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Research Assistant (Administrative and Finance Management), West Africa and the Sahel


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 Research Assistant to work as part of the team in the Institute’s work in West Africa and the Sahel, namely on two projects, ‘Building Sustainable Peace in Mali’ and a project on the analysis of the security and justice sectors in Niger and Chad. Funding for these projects is provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the European Union, respectively.

The main tasks of this position, working together with partner organizations in West Africa and under the guidance of the Programme Director, are the following:

  • Support the West Africa programme’s strategy and implementation, with the Programme Director and other colleagues involved;
  • Support capacity building of West African civil society organizations to strengthen their abilities to contribute to policy development, including by engaging with the main stakeholders;
  • Develop activity budgets, requests for funds and proposals and manage financial audits with the Programme Director, Senior Researchers and Grants Manager; and
  • Actively contribute to the logistical organization of events in West Africa and in Sweden, in collaboration with other researchers and partner organizations.


Main task and responsibilities 

  • Contribute to the management of budgets and financial documents related to civil society monitoring and reporting of safety and security at the community level in Mali, Niger and Chad;
  • Support (including logistics and administration) workshops in the region and in Europe;
  • Contribute to the reporting of project findings to the sponsor of the project and other project stakeholders; and
  • Help to identify possible activities for future projects in West Africa and fundraising.

The project requires fluency in written and spoken English and French. The position might involve travel to West Africa.



The successful candidate will have the following:

  • A degree (Master’s preferred) in a relevant discipline.
  • Two years of research assistance or project/programme coordination;
  • Previous experience in elaborating budgets, managing financial and organizational audits with a solid knowledge of international accounting procedures;
  • Experience in fundraising, with proposal and grant-writing skills;
  • Knowledge of francophone African history, economic, political, safety and security issues, and gender-related challenges (UNSCR 1325) as well as experience working with civil society, are assets;
  • Previous experience in planning and organization of high-level events in Europe and Africa is desirable;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Contract period

Starting from 1 January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will be, initially, for a one-year period, and 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.


How to apply

If 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, skills and major publications. Applications should be sent via email to Please state ‘Research Assistant (Administrative and Finance Management), West Africa and the Sahel’ as a reference in the subject line of your email with the application materials.


The initial closing date for applications is 4 November 2017.

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

For further information about the West Africa Programme, please contact Dr Gregory Chauzal (

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