Job Description - Technical Advisor “Air Quality Management (AQM) and Climate Change Mitigation”

Salary Band 4

Reports to: Programme Manager CSP, with input from the Programme Manager AQM in Bonn, Germany

A. Background

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development that operates globally. As a federally owned enterprise, we support the Government of Germany in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. In South Africa, we have been working with our partners since 1993.

The project "Integrated Air Quality Management and Climate Change Mitigation" provides technical assistance to the Government of South Africa. It is a global project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety's (BMU) International Climate Initiative (IKI) and runs until September 2020. The project supports the development of effective policies and plans for AQM and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions reductions in South Africa and Viet Nam and thus the implementation of both countries‘ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). The project complements the efforts of World Bank’s Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) programme with capacity development as well as institutional and legal framework development.

The air quality in Johannesburg and Tshwane is rated among the worst in South Africa, with considerable harmful effects on the health of these cities’ citizens.

The project will support both cities in developing effective policies and integrated plans for AQM and GHG emission reductions in order to have them ready for implementation. Further, the project intends to:

- serve as a knowledge broker and feed in knowledge from the German and European context on AQM and GHG emissions reductions;

- strengthen the link between AQM and GHG emission reductions;

- disseminate results and lessons learnt from work in South Africa to other PMEH programme countries.

The project focusses on early actions in AQM and GHG emissions reduction (climate change mitigation – CCM). Therefore, urban data bases and urban air pollution modelling will have to be improved (based on existing data) and proposals for the improvement of legal frameworks for AQM produced. Though legal frameworks have been set up/are available for AQM, they are not sufficient. Plans have to be laid out, which outline AQM and link it strategically to GHG emissions reduction. Therefore, the development of Clean Air Plans in both cities is supported.

The project will provide access to advisory services from international experts, help organise stakeholder dialogues and build capacities for national and local decision makers in the field of AQM and Climate Change Mitigation. Project activities in South Africa will be developed in close cooperation with government institutions.

The project is looking for a qualified professional for the position of a technical advisor on "Air Quality Management and Climate Change Mitigation", with the duty station at the GIZ Offices in Hatfield, Pretoria, for a period of approximately 25 months (until September 2020). The technical advisor will be hosted by the bilateral Climate Change Support Programme (CSP).

The CSP is designed to assist the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in further developing and implementing the National Climate Change Response Policy (NCCRP). In the framework of CSP, the programme is supporting DEA in the following thematic areas: Adaptation, Mitigation, Flagships, M&E/MRV, and Governance and Policy Support. In addition, CSP serves as the interface for all BMU-IKI-funded global programmes with components in South Africa, such as the AQM project.

B. Responsibilities

 Assist the project management in achieving the project´s objectives;

Gather technical advice and expertise on how to embark on AQM at national and local (Johannesburg/Tshwane) level and link it strategically with CCM;

Advise DEA as well as Gauteng Province and Johannesburg and Tshwane city authorities;

Assist the project team in Germany in establishing AQM and CCM trainings for South African counterparts;

Assist the project team in Germany in the design of a knowledge dissemination strategy for South Africa;

Prepare and support the implementation of the knowledge dissemination strategy in South Africa;

Assist Johannesburg and Tshwane in improving their communication and awareness raising with local communities (measures, methods, content);

Assist implementation of the following activities:

o Preparation of the measuring, modelling and capacity development activities

o Define easy to implement measures for transport and industry related emission reductions together with the project team in Germany and compile immediate action plans for air quality improvements together with city officials of both cities;

Develop concepts for and organise technical meetings, workshops and conferences;

Support the monitoring and evaluation of the project’s activities, prepare reports and presentation material;

Steer local consultants who will partially assist the above-mentioned measures.

File and maintain information and datasets (electronic and printed) relevant for the project.

In addition to the above, the technical advisor is required to work on the following tasks:

1. Networking and cooperation

The advisor

supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners of different spheres of government, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the project/programme environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships

communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the project/programme

2. Knowledge management

The advisor

ensures knowledge transfer to project/programme information

draws up reports and presentation documents

3. Coordination and management tasks

The advisor

Prepares terms of reference and other documents, such as budget, assessment grids, etc. for relevant tenders, evaluates proposals and coordinates work of consultants

Coordinates relevant project activities at local level in consultation with the programme and component manager and in cooperation with the partners, both with regards to implementation and preparing organisational aspects

C. Required qualifications, competences and experience


Master’s Degree ideally in a subject related to at least one of the following fields: environmental science, climate change, energy, economics

Professional experience

At least 4-5 years of proven experience in Air Quality Management, preferably having work experience in cooperating with either national, provincial or local government in South Africa;

Proven experience in working on the topic of Climate Change Mitigation;

At least 3 years of professional working experience in a comparable position;

Profound knowledge of the South African climate change policy framework, legislation, institutional landscape, relevant implementation structures, responsibilities and planning processes;

Written and oral communication skills in English, with analytical capacities and ability to synthesise relevant findings and present them in front of an audience if need be;

Ability to share knowledge and experience, a good team player with excellent self-management skills;

Demonstrated ability to work and produce - sometimes under high pressure - high quality outputs with limited supervision and management;

Excellent command of MS Office and good working knowledge of modern telecommunication systems.

Suitable candidates should apply by submitting their detailed CV and a motivation letter to: attention Head of Unit, Dorothey Taaibosch with the subject line “Application for CSP Technical Advisor: AQM”.

Closing date for applications: 20 July 2018

Only Permanent Residence holders and/or South African Citizens will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be informed.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!