Job Vacancy For Technical Advisor R&D in the Pharmaceutical Sector (Technical)

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:

The new programme “Strengthening the Ghanaian pharmaceutical sector with a focus on local vaccine production” takes a holistic approach to promoting the pharmaceutical private sector with a special focus on vaccine production: (i) strengthening the coordination of relevant public and private sector actors and in particular the national regulatory authority, (ii) training of specialists for the private sector and science, (iii) promoting research and development, (iv) promoting the pharmaceutical private sector.

Scope of Role:

As a technical advisor for research and development (R&D) in the pharmaceutical sector, you support the programme’s intervention area 3 (with a focus on central and northern Ghana). You take technical responsibility for the results-based planning, implementation and monitoring of specific activities that develop the capacities of partner institutions.


• Supporting applied research projects jointly implemented by local pharmaceutical manufacturers and Ghanaian and/or international research institutions (South-South and North-South), notably a R&D collaboration between the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine and Charité Berlin.
• Providing advice, coordinating laboratory equipment support and organising capacity building for manufacturers and research
institutions regarding applied pharmaceutical research agendas and projects.
• Providing technical and other support to develop services for pharmaceutical manufacturers in the area of R&D.
• Supporting the development and upgrade of relevant postgraduate courses.
• Regarding above-mentioned areas, (i) coordinating technical, logistical, equipment and financial support for partner institutions, (ii) preparing analyses, strategies, operational plans, concept notes, reports etc., (iii) providing strategy and implementation advice to programme management.
• Regarding above-mentioned areas, ensuring (i) compliance with GIZ rules and procedures and appropriate documentation of work
processes and results, (ii) the preparation of procurement, monitoring and quality control of suppliers and service providers, (iii) close coordination with team members, involvement of partner institutions and liaison with other GIZ projects, the cluster as well as country and head offices, (iv) the consideration of cross-cutting topics such as gender equality, environmental protection and digitalisation

Qualification Required & Experience

• Postgraduate degree in natural, health or life sciences; doctorate level is desirable.
• 5 years of professional experience in pharmaceutical or related research at public research institutions; R&D experience in the pharmaceutical industry is and experience in the vaccine area an asset.
• Experience with public-private and international research collaborations is desirable.
• Strong consulting skills, including methods of developing individual and organisational capacities of partners/clients (advice, coaching, training, etc.), the ability to build trustful relationships with partners, analytical skills and the ability to develop and present ideas verbally and in writing to diverse audiences.
• Competencies in results-oriented project and activity management, including planning and budgeting, progress monitoring, event management and logistics; preferably experience in managing partnerships with the private sector.
• Knowledge of procedures of GIZ or another development agency are an asset.
• Proficiency in ITC technologies, including MS Office suite, and digital communication.
• Strong command of written and spoken English.
• Dynamic, agile personality with integrity, attention to detail, strong diplomatic and communication skills and a willingness to learn.
• Ability to work in a diverse team but also autonomously as well as results-oriented and to multi-task, prioritise and work under pressure.

Location: Kumasi

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: under the Job Code 2024/R&D-K/26/06. If you do not hear from us Four (4) weeks after the deadline, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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