Job announcement: Researcher on development effectiveness (f/m/diverse)

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 Research Programme "Inter- and Transnational Cooperation" is looking to recruit a Researcher for our research project on “Effectiveness, knowledge management and successful learning in development cooperation” starting in June 2021, initially for a fixed term until 31 December 2023 (with the prospect of extension).

Researcher (f/m/diverse)

fulltime 100% up to 39 hours/week,

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

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

Position No. 2021-A01-01


The position is located in a recently started research project on questions of aid and development effectiveness in relation to results-based management and alternative approaches like adaptive development regarding their potential to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The project work includes researching policy relevant questions on comparative experiences of development actors adopting different management tools (results reporting, knowledge management, adaptive management approaches) as well as exploring academic research questions on the role of knowledge management and learning in development cooperation as such. The project will also conduct comparative research on different public organisations (e.g. OECD DAC donor organisations, rising powers, low- and middle income countries) and private organisations (e.g. private sector actors) in regard to learning and knowledge management against the background of development cooperation as a dynamically changing policy field.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • University degree at PhD level with excellent grades in political science, social science, economics or related disciplines,
  • Fluency in English, very good command of German is a strong asset,
  • Knowledge of policy and research debates in relation to aid and development effectiveness, in-depth knowledge of development bureaucracies (including donor organisations), knowledge management and learning processes across different development organisations. 
  • proven knowledge in and experience with qualitative or quantitative research methodologies in social sciences;
  • research or work experience in developing countries is an asset;
  • experience in knowledge transfer and policy advice;
  • willingness to work in an interdisciplinary, globally dispersed team
  • 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. Heiner Janus.

Applications with the position number 2021-A01-01 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 26 March 2021. The expected date for interviews is 16 April 2021.

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
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