Job Opportunity// Consultant for water and rural development

Period of employment:

10/01/2021 – 06/30/2023

Type of employment:

Full or part-time

Job Location:


Job Description:

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the sector project (SV) “Water Policy – Innovations for Resilience” implements, among other things, the so-called “Nexus Regional Dialogue Program”. This is a project on the subject of the Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus (WEF), which GIZ is implementing together with regional partner institutions. The SV “Sustainable Agriculture”, also commissioned by the BMZ, aims to promote the dissemination of sustainable agricultural production and processing methods in development cooperation (DC). The selection and adaptation of these methods with regard to the availability and use of natural resources in rural areas and in integrated water resource management play a prominent role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Advising the BMZ sector departments (water, sanitation, hygiene) and (rural development, land rights, forest) on strategic and conceptual issues in the context of the WEF Nexus with a special focus on water and agriculture as well as on positioning within national and international debates
  • Coordination with other GIZ projects, in particular the SV “Agriculture” and the global project “Water and Energy for a Sustainable Agriculture and Food Industry”
  • Processing of learning experiences and policy recommendations for the implementation regions of the WEF Nexus and feeding the results into the BMZ Consulting and international specialist networks
  • Supporting the BMZ in participating in events as well as preparing status reports, consultation slips, draft speeches and background information
  • Participation in studies, statements, assessments and drafts
  • Maintenance and expansion of a network on water, agriculture and energy
  • Control and management of financing agreements, grant agreements and service agreements
  • Conception, planning and implementation of inter-institutional and cross-sectoral event and exchange formats


  • Completed university degree in agriculture, natural sciences, geography or comparable courses with a proven connection to the topic of rural development and water
  • Several years of international and professional experience in the field of rural development, management of natural resources, integrated water resource management and agriculture
  • Very good knowledge of international processes and actors in the areas of water policy, rural development and climate policy and, ideally, knowledge of the implementation of projects in these areas
  • Profound knowledge of international processes and actors in rural development and water policy, as well as the relevant instruments and procedures of international development cooperation
  • Experience in advising and working with ministries and partner organizations in the international political arena, ideally also in development cooperation projects
  • Excellent ability to think and write analytically, conceptually and interdisciplinary as well as social and intercultural competence and an independent and structured way of working with a pronounced service orientation and high level of commitment
  • Very good PC user knowledge and high affinity for digital instruments
  • Proficient in German and English; good knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable

Application and Contact information:

Click here to apply. The application deadline is till September 2, 2021, at 11:59 PM. Please contact the Customer portal of the recruiting and follow-up department at +49 6196 / 79-3200 or by mail:

The job is originally posted on the GIZ job portal.