Chatham House Research Assistant – Africa Programme 2023

Chatham House Research Assistant – Africa Programme 2023

Chatham House Research Assistant – Africa Programme 2023

The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) is a world-renowned independent policy institute situated in London. Their purpose is to contribute to the creation of a more secure, prosperous, and just world. Chatham House’s Africa Programme is a world-leading center for independent policy research on challenges impacting individual African states, their international relations, and the continent as a whole. The Programme provides accurate and impartial research that increases the quality of information communicated globally by collaborating with the top international academics on African politics.

The Africa Program promotes a better understanding of shifting international relations and impact in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are not afraid to confront the continent’s serious and often complex challenges, and in doing so, they promote better understanding and successful international interactions that can lead to great outcomes for residents. Their work is complicated and delicate.

The successful candidate will report to a Senior Research Fellow and work closely with the Projects Manager and the Deputy Director of the Africa Programme to provide research and administrative support for a number of Africa Programme projects; work closely with Africa Programme’s research teams to coordinate different activities; oversee the organization of events, publications, and dissemination of research findings and outputs; and provide editorial support a number of Africa Programme projects. Some travel, including on weekends, will be required.

Chatham House Research Assistant Responsibilities 


  • Provide research assistance, including conducting background research and fact checking of research outputs and publications.
  • Contribute towards the production of literature reviews, datasets, charts and graphics.
  • Provide editorial and referencing support for publications.
  • Participate in field research as projects allow.
  • Support the publication process for research outputs.
  • Follow Chatham House’s and funders’ requirements in regard to administrative and reporting tasks.


  • Provide logistical support, including for international travel as required.
  • Provide on-the-day support during events to the team and external participants.
  • Act as rapporteur for meetings and events and draft meeting summaries.


  • Contribute to the design of research projects.
  • Support with content design, agenda development and organisation of events, roundtables, panel discussions and conferences.
  • Ensure compliance with finance processes, including through maintenance of accounting records and monitoring budget income and expenditure for selected projects.

Chatham House Research Assistant Eligibility Criteria

You will take initiative, be a problem solver, and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

You will have:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Proven interest in African affairs.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
  • Experience in supporting event organization, including internationally.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and ability to work under tight timeframes whilst balancing various tasks.
  • Ability to take ownership and balance multiple tasks, prioritise accordingly, and work calmly under pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills and capacity to communicate effectively with a wide range of people at all levels.
  • Capacity to navigate and interact with diverse groups and across different cultures.
  • An awareness and experience of less developed contexts e.g. through travel and/or work experience etc.
  • Experience of working in a think tank, research institute, NGO, foundation, or academic institution (desirable).

You will be:

  • Solutions-orientated and able to respond to constantly evolving situations.
  • A problem-solver with the ability to show initiative.
  • A team player with energy, passion and a desire to learn.
  • Proficiency in French, Portuguese or Arabic (desirable).

Chatham House Research Assistant Benefits

Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days), enhanced pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance, and other benefits designed to suit your personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging, and intellectually stimulating environment.

Salary: £28,000 per year.

Contract: Full-time, Permanent.

Location: Hybrid (Office/Home), minimum 2 days in the office per week.

Chatham House Research Assistant Application

Please note: The Job Description as outlined above will not be available once the closing date has passed. Please ensure you keep a copy for your own records.

Deadline: October 10, 2023.

Apply here


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