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(Senior) Research Fellow Project: Ph.D. Programme for Afghan Jurists - Afghanistan
Published(1108 days ago)
Deadline for applications(1082 days ago)
Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of LawHeidelberg
Vacancy Notice: (Senior) Research Fellow
(international economic law)*
The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law is looking to
fill a project-related position for a (Senior) Research Fellow in the Afghanistan projects.
Estimated starting date:
Closing date for applications:
(Senior) Research Fellow
Ph.D. Programme for Afghan Jurists - Afghanistan
Max Planck Foundation Office in Heidelberg, Germany
Fixed term (1 year), with possibility of extension
As early as possible
4 September 2016
*NOTE: All positions are contingent upon funding. Several successful candidates may be appointed,
depending on the availability of funding and project needs.
The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law is based in Heidelberg. It continues
the consulting, training and research projects of the "Global Knowledge Transfer" working group, which existed
from 2002 to 2012 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL). Within the
framework of its research activities, the Max Planck Foundation carries out several "Global Knowledge Transfer Projects"
in various countries (see: http://www.mpfpr.de). The Foundations projects focus on consultancy, capacity-building and
academic research in the fields of public international law, comparative constitutional law and the rule of law in
post-conflict countries and countries in transition.
As part of the Ph.D. programme for Afghan jurists and law lecturers, the (Senior) Research Fellow will provide
academic support to several Afghan Ph.D. candidates writing their doctoral dissertation, mainly (but not exclusively) in the
field of international economic law. The Research Fellow will further participate in the implementation of the project
activities and support the administrative coordination of the programme. Staff members holding a doctorate/Ph.D.
degree are considered Senior Research Fellows.
Under the supervision of a Managing Director and/or the Head of Projects, successful candidates shall:
Advise Afghan Ph.D. candidates on content, structure and methodology;
Review Ph.D. candidates’ written work;
Transfer academic skills;
Handle the administrative supervision of the project or project components;
Carry out project reporting, monitoring and evaluation duties;
Sporadically travel to the project country and liaise with local partners;
Develop new project ideas.
Education and Professional Experience
Ph.D. in law or advanced stage of Ph.D. candidacy in law is required;
Extensive knowledge of international economic law is required for the mentoring of Afghan academics specialising in this areas;
Outstanding legal writing skills, as evidenced by e.g. academic publications or papers, is required;
Experience in tutoring or supervising postgraduate students and/or teaching experience is an asset;
Demonstrated ability to adapt international legal standards to developing countries/least developed countries is desirable;
Applicants with an understanding of and practical experience in the Foundation’s practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply.
Fluency (written and oral) in English is required.
Fluency (written or oral) in Dari or Farsi is desirable.
Other Skills & Competencies
Strong interpersonal skills in a multi-cultural environment, including excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as in a team;
Flexibility, including demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to adapt to changing work and project circumstances and to respond to unforeseen developments;
Excellent organisational skills, including time-management and prioritisation of tasks;
Ability to present high-level academic work to non-experts in a service-oriented manner;
Willingness to travel sporadically to Afghanistan for project activities;
Computer literacy skills with standard software
Assessment of qualified candidates will include a competency-based test and interview.
The Max Planck Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified men and women, including those with disabilities, to apply.
Only candidates eligible for a valid residence and work permit in Germany will be taken into consideration.
All Positions are contingent upon funding.
Research Fellows are based in Heidelberg, Germany, with occasional travels to the region.
Remuneration will be based on the Collective Agreement on Public Service Wages under German Law (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst - TVöD).
Please submit a resume and cover letter to: email@example.com Closing date: 4 September 2016
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