PhD Candidate: Localizing Land Registration and Tenure Security in Burundi

As a PhD candidate you will be responsible for research activities within the NORFACE/Belmont forum T2S programme ‘Securing Tenure, Sustainable Peace?', a …

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Comeniuslaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 - 38 uur


As a PhD candidate you will be responsible for research activities within the NORFACE/Belmont forum T2S programme ‘Securing Tenure, Sustainable Peace?', a collaboration between CICAM, Radboud University Nijmegen; Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University; Centre for Development Studies, Université catholique de Louvain; Centre d’Etudes et Recherche pour la Promotion Rurale, Bukavu; Integrated Research Institute, Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo, Beni; ZOA Netherlands/Burundi/DRC; UN-Habitat Nairobi; and Action pour la Paix et la Concorde, Bukavu.

This project aims to contribute to a better understanding of the challenges of land registration approaches in Burundi and eastern DR Congo and in particular how these deal with the recognition of competing claims in conflict-affected settings. Fieldwork on land registrations programmes in Burundi and DRC forms the core of the programme. In addition, it involves knowledge-sharing with practitioners to generate instruments that help better map potential outcomes of interventions.

You will be responsible for conducting extensive ethnographic research on land registration programmes in Burundi. You will collaborate with the Congolese partners in the project, conducting some fieldwork in DRC, and organise applied theatre workshops. You will contribute to knowledge sharing activities, including workshops with practitioner organisations in the Great Lakes Region and the Netherlands, and take care of stakeholder management in Burundi. You will contribute to and co-author various publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as policy notes.

Fieldwork in Burundi (and DRC) is conditional upon the prevailing security situation. The candidate will be expected to comply with the security regulations of Radboud University/CICAM.


  • you hold a Master’s degree in sociology, anthropology, development studies, human geography, political sciences, or a related field;
  • you have experience in conducting ethnographic field research in Africa or research on land governance related issues, or both;
  • you can demonstrate your capacity of conducting high quality research, and working in teams;
  • you have experience with action research/research methodologies involving close collaboration with policy makers and development practitioners, and you can demonstrate an interest in translating research findings to non-academic stakeholders, including local people;
  • you have experience in facilitating workshops or other training activities;
  • you are willing to spend a substantial part of the contract period in Burundi (2 periods of 9-12 months);
  • you have excellent knowledge of both French and English.


  • employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
  • the gross starting salary amounts to €2,266 per month, and will increase to €2,897 in the fourth year (salary scale P)
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • duration of the contract: your performance will be evaluated after 18 months. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years
  • you will be classified as a PhD Candidate (Promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO)
  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation

Intended start date is 1 October 2018.

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Additional information

Dr. ir. Mathijs van Leeuwen, Associate Professor CICAM
Telefoon: +3124 361 56 96

Dr. ir. Gemma van der Haar, Assistant Professor WUR
Telefoon: +31317 483 514

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