Health & Governance Advisor

  • Full Time
  • Mansa, 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.

With financial support from the BMZ, GIZ is implementing the project “Strengthening Girls Rights! Reproductive Health, Family Planning and HIV prevention for pupils in Zambia” (SGR). The project enables young people, especially young women and girls aged 10-24 years, to exercise their rights, make use of counselling services and take action for sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention and non-violent gender relations. It is implemented in partnership with the National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council (NAC) and other stakeholders in Luapula, Lusaka, Northwestern and Southern province. Among other things, the project works directly with local authorities to strengthen the decentralized, multi-sectoral HIV response and scale-up evidence-based interventions for young people, such as the Join-In Circuit on AIDS, Love and Sexuality. It also supports youth-friendly spaces in health facilities to strengthen the youth-friendliness and gender-sensitivity of services.

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

Health & Governance Advisor – (Mansa based)


Main tasks and responsibilities

The advisor supports the implementation of the (SGR) project with the following responsibilities

  • Coordinate the implementation of the SGR project in Luapula Province with relevant stakeholders at the Provincial and District level
  • Manage relationships with partners and other stakeholders at the Provincial and District level and represent the SGR project at external meetings and events.
  • Lead the development of approaches and interventions for strengthening young people’s meaningful participation in the planning and monitoring of youth-friendly and gender-sensitive services for sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and prevention of HIV and gender based violence (GBV)
  • Build the capacity of partners as well as GIZ colleagues in the areas of participation, youth/ community-led monitoring and accountability
  • Support with the planning, implementation and monitoring of capacity building measures for local authorities to strengthen a youth-friendly multisectoral response to HIV, teenage pregnancies and GBV
  • Support with the planning, implementation and monitoring of dialogue formats with parents, religious and traditional leaders on HIV, teenage pregnancies and gender based violence
  • Contribute to Operational Planning, Results Based Monitoring and communication of project results and impact

Required qualifications, competences, and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Public Administration, Public Health or relevant Social Science. Master’s Degree and/or formal training in Human Rights is a strong added advantage.
  • Seven years professional experience in the area of (youth) participation and accountability, of which 3 years in the area of HIV, SRHR or GBV.
  • Work experience in an international organization is a strong added advantage
  • Solid understanding of and commitment to children’s and youth rights as well as human rights-based approaches for advancing SRHR
  • Proven experience in developing tools for community-led monitoring, accountability and/or advocacy (e.g. scorecards)
  • Track record in collaborating and building rapport with different stakeholders, including (local) government institutions, civil society and religious and traditional actors
  • Ability to design, lead and organize processes

Other knowledge and additional competences

  • Fluency in Bemba and English, both oral and written is a requirement
  • Ability to thrive in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • Proficiency in working with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Outlook and MS teams
  • Proactive and results-oriented work ethic
  • Team player with the ability to work with minimum supervision

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_SGR_HGA in the subject line to: [email protected] by 17:00hrs on Wednesday, 17th 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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