Head (m/f/d) of the agricultural and livestock value chain components

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

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  • Location:
  • Assignment period:
    07/01/2019 - 03/31/2022
  • Field:
    Rural Development
  • Type of employment:
    full- or part-time
  • Application deadline:

Job description

The Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE) Global Programme is part of the One World – No Hunger Initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its objective is to improve the productivity and income of small farming businesses and to promote employment. The aim is to support innovation processes in Cameroon within the selected value chains (poultry, potatoes and cocoa) through cooperation with organisations that provide services in initial and continuing training and applied research. Particular focus is now to be placed on the following aspects: a) creating structures to identify innovations, b) creating structures for developing the skills of relevant actors in selected value chains, c ) creating structures for disseminating innovations and d) broad-based use of innovations by the target groups.

Your tasks

  • Ensuring the quality of outputs and results in implementation and coordination of activities by technical advisors in the three value chains (cocoa, traditional poultry-keeping, potatoes and cocoa), as well as developing sustainable concepts for initial and continuing training 
  • Drawing up and monitoring subsidy agreements for international and national implementing organisations and ensuring that cross-cutting themes and core modules are integrated in all the value chains receiving support
  • Building links with local agriculture organisations, non-state structures and actors from the private sector and partner organisations
  • Advising sector associations and relevant actors on developing and integrating agricultural innovations and on initial and continuing training in agriculture
  • Supporting planning and management roles and reporting
  • Participating in and organising integrated North-South exchange formats and cross-border working groups and ensuring synergies with other technical cooperation projects
  • Representing the programme in donors’ thematic working groups and within German development cooperation
  • Leading a team of national personnel

Your profile

  • Degree-level qualification in agricultural science, agricultural economics or business studies or a vocational training qualification in agriculture or another relevant discipline
  • Substantial professional experience in international cooperation in rural areas and demonstrable practical experience in an innovation-oriented agricultural role
  • Management skills and experience of leadership in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in the areas of renewable energy, animal health and  organic farming
  • Very good knowledge of information and communications software and project management tools
  • A high level of analytical skill and the ability to explain technical measures clearly
  • Intercultural and political flair, diplomacy, confidence and organisational skills, resilience and flexibility
  • Business fluency in French and fluent in English and/or German

Location information

You can information about living and working in Cameroon by clicking this link.


Applicants must be prepared to undertake regular regional and international business trips.

GIZ operates worldwide. As a GIZ employee you are available for international assignment and willing to pass on your expertise.


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GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.


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., Diversity and respect are key elements of our corporate culture: GIZ promotes and supports every individual and in this way safeguards the individual opportunities for all employees, irrespective of sex, nationality or religion. Naturally, our management team is made up of both men and women., 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., We are happy to support your professional development, for example with the training provision of the Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ), the leading provider of international skills development., We are convinced that employees need a healthy balance between their private and professional lives. This is why we offer childcare allowances and support to accompanying partners. Our family-friendly nature also extends to situations where relatives are in need of care. As part of its family-friendly staff policy, GIZ aspires to support employees while they are carrying out their work., Our flexible working hours offer you the time and the flexibility to reduce the overtime you work in agreement with your manager. If necessary, we will find even more flexible working hours for individual employees., We take your wishes into account when it comes to your daily working schedule. We offer diverse part-time formats including flexi-time to be agreed on a daily, hourly or monthly basis., Do you need a longer period off? We have a special part-time block model which also allows you to take a leave of absence lasting several months. You can save up your working time credit over a longer period and work it out within the framework of an exemption., 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. , We set common objectives for the new year in our annual employee meetings. If you achieve these objectives, you may receive an additional variable payment., If you are required to work abroad for a period of time, you will receive an overseas supplement as reimbursement for your additional expenses. The amount of the overseas supplement depends on where you are located. , We have a comprehensive package of services for partners and other relatives who relocate with you, for example medical check-ups, travel costs to and from the location or language courses. This includes seminars at the Academy for International Cooperation on regional studies or on the topic of ‘Emigrating with Children’., GIZ will pay an allowance for education which will cover a significant portion of the school costs which are due. This therefore guarantees that your children will be able to attend a mainstream school where you are located and work towards completion of the Abitur (British A-level equivalent) or a qualification which is comparable to the German Abitur., If you have not yet found somewhere suitable to live when you travel to your placement, it is also possible to stay in a hotel in the short term. An allowance for hotel costs will be paid for this. For the duration of the employment abroad, GIZ will pay an allowance for rent in the place of employment.

About us

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.


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