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VACANCY: Volunteer Researchers Needed

Political Economy Southern Africa (PESA)  is a think-tank focused on regional integration in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the political economy of African development. Our mission is to advance knowledge that enables regional integration in SADC and contribute towards a secure, prosperous and unified Africa.


PESA seeks to appoint eight Junior Regional Analysts to work freelance and on a work-from-home arrangement. Submit applications using the form below. Only online applications will be considered for the role.


The closing date for applications is 3pm (SAST) on Friday, 3 May 2019.


Junior Regional Analysts contribute current affairs and analysis to reports covering different aspects of regional integration, country analysis, sector analysis, and policy or government developments across SADC. Research by Regional Analysts covers all SADC countries which includes: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. PESA work also expands beyond SADC to include Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.

Core duties will include, but not limited to, contributing towards PESA Editorials and conducting political economy reviews across various sectors and different topics related to regional integration in SADC.



  • Monitor and conduct research on at least three PESA focal countries as part of PESA Economic Research agenda
  • Assess political economy developments and progress toward achieving regional integration goals within the PESA focal countries
  • Participate and facilitate ad hoc public and media engagements as part of PESA’s Public Policy and Advocacy agenda
  • Represent PESA in discussions about SADC and Africa-wide political economy developments, regional integration or related topics
  • Participate and facilitate in PESA special projects



  • Minimum of two years’ experience within a development / economic research / international relations and politics / policy environment
  • Knowledge or experience in economics, politics, international relations, development studies, history or development economics
  • Knowledge and experience in research or keen interest in multilateral political institutions like SADC, AU, EAC, COMESA etc
  • Undergraduate degree in economics, development studies, international relations, history, politics or public policy administration
  • Postgraduate degree in economics, development economics or development theory and policy will serve as an added advantage



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