The Nordic Africa Institute

Work with us

Join a committed international team based in beautiful surroundings in the old university town of Uppsala.

Staff at NAI come from different professional backgrounds and disciplines, and bring with them a wide variety of perspectives on contemporary African issues. We value every staff member’s unique competence, and offer opportunities for intellectual engagement, skills development and network building. Read more about who we are, our vision and strategy


Balance and health

Balance and health

We strive towards a work environment that promotes a sustainable, well-balanced work life. Our systematic process for work environment includes three aspects: physical, psychological and organisational. Health-promoting activities for staff include floorball, walking contests and a movie club. Every Wednesday morning we have a collective staff coffee.

NAI has flexible work hours and good possibilities for remote work and part-time work for parents. We also offer an allowance for health care activities and paid vacation days.




Our office is located in the beautiful Botanical gardens External link, opens in new window., close to the city center and next to the academic surroundings of Uppsala University and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. Enjoy your lunch stroll in the garden to learn, be inspired and enjoy the richness of the plant world.

Uppsala is fast-growing and modern with a small-town feel and a history dating back to the 12th century, with 30 minutes from Arlanda airport and a few minutes more to Stockholm by train.

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We value collaboration and a cross-functional way of working, or simply Work as one. We are about 35 employees plus guests, enough to always find company for a coffee and still know us all by name. We also bring in scholars, guests, interns, students and visitors into our community. We have a simple but comprehensive concept to ensure a meaningful context for our staff: Culture, Competence, and Capacity.




Part of NAI is our large special library focused on contemporary Africa, mainly within social sciences. Along with books and other resources, we host more than 600 shelf meters of official documents from 50+ African states. The library is located in the same building as our offices.





Mission and values

Mission and values

We are a commited international team, with a shared belief that a deeper understanding of the issues that shape contemporary Africa will contribute to making development sustainable.

Our strategy aims to establish us as a knowledge-generating, policy-informing and collaborative organisation. We build bridges between research and development policy, and between African and Nordic perspectives.

'What makes me tick interview series' - watch our researchers explain what makes them motivated on this journey.

We are all civil servants

NAI is a Swedish government organisation. This framework is a strength as well as an obligation and as all civil servants in Sweden we are guided by six principles: Democracy, Legality, Objectivity, Freedom of opinion, Respect for equal values, freedom and dignity and Efficiency and service. Learn more about being a civil servant External link, opens in new window..




Sustainability is important for our organisation and our operation. Climate, Natural Resources & Sustainability is one of our impact areas for our research. We evaluate our travelling and seek to find alternatives, where digitalisation is one of them. We have a dedicated cross-functional team that works with improving our sustainability.