Junior Advisor

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Pretoria, , ZA

CAADP has established itself as a continental reference framework in the agricultural sector and is considered as one of the African Union (AU) continental flagship initiatives. The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), based in Midrand, South Africa, coordinates the implementation of the CAADP initiative, in coordination with the Directorate for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AU Commission (AUC-DREA). The implementation of the CAADP process itself takes place at the level of the AU member states. To date, 43 AU member states have committed to the CAADP process. The GIZ-CAADP programme supports the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Agency to advance the Comprehensive Africa’s Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) on the African continent. The GIZ programme comprises 4 modules:

(1) Policy Advise to AUC and NPCA, (2) Adaption to Climate Change in Agriculture, (3) Agriculture Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) and (4) ATVET for Women.

The main emphasis of the project ´CAADP Climate´ is to support the successful integration of the climate change adaptation agenda of the CAADP process through the framework conditions established by NPCA and AUC-DREA.  The project provides technical support in the following three intervention areas:

1) Institutional strengthening of the CAADP institutions in the area of climate adaptation and support to increase their leadership role in the agenda setting

2) Country-specific support for AU member countries in implementation of CSA projects in accordance to their National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIPs) and National Determined Contributions (NDCs)

3) Knowledge Management to improve the exchange of knowledge and experiences in adaptation of agriculture to climate change between AU member countries. 

Your Tasks

The Junior Technical Advisor will support the GIZ-CAADP Climate Team leader in the implementation of the GIZ-CAADP Climate Module in the three intervention areas in close collaboration with the NEPAD Agency’s CAADP and Climate Change Unit.

 More specifically:

  • Undertake technical tasks related to climate smart agriculture activities such as information gathering and analysis, reporting, developing ideas and concepts, ToRs etc.
  • Assist in the provision of technical advisory services in the field of climate change in agriculture and climate finance for CSA to the NEPAD Agency.
  • Support NEPAD in the area of knowledge management and dissemination of best practices on Climate change adaptation and CSA
  • Provide support to the knowledge and information management of the module
  • Support the internal communication of the project as well as development of communication and PR material in coordination with the KM Unit
  • Provide support for systematic Monitoring & Evaluation to track the Module’s results and impact on the basis of the Module’s Results Matrix
  • Assist in preparation of workshops, conferences, seminars including assistance in logistical and administrative tasks He/ She should form part of the team of the CAADP Programme and perform other duties and tasks in the interest of the programme, on the request of its management
  • Become familiar with the other CAADP programme components and GIZ-assisted measures, concepts and status of implementation and know the corresponding experts and staff
  • Support the GIZ CAADP Climate Team Leader with additional specific tasks as may be requested outside the list mentioned above.

Your Profile

  • University degree (MSc or equivalent qualification) in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Policy, Rural Development, Environmental Governance or any other relevant field
  • Relevant experience (academic and practical) with international development issues in the area of agriculture, climate change, natural resource management and/or sustainable land management
  • Familiarity with AU and NEPAD
  • Work experience and or understanding of CAADP
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Proven administrative, organisational and management skills;
  • Pan-African disposition and mindset.
  • Fluency in English; good command of French and German will be an additional asset
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task and work in an international team
  • Attention to detail and diligent and pro-active work approach and method
  • High motivation, performance-oriented, keen perception and solid analytical skills
  • Excellent IT skills (particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and online research)
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task and work in an international team
  • Attention to detail and diligent and pro-active work approach and method
  • High motivation, performance-oriented, keen perception and solid analytical skills
  • Both continental cooperation partners (AUC-DREA and NPCA) operate in the politically highly sensitive cooperation system of the African Union. Working in this context requires an adequate appreciation for the political sensitivities involved and a professional, diplomatic conduct.

Location Information

In Pretoria, the climate is subtropical, the sun shines on average 300 days a year. The winter months are dry and relatively cold, the summer months are quite wet with rainfall of 100 mm; the mean maximum values rise in the summer to almost 30 ° C.

The security situation in Pretoria and in South Africa as a whole is not without its problems and requires a high level of security awareness. The crime rates are high. South Africa has a relatively well-developed public transport system by African standards.

There is a wide range of international schools. Medical care and healthcare infrastructure are in line with European standards. (Private) Hospitals and medical practices are very well equipped