Data Policy Technical Advisor

Reports to: Component Leader, Data Policy at DataCipation

Duration: until 31 July 2026 (extension Possible)

Salary Band 4


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 in particular the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in achieving their objective in international cooperation globally.

Since 2004, GIZ has been a trusted and reliable partner to the African Union (AU) to promote sustainable development. Cooperation in the field of digital transformation is a cornerstone of the AU-EU strategic partnership and a key component of the joint vision for sustainable economic growth.

It is against this background that the African Union Commission developed a high-level, principle-based Data Policy Framework for African countries to optimize the benefits of a data-driven economy. The Framework presents an enabling policy environment for the private and public investments necessary to support data-driven value creation and innovation. It is guided by the broad principles of value creation, transparency and accountability of institutions and actors, inclusion and participation of stakeholders, equity among citizens, and fair competition amongst market players necessary for data-value creation.

Within this frame of reference, AU and EU jointly engage to support the implementation of the framework on continental, regional and national level. Through the GIZ programme DataCipation, technical assistance is provided to the African Union Commission (AUC), its institutions and agencies such as the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) to support the roll out of the AU Data Policy Framework. The project DataCipation is part of the GIZ portfolio with the AU and is implemented in a team of diverse backgrounds in Addis Ababa and other locations.

In this context the GIZ Project, DataCipation seeks the services of a Data Policy Technical Advisor to support the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) with technical assistance in the implementation of the above project. The advisor will be embedded at AUDA-NEPAD and based in Midrand, South Africa with regular business travel to the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa and other AU member states.

For more information please visit:

GIZ Project Fact Sheet

GIZ Project Twitter Page @DataCipation

RESPONSIBILITIES: (see full job description download)

The Data Policy Technical Advisor will be embedded within AUDA-NEPAD and provide the organization with technical assistance to implement the AU Data Policy framework. The main responsibilities are as follows:

  • Support the implementation of African Union's Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa 2030 and the Africa Union Data Policy Framework including:
  • Support development of Continental Open Data Strategy
  • Support development of cross border data flow mechanism
  • Assist in aligning regional instruments with Data Policy Framework
  • Support cooperation between the African Union (e.g., AU Commission and AUDA-NEPAD) and the digital ecosystem actors in Africa and Europe.


GIZ will only assess applications which meet the following criteria:

  • Suitable candidates should apply by submitting a:
    • Cover Letter (concisely 2 page) clearly stating your motivation for applying for the position and as well as salary range expectation.
    • A detailed CV.
    • Proof of eligibility to work in South Africa (copy of SA ID).

The application should be submitted to:, with the following email subject line “DataCipation Data Policy Technical Advisor Application” for the attention of Head of Human Resource.

Closing date for applications: 01 September 2023.

Only applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Applications without a Cover letter will not be considered!

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