Job Title: Research Fellow
Department: Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research – FAAR
Reports to: Director/Dean
The appointment holder will contribute to the Faculty’s vision of building a world-class institution of higher learning that projects KAIPTC as the leading provider of tertiary education in African peace and security through excellent teaching, cutting edge research and demand-driven policy support.
Research Fellow is a career-grade research position. Post-holders are expected to serve as key investigators on pure and applied research projects, demonstrate the capacity for independent research, possess pedagogical competences relevant for college and university teaching; and provide academic mentorship to postgraduate students. They are also expected to contribute to the objectives of KAIPTC through training, policy research and policy support.
- Research and Publications, Scholarship and Enterprise
- Contribute to knowledge generation on African peace and security through the conduct of basic and policy research;
- Carry out independent research and act as a Principal Investigator or project leader on major research projects;
- Generate at least three knowledge products annually in the form of journal articles, book chapters, occasional papers or books;
- Write grant proposals and seek funding for research projects;
- Develop proposals for major research projects that contributes to the generation of new knowledge, theory, or concept, and produce high-quality research outputs that have policy relevance;
- Make presentations, deliver lectures and seminars at national or international for a;
- Develop and maintain a good reputation for independent research;
- Provide expert support to the academic community by, for example, serving on peer review committees and acting as a referee for journal articles and research grant applications;
- Provide academic leadership and mentorship to both students and junior colleagues; and
- Build effective networks with external contacts such as educational and research organisations, corporate entities, the public sector, professional bodies and funding agencies.
- Teaching and Learning Support
- Required to teach at least three KAIPTC academic course per year;
- Required to teach on KAIPTC core courses as required;
- Required to design and develop KAIPTC core training and academic courses;
- Demonstrate competence in area of expertise in the classroom and public presentations, including seminars, colloquia, conferences;
- Supervise and mark student dissertations;
- Demonstrate competence in the development and use of innovative methods of teaching, guidance and mentorship to students; and
- Participate in curriculum development that lead to the development of, new courses or programmes or training manuals.
- Contribution to KAIPTC
- Provide to relevant KAIPTC project as may be required;
- Contribute to Programme activities and objectives through research, training and policy support;
- Participate in department-level strategic planning, and contribute to Faculty strategic planning processes; and
- Undertake additional duties, as may be required by the Dean/Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research.
- Indicative Performance Criteria
- Consistent publication of original research in refereed or peer reviewed outlets;
- Demonstrate evidence of successful teaching and facilitation in reputable universities or colleges;
- Demonstrate significant contribution to knowledge creation through publication; and
- Show evidence of public service, such as membership of professional body, editorial board or similar.
The ideal candidate should possess a minimum of a PhD degree in political science/international relations/strategic studies, peace and security studies; or equivalent qualification. At least 5 years’ relevant work experience with sound research and publication records. Must have a minimum of 5 peer reviewed publications with computer literacy and demonstrable knowledge of research-related software packages.
- Demonstrated capacity to think strategically and creatively and to apply problem-solving skills; and
- Capacity to adapt, ability to act quickly and take initiatives, to learn new disciplines and skills relevant in an academic and policy environment.
- Effective analytical and communication skills, including ability to link evidence to specific conclusions and to communicate technical and complex issues clearly and concisely in written texts and to a wide audience;
- Effective understanding of major theories, concepts and themes in conflict, peace, and security, with a particular focus on Africa;
- Strong conceptual and analytical capabilities with proven capacity to produce high-quality research products;
- Demonstrated capacity to think strategically and creatively and apply problem-solving skills; and
- Demonstrate effective capacity for attracting research grant and other project funding.
- Effective team player;
- Effective capacity for networking and joint working;
- High energy and commitment, with a proven ability to formulate and advance initiatives and produce high quality results on a timely basis;
- Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and to establish effective and harmonious working relations with international organisations and relevant stakeholders;
- Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision; and
- Morally dependable with sound work ethics.
Interested applicants are kindly requested to send their CV together with 3 references and a professional work portfolio by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 25 January, 2022.
Please indicate the job tile clearly in the cover letter; otherwise your application may not be considered. Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of their qualifications and relevant work experience. Only short-listed candidate will be invited for an interview.
KAIPTC is an equal opportunity employer.