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Junior researcher Inclusive Development in Africa

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23 mei 2019
19 juni 2019

Nog 3 dagen om te solliciteren

For the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies (INCLUDE), the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) is looking for a

Junior researcher Inclusive Development in Africa

Key responsibilities

  • Conducting literature and scoping studies on relevant topics, including: income and jobs for youth and women in Africa, access to basic services (including education and social protection) and/or political empowerment;
  • Conducting case-studies on particular topics or countries. For this, travelling for fieldwork is a requirement.

Selection criteria

  • A Master’s degree in geography, development studies, African studies or other disciplines with a specialization that clearly indicates specialist academic knowledge with regard to development processes in Africa;
  • An excellent command of English, fluency in French is an asset;
  • Ability to get familiar with new topics quickly;
  • Excellent academic and writing skills, visible in MA thesis or other written work (including non-academic work);
  • The ability to work independently, and as part of a team;
  • Willingness and availability for travels, including fieldwork.

Our organisation
The African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. In addition, collecting and disseminating knowledge and information about Africa is an important task. The ASCL does this, among other things, by publishing books and articles and organizing seminars and conferences. The ASCL was founded in 1947 and has approx. 50 employees. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University. Information about Interfaculty Institute African Studies Centre can be found at https://www.ascleiden.nl.

INCLUDE was established by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 2012. It brings together researchers from African countries and the Netherlands who work with the private sector, NGOs and governments to exchange information and ideas on how to achieve better research-policy linkages on inclusive development in Africa in particular in the field of productive employment, strategic actors for inclusive development and social protection. The knowledge platform is one of five knowledge platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to knowledge and effective development policies in the Netherlands, other donor countries and developing countries. The Secretariat of INCLUDE is coordinated by the African Studies Centre and run together with The Broker in The Hague and the AERC in Nairobi.

Terms and conditions
We offer a position for a year starting 1 September 2019, with a possibility for a two year extension conditional upon performance. The appointment is in line with the collective employment agreement of Dutch universities. Salary range from €2709 to €4274 gross per month (pay scale 10). Depending on qualifications, the junior researcher may start at the appropriate step in scale 8 until he/she fully meets the requirements for scale 10, particularly with regard to research skills and the number of years of relevant work experience.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries about the function content and the procedure can be made to PhD candidate Agnieszka Kazimierczuk (a.h.kazimierczuk@asc.leidenuniv.nl) or to Prof. dr. Marleen Dekker (m.dekker@asc.leidenuniv.nl).

Please submit online your application no later than 19 June 2019 via the blue button in our application system. Applications should be in English. Please ensure that your application includes the following documents (all to be submitted at once):

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A resume;
  • Master thesis.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

The selected candidates will be invited for an interview no later than 28 June 2019. The interview will take place on 2 or 4 July 2019.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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