Technical Advisor: Private Sector Cooperation

Reports to: Component Leader – H2.SA

Duty Station: Hatfield, Pretoria

Duration: until 31 December 2025

Project: H2.SA with the aim “to promote a green hydrogen economy in South Africa”.  


Green hydrogen (GH2) will be one of the key energy carriers of the future and the basis for a variety of Power-toX (PtX) products like green ammonia and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Worldwide, investments are already skyrocketing, and the future global demand could be up to 500 million metric tons per year. For South Africa, with its outstanding potential of renewable energy sources and existing hydrogen production facilities, it will be a key component to decarbonize the production of domestic industries like mining, steel, manufacturing and ensure their future growth. At the same time, South Africa will benefit from the global demand and has the chance to become a major exporter of GH2 and PtX products. GH2 offers significant economic development and job creation and plays an integral role in supporting a just transition in the South African energy sector.

An essential pre-condition for GH2/PtX market development is the massive expansion of low-cost renewable energy (RE) capacities, the establishment of favorable political and regulatory framework conditions, the mobilization of foreign investment and a far-reaching capacity building and skills development initiative.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in close cooperation with the South African government, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing the programme H2.SA with the aim “to promote a green hydrogen economy in South Africa”.  

The programme has four components:

  1. Strategy, policy & regulatory framework
  2. Private sector cooperation
  3. Capacity building, research & innovation
  4. Sustainability & just transition

The position of the Technical Advisor will be in Component 2 of the programme, namely “Private Sector Cooperation”. This component seeks to assist private project developers in getting their projects closer to bankability and eventual implementation. This is done by attempting to close information gaps (e.g. electrolyser manufacturer overview, desalination study, etc.), by organising business-to-business networking events, and by promoting investments in green hydrogen projects and facilitating access to finance for project developers.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: see full job description download below

The Technical Advisor has the following key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation and coordination of activities of Component 2;
  • Propose and – jointly with the component lead – develop new activities in the fields of finance facilitation, investment promotion, and other related topics on private sector cooperation;
  • Continuously engage with private and public project developers in the green hydrogen sector and stay up to date on current market trends;
  • Take responsibility for work packages – existing work packages and/or new ones in the component;
  • Support the implementation of communication and knowledge management activities, incl. the organisation of meetings, workshops, seminars, study tours, trainings and other means of information sharing among government decision-makers, industry representatives and other experts;
  • Presentation, moderation and facilitation during meetings, workshops and events;
  • General coordination and project management including reporting, operational planning, follow-up on activities, etc
  • Contribute to the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system by adding required information and preparing reporting inputs as required.

All tasks will be done under the supervision of the workstream 4 Component lead, and the H2.SA Programme Director.

Note that the list is not exhaustive and will be further developed.


GIZ will only assess applications which meet the following criteria:

Suitable candidates should apply by submitting a:

  • Cover Letter (concisely 1 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 “Technical Advisor: Private Sector Cooperation” for the attention of Head of Human Resource.

Closing date for applications: 18 September 2023.

Only applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Applications without a Cover letter will not be considered!