Advisor Value Chain (VC) at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Job Description

Advisor Value Chain (VC) 

GIZ- Internal/External Vacancy Announcement #190/2019




As a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world.


We have over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including rural and economic development, education and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible, effective and cost-effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. Of our 18,260 employees in some 120 countries, almost 70 per cent are national personnel working in the field.


As a public-benefit German federal enterprise, we are committed to meeting our clients’ high standards with regard to transparency and accountability. German and European values are central to our work. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party. European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and national governments benefit from our services, too.


In Ethiopia GIZ has been implementing development programs on behalf of the German government for over 40 years jointly with our national partners. The focus of our work in the country is on vocational education, sustainable use of natural resources, land management and food security, biodiversity and forestry. Further programs enhance the development of a sustainable textile sector and renewable energies.

GIZ-SURED (Sustainable Use of Rehabilitated Land for Economic Development 2018–2020) will be focusing on the economic development and sustainable utilization of rehabilitated areas. Against this background, GIZ Ethiopia is looking to recruit an Advisor Value Chain for SURED Project as specified:



  Position:                              Advisor Value Chain

  Application deadline:         December 9, 2019

  Required Candidates:        One

  Place of Work:                     Addis Ababa



·         Development and introduction of methods for commercialization of small-scale farming systems using the VC approach.

·         Introduction and application of methodologies for baselines and selection of relevant inclusive and climate smart VC for small holder famer systems, incl. cooperatives in project and partner systems.

·         Development, introduction and monitoring of performance of inclusive VC and relevant perspectives (e.g. youth employment, gender aspects, climate smart designs, maintenance of rehabilitated lands) for commercialization of small-scale farming systems like Value Links in project and partner systems.

·         Develop a complete (unit) costing system for all project interventions in all areas of VC in project and partner systems.



·         Identify employment opportunities and ensure maximum employment for utilization of rehabilitated lands.

·         Organize assessment, targeted baselines of emerging and existing VC in relevant project areas.

·         Use the results of baselines for the selection of VC jointly with development partners, extensions agents and organizations incl. private sector.

·         Select and introduce geographical and commodity-based VC interventions in the project´s geographic and thematic areas.

·         Coordinate with all GIZ projects in Ethiopia working on VC, FBS and extension.

·         Coordinate with project team members working in FBS, extension, CD and rehabilitation to develop application and support for business models.

·         Develop a way to embed inclusive VC in combination with FBS into existing extension systems including ATVETS, etc.

·         Define capacity development needs of partners in VC development and similar training models.

·         Determine all (unit) costs and returns for all activities of the project`s investments in VC.

·         Identify strategic and operational cooperation’s and partnerships with relevant actors in the sector of small holder agricultural development.

·         Further develop and update VC development approaches on a continuous basis to improve results and returns of investment.

·         Prepare quarterly plans and reports for the management to allocate resources accordingly.

·         Define and monitor jointly with the project´s M&E unit the outputs, outcomes and impacts of VC and introduce into all partner systems (numbers, data, facts).

·         Monitor all GIZ supported VC measures, develop unit costs and measure monetary as well as impact results of SLMP VC efforts.

Other duties/additional tasks:

·         Regularly present his/her work results to the technical team and prepare concise reports for the SLMP program and PCU.

Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management

Job Requirements

Qualifications and Experience:

  • University degree (MA) in agriculture, natural resource economics, watershed management, natural resource management with a strong understanding of economics or related subject.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional field experience in value chain management especially and promoting economic development in rural areas.
  • Excellent knowledge of the GIZ rules and regulations and of GIZ project cycle management.
  • Excellent technical knowledge in the fields related to SLM/SURED and practical experience on business plan development, value chain analysis and environmental & social safeguard issues.
  • Proven capacities for systemic and strategic thinking, planning and management.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of SLMP guiding documents (PIM, CBPWD, Exit / Sustainability Strategy, Operational Manual, etc.).
  • Excellent skills and experience with relevant sector actors.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and regional language, written and spoken.
  • Good working knowledge of standard computer applications such as MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.).
  • Experience in coordinating teams of experts and establish effective information flow.
  • Experience in developing and building good working relationships with government authorities and with other public and private sectors.
  • Excellent capabilities as trainer including participatory training methodology, planning and evaluation of training events.
  • Excellent communication skills on different hierarchical levels, including conflict management skills.

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non-returnable recent CV via Email:

Note: –

Please make sure you mention the Vacancy Number ‘Advisor Value Chain Advisor #190’ in the subject line of your email application. Due to large number of applications we categorise applications with the vacancy numbers.

Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

We encourage persons with disabilities to apply for the position. In case of equal qualification, persons with disabilities will be given preference.

Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

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