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ESR 12 Building coherent social protection systems

Reference No.:
ESR 12

Numerous studies of the social systems of low- and middle-income countries have described that the fragmentation of social policy, in particular the lack of coordination and coherence between the individual subsystems, has led to major implementation problems. Frequently, different institutions supervise the various social programmes and the requirements for social benefits are formulated or interpreted differently. This makes it difficult for the beneficiaries, who are often addressees of several programmes, to find the right contacts and to understand the structures of the support they receive. These problems are even further intensified if neighbouring policy areas (e.g. labour market policy, child protection, public health) are not adequately coordinated with social policy. In some countries, the coordination of the different social protection areas is carried out by a so-called framework law, setting out general rules that apply uniformly to all social protection areas or containing provisions on institutions that are interdepartmentally involved in the coordination, implementation or control of the various social policy programmes. The project will investigate these and other examples of frameworks, which facilitate coordination and coherence in social protection systems.

Recruiting University:
Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Germany

Partner University:
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Netherlands

Research Directors:
Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn (Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, RUB)
Prof. Dr. Andrew Fischer (International Institute of Social Studies, EUR)

The project involves a strong collaboration between the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy at RUB and the International Institute of Social Studies of EUR and therefore includes mandatory research stays of the ESR in The Hague for six months in total.
Further secondments are planned as field research periods (3 months each) in Africa, supervised by the University for Development Studies (Ghana), and the University of the Western Cape (South Africa).

Specific selection criteria for this ESR position:
The successful candidate has completed an internationally recognised Masters’ programme or a comparable university programme in Law or in Political Science with an above-average GPA. Specialisations in social security law, comparative law and/or social policy would be an advantage. Familiarity with the governance of social protection systems would be an additional plus.

Specific information regarding the recruiting university:
RUB offers a topping-up of allowances financed by the EU to allow for payment according to the salary scale for scientific staff (TVL 13).
The ESR will be a member of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy of RUB and of the RUB Research School.

Please see also:

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum
Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

Phone:  +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
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