Job: Head of BMZ African-German Leadership Academy

The German Development Institute (DIE) is one of the leading international development policy think tanks. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, it contributes to finding answers to global questions about the future.

The research programme "Inter- and Transnational Cooperation" is looking to recruit a Head of Academy (project lead) for our BMZ African-German Leadership Academy as soon as possible, initially for a fixed term until 31.12.2023.


Head of Academy (f/m/divers)
(100 % - EG 14 TVöD Bund)
Reference number 2021-A02-06


The African-German Leadership Academy is an international, English-language training and dialogue format hosted by DIE in Bonn, Germany. It aims at emerging leaders from African countries that are BMZ reform partners. The programme’s components include digital formats and a three months’ face-to-face interaction in both Bonn and Berlin, as well as further, research-based collaboration with various actors from African countries. Our focus is on developing skills and innovation for sustainable development, based on the Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda. The African Academy is embedded in a research context that works on issues of global knowledge cooperation. It will build on and develop synergies with other training and network programmes at DIE, in particular the Managing Global Governance (MGG) and DIE's Postgraduate programme.


The Head of the Academy is responsible for the following tasks, among others:

  • Managing and further developing the programme (as project lead) in a team at DIE, collaborating and consulting with participants and partner institutions from African countries.
  • Developing a curriculum in partnership with African and European actors and developing the didactics in a peer learning format, as well as conception and implementation of interactive courses, also in digital formats.
  • Networking with and integration of external lecturers for the special needs of international group of participants from diverse professional backgrounds (science, government, society, business).
  • Building up academic work on dimensions of sustainability (economic, ecological, social, political) in African countries and/or didactics for the target group.
  • Selecting and supervising participants in close coordination with other academic and non-academic staff in the DIE team.
  • Regularly communicating with the funding institution, an international advisory board and other stakeholders.
  • Preparing and following-up of third-party funding applications.
  • Engaging in teaching and policy dialogues in Germany, Europe and Africa.


Requirements and qualifications:

  • Excellent university degree at PhD level in political science, social science, economics or related disciplines,
  • Excellent communication skills, with fluency in English; very good command of German is desirable, French is an asset,
  • Knowledge of didactics and curriculum development for transnational peer learning and dialogue is particularly desirable,
  • Knowledge of sustainability and development in an African context, ideally including research and/or training experience in African countries,
  • Willingness and aptness to travel, including to countries with tropical climate (Tropentauglichkeit),
  • Experience in the leadership of professionally and culturally diverse teams.


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, severely disabled persons will be given preference. We want to promote the diversity of our employees and would like applications from women, men and diverse people.


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sven Grimm (


Applications with the position number 2021-A02-06 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 1 November 2021.

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn
Telefon +49 (0)228 94927-0, Telefax +49 (0)228 94927-130