E.U. nationals: Development Worker as Advisor (m/f/d) for project “Climate Resilience through Risk Prevention and innovative Climate Risk Insurance Project” in Zambia

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Lusaka, , ZM

Job description

With its many natural wonders, an abundance of wildlife, huge water bodies like the Zambezi River and a peaceful history since its independence in 1964, Zambia is considered as a great place to live in Africa. However, despite high economic growth rates in the last decade, only a fraction of the population benefits from economic development. In rural areas, poverty is three times as high as in cities and though more than 50% of the population live from agriculture, mostly smallholder farmers with less than 5 hectares of agricultural land, the sector accounts for only 6.5% of gross domestic product. In the context of climate change and growing weather unpredictability, smallholder farmers in Zambia have insufficient access to insurance against climate risks as well as to location-specific weather information.

Your tasks

  • Advising selected institutions on the generation and processing of data for climate risk information (e.g. location-specific weather forecasts enriched with simple recommendations for farmers)
  • Identifying and designing concepts for appropriate information distribution channels
  • Advising and accompanying the institutions in the implementation of these models
  • Advising partner organizations on digitalization processes

Your profile

  • Degree in applied Information and Communication Technology or Earth Sciences (Meteorology) desirable but not a requirement
  • Several years of experience in the development of digital strategies
  • Expertise in data analysis and evaluation, as well as in the generation of statistics
  • Structured work style with a high degree of self-organization, flexibility and creativity
  • Good advisory skills
  • Fluent in English
  • In addition you hold the German nationality or the nationality of a member state of the European Union.

Location information

Zambia: Zambia – formerly Northern Rhodesia – is a landlocked state in southern Africa. The size Zambia is comparable to France. Bordering countries are Tanzania in the northeast, Malawi in the east, Mozambique in the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana in the South, Namibia in the Southwest, Angola to the west and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the north. A part of Zambia in the north of the country even borders Lake Tanganyika. Zambia’s ethnic diversity is impressive: besides English as official language 70 other languages are spoken here.

Climate and sightseeing: The climate in Zambia is tropical, but the temperatures are tempered by altitude. There are three seasons: the cool, dry winter from May until September; the hot dry season in October and November and the hot and humid rainy season from December to April. Zambia is an extremely popular tourist destination: on the border with Zimbabwe are the famous Victoria Falls – called locally Mosi-o-Tunya or “Thundering Smoke” – that plunge 108 m into the narrow Batoka gorge. Over the Zambezi, just half way in front of the falls, the Victoria Falls Bridge offers a spectacular vantage point.

Health: The medical care in Lusaka is good. In case of illness one should however always look for a private hospital. There is malaria in Zambia, especially in the area of the Victoria Falls. The Federal Foreign Office and the Tropical institutes recommend the intake of prophylactic drugs or the carrying of a stand-by medication. Wearing of long clothing, mosquito sprays suitable for the tropics and sleeping in air-conditioned rooms or under a mosquito net provide effective protection. In case of illness you should always go to a private hospital. Zambia is considered a malaria area nationwide, especially at the Victoria Falls.

Living and living: The housing market in Zambia is good. The GIZ office can provide contact details of suitable brokerage firms. In Zambia there is left-hand traffic.

Shopping and everyday supplies: In Lusaka you will find everything your heart desires in large malls, supermarkets and the bustling local markets.

Partners and children travelling with you: To obtain a work permit for fellow traveling partners (MAP) is only possible in exceptional cases.

Schools: Zambia has one American, one French and one Italian school as well as two international schools. There is no German school.  The school year in Zambia’s international schools usually begins at the beginning of August and the summer holidays begin at the end of June. All schools also offer English lessons for beginners and advanced students.

Childcare: As in all African countries, the family is highly valued in Zambia. Especially for families with small children, this is an ideal situation, as care is available around the clock. In the larger cities you will also find a number of kindergartens. 

Special Characteristics: Zambian notions of homosexuality differ significantly from those prevailing in Europe. Even consensual homosexual acts are punishable by imprisonment for up to fourteen years and forced labor. Prostitution and the possession of pornographic materials are punishable by law.  Smoking in public places is also prohibited by law. Violation may result in fines or imprisonment for up to two years.

In general, the security situation is calm.

A contact person for security risk management is appointed at the local GIZ office.

GIZ does not impose any restrictions on life partners and family members to move with you to the country of deployment. We kindly ask you to inform yourself which forms of relationships are legally and socially accepted in the country of deployment.