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The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa is headquartered in Dakar Senegal. It was established in 1973 as an independent Pan-African research organisation with a primary focus on the social sciences, broadly defined. It is recognised not only as the pioneer African social research organisation but also as the apex non-governmental centre of social knowledge production on the continent
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Conducting Research and Mentoring Students in Africa: CODESRIA College of Mentors Handbook

16. Juli 2019 - 11:21

A. K. Bangura, J. A. Obando, I. I. Munene, C. Shisanya, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2019, ISBN: 978-2-86978-833-6

This handbook presents a selection of qualitative, quantitative, emergent and comparative research methods, many of which are African-centered. Furthermore; it discusses epistemological paradigms in the social research, mentoring techniques, publishing strategies, Internet research techniques, and research integrity and ethics. The book is designed primarily to provide researchers with an understanding of some research approaches that are useful for researching Africa. By asking fundamental questions about how to rethink methods, this book is also a critical contribution for thinking through knowledge decolonisation. The suggestions made about the possibility of studying Africa systematically are therefore subject to close examination. What integrates the chapters in this book can seem somewhat ordinary. But many research and mentoring insights are so discernible, so essential, that they are arduous to master, and convey with originality and clarity. The inventiveness of this book therefore hinges upon the simplicity with which conventional but distinct facts about the approaches examined are assembled into a coherent and intellectually persuasive synthesis.

Abdul Karim Bangura is a researcher-in-residence of Abrahamic Connections and Islamic Peace Studies at the Center for Global Peace in the School of International Service at American University and the director of The African Institution, in Washington DC, USA.

Joy A. Obando is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at Kenyatta University. She holds a PhD in Geomorphology from King's College London and studied for her Master's in Geography and Bachelor of Education at Kenyatta University.

Ishmael I. Munene is professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University teaching courses in Comparative Education, Higher Education, and Educational Research.

Chris Shisanya is former Chairperson of the Department of Geography and is currently Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Full Professor of Geography, specializing in the feld of Agroclimatology, at Kenyatta University

Conducting Research and Mentoring Students in Africa: CODESRIA College of Mentors Handbook

16. Juli 2019 - 11:21

A. K. Bangura, J. A. Obando, I. I. Munene, C. Shisanya, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2019, ISBN: 978-2-86978-833-6

Conducting Research and Mentoring Students in Africa: CODESRIA College of Mentors Handbook

16. Juli 2019 - 11:21

A. K. Bangura, J. A. Obando, I. I. Munene, C. Shisanya, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2019, ISBN: 978-2-86978-833-6

African Academics in Germany Revitalising African Universities

11. Juli 2019 - 16:48

G. Mutalemwa, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2019, ISBN: 978-2-86978-855-8

African Academics in Germany: Revitalising African Universities is a thought-provoking work. It challenges African scholars to re-examine their contribution to their motherland. It invites German universities and scholarship providers to assess the relevance of the education offered towards the transformation of African higher learning institutions. The book provides a method of engaging African academics and the diaspora in the revitalisation of higher education. The book introduces a university revitalisation theory which explains the role of internationalisation in socio-economic, cultural, technological and political development.

George Mutalemwa is lecturer in Development and Communication Studies at St. Augustine in Tanzania (SAUT). He has lived and taught in Kenya and Germany. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociology and Development and as Executive Secretary of the Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and Madagascar. He has published on participatory development, community-based organisations and academic diaspora. Dr. Mutalemwa was formerly Director of International Programmes at SAUT.

African Academics in Germany Revitalising African Universities

11. Juli 2019 - 16:48

G. Mutalemwa, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2019, ISBN: 978-2-86978-855-8

African Academics in Germany: Revitalising African Universities is a thought-provoking work. It challenges African scholars to re-examine their contribution to their motherland. It invites German universities and scholarship providers to assess the relevance of the education offered towards the transformation of African higher learning institutions. The book provides a method of engaging African academics and the diaspora in the revitalisation of higher education. The book introduces a university revitalisation theory which explains the role of internationalisation in socio-economic, cultural, technological and political development.

George Mutalemwa is lecturer in Development and Communication Studies at St. Augustine in Tanzania (SAUT). He has lived and taught in Kenya and Germany. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociology and Development and as Executive Secretary of the Association of Catholic Universities and Higher Institutes of Africa and Madagascar. He has published on participatory development, community-based organisations and academic diaspora. Dr. Mutalemwa was formerly Director of International Programmes at SAUT.

African Academics in Germany Revitalising African Universities

11. Juli 2019 - 16:48

G. Mutalemwa, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2019, ISBN: 978-2-86978-855-8

African Academics in Germany Revitalising African Universities

11. Juli 2019 - 16:48

G. Mutalemwa, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2019, ISBN: 978-2-86978-855-8

Vacancy Announcement for the position of Managing Editor (English)

10. Juli 2019 - 18:54

Deadline: 30th August 2019

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified nationals of African countries to fill the vacant position of MANAGING EDITOR (ENGLISH) in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. Recognised as the premier centre on the continent for the generation and dissemination of multidisciplinary social science and humanities knowledge, CODESRIA has, over the years, undergone an exponential growth in programmes, finances and membership.

Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary , the Managing Editor will be expected to oversee CODESRIA's daily publishing operations in English. S/he will be required to play a key role in enhancing the quality, timeliness, and reach of the different publications in the language. The managing editor will combine the innovativeness of a writer with the practical focus of an operations manager, and will incorporate the work of a commissioning editor. The ideal candidate should be able to conceptualise and develop innovative publication. We expect excellent organizational and leaderships skills as well as a unique problem-solving ability.

1. Key Tasks

As Managing Editor, you will join a small, dynamic team based in Dakar, Senegal that works with researchers, authors and partners worldwide. The work is varied and intensive, and will include the following elements:

  • Supervising the publishing process from manuscript submission to final production;
  • Liaising with both in-house and external copyeditors, proofreaders, typesetters, translators, and designers;
  • Maintaining a database of various consultants and service providers used by the Publications and Dissemination Programme;
  • Liaising with authors, contributors and editors of publications under his/her portfolio and resolving editorial queries where necessary;
  • Ensuring adherence to strict guidelines and deadlines of the Publications and Dissemination Programme;
  • Copyediting / Proofreading manuscripts in English and crosschecking bibliographic entries according to the CODESRIA style guide;
  • Liaising with the staff of other CODESRIA programmes for the purpose of facilitating the publication process;
  • Preparing blurbs, abstracts and summary information for covers and dissemination activities;
  • Liaising with the CODESRIA Marketing and Distribution officer in the dissemination publications.
  • Researching and reviewing source materials, and creating and updating content for the Publications and Dissemination's Programme site.
  • Managing and mentoring a dynamic team of editors, researchers and authors.
  • Managing the publications and dissemination programme's annual budget, including travel and freelance expenses
  • Participate in promotional opportunities/activities for CODESRIA publications
  • Mentoring/coaching staff on publications.

2. Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Masters degree in a Social Sciences or Humanities discipline from a recognized University (candidates with training in English, English Literature or Journalism will be an added advantage);
  • Proven experience as Managing Editor or relevant role in a research and/or publishing environment;
  • Exceptional experience in copywriting and copyediting/proofreading in an academic/research environment;
  • Working knowledge of online platforms and current publishing and information technologies;
  • Be highly competent in spoken and written English, with a good working knowledge of either French, Portuguese or Arabic.
  • Good knowledge of key debates in the social sciences and humanities in Africa.

3. Other Relevant Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Be very respectful of rules of confidentiality;
  • Good knowledge of the workings of international organizations;
  • Excellent capacity to supervise general services staff ;
  • Capacity to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent computer skills in using Microsoft office and other desktop publishing applications;
  • Good planning and organisational skills;
  • Demonstrable ability to work within tight deadlines.

4. Conditions of Work

The work place is in Dakar, Senegal at the CODESRIA headquarters. We offer a Panafrican and busy working environment; a challenging job position with the opportunity to contribute to an important agenda and develop professionally; an opportunity to shape knowledge production in Africa, including remuneration approximating in equivalent to those international organizations. Pay grading will be based on qualifications and level of experience. Start date: As soon as possible.

5. How to apply:

All applicants wishing to be considered for the position are required to supply the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation that engages call and offer vision for position
  • A detailed curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the qualifications obtained and describing the candidate's professional experience;
  • Copies of certificates of all indicated qualifications,
  • Three reference letters (two of such letters must come from people living in countries other than the applicant's country of residence); and
  • A writing sample (where applicable)
  • Other supporting documents may be required prior to recruitment.

6. Equity Statement:

CODESRIA is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a team that represents the diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, skills and experience

Applications should be submitted by email by 30 th August 2019 to:

The Executive Secretary
CODESRIA
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524
Dakar, SENEGAL
E-mail: executive.secretary@codesria.org

Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Vacancy Announcement for the position of Managing Editor (English)

10. Juli 2019 - 18:54

Deadline: 30th August 2019

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified nationals of African countries to fill the vacant position of MANAGING EDITOR (ENGLISH) in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. Recognised as the premier centre on the continent for the generation and dissemination of multidisciplinary social science and humanities knowledge, CODESRIA has, over the years, undergone an exponential growth in programmes, finances and membership.

Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary , the Managing Editor will be expected to oversee CODESRIA's daily publishing operations in English. S/he will be required to play a key role in enhancing the quality, timeliness, and reach of the different publications in the language. The managing editor will combine the innovativeness of a writer with the practical focus of an operations manager, and will incorporate the work of a commissioning editor. The ideal candidate should be able to conceptualise and develop innovative publication. We expect excellent organizational and leaderships skills as well as a unique problem-solving ability.

1. Key Tasks

As Managing Editor, you will join a small, dynamic team based in Dakar, Senegal that works with researchers, authors and partners worldwide. The work is varied and intensive, and will include the following elements:

  • Supervising the publishing process from manuscript submission to final production;
  • Liaising with both in-house and external copyeditors, proofreaders, typesetters, translators, and designers;
  • Maintaining a database of various consultants and service providers used by the Publications and Dissemination Programme;
  • Liaising with authors, contributors and editors of publications under his/her portfolio and resolving editorial queries where necessary;
  • Ensuring adherence to strict guidelines and deadlines of the Publications and Dissemination Programme;
  • Copyediting / Proofreading manuscripts in English and crosschecking bibliographic entries according to the CODESRIA style guide;
  • Liaising with the staff of other CODESRIA programmes for the purpose of facilitating the publication process;
  • Preparing blurbs, abstracts and summary information for covers and dissemination activities;
  • Liaising with the CODESRIA Marketing and Distribution officer in the dissemination publications.
  • Researching and reviewing source materials, and creating and updating content for the Publications and Dissemination's Programme site.
  • Managing and mentoring a dynamic team of editors, researchers and authors.
  • Managing the publications and dissemination programme's annual budget, including travel and freelance expenses
  • Participate in promotional opportunities/activities for CODESRIA publications
  • Mentoring/coaching staff on publications.

2. Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Masters degree in a Social Sciences or Humanities discipline from a recognized University (candidates with training in English, English Literature or Journalism will be an added advantage);
  • Proven experience as Managing Editor or relevant role in a research and/or publishing environment;
  • Exceptional experience in copywriting and copyediting/proofreading in an academic/research environment;
  • Working knowledge of online platforms and current publishing and information technologies;
  • Be highly competent in spoken and written English, with a good working knowledge of either French, Portuguese or Arabic.
  • Good knowledge of key debates in the social sciences and humanities in Africa.

3. Other Relevant Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Be very respectful of rules of confidentiality;
  • Good knowledge of the workings of international organizations;
  • Excellent capacity to supervise general services staff ;
  • Capacity to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent computer skills in using Microsoft office and other desktop publishing applications;
  • Good planning and organisational skills;
  • Demonstrable ability to work within tight deadlines.

4. Conditions of Work

The work place is in Dakar, Senegal at the CODESRIA headquarters. We offer a Panafrican and busy working environment; a challenging job position with the opportunity to contribute to an important agenda and develop professionally; an opportunity to shape knowledge production in Africa, including remuneration approximating in equivalent to those international organizations. Pay grading will be based on qualifications and level of experience. Start date: As soon as possible.

5. How to apply:

All applicants wishing to be considered for the position are required to supply the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation that engages call and offer vision for position
  • A detailed curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the qualifications obtained and describing the candidate's professional experience;
  • Copies of certificates of all indicated qualifications,
  • Three reference letters (two of such letters must come from people living in countries other than the applicant's country of residence); and
  • A writing sample (where applicable)
  • Other supporting documents may be required prior to recruitment.

6. Equity Statement:

CODESRIA is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a team that represents the diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, skills and experience

Applications should be submitted by email by 30 th August 2019 to:

The Executive Secretary
CODESRIA
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524
Dakar, SENEGAL
E-mail: executive.secretary@codesria.org

Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Vacancy Announcement for the position of Communication Officer

3. Juli 2019 - 18:12

Deadline: 30th August 2019

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified nationals of African countries to fill the vacant position of Communication Officer in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. Recognised as the premier centre on the continent for the generation and dissemination of multidisciplinary social science and humanities knowledge, CODESRIA has, over the years, undergone an exponential growth in programmes, finances and membership. The Council is also undergoing a major reform process with a strong emphasis on exploiting ICT in scaling up all facets of its operations and management systems. Core to this reform process is a desire to move a large part of its operations online and ensure enhanced visibility. To these end, the Council is intent on recruiting a suitable communication officer to help realize the targets of this reform process.
Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary, the Communication Officer will be expected to oversee CODESRIA's communications strategy focusing on communications to members, partners and the social science community within Africa and the rest of the world. The Communication Officer will play a central role in enhancing the visibility of the Council's intellectual activities by ensuring timely dissemination of information and research output in English and French and occasionally in Portuguese and Arabic. The ideal candidate should be able to think creatively and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They should have the ability to conceptualise and develop innovative ways of engaging the CODESRIA intellectual community and partners and should have excellent oral and virtual communication skills.

The role

Reporting to the Executive Secretary, the successful candidate will have responsibility for developing communications outputs for the Council, including print, digital and audio-visual content. Specifically, the role will entail managing CODESRIA's overall digital image (website, blogs, social media, etc.) and being the guardian of the Council's institutional brand. The successful candidate will work alongside colleagues to support a wide range of CODESRIA activities and events, as well as contribute to forward planning and outreach communications.

This role involves interacting with project teams across the organization's Programmes and with broader networks of CODESRIA Members, partners and the worldwide community of scholarship and policy. It also requires managing communication with external researchers contracted by the Council who are mostly required to prepare manuscripts for specific, time bound project

Qualifications and knowledge

  • Bachelor's degree or higher (preferably in Communications, Journalism or related fields) and a keen interest in issues touching on the intersection between research, knowledge production and policy engagement;
  • Have a demonstrable interest in, or knowledge of, the social sciences and humanities, or the work of social science and humanities research organisations;
  • At least 5 years' experience in the role of digital communications and content creation;
  • Excellent track record managing multiple social media channels and ability to follow trends in a fast-changing space;
  • Web management experience including familiarity with a varied of relevant software;
  • Experience in media relations and media outreach;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English or French; and working knowledge of the other would be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign software and HTML/CSS would be an added advantage; as well as skills in photography, including sourcing and selection of photography for online media and publications;
  • Experience managing activities undertaken by external researchers, especially around design, photography and digital development
  • Skills
  • Excellent writing and storytelling skills in English or French and working knowledge of the other language;
  • The ability to produce engaging written and visual content for different audiences
  • Capacity to work productively and cooperatively and to contribute across different teams
  • Social skills and ability to work in an international and multicultural context
  • Flexible, “can-do” attitude and able to adapt to a constantly changing workflow
  • Presentation skills
  • Project management skills
  • Being curious and open-minded so as to be able to keep abreast of trends in social science and humanities communications and to advise on digital issues
  • Experience living or working internationally is a plus

The salary will be dependent on the experience and qualifications of the candidate.
Applications should be submitted by email by 30th August 2019 to:

The Executive Secretary
CODESRIA
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524
Dakar, SENEGAL
E-mail: executive.secretary@codesria.org

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
CODESRIA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action workplace

Vacancy Announcement for the position of Communication Officer

3. Juli 2019 - 18:12

Deadline: 30th August 2019

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified nationals of African countries to fill the vacant position of Communication Officer in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. Recognised as the premier centre on the continent for the generation and dissemination of multidisciplinary social science and humanities knowledge, CODESRIA has, over the years, undergone an exponential growth in programmes, finances and membership. The Council is also undergoing a major reform process with a strong emphasis on exploiting ICT in scaling up all facets of its operations and management systems. Core to this reform process is a desire to move a large part of its operations online and ensure enhanced visibility. To these end, the Council is intent on recruiting a suitable communication officer to help realize the targets of this reform process.
Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary, the Communication Officer will be expected to oversee CODESRIA's communications strategy focusing on communications to members, partners and the social science community within Africa and the rest of the world. The Communication Officer will play a central role in enhancing the visibility of the Council's intellectual activities by ensuring timely dissemination of information and research output in English and French and occasionally in Portuguese and Arabic. The ideal candidate should be able to think creatively and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They should have the ability to conceptualise and develop innovative ways of engaging the CODESRIA intellectual community and partners and should have excellent oral and virtual communication skills.

The role

Reporting to the Executive Secretary, the successful candidate will have responsibility for developing communications outputs for the Council, including print, digital and audio-visual content. Specifically, the role will entail managing CODESRIA's overall digital image (website, blogs, social media, etc.) and being the guardian of the Council's institutional brand. The successful candidate will work alongside colleagues to support a wide range of CODESRIA activities and events, as well as contribute to forward planning and outreach communications.

This role involves interacting with project teams across the organization's Programmes and with broader networks of CODESRIA Members, partners and the worldwide community of scholarship and policy. It also requires managing communication with external researchers contracted by the Council who are mostly required to prepare manuscripts for specific, time bound project

Qualifications and knowledge

  • Bachelor's degree or higher (preferably in Communications, Journalism or related fields) and a keen interest in issues touching on the intersection between research, knowledge production and policy engagement;
  • Have a demonstrable interest in, or knowledge of, the social sciences and humanities, or the work of social science and humanities research organisations;
  • At least 5 years' experience in the role of digital communications and content creation;
  • Excellent track record managing multiple social media channels and ability to follow trends in a fast-changing space;
  • Web management experience including familiarity with a varied of relevant software;
  • Experience in media relations and media outreach;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English or French; and working knowledge of the other would be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign software and HTML/CSS would be an added advantage; as well as skills in photography, including sourcing and selection of photography for online media and publications;
  • Experience managing activities undertaken by external researchers, especially around design, photography and digital development
  • Skills
  • Excellent writing and storytelling skills in English or French and working knowledge of the other language;
  • The ability to produce engaging written and visual content for different audiences
  • Capacity to work productively and cooperatively and to contribute across different teams
  • Social skills and ability to work in an international and multicultural context
  • Flexible, “can-do” attitude and able to adapt to a constantly changing workflow
  • Presentation skills
  • Project management skills
  • Being curious and open-minded so as to be able to keep abreast of trends in social science and humanities communications and to advise on digital issues
  • Experience living or working internationally is a plus

The salary will be dependent on the experience and qualifications of the candidate.
Applications should be submitted by email by 30th August 2019 to:

The Executive Secretary
CODESRIA
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524
Dakar, SENEGAL
E-mail: executive.secretary@codesria.org

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
CODESRIA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action workplace

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