The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, or GIZ, is Germany’s leading international cooperation and sustainable development agency. Fully owned by the Republic of Germany, the agency supports the government in delivering programs and solutions in these areas. Its main source of commissions is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (GMZ) with additional commissions coming from other German public sector clients and international clients, including the European Union, U.N. agencies, and national governments.
GIZ has two offices in Germany, located in Bonn and Eschborn, and representations in Berlin and Brussels, as well as 19 offices across the world. With more than 17,500 staff operating in 120 countries, the agency provides services and expertise across different sectors — from energy to health, and finance to agriculture — and works with contractors specializing and consulting in these areas. While you can find many job opportunities working with GIZ directly, professionals hoping to work with the German aid agency can also look to the many contractors implementing GIZ-funded projects around the world.
Between January and June 2017, GIZ awarded contracts worth a total of 56,744,015 euros to 191 different organizations or firms. Devex analyzed these funds to highlight the top 10 GIZ contractors and the different sectors they are working in. These organizations often seek home office staff, project staff, and consultants to work alongside GIZ and can sometimes offer more employment opportunities than the agency itself. From cultural institutions to development-focused consultancies, here are the top 10 GIZ contractors to work for this year.
Sum of contract value: 7,956,600 euros
While not a development implementer, this Berlin-based communications and advertising agency secured the most GIZ contracts in 2017. The agency works mainly with nonprofits, but also companies, institutions, and organizations that address social, economic, and ecological issues. They support clients in developing and implementing ideas, and specialize in conveying political messaging and social commitment. The agency works with a permanent team of 10 employees, but also relies on a network of partners, including graphic designers, programmers, editors, and authors.