Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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Technical Advisor

Job Description and Requirements

The “Employment-Oriented MSME Development Project“ in Jordan is looking for a “Technical Advisor - Competitiveness for Employment oriented MSME Promotion” - on a full time base employment, as per the attached job profile.

Interested candidates are kindly requested to send an application/motivation letter in English language and CVs – application/motivation letters are Mandatory.

  1. Required qualifications, competences and experience

Formal Qualifications

  • University degree in Economics, Business Administration, International Development or other relevant discipline.

  • Proven in-depth knowledge and experience in private sector development and good understanding of organizational development issues.

  • Good understanding of Jordan’s trade associations and chambers as well as overall business environment and networks.

Professional Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the area of private sector development and international development cooperation

  • Sector-specific knowledge of the food processing, tourism and/or ICT sectors is an asset

  • Proven experience in implementing project activities in an independent manner

  • Experience with establishing networks and partnerships

  • Experience with and exposure to governmental institutions

  • Experience delivering capacity-building interventions and designing and implementing workshops, seminars or similar activities

  • Experience in writing reports and documenting meetings (English and Arabic; German is a plus)

  • Advisory experience especially with Jordanian business institutions as well as public institutions like ministries

  • Experience in preparation and implementation of financial and grant agreements as well as contracting and managing independent consultants

  • Experience in knowledge management and monitoring and evaluation

  • Experience with GIZ or other donor organisations is an asset

Social skills

  • Proactive and solution-oriented personality

  • Strong communication skills and ability to moderate / facilitate meetings and workshops

  • High level of interpersonal skills and excellent presentation skills

  • Ability to understand complex interactions between different stakeholders

  • Conflict resolution and negotiation skills

  • Excellent analytical and conception skills

  • Able to work in an interdisciplinary context

  • High dedication and commitment as well as ability to perform well under pressure

  • Reliability and regular follow up on assigned tasks

  • Ability to cooperate with others – very good team player

Additional knowledge & competences

  • Very good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, email, the internet) and computer applications (incl. MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • Willingness to up-skill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management.

  • Experienced and able to work within a governmental institution.

  • Fluent (excellent knowledge) in English and Arabic, both spoken and written is essential; German language is a plus.

  1. Major Responsibilities

The position holder is responsible for:

  • Jointly with the Head of Field of Activity 1, managing activities in Field of Activity 1 aiming to improve the foundations for MSME competitiveness in three selected sectors of the Jordanian economy, namely food processing, tourism, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

  • Providing professional advisory services to partner institutions in Field of Activity 1 especially regarding the development and implementation of strategies for sectoral improvement as well as for developing and institutionalizing cooperation mechanisms. This involves e.g. the promotion of technical exchange within sectors as well as the improvement of business relations between MSMEs within the selected sectors and with related sectors.

  • Ensuring proper monitoring and reporting of outcomes and employment figures in Field of Activity 1 and supporting the development of information and communication products.

  • Establishing synergies and ensuring good collaboration with other Field of Activities within the project, as well as with relevant projects under the GIZ umbrella and those of other donors.

  • Feeding into and updating the project monitoring system.

  • Developing and updating project management tools within the MSME project, including stakeholder maps, work plans, etc.

  • Supporting fulfillment of reporting requirements, including regular reporting to BMZ and other project stakeholders.

  • Contributing to innovation and knowledge management; maintaining a good flow of communication and information between all involved institutions, counterparts and GIZ.

  • Performing other relevant tasks and duties as requested by management.

  1. Background on GIZ and the “Employment-oriented MSME Promotion” Project

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German development cooperation agency that provides services in the field of international development cooperation all around the world. As a federally-owned enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

The “Employment-oriented MSME Promotion” project will contribute to inclusive economic growth as envisaged in Jordan’s national vision and strategy “Jordan 2025“. Its aim is to improve growth opportunities for private enterprises in order to boost employment, income and private sector growth.

The project designs and implements interventions in three fields of activity and within three selected sectors, namely tourism, ICT and food manufacturing. In field of activity (1) “Enhancing competitiveness in selected economic sectors,” the project seeks to improve the foundations for competitiveness in the three selected sectors of the Jordanian economy. In field of activity (2) “Improving the skills of MSME employees and owners in the selected sectors,” the project will aim at improving the expertise of staff at micro, small and medium enterprises in selected areas. Field of activity (3) “Improving the business and investment climate in the selected sectors” is designed to help improve the conditions for doing business and investing in the selected sectors.

GIZ is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities. Remuneration will be in accordance with the candidate's qualification, experience, as well as the scope of responsibility of the job announced and in line with local standards.

Please be advised that GIZ will respond back only to the candidates that are shortlisted and interviewed in person