Job Description: Communications & Monitoring Professional for the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)

Salary Band 4

Reports to: Programme Manager


Only 38% of the African population has access to electricity, less than 10% is connected to the internet and only 25% of Africa’s road network is paved. To address these deficits, the African Heads of State and Government adopted the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) in January 2012 as the strategic infrastructure framework on the continent. PIDA improves energy supply, regional transport corridors, internet connectivity as well as trans-boundary water management and thus is a key driver for socio-economic development and intra-African trade. On the continental level, the Commission of the African Union (AUC) is responsible for the political steering of PIDA whilst the NEPAD Agency facilitates the technical implementation. The first Priority Action Plan (PIDA-PAP 1: 2012-2020) comprises more than 400 infrastructure projects, out of which more than a third are already operational or under construction. AUC and its partners are currently starting the process to develop the PIDA-PAP 2 (2020-2030) which defines the infrastructure priorities of the next decade to pave the way for an integrated, industrialized and service-oriented Africa. In its new phase, the GIZ “Support-to-PIDA”-Program supports the AUC and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency with the promotion of regional infrastructure development by:

  • designing an integrated, employment-oriented and gender-sensitive corridor approach as the conceptual basis for future infrastructure development;
  • supporting a consultative and systematic process to define African infrastructure priorities in the PIDA-PAP 2;
  • attracting private sector resources for African infrastructure development; and
  • improving the quality of (early-stage) project preparation.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) “Support to PIDA” Project is now searching for an experienced professional to support the project with communications, graphic design and monitoring tasks related to Africa’s regional infrastructure development.



The Communications design & Monitoring Professional works together with the technical and the administrative GIZ “Support-to-PIDA-Team” assuming the following responsibilities:

  • Conceptualizing and developing innovative products and tools to communicate on infrastructure development in Africa and the work and results of GIZ Support to PIDA;
  • Graphic design and visualization of communication products;
  • Populating, tracking and maintaining the project’s M&E system and reporting its progress;
  • Assistance to project management (e.g. preparation of required procurement);
  • Research and analysis of infrastructure-related topics required for formulation and design of communication products


  1. TASKS
  1. Communications

The Communications design & Monitoring Professional

  • Develops communication strategies/methods on infrastructure-related topics to be applied by GIZ and its partners;
  • Develops project relevant communications material for different target groups (e.g. newsletters, articles, social media, impact stories, case studies, etc.);
  • Conducts the needed research and analysis relevant for PIDA and infrastructure development to create communication strategies/products;
  • Proactively uses internal GIZ communication channels/working groups to enrich own knowledge/outreach and to support networking and relationship building with program partners;
  • Monitors communication and interaction between continental/regional and African Union Member States institutions, NGOs and society by analysing the media;
  • Quality assurance of external communication material produced by GIZ-PIDA (e.g. publications, fact sheets).
  1. Graphic Design

The Communications design & Monitoring Professional:

  • Designs and finalizes graphical information products (e.g. infographics, fact sheets, impact sheets, banners, logos etc.) to communicate the work of the programme and its partners in line with GIZ corporate identity and PIDA partner branding;
  • Develops creative design ideas that inform decision makers about PIDA and raise the political profile of PIDA
  • Advises the program manager about design strategies to reach a particular audience/messaging;
  • Reviews and updates existing designs.
  1. Monitoring & Evaluation

The Communications design & Monitoring Professional

  • Operates the project internal M&E system and manages periodic updates to internally report on the project progress;
  • Engages in M&E updates and reporting through tracking of M&E relevant media monitoring e.g. new information on specific PIDA projects, new investments on infrastructure etc.;
  • The Communications design & Monitoring Professional shall also support the project team with procurement, contracting and administrative processes according to GIZ rules and procedures and perform other duties and tasks at the request of the project manager.


  • An academic degree (min. Bachelor’s degree) in a relevant subject, preferably communications, political science or similar field.
  • Completed trainings/workshops or other qualifications in the field of graphic design/IT

Professional experience

  • At least 3 years’ professional experience in a comparable position related to communications, graphic design and/or monitoring and evaluation;
  • Proven track record in the development of communication products;
  • Prior working experience in infrastructure development and/or international development cooperation is an asset;
  • Excellent graphic design skills and competencies in design software (Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, etc.);
  • Excellent IT skills (incl. MS Office, content management systems, databases, etc.);
  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and verbal), German and/or French language skills are an asset

Suitable candidates should apply by submitting their detailed CV and a motivation letter to: attention Head of Unit, Dorothey Taaibosch; with the Subject: “Application for the PIDA: Communications Design and Monitoring Position”.

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!