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Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst

Location:
London
Sector:
London - Projects Team
Salary Details:
£30,000 - £35,000
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
02 Sep 2017
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
 

Who we are: The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. 

We offer new thinking and new approaches to addressing some of the most intractable problems leaders today are wrestling with.

The Institute works to provide policy and strategy in support of a vision of globalisation which improves the well-being of people: economically, politically, and socially. Our focus is on tackling the big challenges which hold such a vision of globalisation back:

  • Poor governance which stops the benefits of globalisation being shared because countries cannot build the institutional strength and resilience to transform their situation and deliver for their people
  • Extremism which stops the co-existence and cultural open-mindedness essential for social integration
  • Conflict which entrenches sectarianism and paralyses progress, particularly in the Middle East
  • Western politics which is in urgent need of a new agenda to provide radical but sensible answers to the new challenges presented by globalisation, technology, and the rise of a new false populism.
Focus Of This Role:
 

The Co-existence Pillar

The Co-existence (CE) Pillar of the Institute works to promote co-existence and counter extremism through thought leadership, and our education and leadership programmes.

Violent religious extremism poses a threat to us all. But the violence itself is a tragic symptom of a deeper problem. To defeat extremism, we must understand and address the ideology that drives the violence.

 

Our thought leadership work engages with senior policy makers and has reached millions by driving the news agenda. Our projects on the ground have reached over two million people, through education and training in schools, universities, and with religious and community leaders. The Institute’s work on promoting co-existence and countering extremism is born out of the work formerly undertaken by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, established in 2008 and merged into the Institute in 2017.

 

Our team’s research into ideology, analysis of conflict, and monitoring of both the activities of radical groups, and government responses, provides the thought leadership needed to properly define the challenge and grasp its global reach. In the news and behind the scenes,

 

we offer policy responses to meet the scale of the challenge. On the basis of our research, we advise governments and international institutions around the world on policy approaches to countering extremism.

 

Role Summary

 

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is recruiting a sub-Saharan Africa analyst to examine cases of religious conflict in the region.

 

The successful candidate will be part of a team of expert analysts and researchers, providing in-depth research and insight into the interaction of religion and conflict, and growing the research function in order to achieve its aims.

 

Key Responsibilities:

 

  • Help to fulfil the research and analysis objectives of the TBI-CE.
  • Build and maintain a network of high-quality contacts on the ground in areas affected by religious conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of the groups engaged in such conflicts, including their religious motivations and alliances.
  • Monitor developing trends in the interaction of religion and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Work with a team of analysts on religion and conflict globally to place regional conflicts in their wider context.
  • Plan and deliver in-depth research reports relating to the religious aspects of regional conflicts.
  • Build TBI-CE’s reputation for expertise in the field of religion and conflict through written output, conferences, closed briefings and media appearances, in conjunction with the wider team.
  • Translate and analyse relevant literature as necessary for TBI-CE research.
  • Assist with other research for TBI-CE and the Institute as appropriate.
  • Be available for key meetings with individuals and team members as specified by your Supervisor.
What We Look For in Our People:
 

Person Specification

This is a role in a fast paced team, working within complex areas. Therefore, the successful candidate for the role should be able to display the following:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree and evidence of strong academic achievement (2:1 or equivalent)
  • Fluency in a language relating to religion and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.
  • Established experience of research or other work relating to areas of interest in the region.
  • Close engagement with and passionate interest in issues relating to religion and geopolitics.
  • Demonstrable skills or experience in writing for publication.
  • Experience of providing expert analysis for media, or willingness to do so.

     

  • A strong and varied knowledge of research techniques and methodologies.

 

 

How to apply

In order to apply you are required to complete an online application form which includes uploading your CV (no longer than 2 pages) and completing a 300 word personal statement explaining why you want to work at TBIGC and your suitability to the role. Deadlines for applications will be Saturday 02 September 2017, 5pm GMT.

 

 

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