Senior Researcher and Programme Co-ordinator

Three new research programmes

The Nordic Africa Institute invites applications for three positions as

Senior Researcher and Programme Co-ordinator

Closing date for applications: 7 June 2017

for the following new research programmes to be started during 2017:

  • Gender Equality, Human Rights and Social Change
  • Natural Resource Management and Environmental Change
  • Economic Growth and Challenges of Poverty

The duration of the programme is five years.


The Senior Researcher/Programme Co-ordinator, will be responsible for the respective programme in the Research unit and will report to the Head of Research who coordinates all research activities at the Institute. The Senior Researcher/Programme Co-ordinator will in addition to leading the program, conduct his/her own research, as agreed with the Head of Research.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The Senior Researcher/Programme Co-ordinator shall develop the program based on the programme document (attached) and is responsible for the implementation of the programme. It is also expected that the Senior Researcher/Programme Co-ordinator will active identify and seek resources for the extension and execution of the research programme. The Senior Researcher/Programme Co-ordinator shall also produce high quality scientific publications and other relevant material for knowledge sharing and policy engagements, as well as develop and strengthen networks and partnerships on the study of contemporary Africa in the Nordics and globally. The Senior Researcher/Program Co-ordinator shall actively participate in academic and policy platforms such as conferences, seminars and workshops on contemporary Africa, organised by NAI and its partners. She/he is also expected to participate in the Institute’s public events and in policy practitioner dialogue. This includes writing policy notes and popular scientific articles, providing expert advice and knowledge on behalf of the Institute in outreach activities and for media.


A PhD degree in any discipline in social science or humanities or a related field (e.g., Development Studies, Law and Development, Natural Resource Management, Gender Studies, Economics, Political Economy, Geography) with six years post-qualified experience
Extensive experience and expertise of research related to the program in question
Expertise and experience on establishment, coordination and implementation of a research program
Proven expertise and demonstrated results in mobilization of resources for research
Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and data analysis techniques
Excellent analytical skills and evidence of scientific publication are required

Strong writing ability and capacity to present complex issues in a readable form for both academic and non-academic audiences

Experience of policy-oriented analysis and popular science communication
Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with others and to work in a multi-cultural environment
Good knowledge of Nordic and African research institutions and civil society organizations and in facilitating contacts with researchers, policy makers and other relevant actors/stakeholders
Excellent command of spoken and written English
Knowledge of other Nordic languages, French, Portuguese and Arabic is of advantage.

Assessment criteria:

The candidate will be evaluated based on her/his research competence demonstrated through research outputs (peer-reviewed publications, policy engagements, research co-ordination, research networks; research grants etc.). His/her expertise and publications should be clearly relevant for the program to which he/she apply. Candidates are expected to demonstrate evidence of scholarly contribution to the study of Africa, and familiarity with the relevant program. Attention will be paid to experience in policy-ruled networks analysis.

The application

The application should contain:

Cover page including full name, age, gender, postal address, telephone, e-mail, current employment and position, and

A. A research proposal not exceeding 5 pages. It should include the applicant’s

1. Research questions, theory and method;

2. Network strategies (with particular reference towards Africa and the Nordic countries);

3. Strategy for dissemination of research results (including experience of policy-oriented analysis and research communication).

B. A complete CV with a list of publications

C. Copies of the applicant’s own publications relating to his/her research (a maximum of three publications)

D. The names and addresses (phone, e-mail) of at least two referees

Short-listed candidates will be called to an interview that may also be arranged through Skype.

Salary is negotiable within the current levels at the Institute.

Contact persons:

Iina Soiri, Director, Eva-Lena Svensson, Human Resources Manager, Trade Union representatives: Johan Sävström (OFR/ST) and Henrik Alfredsson (Saco-S). All can be reached at +46 18 471 52 00.

More information about NAI’s ongoing research activities, grants, library services and publications is available on the Institute’s website:

The application should be sent:
a) preferable by email to (Including publications to the extent possible or by indication of internet addresses where they might be available).

b) in hard copy by regular post to The Nordic Africa Institute, P. O. Box 1703, SE–751 47 Uppsala, Sweden

Closing Date for applications: 7 June 2017.

NAI is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy in employment and the institute strives for a balanced proportion of men and women.

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