Agricultural Advisor on Civil Society and Gender

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, 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.

As part of the GIZ Agriculture and Food Security Cluster (“Agri-Food Cluster”), you will make a qualitative and sustainable contribution to food security in Zambia. More than half of Zambia’s population lives from agriculture, and malnutrition is a key problem. The cluster includes projects in the areas of agriculture and food security, which are closely linked. As an agricultural advisor, you will support the implementation of the Zambia country contribution of the global project (GV) “Sustainable Agricultural Systems and Agricultural Policy” (AgSys) as well as you will support the bilateral project “Climate-Resilient Agri-Food Systems” (CREATE) commissioned by the BMZ to work at policy level. In doing so, you will actively shape the transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems in Zambia.

In this context, the project is seeking a suitable candidate for the following position:

Agricultural Advisor on Civil Society and Gender – (based in Lusaka) 


Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Conceptualize engagement of civil society, private sector and other non-state actors (associations, farmer groups, women groups, youth groups, academia, research institutes etc.) active in the agricultural sector in project implementation
  • Design and implement capacity development measures to empower and strengthen competencies of central social change agents, especially women and young people, to contribute their interests in shaping transformation agendas
  • Design and facilitate adequate exchange formats, such as multistakeholder platforms, on agriculture policy and related topics to foster coordination between national and non-state actors
  • Advise government partners on the design of inclusive participatory formats
  • Advise government and other project partners on gender transformative approaches and gender-related topics in general
  • Manage service and financing contracts related to the tasks listed above
    Perform other tasks related to agricultural policy advisory if required.

Qualifications and Requirements: 

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agribusiness, or related field
  • Master’s degree or postgraduate degree will be an advantage.
    Professional experience
  • At least 8 years professional experience in working on agricultural and/or food security topics
  • At least 4 years of professional experience in the field of development cooperation
  • At least 4 years of proven experience working on gender and empowerment related topics

Other knowledge and additional competences

  • Demonstrable excellent advisory, facilitation and presentation skills
  • Ability to quickly familiarize yourself with different topics and to present complex issues in an understandable manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills as well as prioritisation capabilities in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to work independently and pro-actively in a results-oriented manner
  • Very good working knowledge of ICT technologies and computer applications (MS Office, etc.)
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed.

The successful candidate will be expected to start employment with GIZ, on a fixed term contract.

Application deadline: 20.03.2024 

Please understand, that we can only accept and process applications via our E-recruiting system. Applications should meet the following criteria:

  • Cover letter quoting the reference: REF: GIZ_AGR_ACSG must be uploaded 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.

GIZ is a signatory of the Diversity Charter. Recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in the company are important to us. All employees shall be valued – regardless of gender and gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, social background or age.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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