Application Deadline expired: Job advertisment: Researcher (m/f/diverse) effectiveness

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The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) is one of the world’s leading research institutions and think tanks for global sustainable development. It contributes, through research, policy advice and training, to finding answers to global questions affecting our future.


The IDOS research programme "Inter- and Transnational Cooperation” is looking to hire a


Researcher (m/f/diverse)

Full time 100% (39 hours/week)

Salary from € 55,000 p.a. up to € 80,000 p.a.

(German public sector tariff, EG13 or EG14 TVöD Bund depending on qualifications)

Position No. 2023-A01-04


The position may be filled as of 1 January 2024 and is limited until 31 December 2026. The position is subject to final approval of funds.


The position is part of a research project on the role of effectiveness and efficiency as guiding concepts in development politics. The project explores the concrete interpretation and application of these terms in the context of a broader global results orientation ("results agenda") and alternative approaches ("adaptive development"). Specifically, effectiveness and efficiency will be defined as context-dependent standards, in order to explore three focal points of development politics: 1) quality standards and data for projects and processes; 2) thematic orientation of the policy field towards global public goods; 3) geopoliticisation of international standards.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • Excellent academic record based on a master and preferably PhD in political science, sociology, human geography, economics or other social science;
  • In-depth knowledge and research experience in the areas of development effectiveness and development policy, impact monitoring and evaluation, and bureaucracy research on development organisations or in a development context;
  • Publications in international peer-reviewed outlets on topics relevant for the position are a strong asset;
  • Proven knowledge in and experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies in social sciences;
  • Experience in translating research findings into policy advice is an advantage;
  • Very good written and spoken English skills; knowledge of German is a strong advantage;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate. („Tropentauglichkeit“).


We offer:

  • Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 39 hours (100%);
  • Possibility of mobile working (“Homeoffice” up to 60%);
  • Possibility to use a subsidized Deutschland-Job-Ticket for only €23.28/month and good access to public transportation;
  • Up to 30 days annual vacation plus 6 days company vacation;
  • Special annual payment in accordance with TVöD Bund;
  • Trainings for further professional development;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU;
  • Many more social and monetary benefits.


IDOS offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes and scientific debates.


In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference. We want to promote the diversity of our employees and would like applications from women, men and diverse people.


For further questions, please contact Heiner Janus (


Applications with the position number 2023-A01-04 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 26th November 2023. Interviews (in person or online) are planned to take place during calender week 50.


German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
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