ComDev Jobs

Our Communication for Development program is looking for a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor-equivalent) to join the team.
This is a full-time, permanent position and applications are accepted until 30 April 2018.

The full job specifications and details are available on Malmö University’s website.

So please do not hesitate to spread the word, submit an application or get in touch with us if you have further questions!

About the position
As a senior lecturer in Communication for Development you will be involved in independent teaching, course and programme management, supervision and examination of master’s theses, educational development work, research, and collaboration with external stakeholders, international research partners and the wider society. This specific position involves teaching primarily within the programme Communication for Development, an online master’s programme working with a global student group of around 100 students. As K3 is an interdisciplinary school, teaching within other programmes and courses may also occur.

In order to qualify for appointment as senior lecturer at Malmö university, the applicant must have

  • obtained a PhD in in a subject relevant to Communication for Development, for example Development Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Social Anthropology or Political Science
  • demonstrated teaching expertise through their ability to develop, conduct and manage education
  • demonstrated an ability to engage with wider society and communicate their activities within their area of responsibilityIn order to qualify for this specific position, the applicant must have:
  • documented competence in research-based teaching
  • a high level of proficiency to teach, research and communicate in English
  • documented experience of interdisciplinary research and teaching
  • documented experience of supervision and examination of degree projects in the interdisciplinary field of Communication for Development

The following qualifications are considered particular strengths:

  • experience in teaching and research on developing countries and the global South
  • experience of teaching in an online, blended teaching environment and virtual teamwork
  • knowledge of new media and/or visual communication theories and practices in the context of humanitarian or development communication in a historical as well as contemporary perspective
  • additional language proficiency, including Nordic languages

Selection criteria
Assessment of candidates is based on their degree of proficiency and ability with respect to the qualifications listed above. Scientific and pedagogical qualifications are the two main qualifications, and they are considered equally important in the assessment. All teaching staff at Malmö University are expected to have completed, or be about to undergo, training in higher education teaching and learning of at least 15 credits.

Head of section Petra Ragnerstam,
For general employment and procedural questions, contact Anne Olsson, Human Resources:

Malmö University kindly but firmly declines direct contact with recruiting and staffing agencies, as well as job advertising sellers.

You apply through Malmö University’s recruitment system by clicking the button “ansök”. You have the responsibility that your application is complete according to the adverted position and your application must be received no later than date month 2018.
The application consists of the following elements:

  1. A complete résumé.
  2. Copies of relevant certificates.
  3. A statement on pedagogical philosophy and intent.
  4. A statement highlighting scientific, pedagogical and other activities of particular significance for the position.
  5. Copies of selected scientific and pedagogical works (up to five in each category).
  6. References

Your merits can be documented according to Malmö university’s Guidelines for documentation and assessment of qualifications. See also Malmö University appointment rules.

If the application includes physical material, send three identical sets of the supplementary physical material by mail, marked with reference number REK 2.2.1-2018/56 to, HR-department, Malmö universitet,
205 06 Malmö. If the physical material weighs more than 2 kg use the following address: HR-department, Matrosgatan 1, 211 18 Malmö, marked with reference number REK 2.2.1-2018/56.

Your application will be handled by our internal hiring board and also assessed by external experts.

Additional information
This is a permanent full-time position. starting at the earliest convenience or by agreement. A probationary period of 6 months may apply.
At Malmö University, individual salary negotiations apply.

Malmö University is a workplace characterised by an open and inclusive approach where equal treatment adds value to our activities

Starting date
Starting at the earliest convenience or by agreement

Union representatives
Saco-S, Rebecka Johansson,
OFR, Martin Reissner,

Johanna Stenerson is one of the first ComDev graduates to complete their PhD. Johanna graduated from ComDev in 2006, and after having worked in Nicaragua as a programme analyst in a civil society organisation she was accepted for doctoral studies at Örebro University, Sweden. In November she defended her PhD thesis “Citizens in the Making. Critical Perspectives on Civic Participation and Communicative Practices”.

Congratulations on your PhD! What was your doctoral research about?
My thesis addresses issues of civic identity, culture and practices in the context of the Nicaraguan women’s movement and in the wider context and discourse of global development. Women’s experiences and knowledge are rarely accounted for and have historically been pushed to the epistemological margins. I discuss how the wide range of practices and rituals in which the women are engaged in different ways challenge and resist dominant views on and practices of civic participation and identity. I have wanted to discuss the fact that ‘participation’ often is constructed in ways that exclude certain expressions and experiences, and how the wish to rationalise participation distances it from both body and passion, elements that are highly relevant for political and social interaction.

What’s next for you?
I’m currently director of division, Media and communication studies at Örebro University, but hope to reconnect to some more empirical experiences again soon, either through research or finding a position outside the academic realm.

How has your ComDev degree been useful in your PhD studies?
I would say that ComDev, not only as degree, but also as experience, network and space for critique and encounters, has been crucial for my choice of career and research orientation.

What were the best parts about ComDev in your opinion?
Where to begin? The enthusiasm, among students and staff alike, the dynamics, vitality, interesting and challenging reading, assignments and group work, the pioneering course site and Oscar’s great networking skills and incredible ability to create interesting

What did you write your degree project about?
I was fortunate to get a Minor Field Studies grant to do a project in Kyrgyzstan about tourism, identity and political transition in post-soviet states. The thesis is called Heritage and Enterprise. Community Based Tourism in Kyrgyzstan.

Any advice for ComDev students wanting to continue into PhD studies?
Please do! We need more empirically grounded and critically oriented research within this field.

Flor JohannaJohanna Stenerson (right) with fellow ComDev graduate and recent PhD Florencia Enghel.


The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is looking for two student assistants from March 1, 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter , to assist the CCAFS Coordinating Unit placed at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Rolighedsvej 21, Frederiksberg. Employment period is 1 March 2014 till 31 December 2015.

CCAFS is a 10-year research initiative launched by CGIAR and Future Earth, hosted by the University of Copenhagen. CCAFS brings together the world’s best researchers in agricultural science, development research, climate science, and Earth System science, to identify and address the most important interactions, synergies and tradeoffs between climate change, agriculture and food security (see more information on
We are looking for two student assistants with a strong interest in communications and outreach who can help make CCAFS become an honest broker in the international climate debate and reach its goal of reducing poverty and malnutrition among millions of families in developing countries. The student assistants will form part of the small and geographically dispersed communications and knowledge management team and your tasks will focus on supporting the implementation of CCAFS’ global engagement strategy. This includes assistance to the management of our website and various other communications tools and approaches (website, social media, multimedia, e-newsletters, publications, media outreach, and engagement in international events and policy processes). Tasks may also include assistance to daily program administration.

We expect you:
– Have good English and communications skills (particularly writing);
– Work systematically and independently and can manage dealing with several parallel tasks with sometimes tight deadlines;
– Have experience managing website content and working with blogs and social media;
– Have finished at least one year of your education with good results;

It is a prerequisite that you are enrolled in a university study program (Bachelor or Master level). An educational background in communications is an asset but not a prerequisite. Likewise, an interest in climate change, agriculture and/or international development is an asset but not a prerequisite.

Terms of employment, working hours, salary
Starting date: 1 March 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. Working hours on average are 15 hours per week. Employment as student assistant is in accordance with the collective agreement with HK (§35). The actual hourly wage depends on your seniority.

Inquiries regarding the positions can be adressed to Misha Wolsgaard-Iversen (M.WOLSGAARDIVERSEN@CGIAR.ORG

We offer a unique opportunity to work with – and learn about managing and communicating – high level international research in a challenging and engaging environment. The working hours are approximately 15 hours per week and starts preferably early March or as soon as possible thereafter.

University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The application – incl cover letter, CV and university grades – must be submitted in English via the job portal of the University of Copenhagen – – under “technical and administrative staff” at the Faculty of Science. Please submit your application by clicking on the “Send application (send ansøgning)” button. Application deadline is February 16. Job interviews with relevant candidates will be conducted shortly after. We look forward to hearing from you!

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