Job Vacancy For Junior Technical Advisor – Private Sector Dev’t

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is a public-benefit federal enterprise working in more than 100 countries worldwide. We work on behalf of the German Government and support public and private sector clients in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and environment, and peace and security. Our activities in Ghana cover three priority areas: Climate and Energy, Just Transition; Sustainable Economic Development, Training and Employment, and Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, which focuses on good governance.

Project Brief:

• Market Oriented Value Chains for Jobs and Growth in the ECOWAS region (MOVE) – The MOVE project focuses on building resilient cashew and rice value chains to contribute to the creation of jobs and income in West Africa, with ECOWAS as its main political partner.
• The project is mainly funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), with co-funding from the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented jointly with numerous private and public partners. MOVE’s intervention countries include Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.

Scope of Role:

• The Junior Technical Advisor will be working closely with the Private Sector Component team and will be responsible for dealing with all questions arising in implementing the component’s activities: Contributing to identify relevant problems/issues and assisting in formulating implementation-oriented solutions, further developing instruments and assisting in introducing innovation and change, managing knowledge by documenting and disseminating
know-how, experience and information, as well as assisting management with development of strategies for food safety standards and effective supply chain linkages.
• The responsibilities also include management of the Private Sector Component following project goals and activities agreed with various private and public sector partners, team agreements and/or agreements with the superior, advising partners (both private and public) and cooperating with important stakeholders including financial institutions and maintaining a good flow of communication and information between all involved institutions and counterparts and GIZ


1. Private Sector Development

• Prepare and implement projects/interventions related to project output indicators in increasing value addition of processed products in the project countries.
• Prepare terms of references, guidelines, and related documents for contracting consultants and external partners.
• Provide technical assistance to rice processing factories and organizing factories and factory staff for training on food safety standards.

2. Professional Advisory Services

• Advise partner institution(s) on order clarification, identifying needs, developing concepts and strategies, and providing technical input.
• Contribute to preparing and implementing the coordination process, joint project/programme activities and work in the regions.
• Actively monitor the development and implementation of project/programme plans and activities in close consultation with counterparts.

3. Management and Coordination

• Support all administrative processes in the context of private sector development in the ECOWAS region for the rice value chains.
• Assist in project planning for the component and develop project concepts, strategies, and implementation.
• Assist effective communication to the technical, cross-cutting and administrative units (Production, Processing, HCD, Policy, M&E, F&A, Communication).

4. Communication and Networking

• Communicate with key project partners regularly as well as develop and maintain contact with all important stakeholders.
• Ensure knowledge management is documented and distributes relevant information, monitors communication and interaction between government institutions, NGOs and society through analyses of the media, direct dialogue, participation in meetings and seminars etc.

5. Knowledge Management

• Support the development of ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals, and procedures.
• Assist with research activities and studies on issues to support programme implementation and learning.
• Compile information on the implementation of partner’s work plans and ensures knowledge transfer.

6. Other Duties / Additional Tasks

• Perform other duties and tasks at the request of management.
• Support the preparation of training materials and accompany consultants on coaching for partner institutions

Qualification Required & Experience

• University degree (Bachelor’s) in Food Science & Nutrition, Food Engineering, and/or others related to the project objectives.
• At least two (2) years of relevant professional experience in donor-assisted projects or private sector similar role.
• Experience working in collaboration with private sector actors (farmers, processors, investors and potential investors).
• Experience with end-to-end processing outflows in food safety standards will be an advantage.
• Experience with dietary plan development and demonstrated practical experience in supporting private sector partners in the rice value chains.
• Stock control and management with associated quality standard parameters.
• Fair understanding of quality assurance measures in rice as well as marketing options.
• Computer skills in up-to-date MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
• Excellent communication skills (oral & written), including good presentation skills.
• Willingness to travel regularly as well as capacity and sensitivity to work in a multinational environment.
• Very good knowledge of the English Language and relevant Ghanaian language(s); Knowledge of the French language is an added advantage

Location: Accra

How To Apply For The Job

Interested and suitable applicants are to forward their detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a one-page cover letter to: quoting the Job Code 2024/MOVE/01/06 in the subject line.

If you do not hear from us two (2) weeks after the deadline, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Closing Date: 18 June, 2024

GIZ is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. All qualified candidates regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, race, and religion are encouraged to apply.