Job Description

Please note this fellowship is intended for employees of GCRF-AFRICAP project partner organisations. If you are not already engaged in GCRF-AFRICAP your application will be disregarded.


Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. The Energy, Environment and Resources Department (EER) carries out independent, thought-leading research on critical issues of energy security, environmental protection and resource governance.

In collaboration with Chatham House’s Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs (the Academy), EER are offering two AFRICAP fellowship placements from 30 September 2019 to 20 December 2019 and intend to offer two further placements over the same period in 2020. Applications are open to employees of project partners based in AFRICAP focal countries; we intend to offer one fellowship per focal country. The fellowships will focus on policy leadership, through training and capacity-building from the Academy as well as providing Chatham House EER and Country Node staff the opportunity to work together on AFRICAP policy analyses, based on evidence generated by the project.

Closing date for applications for the 2019 round is 09:00 BST on Monday 8 July 2019. We will invite shortlisted applicants to a telephone/Skype interview during the week commencing 15 July 2019 and hope to confirm fellows by the week commencing 29 July 2019. Please note that all sections of the application form are mandatory and must be completed to be considered for the fellowship.

Chatham House is an equal opportunity organisation and values diversity. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Background Information

Chatham House

Chatham House is a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous, secure and sustainable world for all. The Institute’s convening power attracts world leaders and the best analysts in their respective fields from across the globe. Founded in 1920, Chatham House engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debate and confidential discussion of the most significant developments in international affairs. Each year, the Institute runs more than 300 private and public events – conferences, workshops and roundtables – in London and internationally with partners. The institute undertakes rigorous analysis with the aim of setting the agenda and shaping policy by encouraging forward thinking in international affairs. Structured around five areas: Area Studies and International Law; Energy, Environment and Resource Governance; International Economics; International Security; and Global Health Security.

Energy, Environment and Resources Department

The Energy, Environment and Resources (EER) research department works to advance the international debate on energy, environment and resources policy and to influence and enable decision-makers and stakeholders to take well-informed decisions that contribute to both achieving sustainable development and mitigating potential future climate and resource-related insecurities. The impact of the EER’s work is recognized internationally and its research output is widely read throughout the policy community. Innovative ideas and strategies adopted by governments, businesses, foundations and international organisations include the proposal for the regional low carbon piloting and intensity targets in China that were articulated in China’s 12th Five Year Plan, the development of Low Carbon Zones in Ethiopia, and higher ambition energy efficiency targets across the Gulf states. Analysis on progress on shale gas, oil prices, illegal logging policies, famines and early warning systems, climate-friendly energy technologies, and diet and climate change have all injected the much-needed evidence base and policy options into critical but controversial areas.

Chatham House’s involvement with AFRICAP

Chatham House’s EER department, together with the University of Leeds, are leading the policy design and implementation workstream with AFRICAP. Taking the evidence developed from AFRICAP research, modelling, and the participatory scenario workshops run in the first year of the project, we are working with local organizations and governments to design new policies that will facilitate climate-smart and sustainable agricultural development. We will be creating Special Agricultural Zones (SAZs) – large-scale

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