Manager (m/f/d) Supporting the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Alliance for Trade Facilitation

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:
    12/01/2020 - 01/31/2023
  • Field:
    Economic Development
  • Type of employment:
    full- or part-time
  • Application deadline:

Job description

The project Supporting the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) works with the Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union and partners, the International Trade Centre and a broad range of African actors to provide technical support for free trade negotiations in relation to the trade in goods and services, trade facilitation and customs partnerships. The project also works in the fields of industrialisation, e-commerce, value chains, special economic zones, women in trade and other topics relating to trade.

Your tasks

  • Advising the bilateral Ghanaian partners on implementing AfCFTA, establishing the AfCFTA secretariat and dismantling obstacles to cross-border trade
  • Agilely managing a team
  • Developing a component agreed by the continental AfCFTA project and the Alliance for Trade Facilitation
  • Providing technical, administrative and organisational support as part of the project’s advisory services
  • Steering the implementation of specific trade projects in Ghana
  • Planning, organising and implementing relevant events and multi-stakeholder formats on trade in services, trade in goods and investment
  • Providing administrative and sectoral support for contractors and short-term experts
  • Providing support with strategic orientation, planning, steering, reporting and quality assurance

Your profile

  • University-level qualification in economics, international economic or trade policy or a similar field of study
  • Many years of professional experience in development cooperation in relation to trade
  • Experience of working in the private sector and in a diplomatic and intergovernmental environment would be an advantage
  • Initial management experience and several years of experience of working abroad in Africa
  • Knowledge of results-based monitoring and Capacity WORKS applications
  • Experience in financial management
  • Many years of experience and knowledge of trade, investment policy, employment policy and private sector developmen
  • Fluent in business German and English; good knowledge of French would be an advantage

Location information

 Please use the following link for information about living and working in Ghana.

The security situation is tense. Tailored security risk mitigation measures are in place for GIZ staff in country. GIZ staff must adhere to security measures at all times. Please also check the county-specific information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. A contact person for security risk management is appointed at the local GIZ office. The freedom of movement is restricted. GIZ does not impose any restrictions on life partners and family members to move with you to the country of deployment. We kindly ask you to inform yourself which forms of relationships are legally and socially accepted in the country of deployment.



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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.

You can get an overview of our benefits packages here.  

A prerequisite for the conclusion of the agreement is the lifting of the restrictions currently in force in the company on the possibilities for travel and business trips in order to contain the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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., Flexi-time and the possibility for mobile working 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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