Development Worker as Advisor on Water Management (electro-mechanical), Chris Hani District Municipality, Queenstown

South Africa

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

With the dispatch of qualified specialists as development workers, GIZ contributes to the sustainable improvement of living conditions of people in developing and transition countries

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    07/01/2018 - 06/30/2020
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Job description

Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) is the water services authority and water services provider to six municipalities in the Eastern Cape. Approximately 25% of households have piped water inside dwellings and generally the water services infrastructure is challenging for water services. The development worker will support CHDM in developing a strategic approach for the repair, maintenance and exchange of electro-mechanical equipment in order to increase access to clean water.
Water infrastructure is aging and undersized for the current population and there is a high number of illegal connections. Infrastructure refurbishment, renovations and extensions are required to enhance water services. The development worker will provide strategic support to the management team with a focus on electro-mechanical equipment, as well as mentoring and coaching for technical staff.

Your tasks

  • Provide advisory services to the management team for engineering services with a focus on electro-mechanical equipment
  • Provide support for the design and implementation of a management schedule for maintenance of electro-mechanical equipment
  • Support the development and implementation of a mentoring and coaching programme for technical staff, with a strong focus on "hands-on" support

Your profile

  • Diploma in electro-mechanical engineering
  • Experience in supply of water services in a local government context
  • Specific experience in the electro-mechanical engineering aspects of water plans and infrastructure
  • Ability to coach, mentor and motivate staff
  • Fluency in English
  • A valid driver's licence
  • Culturally astute, especially in a rural setting

Location information

  • place of residence: Komani, formerly known as Queenstown, is a town in the middle of the Eastern Cape Province  
  • climate: In Summer, hot and rainy (up to 40°C), Winter is cold with snow in the surrounding mountains (1°C)
  • healthcare: There is a private and public hospital and three clinics; there are at least 60 general practitioners
  • supply and shopping facilities: There are two malls and many retail shops and supermarkets, clothing, electronics, banks, postal, etc.
  • accessibility: Easy accessibility - walking range to shops, restaurants, etc.  East London 200km - good roads
  • school situation and school fees: There are ten schools of which two are excellent and offer boarding and are private; school fees are reimbursed according to GIZ regulations
  • Other: Population around 75000 inhabitants, central place for trading. 


GIZ's Development Service is looking forward to applications of candidates with a professional qualification and / or university degree and at least two years of professional experience. In addition you hold the German nationality or the nationality of a member state of the European Union.

Please understand that we can accept and process in principle only applications via our E-recruiting system. If you should not be able to post an application via the system, you are welcome to contact the person indicated at the end of the job description.

Our benefits

We are a global service provider within the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We offer you the opportunity to deploy your technical know-how at one of our locations in more than 130 countries., During the preparation phase, you will receive initial insights into GIZ and the local conditions. This ensures you are as well prepared as you can be for your placement. You have the opportunity to contact other new starters, and to expand and develop your personal network., You will receive a medical check-up, as well as detailed advice on precautionary measures, vaccinations and malaria prevention. Every two years, you and your accompanying family members will receive a precautionary check-up. The medical service is available in emergencies for employees domiciled in Germany. It also provides advice for ergonomically designed workplaces. , For your service as a development worker we will pay you a monthly basic subsistence allowance. From the contractually agreed departure there is also an additional monthly expatriation allowance. This allowance increases if you are married and/or have dependent children - even if your family does not leave the country with you., Following your preparation in Germany, we offer you eight days’ departure leave so you can prepare for your deployment as a development worker., We reimburse the bulk of child care costs for dependent children under the age of 14 who are travelling with you. This entitlement lapses if your partner travels out with you and does not work as a development assistant or an integrated specialist. Up to 92.5% of costs for pre-school and school enrolment are covered. , We help you find somewhere to live locally and reimburse the costs based on country-specific rent index., For supply trips, such as for shopping, to school or to the doctor, you can either use your company car or claim a monthly fixed-sum travel allowance. You may also use the company car for private use with the consent of your superior. , We provide health and liability insurance for you and your family. Family members travelling with you are also covered by accident insurance. During your working hours you are also legally covered by accident insurance. In countries affected by crisis your protection includes a comprehensive risk management system, which minimises personal hazards and risks.

About us

We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative and worldwide operating institution related to development policy. Your competencies and qualifications are demanded on the spot in an interdisciplinary team. You advise governmental and civil society organizations at local or municipal level. The Development Service of GIZ offers a comprehensive service package. It includes a specific technical and personal preparation. The basis for the deployment of specialists in the development service is the Entwicklungshelfer-Gesetz.


Isabel  Jäger
+49 6196 / 79 - 3200