Fiscal Decentralisation Advisor


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 upcoming phase of the Programme “Strengthening Good Financial Governance in Zambia (GFG)” is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union (EU), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Its objective is to strengthen financial governance in Zambia in terms of transparency, accountability, citizen-orientation and efficiency.

The Technical Advisor ‘Fiscal Decentralisation’ in the joint EU-USAID-German Development Cooperation programme “Good Financial Governance in Zambia” is responsible for the implementation of the assigned outputs and work areas as directed by the Component Lead. He / she provides strategic, organisational and technical advice to the project’s partners and supports them in implementing core reforms related to fiscal decentralisation.
He / she is responsible for the operational and technical planning of the allocated workstreams in close coordination with other technical advisors and the component lead, in accordance with the project goals and activities agreed with the partner, the Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Unit at Ministry of Finance and National Planning.

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

Fiscal Decentralisation Advisor – (Lusaka based)


Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Supporting programme management in the conceptual design of the fiscal decentralization output, as the lead advisor.
  • Co-operating with the Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Unit at Ministry of Finance and National Planning (MoFNP) in designing and implementing the Intergovernmental Fiscal Architecture.
  • Overseeing the implementation of activities and workstreams to achieve results according to the log frame/results matrix in close consultation with counterparts to ensure that the services provided are aligned with the partners’ needs. This includes identifying bottlenecks in project implementation and recommending adjustments of operational and strategic plans, as well as monitoring of risks, changes and progress in the area of intervention.
  • Providing technical inputs for overarching project areas such as reporting, monitoring and evaluation, or contracting processes in the project in close cooperation with the procurement officer.
  • Responsible for designing, preparing and implementing workshops, seminars or other events on issues connected with the area of activity, both individually and with other team members.
  • Prepares Terms of Reference for short-term experts to support the team in advising programme partners in his/her area of expertise.
  • Responsible for networking with consultants, donors, research institutions etc. on a technical level as is necessary to perform the tasks; including technical backstopping for the Component leader in the representation of the project in regard to other international development partners.
  • Cooperating with other GIZ programmes to exploit synergies and avoid overlaps.
  • The Technical Advisor also performs other duties and tasks at the request of the component Leader.

Required qualifications

  • University degree (master or equivalent) in an area relevant to the programme’s objectives, such as Economics, Business Administration, Financial Management, Accounting, Law, or Public Administration.

Professional experience

  • Several years of practical experience in the fields of public financial management and fiscal decentralization
  • Excellent knowledge of public financial management and fiscal decentralization processes and practices in the Zambian public sector as well as international practice
  • Practical work experience in GRZ in a comparable position with references is desirable
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong technical advisory competences and conceptual skills
  • Must be highly adaptable, flexible, proactive, and able to work under pressure
  • Reliability, sensitivity to political economy, trusted counterpart and negotiator
  • Willingness to work in an intercultural environment
  • Knowledge of IT systems / accounting software used in GRZ would be considered a benefit

The successful candidate will be expected to start employment with GIZ, on a fixed term contract, by 1 July 2023. Interested candidates must send the CV and a cover letter electronically, quoting the reference: REF: GIZ_GFG_FDA in the subject line to: [email protected] by 17:00hrs on Wednesday, 31 May 2023. 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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