Private Sector Development Advisor

Posted 4 months ago by GIZ
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector

​Job description

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The Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Iraq since 2014 and has maintained a country office in Baghdad since 2018. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Foreign Office (AA), and the European Union (EU), GIZ is working on the three priority areas in Iraq.

GIZ offers support in Iraq to help refugees, internally displaced people and host communities improve their living conditions. Here, the aim is to promote social cohesion, create income opportunities and revitalize the local economy. In addition, GIZ has adopted a holistic approach to help improve the country’s economic policy framework.

It also promotes the employment and economic prospects for young Iraqis. These measures are being implemented in the autonomous region of Kurdistan and central Iraq. To ensure that Iraqis have better access to public services in the future, GIZ is also supporting the decentralization of the Iraqi administration.

The aim is to improve organizational structures and work processes at various administrative levels.

About the Project and Position:

Since 2011, Syria has been in a situation of violent conflict. GIZ remotely supports civil society actors and target groups in Syria as well as the UN-led political process.

9 projects in 5 locations (Gaziantep and Istanbul/Türkiye, Beirut/Lebanon, Erbil/Northern Iraq, and Berlin) form the Syria portfolio and are commissioned by both the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and are co-financed by the European Union (EU) and others.

The portfolio operates in a highly sensitive political environment and is breaking new ground with many of the projects; the need for flexibility and innovation in

operational matters are therefore considerably high.

The economic situation in Syria’s Northeastern regions suffered extensively from the consequences of the conflict. An extreme shortage of resources generates considerable potential for further conflict at the local level between the host population, internally displaced persons, and returnees. Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Transitional Development Assistance project “Strengthening Socioeconomic Resilience in Northeastern Syria” aims at improving the socioeconomic conditions for vulnerable groups in Northeast Syria.

This is done by increasing income-generating opportunities, strengthening the organizational and business capacities of micro-enterprises and business associations, as well as supporting local actors to shape peaceful participation and decision-making processes.

The project implements remotely in Northeast Syria via Erbil, Iraq, mostly in partnership with civil society and non-governmental organizations.

Your tasks:

The advisor will contribute to or, if delegated, be responsible for the day-to-day (remote) implementation of project activities.

The advisor’s main tasks will include:

 Designing, supervising, and monitoring project activities, with a particular focus on measures promoting private sector development, business capacities of small- and

medium enterprises and employment in Northeast Syria.

 Assessing the technical capacities of (potential) implementing partners (especially members of local NGOs) and providing advisory services and capacity development related to, among others, private sector and economic development, technical, vocational, and short-term qualification courses, internships, and apprenticeships, as well as other relevant topics.

 Designing, organizing, and conducting targeted training and other capacity development measures for implementing partners (especially members of local NGOs) according to their specific needs (this can include online and in-person training).

 Independently assessing project proposals from implementing partners (local and international NGOs operating in Northeast Syria) according to GIZ standards and the

project’s objectives and approaches, and collaboratively working with implementing partners on new and innovative approaches.

 Supporting (potential) implementing partners in ensuring the integration of gender equality and social inclusion in all aspects of activities, including the design and reviews of logical frameworks.

 Ensuring social and environmental sustainability is mainstreamed across all programming activities of (potential) implementing partners.

 Ensuring a close follow-up with partners regarding the implementation of projects and activities, and contributing to the quality assurance of implemented measures.

 Assisting implementing partners and the project team alike in monitoring and reporting on project activities as well as ensuring data and information management of


 Ensuring coordination with partner organizations and relevant stakeholders, as well as other projects implemented in the same domains and geographical areas.

 Supporting the development and implementation of the project’s operational plan in cooperation with the other advisors and project manager. This may include the full

responsibility for certain, delegated activities such as the development of Terms of Reference for contracts, developing Bills of Quantity and specifications for procurements, writing of reports, backstopping of consultants, and other tasks.

 Advising the project manager to identify new ideas and partners for the implementation of activities to create and promote sustainable livelihoods, income generation, and job opportunities for vulnerable groups in Northeast Syria.

Your profile:


 University degree in economics, business administration, social work, social sciences, or another field related to development interventions from an accredited academic institution.

Professional Experience:

 At least 5 years of professional experience in a comparable position, with particular expertise in capacity development of NGO staff, private sector development, employment promotion, and/or livelihoods

 Experienced in the coordination, development, and implementation of development programming and activities, as well as strong advisory capacities.

 Work experience with actors and agencies for international cooperation for sustainable development (such as UNDP, USAID, DFID, JICA, GIZ, and KfW) or their contractors and consulting firms.

 Proven experience in project management and proposal development.

 Proven experience in identifying, coaching, and training, as well as monitoring implementing partners (NGO, consultants, …) and their activities.

 Proven experience implementing activities about the Syrian conflict.

 Proven experience in cross-border and remote interventions

 Proven experience in working in an international work environment.

 Other knowledge, additional competences

 Native-level Arabic skills in writing and speaking

 Ability to work and communicate effectively in English, both in writing and speaking

 Good understanding of the current political framework and situation in Northeast Syria

 Good working knowledge of ITC technologies and computer applications (e.g. MS Office, MS Teams)

 Independent and proactive approach to fulfilling tasks.

 Ability to work with trustworthiness and integrity.

 Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

 High integrity and sense of confidentiality.

Important notes for your application:

The reference number and position must be mentioned in the subject line of the email, Ref: (EBL-SP023-053) Private Sector Development Advisor Subject line of the application should indicate the vacancy applied for.

The use of GIZ templates is mandatory, all applications that do not use the template will not be evaluated.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications passed the expiration date of the advertisement will not be considered.

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