Junior Advisor

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Job Location

Expiration Date

03 Dec 2019

Deutsche Gesellschaft f. Int. Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Brussels, BE

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations.  GIZ promotes complex reforms and change processes, often working under difficult conditions.  Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis.  For more information, please consult www.giz.de.

On behalf of the EU and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ jointly with British Council, Expertise France and SNV will develop and conduct a Technical Assistance Facility for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries on business environment and investment climate reform (TAF).

We are currently looking for a Junior Advisor (m/f/d) for the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the TAF in Brussels starting from 01.01.2020 (or as soon as possible). GIZ offers a Belgian employment contract under the PC200, a monthly MOBIB ticket for Brussels, lunch vouchers and a complimentary hospitalization insurance. This is a full-time position. It will be remunerated according to the level of experience. The successful candidate will be contracted on a two-year basis with the possibility of renewal. A valid work permit for Belgium is required.

Applicants are asked to submit their updated CV together with a one-page cover letter indicating the salary expectation (both CV and letter in English) to: stefanie.khan@giz.de

mentioning the position they would like to apply for in the reference.  The cover letter should clearly outline the motivation and availability of the applicant.  Applications are to be submitted at the latest by 03 December 2019.


The Junior Advisor supports the Project Management Unit (PMU) and in particular, the PMU Project Manager and is responsible for coordinating project activities, carrying out specific research tasks, assisting the knowledge management and communication, supporting monitoring and evaluation as well as progress reporting.


Coordination and research

The junior advisor

  • assists with planning, coordinating and documenting meetings, workshops, seminars and other project activities with a focus on technical aspects
  • conducts research on other related projects esp. in partner countries and supports creation of synergies
  • supports compilation of instruments/approaches on relevant topics, particularly related to public private dialogue, investment climate and promotion, value chains 

Results Oriented Monitoring

The junior advisor

  • supports the Project Manager in developing and setting up a results oriented monitoring system in accordance with EC and BMZ requirements
  • supports project monitoring, collects inputs from different implementing organizations and updates information and documentation on project progress
  • supports reporting to donors (particularly towards EC DEVCO)

Knowledge Management and Communication

The junior advisor

  • assists the implementation of the communication and visibility work of the Technical Assistance Facility, including the online presence of the project (website, social media, etc)
  • supports documentation of success stories and lessons learned for selected interventions
  • organises and updates project/programme documentation, the filing systems and the project/programme library in coordination with Knowledge Management Officer

General obligations

The junior advisor

  • is familiar with GIZ planning, implementation and reporting procedures and their changes
  • represents the interest of the Technical Assistance Facility and always acts on its behalf
  • carries out important tasks for the project/programme, even if these are not explicitly cited in the job description



Work permit for Belgium, as the location of the work will be Brussels.


  • Master degree in economics, social sciences or any other field relevant to the position or Bachelor degree in mentioned fields and additional work experience of at least 2 years

Professional experience

  • 1-2 years´ experience in development cooperation
  • preferably prior experience in a developing country, especially African Caribbean Pacific countries

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • basic knowledge of sustainable economic development, particularly private sector development and business environment reform as well as Monitoring and Evaluation
  • good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office, MS Teams, Skype, Access, or other database programme, software for web development)
  • familiarity with and affinity to online community management, social media usage/marketing; experience with web content management would be an advantage
  • fluent in English; French or Spanish would be a particular asset; German is an advantage
  • willingness to travel, incl. to partner countries (mainly African Caribbean Pacific)
  • willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management

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