The AKE International team is drawn from a variety of disciplines, including former military, law enforcement, commerce, academia and intelligence. Ranging from non-government organisations to multinational corporations, our expertise covers the full spectrum of business risks from conception and planning to delivery.

Researcher (Sub-Saharan Africa)


AKE International is recruiting for the position of Contracted Researcher – Sub-Saharan Africa to join AKE’s dynamic intelligence team in providing bespoke security and risk consulting.

The position will involve providing critical research and analytical support to the Sub-Saharan Africa desk. Applicants should have knowledge of and strong interest in political, economic and security issues affecting the Sub-Saharan Africa region, and should be able to commit 3 days per week for a minimum period of 3 months. Contracts will be extended beyond the initial three-month period where suitable to both parties.


Duties and Responsibilities may include:

  • Assistance in updating AKE’s online country intelligence platform.
  • Writing incident reports on political violence and kidnap and ransom in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.
  • Provision of analytical intelligence research for a range of public and private sector clients.
  • Assistance in contributing research to country and industry-specific consulting projects.
  • Contributing to AKE’s Daily Risk Updates to inform clients of the evolving political and security situation.
  • Provide quantitative and qualitative research to evaluate economic and fiscal risks.
  • Provision of regional or specialised internal company reports and briefings.



  • A strong communicator, both written and verbally, to present complex regional developments.
  • Excellent English skills and ability to write in a clear and concise manner.
  • A demonstrated ability to both work within a team and independently.
  • Highly organised with effective time management skills.
  • Be able to commit at least 3 days per week, 7 hours per day.
  • Candidates should have the right to work in the UK.


Candidates should email a CV and short cover letter detailing their motivation and suitability for the role to Please clearly state the position title in the email subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for the position to start on 29 March.

Please note AKE will only contact successful candidates


*Please note that AKE does not accept speculative applications*