Junior Communications Advisor - SAGEN IV

Reports to: Head of Programme – SAGEN IV

Duration: 01 September 2023 – 31 December 2024


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. As a public-benefit federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government and many public and private sector clients in achieving their objectives in international cooperation in around 120 countries. Its work in South Africa is carried out primarily on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Some of the core areas of cooperation are climate, energy and just transition. GIZ supports South Africa in developing an environmentally sustainable and secure energy infrastructure and enhancing energy efficiency.

The South African-German Energy Programme (SAGEN) collaborates with South African partners to support the country’s transition to a sustainable energy future. SAGEN is implemented by GIZ in cooperation with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), the National Treasury (NT), Eskom, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI).

SAGEN’s fields of action / components are:

  • Power sector reform and regulation
  • Just energy transition
  • Power systems planning and operation
  • Capacity building and technology innovation
  • Municipal energy management systems
  • Embedded generation in distribution networks.


SAGEN is looking to fill a position as Junior Communications Advisor to support the project implementation in public relations.

The successful applicant will combine writing and research skills with a mindset for change and (data) storytelling.

By joining the energy cluster team in the Pretoria office, you will:

  • play a key role in communicating the outcomes of the SAGEN programme;
  • be responsible for creating communications content in coordination with the project team;
  • ensure that corporate communication guidelines are adhered to.

You will work in a dynamic and supportive environment. You will enjoy autonomy and the opportunity to further grow into a communications expert for the just energy transition.


As Junior Communications Advisor at SAGEN your key responsibilities are:

Strategic Tasks

  • Support the Head of Programme and Project Advisors in the development, design, coordination, implementation and monitoring of external communication activities;
  • Support the update of the SAGEN communication strategy;
  • Design a communication checklist for events (online and offline);
  • Support to the planning and organisation of energy-related events
  • Ensure the consistency of corporate identity application in all communication activities as per the German Development Cooperation and GIZ.


Suitable candidates should apply by submitting:

  • A motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) stating why they should be the preferred candidate, the value added they will bring to the project and their desired salary range.
  • This should be accompanied by a detailed CV and indicating their nationality.

Applications should be submitted to: recruit-pretoria@giz.de, with the email subject line

“Application for Junior Communication Advisor” for the attention of Head of Human Resource.

Closing date for applications 26 June 2023.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be informed!

Applications without a motivation letter and CV’s longer than 2 pages will not

be considered!