Call for Submission of Abstracts to Develop a Series of Policy Briefs

19 May, 2023

Terms of Reference:  

Development of a series of policy briefs on the following themes:

  1. Multilateralism (focus on RECS)
  2. Regional Security in the Horn of Africa (focus on the Horn of Africa) 3. Cyber Security (focus on the AU)

Each thematic area must take into account climate change and the roles and contributions of  women within the context of Africa’s peace and security agenda.


The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University is a prominent  Institute for higher education, research and policy dialogues on peace and security in  Africa. Established in 2007, it ranks among the top 46 educational establishments and think tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa according to the Global Go to Think Tank Index Reports. IPSS  was also selected as the Centre of Excellence for Post Conflict Societies by the African Research  Universities Alliance (ARUA) in 2017. Moreover, the Institute runs the Africa Peace and  Security Programme (APSP), a joint initiative with the African Union, which is mandated by  the African Union’s Executive Council to take up the intellectual challenge of finding African led solutions to peace and security challenges in Africa. IPSS serves as the Secretariat of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa that has been organised every year since 2012.  The Forum brings prominent individuals, heads of state and government, policymakers and  other experts to an informal gathering where they discuss African peace, security and  development matters.

Description of Deliverables 

The Research and Policy Analysis Unit at IPSS produces various peace and security  publications (reports, policy briefs, journals etc.) that highlight a specific policy gap and  provide concrete policy recommendation(s). The publications are premised on the philosophy  of ‘African-led Solutions to African Problems’. As such, IPSS, in partnership with the Embassy  of New Zealand in Ethiopia, is currently accepting submissions of abstracts to develop a Policy  Brief Series on the following themes: Multilateralism (focus on RECS), Regional Security  (focus on the Horn of Africa), Cyber Security (focus on the AU) with each thematic area  taking into account climate change and the roles and contributions of women within the  context of Africa’s peace and security agenda.

Interested applicants are expected to send an abstract of no more than 400 words to the IPSS  Research and Policy Analysis Unit on any topic related to the above-mentioned themes – abstract must include methodology. Selected applicants will be requested to write a policy brief and send the draft paper to the Research and Policy Analysis Unit for review and  approval. A policy brief is usually 8-10 pages long. It contains an Executive Summary, Key  Points, An Introduction, Body, Conclusion and Policy Recommendation. The IPSS Research  and Policy Analysis Unit reserves the right to edit and make changes to the paper before  publication in agreement with the author.

Multidisciplinary approaches are highly welcome, and we challenge interested applicants to challenge  mainstream thoughts.

Place(s) of Assignment and Honorarium 

The place of assignment is the contributor’s place of residence, and he/she will receive a  modest honorarium.

Required Qualifications and Skills  

  • A Master degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, e.g. international relations,  conflict studies, law, etc.
  • Excellent policy analysis and research skills.
  • Proven exposure to academic and policy research environment and proven  interest/knowledge in the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate with policy audience (oral and written). • Experience in policy dialogues.
  • Excellent command of English is required.

Application Instructions 

Interested applicants should submit an abstract and a CV not longer than 3 pages to and copy and j.akamo@ipss, no later than 11:59 PM East African Time (EAT) June 30th, 2023.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.