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 GIZ Agriculture and Food Security (AgriFood) and Water and Energy Cluster in Zambia aim at contributing to improve climate-resilient agricultural production and competitiveness along selected value chains (in order to increase incomes of small and medium farmers), to improve access to agricultural finance and to improve the food and nutrition situation of poor rural households. From February 2023 the clusters implements the Agro-ecological innovations for smallholder pest management Malawi, Uganda and Zambia (EcoPM) Project under the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation in Agriculture (i4Ag) by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-financed by the European Union (EU).
In this context, the project is seeking a suitable candidate for the following position:
Junior Monitoring & Evaluation and Communication Advisor – (based in Lusaka)
REF: GIZ_ AgriFood _JMECA
The Advisor will be responsible for developing and implementing a communication strategy for the project in Zambia, Uganda, and Malawi and ensure that project stakeholders are informed and engaged throughout the project cycle. Additionally, they will be responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of project activities in these countries, ensuring that project indicators are tracked, analyzed, and reported to support evidence-based decision making.
Main tasks and responsibilities
- Design and implement a comprehensive M&E plan for the project in Zambia, Uganda, and Malawi that includes tracking and reporting of project indicators, conducting periodic evaluations, and ensuring that data is collected and analyzed to support evidence-based decision making.
- Work closely with project staff and partners in Zambia, Uganda, and Malawi to monitor project progress against key performance indicators and support the timely completion of project deliverables.
- Conduct regular data quality assessments to ensure that project data in Zambia, Uganda, and Malawi is accurate, complete, and timely.
- Prepare and present regular project monitoring and evaluation reports to project stakeholders in Zambia, Uganda, and Malawi, including donors, government partners, and project beneficiaries.
- Provide technical assistance and capacity building to project staff and partners in Zambia, Uganda, and Malawi on project communication and M&E best practices.
- Participation in processes related to data collection, maintaining contacts and building networks, preparing, managing and assuring the quality of any evaluation missions.
- Processing the monitoring data for the purpose of project steering and preparing internal and external reports and communications.
- Setting up, structuring, and maintaining the knowledge management system, and analyzing results and lessons learned.
- Develop and implement a communication strategy for the project in Zambia, Uganda, and Malawi, ensuring that project stakeholders are informed and engaged throughout the project cycle.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Minimum of bachelor’s degree in statistic, communications, international development, or related field.
- Master’s degree will be an added advantage
- At least 5 years of experience in project communication and M&E.
- Strong experience in developing and implementing communication strategies, including content development and stakeholder engagement.
- Experience in designing and implementing M&E systems for international development projects.
Other knowledge and additional competences
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
- Ability to thrive in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
- Good working knowledge of ICT and computer applications (i.e., MS Office software package, telephone, email, internet, MS Teams etc.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with project staff and partners in Zambia, Uganda, and Malawi.
- Strong analytical and data management skills, including experience with data analysis software.
- Proactive and results-oriented work ethic
- Team player with the ability to work with minimum supervision
- Must be highly adaptable, proactive, and able to work to tight 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_ AgriFood _JMECA in the subject line to: [email protected] by 17:00hrs on Friday, 26th 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.