Development Worker as Advisor (m/f/d) for strengthening civil society and local authorities on the District level – Governance at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ): (Deadline Ongoing)

Development Worker as Advisor (m/f/d) for strengthening civil society and local authorities on the District level – Governance at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ): (Deadline Ongoing)

Development Worker as Advisor (m/f/d) for strengthening civil society and local authorities on the District level – Governance at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ): (Deadline Ongoing)

Development Worker as Advisor (m/f/d) for strengthening civil society and local authorities on the District level


Our model for success is a better life for everyone and purposeful tasks for our employees. For more than 50 years, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), as a company of the German Federal Government, has been supporting the implementation of development policy goals worldwide. Together with partner organisations in more than 130 countries, we are involved in a diverse range of projects. If you want to make a difference in the world and develop yourself in the process, you’ve come to the right place. 
  • Job-ID: V000046989
  • Location: Gasaka, Huye
  • Assignment period: 02/01/2022 – 10/31/2023
  • Field: Governance
  • Type of employment: full-time
  • Application deadline: 12/15/2021

Job description

The GIZ project “Supporting Decentralization as a Contribution to Good Governance in Rwanda” aims to strengthen the decentralization process to ultimately improve the delivery of public services to citizens. This is done by supporting fiscal decentralization reforms, sectoral decentralization and by promoting citizen-state relations.

Your tasks

  • Advising the partner organisation and local authorities in the planning and implementation of their measures, e.g. regarding processes in relation to sector decentralization, fiscal decentralisation, Capacity Building, performance management, or else
  • Supporting the partner organisation and local authorities in fostering citizen participation in local planning, implementation and evaluation processes
  • Strengthening the partner organisation and the local authorities in the dissemination of national polices to the local level
  • Supporting the partner organisation in advocating for local solutions within the framework of national policies
  • Advising the Districts to translate the National Strategy for Capacity Building into measures on the District level

Your profile

  • University Degree in social science, development studies, public management and governance, or any other relevant field
  • Knowledge about (digital) citizen participation tools, especially in local planning processes as well as knowledge of public management, especially on the local level, is a strong asset
  • Experience in working at the intersection of civil society and public actors, ideally on the local level
  • Working experience, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa, or in a developing country in a different region
  • Knowledge of organisational development and change management, especially in small organisations; working experience in this field is a strong asset
  • Strong skills in teamwork, networking, facilitation and cooperation and experience in working in a culturally diverse environment
  • Conceptual and analytical skills and structured way of working with a high level of self-organization, flexibility, and creativity
  • Fluency in English; French especially, but also Kinyarwanda or German skills will be an asset

Location information

We are pleased to offer you a first impression on topics such as climate, shopping and services, the school situation and health care in Rwanda.

The position is based in Nyamagabe, a rural area in Southern Rwanda. Alternatively, the place of residence and center of life can be based in Huye. Huye provides a wider range of possibilities for recreational activities and for an expat network. The climate is usually pleasantly warm all year round, with cold nights due to the altitude (1,900 m above sea level). It is structured by two rainy seasons (March to May and September to November) and two dry seasons. The place of residence will most likely be in Gasaka, which is the “capital” of Nyamagabe district. It is a local hub with a population of approximately 40,000. The Development Advisor will be provided with a GIZ car for official use. Nyamagabe can be reached in 3 hours from Kigali by private car and 4 hours by public transport (bus). Huye, which is Rwanda’s second biggest city is a 30 minutes drive away from Gasaka. Basic health care facilities (health center) and a pharmacy are available in Gasaka. A district hospital is located in Kigeme at 10 minutes driving distance. For more serious medical issues, it is recommended to visit CHUB hospital in Huye. For kindergarden children, nurseries are available. For primary education, two private schools are available, one mostly teaching in English, another one with a focus on French. For secondary level, only public schools are available. The security situation in Nyamagabe is generally good. Street crime is low. Leisure facilities are limited due to the rural context, but the Nyungwe National Park is close by.

In general, the security situation is calm. GIZ staff must adhere to security measures at all times. Please also check the county-specific information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. A contact person for security risk management is appointed at the local GIZ office. GIZ does not impose any restrictions on life partners and family members to move with you to the country of deployment. We kindly ask you to inform yourself which forms of relationships are legally and socially accepted in the country of deployment.

Further information on country-specific advice from the Federal Foreign Office.


GIZ’s Development Service is looking forward to applications of candidates with a professional qualification and / or university degree and at least two years of professional experience. In addition you hold the German nationality or the nationality of a member state of the European Union.

Willingness to travel on a regular basis is required.

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A prerequisite for the conclusion of the agreement is the lifting of the restrictions currently in force in the company on the possibilities for travel and business trips in order to contain the worldwide spread of the Covid-19 virus.


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