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Research Associate Land Governance - maternity leave cover (f/m/x) (80-100%) - Job - T

Research Associate Land Governance - maternity leave cover (f/m/x) (80-100%)

Join us!

Are you passionate about land governance management and human rights-based approaches? Do you have experience working with local communities and do you enjoy engaging in global debates? Then you are the one we are looking for. We are currently looking for a Land Governance Research Associate as maternity leave cover (f/m/x) (80-100%) to support our research team in Berlin. The successful candidate will support project implementation in partner countries as well as project activities at a global level.


About TMG Research:

We are a Berlin-based research organization with offices in Nairobi, Kenya. We work on responsible governance and sustainability issues in land, agricultural and food systems, and address the nexus between sustainable development, climate and energy. We are dedicated to the analysis of new and complex challenges in national, European and international contexts and processes, and identifying novel solutions based on sound knowledge and our strong collaboration with a wide range of actors and communities in various fields and locations. Our research projects are developed, conducted and evaluated jointly with actors from science, politics, the private sector and civil society.

 

About the project:

TMG is implementing a range of projects to strengthen responsible land governance with a focus on tenure security of marginalized land users.

Specifically, TMG is implementing a project on monitoring the implementation of the voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests (VGGT) in Malawi through a human rights-based approach. This approach complements existing land governance monitoring frameworks by shedding light on the processes that lead to the marginalization of vulnerable communities or individual rights-holders. In close cooperation with international and national implementation partners, the project foresees the development of a human rights-based monitoring methodology as well as the conduct of case-based monitoring assessments. The results of the monitoring assessments feed into both national and international reporting processes.

Furthermore, TMG is implementing a project to strengthen the implementation of the UNCCD COP14 land tenure decision. In close cooperation with national implementation partners in Kenya, Benin, Malawi, and Madagascar, the project foresees to monitor the impacts of LDN projects on processes of responsible land governance, including smallholder farmers’ tenure security. The project is implemented under the umbrella of the Global Soil Week (www.globalsoilweek.org). The Global Soil Week (GSW) is a platform piloted by TMG bringing together a diverse range of actors to initiate and strengthen policies and actions on sustainable soil management and responsible land governance. Since its beginning in 2012, the focus and design of the GSW has continuously evolved to respond to and shape ongoing policy debates and land management programming.

Your responsibilities:

The successful candidate is expected to support the GSW project and the human rights-based land governance monitoring project as well as contribute to cross-cutting issues in TMG Research’s land governance cluster.

In the GSW project, the Research Associate is expected to:

  • Provide technical and strategic guidance to the further development of the Global Soil Week and independently manage agreed work packages to ensure its implementation.
  • Oversee and implement technical and strategic support to the implementing partners, specifically in Malawi and Madagascar, especially in the monitoring of activities, incl. the analysis and consolidation of the monitoring assessments and the strategic use of their results.
  • Support in strategically positioning the project in the relevant (policy) debates on LDN and land tenure through various types of publications and events.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with organisations relevant to the project in partner countries and at an international level.

In the human rights-based land governance project, the Research Associate is expected to:

  • Provide technical and strategic guidance to the implementation of the project and independently manage agreed work packages, especially to:
    • Oversee and implement technical and strategic support to the implementing partners in developing and finalizing the monitoring methodology and tools.
    • Oversee and implement technical and strategic support to the implementing partners in Malawi, especially in the conduct of the case-based monitoring assessments and the piloting, incl. the analysis and consolidation of the monitoring assessments and the strategic use of their results.
  • Support in strategically positioning the project in the relevant (policy) debates through various types of publications and events.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with organisations relevant to the project in partner countries and at an international level.

In general, the Research Associate is expected to:

  • Implement and coordinate technical and strategic activities of the land governance work packages of TMG Research’s project portfolio.
  • Support the overall work programme of the land governance related work streams, including ensuring process and output quality, budget controlling and reporting in close collaboration with the Programme Coordinator.
  • Proactively support the development of new project proposals and ideas.
  • Contribute to the further strategic and scientific development of TMG.

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in natural resource management, international development, politics, or a related field in sustainability science
  • At least five years of relevant work experience in the field of land governance in an international environment
  • In-depth knowledge on issues of land governance, tenure rights, rights-based approaches, natural resource management, and policy and governance processes at various levels, incl. the implementation of Agenda 2030 within the context of the Rio Conventions.
  • In-depth knowledge of human rights framework is an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of land administration processes is an asset.
  • Excellent management and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively, diplomatically, and sensitively with a wide range of partners from science, politics, and civil society.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to partner countries.
  • Experience and strong interest in scientific desk and applied research as well as in writing and science communication.
  • Good IT skills, knowledge of and/or an affinity to the field of digital transformation is an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French, good working knowledge of German is an asset; willingness to actively learn German would be a minimum requirement.
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, strong team-spirit and a commitment to working within a dynamic transdisciplinary, policy-relevant research field.

We offer you:

  • Working in an applied research organisation with a truly international work programme and the aspiration to enable sustainability transformations
  • A dynamic, diverse and family-friendly working environment
  • 30 days of paid annual leave in accordance with TVöD
  • A position that is remunerated in accordance with TVöD E13

Conditions:

Depending on the final approval of the next phase of the GSW, this position is to be filled as soon as possible for a duration of 12 months, preferable duty station is Berlin. The position is available for 80 or 100%. Our full working week counts 39 hours.

TMG Research gGmbH is an equal opportunity employer. Employment at TMG Research is based solely on a person's merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. We celebrate diversity and inclusion and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. It is TMG Research’s policy to comply with all applicable national and local laws pertaining to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.


How to apply:

Applications including a cover letter, CV with two references (contact persons) and reference letters as well as links to selected publications (academic and non-academic publications are equally welcome) should be submitted in one PDF document (max. 5 MB) by 2nd August 2021. Please upload your application online via the application button and refer in your application to the website where the job ad was published. The interviews are currently planned to take place mid-August 2021.

For details on the application process, please send an email to hr@tmg-thinktank.com.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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