forecasting and scenario development of the long-term future of Africa and its member countries using various data sets. Much of the work is done in partnership with the Frederick S Pardee Center for International Futures at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. The candidate will be expected, over time, to master and use the International Futures (IFs) software system. For more on the ISS’ futures work see:
This is an exciting position with considerable scope for new opportunities at a time when the global environment is changing rapidly. The Senior Researcher and Coordinator will report to the head of the African Futures and Innovation section.
  • Using the IFs model and other datasets the candidate will undertake analysis of historical trends, as well as current and future developments in agriculture, demographics, economics, education, energy, environment, health, governance and conflict
  • Project management
  • Liaison and networking with a variety of senior level stakeholders
  • Conducting desktop and primary research
  • Managing commissioned researchers
  • Chairing meetings
  • Overseeing the African Futures website
  • Developing new project proposals, donor reports and fundraising
  • At least a Masters degree in economics, political science, international relations or sociology, PhD preferable
  • At least five years’ experience in research, quantitative analysis, modelling, systems, development, policy analysis, statistics. Exposure to scenario development/long-term forecasting would be advantageous
  • Dynamic, hardworking and flexible with a keen interest in African issues
  • Experience in project management, including management of budgets, reporting and staff management
  • Proven ability to work at senior level with governments, multilateral organisations, research organisations and the private sector
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills and the ability to package information in different formats (such as op-eds, research papers, digital and social media)
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Competency in French and/or Portuguese is an advantage
  • Willing to undertake considerable travel.
The contract will be for two years, and may be renewed subject to programme requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, four references (two personal and two professional), and electronic copies of two single-authored publications. Applications should be emailed to Rekha Valabh at pretoriajobs(at) by 11 December 2015. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.
Closing date: 11 December 2015
The ISS is committed to achieving employment equity in the workplace. Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.
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