Advisor for Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture | GIZ | | Full-Time


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is the implementing agency of the Federal Republic of Germany for technical and international cooperation. It offers flexible, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes. Most of the work of GIZ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries as well as public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include the European Commission, the United Nations, the World Bank and governments of other countries.

The GIZ Food and Nutrition Security and Enhanced Resilience (FANSER) Project aims to improve the nutritional situation of deprived people, particularly women of reproductive age (15 – 49) and children under the age of two years, in the Districts Petauke and Katete. Implementation of the FANSER Project, which is funded by a global initiative of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, started in in October 2015. The GIZ main field office is located in Chipata. Shared offices with implementing partners are located in Katete and Petauke.

The main objectives are (i) improved quality of and a more varied and balanced diet for women and children; (ii) improved and stable access to and greater availability of food for households threatened by food insecurity; (iii) increased resilience by taking advantage of basic services in agriculture, health, education, social security as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The project works together with various public and private implementing partners such as NGOs and extension services.

In this context, the project is seeking to recruit the following on a fixed-term contract:

Advisor for Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (based in Katete with frequent travel to Chipata and Petauke and occasionally to Lusaka)


Main tasks and responsibilities:

1. Development, application and quality management of agricultural trainings

  • Develop comprehensive approaches for nutrition sensitive agricultural and basic economic trainings for FANSER target groups in collaboration with public and private partners and extension services
  • Collect, analyse and systematise existing training material on nutrition sensitive agriculture and economic dimensions of nutrition
  • Develop appropriate and tailor-made training material and methods for agriculture trainings in collaboration with public and private partners and extension services
  • Provide training and capacity development for public and private implementing partners on nutrition sensitive agriculture and related topics
  • Provide back-stopping, quality management and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of agriculture and economic trainings and approaches

2. Close collaboration with partners with different backgrounds

  • Identify potential new implementing partners and prepare calls for proposals
  • Closely collaborate and communicate with GIZ’s different partners from civil society, government and potentially the private sector

3. Contribution to the overall success of the project

  • Identify and document good, innovative practices and lessons learnt
  • Consolidate information and contribute to the preparation of periodical reports
  • Facilitate information and knowledge sharing among implementation partners and other relevant stakeholders

Qualifications and requirements:

The applicant should hold as a minimum a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics; a master’s degree in this or a related field (e.g. nutrition, adult education) is an added advantage. He/she should have 3-5 years’ professional experience in the field of agricultural economics, agronomy and agricultural training or other comparable positions. Fluency in English, both written and oral, is required and the applicant must be able to manage and prioritise his/her workload. He/she should have excellent knowledge of technical agricultural methods along the value chain (e.g. production, processing, post-harvest) and very good knowledge of nutrition related as well as economic aspects of agricultural production. He/she should have experience in the elaboration of training material and adult education. Demonstrable professional experience in designing and supervising agricultural trainings is essential. In addition, the applicant should be a team worker and must have strong interpersonal and communication skills to be able to work effectively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team. A valid motorcyclist licence would be an asset; willingness to obtain the licence is required.

The successful candidate will be expected to start employment with GIZ, on a full-time basis, as soon as possible. Interested candidates must send their CVs and cover letters electronically quoting the above reference in the subject line to: by 15:00 hrs on Friday, 4th May 2018. Certificates, qualifications, etc. must not be attached to the application. Please note that only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. GIZ is committed to being an equal opportunities employer, therefore, women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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