Advisor (m/f/d) for Sustainable Cocoa, Conseiller (h/f/d) pour le Cacao Durable, Yaoundé, Giz

Advisor (m/f/d) for Sustainable Cocoa, Conseiller (h/f/d) pour le Cacao Durable, Yaoundé, Giz

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle





Assignment period:

11/01/2021 – 12/31/2023


Rural Development

Type of employment:

full- or part-time

Application deadline:


Job description

The projects ‘Sustainability and value added in Agricultural supply Chains (AgriChain)’ and ‘Green Innovation Centres in the Agri-Food Sector (GIAE)’ are both part of the special initiative ‘One World without Hunger’. They promote the development and sustainability of selected agricultural value chains. The GIAE project contributes to the development of the cocoa value chain in Cameroon. It works through and with selected specialised partner organisations and cooperatives. Its activities include trainings in good agricultural practices and entrepreneurship as well as the introduction of innovations. As part of the “Sustainable Cocoa Initiative”, the AgriChain project will now support the development of a sustainable cocoa sector in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon. The ‘Sustainable Cocoa Initiative’ aims at enabling smallholders to earn a ‘living income’, to contribute to national revenues, to stop deforestation and to prevent human rights violations such as child labour and gender inequality.

Your tasks

Technical steering of project activities within the framework of the ‘Sustainable Cocoa Initiative’ Cameroon component and the cocoa value chain of the Green Innovation Centre Cameroon, including budget planning and steering of the AgriChain component

Coordination of project activities with political partners, other implementing agencies of the ‘Sustainable Cocoa Initiative’, the EU Delegation on site, the GIAE project and the steering unit of the AgriChain project

Facilitation of multi-stakeholder platform dialogues with important institutions of the cocoa sector in Cameroon, upstream and downstream companies, producer organisations, non-governmental-organizations as well as training institutions to ensure effective coordination and cooperation

Coordination of activities with other technical assistance projects within the portfolio in Cameroon, as well as contribution to identifying and exploiting acquisition potentials

Technical management of experts, consultancies and finance agreements

Reporting for the Cameroon service package, including financial reporting for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Directorate-General for International Partnerships of the EU

Financial monitoring and implementation of a monitoring & evaluation system

Representing the project at conferences and contributing to the preparation of fact sheets, speeches and other information and communication products

Your profile

University degree in agriculture, social sciences, economics or a similar field of expertise

Several years of professional experience in international cooperation with consulting companies or in the private sector, with a focus on agricultural development, agri-business, value chains and agricultural supply chains as well as sustainability issues and management approaches relevant to development cooperation

Several years of advisory experience in the field of sustainable agriculture on the topic of deforestation-free and fair supply chains as well as experience and knowledge in the African cocoa sector

Knowledge of networks and platforms in the West African or Cameroonian cocoa sector as well as of relevant government structures is an advantage

Several years of experience in project management, especially in budget planning and control as well as in the implementation of development partnerships with the private sector and multi-stakeholder processes in international cooperation

In-depth knowledge of relevant instruments and procedures of international development cooperation; experience with the implementation of EU-funded projects is an advantage

Strong communication skills, intercultural and political sensitivity, diplomatic skills and a confident manner

Fluency in English and French; German is an asset

Location information

The GIZ offers an additional benefits package for deployments in fragile security situations.

Please use the following link for information about living and working in Cameroon.

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Our benefits

We are a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and work to build a future worth living around the world. We support projects in over 130 countries to achieve goals sustainably together with our partners. Everyone has the same opportunities in our company, regardless of gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability. We recruit based on specialist expertise and social skills. Transparency and fair opportunities for career advancement are just as much a matter of course for us as gender not being a barrier to taking up a management position. Your work will begin with an onboarding and preparation phase that will give you initial insights into GIZ and lay the groundwork for your upcoming assignment, establishing new contacts and building up your network. We provide opportunities for taking part in training and professional development to all our staff. Our Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) will help you develop your skills. Ensuring the compatibility of career, family work and care commitments is part of our corporate policy. Flexible working hours and comprehensive preparation packages for families accompanying staff abroad are two examples of the opportunities that GIZ offers its employees. Our family-friendly philosophy also includes providing support for family members in need of care. Flexi-time and the possibility for mobile working gives staff maximum flexibility. We offer you various part-time working models to give you flexibility in planning your working and home lives. We allow our staff to accrue working time credits in a long-term working time account. This credit can then be used to take a lengthy leave of absence.  Extensive check-ups and preventive measures (e.g. on appointment, before the outward journey, during the stay in a country of assignment, in an emergency) are provided to our staff and the family members accompanying them as a matter of course. We reward staff who achieve their agreed annual targets with a variable remuneration component.  You will receive various additional benefits during your stay abroad that will depend on your country of assignment.  We have put together an extensive package of benefits for family members accompanying staff abroad, including medical check-ups, language lessons and lump-sum allowances for the outward and homeward journeys. The Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) also offers a range of preparatory courses on local culture, history and customs and on travelling with children. During your assignment abroad, we will largely reimburse you for the school fees incurred for sending your children to schools providing a general education. In many places, you will receive a subsidy towards the rent on your place of residence. If you have not yet found suitable accommodation at the time of your outward journey, you will receive a subsidy to put towards your hotel costs.

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