National Intern (AfCFTA) at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Job Description

National Intern (AfCFTA

Internal/External Vacancy Announcement #033/2020

AU

Background

The Support to the African Union for the Operationalization of the African Peace and Security Architecture Program is supporting the African Union and regional organizations to strengthen and effectively utilize instruments of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). As a result, it is hoped that the AU member states will be more capable of dealing with emerging crises, ending violent conflicts and consolidating peace in post-conflict countries. Since peace is a precondition for sustainable development, the project also contributes to sustainable socio-economic change in Africa.

The agreement establishing the AfCFTA was signed by 44 AU member states at an extraordinary AU summit in Kigali, Rwanda, on 21 March 2018. The aim of AfCFTA is to bring together 55 African countries with a total population of more than 1.2 billion people, including a growing middle class, and a combined gross domestic product of more than US$ 3.4 trillion. The main objectives of AfCFTA are to create a single continental market for goods and services with free movement of people and investment, paving the way for the accelerated establishment of the continental customs union to expand intra-African trade and improve competitiveness at the enterprise and sectoral levels, and to support economic transformation.

By reducing trade barriers such as tariffs and import quotas, AfCFTA is expected to be a key driver for economic growth, industrialisation and sustainable development in Africa. On 29 April 2019, 22 ratifications deposited with the AU was reached, the required number for the AfCFTA to officially enter into force for the ratifying states. Since then Phase one of the negotiations have been underway in the areas of Trade in Goods, Trade in Services and Rules of Origins and will be followed by phase two of the AfCFTA negotiations on protocols on investment, competition and intellectual property rights.

The GIZ project advises the AUC Trade Commissioner on strategic issues and at policy level. The project also supports the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) and the AfCFTA Unit in the African Union in the areas of Trade in Goods, Trade in Services and stakeholder engagement in various projects.

Responsibilities and tasks

You will support the team in the technical, conceptual and organizational planning and implementation of project activities. This includes:

  • Support with tenders
  • Reporting or public relations work (publications, factsheets, flyers, etc.)
  • Knowledge management and thematic research
  • Translations
  • Participation and documentation of meetings
  • Data collection and processing
  • Preparation and logistical organization of events, visiting programmes and travel as well as other administrative activities.

Job Requirements

Required Qualification

  • The candidate is preferred to be currently enrolled in or be a fresh graduate (not longer than 6 months ago) in Political Science, Economics or Social Sciences, International Relations, Communication or related field.
  • Practical experience and skills in the field of PR and communication
  • High conceptual skills, flexibility and team and communication skills.
  • Ability to research relevant information, prepare background analyses and present complex issues concisely.
  • A proven cultural sensibility.
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently and structured under time pressure and under difficult circumstances.
  • Proficient in MS Office products.
  • High command of fluency in English is required for this internship.
    German or French is an additional asset.

Application procedure:

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non-returnable recent CV via Email: hreth@giz.de

Note: – Please make sure you mention the vacancy number and position title ‘National Intern AfCFTA #033/2020 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.

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

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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