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Research Fellows in Law (Somalia Project)

Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, Heidelberg

Vacancy Notice: Research Fellows in Law (Somalia Project)

The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law is looking to fill one project-related position for Research Fellows in the Somalia project.

Position: Research Fellow

Project: Sub-Saharan Africa (Somalia)                                     

Location: Max Planck Foundation Office in Heidelberg, Germany

Term: Fixed term (1 year), with possibility of extension

Closing date for applications: 15.03.2019

Background

At the core of the Max Planck Foundation’s mission stands the provision of technical legal assistance to developing countries, particularly to countries in transition or conflict (see: http://www.mpfpr.de). Through legal consulting and legal capacity building activities, the Foundation assists States endeavouring to develop their legal systems and strengthen their institutions. The Foundation also provides legal expertise to the responsible institutions and legal professionals with the aim of enabling them to autonomously carry out necessary changes.

Job Summary

The Research Fellow will implement project activities promoting the rule of law, including capacity building workshops and technical legal advice in the areas of comparative constitutional law.

Key Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Project, successful candidates shall:

  • draft training materials;
  • organise and hold legal training workshops for state actors, legal personnel and other target groups;
  • provide technical legal advice and assistance to project partners;
  • undertake advanced legal research;
  • liaise with local partners;
  • contribute to the administrative and logistical aspects of project implementation;
  • contribute to project reporting, monitoring and evaluation duties.

Selection Criteria

Education and Professional Experience

Essential

  • Advanced degree in Law (LL.M; Ph.D.) or
  • Ideally 5+ years demonstrable experience as a Lawyer or Legal Advisor in constitutional law;
  • Extensive knowledge of comparative constitutional law is required;
  • Ability to deliver high-level academic work.

Desirable

  • Profile of successful candidates must demonstrate an area of specialization or practical experience relating to the relevant regional or topical focus areas;
  • Professional experience or research related to constitutional law or legal research on Somalia is highly advantageous;
  • Regional or country experience in Somalia and/or East Africa preferable.

Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English is essential (written and oral);
  • Fluency in Somali and/or Italian will be an advantage.

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 setting;
  • 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, i.e. skilled in setting priorities and meeting deadlines, and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to present high-level academic work to non-experts in a service-orientated manner;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to the region for workshops and related activities;
  • Willingness to be based in Heidelberg, Germany, for the period of the contract;
  • Computer literacy skills with standard software.

Assessment Method

Assessment of qualified candidates will include a competency-based test and interviews.

The Max Planck Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified men and women, including those with disabilities, to apply.

Miscellaneous

The position is contingent upon funding.

Research Fellows are based in Heidelberg, Germany, with frequent travels to the region.

Remuneration will be based on the Collective Agreement on Public Service Wages under German Law (Tarifvertrag des Öffentlichen Dienstes – TVöD).

Applications

Please note that we can only accept your application if you give us your Consent for Processing of Personal Data. For this, please read our Privacy Policy for E-mail Applications and email the consent along with your resume and cover letter to application@mpfpr.de (subject: "Research Fellow – Somalia") by 15.03.2019

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Collective Agreement on Public Service Wages (TVöD)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th January 2019
Closes: 15th March 2019
   
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