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20 augustus 2014

VACATURE: Junior Researcher on Supporting Primary Justice in Insecure Contexts (South Sudan)


Specifications - (explanation)

Location Leiden
Function typesResearch, Development, Innovation
Scientific fieldsLaw
Hours 22.8 hours per week
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number 14-230
Translations
About employer Leiden University
Short link www.academictransfer.com/24228

Job description

The research trajectory of the junior researcher is part of the NWO WOTRO funded project: “Supporting Primary Justice in Insecure Contexts, South Sudan and Afghanistan: Exploring People’s Concerns and Conceptions, Responses and Remedies, and  Potential Synergies of State and Non-State Actors”, executed by the VVI in cooperation with Cordaid.
Within this project the VVI and Cordaid conduct applied socio-legal research among communities and institutions in two districts in Afghanistan and two counties in South Sudan. Through case studies and action research this project will explore and follow-up (a) people’s concerns and conceptions of justice, notably with regard to dispossession and other property conflicts, (b) the responses and remedies provided, in particular to women, through community-based, state-based, and other (e.g. religion-based or militia-based) mechanisms and practices, and (c) the potential of synthesizing ‘elements that work‘ into projects aimed at strengthening ‘pathways of primary justice’.
Research and interventions are to be conducted jointly by domestic development organisations and state and non-state stakeholders, with program support of Cordaid, and knowledge-based support from VVI (Leiden), its international network, and local researchers. The project is  part of the research programme Security & Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings. This programme is an activity of WOTRO, in close collaboration with the Security & Rule of Law Knowledge Platform.

Tasks
  • To engage in supervised scientific research on Primary Justice in South Sudan.
  • To carry out a systematic literature analysis for the project.
  • To conduct field research in South Sudan (Yambio or Wau).
  • To prepare and submit research output for publication in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and in policy oriented reports.
  • To participate actively in the “Supporting Primary Justice” project as a whole.
  • To participate in the other activities of the Van Vollenhoven Institute.

Requirements

  • Master degree in Law and/or Social Sciences, with demonstrated interest in law, governance and development.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English; knowledge of Dutch and of the languages of the country of study will be considered an advantage.
  • Demonstrated research experience.
  • Knowledge of state, law, and society of at least one developing country, preferably South Sudan.
  • Ability and willingness to carry out empirical research and stay for extended periods in South Sudan.
  • Keen interest in interdisciplinary socio-legal research methods and approaches.
  • Ability to work in a team and willingness to support other activities of the Van Vollenhoven Institute.
  • Available to start 1 October 2014.

Conditions of employment

The appointment as a junior researcher will be for a period of 18 months (with a two months initial trial period). The appointment will be under the terms of the CAO (Collective Labour Agreement) of Dutch Universities. Starting date is set for 1 October 2014.
The gross monthly salary is set on € 2.427,- in the first year (salary scale 10,0 on a fulltime basis) increasing to € 2.542,- gross per month (on a fulltime basis) in the final year.
An appointment at the University of Leiden entitles participation in a pension scheme and other benefits such as an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Department

Leiden Law School, Van Vollenhoven Institute
The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development (VVI) is part of Leiden Law School. The Institute seeks to advance knowledge of the formation and functioning of legal systems in the developing world and their effectiveness in contributing to good governance and development.
In its research and teaching, VVI uses a socio-legal approach. The institute carries out research projects in Asia (notably Indonesia), Africa and in the Middle East. VVI staff teaches several thematic and regional courses for Dutch and foreign students. In addition, VVI provides advisory services and training courses to policy makers and practitioners.

Additional information

For information and inquiries regarding this position, please contact Mr. Dennis Janssen (e-mail: d.c.f.m.janssen@law.leidenuniv.nl or + 31 71 527 7260). For more information about our activities, see www.vvi.leidenuniv.nl.
Please send your application (in English) electronically, indicating the vacancy number, before 9 September 2014, including:
  • A cover letter stating your motivation for this position.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Your MA thesis or other major writing sample.
  • Copies of your academic transcripts.
  • The names and contact addresses of two (academic) referees.
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