Technical Advisor Participatory Policy Reform

  • 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.

The Programme “Enabling Access to Justice, Civil Society Participation and Transparency (EnACT)” is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and promotes dialogue and cooperation between Government institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) on law and policy reform and implementation. The Programme aims at improving the Zambian population’s access to accountable institutions, to justice and to transparent government decision-making processes. The programme consists of four main outputs,(1) Legislative Framework and Civic Space (2) Accountability and Transparency (3) Legal Aid and (4) LegalTech.

In this context, GIZ is seeking a suitable candidate to fill the following position:

Technical Advisor Participatory Policy Reform – (Lusaka based)


Main tasks and responsibilities:

The position holder is responsible for:

  • Advising civil society and state partners on participatory policy and law formulation in the areas of access to justice, transparency and accountability.
  • Accompanying selected processes of policy and/or law reform to ensure processes are inclusive and constructive with a high quality of participation.
  • Advising selected civil society organizations on effective data collection, advocacy strategies and monitoring the implementation of key pieces of legislation in said areas.

In this context, the position holder fulfils the following tasks:

Technical Advice to Partner Institutions

  • Providing technical advice to civil society partner institutions on drafting effective advocacy strategies to enhance citizens’ interests in legislative and policy reform processes
  • Advise state partners on participatory law making, this entails procedural advice on selected pieces of legislation (e.g. Access to Information Act, Anti-Corruption Legislation etc.) as well as strengthening of institutionalized participatory mechanisms, consultation platforms, regular exchange fora etc.
  • Support in establishing or identifying suitable platforms for state-civil society engagement on legislative processes on accountability and access to justice
  • Monitor and collect data on the implementation of legislative and policy processes by State partners (e.g.  8NDP, NGO Act, Legal Aid Act, Anti-Corruption Policy, Zambia Correctional Service Act)
  • Support preparation and documentation of the steering mechanisms of the EnACT programme (Steering Committee, Technical Committees)
  • Support the coordination of joint activities within the EnACT programme
  • Propose measures to enhance the impact of the Programme

Knowledge Management and Research

  • Contributing to the project’s monitoring, reporting and knowledge management system by documenting results and lessons learnt
  • Identifying, compiling and documenting good, innovative practices and lessons learnt on legislative and policy reform processes
  • Assisting the Communication advisor in compiling stories of change with regards to policy and legislative processes and reforms
  • Compiling relevant information regarding his/her areas of responsibility
  • Supporting the knowledge management including collecting and sharing reports and any other relevant information

Other duties/additional tasks

  • Supporting EnAct on an ad hoc need’s basis with other related tasks
  • Participating in a set of additional activities including supporting the project implementation and synergies

Required qualifications, competences, and experience


Formal Education

  • University Degree in Development Studies, Bachelors in Law (LLB), Political Science, Human Rights and/or other related fields
  • A master’s degree is an added advantage

Other Qualifications

Professional Experience

  • At least five years professional experience in the governance sector with a focus on institutional strengthening and/or participatory law and decision making
  • At least five years working experience in the promotion of human rights with governmental institutions, civil society organizations and/or donor agencies
  • Previous work experience either with a Zambian government institution or an international organisation and/or donor agency
  • A proven track-record in change management processes is an added advantage

Other Knowledge, additional competences

  • In-depth knowledge of the political, social, economic development and the relevant institutional landscape (public sector and civil society) of Zambia
  • Fluency in English with the ability to express oneself well both in writing and orally
  • Be a team player, flexible and open minded
  • Have strong ability to multitask duties and apply practical problem-solving skills when needed
  • Have the ability to work in intercultural teams
  • Have excellent communication skills (including networking)
  • Be conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, and observing deadlines

The successful candidate will be expected to start employment with GIZ, on a fixed term contract. Interested candidates must send the CV and a cover letter electronically, quoting the reference GIZ_ENACT_TAPPR in the subject line to: [email protected] by 17:00hrs on Wednesday, 8th June 2022. GIZ will only assess applications which meet the following criteria:

  • Cover letters must be sent using font type Arial, size 11. In the first paragraph, please outline your motivation for applying for the position. In the second paragraph, outline your experience in the position
  • CVs must be submitted in PDF not exceeding three (3) pages. Do not indicate your marital status, religion, Political affiliation or insert your photo.
  • Certificates, qualifications, etc. must not be attached to the application.
  • Traceable references of previous engagements must be provided.

Please note that only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. GIZ is committed to be an equal opportunities employer, therefore, women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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