2019 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Principal Research Analysts – Francophone Africa vacancy

Deadline: January 14, 2019.

We are the Africa Research Group, part of the Foreign and Commonwealth’s Research Analyst cadre of subject matter experts. Our role is to provide historical context, institutional memory, advice and challenge to all staff in the FCO’s Africa Directorate, including senior policy makers. It is a particularly exciting time to join as the FCO develops its new strategic approach to Africa.

We are looking for two experts on Francophone Africa: one on the countries of the Sahel, the other on the countries of central Africa (the breakdown of responsibilities may be recast according to expertise). Joining us as a Principal Research Analyst, you will be a recognised authority on your patch. You’ll cover a wide range of themes, including politics, democratic processes, peace-keeping, conflict, economics and demography. Working with people at all levels, from desk officers to Ministers, you’ll play an integral role in policy-making as you provide policy advice, expert input and detailed research to meet specific policy needs.




1. You will be a British citizen, resident in the UK for at least two of the last ten years. 2. You will have a PhD or Masters in a topic related to the role, along with extensive professional experience in a relevant field in academia, an NGO, or the private sector. 3. You will be a competent French reader and speaker. You will be prepared to undergo security clearance vetting to a high level.

4. You will have a post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline.

5. The ability to speak and read French language sufficient to participate in meetings, and read texts, on their area of expertise (at least B2, preferably C1, on the CEFR)



The Principal Research Analyst package is up to £52,044 depending on skills and experience. These roles are at D6 grade and are offered as permanent posts.




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