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Long-term specialist for research and science (intermittent with 100 specialist days per year)





Project objective:

Since 2021, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has been funding the German-Brazilian Agricultural Policy Dialogue (APD) project through the Bilateral Cooperation Program (BCP). The project type "Agricultural Policy Dialogue" is implemented in several strategically important partner countries to exchange information on agricultural policy and agricultural issues and to support the partner countries in the development of legal frameworks and the establishment of a modern, resource-conserving and sustainable agricultural and food economy. APDs cooperate primarily with parliaments, ministries (primarily in the agriculture and food sector) and sector-relevant specialist institutions, and in the case of Brazil also with civil society, business and academia. The topics are based on the political priorities and reform plans of the partner country (demand orientation) and also take German interests into account in the coordination process and implementation. This approach follows the aim of establishing cooperation on an equal footing and also includes learning effects for Germany, which are identified and promoted from Brazilian approaches.

Expected project duration: 07/2024 to 06/2027 (project extension possible)


Your tasks:

In consultation with the team leader: management of activities in the area of scientific cooperation/research and support for STE assignments

  • Providing technical contributions and advisory services, especially in scientific cooperation, agroecology and organic farming
  • Reporting and public relations, knowledge management, evaluation of scientific cooperation and further training
  • Contacts and networking with partner structures in Brazil, Latin America and Germany, especially in research and science
  • Planning, coordination and support of activities for supra-regional cooperation of BCP projects
  • Supporting the overall team during important events and bottlenecks


You should have at least the following qualifications:

  • Completed university degree
  • At least 3 years of professional experience
  • Good knowledge of Portuguese and English

The following qualifications/experience are positively assessed:

Professional background:

  • Completed university degree in agricultural sciences/agricultural economics, biology and related natural sciences, Ph.D. is an advantage
  • Professional experience in international cooperation
  • Experience in a scientific environment, applied research and research management in Brazil, Germany and/or Latin America or in the tropics and subtropics
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of sustainability, climate protection, agroecology, organic farming, right to food, bioeconomy, financial, ecological and economic assessments of related innovations
  • Experience with the preparation of research plans, research implementation and the resulting consulting products in the agricultural sector

Regional expertise and language skills:

  • Professional experience in Latin America, especially Brazil and countries with comparable climatic and natural conditions
  • Very good knowledge of English and/or very good knowledge of Portuguese and/or German and/or Spanish

Methodical competence:

  • Knowledge of structures and methods of further education and skills development
  • Knowledge of structures and methods of international scientific cooperation
  • Practical experience in working with many different stakeholders – networking (cooperation with science)


Your application:

If you are interested in this assignment, please send your current and detailed CV (cover letter and certificates are not required) to Mr. Michael Bödecker, m.boedecker@iakleipzig.de, by May 30, 2024.

Please understand that only eligible applicants can be contacted.