Local recruitment: Advisor for Transboundary Water Management

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Kigali, Rwanda
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5-7 Years
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Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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Vacancy Announcement

Advisor for Transboundary Water Management


Support to the Integrated Management of Water Resources of Lake Kivu and Ruzizi River

 The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federally owned international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. GIZ has worked in Rwanda for over 30 years. The primary objectives between the Government of Rwanda and the Federal Republic of Germany are poverty reduction and promotion of sustainable development. To achieve these objectives, GIZ Rwanda is active in the sectors of Decentralization and Good Governance, Economic Development and Employment Promotion, Energy, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).

Water supplies from the Lake Kivu and Ruzizi River basin (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda) are under a great deal of pressure. This pressure is rising substantially as a result of unsustainable use and inadequate management of resources. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-financed by the European Union, the GIZ sector programme‚ Sustainable Water Policy – Innovations for Resilience (WaPo-RE), is implementing the project, “Support to the Integrated Management of Water Resources of Lake Kivu and Ruzizi River” in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).This project integrates Nexus-based transboundary water management in order to promote an integrated, cross-sectoral management of resources to support sustainable development in the basin. This Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus approach takes account of the interests of the water, energy, and food security sectors across the board.

The project supports ABAKIR (Autorité du Bassin du lac Kivu et de la rivière Ruzizi), which is a transitory governance body for the basin established by Convention signed by the three member-states (Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda) in November 2014. ABAKIR’s mission is to 1) facilitate the ratification of the Convention, 2) prepare and implement a process for establishing a permanent structure of ABAKIR, and 3) initiate the studies necessary for the kick-off of ABAKIR’s activities. Its seat is at the CEPGL (Communauté Economique de Pays des Grands Lacs) offices in Gisenyi/Rubavu, Rwanda.

Location: Kigali.

Fixed Term: 30.06.2022

A.    Responsibilities

 In close coordination with the GIZ team in Germany and the GIZ regional/bilateral projects based in Kigali, the Advisor for Transboundary Water Management is responsible for:

  • Supporting the planning, implementation, reporting, and monitoring of all activities with ABAKIR as the main counterpart
  • Providing technical, organizational, and administrative advice to the partner organization ABAKIR (Lake Kivu and Ruzizi River Basin Authority)
  • Conception and implementation of measures for transboundary water and nexus-based water management
  • Managing tenders and contracts for and steering consulting services
  • Implementing financial contributions
  • Designing and implementing communication and awareness-raising activities
  • Writing articles, presentations, and publications
  • Managing information and monitoring the results of the project
  • Coordinating technical details with donors in the area of water, energy and food security
  • Providing support with cross-cutting tasks such as event and knowledge management
  • Communication, networking, establishing contacts, and managing relationships with relevant water management entities, international organizations, important actors in the basin, and government officials
  • Supporting GIZ internal operational and financial planning, monitoring, and knowledge management processes

B.    Required qualifications, competences, and experience

  •  University-level degree in water management, environmental sciences, environmental policy, water policy, or a similar subject
  •  5-7 years of professional experience in water management, water policy, or environmental management; experience in transboundary contexts and international cooperation an advantage
  •  Experience working in Central Africa, in particular Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and/or Burundi
  •  Basic knowledge of the water-energy-food security nexus
  •  Excellent analytical, conceptual, and communication skills
  •  Excellent project management skills
  • Result oriented person with capacity to follow-up, report, and work independently with a strong team spirit, even at long-distance
  • Previous work experience in development cooperation and/ or in regional or international organizations is an advantage
  • Strong networking and relationship building abilities
  • Good knowledge of organizational advice/change management
  • Fluent business English and French
  • Experience in data collection or database management would be considered an asset
  • Excellent technological literacy: ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Teams in particular)

Interested candidates should submit their application (motivation letter, updated CV, certificates, and references) until 25th January 2021 at 4:00 PM, by e-mail to recruitment-rw@giz.de The email attachment (max. size 2 MB) should be a PDF file. Please quote the job title in the subject

GIZ is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified candidates. This includes the provision of reasonable accommodation, if needed, in order to participate in the job application and interview process and to perform essential job functions. Please, let us know if you have any particular requirements should you be invited for assessment/interview or that you wish us to take into account when considering your application. Women and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for written test and oral interview.

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