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Call for Applications for PhD University Professor as Lead Chair on Forced Displacement at the Faculty of Governance, Economics and Social Sciences (FGSES) of the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P).

LERRN is pleased to announce the following Call for Applications from the Faculty of Governance, Economics and Social Sciences (FGSES) of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), and our Partner Organization, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

The following info can also be found on the FGSES-UM6P website, or on ResearchGate.

Project summary and background

FGSES has been awarded a five-year grant from IDRC as a part of an ambitious program for the creation and support of a network of 12 research chairs across the Global South. The aim is to support the production of evidence-based research on the matter of forced displacement.

FGSES invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in Political Science, Social Sciences, or any relevant discipline for the position of Lead Chair on Forced Displacement.

The roles and responsibilities of the successful candidate include research and teaching. The successful candidate is also expected to actively contribute to the design and implementation of specific teaching and research programs. The research chairs will conduct research on forced displacement using an interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral and gender-transformative approach. They will also mentor and supervise early career scholars.

They will conduct outreach with impacted communities, particularly refugee-led initiatives, support localized agenda-setting, amplify refugee and host community voices, and advocate with policy stakeholders at local and international levels to ensure a strong link between research and policy.

Deadline: 31 March, 2023

Contract type & Hours: Full time

Location: FGSES Campus, Rabat, Morocco

Position: Lead Chair on Forced Displacement

Salary: TBD

Selection Criteria

  • University professor with strong record in research and community outreach.
  • PhD in Social Sciences: Political science demography, sociology, public policy, development economics or any other discipline relevant to migration and forced displacement studies.
  • Proven record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Fluency in Arabic, English and French.
  • Excellent command of written English and French.
  • Strong academic knowledge in the field of migration, forced displacement and refugee law.
  • Field experience with forcibly displaced persons and/or migrants and refugees is a plus.
  • Previous experience in a governmental role or NGOs working with migrants is a plus.
  • Willingness and commitment to work with different stakeholders, including but not limited to civil society organizations/local authorities and representatives of forcibly displaced communities.
  • Commitment to the mentoring and assistance of early career researchers and PhD students working in the field of forced displacement.
  • Commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and gender equality.
  • Women and candidates from minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Duties and expected deliverables

  • Facilitate the effective operation and management of the chair on forced displacement of the Faculty of Governance, Social and Economic Sciences and provide strong leadership to it.
  • Supervise the activities and projects of the chair and ensure their communication to relevant stakeholders.
  • Submit a workplan to IDRC for approval, including proposed activities in the three areas of focus: research, community outreach, and policy outreach. The chair will lead on these three axes of focus.
  • Coordinate with other IDRC-funded research chairs to strengthen coordination and mutual learning and to engage in possible joint activities, with support from LERRN at Carleton University.
  • Regularly report to relevant responsible at the FGSES on the work and activities of the chair, while ensuring the smooth running of activities and timely reporting of any issues pertaining to the work of the chair.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with all relevant departments of the FGSES in the design, organization and running of events relevant to the work of the chair.
  • Actively contribute to the scientific production of the chair, through the publishing of research papers and policy brief, as agreed upon in the contract.
  • Regularly provide technical progress reports to FGSES and IDRC and engage with both institutions in regional and global fora.
  • Design a process to ensure the long-term sustainability of the position of chair beyond the IDRC funding.

How to Apply

Applicants must provide:

  1. a detailed curriculum vitae,
  2. a separate, full list of publications,
  3. one example of research output,
  4. a proof of degree completion,
  5. at least two letters of recommendation,
  6. evidence of effective post-secondary teaching experience, and
  7. evidence of successful advising of Masters and Ph.D. level research consistent with international standards.

For full consideration, please ensure your application is complete. All items should be assembled (in the order listed) in a single “zipped” file and sent by email to, with “Lead Chair Position” in the subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with the earliest interviews starting as soon as mid-March.

Selected candidates will be invited to an initial interview. After this stage, candidates may be invited to give a 60 to 75 minutes research presentation and mock lecture.

About the FGSES

FGSES logoThe Social Sciences, Economics and Humanities Cluster at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is a teaching and research ecosystem that closely brings together three entities:

  • Faculty of Governance, Economics and Social Sciences (FGSES); offering Bachelor’s and Master’s programs,

as well as Ph.D. programs,

  • The Africa Institute for Research in Economics and Social Sciences (AIRESS); geared towards research,
  • The Public Policy School (PPS); offering executive education programs for decision-makers in both public and private sectors.

Each of these entities fulfills its own mission; using the knowledge and experience shared among a community of professors, researchers, scholars as well as public decision-makers. All three entities have a common goal. They contribute to the development of the African continent and endow public policies with solid knowledge as well as highly skilled professional profiles that critically address issues facing the continent and the globe.

About UM6P

UM6P logoUM6P is a recently established non-profit university created with the ambition of providing a world-class educational experience and delivering cutting-edge research in natural sciences, engineering, and social sciences. It was established to serve countries of the Global South, with an emphasis on producing research relevant to the African continent and training the next generation of political, social, scientific, and business leaders.

About the IDRC Research Chairs Network on Forced Displacement

IDRC logoThe IDRC Research Chairs Network on Forced Displacement supports the individual and collective activities of the IDRC Research Chairs, amplifying their work at the regional and global level, supporting collaborative and comparative research projects, and creating an inclusive and supportive research environment that is greater than the sum of its parts. The Network is supported by Carleton University and LERRN.

For more information, please visit the Research Chairs Network Main Page: