Africa Center Summary
The Africa Center for Strategic Studies is a U.S. Department of Defense academic institution established
by Congress for the study of security issues relating to Africa and serving as a forum for research,
communication, and the exchange of ideas. The mission of the Africa Center is to advance African
security by expanding understanding, providing a trusted platform for dialogue, building enduring
partnerships, and catalyzing strategic solutions.

Job Responsibilities
The Research Fellow plays a central role in supporting the functions of the Africa Center’s Research section. Working as part of a team, she/he contributes to the Center’s research agenda with the aim of producing high-quality, forward-looking analysis of strategic trends and challenges facing African security. She/he tracks Africa security literature closely and helps identify practitioners and scholars as potential Center collaborators and authors. She/he also provides conceptual guidance, editing support, and production oversight to Africa Center contributors so as to advance the Center’s mission and mandate.

The Research Fellow conducts publically-accessible, policy relevant strategic analyses to advance understanding of African security issues among African and American policymakers, practitioners, scholars, civil society representatives, and media. She/he produces policy and academic journal articles, reports, books, chapters, and blog entries as well as delivers oral briefings and presentations to share key findings.

The Research Fellow engages with African and U.S. government security sector leaders to disseminate evidenced-based insights, guidelines, best practices, and lessons learned on critical contemporary and over-the-horizon African security challenges. She/he also identifies pressing policy questions faced by policymakers and practitioners leading to future Africa Center analysis.

The Research Fellow will make regular research contributions in his/her area of expertise while keeping abreast of security interests across a broad array of African security challenges. She/he participates in meetings, conferences, and symposia that support Africa Center outreach activities and facilitates opportunities for exchanges with a wide variety of African and U.S. security sector professionals.

The Research Fellow engages with faculty and participants of Africa Center academic programs, universities, and professional military institutions to incorporate key findings into curricula informing the next generation of African civilian and military security sector professionals.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required
Occasional travel – Seldom travel required: 10-15 percent

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Conditions of Employment
Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non-Critical Sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security determination to occupy a Non-Critical Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related area or other appropriate discipline.
– Demonstrated in-depth experience in conducting scholarly and policy research with publication track record on contemporary and emerging African security issues.
-Deep understanding of Africa’s societally-based security challenges, trends, and priorities.
– At least five years’ professional or academic experience working based on Africa.
– Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as part of a research team.

– Doctorate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related area or other appropriate discipline.
– Demonstrated expertise in guiding and editing policy relevant research
– Well networked with civilian, military, and civil society actors engaged on African security issues.
– Experience engaging with senior US and African security sector officials
– Experience in building collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations
– Experience in developing new insights and applying creative thinking and innovative solutions
– French language proficiency
Additional information
This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension. Applications for this vacancy require a narrative assessment questionnaire to be completed by each applicant and uploaded as a separate document with submission. The required narrative questions are listed in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section. Responses to the narrative questions must be completed and uploaded with the other specified required documents.

DSCA has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. DSCA employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute.

Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

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