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Website NkafuPolicyInst Nkafu Policy Institute

Catalyzing Africa’s Economic Transformation

Position: Fellow in Peace and Security

About The Institute

The Nkafu Policy Institute is a nonpartisan, independent think-tank at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Its mission is to provide independent, in-depth and insightful policy recommendations that advance the Cameroonian economy and the economies of other sub-Saharan African countries and promote peace and security issues across Africa.

Founded in 2012 by Dr. Denis Foretia, the Nkafu Policy Institute seeks to advance public policies that help all Africans prosper in free, fair, peaceful and sustainable economies. Our reputation is founded on our independence, high quality research and innovative policy prescriptions.

The Nkafu Policy Institute brings together leading analysts, experts and contributors from three continents, Africa, Europe, and America in the fields of governance and democracy; health and education; peace and security; science and technology; and economic policy.

The Nkafu Policy Institute gives a lot of credit to fostering Peace and Security issues in Africa, a continent which has become a particular turbid geopolitical area. We contribute to Peace and Security by publishing original articles, reports and policy briefs, submitted by established and new scholars, based in Africa and globally, that can influence mindsets, the academic exchange of knowledge in the areas of peace and security.

Therefore, we are serving as a platform for critical debate, policy recommendations and solutions on African peace and security challenges. By engaging intellectuals of peace and security, the Nkafu Policy Institute avails theoretical and practical knowledge that investigate African and international solutions to African security and peace problems.

Areas of research include but are not limited to: causes and consequences of violent conflict in Africa; conflict early warning and response mechanisms; the nexus between peace, security, governance and development; the role of African Union and RECs in conflict resolution; the role of women and youth in conflict resolution; post conflict peace-building processes. African common and national policies and international community commitment to peace building in Africa; leadership and cooperation in Africa; African shared values, democracy and governance in Africa.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of Peace and Security at the Nkafu Policy Institute;
  2. Write quality project proposals, and concept notes for fundraising for the Division;
  3. Provide inputs to the strategic planning, annual work plan and budget as required;
  4. Coordinate the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;
  5. Prepare kits for trainings, workshops and conferences on Peace and Security issues. Contribute to the development of online and onsite training modules regarding peace and security and other related issues in English and French;
  6. Organize webinars and in peace and security related issues in English and French;
  7. Review and coordinate the submission of implementing partner narrative reports;
  8. Provide technical assistance and capacity development support to project partners
  9. Research, write and submit peer-reviewed articles on peace and security issues in Cameroon, Africa and the world for publication once a month;
  10. Conceive and organize public debates and public dialogues on peace and security issues in Cameroon and Africa;
  11. Oversee the work of Programme Peace and security Analyst as required;
  12. Provide inputs to relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
  13. Provide technical inputs to the coordination of Peace and Security issues to achieve coherence and alignment of Nkafu Policy Institute programmes with other partners;

Core values

  • Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of the Nkafu Policy Institute in actions and decisions;
  • Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
  • Ethics and Values: Promoting Ethics and Integrity within the organization
  • Organizational Awareness: Building staff competence, developing and empowering People; coaching and mentoring and creating an environment of creativity and innovation
  • Team work: Building and promoting effective teams, communicating information and ideas.
  • Conflict sensitivity: Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards.
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:  Fair and transparent decision making; risk management

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding peace and security Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions, present findings and make policy recommendations;
  • Good analytical and writing skills; and
  • Good knowledge of Peace and Security issues, human rights, democracy and governance issues, women’s rights and/or transitional justice.

Required Skills and Experience


Education and certification:

  • At least a master’s degree or equivalent in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Human Rights, Gender/ Women’s Studies, International Development, or a related field is required.

Working experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in peace and security, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, conflict analysis and mediation, capacity building and training; programme/project development and implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and donor reporting;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience in international organizations is an asset;
  • Experience and interest in gender equality and women’s empowerment is an asset; and
  • Computer skills, internet communication and strong command of MS Office.

Language Requirements:  Fluency in English and French is required.

Applications procedure:

Application Deadline: 13 May 2021

Note: Applications are only accepted through the online application portal of the Nkafu Policy Institute

Documents to be included when submitting the application:

  • A cover letter with a brief presentation of your experience explaining your suitability for the work;
  • An up-to-date personal CV.
  • Two published writing samples in the related field
  • A most recent 4 x 4 passport-size photo

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