Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

Research Fellow - Jordan Project

Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

Heidelberg, Germany


The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law (MPFPR) is looking to fill a position for a Research Fellow in the Jordan project.

Project: Jordan
Term: Fixed term (1 year), with possibility of extension
Closing date for applications: 05.06.2017


The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law (MPFPR) is based in Heidelberg. It continues the extensive consulting, training and research projects of the “Global Knowledge Transfer” working group, which existed from 2002 to 2012 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL). Within the framework of its research activities, MPFPR carries out several “Global Knowledge Transfer Projects” in various countries (see: MPFPR projects focus on consultancy, capacity building and academic research in the fields of public international law, comparative constitutional law and the rule of law in post-conflict countries and countries in transition.

Job Summary

The Research Fellow will implement project activities promoting the rule of law, including capacity building workshops and technical legal advice in the areas of international public law and constitutional law. Specific topical focus areas could include comparative constitutional law and procedural law.

Key Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Projects, the successful candidate shall

  • provide technical legal advice and assistance to project partners;
  • undertake advanced legal research;
  • organise and hold legal training workshops for state actors, legal personnel and other target groups in the project country;
  • travel to the project country and liaise with local partners;
  • handle the administrative supervision of the project or project components;
  • carry out project reporting, monitoring and evaluation duties.

Selection Criteria

Education and Professional Experience

  • Advanced degree in Law is required;
  • Extensive knowledge of public international law and comparative constitutional law is required;
  • Profile of successful candidates must demonstrate an area of specialisation or practical experience relating to the relevant regional or topical focus areas;
  • Ability to deliver high-level academic work;
  • Previous experience of work or research in the region is preferred.

Language Proficiency

  • Fluency (written and oral) in English is required;
  • Fluency (written and oral) in Arabic is required.

Other Skills & Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills in a multi-cultural environment, including excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as in a team setting;
  • Flexibility, including demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to adapt to changing work and project circumstances and to respond to unforeseen developments;
  • Excellent organisational skills, skilled in setting priorities and meeting deadlines, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to present high-level academic work to non-experts in a service-orientated manner;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to the project country for workshops and related activities;
  • Computer literacy skills with standard software.

Assessment Method

Assessment of qualified candidates will include a competency-based test and interview. Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The MPFPR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified men and women, including those with disabilities, to apply.


The Position is contingent upon funding.

The Research Fellow is based in Heidelberg, Germany, with frequent travels to the region.

Remuneration will be based on the Collective Agreement on Public Service Wages under German Law (Tarifvertrag des Öffentlichen Dienstes – TVöD).


Please submit a resume and cover letter to: (Subject ‘Research Fellow Jordan’). Kindly indicate how you learnt of this vacancy.

Closing date: 05.06.2017

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