Advisor (m/f/d) for Academic Affairs (Pan African Institute for Water and Energy Science)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Tlemcen, Algeria
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and French


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Job description

The Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports the African Union Commission in setting up the Pan African University (PAU). The PAU is a continental network university striving for excellence and contributing to core fields of Africa’s development. The emphasis of PAU is on the training of graduates and doctoral candidates as well as on applied research, outreach and policy advice. The GIZ programme is supporting the institutional development of the Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Science (including Climate Change) - PAUWES - located in Tlemcen, Algeria. In addition, the support through GIZ is focusing on the establishment of career services as well as the Pan African University Hub for Entrepreneurship with partnerships and outreach activities across the continent.

Your tasks

  • Advising the PAUWES Director and staff on academic planning and organizational development to achieve impact in the water and energy sector as well as regarding climate change
  • Helping to improve frameworks and processes for quality assurance and relevance of academic programmes
  • Supporting the development of new study programmes at the Level Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and professional Master in Climate Change, supporting the stakeholder and partner outreach for academic profile raising and achieving the mission of a network university
  • Coordinating the advisory to the PAUWES in academic affairs with the project teams of GIZ providing support at the level of the PAU Rectorate
  • Supporting the linkages of PAUWES with the African Union policy agenda and reform needs in the African higher education sector
  • Advising PAUWES on achieving more financial sustainability of its programmes and activities

Your profile

  • Master degree in a relevant field in water and energy policy or engineering or in a different field in the economic, social sciences or in education
  • Longstanding professional experience in organizational development, institution building and/or quality assurance in a higher education context
  • Experience in cooperation between higher education and the private sector, employment orientation of higher education
  • Working experience in an international and intercultural setting and a preferably high-level political context, ideally in Africa
  • Team working skills
  • Excellent advisory and communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in challenging environments, high flexibility and resilience
  • Fluency in English and French, knowledge of German is an asset

Location information

Tlemcen (120.000 inhabitants) is a city in the Western region of Algeria, close to the coast with international airport. The city was Islamic Cultural Capital in 2011. The climate is pleasant with hot summers. National coverage of medical/health care exists, but is not satisfactory in regions far away from Algiers. Tlemcen does not have an international school for children of school age. The security situation is tense. There are special security risk mitigation measures applying to GIZ staff on-site. All staff must follow GIZ security instructions at any time. Please also read up on county-specific advice provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.


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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.

Our benefits

  • We are a global service provider within the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We offer you the opportunity to deploy your technical know-how at one of our locations in more than 130 countries.
  • Diversity and respect are key elements of our corporate culture: GIZ promotes and supports every individual and in this way safeguards the individual opportunities for all employees, irrespective of sex, nationality or religion. Naturally, our management team is made up of both men and women.
  • During the preparation phase, you will receive initial insights into GIZ and the local conditions. This ensures you are as well prepared as you can be for your placement. You have the opportunity to contact other new starters, and to expand and develop your personal network.
  • We are happy to support your professional development, for example with the training provision of the Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ), the leading provider of international skills development.
  • We are convinced that employees need a healthy balance between their private and professional lives. This is why we offer childcare allowances and support to accompanying partners. Our family-friendly nature also extends to situations where relatives are in need of care. As part of its family-friendly staff policy, GIZ aspires to support employees while they are carrying out their work.
  • Our flexible working hours offer you the time and the flexibility to reduce the overtime you work in agreement with your manager. If necessary, we will find even more flexible working hours for individual employees.
  • We take your wishes into account when it comes to your daily working schedule. We offer diverse part-time formats including flexi-time to be agreed on a daily, hourly or monthly basis.
  • Do you need a longer period off? We have a special part-time block model which also allows you to take a leave of absence lasting several months. You can save up your working time credit over a longer period and work it out within the framework of an exemption.
  • You will receive a medical check-up, as well as detailed advice on precautionary measures, vaccinations and malaria prevention. Every two years, you and your accompanying family members will receive a precautionary check-up. The medical service is available in emergencies for employees domiciled in Germany. It also provides advice for ergonomically designed workplaces.
  • We set common objectives for the new year in our annual employee meetings. If you achieve these objectives, you may receive an additional variable payment.
  • If you are required to work abroad for a period of time, you will receive an overseas supplement as reimbursement for your additional expenses. The amount of the overseas supplement depends on where you are located.
  • We have a comprehensive package of services for partners and other relatives who relocate with you, for example medical check-ups, travel costs to and from the location or language courses. This includes seminars at the Academy for International Cooperation on regional studies or on the topic of ‘Emigrating with Children’.
  • GIZ will pay an allowance for education which will cover a significant portion of the school costs which are due. This therefore guarantees that your children will be able to attend a mainstream school where you are located and work towards completion of the Abitur (British A-level equivalent) or a qualification which is comparable to the German Abitur.
  • If you have not yet found somewhere suitable to live when you travel to your placement, it is also possible to stay in a hotel in the short term. An allowance for hotel costs will be paid for this. For the duration of the employment abroad, GIZ will pay an allowance for rent in the place of employment.

About us 

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.


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