DIE: vacancy | Senior Researcher (f/m/diverse) biodiversity governance

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutes on development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges.

DIE’s research programme “Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability” is looking for a

Senior Researcher (m/f/diverse) – Position number 2021-C-03

Full time 100% (39 hours/week); permanent position

Salary from € 55.000 p.a. up to € 80.000 p.a.

(German public sector tariff, up to TVöD Bund 14 depending on qualifications)

The position, located in Bonn, may be filled as soon as possible.

The selected senior researcher will carry out research on environmental governance with a focus on biodiversity governance at global level and in the Global South. Building up a team on multi-level biodiversity governance based on third-party funding applications will be encouraged. The researcher will furthermore engage in relevant networks and advise policy-makers on the implications of research findings. He/she will also teach in the DIE training programmes. Therefore, a track record of excellent empirical research, experience in leading research teams, previous third party funding applications and excellent communication skills are highly desired. Personal characteristics of a good team player are essential.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • PhD with excellent grades in political or other social sciences with focus on the environment, or in human geography, agricultural economics or sustainability studies with proven training in social sciences;
  • Substantial knowledge and experience in one or more of the following issue areas: global biodiversity governance (Convention on Biological Diversity, Aichi Targets, Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework); Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS); IPBES global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services; CBD implementation in developing countries; protected area management; mainstreaming sustainable use of biodiversity into economic sectors; provision of biodiversity, land and water related ecosystem services and human well-being; international biodiversity financing; nature-based solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation; biodiversity-water nexus;  biodiversity-related synergies and trade-offs in SDG implementation;
  • Strong conceptual-theoretical and qualitative methodological skills in fields such as multi-level and/or global environmental governance, political ecology, political economy, institutional analysis, social-ecological systems’ research; additional experience with quantitative or mixed-method designs are assets;
  • An excellent academic record with international peer-reviewed publications on topics relevant for the position;
  • Research and field experience in developing countries; experience in Africa is an asset;
  • Proven commitment to third-party funding acquisition, demonstrated by applications submitted to various science-funding donors;
  • Proven skills and experience in policy advice, preferably in the context of international cooperation;
  • Ability to build and maintain networks at the science-policy interface;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experiences in teaching and training;
  • Experiences in leading teams are an asset;
  • Fluent written and spoken English and German; good knowledge in another major international language (in particular French) is an asset;
  • Eagerness to work in and lead inter- and transdisciplinary projects and teams;
  • Demonstrated contributions to the provision of public goods in previous employments;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate („Tropentauglichkeit“).

We offer:

  • Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 39 hours (100%);
  • Possibility to use a job ticket and a good connection to public transport;
  • Trainings for further professional development;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU;
  • A modern and interesting workplace with a good working atmosphere.

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes and scientific debates.

In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference. We want to promote the diversity of our employees and would like applications from women, men and diverse people.

For further questions, please contact Dr. Ines Dombrowsky.

Applications with the position number 2021-C-03 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, lists of publications, third party funding experience, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 17 October 2021.

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Source: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), 06 October 2021