Information for experienced professionals

For many experienced professionals, working in international cooperation is an exciting prospect. GIZ staff particularly value the enriching experience of engaging in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment, the new perspectives they gain and the great sense of satisfaction when objectives are achieved.

Our staff profile is just as varied as our assignment opportunities. You can choose to start your GIZ career as a project design expert or planning officer, or opt for a regional role in managing a country office or project portfolio. Alternatively, a position in project management may play to your strengths. Whether you work in an advisory or managerial capacity, you will implement activities together with local partners.

Another key skill is negotiation expertise and a sensitivity towards foreign cultures. Your experience in project management is just as important for us as your managerial skills and a tactful approach to advising partner organisations and managing the challenges this involves.
Does this sound interesting? And do you have similar work experience?  If so, we look forward to receiving your application.

Freelance consultants and appraisers

GIZ is constantly on the lookout for skilled and experienced freelance international cooperation experts. 

The consultant and appraiser database contains a pool of experts assigned by GIZ’s Sectoral Department. Data can be accessed by staff throughout GIZ. Individual contracts are always awarded in accordance with contracting regulations, even if the experts’ details are not stored in the database.

Local tenders for appraisers and consultants

For further information on tenders issued by GIZ’s country offices abroad, please get in touch with the relevant local office. Contact details are on our website under ‘Worldwide’.

Frequently Asked Questions about experienced professionals

What documents do I need to submit with my application?
A cover letter and your CV are absolute musts. If you are invited to attend an interview, we will also require your certificates .

Can I submit my certificates at a later stage?
Your certificates must be submitted together with your application. We will contact you directly if we need your certificates. 

In which language should I submit my documents?
Please submit your application in the language in which the job advertisement is worded.

Can I make changes to my documents once I have submitted them?
Once you have submitted an application, you can no longer make any changes. For this reason, please ensure that all of the information and documents you provide are correct and complete before you submit your application.

How do I apply for a vacancy online?
Simply choose the red button ‘Jetzt online bewerben /Apply now’ that appears under all job advertisements on our Jobs and Careers portal. We recommend registering on our website. You will then be able to manage saved jobs in your careers portal and track the status of your applications.

Can I submit an unsolicited application?
We do not accept unsolicited applications. All of our vacancies are advertised on our Jobs and Careers portal. It is therefore a good idea to check this at regular intervals and to set up a subscription to ensure you are notified of any updates. Further information is available on our website.

Can I have several applications running simultaneously?
Yes, you can definitely apply for more than one position at the same time. Please note however, that you must submit individual applications for each position.

Can I apply for development worker vacancies if I am not an EU citizen?
Applicants for advertised development worker vacancies must be citizens of Germany or of another EU member state.

When can I expect to receive a response from GIZ?
Please appreciate that it may take some time to complete our careful selection process. We always do our very best to reply to job applicants as quickly as possible.

What criteria do I need to fulfil for a short-term assignment as a development worker? What important factors need to be observed for a short-term secondment?
Please note that you can only be selected for a short-term placement as a development worker if you have already been assigned as a development worker for at least one year in accordance with the Development Workers Act (EhfG).