Head (m/f/d) of the country package Benin in the global project “Green Innovation Centres in the agriculture and food sector”

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


  • Job-ID:
  • Location:
  • Assignment period:
    03/01/2021 - 03/31/2023
  • Field:
    Rural Development
  • Type of employment:
    full- or part-time
  • Application deadline:

Job description

Almost 2 billion people worldwide are at risk of malnutrition and over 8 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition, especially in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In order to face these challenges and fight the causes, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has launched the special initiative 'ONE WORLD WITHOUT HUNGER'. The Benin country package is part of the global project "Green Innovation Centres in the Agricultural and Food Sector", which is being implemented as part of this special initiative. It aims to contribute to sustainable rural development through innovation in selected regions of Benin. The project's central starting point is the promotion of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), small farms and the strengthening of farmers' organizations and associations along the sofa, rice and poultry value chains. The DC priority area of agriculture will be discontinued in the coming years at the request of partners; a new priority area will be set up for this purpose under the heading "Training and sustainable growth for good jobs". It is planned to transfer approaches by the Green Innovation Centre Benin to promote an employment-oriented private sector to the new priority area.

Your tasks

  • Overall responsibility for the implementation of the planned measures as well as for the implementation of the attached country packages of the global project "Agricultural Policy Advisory Fund" and the sector project "Trade Fund" and the country measure of the global project “Africa Cloud”
  • Management, financial management and technical and conceptual control of the country package
  • Impact monitoring and reporting to the person(s) responsible for the contract in Germany
  • Management of a team of currently 41 employees* and personnel management responsibility
  • External presentation in agreement with the steering unit in Bonn and the GIZ Benin as well as agreement and coordination with the cluster "Green Sector in Benin
  • Thematic coordination with the relevant projects of German Development Cooperation and other donors, particularly in the field of national policy advice, private sector promotion in the agricultural and food sector, value chain promotion, agricultural financing and organic farming
  • Advice to Beninese partner structures on innovative approaches, MSME promotion and job-creating measures in the agricultural and food sector
  • Support in the preparation of new projects in the priority area of training and sustainable growth for good jobs in the field of vocational training and private sector promotion, taking into account the approaches of the Green Innovation Centre

Your profile

  • University degree in economics, business administration, agricultural economics or social sciences related to rural development, sustainable economic development, vocational training or a related field
  • Several years of experience in the management of projects in the context of international and/or development cooperation, ideally in French-speaking Africa
  • Several years of management experience
  • High conceptual skills and strong implementation orientation
  • Good knowledge of agricultural value chains, agribusiness, employment and private sector development
  • Strong intercultural and political sensitivity as well as diplomatic skills and confident demeanour
  • Excellent cooperation and networking skills as well as a high degree of flexibility and commitment
  • Business fluent in English and French, good German language skills are an advantage

Location information

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

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.  


GIZ operates worldwide. As part of the GIZ team, you are prepared to take on international assignments and pass on your expertise.

This job is suited to a full or a part-time position.

The willingness to regular business travels is required.

Please understand that we can accept and process in principle only applications via our E-recruiting system. Following the confirmation of your successful application, kindly check your spam / junk mail folder on a regular basis, since some provider classify emails from our recruiting system as spam.

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.


Customer Portal of Recruitment and Follow-on assignments
+49 (0) 6196 79 3200