The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutes on development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges.

DIE’s research programme “Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability” is looking for a

Researcher (m/f/diverse)

Part-time 70% (27.3 hours/week)

Salary from € 35.000 to € 38.500 p.a.

(German public sector tariff TVöD Bund 13, depending on qualifications)

position number: 2021-C-01

starting in March 2021 or soon thereafter and limited to 16 months.

As a member of a collaborative research team, the successful candidate will contribute to the research project “Sustaining and Strengthening City Climate Action in the COVID-19 crisis for a green and climate-resilient recovery” (ClimateCitiesRecovery) funded by the VW Foundation. The project studies cities as potential drivers of green and climate-resilient COVID-19 recovery, seeking to identify factors that influence whether cities embark on low-carbon and resilient pathways, return to prior unsustainable pathways, or backtrack on climate commitments and head to unsustainable pathways. The selected applicant will collect and analyse secondary data on cities’ climate commitments and actions, as well as contextual factors to identify issues that influence the likelihood that cities renew their climate commitments. In addition, he/she will contribute to joint research publications.

Qualifications and requirements:

·       A master’s degree with excellent grades in relevant disciplines (e.g., economics, political science, environmental studies, geography or social science), and up to three years of relevant working experience after the Master;

·       Prior experience relevant to the project’s topic, as well as ability to source, compile and manage large and diverse datasets;

·       Solid quantitative methodological and data management skills (e.g., in Microsoft Excel); proficiency in statistical analysis and modelling (e.g., multivariate/econometric analysis using R, or Stata);

·       Interest in working in a developing country context;

·       Very good written and spoken English skills; knowledge of German is an advantage;

·       Eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary team and good communication skills;

·       Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate („Tropentauglichkeit“).

We offer:

·       Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 27.3 hours (70%);

·       Possibility to use a job ticket and a good connection to public transport;

·       Trainings for further professional development;

·       Company pension scheme with the VBLU;

·       A modern and interesting workplace with a good working atmosphere.


The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) 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, severely disabled 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. Mariya Aleksandrova,

Applications with the position number 2021-C-01 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 05.02.2021.


Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn/Germany

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