Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) seeks a Researcher or Senior Researcher to conduct research and advisory work on dual-use and arms trade control issues.
Established in 1966, SIPRI is consistently ranked as one of the world's top think tanks. The institute is dedicated to independent research into peace, conflict and security and is known worldwide for its flagship publication, the SIPRI Yearbook, and its databases. SIPRI is based in Stockholm, and has well-established, on-the-ground partnerships and operational networks across the globe. The staff of SIPRI is international and the working language is English.
Monitoring and analysing the dynamics of international arms transfers and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has always been at the core of SIPRI’s research agenda. SIPRI also conducts policy-relevant research and capacity-building activities to strengthen and develop international, regional and national standards for controlling international transfers of arms and dual-use items. Recent projects have provided input to the negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty, reviewed measures for strengthening transfer controls for dual-use items and conventional weapons, and provided expertise to a range of governments in enhancing strategic trade controls.
Tasks and responsibilities
The (Senior) Researcher will:
(a) Conduct research on key issues and challenges related to dual-use and arms trade control and contribute to an innovative and policy-relevant research agenda;
(b) Participate in capacity-building activities in the area of dual-use and arms trade control;
(c) Develop projects and funding proposals to support the Programme’s existing initiatives and new activities;
(d) Produce high-quality publications on issues relating to dual-use and arms trade controls;
(e) Represent the Programme in meetings, conferences and other relevant forums;
(f) Strengthen and build networks with policymakers and experts; and
(g) Respond to media and public queries.
SIPRI seeks a dynamic individual with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to the Institute’s research and capacity-building activities in the area of dual-use and arms trade control. Applicants must have demonstrated project management skills; a track record in working with governments and international organizations, as well as involvement in capacity-building and advisory activities; and a detailed understanding of national, regional and international policy debates and processes in the field of arms transfers and the broader strategic trade control context. The successful candidate must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team in an international environment.
Additional prerequisites include:
(a) a graduate degree in political science, international relations, law, security studies or another relevant discipline;
(b) at least five years of professional experience in the field of arms or dual-use trade control as a researcher, analyst or policymaker;
(c) fundraising experience;
(d) excellent communication skills;
(e) some experience in dealing with the media; and
(f) fluency in English (prior knowledge of Swedish is not required). Additional languages are an advantage.
SIPRI is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
The appointment will initially be for two years and is renewable. Applications for part-time or distance work will be considered. The salary package will be negotiated individually.
How to apply
To apply, send a short cover letter, your curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), two samples of recent relevant work; and the names of three potential referees to ResearcherDU2014@sipri.org. The initial closing date is 28 February 2014. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
For further information contact Dr Sibylle Bauer, Director of SIPRI’s Dual-use and Arms Trade Control Programme and Acting Director of SIPRI’s Arms Transfers Programme (firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone + 46 8 655 97 46). For confidential enquiries contact Helena Berger, Human Resources Officer (email@example.com).
Ploughshares Fund invites qualified applicants to become the first Roger L. Hale Fellow for nuclear security and nonproliferation.
Description of the Fellowship
In honor of Chair Emeritus Roger Hale’s unwavering commitment to Ploughshares Fund and its vision to ensure that nuclear weapons can never be used again, Ploughshares Fund seeks applicants for a competitive, one-year paid position as a Roger L. Hale Fellow at Ploughshares Fund. The Roger L. Hale Fellowship will provide an exemplary individual with an outstanding opportunity to develop professional skills by working at a leading peace and security institution that has been at the forefront of nuclear nonproliferation policy, advocacy and grantmaking for more than three decades. Ploughshares Fund’s extensive network within the nuclear nonproliferation community will place the Fellow into a unique position to gain practical day-to-day experience grappling with a wide variety of nuclear weapons policy issues. The Fellow may be based in either the San Francisco or Washington, DC office of Ploughshares Fund.
The Fellow’s Responsibilities
Ploughshares Fund will work with the selected Fellow to create an engaging experience based upon the skills, knowledge, and interests of the Fellow. The successful applicant will contribute to the core program and policy aspects of the organization’s work. As the Fellow will be supporting the program and/or policy teams and reporting directly to senior staff, his/her duties may include, but are not limited to, evaluating grant proposals, strategizing with potential and existing grantees, assisting with policy development, assisting with congressional outreach activities, developing regional focuses for programmatic activity, monitoring legislative developments, original research and publication on Ploughshares Fund website and other venues, and representing Ploughshares Fund as required. Responsibilities will require extensive research and writing on current nuclear weapons-related topics. The Fellow will also assist with organizing briefings and meetings as needed. She/he will have ample opportunity to engage with the organization’s president and executive director, as well as meet periodically with Chair Emeritus Roger Hale.
Knowledge, Education and Experience Required
We are seeking candidates who have demonstrated a strong interest in nuclear weapons issues and are interested in pursuing a career in the peace and security field.
• A master’s degree or doctorate in international relations, public policy, security studies, conflict resolution or related fields
• Excellent academic record
• Outstanding writing, research and communication skills
• Demonstration of high-quality work in a professional fast-paced environment
• Experience producing written deliverables with deadlines
• Proven knowledge of current domestic and international nuclear policy issues in both the executive and congressional branch
• Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite
• Enthusiastic, organized and a quick learner… with a sense of humor!
Salary and Benefits
• Commensurate with similar fellowships and dependent on experience
• Generous benefits package and vacation time
• Duration of one year starting in early 2014
Please email the following documents in a single pdf document to Halefellow@ploughshares.org
• Cover letter describing why you are interested in the fellowship and your skills
• One to two page resume
• Official transcript(s) from all advanced degree institutions attended
• Two writing samples: one policy paper of no more than 3 pages and an article of between 500 and 1000 words
• Three letters of recommendation, at least one professional and one academic
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Applications will be considered complete only if all required documents are received prior to the deadline.
About Ploughshares Fund
Ploughshares Fund is a publicly-supported foundation that organizes, innovates, and supports projects that advance the reality of a world without nuclear weapons. Ploughshares Fund invests in initiatives to reduce and ultimately eliminate the world’s nuclear stockpiles, and to promote stability in regions of conflict. Ploughshares Fund is supported by individuals, families and foundations.
The Program on Science and Global Security seeks a senior scientist, preferably a physicist, with demonstrated interest and experience in nuclear policy in South Asia, specifically India and Pakistan, to join an ongoing research program on nuclear energy and security issues in South Asia for two-three months during summer 2014. The position would be part of an ongoing research effort in the Program's Project on Peace and Security in South Asia. Applicants should be interested and involved in contributing to the nuclear policy debate in South Asia. The salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis commensurate with experience.
Please submit a letter and curriculum vita by applying online at: https://jobs.princeton.edu. The job requisition # is 1300840.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies has launched a new M.A. degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (MANPTS) This degree, the first of its kind in the United States, prepares students for careers in analyzing, preventing, and responding to terrorist threats and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Courses for this degree will be taught by faculty of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management; by policy, scientific, and technical specialists in the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP); and by experts invited from international organizations, government agencies, the private sector, and leading universities all over the world.
Students in this M.A. program may also gain practical experience through internships at international organizations or work as research assistants at CNS (cns.miis.edu) and MonTREP (www.miis.edu/academics/researchcenters/terrorism).
Placement assistance from our Center for Advising and Career Services helps graduating students find professional positions in government agencies and international organizations dedicated to combating terrorism or the spread of WMD as well as private firms specializing in security research, corporate security, or related fields.
For more information on this exciting new opportunity for professional education, please see the MANPTS page on the Monterey Institute (www.miis.edu/academics/programs/npts/) or email program chair Fred Wehling (firstname.lastname@example.org) or enrollment manager Devin Lueddeke (email@example.com).
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