Doktorgradsstipendiat, offentlig-privat utviklingssamarbeid

Publisert: 19. okt. 2021

Vi søker en doktorgradsstipendiat i treårig PhD-stilling til det nye prosjektet Public–Private Development Interfaces in Ethiopia (DEVINT).

NUPI is starting a new research project: Public–Private Development Interfaces in Ethiopia (DEVINT). The project is financed by the Research Council of Norway’s Global Development and International Relations programme. We are seeking a PhD candidate to work as part of the project. 

About the project

DEVINT focuses on the dynamics and effects of private actors increasingly entering the international development domain. While it was largely unthinkable and even considered illegitimate for traditional donors to partner with marked-driven actors a few years ago, public–private partnerships have now become the new normal. In Ethiopia, for instance, the government has tapped into this discourse to stimulate the business sector, create job opportunities and attract foreign investments. In Norway, the shift is reflected in the government’s latest White Paper on development policy and operationalised via Norad’s ‘strategic partnership’ programme. While the increase in public–private partnerships is well-documented in scholarly literature, it is not clear how the inclusion of private actors is changing the meaning, processes and mechanisms of international development. Through empirical case studies in Ethiopia, DEVINT will map and analyse these changes, the challenges and opportunities they present to development cooperation and the unintended consequences and impacts these changes may have on development practice. 

The doctoral project should be of empirical and/or theoretical relevance to DEVINT. While project coherence is an important concern, we also encourage candidates with innovative, independent and creative approaches to apply as long as the proposed project speaks to at least one of DEVINT’s two pillars: (i) public–private development partnerships or (ii) development processes in Ethiopia.

The candidate’s academic qualifications, the research proposal’s scientific quality and empirical/ theoretical orientation and the candidate’s personal suitability and fit constitute the main selection criteria. 

Qualifications for the position

  • M.A. degree or equivalent in the social sciences, e.g. social anthropology, development studies, political science, or International Relations 
  • Good knowledge of the overall topic, relevant theories and relevant research methods
  • Ability to work both independently, and as part of a team
  • Commitment to scientific and professional integrity
  • Ability to use English as a working language (both written and oral). 

We offer

  • A strong, interdisciplinary research environment with a commitment to scientific excellence; extensive international research cooperation 
  • Guidance and support systems in place for doctoral researchers, including academic supervision. 
  • Financial support for fieldwork, PhD courses and conferences, and literature
  • A bonus system to incentivise academic publications 
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Modern facilities in central Oslo, including library services
  • Competitive salary based on NUPI’s pay scale. (salary scale 1017 doctoral fellow, NOK 491 200 per year). Particularly highly qualified applicants may be eligible for higher salary.

According to NUPI’s regulations, PhD candidates are given the title as Research Fellow and assigned the qualification level “1017 Stipendiat.” 

The candidate is expected to have his/her workplace at NUPI. The successful applicant is responsible for admittance to a PhD program at a university. Candidates should make enquiries about their eligibility admission to PhD program in advance. Tuition fees are not covered.

Expected start-up is early 2022. 

How to apply

Applications should contain the following documents: 

  • Cover letter with statement of motivation and research interests (max 1 page)
  • A preliminary research proposal of max. 5 pages setting out: 
    • Main research question(s) and a rationale for proposed research
    • The thematic and/ or empirical scope
    • Theoretical perspectives and methodological approach 
    • A tentative progress plan
    • Indication of preferred PhD program 
  • CV, including list of publications
  • Transcript of academic grades and certificates
  • Names and contact details of two references

Questions concerning the position may be directed to project leader and Senior Researcher Jon Harald Sande Lie:

Please submit your application electronically. Click on the button marked “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” on this page to begin the application process. We accept only applications via JobbNorge.

Application deadline: 19 November 2021

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) holds a leading position in research on international politics and economy. We also have a special responsibility for communication on these areas. We strive to conduct all our activities with quality, relevance and credibility. We are in an exciting development and employ today around 65 people. The institute is owned by the Ministry of Education and Research. Our activities are funded by Norwegian and international organisations like the Research Council of Norway and the EU, as well as public and private enterprises. NUPI is located in attractive premises in central Oslo. 

NUPI aims to have an equal gender distribution among our employees and encourage women to apply. NUPI aims, to the greatest degree possible, to have a staff that reflects societal diversity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, regardless of cultural background, age, disability or previous periods of leave from the workforce. NUPI will accommodate specific needs relating to disability for new hires and as needed during the interview process.