Head of Facility Management (HoFM)

Reports to: Head of Finance and Administration

Deputy: Other Unit Head (Band 5)


On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ has been working in South Africa since 1994 and opened its offices in 1996. The Country Office is also responsible for operations in Lesotho and Eswatini. GIZ employs around 280 staff members in different locations in South Africa and Lesotho including approximately 85 expatriates (seconded experts, development workers and integrated experts) from Germany and other countries.

International comparisons indicate that South Africa has one of the highest violence and crime rates in the world. According to the newest official South African Police statistics incidents of murder increased from 19,000 in 2016/2017 to 25,000 in 2021/2022. Contact crimes and car- jackings as well as armed robberies have all increased significantly over the last decade. There  is a strong tendency that crime is becoming Increasingly violent. In order to prevent and mitigate the above-mentioned challenges, preventative strategies and behaviours as well as physical security measures are necessary to ensure a safe environment for national staff and expatriate in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - see full job description download below

  • Leading the employees of the Facility Management Unit in accordance with the company's understanding of leadership and ensure an appreciative leadership culture.
  • Property management, technical building management and ensuring the functionality of the GIZ premises in South Africa, Lesotho and eSwatini.
  • Managing the Facility Management Unit within the GIZ Country Office (CO) in Pretoria to ensure efficient services to all GIZ Projects, Programs and Clusters, Head Office and other GIZ Country Offices.
  • Providing operational and logistical services for GIZ South Africa, Lesotho and eSwatini including day-to-day operations as well as strategic direction and the continuous and measurable improvement of the unit´s service and quality compliance.
  • A uniform and well-maintained appearance of GIZ premises, in particular by carrying out regular inspections.
  • Managing the Country Office cleaning staff, drivers, receptionists, and Facility Management administrator(s). Technical coordination of project receptionists, cleaners and drivers might be applicable.
  • Meeting the operations needs of the office independently, with a minimum of intervention
  • Efficiently dealing with queries about issues in his / her / their section
  • Performing tasks in compliance with GIZ’s Procedures and Rules (PuR)
  • Correctly providing services within the team in accordance with GIZ’s requirements
  • Ensuring that facility management functions well in accordance with GIZ standard processes and procedures
  • Effectively coordinating with the staff of the finance team and the Commercial Affairs Department at GIZ Head Office.


GIZ will only assess applications which meet the following criteria:

  • Suitable candidates should apply by submitting a
    • Cover/Motivation Letter (concisely 1 page) clearly stating your motivation for applying for the position and as well as salary range expectation.
    • A detailed CV indicating their nationality.

We expressly welcome applications from women and traditionally marginalised group.

The application should be submitted to: recruit-pretoria@giz.de, with the following email subject line “Application for Head of Facility Management” for the attention of Head of Human Resource.

Closing date for applications: 22 February 2024.

Only applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Applications without a Cover letter will not be considered!