(Senior) Research Fellow for Sri Lanka Projects

Vacancy Notice: (Senior) Research Fellow

The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law is looking to fill a position for a Senior Research Fellow in the Sri Lanka projects.

Position: (Senior) Research Fellow in full or part time

Project: Sri Lanka

Location: Max Planck Foundation Office in Heidelberg, Germany

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

Closing Date for Applications: 25.02.2018


The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law 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, the Foundation carries out several “Global Knowledge Transfer Projects” in various countries (see: http://www.mpfpr.de). The Foundation’s 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, capacity building workshops and technical legal advice in the areas of Comparative Constitutional Law and of International Law (including the Law of the Sea).Key Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Project, successful candidate shall:

  • draft training materials (including manuals);
  • organise legal training workshops for state actors and civil society;
  • provide technical legal advice and assistance to project partners;
  • undertake advanced legal research;
  • travel to the project country and liaise with local partners;
  • handle the administrative supervision of projects or project components; and
  • carry out project reporting, monitoring and evaluation duties.

Selection Criteria

Education and Professional Experience

Advanced degree in Law (LLM or MA) and extensive knowledge of International Law (Law of the Sea) and/or Comparative Constitutional Law is required. The profile of successful candidate must demonstrate an area of specialisation or practical experience relevant to the project work of the Foundation. Regional or country experience, as well as knowledge of the legal system in Sri Lanka would be of advantage.

Language Proficiency

Fluency (written and oral) in English is required; German is desirable.

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, including time-management;
  • Ability to present high-level academic work to non-experts in a service-orientated manner;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to Sri Lanka for workshops and related activities; and
  • Computer literacy skills with standard software.

Assessment Method

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

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.


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 des Öffentlichen Dienstes – TVöD).

How to apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to application@mpfpr.de (Subject ‘Research Fellow Sri Lanka’). Kindly indicate how you learnt of this vacancy.