Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Lusaka, , ZM

Project: Water Resources Management and Smallholder Agriculture, GIZ Zambia

Zambia’s rapid economic and population growth results in increasing demand for the country’s water resources. Although endowed with rich water resources in parts of the country, the allocation of water to all different water use(r)s requires significant improvements in terms of governance, planning, and implementation to safeguard the water resources for the future while promoting economic development.

Further, adverse effects of climate change become apparent in recent years with longer dry seasons and decreasing reliability of the rainy season. A vast majority of the Zambian population is dependent on rainfed agriculture and therefore prone to adverse effects of climate change. Further negative impacts must be expected, with water security declining due to increasing demands, and impacts of climate change on industrial production, energy generation and domestic water supply, which will affect the whole country.

In times of climate change, intensification of medium term effects of natural phenomena (e.g. El Nino) and growing pressure on natural resources due to population growth, sustainable water resources management is of growing importance. Since 2010, Zambia is undergoing a water sector reform towards Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in which the establishment of the national regulator for water resources, the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA), its decentralized management and governance structures (Catchment Councils) and Water Users Associations (WUAs) are of vital importance.

To this end, Germany has been a long-standing partner of the Zambian government in supporting this process. The projects implemented by GIZ (Reform of the Water Sector as well as the project Integrating Climate Change in Water Resources Management), we are aiming to develop capacities of the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA, founded in 2012) and its decentralised structures on catchment level.

In recent years, work had focused in particular on supporting the establishment of the WARMA on national level as well as to support policy development for water resources management, e.g. a pricing strategy for raw water tariffs. Further, on catchment level (Kafue catchment), WARMA was supported in the establishment of its governance structures, as well as the catchment management planning processes.

Since 2017, support has also been including the sub-catchment level (Lower Kafue sub-catchment). The project supports WARMA with establishing the sub-catchment management unit and Water User Associations, including their operationalisation and local planning of catchment protection measures (e.g. reforestation). Further, on the side of water users, smallholder farmers are being supported to adapt technologies for small-scale irrigation, water harvesting and storage. This is to strengthen their resilience against climate change effects and to bridge dry-spells during the rainy seasons with the objective to avoid harvest failure.

In line with the Zambian government’s priorities and the BMZ Country Strategy for Zambia, the intention is to further up-scale the support on decentralised level as well as on agricultural water management significantly with a new project phase starting in 2019, with a particular view to the link between water resources and agricultural water management to improve the climate resilience of smallholder farmers in the project’s target region (Lower Kafue sub-catchment).

Your Tasks:

The tasks entail:

  • Research and analysis on water resources management or agricultural water management in Zambia
  • Research and analysis on interlinkages between water resources and the agricultural and energy sectors in Zambia
  • Contribute to the preparation of baseline studies through desk and fieldwork
  • Support development and implementation of project management instruments (i.e. results based monitoring)
  • Support organization of workshops and meetings during the inception phase
  • Support creation of communications products of the project (e.g. fact sheets, internet, flyers, power point presentations, posters, etc)
  • General support in managerial and organizational aspects of the water resources management project

Your Profile


  • Currently undertaking or recently completed postgraduate studies in environmental studies/engineering, geography, agriculture, economics, political science or a comparable field of study
  • Background in the water resources and/or agricultural water management sector
  • Gathered previous experience, e.g. through other internships in the water resources or agricultural sector, conducting studies and analyses on specific sector issues, or through coordinating activities and project stakeholders, organising events, etc.
  • Previous experience with GIZ is a strong asset
  • Proven experience in working in an intercultural context
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent oral and written skills in German
  • Strong MS Office, organisational and analytical skills
  • Highly motivated to learn and contribute to a young and dynamic team of international and Zambian staff with the aim to develop the water resources sector
  • Open-minded, friendly, adaptive, confident and passionate about development