Advisor (m/f/d) on construction and infrastructure in international cooperation

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 13 March 2020
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Job Description

Job description

The Police Cooperation Project (PCP) is part of the German Government’s stabilisation strategy and is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA). The aim of the project is to help stabilise/build up the national security forces of the Afghan police. The setting up of container modules nationwide is designed to support the Afghan police in educating and training officers. The GIZ group focusing on construction in international cooperation is commissioned with the task of implementing construction measures.

Your tasks
  • Coordinating construction measures and carrying out related quality assurance
  • Coordinating the tender and contract award procedure as well as the individual contractors involved in the project
  • Ensuring time (schedule) management, cost management and quality management
  • Coordinating completeness checks for planning measures
  • Monitoring construction measures to ensure that they comply with contractual and planning requirements
  • as well as rules of sound engineering practice and relevant norms
  • Controlling the costs of construction contracts and verifying invoices submitted by construction companies technically and for mathematical accuracy (calculations and quantities).
  • Supporting the team leadership in drawing up reports
Your profile
  • University-level degree in an engineering-related subject, such as construction, architecture or a comparable discipline
  • Several years’ professional experience of managing construction projects
  • Experience of working abroad, preferably in Afghanistan or the surrounding region, is desirable but
  • not obligatory
  • Excellent project management skills
  • A sound knowledge of management tools such as MS Project
  • Highly flexible individual who is service-oriented and a team player
  • Strong social, communication and intercultural skills
  • Fluency in business German and English is required
Location information

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in collaboration with the German Federal Foreign Office and national and international consultants, GIZ has developed a professional risk management system that minimises personal dangers and risks.

Risk management offices staffed with trained personnel monitor and analyse the situation, issue security reports and advise our colleagues on safety and security measures. GIZ offers an attractive remuneration package for assignments in Afghanistan, with a number of benefits. In addition to a competitive annual salary, we offer a wide range of allowances such as rent subsidies and lump-sum travel payments. GIZ takes its responsibility vis-à-vis its staff very seriously. We ensure that for every two to three months they spend in Afghanistan, they recuperate for at least a week outside the country. We also pay up to three annual allowances for this recuperation period. We provide thorough preparation for our staff in the run-up to their foreign assignment. Briefing arrangements include a general introduction to GIZ, along with measures such as security training, and stress and crisis management, and are tailored to suit the specific assignment. Afghanistan has a dry and continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. Due to the ‘no walking’ policy in place, leisure activities are restricted. Staff are accommodated in a compound.

Pollution from particulate matter in the place of assignment exceeds the permissible limit in Europe many times over. In the course of the selection procedure and medical check-ups for recruitment, you will receive information on appropriate protective measures and behaviour.

In order to address the particular challenges involved in assignments carried out in locations with a fragile security situation, GIZ offers an additional attractive service package.

The security situation is extremely tense. It must be monitored at all times and makes special precautionary measures necessary for GIZ staff. GIZ’s security guidelines must be followed at all times. Please also ensure that you always consult the country-specific information issued by the German Federal Foreign Office.


There is the option to extend the contract to two years.

Depending on the security situation, occasional business trips both within the country and internationally may be 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.

About the Organization

Broad-based expertise for sustainable development – under one roof Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership, we support people and societies in developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. This is what the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is all about. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Technical Cooperation) and Inwent – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe. Making development effective Our partners want to take responsibility for achieving their own long-term development goals. We support them by offering demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. We apply a holistic and value-based approach to ensure the participation of all stakeholders. In doing so, we are always guided by our concept of sustainable development. We take account of political, economic, social and ecological dimensions as we support our partners at local, regional, national and international level in negotiating solutions in the broader social context. This is how we drive development. GIZ operates in many fields, including economic development and employment; governance and democracy; security, reconstruction, peace building and civil conflict transformation; food security, health and basic education; and environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation. We also provide management and logistical services to help our partners perform their development tasks. In crises we carry out refugee and emergency aid programmes. As part of our development services, we also second technical advisors to partner countries. We advise our clients and partners on drawing up plans and strategies, place integrated experts and returning experts in partner countries, and promote networking and dialogue among international cooperation actors. Capacity building for partner-country experts is a key component of our services, and we offer our programme participants diverse opportunities to use the contacts they have made. We also give young people a chance to gain professional experience around the world – exchange programmes for young professionals lay the foundations for successful careers in national and international markets. Who we work for Most of our activities are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries – in particular the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research – as well as German federal states and municipalities, and public and private sector clients both in Germany and abroad. These include the governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. We work closely with the private sector and promote results-oriented interaction between the development and foreign trade sectors. Our considerable experience with alliances in partner countries and in Germany is a key factor for successful international cooperation, not only in the business, academic and cultural spheres but also in civil society. The company at a glance GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. In Germany we maintain a presence in nearly all the federal states. Our registered offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. GIZ employs approximately 17,000 staff members worldwide, more than 60 % of whom are local personnel. In addition, there are 1,135 technical advisors, 750 integrated and 324 returning experts, 700 local experts in partner organisations and 850 ‘weltwärts’ volunteers. With an estimated turnover of EUR 1.9 billion as at December 2010, GIZ can look to the future with confidence.

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