Researcher (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.

For BMZ-funded research and policy advice on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, DIE Research Programme "Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability" is looking for a

Researcher (f/m/diverse)
Salary according to German public service tariff (TVöD)
Gross income up to € 62.000 p.a., depending on qualifications

The position may be filled as of 1 August 2019 and is currently limited until 31 December 2021.

The person will contribute research and policy advice to the integrated implementation of the sustainable development goals using the example of the water-energy-food-climate nexus (SDGs 2,6,7,13 and 15) and with a view to a sustainable and fair transformation of rural areas in developing countries. He/she will examine governance mechanisms that, in view of climate change and other drivers, reduce competition for water and land resources in rural areas and strengthen vulnerable population groups. Results will be fed into SDG-relevant international processes and networks.

Preconditions and qualifications:

  • Degree in political or social science or in economics, geography, sustainability or agricultural sciences with focus on social sciences with very good grades; PhD is strongly desired;
  • Proven knowledge and research experience in one or more of the following areas: Resource governance (preferably with a focus on water); governance of the water-energy-food climate nexus; managing competing uses in rural areas;
  • Relevant theoretical foundations and methodological knowledge in fields such as multi-level environmental governance, policy integration, institutional analysis;
  • Established networks and/or knowledge of international SDG processes as well as research/professional experience in developing countries, in the acquisition of third-party funding projects, in the translation of research results into policy advice and knowledge / interest in preparing data for science communication are of added value;
  • Fluent spoken and written English; proficiency in German and another major international language (in particular French) are of added value;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate (“Tropentauglichkeit”).

We offer:

  • working hours with a weekly working time of 39 hours;
  • possibility to use a job ticket and a good connection to public transport;
  • company pension scheme with the VBLU;
  • an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in scientific debates, international discussions and political processes.


In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference.

For further questions, please contact Steffen Bauer.

Applications with reference number 2019-C-02 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted via application portal by 26 June 2019. The expected date for interviews is 9 July 2019.