Manager (m/w/d) of the Cameroon country package

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 March 2019

Job Description

As a federal company, GIZ supports the Federal Government in achieving its goals in international cooperation for sustainable development.

Job description

The Cameroon country package forms part of the global programme entitled Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector, and of the ONE WORLD – No Hunger special initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its objective is to contribute to sustainable rural development in selected regions of Cameroon through innovations in the agriculture and food sector. The central approach of the project is to strengthen farmers’ organisations and associations. Broader application of tried–and-tested innovations will enhance yields and quality in the priority value chains (potatoes, cocoa and poultry), thereby boosting incomes for small agricultural businesses and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and creating more employment opportunities in the local agriculture and food sector. Opportunities for women and young people will also be improved, particularly with regard to (youth) employment in upstream and downstream sectors.

The project is implemented in three core modules: (1) local innovation systems to strengthen producer communities and service providers; (2) skills development to embed innovations in the national state and private sector training system; and (3) promoting sustainable agribusiness through the creation of service networks in the area of seeds and planting stock or as contractors for agricultural machinery.

Your tasks
  • Taking responsibility for the overall management of the Cameroon country package and its contribution to achieving the objectives of the Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector global programme
  • Managing the coherent implementation of all local project activities in consultation with the steering unit in Germany and with the country package Promotion of Agricultural Finance forAgri-based Enterprises in Rural Areas
  • Supporting the cluster coordinator in launching the new priority area of rural development in Cameroon
  • Coordinating activities with other projects in the priority area of rural development and with other relevant development cooperation projects in Cameroon
  • Advising the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, umbrella and sectoral associations and relevant private sector andnon-state stakeholders on the development and integration of agricultural innovations in the cocoa, potato and poultry value chains and on agricultural training
  • Ensuring the conceptual development and implementation of the project in Cameroon in accordance with the new global programme design, as well as in agreement and synergy with the new development cooperation programme in the priority area of rural development
  • Undertaking gender-sensitive results monitoring and reporting to the global programme’s steering unit in Germany
  • Representing the GIZ project within the cluster and externally as part of the cluster, managing human resources for international and national project staff, and budgetary planning and management
Your profile
  • University degree in agricultural sciences or agricultural economics, vocational training in agriculture and/or in a related discipline with a focus on rural development and agriculture
  • Extensive professional experience in international cooperation in rural areas, preferably in francophone sub-Saharan Africa
  • Several years’ professional experience in management, in particular budgetary planning and management, and in implementing complex agricultural projects as part of international cooperation and/or development cooperation
  • Several years’ professional experience in GIZ commission management and team leadership
  • Initial professional experience in innovation-oriented agricultural advisory services, preferably in promoting the private sector and value chains and in policy advice
  • Highly developed communication skills with a range of different groups (partners, private sector companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), farmers’ associations) in a politically sensitive context
  • Strong intercultural and political awareness, diplomatic skills and a confident manner
  • Business fluency in German, both oral and written, and good language skills in French and English
Location information

The security situation requires increased vigilance.

You must comply with GIZ’s security requirements at all times. Please also ensure that you are fully aware of the country-specific information issued by the German Federal Foreign Office.

GIZ has a professional security risk management system in place on the ground.

Special precautionary measures are in place for GIZ employees working in the country.

Basic medical care is available. Cameroon has a pleasant climate. There are international cultural centres, and the country has an international school, a French Canadian school and a French school.

Applicants must be willing to undertake business travel.


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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.

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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.

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