Senior/Research Fellow (Constitutional Law)

Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law
  • Location
    Heidelberg, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Mar 09

Position description

The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law (MPFPR) is looking to fill one project-related position for a Senior/Research Fellow in the Jordan project.

Project: Jordan
Location: MPFPR Office in Heidelberg, Germany
Term: Fixed term (1 year), with possibility of extension
Closing date for applications: 27.03.2020


The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law (MPFPR) is based in Heidelberg. It continues the extensive 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, MPFPR carries out technical legal development and support projects in various countries (see: MPFPR projects focus on consultancy, capacity building and provision of technical expertise in the fields of public international law, comparative constitutional law and the rule of law in post-conflict countries and countries in transition.

Job Summary

The Research Fellow will implement project activities promoting the rule of law, including capacity building workshops for judges and legal professionals. Specific topical focus areas could include comparative constitutional law, public international law, fundamental rights and judicial interpretation.

Key Responsibilities

The Research Fellow will work closely with the Head of Project and Country Manager and shall:

  • Prepare content and deliver technical trainings to legal professionals and judges;
  • Organise and hold legal training workshops to provide technical legal assistance to project partners and beneficiaries;
  • Undertake advanced legal research;
  • Travel to the project country and liaise with local partners;
  • Contribute to the administrative and logistical tasks for project implementation;
  • Contribute to project reporting, monitoring and evaluation tasks.

Selection Criteria

Education and Professional Experience


  • Advanced degree in Law (LL.M; Ph.D.); or
  • Qualified Judge/Lawyer/Legal Advisor;
  • 5+ years’ experience as a judge, lawyer or legal adviser, or in advanced legal research at a court, judicial institution, research institution, government office, parliamentary or ministerial office;
  • Extensive knowledge of legal reform and judicial trends in the MENA region;
  • Experience of delivering trainings to legal professionals;
  • Demonstrable ability to deliver independent, advanced-level academic work.


  • Successful candidates must demonstrate either specialisation or practical experience relating to the relevant topical focus areas;
  • Work experience in the MENA region.

Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English is Essential (spoken and written);
  • Fluency in Arabic is Essential (spoken and written).

Other Skills & Competencies

  • Willingness to work in a diverse and multicultural environment;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • The ability to work independently and as 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, ability to prioritise and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to present high-level academic work to non-experts in a service-orientated manner;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to the project country 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 interview.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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


The Position is contingent upon funding.

The Research Fellow will be 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 submit a resume and cover letter in English (Subject: Research Fellow: Constitutional Law).

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