APPLY: 2023 Chatham House Research Assistant Program For Young Africans

The Chatham House Research Assistant Program is designed for individuals with a keen interest in African affairs who seek valuable work experience at a prestigious policy institute.

Chatham House, also known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a renowned independent policy institute located in London. Our mission is to contribute to the creation of a sustainable, secure, prosperous, and just world.

The Africa Programme at Chatham House is globally recognized for its independent policy research on matters concerning individual African states, their international relationships, and the continent as a whole. Collaborating with top international researchers in African politics, our Programme delivers credible and impartial research that enhances the global dissemination of high-quality information.

Summary for 2023 Chatham House Research Assistant Program For Young Africans

  • Host Country: United Kingdom (UK)
  • Eligible Countries: All African Countries
  • Reward: Monthly Salary | Attractive Allowance
  • No IELTS Required
  • Deadline: October 10, 2023

Details of the 2023 Chatham House Research Assistant Program For Young Africans

The Africa Programme is dedicated to enhancing our comprehension of evolving international relations and influence within sub-Saharan Africa. We fearlessly address the intricate and challenging issues that confront the continent, striving to promote a deeper understanding and effective international engagements that can yield positive outcomes for its citizens. Our work is intricate and sensitive in nature.

The successful candidate, reporting to a Senior Research Fellow and collaborating closely with the Projects Manager and Deputy Director of the Africa Programme, will play a vital role in delivering research and administrative support for various Africa Programme projects. This role will involve close coordination with the research teams within the Africa Programme, overseeing the organization of events, publications, and the dissemination of research findings and outputs. Additionally, editorial support may be required. Some travel, including weekends, will be part of the responsibilities.

Requirements:To be eligible for the position, you should review the Key Responsibilities outlined below:


  • 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.

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).

Duration and Reward

  • 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.

Method of Application

Please ensure that you complete the application form, providing insights into your motivation, relevant skills, and experiences within the specified word count. Chatham House is committed to equal opportunity and values diversity, not discriminating on the basis of protected characteristics. We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds. If you require any assistance or have suggestions for enhancing your experience, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

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