Programme component manager (m/f/d) of the ‘Burkina Faso’ component in the global programme ‘Sustainability and Value Added in the Cotton Economy’

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates worldwide. As part of the GIZ team, you are prepared to take on international assignments and pass on your expertise.

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  • Location:
  • Assignment period:
    02/01/2020 - 03/31/2023
  • Field:
    Rural Development
  • Type of employment:
    full- or part-time
  • Application deadline:

Job description

The global programme ‘Sustainability and Value Added in the Cotton Economy’ is part of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) special initiative ‘One World – No Hunger’. It focuses in particular on increasing the production of sustainable cotton and strengthening downstream processing stages. The approach is intended to raise incomes in the cotton industry and create new employment prospects. The partner countries of the global programme are Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Uzbekistan and India. Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world and at the same time the largest African producer and exporter of cotton. The cotton sector forms the livelihood of over 2 million people. At local level, cotton is only processed by the textile trade and semi-industrial structures into traditional home textiles and clothing articles for the domestic market. The aim of the project is to increase the value added from sustainable cotton in Burkina Faso.

Your tasks

  • Assuming responsibility for overall management of the country package ‘Burkina Faso’ and its contribution towards achieving the objectives of the global programme ‘Sustainability and Value Added in the Cotton Economy’
  • Managing the coherent implementation of all project activities in the field, including budget planning and control, in consultation with the steering unit of the global programme in Germany
  • Assuming responsibility for the management of national employees (NMA)
  • Coordinating project activities with cluster coordination in the priority area "sustainable agricultural promotion" and other development cooperation (DC) projects in Burkina Faso
  • Advising state and private actors in the cotton industry with regard to sustainable cultivation methods and strengthening downstream processing stages
  • Ensuring the ongoing conceptual development and implementation of the project in Burkina Faso, in line with the concept of the global programme and in coherence and synergy with the agriculture cluster
  • Performing gender-sensitive results monitoring and reporting to the steering unit of the global program, in cooperation with cluster coordination
  • Representation of the GIZ project in the cluster and outwardly in conjunction with the cluster

Your profile

  • University level degree in the area of agricultural science or economics, rural development, textile economics or in another relevant subject area that focuses on the contents of the above-mentioned topics
  • Long-Standing professional experience in international cooperation in rural areas, preferably in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa
  • Several years of professional experience in leading intercultural teams
  • Several years of professional experience in project management, in particular in budget planning and control as well as in the implementation of complex agricultural projects in international cooperation or development cooperation
  • First professional experience in the field of sustainability-oriented agricultural and policy advice relating to the promotion of private sector and value chains
  • Leadership, project management, consulting and communication skills
  • Intercultural competences, empathy and authenticity
  • Mastery language skills in German (C2) and vantage language skills in French (B2); additional language skills in English are highly desirable

Location information

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It may be possible to bring the contract start date forward.

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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.

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Our benefits

We are a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and work to build a future worth living around the world. We support projects in over 130 countries to achieve goals sustainably together with our partners., Everyone has the same opportunities in our company, regardless of gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability. We recruit based on specialist expertise and social skills. Transparency and fair opportunities for career advancement are just as much a matter of course for us as gender not being a barrier to taking up a management position., Your work will begin with an onboarding and preparation phase that will give you initial insights into GIZ and lay the groundwork for your upcoming assignment, establishing new contacts and building up your network., We provide opportunities for taking part in training and professional development to all our staff. Our Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) will help you develop your skills., Ensuring the compatibility of career, family work and care commitments is part of our corporate policy. Flexible working hours and comprehensive preparation packages for families accompanying staff abroad are two examples of the opportunities that GIZ offers its employees. Our family-friendly philosophy also includes providing support for family members in need of care., Mobile working within a communication bandwidth between 6 am and 10 pm gives staff maximum flexibility., We offer you various part-time working models to give you flexibility in planning your working and home lives., We allow our staff to accrue working time credits in a long-term working time account. This credit can then be used to take a lengthy leave of absence., Extensive check-ups and preventive measures (e.g. on appointment, before the outward journey, during the stay in a country of assignment, in an emergency) are provided to our staff and the family members accompanying them as a matter of course., We reward staff who achieve their agreed annual targets with a variable remuneration component., You will receive various additional benefits during your stay abroad that will depend on your country of assignment., We have put together an extensive package of benefits for family members accompanying staff abroad, including medical check-ups, language lessons and lump-sum allowances for the outward and homeward journeys. The Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) also offers a range of preparatory courses on local culture, history and customs and on travelling with children., During your assignment abroad, we will largely reimburse you for the school fees incurred for sending your children to schools providing a general education., In many places, you will receive a subsidy towards the rent on your place of residence. If you have not yet found suitable accommodation at the time of your outward journey, you will receive a subsidy to put towards your hotel costs.

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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