Egmont Job Advert:  Director, Africa Programme

About the Egmont Institute

EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations is an independent think tank based in Brussels. Its aim is to engage in high-quality scholarly and policy-oriented analysis of international affairs, in particular as it pertains to Belgium, the European Union and sub-Saharan Africa, and to contribute to policy debates and inform public opinion on these matters. Its interdisciplinary research is conducted in a spirit of academic freedom. The Africa programme aims to undertake research and stimulate debate on, principally, (i) local, national and regional security dynamics and (ii) governance and human rights challenges on the continent.

The Egmont Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Main responsibilities

The Africa Director will be expected to lead a small team of researchers and contribute to the various activities of the programme (research, organizing conferences and seminars, fundraising efforts etc.)

  • Outline the research agenda of the Africa programme, in coordination with the programme researchers
  • Identify opportunities for research fundraising
  • Produce policy briefs and research articles on political, economic and security dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Outline a yearly programme of conferences and seminars
  • Contribute to the administrative management of the Africa programme, and collaborate with other programmes and the direction of the Institute in addressing cross-cutting management issues
  • Build partnerships with other universities, think tanks, and experts, based in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa
  • Engage directly and consult with policy-makers in Belgian and European institutions

Knowledge & Experience

  • A master or doctoral’s degree in international relations, law, economics or social sciences
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in research, preferably with an experience working in think tanks or other policy research organisations
  • Well-developed understanding of political, economic and security dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa. Individuals with a strong expertise on Central Africa and/or West Africa are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, demonstrated through an established track-record of publications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Strong organisational and planning skills. Project management experience will be considered an asset
  • Excellent written and spoken English, as well as fluency in French and/or Dutch


Expertise: Research

Education: PhD or Master’s

Job Type: Full Time contract of indeterminate duration, with a trial period of six months. If the candidate has a secondary (academic) affiliation which he/she wishes to retain, a substantial part-time contract may be envisaged, but of no less than 50%.

Location: Brussels

How to apply

Please submit your application as a single-file PDF by 23 March 2018 to In   the   subject   line   of   your   email, please   mention “Director Africa Programme: Application (ADD YOUR SURNAME)”. A complete application package contains the following elements:

  • A one-page letter of motivation
  • A CV (max. 4 pages)
  • A list of publications
  • A list of three references (including name, function, email, and phone number)
  • A note outlining your ideas for future research priorities for the Africa programme (max. 2 pages)