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Vacancy Announcement No: #75 /2017

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
The GIZ Office in Khartoum is looking for a qualified person to fill the following position:

Job Title: Regional Advisor
Duty Station: Djibouti
Closing Date: 15 August 2017

Field of activity:
On behalf of the European Union and the German Government, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is closely supporting the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in facilitating the implementation of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI). GIZ is supporting IGAD in developing the required policies and projects that would respond to the needs of pastoral communities living in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) with a particular focus on cross-border areas. This puts IDDRSI at the heart of drought resilience, and makes it the appropriate vehicle for addressing some of the root causes of displacement and irregular migration within and outside the region. Under this initiative, a series of workshop meetings, cross border dialogues, steering committee gatherings, consultative meetings between IGAD, member states, cross border communities, local authorities, development partners constitute a large part of the IGAD coordination work. It is within this context that GIZ is seeking to hire a Regional Advisor for Event Management to support IGAD in the implementation of different gathering functions.
As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
For our operations in IGAD Secretariat, we are looking for a Position:  Regional Advisor – Event Management (m/f) with a special focus on planning, coordinating and implementing regional multi-stakeholder dialogues and policy events (Technical Assistance to the “Strengthening the ability of IGAD to promote resilience in the Horn of Africa ").
The EU funded project strengthening the ability of IGAD to promote resilience in the Horn of Africa is complementary to the ongoing German government funded project strengthening the Capacity of IGAD towards enhanced Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa (SCIDA II) and aiming as well at supporting and strengthening IGAD’s institutional capacity to coordinate the implementation of IDDRSI.  The Regional Advisor will work as a regional event manager and will be advising and supporting the IGAD-team in the preparation, implementation and follow up of the IDDRSI regional events as per the agenda established by the IDDRSI steering committee and annual work plan of IGAD. The Regional Advisor will be reporting to an agreed upon mechanism which can include the GIZ-Principle Advisor as well as identified IGAD partners such as the IGAD Planning and Coordination Section (PCS) and/or the Platform Coordination Unit (PCU).
According to the Strengthening the ability of IGAD to promote resilience in the Horn of Africa project, the expected regional IDDRSI events are generally categorized into:
1. Technical events in cross border areas:
  • Cross-border dialogues in different border regions (clusters).
  • Cross-border capacity building and lessons learned workshops.
2. Policy development and strategic events
  • Regular IDDRSI Steering Committee and General Assembly Meetings.
  • Regional Consultation Meetings (technical and sector-ministerial segment).
  • Meetings with Development Partners for new partnerships and resource mobilization.
The Regional Advisor would have to advise and support the responsible coordinators of the PCS/PCU and designated preparation teams/committees, in conceptualizing regional events by working on:
  • The preparation process of the events;
  • The design of result-oriented approaches for the events conducive to the agreed objectives, outputs, agreements, and decision making;
  • The follow-up and monitoring of the implementation of recommendations, agreements, and commitments ;
  • The design of standardized formats, procedures, budgeting and finance sources for each type of event; 
  • The preparation of press releases and outreach in close cooperation with IGAD’s communication team.
Required Entry Qualifications and Competencies:
  • University degree (Bachelor or Master's degree) with  a focus on: international development, international relations, rural development, environmental management and/or relevant linkages to event management, public relations and Marketing.
  • For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of another IGAD language is added advantage.
General professional experience:
  • Meet commitments, plan ahead of time, observe deadlines and achieve results;
  • Write clearly and effectively and produce a variety of written communications products in a clear and concise style;
  • Deliver oral presentations to various audiences of local, national, and international bodies;
  • Share information and exhibit interest in building drought disaster resilience as a subject matter;
  • Develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed IDDRSI objectives and strategy;
  • Work independently, but proactively in inter-disciplinary teams;
  • Work in challenging environmental conditions.
Specific professional experience
The candidate will have a minimum of 10 year experience in the development field including a focus on technical and policy oriented event coordination and follow-up. He/She will have:
  • First experience in project management and public relations, as well as work experience in  diverse German Government / EU portfolio;
  • Experience working with local authorities and communities;
  • Experience in thematic areas linked to Arid and Semi-Arid lands; 
  • Knowledge of relevant resilience policies and projects activities/issues in the IGAD region;
  • Experience working with various stakeholders (local authorities, national governments, international bodies…);
  • Experience in IGAD countries;
  • Experience working within a multi-cultural context and within international organizations;
  • Gender awareness about issues in pastoral communities;
  • Strong social, communicative, organizational and intercultural skills in a highly sensitive political context;
  • Advanced experience in monitoring and evaluation, reporting and research, preparation of program contextualization;
  • Experience in event management within an international context is an advantage.
Assignment period:
The intended start date is September 2017. The period of implementation of the contract will be 24 months from this date with possible extension of up to 12 months. 
Our offer:
We provide a GIZ working contract including an attractive salary and benefits.
Other information:
The position requires regular travel in the IGAD region as per project requirements.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
If we caught your interest, we are looking forward to your application until 15.08.2017. 
Contact department: 
Applicants are required to send a cover letter and curriculum vitae only, all other credentials shall be submitted upon request at later stage, to the HR Section at the following email: 
Email: hreth@giz.de
Only short-listed applicants will be notified for interview and exam;
Please make sure you state code of the vacancy on the subject line of your application;
Applications from qualified women are encouraged.