Lecturer in Security, Development and Leadership in Africa

London (Greater) (GB)
Grade 7, £46,292 to £54,534 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
27 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
18 Jul 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

The African Leadership Centre, King’s College London, is a dynamic Unit based within the King’s School of Global affairs that delivers postgraduate teaching, doctoral training and  academic as well as policy-oriented research. The ALC focuses on the intellectual study of leadership within the fields of development, peacebuilding and security with attention to global South contexts. The Centre is committed to building a community of thought, policy and practice leaders and spaces for critical intellectual dialogues, debates and knowledge creation on its themes of our focus.


The Centre seeks to appoint a  Lecturer in Security, Development and Leadership. The Postholder will be an outstanding early-career scholar whose research is interdisciplinary and directly relevant to development, security and leadership in Africa and Global South contexts. The postholder will contribute to research-led teaching, use of innovative approaches to enhance teaching, learning and student experience, supervision and marking to online and in-person student cohorts. The postholder will provide academic and pastoral support to postgraduate students at the ALC. The lecturer will also lead and participate in research projects to produce high quality research and scholarship in their field and linked to themes related to Development, Security and Leadership in Africa and Global South contexts both as part of the ALC’s research agenda and independently.  The postholder will receive mentoring and support to develop their skills and experience in education, administration, as well as research and scholarship.


The lecturer will join an interdisciplinary team currently working in a wide range of fields including leadership studies, international political economy, development economics, peace and security, regionalism, youth studies, migration studies, religion studies and international relations.


Applicants should demonstrate evidence of relevant teaching and research experience, and fulfil the requirements as specified in the job advert available at the King’s College London application portal.


This post is permanent and will report to the Director of the African Leadership Centre.


At King’s, we are deeply committed to equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity and inclusion in all our activities so that the university an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. King’s offers inclusive benefits to staff including flexible working, Enhanced Parental Leave, funds for Parents and Carers and the potential to join community staff networks.  The African Leadership Centre is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity for all our students, staff and visitors. King’s was awarded a Race Equality Charter Bronze Mark in 2020. Our policies align with the College’s equalities policies, including efforts to build an anti-racist university as outlined in the  King’s Race Equality Action Plan 2020-2024. We work to ensure that applicants from under-represented backgrounds and those with protected characteristics feel confident applying to work in our Centre.


This post will be offered on an indefinite contract

This is a full-time post at 1.0 FTE


Key responsibilities

• Plan, organise and deliver teaching, marking and supervision at postgraduate level, in particular (for MSc Global Leadership and Peacebuilding and MSc Leadership and Development, including modules, Research Methods, Leadership and Society and Governance of Security).

• Participate in research activities within the Centre.

• Commit to undertake high-quality research and to generate high-quality publications in their field.

• Develop their research profile through individual and/or joint research projects and applying for research grants.

• Supervise students on the ALC PhD programmes.

• Undertake teaching and research administration and management roles as is appropriate.

• Serve as Adjunct Faculty on the ALC mentoring programme.


In addition, the post-holder will be encouraged to:

• Contribute to collaboration with ALC’s partner institutions (overseas HEIs) and education bodies in designing education and research collaborations.

• Liaise with policy practitioners and research end users.

• Engage wider education and research communities at the ALC through mentoring, exchanges, and other joint activities.

• Engage in professional development as is appropriate.


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

1. PhD in Social Sciences and/or Leadership Studies.

2. Demonstrable interdisciplinary expertise in social science subjects (including development, peace and security) and where possible, leadership studies, with focus on global South contexts, including Africa.

3. Ability (with evidence) to deliver high quality teaching, assessment practices and supervision at the intersection of subject areas such as Development, Peace and Security and Leadership (on modules such as Leadership and Society, Governance of Security and Research Methods)

4. Teaching that draws on critical approaches and perspectives, including centring knowledge communities from the global South, with some focus on Africa.

5. Demonstrable ability to design and deliver teaching and support student centred learning both on-campus and online.

6. Evidence, including through publications, of research productivity at international standards in their chosen field.

7. Experience of engagement with appropriate research communities, including on funded research projects and/or research grant applications.

8. Relevant experience in research supervision at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.

9. Excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills.

Desirable criteria

10. Relevant experience in academic and research administration and administration.

11. Experience/interest in producing impactful research.

12. Experience of networking and engagement with a variety of internal and external partners, including policy institutions, Higher Education Institutions, etc.


Further information

Interviews will consist of a panel interview and presentations to Centre staff

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

Africa, Security, Leadership, Development

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