Career Opportunities

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies seeks bright professionals who possess diverse talents, an enthusiasm for African issues, and a willingness to plunge into multiple fast-paced projects. Our permanent staff is divided into several sections including academics, communications, community and alumni affairs, policy and operations, and research.

The Africa Center is a Department of Defense institution that conducts seminars, events, and activities in Africa and elsewhere. The Africa Center is located on the campus of National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC.

General employment requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible for U.S. employment
  • Must be willing and able to travel (15–25 percent)
  • French/Portuguese language abilities are highly desirable

Current Openings

Assistant/Associate/Professor for Countering Violent Extremism

This position leads the Africa Center’s work on countering violent extremism and terrorism and is knowledgeable about: U.S. policy toward Africa; the multidisciplinary nature of insecurity in Africa; the nature, scope, and trends relating to Africa’s security sector; national/regional strategies to enhance security outcomes across the continent; and countering violent extremism and terrorism. The position is responsible for: developing the Africa Center’s portfolio of work; developing curricula for academic programs; designing and executing executive-styled academic programs for senior security sector officials; representing the Africa Center in scholarly and policy events; and producing research products in support of the Africa Center’s goals.

Assistant/Associate Professor for African Security Studies

This position leads the Africa Center’s work on African security studies by designing policy-relevant academic programs and engagement activities that provide context, promote understanding, establish professional networks and equip African security professionals to address insecurity effectively. The Assistant/Associate Professor is responsible for developing the Africa Center’s regional security portfolio of work; developing curricula for academic programs; designing and executing executive-styled academic programs for senior security sector officials

Assistant/Associate Professor for Justice and Rule of Law

This position leads the Africa Center’s work on justice and rule of law by designing policy-relevant academic programs and engagement activities that provide context, promote understanding, establish professional networks and equip African security professionals to address insecurity effectively. Demonstrates intellectual leadership by contributing to scholarship and clearly articulating desired goals and anticipated impacts relating to the Africa Center’s work on justice and rule of law. The Assistant/Associate Professor is responsible for developing the Africa Center’s rule of law portfolio of work; developing curricula for academic programs; designing and executing executive-styled academic programs for senior security sector officials; representing the Africa Center in scholarly and policy events; and producing research products in support of the Africa Center’s goals.

Internship Program