Research Associate

TMG Research gGmbH

At TMG. Töpfer, Müller, Gassner - ThinkTank for Sustainability, we work to empower sustainability transformations. Together with stakeholders from science, civil society, politics, and the private sector we develop innovative strategies for the implementation of sustainable development agendas.

The Global Soil Week (GSW) brings together the different work streams of TMG Research gGmbH in the areas of landscape restoration, sustainable land management, and responsible land governance. Since 2012, four GSWs have brought together stakeholders from different backgrounds to find integrative responses to land and soil-related challenges to sustainable development. Currently, we focus on SDG 15.3 as an integral part of the Agenda 2030 and as a pivotal element of food security, climate adaptation, and poverty eradication strategies. TMG Research will host the African Soil Week in March 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The title of the event is ‘Creating an Enabling Environment for Land Degradation Neutrality in Sub-Sahara Africa’.

Within this context, TMG Research is also developing a Technical Guide on ‘Spatial Planning and Land Tenure’. The guide will be published by FAO as part of its Technical Guideline series to support the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT). The guide will be developed in a multi-stakeholder process building on case examples from all regions of the world.

The Position:
TMG Research is currently seeking applications for a Research Associate (100%) to support the two abovementioned processes.

Specifically, the incumbent would be expected to (60%):
  • familiarize her/himself with and follow the political and scientific discussion on the implementation of the goal of a land degradation neutral world (LDN) and support the project coordinator and team in the development of publications on the topic.
  • support the development of the concept and design of the African Soil Week, and together with the team and partners to prepare and coordinate the content of the sessions
  • support the communication with a wide range of partners and stakeholders
  • support the organization, implementation, and documentation of the event in Nairobi

For the development of the Technical Guide (40%), the incumbent would be expected to:
  • support the project coordinator and team in the development of strategies for spatial planning processes that consider the impacts of planning on land tenure rights and vice versa
  • support the facilitation of the multi-stakeholder process of drafting the strategies including coordination with partners
  • support in writing of the Technical Guide

And overall to:
  • support the project coordinator in managing the work program, including budgeting, ensuring process and output quality, controlling, and reporting to BMZ, GIZ, UNCCD, FAO and other stakeholders
  • contribute to the further strategic and scientific development of TMG Research

What we offer:
  • The opportunity to work in a high-profile, international research project.
  • The opportunity to work in an organization that strives to make “Science with Society” a reality.
  • Excellent contacts to a range of national and international political and research organizations.
  • A dynamic working environment in a recently founded start-up that offers room for contributing to profile and strategy development of the organization.
  • The position will be remunerated in accordance with the German salary group TVÖD E13.

  • Master’s degree in international development, natural resource management, environmental governance, politics, or a related field in sustainability science.
  • At least three years of relevant work experience and experience in working within an international environment.
  • In-depth knowledge on issues of responsible land governance, land tenure incl. spatial planning in an international development context, land use conflicts, human rights
  • Knowledge of the sustainability discussions in the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) including land degradation neutrality (SDG 15.3)
  • Experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder processes and the organization of events
  • Ability to work effectively, diplomatically and sensitively with a wide range of partners from science, politics and civil society from across the world
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English necessary
  • Good working knowledge of German and/or French is an asset
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, strong team-sprit and a commitment to working within a transdisciplinary, policy-relevant research field.

This position is to be filled as soon as possible and is limited to a one-year contract subject to the final confirmation of funds. TMG is an equal opportunity employer. Applications, including a cover letter and a full CV with two referees should be sent no later than 09. August 2018 by e-mail to Ms. Christiane Schlecht ( Please include the reference number 18/8.

The interviews will take place from 20 – 24 August 2018. For further information and details on this position please contact Ms. Christiane Schlecht.
TMG Research gGmbH
EUREF Campus, Haus 6-9, 4.OG
10829 Berlin
Christiane Schlecht
030 92 10 740 00
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