Job Announcement: 3 Research Assistants (f/m/diverse), Programme “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems”

The German Institute of Development and Sustainability gGmbH (IDOS) is one of the leading research institutes in the field of sustainable development and development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges. To support research staff with different tasks, the Programme “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems” at IDOS looking for three research assistants to contribute to several projects:


  • Position 1. The research project "Contributions to stabilization and development in North Africa and the Middle East" ( looks for a research assistant to support its research and advisory activities on topics of social, political and economic development in the MENA region. Tasks will in particular include data preparation and analysis using quantitative methods. Applicants should be experienced with econometric methods, using e.g. STATA or at least the preparation and graphical representation of data with Excel. Knowledge of the MENA region and proficiency in literature reviews are an asset. Further language skills (German, French and/or Arabic) are of additional advantage. Preferred start: beginning of October; applications to, using “RA MENA” as subject line.
  • Position 2. Joint position between the Green Economy Project and the research project "COVCLIM". COVCLIM integrates economics, political science and social science to shed light on the role of a carbon tax to finance social protection and underlying political and economic processes in implementation. The next project phase features a public acceptability study that explores designs of carbon polices and integrated social (protection) policies that increase public trust/acceptability. Tasks will include e.g. literature reviews and support in the study design, setup and data analysis. Python skills are considered a strong asset. As this is joint position, we are looking for one candidate that works for both projects. The research assistant would work a total of 16 hours per week spread over 2-3 days, supporting both projects. Preferred start: beginning of October; applications to using “RA Joint Position” as subject line.
  • Position 3. The research project “Fair Globalisation II” analyzes current topics in the fields of international trade, investment and finance through an economic and political lense. It is guided by the question how to create a global economic order that contributes to achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and thereby ensures a fairer and more inclusive globalisation. Tasks typically include literature and data searches, literature reviews, quantitative tasks such as merging, cleaning and/or analysis of data, facilitation in and around workshops and conferences. Stata or R skills as well as some background in economics are strong assets. Preferred start: beginning of October; applications to using “RA Fair Globalisation” as subject line.


The assistants will work around 8 hours per week, spread over 2 working days (position 2 differs, see description). Working at IDOS premises is required. Remuneration is based on the usual rates: 12 Euro/hour student assistant in bachelor studies or 13 Euro/hour academic assistant in master studies.


Requirements: Applicants must

  • be enrolled at a German University in a BA or MA programme, but not yet have an MA/MSc degree [Candidates who already have an MA/MSc degree are unfortunately not eligible for formal reasons, even if they are enrolled in another MA/MSc],
  • study economics, political science, sociology, psychology, or related subjects,
  • have quantitative and software skills (STATA, R, Python, etc.),
  • be enrolled at least one more year at their current university,
  • have strong interest in the topic of development and/or sustainability,
  • be motivated and contribute pro-actively to the projects,
  • have strong English language skills (C1 level),
  • be able to work independently and deliver tasks reliably and in time.


People with disabilities will be preferred if equally qualified.

In your application email, please confirm how long you will be enrolled at a German 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 fulfill the above-mentioned criteria.


Please send your applications with detailed CV, letter of motivation and proof of university enrollment to the above-mentioned emails. Please indicate clearly which position you are applying to and send your application to the respective email using the respective subject line outlined above.


Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis; thus, earlier applications may be preferred. General deadline for all applications will be 12.09.2023.


Interviews may take place online or in person.

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