Team Leader (m/f/d) Agriculture Support and Knowledge Facility in Uzbekistan

  • Senior-level, Part-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 July 2020
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Job Description

Job description

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a state owned organisation. We work worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ International Services (InS) is an integral division of GIZ. We offer the experience, the regional and technical know-how of GIZ in the global market and provide international clients with expertise in terms of economic and result-oriented services.

GIZ International Services is shortlisted for the EU-funded tender: Agriculture Support and Knowledge Facility” in Uzbekistan.

The overall objective of the Sector Reform Performance Contract of which this contract will be a part is: to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Vision of the Agri-Food Sector, which aims to develop a competitive, market and export-oriented Uzbekistan Agri-food Sector that will increase farm incomes, create new jobs, enhance food security and ensure the sustainable use of natural resources (in line with the Uzbekistan Agri-Food Development Strategy 2020-2030 and its Roadmap).

  1. The purpose of this contract is to provide an Agriculture Support and Knowledge facility (ASK) to assist the Government of Uzbekistan in managing the transition process from a planned economy to a market-based system by creating an enabling policy and regulatory environment and strengthening key institutional capacities and the development of targeted agri-food public services.
  2. The Agriculture Support and Knowledge facility (ASK) will also provide complementary support to assist the Uzbek government in implementing the Sector Reform Performance Contract.
Your tasks

He/she will be in charge of the overall management of the project in terms of priorities, content, policy dialogue, ensuring overall coherence of approach, linking with other stakeholders, ensuring adequacy to the needs the objectives and purposes of the ASK and delivering timely quality outputs. He/she will also be managing the selection and supervision of short term expertise and coordinate reporting. He/she will be closely coordinating with the EU Delegation and all relevant authorities.

Your profile

Qualifications and skills

- Masters’ Degree in Management, Public administration, Economics, Agriculture Economics, Rural Development or in another relevant field or, as an equivalent, a Bachelor’s degree and 2 years more general professional experience in excess of the minimum 15 years (as defined below);

- Proven knowledge of public policies and programmes in the agriculture and rural development sector in the EU and transition economies;

- Very strong, diverse stakeholder coordination, communication and facilitation skills;

- Excellent English communication skills both orally and in writing;

- Russian and/or Uzbek language skills would be an asset;

- Proven management and leadership skills;

- Knowledge of Central Asian region, economy, culture and customs would be an advantage.

General professional experience

- At least 15 years of relevant international experience working in development cooperation in agricultural and rural development, out of which

At least 5 years of relevant international senior level management experience in similar projects in strategic planning, management, institutional capacity building, policy and programme implementation.

Specific professional experience

- At least 5 years in project management or coordination, including project planning and progress monitoring in developing countries, including working on agricultural and rural development;

- Experience as a team leader on a long-term assignment involving multiple stakeholders (over 12 months) in the last 5 years;

- Extensive experience of management, monitoring and coordination of long and short-term international and local expertise and teams;

- Practical experience of working in the former CIS in similar projects;

- Previous experience of working in similar projects in Central Asia would be considered an asset.

Location information

The main operational base of the project will be the Ministry of Agriculture, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. However, for activities related to technical support and capacity development for other Ministries, public bodies and local public services, presence in those locations and in the field may be required.

Start date & period of implementation

The intended indicative start date is 1st November 2020 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 40 months from this date.

It is expected that despite any possible constraints related to the Covid-19 context the implementation should start and continue as planned using to some extent, as may be required, some flexible remote working arrangements (for a minimum of 660 days).


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About the Organization

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