Job announcement: Researcher (f/m/diverse) United Nations

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.


IDOS Research Programme  “Inter- and Transnational Cooperation“  is looking for a


Researcher (f/m/diverse) - Position No. 2023-A01-03

Part time 70% up to 27,3 hours/week but increase to 100% possible, depending on the availability of funds.

 German public sector tariff, up to EG14 TVöD Bund according to qualifications

40.000  – 57.000 Euro gross


The position is to be filled as of 01 August 2023 and is limited to 31 December 2024.


The selected researcher will join our United Nations research project which examines political and institutional factors connected to the roles, possibilities and limits of the United Nations development system. We are looking for someone who can perform effectively at the intersection of research and policy advice, which requires experience with empirical research on the institutional and political aspects of UN development work, ability to generate reform recommendations and to engage in policy advice with national and international policy-makers. Being a good team player is also essential.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • Masters degree, preferably PhD with excellent grades in political science, sociology or related fields;
  • Excellent knowledge of the UN development system, its functions, governance and funding;
  • Familiarity with broader debates around global governance, international organizations, and sustainable development;
  • Excellent writing skills and a publication record commensurate with career progress;
  • Research or work experience in developing countries and/or international organizations is an asset;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Fluent written and spoken English and German;
  • 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 (fulltime)
  • 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;
  • Special annual payment in accordance with TVöD Bund;
  • Up to 30 days annual vacation plus 6 days company vacation
  • Trainings for further professional development;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU;
  • Many more social and monetary benefits


The 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 Dr. Stephan Klingebiel:


Applications with the position number 2023-A01-03 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 25.06.2023.

German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn
Telefon +49 (0)228 94927-0, Telefax +49 (0)228 94927-130