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Junior Research Fellowship at the ACCORD in Durban

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is recruiting for a Junior Research Fellowship opportunity.

Closing date; 31 May 2024

Location: Durban, South Africa
Reference: JRF2024
Starting Date: Immediate

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is currently seeking applicants for the position of a junior research fellow to support research and programme work on Climate, Peace and Security (CPS) within the research unit. This fellowship has an initial contract for a period of 7 months, with the possibility of an extension. 


ACCORD is a South African-based civil society institution working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent.

ACCORD’s primary aim is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict.

ACCORD specialises in conflict management, analysis and prevention and intervenes in conflicts through mediation, negotiation, training, research and conflict analysis.

Duties and Responsibilities

The junior research fellow will work with the research unit to support key programmes and functions including, but not limited to, the nexus between climate-change, peace and security thematic area, as well as the role of regional and sub-regional institutions in conflict prevention and mediation in Africa. 

Under the supervision of a Senior Researcher, the junior research fellow’s tasks will include:

  1. Identify, analyse and monitor political developments and trends as they relate to the abovementioned themes;
  2. Assistance with relevant desktop research;
  3. Provide technical, logistical and co-ordination support including organising relevant events, meetings and trainings;
  4. Assist with the preparation of reports and follow-ups on events;
  5. Develop and draft key documents, such as concept notes, presentations, policy briefs etc.;
  6. Participate and contribute to relevant meetings relating to the abovementioned themes; and
  7. Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

The junior research fellow will also have opportunities to work with other institutional initiatives, where possible.

Skills and Experience

  • Knowledgeable in the field of conflict resolution and conflict analysis in Africa ideally demonstrated through publication experience;
  • Knowledge in the thematic area of the impact of climate peace and security. 
  • Proficient with use of Microsoft office;
  • Team-ordinated, meticulous and enthusiastic
  • Good writing skills and proficiency in English. French will be an added advantage;
  • Project management experience and knowledge of editorial processes will be an added advantage.


Post-graduate University qualifications in one of the following disciplines: Political Science, International Relations, and/or any relevant field directly related to climate and international peace, security and governance.


Junior research fellows will receive a generous stipend from ACCORD.

How to Apply

  • Email you CV, motivation letter and a writing sample to [email protected] – Subject: Junior Research Fellow
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The position will be filled as soon as a successful candidate is identified.

Closing Date: 31 May 2024

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