Job: Researcher (f/m/diverse) on financial systems in Africa

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 "Transformation of Economic and Social Systems" is looking for a


Researcher (m/f/diverse)

Full time 100% (39 hours/week)

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

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

position number: 2021-B-02


starting as soon as possible and limited until 31 December 2022, extension expected until 31 December 2023.


As a member of an interdisciplinary team exploring the determinants and effects of social cohesion in Africa, the candidate will investigate the conditions for the development and deepening of financial markets in African countries and how they can better contribute to inclusive economic development. In addition, the candidate will assess how financial markets could contribute to cushioning the economic and social effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Applicants are to conduct research, publish, and advise policymakers on the practical implementation of research findings. He/she contributes to the overarching goals of the research project “Social cohesion in Africa”.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • Master, or preferably PhD, with excellent grades in social sciences, preferably economics
  • Proven knowledge and experience in research in the following fields: financial systems development and international finance including international financial markets
  • Willingness to engage in policy advice; previous experience is an asset
  • Skills in quantitative research methods are an asset
  • Very good written and spoken English skills; knowledge of German is an advantage
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team and good communication skills
  • 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. Kathrin Berensmann. (


Applications with the position number 2021-B-02 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 21 February 2021. The expected date for interviews is 5 March 2021.

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
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