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Research Fellow

GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies

Location: Hamburg - Germany
Salary: Salary is commensurate with EG 13 TV-AVH / TVöD
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th January 2021
Expires: 15th March 2021
Job Ref: GIGA-21-02

The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien is an independent social-science research institute based in Hamburg. It analyses political, social and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and links this knowledge to questions of global significance. It combines region-specific analysis with innovative comparative research on accountability and participation, growth and development, peace and security, and power and ideas. The GIGA seeks to appoint a 

Research Fellow (m/f/d)   

Applications are invited for a 65%-time position, with a contract of 10 months, starting 1 March 2021. The salary is commensurate with EG 13 TV-AVH / TVöD.  

The successful candidate will work in the project “Context Matters” (work package “Trendanalysen”), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

The successful candidate will work on: 

  • A mapping of the characteristics and dynamics of (non-)state armed actors in Latin America, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa 
  • An analysis of how the COVID-19 pandemic influences the characteristics and dynamics in Latin America, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa based on regional trends as well as country-specific examples  
  • Co-authoring of a trend analysis on (non-)state armed actors during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the supervision of Dr. André Bank, Dr. Julia Grauvogel, and Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach  

Mandatory qualifications: 

  • MA degree in political science or other social sciences  
  • High command of spoken and written English 
  • High level of familiarity with research on state and non-state armed actors in at least one developing region 
  • Very good knowledge of social science datasets on armed conflict   

Desired qualifications: 

  • Doctoral degree in progress in political science or other social sciences 
  • Successful track record of academic or policy publications on violence and peace in developing country contexts  
  • Knowledge of either Arabic, French, or Spanish  

Other part-time options will be considered, if so desired by the successful candidate. Diversity and the reconciliation of work and family life are of great importance to the institute. The GIGA promotes the equality of all genders. 

Please fill out the GIGA application form (found at and send it with your full application (Ref.-No. GIGA-21-02.) including relevant supporting documentation (cover letter, CV, credentials/diplomas/certificates, max. two work samples,) as one document (except for the completed GIGA application form) to: 

Stephanie Stövesand, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA),  

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany  
Email: (email applications are particularly welcome). 

Screening of applications will begin on 1 February 2021  

For further information, please visit the GIGA homepage ( or contact Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach (                                                     

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