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Research Intern – Addis Ababa University Institute for Peace and Security Studies- IPSS Vacancy Announcement

Research Intern – Addis Ababa University Institute for Peace and Security Studies- IPSS Vacancy Announcement, November 8 2023




Organization: Addis Ababa University Institute for Peace and Security Studies- IPSS

Position: Research Intern

Location: Remote but must be based in case study countries ( Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa).

Employment: Internship

Deadline: November 17, 2023





Job Description



External donor and financial contribution of African Union (AU) member states to continental and regional arrangements dominate funding discourse in Africa’s peace and security. These discussions are mostly focussed on conflict response and management. Little attention is paid to whether and to what extent AU member state contribute to conflict prevention at national level planning, particularly as it concerns national budget and its implementation. Through a conflict prevention lens, there is little attention to the impact on the orientation, allocation and distribution, and implementation concerns as it particularly relates to their national budget. This implies the in-existence of an approach (talk less of an empirical and systematic one) to questioning if these member states actually invest in conflict prevention, how they do so (if they do) and the impact. Bringing this gap to the fore is an entry point for a lessons-learnt approach to trace past and existing patterns, distil best practices, and further the Agenda 2063. More so, by “following the money”, AU member states may be able to systematically learn from each other and this would be an encouraging indicator for a continent that seeks a paradigm shift from being reactive to proactiveness. Furthermore, IPSS acknowledges that what constitutes conflict prevention at national level and how it should be conceptualised also requires a critical and comprehensive approach.

The study will adopt a case study approach and rely on primary and secondary data tools to investigate how each case study conceive conflict prevention and its reflection on their national budgets.  From a national perspective, we may therefore be able articulate and conceptualise what conflict prevention means at national level, weigh it against AU/RECs’ position within the framework of the Africa Peace and Security Architecture, and determine if each case study country invests in conflict prevention.

Against this backdrop, the Research and Policy Analysis Unit of the Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP) at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) and the African Leadership Centre (ALC) King’s College London (KCL) will conduct a study to engage this issue and produce a Special Peace and Security Report. This study is supported by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung African Union office (FES-AU)

Objective of the Study

  • Examine AU member states’ conception of conflict prevention at the national level compared to the AU’s perspective and assess its implications.
  • Investigate whether AU member states allocate resources for conflict prevention, particularly within their national budgets.
  • To extract best practices related to the nexus between national budgets and conflict prevention and develop recommendations to advance the goals of Agenda 2063.


The Researcher(s) will support the work of the case study Researcher(s).

Objective of the position

In particular, the objective for the incumbent will be to familiarize extensively with study’s Methodology, harvest data that will be used for the finalizations of the Study’s report, and other related activities as directed by Case Study Researcher. The Research Interns will also be expected to contribute to other knowledge products with particular focus on their assigned case studies.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

  • Conduct the necessary fieldwork and desk research, as directed by the Case study Researcher.
  • Support the Case Study Researcher in data gathering, organisation, and report writing in accordance with the Study’s methodology.
  • Provide targeted research support based on the Case Study Researcher’s request.
  • Identify areas for further research interrogation alongside the Case Study Researcher.

Duration: 30 Working Days

Location: The researcher shall work remotely but must be based in the following case study countries: Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa.


Number of positions Needed. Five (one research intern per case study – Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa).


Job Requirements



  • A Master’s degree holder or Master’s student who must have completed coursework.
  • Proven ability to conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research.
  • Proven experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research tools.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with policy-relevant methods of research.
  • Proven ability to conduct academic research support and proven exposure to policy research environment.
  • Proven interest in peace and security, APSA, conflict prevention, human rights, and international development in Africa.
  • Excellent command of English is required. Good working knowledge of French is desirable [French is compulsory for those applying to work on the Francophone case studies].
  • Ability to organize work processes well and to work according to set time frames.
  • Ability to deliver on assignments in an autonomous manner; pro-active in seeking guidance if and when require.

How to Apply


Interested and qualified applicants can send the following documents in an email to [email protected]

Curriculum Vitae

Cover Letter

One writing sample (published or unpublished).


Contact details of one academic referees who is willing to submit a recommendation letter on your behalf.




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