Research Associate – Land Rights and Climate Change (m/f/x) (100%)
Join us!
Are you passionate about sustainability topics such as land rights and climate change? Do you have experience working across teams in an international environment? Then you are the one we are looking for! TMG is currently hiring a
Research Associate – Land Rights and Climate Change (m/f/x) (100%)
to join our team in Berlin.
About TMG Research
As a Berlin-based research organisation with a team in Nairobi, Kenya and research sites in Benin, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Madagascar and South Africa, TMG works on responsible governance and sustainability issues in the areas of sustainable management and responsible governance of land and oceans, food systems, and climate. As an organisation, TMG brings sound knowledge and practical experience in facilitating national, European, and international processes and is dedicated to the analysis and solution of new and complex challenges. TMG’s research projects are developed, conducted and evaluated jointly with actors from science, politics, the private sector and civil society.
In the Land Governance Team, TMG Research, together with partners, applies a rights-based approach to analyse and explore context-specific solutions to address land tenure insecurity. The topic of responsible land governance is addressed in several projects in Kenya, Malawi, Benin, Madagascar and India.
You will support the strategic development of a dedicated programme on climate and land tenure issues and the implementation of projects on securing land rights and identifying pathways to better integrate land tenure into the Rio Convention. You will work closely with the programme lead, coordinate with civil society organisations, government agencies and Rio Convention representatives to build alliances on land tenure and climate.
This work stream builds on TMG’s involvement in the negotiations of the two land tenure decisions of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It is part of TMG’s Global Soil Week work programme on just transitions in land restoration, biodiversity protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Your tasks
Conduct research and analysis on land tenure issues and climate change.
Provide strategic guidance to develop a work program on tenure and climate.
Contribute to and lead the writing of different types of publications
Steer learning processes and stakeholder meetings to build alliances on tenure and climate and to position TMG Research in this field.
Support the Programme Lead in content processes and in coordination of implementing the Global Soil Week program.
Support the Programme Lead in project reporting.
Support the Programme Lead and other team members in further developing the work programme of TMG’s land governance team.

Your profile
At least a Master’s degree in social and political science, agricultural economy, development and international studies, geography, or a related field or equivalent vocational qualification
At least 3-5 years of experience working on land tenure issues and/or climate change adaptation and mitigation programs with a particular focus on global agendas, such as the Rio Conventions.
Experience working with diverse stakeholders, civil society organizations, and government agencies.
Excellent communication, facilitation, and project management skills.
A track-record in publication and report writing in the field of land rights, climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Enthusiasm, flexibility, strong team-spirit and a commitment to working within a dynamic, transdisciplinary organisation
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; German and any language from our working regions is a plus.

We offer you
Work in a transdisciplinary thinktank with a truly international work programme and the aspiration to enable sustainability transformations
Flexible working hours and mobile working
Salary in accordance with TVöD (Bund) E13, including annual bonus payment acc. to TVöD (Bund)
30 days of paid annual leave in accordance with TVöD
Opportunities for professional development
Regular social events

The position is to be filled as soon as possible until 31 December 2024 with the prospect of contract extension. Preferred duty station is Berlin.

How to apply
Please submit your full application including a cover letter, CV with two references (contact persons) and/or reference letters, list of publications and one published writing sample in one PDF document (max. 5 MB) by the application deadline. Please upload your application online via the application button .
For details on the position or project, please contact Frederike Klümper ( frederike.kluemper@tmg-thinktank.com ). For details on the application process, please contact Vanessa Venne ( hr@tmg-thinktank.com ).
TMG is an employer that promotes equal rights and equal opportunities and provides a respectful work environment free from discrimination and intimidation. We treat all applicants equally, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, religion/belief, age, migration background, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Women, people with disabilities and people with a migration background are particularly encouraged to apply.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!


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