Capacity Development Advisor, ref. GIZ_PVW_CDA

  • Full Time
  • Zambia
  • Applications have closed



The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is the implementing agency of the Federal Republic of Germany for technical and international cooperation. It offers flexible, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes. Most of the work of GIZ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries as well as public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include the European Commission, the United Nations, the World Bank and governments of other countries.

GIZ is implementing a joint initiative between the German and Southern African Regional Governments (South Africa, Lesotho and Zambia) with funding from the BMZ. This initiative is called the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls Programme (PVAWG). The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the cooperation among governmental, non-governmental and private sector actors to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Southern Africa with four (4) outputs, namely:

(i) Output A: strengthening institutional capacities of actors for coordinated implementation of prevention measures
(ii) Output B: implementation of flagship measures by multi-stakeholder partnerships for the prevention of VAWG
(iii) Output C: implementation of practice-oriented research, which meet information needs at global, regional and/or national level and the actors’ need for evidence
(iv) Output D: Regional sharing of lessons and research findings generated in the other outputs between actors from different countries in Southern Africa

In Zambia, this programme is being implemented in Southern Province. Thus, GIZ seeks to recruit a suitable candidate to fill the following position who will work hand-in-hand with the component leader:

Capacity Development Advisor (Choma based)


The advisor will support the programme’s efforts under Output A. To this end, the advisor is responsible for:

  • providing both the provincial and district coordination mechanisms on gender with the necessary technical expertise and capacity development to undertake their tasks;
  • establishing and supporting the necessary structures for the management and coordination of the VAWG preventive measures;
  • managing the GIZ contribution to the coordination mechanisms;
  • innovation and knowledge management related to coordination

Main tasks and responsibilities:

Advising the Provincial and district gender coordination mechanisms

  • Developing and implementing capacity development strategies to the coordination mechanism
  • Serving as a first point-of-contact and advisor for the partners coordinating gender in Southern Province (at provincial and district level)
  • Assisting in the development and monitoring of (joint) operational plans and activities
  • Assessing capacity development needs of the coordination mechanism and dealing with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, training and other capacity development measures
  • Developing and organising quality assurance measures and suggesting necessary changes and improvements to the work of the coordination mechanism

Networking and cooperation

  • Establishing and enhancing the smooth flow of meetings, communication and working structure for the provincial and district coordination of gender
  • Facilitating cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with and between gender coordination mechanisms, as well as with other relevant governmental, non-government and private sector actors in the project environment
  • Facilitating the sharing of the results, experiences and learning from the coordination mechanism at national and regional exchange forums

Knowledge management

  • Assisting with research activities and studies related to coordination of gender
  • Contributing to the monitoring, documentation and reporting on (the GIZ contributions to) the coordination of gender in the district and province
  • Using results-based monitoring (RBM) data to suggest necessary changes and improvements to the contributions of GIZ to the coordination mechanism
  • Feeding lessons learned and gained knowledge into the GIZ and gender coordination mechanism
  • Preparing appropriate input for PR materials and various programme reports including annual reports, and contributing to the other reports required by the programme manager and GIZ Head Office

Coordination/administration tasks

  • Working closely with, and reporting to, the team leader for the day-to-day planning and execution of their tasks
  • Assisting with general project planning for the Zambia component as well as the regional programme
  • Assisting with management of contracts (grants and services) between GIZ and implementing partners of the flagship measure
  • Coordinating relevant project activities at local and, where relevant, regional level in consultation with the team leader for Zambia and in cooperation with the partners
  • Ensuring synergies with other programme activities and compiling the relevant information for joint activities and assignments

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies, Development Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health or other relevant field; a master’s degree is an added advantage
  • Additional qualifications in organisational development and/or project management is also desirable

Professional experience

  • At least 5 years’ professional experience, of which at least 3 years in a technical position in the area of organisational development
  • Practical experience with capacity development
  • Track record on successful capacity development with the government, especially the local authority
  • Proven experience with project management, including establishing results-based monitoring systems
  • Experience with developing and facilitating training and workshops
  • Experience in an international organisation is an asset
  • Experience of working with Zambian government (at sub-national level), especially the Zambia Police Services, is an added advantage.
  • Professional experience in the Southern Province is an added advantage

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Ability to develop rapport with different actors, motivate, inspire trust and manage conflicts
  • Outstanding strategic and conceptual skills, applying innovation and out-of-the box thinking to achieve results and solve problems
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Hardworking, reliable and pro-active
  • Willingness to learn and to receive and give feedback and advise
  • Understanding of dynamics/power structures at the local level
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Proficiency in the using MS Office (e.g. Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is an added advantage

The successful candidate will be expected to start full-time employment with GIZ, on a fixed term contract, as soon as possible. Interested candidates must send the CV and a cover letter electronically, quoting the above reference in the subject line to: [email protected] by 17:00 hrs on Wednesday, 15th August 2018. Certificates, qualifications, etc. must not be attached to the application. In addition, traceable references of previous engagements must be provided. Please note that only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. GIZ is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. Therefore, women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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