Want to work with a GIZ contractor? Here are the top 10

A sports for development project in Rio de Janeiro, organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Goethe-Institut Rio de Janeiro. Photo by: GIZ

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.

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    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.