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Development Worker (m/f/d) to support Cooperative Training in Ethiopia’s Automotive Sector

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Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Entry level
Posted date:
December 14, 2022
Close date:
December 18, 2022
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Job Description

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 120 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: V000050215
  • Location: Addis Abeba
  • Assignment period: 03/01/2023 - 11/30/2024
  • Field: Economic Development
  • Type of employment: full-time
  • Application deadline: 12/18/2022

Job description

The Ethiopian government has set itself the goal of achieving middle-income country status by 2025. The massive expansion of the education sector should provide the national economy with employable graduates and at the same time give the rapidly growing young population a perspective. The goal of the “Sustainable Training and Education Program” (STEP) project is therefore to increase the employability of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates, jobseekers and self-employed, especially of females. The project advises the Ministry of Education, its subordinate authorities and private sector at federal and regional level aiming at improving mechanisms to steer and implement a demand-driven TVET system, increasing capacities of TVET personnel to lead and implement demand-driven TVET, expanding employment-oriented training offers for different target groups and encouraging business sector to play more active role in TVET and employment promotion. It is a large-scale, complex project in a dynamic and changing environment.

Your tasks

  • Work in close coordination with Misrak Poly Technique College and Addis Ababa TVET and Technology Development Bureau
  • Support local institutions to increase the employability of young graduates in the Automotive sector through market oriented cooperative training and employment linkages
  • Strengthen partners (college and companies) capacity to plan, develop and implement market oriented cooperative trainings within automotive sector
  • Initiate, support and coordinate the dialogue among several relevant stakeholders in the region, especially private companies and education institutions in the automotive sector
  • Provide hands-on practical training, orientation and solution to address the technical gaps within training providers and the companies to deliver quality and relevant cooperative training in the automotive sector
  • Support the design and organisation of events such as workshops, ceremonies, trainings, conferences
  • Facilitate learnings and contribute to knowledge management of the STEP programme and host organisations
  • Work in close coordination with a team of local and international experts

Your profile

  • University degree or professional qualification related to cooperative and higher education in auto mechanic, general mechanic, auto electricity, auto engine servicing, auto engine and body painting, Mechatronics, private sector development, private sector partnership
  • Proven knowledge, as well as experience and understanding of the automotive sector including mechatronics, auto body repair, auto painting, automotive engine servicing, vehicle inspection and instrumentation servicing management
  • First experience in the field of development/international cooperation in Africa
  • Hands on experience with digital content development and blended learning approaches are an asset
  • Sensitivity towards, or experience with, approaches to gender equality and inclusion
  • Structured work style with a high degree of self-organisation and creativity
  • Strong communication, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Business fluent in English, knowledge of German is an advantage; willingness to learn the Amharic language

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 Ethiopia.

The security situation is tense. Tailored security risk mitigation measures are in place for GIZ staff in country. GIZ staff must adhere to security measures at all times. Please also check the county-specific information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. GIZ runs a professional security risk management system in the field of deployment. The freedom of movement is restricted. 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 at


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.

For general questions from dependent partners about local employment - please contact us at:

Please observe the provisions of the country-specific vaccination regulations for entry and work in the country of assignment - in particular also regarding COVID-19.

Please understand that we can accept and process in principle only applications via our E-recruiting system. Following the confirmation of your succesful application, kindly check your spam / junk mail folder on a regular basis, since some provider classify emails form our recruiting system as spam.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • As a development worker, you can use the project vehicle for trips to school or to visit a doctor or can receive a monthly lump-sum mobility allowance instead. The project vehicle can also be used for personal trips with your manager’s approval.
  • As well as your basic living allowance, as a development worker you will also receive extensive additional benefits during your assignment (including a foreign service premium, family allowances, private group health insurance).
  • To enable you to get ready for your assignment as a development worker and your outward journey, you will be given outward journey leave following your preparation time in Germany.
  • We will cover a large portion of the childcare costs for dependent children under 14 who are accompanying you if your partner is not doing so and is not a development worker or integrated expert themselves. Most nursery and school fees are paid.
  • We will reimburse you for your rental costs based on the rent index for your country as well as paying you an equipment and furnishing allowance on top.
  • You and the members of your family accompanying you will be covered by our health and liability insurance, while your family members will also benefit from accident insurance. In countries in crisis, we operate a comprehensive risk management system for your protection, which minimises personal dangers and risks.

About us

We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative and worldwide operating institution related to development policy. Your competencies and qualifications are demanded on the spot in an interdisciplinary team. You advise governmental and civil society organizations at local or municipal level. The Development Service of GIZ offers a comprehensive service package. It includes a specific technical and personal preparation. The basis for the deployment of specialists in the development service is the German Development Workers Act (EhfG).

GIZ is a signatory of the Diversity Charter. Recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in the company are important to us. All employees shall be valued - regardless of gender and gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

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