Research Assistant

Please note: The deadline for applying to this position has passed.

Application Deadline: Monday, March 25, 2019

PRIO invites applications for a 80% part-time position as a Research Assistant

PRIO has since 2017 had a portfolio of projects researching security force assistance (SFA) and we now need an assistant to work with our dedicated research team. Our ongoing projects investigate SFA in fragile contexts such as the Afghanistan, East Africa, Ghana, the Sahel, Tunisia and Syria. Key issues we research include the politics of planning and implementing SFA programmes, their intended and unintended consequences; and other aspects of armed forces in developing countries, armed conflict and international interventions. Research methods include fieldwork and the analysis of written sources.  Our SFA projects are funded by the Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence. Currently, three projects are being researched within this portfolio:

-    The impact of Security Force Assistance on State Fragility
-    Peacebuilding and security force assistance in Syria and Afghanistan
-    Lessons learned from military capacity building and implications for Norwegian future engagement in the Sahel

The successful candidate will be based at PRIO as part of a team of researchers and work closely with the project leader, Øystein H. Rolandsen. The research assistant is expected to contribute actively in the different stages of the research process and carry out administrative tasks as listed below:

  •  Collect written sources and manage databases.
  •  Assist in financial management and reporting on the above-mentioned projects.
  •  Assist in the preparation and execution of field research.
  •  Assist in the day-to-day following-up of the project network which includes both academics and practitioners.
  •  Assist in the production of various printed and online publications including academic articles, policy briefs and blog posts. This also entails responsibility for maintaining various social media accounts and web-pages associated with the projects.
  •  Assist in the organisation of meetings, seminars and conferences.
  •  Complete miscellaneous tasks as agreed with the project leader.

The list of responsibilities is indicative, and the work description will be adjusted according to the skills and qualifications of the person employed.

We are looking for a person who is flexible, and who enjoys taking on new challenges. As a research assistant you will be expected to handle a range of different tasks throughout your work day, and to execute them systematically and with attention to quality and detail. The successful candidate must be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Required skills and qualifications include:

  •  A Master’s degree in the social sciences or humanities, or other relevant fields.
  •  ICT skills (especially Microsoft Word and Excel, and web/social media platforms).
  •  Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  •  Fluency in spoken English, and excellent writing skills in English.

Desirable skills include:

  •  Proficiency in Norwegian.
  •  Relevant experience from research, or in another capacity, on security assistance, armed forces or armed conflict. 
  •  Experience of budget management and research administration.

PRIO is located in attractive premises in central Oslo. PRIO offers salary according to qualifications, group life insurance and membership in Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. PRIO is an equal opportunity employer and values staff diversity.

The Research Assistant is a 80% part-time, temporary position for the period of 1 May 2019 through 31 December 2019, with the possibility of extension. The starting date can be negotiated.

Applications should be written in English and include:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts of academic degrees
  • An example of written work (such as a Master’s dissertation or journalism)
  • Names and contact details of three referees

Applications must be submitted online by way of the online form.

For further information, please contact Øystein H. Rolandsen ( or Nicholas Marsh ( For further information about the recruitment process or the submission of your application, please contact Institute Adviser Cathrine Bye (, tel. +47 22 54 77 15.