Communication expert (m/f) – “Support to the EU-South Africa Strategic Economic Partnership”

Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 13 April 2018

Job Description

Job description

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a service enterprise for development cooperation with international operations and global experience. Owned by the Federal Republic of Germany, the organisation operates as a private-sector enterprise with a development policy mandate: to make sustainable improvements to the living conditions of people in the countries we operate in. The organisation’s business area - GIZ International Services - is the vehicle for offering GIZ’s services to international clients.

GIZ International Services is shortlisted for an EU - funded project: Support to the EU-South Africa Strategic Economic Partnership.

The overall objective of the Support to the EU – South Africa Strategic Economic Partnership (SESASEP) is to enable the EU to deliver on the economic/trade/investment dimension of its strategic partnership with South Africa by maximising bilateral trade and investment flows.

Specific objectives include:

  1. Achieving successful negotiations, conclusion and/or implementation of multilateral and bilateral agreements (SADC - EU EPA in particular), notably when it comes to economic and trade aspects (see Technical Component under 4.1.1);
  2. Consolidating the ability and capacity of the EU and EU business to influence policy processes in South Africa and at regional level, through the appropriate identification and promotion of robust positions. Improve the ability of EU business to operate in South Africa while enhancing their contribution to socio-economic development of the country with the particular focus on skills and jobs (see Advocacy Component under 4.1.1);
  3. Developing high visibility of and contributing to the credibility of the actions of the EU in the framework of the economic/trade/investment dimension of its strategic partnership with South Africa (see Visibility component 4.1.1).

The purpose of this contract is as follows:

To establish a Programme Management Unit composed of the Project Director and the Communication Expert for the provision of Technical assistance to enable the EU to better deliver on the economic, trade and investment dimension of its partnership with South Africa under the following three components: i) technical component; ii) advocacy component; and iii) visibility component.

Your tasks

The Communication expert will be responsible for facilitating, guiding and overseeing the implementation of all communication-related aspects of the SESASEP project, especially under the Visibility Component. This will have to be done in close coordination and consultations with the EU Delegation to South Africa.

Your profile

Qualification and skills

  • At least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Communications, Media Studies or Journalism;
  • Proven communication and project management skills;
  • Ability to perform under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

General professional Experience

  • At least 10 years of post-graduate experience in information dissemination and communication in South Africa and the region, including design and drafting of the communication material.

Specific professional experience

  • At least 3 years of experience in website development and management.
  • At least 3 years of post-graduate experience in effective communication through the social media platforms and digital communication tools.
  • At least 5 years of experience in organising and managing public events, including seminars and roundtables as well as larger public events with the high profile speakers and participants and exhibition spaces.
  • Solid network of contacts in South Africa within government, business, civil society and media.

Location information

The period of implementation of the contract will be 36 months starting the 15th August 2018

The location of the operation base for the Project Management Unit (PMU) is Pretoria or Johannesburg, South Africa, with missions and events across South Africa and in the European Union.

Please note that the ToR do not indicate a specific number of working days for the position. This will be clarified at later stage during tender preparation. Candidates are invited to provide a self-assessment of their potential engagement required for the position vis-à-vis the tasks required in the ToR in their motivation letter (calculated in WD).


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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.