AWARE Policy Advisor

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The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is the implementing agency of the Federal Republic of Germany for technical and international cooperation. It offers flexible, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes. Most of the work of GIZ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries as well as public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include the European Commission, the United Nations, the World Bank and governments of other countries.

The “Integrated Water Catchment Management and Landscape Protection (AWARE 2.0)” project is cofinanced by the European Union (EU) and the Federal Ministry of Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ. AWARE 2.0 aims at “Improved integrated management of water catchments including landscape protection with a focus on agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, water and climate”. The project works on national and at decentral level with focus on the Lower Kafue Sub-Catchment (LKSC) addressing the following intervention areas:

  • Improved capacities of the central government to execute its mandate for the integrated management of water catchments, including landscape protection with a focus on climate adaptation
  • Improved capacities of decentralized authorities to plan, protect and sustainably manage water catchment ecosystems with focus on climate adaptation in the selected landscape
  • Improved capacities of Water Resources Management (WRM) governance structures to sustainably manage water resource disputes in the LKSC
  • Scaled-up measures for water catchment management, landscape restoration and protection and climate adaptation

In this context, the project is seeking a suitable candidate for the following position:

In this context, the project is seeking a suitable candidate for the following position:

Policy Advisor – (based in Lusaka)


As senior expert you are leading the implementation of Intervention Area 1 and all related policy activities by AWARE 2.0.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • AWARE 2.0 focal point to all government partners (particularly MWDS and MGEE); develops an excellent working relationship between GIZ and these partners
  • Develop and verify a detailed government stakeholder map displaying mandates, synergies, gaps and over-laps for integrated water catchment management and landscape protection in close collaboration with the Nexus Programme implementing partners
  • Develop and validate gender-responsive rainwater harvesting strategy with focus on climate adaptation with relevant government stakeholders, inclusive of mainstreaming of the landscape approach
  • Develop a financing strategy for water catchment management and landscape protection analysing potential in e.g. public budget allocation, revenue generation, external funding through private sector and/or payment for ecosystem services and compile and promote recommendations resulting from the analysis
  • Supports and coordinates all activities with MWDS, WARMA, MoA and MGEE on Integrated water catchment management and landscape protection on national level
  • Supervises short-term and long-term consultants, including the elaboration of Terms of Reference (TORs), managing the consultants’ work, and ensuring quality delivery
  • Supports GRZ partners in the implementation of above policies and strategies
  • Organizes and conceptualizes inclusive stakeholder consultations for policy development

Professional experience

  • 10 years experience in a relevant sector in Zambia, thereof at least 5 years of managerial and institutional experience in Policy and Strategy Development
  • Proven experience in public and private sector financing
  • Strong personal network in Zambia’s water and environmental sectors
  • Demonstrable experience in engaging with governmental institutions on highest levels
  • Experience working in or engaging with the private sector is an asset
  • Experience in working for an international organisation is an added advantage

Other knowledge and additional competencies

  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Practical experience working in a politically sensitive context is an asset
  • Strong analytical, advisory and strategic skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, especially when collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Fluency in English, with excellent writing skills
  • Excellent IT skills (e.g. MS Office, online research, etc.); ability to learn new tools
  • Must be a team player and is expected to work well in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to start employment with GIZ, on a fixed term contract.

Application deadline: 11 October 2023

Please understand, that we can only accept and process applications via our E-recruiting system. Applications should meet the following criteria:

  • Cover letter quoting the reference: GIZ_ GIZ_AWPA_LSK must be uploaded using font type Arial, size 11. In the first paragraph, please outline your motivation for applying for the position. In the second paragraph, outline your experience in the position.
  • CVs must be submitted in PDF not exceeding three (3) pages. Do not indicate your marital status, religion, political affiliation or insert your photo.
  • Certificates, qualifications, etc. must not be attached to the application.
  • Traceable references of previous engagements must be provided.
  • 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, social background or age.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.