Local recruitment: Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Dokki, Egypt 🇪🇬

Re-announcing GIZ Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor in the “Nile Delta Water Management Programme” (NDWM)

Location: Dokki, Cairo

Closing Date: 3rd of January, 2023 15:00 hrs Cairo Local Time

Employment Type: Full Time 

Entry Level: 4T

The ,,Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH“

German Development Cooperation

Nile Delta Water Management Programme (NDWM)

Project No. 19.2006.5-003.00

Job Vacancy Announcement for the position of  Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor

Starting date:                        1st of February 2023 or as soon as possible

Duration of Contract:           12 months, subject to renewal based on performance

About GIZ

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, with 24,977 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national staff. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security.

In 2021, GIZ’s business volume was around 3.7 billion euros. As a public-benefit federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government – in particular the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – and many public and private sector clients in around 120 countries in achieving their objectives in international cooperation. With this aim, GIZ works together with its partners to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

About GIZ Egypt

Operating in Egypt since 1956, GIZ provides technical expertise, develops capacities and delivers effective solutions in close partnership with local governmental and non-governmental organisations.

GIZ Egypt currently employs around 355 national and 35 international experts. GIZ supports Egypt in its efforts to achieve the “Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030” in order to create better social and economic prospects for the Egyptian people. On behalf of the German Government, the European Union and other parties, GIZ implements projects in all parts of Egypt in the areas of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; Water Supply and Sanitation, Irrigation and Waste Management; Sustainable Economic Development for Employment; Governance and Urban Development.

For more information, please visit http://www.giz.de/egypt

About the “Nile Delta Water Management Programme” (NDWM)

The Nile Delta Water Management Programme (NDWM), funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), works to support the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities (MoHUUC) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR) to address challenges in the water and wastewater and irrigated agriculture subsectors.

The overall objective of NDWM is to improve the framework conditions for an efficient use of water in water supply and wastewater management nationwide as well as in irrigated agriculture in the Nile Delta.

Benefitting from several decades of experience in the sector, NDWM adopts a comprehensive approach including both the subsector water supply and wastewater management as well as the subsector irrigated agriculture. Capacity development and human resources development activities are at the cornerstone of the project’s activities.

Among the key partners for implementation are the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) and its Affiliated Companies (ACs) in the governorates, the MALR’s respective departments for agricultural extension and agricultural services, as well as farmers cooperatives and water user groups at the district level.

NDWM puts a focus on the following working areas:

  1. Strengthening management capacities of water and wastewater ACs for an efficient water use.
  2. Initiating measures for efficient water use and climate-sensitive operation of water and wastewater systems by ACs.
  3. Improving the range of advice and services for smallholder farms on water-saving cultivation practices.
  4. Initiating innovative measures and digital applications for efficient water use by smallholder farms.
  5. Strengthening the participation of civil society and women’s groups in water use efficiency.

The activities under the subsector Irrigated Agriculture are within outputs 3, 4 and 5 as described hereunder.

Output 3: Extension Services and Cooperatives

  • Extension Services

Module objective indicator 4

20,000 out of the 80,000 smallholder farmers that have been advised in 4 governorates confirm with examples that they have applied the agricultural extension recommendations for efficient water use.

Output indicator 3.1

10 seasonal recommendations on water-saving cultivation practices are jointly developed by the agricultural extension service and the research centres of the MALR for dissemination via different information channels in 4 governorates.

  • Cooperatives:

Module objective indicator 3

1,000 out of estimated 2,000 smallholder farmers have used the new services on the improvement of water efficiency offered by 18 agricultural cooperatives in 4 governorates.

Output indicator 3.2

18 agricultural cooperatives each offer 2 additional services for water-efficient farming practices to their member farmers.

Output 4 GIS; water demand planning and water efficient practices

Output indicator 4.1

During the cropping season, 10 out of the total 25 soil and water departments at district level in 2 governorates have submitted 14-day geo-referenced maps with current cropping patterns to the district-level offices of the MWRI for demand planning.

Output indicator 4.2

50 smallholder farms are implementing climate-sensitive and water-efficient farming practices in 2 demonstration sites.

Output 5 women initiatives

Module objective indicator 5

160 women groups in 4 governorates have applied 1 out of 5 promoted water efficient measures for the improvement of their income.

Output indicator 5.2

160 women groups in 4 governorates have been qualified by the agricultural extension service on the use of water efficient measures to improve their income.

The vacancy is announced for the subsector irrigated agriculture of the NDWM relates to all the irrigated agriculture outputs 3&4& 5 .

Job description

Job titleIrrigated-Agriculture Advisor
GIZ salary band:Band 4
Reports to:Head of Programme (AV)
GIZ function designation:Agriculture Advisor

A. Responsibilities

The Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor is responsible for:

  • coordinating the work between the NDWM programme and the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR) relevant departments at both national and governorates level
  • providing technical advice to partners according to the programme’s
  • integrating results and experiences into the NDWM team
  • coordinating innovation and knowledge management
  • the technical coordination of the work of the external consultants
  • assisting in defining communication and promotion messages/activities

The Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor performs the following tasks:

B. Tasks

1. Advising the partner institution(s)

The Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor

  • communicates with partner institution(s) on identifying needs, developing concepts and strategies, implementing the programme and providing technical input
  • participates in identifying needs for external support and advice, policy recommendations and strategic approaches
  • contributes to the coordination process and joint programme/component activities
  • takes a lead role in preparing job descriptions and terms of references
  • selects and supervises third parties for carrying out programme/component activities, including performance evaluation
  • deals with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events on issues related to the programme/components
  • organises quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes and improvements
  • participates in monitoring programme progress, reviews reports and documents the progress of joint programmes, identifies bottlenecks and recommends alternatives to the Head of the Programme

2. Networking and cooperation

The Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor

  • supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, assists with PR work and cooperates with local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the programme environment and with other related projects to improve and maintain good working relationships
  • communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the programme

3. Knowledge management

The Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor

  • ensures knowledge transfer of programme information
  • develops ready-to-use technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals, and procedures
  • contributes to the reporting and presentation documents
  • prepares appropriate input for various programme reports including annual reports and contributes to the other reports required by the Head of the Programme and GIZ Head Office
  • assists with research activities and studies on political issues which benefit joint programmes
  • participates in setting up a knowledge system for the irrigated agriculture component

​​​​​​​4. Coordination tasks

The Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor

  • assists with general programme planning and develops concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication, and documentation
  • coordinates relevant programme activities at the local level in consultation with the Head of the Programme and in cooperation with the partners
  • compiles relevant information for joint activities and assignments

​​​5. Other duties/additional tasks

The Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor

  • travels in the region regularly, in accordance with programme requirements
  • assists in defining communication and promotion messages/activities in coordination with the Head of the Programme and communication colleagues
  • performs other duties and tasks at the request of the management

C. Required qualifications, competences, and experience


  • Masters/MSc degree in irrigated agriculture, rural development, or any other discipline related to the programme/component objectives, with focus on a relevant field

Professional experience

  • At least 5 years’ professional experience in a comparable position, preferably in the agricultural sector, with a focus on aspects as agricultural extension, working with women groups, socio-economic aspects etc.
  • Working experience with the MALR, preferably knowledgeable about the delta governorates

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Very good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • Fluent written and oral knowledge of English and Arabic, knowledge of German is an asset
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong sense of cooperation, team spirit and networking skills and having a critical and proactive attitude
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed
  • Willingness to travel and conduct site visits within governorates in Egypt up to 40% of the time

Submission of Application

  • Kindly send your applications in English by e-mail to HR-Egypt@giz.de by maximum Tuesday the 3rd of January 2023.
  • The application must include a motivation letteran updated CV and reference letters in English language, indicating the earliest date of availability and contact details (mobile/phone no. and e-mail address).
  • Only applications mentioning the subject title Irrigated-Agriculture Advisor – NDWM – your name will be considered.
  • The position can be filled by the 1st of February 2023, or as soon as possible.
  • The contract is for 12 months, but extendable, based on a successful employment period.
  • The work location will be at the Programme’s location in Dokki.
  • The position is for candidates with Egyptian Nationality, or having a valid work permit only.
  • GIZ Egypt does not cooperate with any HR service providers that can guarantee acceptance to vacancies. A competitive process is followed, where all applications are reviewed to ensure that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment. Candidates are only contacted if they have been shortlisted.
  • If you do not receive the automated email confirmation acknowledging receipt of your application, please check your spam or junk folder.
  • GIZ Egypt is committed to achieving workforce diversity. Female candidates and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.






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