Monday, September 9, 2013

African Research and Resource Forum Vacancies

African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF)

Announcement for Sabbatical Research Opportunities

The African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF) is a research, data resource, reflection and discourse organization devoted to the enhancement of thinking on African governance and development. 

ARRF is a non-partisan, non-governmental, non-profit regional forum for scholars, researchers, opinion leaders and individuals to interact and share ideas. Its core activities are research, debate, analysis, publication and dissemination of research findings. 


ARRF links scholars, researchers, opinion leaders and public service functionaries to interact and share ideas. 

The Forum also facilitates capacity building for institutions and individuals, supports policy advocacy and provides consultancy and advisory services intended to encourage a culture of utilizing research findings for development initiatives.


ARRF invites applications for Two (2) Sabbatical Research Fellowships running from September to November 2013, supported by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). 

The Fellowships are three (3) months each, involving desk analysis, library research and limited field work. 

We have formulated two broad themes for the sabbatical research projects, thus, applicants are required to develop concrete research questions and specific objectives within the bounds of our thematic demarcation.

ARRF will select research proposals on the basis of their soundness and clarity in articulating researchable questions under these themes:

i. State-building in the Republic of South Sudan

ii. The prospects and challenges of the East African Community (EAC) Monetary Union

This program provides a modest allowance to cover the costs of accommodation, transport and other living expenses for sabbatical fellows. 

In addition, the program may support necessary but limited travels within the EAC.

Required Qualifications
  • Possess a PhD degree in a relevant field. Those with Masters Degree and more than 5 years research experience in relevant areas will also be considered.
  • Have significant academic and research experience related to the proposed field of study of not less than four (4) years.
NB: The sabbaticals are open to researchers from policy research institutions and academic institutions from the East African Community (EAC) as well as qualified individuals not currently affiliated to such institutions.

The design of the research activities need to take into account the short duration of the sabbatical and the need to have specific focus. In the end, the final report will need to include recommendations for policy-making in the respective areas of the study.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their applications by courier service, email (all soft copies should be in MS Word) or dispatch together with detailed Curriculum Vitae, copies of both academic and professional certificates, two letters of reference from current and/or past supervisors, research proposal in one of the research topics, letter from employers supporting a candidate’s leave of absence while on sabbatical for applicants in full-time employment and day time telephone/cell phone numbers to: 

The Chief Executive Officer 
African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF) 
Mt. View Estate, Off Waiyaki Way
P. O. Box 57103-00200 Nairobi, Kenya
Email: applications@arrforum.org

To be received not later than Thursday, 27th September, 2013.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.