(Senior) Research Fellows with Specialisation in Comparative Constitutional Law (m/f/d)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 December 2019

Job Description

(Senior) Research Fellows with Specialisation in Comparative Constitutional Law (m/f/d)

Position: (Senior) Research Fellow

Project: Afghanistan

Location: Max Planck Foundation Office in Heidelberg, Germany

Term: Fixed term (1 year), with possibility of extension

Estimated starting date: As early as possible

Closing date for applications: 04.01.2020

Job Summary

The Research Fellow will implement project activities, including facilitating workshops and giving presentations on the topic of (Comparative) Constitutional Law and its role in fragile states.

Key Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Project and Country Manager, the successful candidate shall:

  • undertake advanced legal research;
  • draft training materials;
  • implement legal training workshops for state actors, legal staff and other target groups;
  • provide technical legal advice and assistance to project partners;
  • frequently travel to Afghanistan to implement activities and liaise with local partners;
  • contribute to the administrative and logistical aspects of project implementation; and
  • carry out project reporting, monitoring and evaluation duties.

Selection Criteria

Education and Professional Experience


  • Advanced degree in Law (LL.M; Ph.D.);
  • Ideally 2+ years demonstrable experience working in a relevant field;
  • Extensive knowledge of Constitutional Law and/or Comparative Constitutional Law; and
  • Ability to deliver high-level academic work.


  • Specialisation in Sharia Law and/or Administrative Law;
  • Practical experience in the relevant region;
  • Experience implementing capacity building workshops for state and civil society actors; and
  • Previous experience in mediation processes.

Language Proficiency

Fluency in English is essential (oral and written).

Fluency in Dari/Pashto and/or German will be an advantage (oral and written).

Other Skills & Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills in a multi-cultural environment, including cultural awareness, 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, e. skilled in setting priorities and meeting deadlines, and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to present high-level academic work to non-experts in a service-oriented manner; and
  • Computer literacy skills with standard software.


When operating in Afghanistan, the Max Planck Foundation has access to the services provided by the Risk Management Office of the German Development Cooperation. This includes the use of armoured vehicles and evacuation plans.

Assessment Method

Assessment of qualified candidates will include a competency-based test and interview.

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

Only candidates eligible for a valid residence and work permit in Germany will be taken into consideration.


Willingness to travel frequently to Afghanistan for workshops and related activities and to be based in Heidelberg, Germany, for the period of the contract.

All Positions are contingent upon funding.

Research Fellows are 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 für den Öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD).

Please state your availability in your application.


Please note that we can only accept your application if you give us your Consent for Processing of Personal Data. For this, please read our Privacy Policy and email the consent along with your resume and cover letter to application(at)mpfpr.de (subject: “Afghanistan”) by 04.01.2020.

About the Organization

At the core of the Max Planck Foundation’s mission stands the provision of technical legal assistance to developing countries, particularly to countries in transition or conflict (see: http://www.mpfpr.de). Through legal consulting and legal capacity building activities, the Foundation assists States endeavoring to develop their legal systems and strengthen their institutions. The Foundation also provides legal expertise to the responsible institutions and legal professionals with the aim of enabling them to autonomously carry out necessary changes.

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