Development worker as Advisor (m/f/d) for planning and implementation of peri-urban and rural water sanitation supply

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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    03/01/2020 - 08/31/2022
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Job description

As part of the TZ module "Program for the Reform of the Water Sector Phase II", the development worker (DW) will advise employees of the Luapula Water and Sewerage Company (LpWSC) and selected district administrations in the Luapula province in northern Zambia on improving water and sanitation services in rural and peri-urban areas. The DW will advise on technical aspects within the utility (e.g. reduction of water losses, energy efficiency, customer management and communication), on the development of operator concepts for small-scale drinking water schemes in rural growth centers as well as on the topic of on-site-sanitation. The component in the Luapula region focusses on strengthening capacities of the LpWSC and selected local authorities for planning and implementation in order to improve water and sanitation services. This will contribute to the improvement of the health situation of the target group and forms the basis for regional economic development.

The DW will be embedded as an advisor in the Luapula Water and Sewerage Company and will directly report to the managing director or the director of one of its specialist departments. The DW will also work with local authorities and a team of external consultants commissioned by the project.


Your tasks

  • Advise LpWSC on technical and organizational aspects of drinking water and sanitation supply
  • Develop solutions for the operation of water schemes in rural growth centers together with selected local authorities and LpWSC
  • Support partners in the development of communication tools, e.g. to achieve behavioral changes regarding household hygiene
  • Cooperate closely with stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector, for example on aspects of vocational education and training and on the subject of food security and nutrition, which is promoted by other technical cooperation projects

Your profile

  • Appropriate professional background for advisory activities in water and sanitation.
  • Professional experience with municipal utilities is an advantage.
  • Ability to convey the interests of different actors within structured planning processes
  • Experience in the cooperation of local networks, preferably in an African context.
  • Hold a driver's license and have adequate driving experience for long cross-country trips
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English

Location information

Location of assignment: Mansa, Luapula Province, Zambia

Climate: moderate tropical climate, moderate risk of malaria

Health care: Basic health care services on site; regular flight connections to Lusaka available

Shopping: well stocked supermarket (Shoprite) available

Reachability: Road connection is good; distance to/from Lusaka: 760 km; regular flight connections to Lusaka available

School situation: no international schools available

Other: Interesting opportunities for outdoor/leisure activities in the region: Luapula river, waterfalls, national parks, etc


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.

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You can get an overview of our benefits packages here.

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., 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., 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., As well as your basic living allowance, as a development worker you will also receive extensive additional benefits during your assignment (including a foreign service premium, family allowances, private group health insurance)., To enable you to get ready for your assignment as a development worker and your outward journey, you will be given outward journey leave following your preparation time in Germany., We will cover a large portion of the childcare costs for dependent children under 14 who are accompanying you if your partner is not doing so and is not a development worker or integrated expert themselves. Most nursery and school fees are paid., We will reimburse you for your rental costs based on the rent index for your country as well as paying you an equipment and furnishing allowance on top., As a development worker, you can use the project vehicle for trips to school or to visit a doctor or can receive a monthly lump-sum mobility allowance instead. The project vehicle can also be used for personal trips with your manager’s approval., You and the members of your family accompanying you will be covered by our health and liability insurance, while your family members will also benefit from accident insurance. In countries in crisis, we operate a comprehensive risk management system for your protection, which minimises personal dangers 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 German Development Workers Act (EhfG).


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