Job Advertisment: Research Assistant (f/m/diverse) Project “Effectiveness of Development Policy”

The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) in Bonn is one of the leading research institutes on development policy. It contributes, through research, policy advice and training, to finding answers to global questions affecting our future.


The research project “Effectiveness of Development Policy” of IDOS Research Programme A “Inter- and Transnational Cooperation” is looking for a


Research Assistant (f/m/diverse)


Would you like to acquire foundational knowledge of German and international development cooperation and support our ongoing research on effectiveness of development policy while? Then please consider applying to our research project that, among other topics, analyses the effects of current geopolitical events on development policy. Our research topics comprise results-based management (RBM), quality standards for effective development cooperation and the geopoliticisation of development policy. Your main tasks will lie in supporting our work on providing research-based policy advice. As part of a team of two researchers and two research assistants, you will be able to attain in-depth insights into the politics of German and international development cooperation while honing your analytical skills.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • Current Master’s student in economics, sociology, psychology, human geography, public policy, political science or another social science
  • Employment of advanced BA candidates as student assistants possible (MA preferred)
  • Interest in development cooperation, ideally documented through university-level courses and extracurricular activities
  • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
  • Experience with R, Stata, ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA or similar software packages is an advantage
  • Native or very good language skills in English and/or German (English required)
  • Commitment to being present at IDOS in Bonn on two days per week
  • Student status until at least the end of 2024 (start date could be as soon as possible and ideal duration would be at least one year).


We offer:

  • Payment of 13.50 € gross/hour, with flexible working hours and typically 39,5 hours per month (number of hours per month is negotiable, BA students hourly rate is 12.50 € gross)
  • Insights into policy advice for German and international development policy
  • Support during the drafting of scientific studies
  • Flexible working days in coordination with other team members
  • A modern and inspiring workplace with a good working atmosphere at a leading think tank in global development research and development policy.


In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference.


In case you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Tim Röthel or Dr. Heiner Janus.


This job offer is exclusively for enrolled students. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s programme. Candidates who already have a master’s degree are unfortunately not eligible for formal reasons, even if they are enrolled in another master’s programme. In your application email, please confirm how long you will be enrolled at a University and that you are based in Bonn or the vicinity and able to commute to the office. Please refrain from an application if you do not fulfil the above-mentioned criteria.


We look forward to receiving your application. Please send your application documents (cover letter, CV, academic transcripts, proof of student status) by 08. Mai 2024 via email to Dr. Tim Röthel.


German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn
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