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Jobs: Research Fellow Socio-economic Development in Fragile States and Research Fellow Socio-economic Development in Fragile States, Clingendael Institute, The Hague

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    Research Fellow Governance, Democratisation and Statebuilding [m/f] 36 hours per week (fulltime) Background The work of the CRU focuses on the possibilities of
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 14, 2008

      Research Fellow Governance, Democratisation and Statebuilding [m/f]

      36 hours per week (fulltime)

      Background

      The work of the CRU focuses on the possibilities of international actors to contribute to conflict prevention, stabilisation, reconstruction and statebuilding in both (post)conflict and fragile states. Emphasis is placed on practical, policy-oriented research supporting the implementation of integrated policies. Activities include implementing context and stability analyses of specific countries/regions; assessing interventions of international actors in (post-)conflict situations and fragile states; developing ideas and instruments for policy makers; and providing policy advice. Clients are ministries of foreign affairs, development cooperation, defence and economic affairs; international organisations like the World Bank, the OECD DAC, UN organisations; and (I)NGOs.

      CRU research focuses on the three tracks of an integrated approach towards (post)conflict and fragile states, i.e. (political) governance, security and stability, and socio-economic development. Problems in the domain of governance are in many cases an important cause of state fragility. Solutions are sought in strengthening the resilience of the state by intensifying the interaction and negotiation capacities of state and society. The necessary change processes are deeply political, and if not carefully timed and tailored to the context, democratisation may hamper peace and statebuilding as well as socio-economic development. Governance reform can only be driven from within, but at the same time external support may be crucial to support and protect local champions of reform confronted with strong vested interests. The challenge is to sustain a local and tailored process of well sequenced improvements in state-society interaction, voice and equality for the population, accountability of the state towards society and implementation capacities at all levels of state and society.

      To strengthen its work in the (political) governance cluster, CRU is currently looking for an experienced researcher familiar with policy-oriented research in the domain of governance, democratisation and statebuilding in (post-)conflict situations and fragile states.

      Specific tasks and responsibilities

      Data collection and analysis based particularly on qualitative research methods.

      Translating research findings to user friendly and policy relevant products (e.g. policy advises on themes or for specific countries, handbooks, methods and checklists for assessments and evaluations).

      Writing research reports, policy advises and articles to contribute to the public debate.

      Giving presentations (targeted briefings as well as conference presentations).

      Developing and writing research proposals, as well as implementing, managing and monitoring research projects (both desk study and field research).

      Participating in debates on (inter)national policy on the above mentioned research areas, as well as in thematic and organisational developments in these research areas.

      Qualifications and Experience

      5-10 years of relevant working experience, of which preferably some years in fragile or developing countries in the domain of governance (research or implementation).

      University degree in social or political sciences, preferably PhD or practical experience of comparable level.

      Familiar with international and Dutch policy on governance, democratisation and statebuilding in (post-)conflict situations and fragile states.

      Familiar with research and policy instruments in these areas.

      Familiar with (inter)national organisations actively involved in these areas, specifically with recent developments in the UN and regional organisations (e.g. EU, AU and OSCE).

      Proven experience with research of fragile situations.

      Proven experience with working in a policy environment and providing policy advice.

      Strong analytical qualities and writing skills, to be demonstrated by publications and reports.

      Great flexibility and capability to work under time pressure and with strict deadlines.

      Team player, as well as capable to implement projects independently.

      Capable of reading and writing in English fluently. Preferably capable of reading and writing in Dutch, or willing to learn. Furthermore, active knowledge of another language is preferable (e.g. French, Spanish).

      Conditions

      Location: The Hague, the Netherlands.

      Willing and able to travel (frequently).

      This is a position for 36 hours per week.

      Salary in line with requirements for this position (maximum € 58.400,00) based on work experience.

      This is a position for 12 months, with a possibility for extension.


      Information
      Further information can be obtained from Mrs. Louise Anten, Head CRU, +31 (0)70 3141 956, or from Ms. Anne-Bregje Spoelder, P&O Advisor, tel. +31 (0)70 3746 680.

      Application
      Interested candidates can send a written application together with a curriculum vitae before 15 January 2009 to: , p/a Anne-Bregje Spoelder, P.O. Box 93080, 2509 AB The Hague or via e-mail to aspoelder@....

       

      Research Fellow Socio-economic Development in Fragile States [m/f]

      36 hours per week (fulltime)

      Background

      The work of the CRU focuses on the possibilities of international actors to contribute to conflict prevention, stabilisation, reconstruction and statebuilding in both (post)conflict and fragile states. Emphasis is placed on practical, policy-oriented research supporting the implementation of integrated policies. Activities include implementing context and stability analyses of specific countries/regions; assessing interventions of international actors in (post-)conflict situations and fragile states; developing ideas and instruments for policy makers; and providing policy advice. Clients are ministries of foreign affairs, development cooperation, defence and economic affairs; international organisations like the World Bank, the OECD DAC, UN organisations; and (I)NGOs.

      CRU research focuses on the three tracks of an integrated approach towards (post)conflict and fragile states, i.e. (political) governance, security and stability, and socio-economic development. As to the latter, recent insights show that low national income, slow or declining growth and dependence on primary commodities are deep risk factors of state fragility. Conversely, rekindling socio-economic development, delivering e.g. a peace dividend in post-conflict countries, is a strong motor for enhancing the stability and resilience of state and society. Important questions remain on how to achieve a positive interaction between development, stability and statebuilding. There is a practical discrepancy between on the one hand the need for fast economic growth, employment creation and social service delivery and on the other hand the limitations posed by small markets, insecurity of investment and weak regulations and institutions. Moreover, issues of growth and distribution are often closely linked to prevailing tensions and conflicts, necessitating a conflict-sensitive approach.

      To strengthen its work in the socio-economic development cluster, CRU is currently looking for an experienced researcher familiar with policy-oriented research in the domain of socio-economic development in (post-)conflict situations and fragile states.

      Specific tasks and responsibilities

      Data collection and analysis based particularly on qualitative research methods.

      Translating research findings to user friendly and policy relevant products (e.g. policy advises on themes or for specific countries, handbooks, methods and checklists for assessments and evaluations).

      Writing research reports, policy advises and articles to contribute to the public debate.

      Giving presentations (targeted briefings as well as conference presentations).

      Developing and writing research proposals, as well as implementing, managing and monitoring research projects (both desk study and field research).

      Participating in debates on (inter)national policy on the above mentioned research areas, as well as in thematic and organisational developments in these research areas.

      Qualifications and Experience

      5-10 years of relevant working experience, of which preferably some years in fragile or developing countries in the domain of socio-economic development (research or implementation).

      University degree in social or political sciences (preferably in economics), preferably PhD or practical experience of comparable level.

      Familiar with international and Dutch policy on socio-economic development and state building in (post-)conflict situations and fragile states.

      Familiar with research and policy instruments in these areas.

      Familiar with (inter)national organisations actively involved in these areas, specifically with recent developments in the UN and regional organisations (e.g. EU and AU).

      Proven experience with research of fragile situations

      Proven experience with working in a policy environment and providing policy advice.

      Strong analytical qualities and writing skills, to be demonstrated by publications and reports.

      Great flexibility and capability to work under time pressure and with strict deadlines.

      Team player, as well as capable to implement projects independently.

      Capable of reading and writing in English fluently. Preferably capable of reading and writing in Dutch, or willing to learn. Furthermore, active knowledge of another language is preferable (e.g. French, Spanish).

      Conditions

      Location: The Hague, the Netherlands.

      Willing and able to travel (frequently).

      This is a position for 36 hours per week.

      Salary in line with requirements for this position (maximum € 66.200,00) based on work experience.

      This is a position for 12 months, with a possibility for extension.

      Information
      Further information can be obtained from Mrs. Louise Anten, Head CRU, +31 (0)70 3141 956, or from Ms. Anne-Bregje Spoelder, P&O Advisor, tel. +31 (0)70 3746 680.

      Application
      Interested candidates can send a written application together with a curriculum vitae before 15 January 2009 to: Clingendael Institute, p/a Anne-Bregje Spoelder, P.O. Box 93080, 2509 AB The Hague or via e-mail to aspoelder@....

       

    • Josip Glaurdic
      If anyone could help me with a few figures on the economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1990 and 1991, I d be most grateful. I m interested in 4 indices for
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 2, 2009
        If anyone could help me with a few figures on the economy of Bosnia and
        Herzegovina in 1990 and 1991, I'd be most grateful.

        I'm interested in 4 indices for those two years: total employment, exports
        (in $), imports (in $), and real wages growth. Have looked in all sorts of
        international publications and databases, but could not find them...

        Many thanks in advance and best wishes for the coming year!

        Josip Glaurdic
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