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Budget & Finance Assistant, Sahel and West Africa Programme


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.

The Sahel and West Africa Programme conducts analyses of the key conflict, 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 local research centres. The programme is part of SIPRI’s Conflict and Peace research area.  

SIPRI is seeking a Budget & Finance Assistant for its growing programme in West Africa and the Sahel. The successful candidate will work on two ongoing projects, one being implemented in Mali and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the other in Niger and Chad, funded by the European Union (EU). The Budget & Finance Assistant reports to the Programme Director. The position is based in Stockholm but might involve occasional travel to West Africa.


Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Support the overall Sahel and West Africa Programme’s budget strategy and implementation;
  • Contribute to the management of budgets and financial documents, develop activity budgets, requests for funds and proposals;
  • Manage the financial audits and support West African partners with their audits;
  • Support capacity building of West African partner organizations to strengthen their financial policy development skills and increase their knowledge of international financial procedures;
  • Actively contribute to the logistical organization and financial planning of workshops and events in West Africa and in Sweden, in collaboration with local partners; and
  • Help to identify possible activities for future projects in West Africa and support the Programme’s fundraising strategy.



The successful candidate will have the following:

  • A degree (Master’s preferred) in a relevant discipline, such as finance or accounting and/or 2–3 years of professional experience in a comparable position;
  • A solid knowledge of international accounting procedures and international-funded projects;
  • Experience in fundraising, with proposal and grant writing skills;
  • Fluency in English and French, both spoken and written;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Flexibility in adapting to changing circumstances on the ground and strong communication skills; and
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Experience working with African civil society organizations and knowledge of the region are assets.


Contract period

Starting from 1 April 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will be, initially, for a one-year period, and renewable. The salary package will be negotiated individually.


How to apply

If you interested in applying for this position, please submit a one-page letter, both in English and French, detailing your qualifications and interests in the subject area, and a full CV in English with information about your educational background, relevant experience and skills. Applications should be emailed to Please state ‘Finance Assistant West Africa’ in the subject line of your email with the application materials.


The initial closing date for applications is 15 March 2018.

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

For enquiries regarding the vacant position, contact the Programme Director of the Sahel and West Africa Programme, Dr Gregory Chauzal (

The SIPRI trade union contacts are Pieter Wezeman for ST ( and Jiayi Zhou for SACO (