Senior Procurement and Contracting Specialist

Reports to: Head of Procurement and Contracting

Deputy: (Senior) Procurement and Contracting Specialist

Salary Band 4


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German international organisation that advances sustainable development through four broad thematic areas: Energy and Environment, Employment Promotion, Economic Development, and Peace and Security. We are a state-owned enterprise operating in more than 120 countries worldwide, delivering business volume of approximately 3,7bio €.

The Country Office (CO) is in Pretoria Hatfield, where the position is located, covering South Africa, Lesotho, and Eswatini.

The opportunity to work with us offers regional procurement experience in a global organisation, supporting the work of our technical projects, partners, and beneficiaries. Our sustainable procurement organisation is constantly growing.

We seek a Senior Procurement and Contracting Specialist that will support our team in its strategic and operational tasks. Result and outcomes driven Procurement practitioners passionate about organisational transformation, sustainability, and digitalisation with leadership skills, are strongly encouraged to apply for the position “Senior Procurement and Contracting Specialist”. Diverse applicants from all walks of life are welcomed.

RESPONSIBILITIES (Full job description download below.)

The Senior Procurement and Contracting Specialist (SPCS) is responsible for:

  • Operational (systems and processes) and working knowledge of cross-Category Procurement and Contracting Categories in the unit.
  • Periodically assessing the operations of the Procurement Categories in the unit in detail: Materials & Equipment, Logistics, Services Contracts, Financing Arrangements, and Development Partnerships.
  • Providing insights that support the optimisation of categories and tasks to the leadership team, based on the assessment above.
  • Ensuring the quality and impact of the procurement and contracting activities within the CO.
  • Ensuring efficient and effective services to all GIZ Projects, Programmes, units, Head Quarters (HQ), other GIZ CO.
  • Advising and providing transparently on HQ policies, processes, and procedures by closely monitoring and communicating new developments.
  • Maintaining the Unit’s operational compliance in line with organisational Processes and Rules, including accuracy in award procedures and quality contracting within correct templates.
  • Provides direct coordination and oversight of the Logistics, Materials & Equipment, and MOVe (Mobiles, Openings, and Vehicles) procurement categories, ensuring capacity analysis, process optimisation, task split and deputization.
  • Acting as the official Requestor for relevant CO Procurement and Contracts for the Procurement and Contracting Unit, such as CO Framework Agreements.
  • The SPCS fully deputises for the second SPCS and stands in for the Head of Unit (HoU) – Procurement and Contracting.


Suitable candidates should apply by submitting:

  • A motivation letter (max. 1 page) stating why they should be the preferred candidate and the value added they will bring to the project.
  • A detailed CV
  • Proof of eligibility to work in South Africa (copy of SA ID)

Applications should be submitted to: with subject line “Application for SPCS” for the attention of Head of Human Resources.

Closing date for applications: 10 July 2023

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!

Full job description download below.