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Research communications officer at the Nordic Africa Institute

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Do you agree that research-based knowledge needs to have a greater place in policy-making? Do you think the understanding of Africa’s opportunities and challenges needs to be strengthened among decision-makers in the Nordic region? Us too! Do you have solid experience in conveying ideas and crafting stories; in audio, audiovisual or text format? Are you eager to develop more of your talents in this area? Then we may have the job for you! The Nordic Africa Institute is looking for a research communications officer who thrives in a multicultural, academic environment, and who identifies with their knowledge-sharing mission in the service of democracy.

The role

The communications unit, six people strong, works with publications, meetings & events, web & digital channels, texts, films, photos, and a podcast. Among other things. As one of our colleagues is moving on, we are looking for his successor. Your main task will be to make research-based knowledge accessible and interesting to non-scholarly audiences. For the pieces you produce, you will draw much of your material from interviews with researchers and partners, events and meetings, in the Nordics and in Africa. Additionally, you will work with researchers on presentation skills and messages, and support journalists who wish to use the institute’s knowledge resources. Perhaps you have built your experience in journalism, in research communication, or elsewhere. You are interested in issues relating to Africa and the social sciences (read more about our impact areas here). You believe that research-based knowledge is an important part of policy-making and the fulfillment of the global goals.

How to apply

Send your CV and a personal letter through our online recruitment system, link below.
Closing Date for applications: 14 August 2022.

Communication officer with focus on linked global challenges in forest, land, climate, biodiversity, development, and food systems

The position is as a communication officer, with some coordinating tasks, within a multidisciplinary research network hosted by GMV: Focali (Forest Climate Livelihoods Research network). The network aims to foster interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration on linked topics such as forests, land use, climate, biodiversity, food systems and related global policy, livelihoods, development and rights issues.

Focali collaborates with a wide range of actors to make use of and disseminate the knowledge available within the network. A close partner for Focali is the Sida funded network Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI) at the Stockholm Environment Institute, SEI. SIANI focuses on sustainable food systems and food security from a human rights-based approach. Focali and SIANI collaborate on dialogues and communication for broad collaboration with a particular focus on socio-ecological sustainability in global food systems and “livelihoods and rights of forest communities, Indigenous peoples and natural resource-dependent poor.”

During the autumn 2022, the Focali network and the Focali-SIANI collaboration will focus on building a new website, research communication and coordination for the Focali annual meeting, and dialogues and communication within the Focali – SIANI collaboration. In addition, the communicator will support regular communications such as newsletters, social media, written news, short films and, if needed, the production and layout of Focali policy briefs. The Focali/GMV – SIANI/SEI/Sida partnership is about to be extended into a new phase, therefore strategic planning and development of the partnership is also part of the work. 

Focali is now looking for a motivated employee with rich experience in communication work and knowledge of the themes in focus who can support the tasks described above. The position is primarily in the role as communicator, but with some coordination tasks as the team is small and collaborates on current major activities, events and strategic processes within Focali and SIANI’s secretariat.


The position is an 80% fixed-term position until 2022-12-31 with appointment as soon as possible, and with location at the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV. There is some possibility to request a different work time level between 50-80% if the applicant is suitable for the position but not able to work 80%. As the Focali – SIANI collaboration is about to be extended, there is a possibility of extension of the position (after advertisement of a new position) for the new period which is expected to start in the autumn.

The position is based at the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development in Gothenburg, but with the possibility of working remotely according to GU rules. Travel is also included in the position as well as meetings at SIANI – SEI in Stockholm which is a close partner.


31 August 2022. Selection will take place on a rolling basis from 15 August but all applications received before the deadline will be considered.