Research Fellow in Law (m/f/d) (South Sudan Project)

Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law
  • Location
    Heidelberg, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Sep-30-2019
  • Posted
    Aug 26

Position description

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 Sub-Saharan Africa projects.

Position: Research Fellow
Project: Sub-Saharan Africa (South Sudan) 
Location: Max Planck Foundation Office in Heidelberg, Germany
Term: Fixed term (1 year), with possibility of extension 
Closing date for applications: 30.09.2019

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 endeavoring 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 international public law and constitutional law. Specific topical focus areas could include comparative constitutional law, legislative drafting, rules of procedure and judicial mechanisms.

Key Responsibilities

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

  • draft training materials (including manuals on transitional justice/constitutional law);
  • organise legal training workshops in the project country for project partners;
  • provide technical legal advice and assistance to project partners;
  • undertake advanced legal research;
  • travel to the project country and liaise with local partners;
  • handle the administrative supervision of project components;
  • carry out 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/human rights law/public international law;
  • Extensive knowledge of public international law and 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 in the Sub-Saharan Africa region is highly advantageous;
  • Regional or country experience in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferable.

Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English is essential (written and oral);
  • Fluency in Arabic 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 organizational 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 South Sudan 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

All positions are 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).

Application instructions

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 letterto [email protected] (subject: "Research Fellow – South Sudan") by 30.09.2019

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