CSP II Technical Advisor: Climate Change

Salary Band 4  Professional 4T

Flagship Programmes and Crosscutting Tasks

Reports to: Component Manager: Flagship Component, Climate Support Programme (CSP)


DEA is in the process of implementing the Near-Term Priority Climate Change Flagship Programme, which includes identifying areas for strategic interventions that advance the objectives of the National Climate Change Response Policy. The Climate Change Flagship Programmes are front runners in the transition to a Lower Carbon Economy and Climate Resilient Society. They provide the necessary impetus needed to stimulate large scale investment required to make the transition as well as demonstrate the commitment to addressing climate change. These flagships need to be transformative, evidence based, impactful and scalable.

Currently the overall flagship programme is in the process of supporting the development of a pipeline of projects and seeking ways of mobilizing resources. This includes among others supporting the drafting of project proposals, e.g. to the NAMA-Facility and the Green Climate Fund.

The focus of this position will lie within the Flagship Programme, focusing among others on alternative waste management and green buildings. Support to cross cutting topics such as Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation is part of this job description. In addition to this, the employee will be expected to devote time to other climate change initiatives as and when requested.

Technical Advisor: Climate Change - Responsibilities and Tasks


The Technical Advisor: Climate Change is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide advisory and managerial work in the area of the above flagship topics as well as crosscutting climate change aspects (linkages mitigation/adaptation, energy)
  • Strategic development as well as management and organisational advice to DEA and other relevant partner institutions/partners
  • Provide advisory support on other climate change initiatives as and when requested;
  • Monitor and report on progress with assigned tasks and projects, contributing to internal monitoring requirements within GIZ
  • Undertake and fulfil technical tasks related to the flagship programmes and crosscutting tasks;
  • Project management in of the areas of waste management, green building projects as well as further flagships on request and other specific tasks required for project implementation, including research, establishment of baselines, general support, and technical contribution;
  • Prepare terms of reference for consultants, manage procurement, ensure management and oversight of consultants appointed;
  • Liaison with the relevant stakeholders during the project and participate in Flagship and Project Steering Committee Meetings;
  • Contribute to tasks concerning knowledge management for the project/programme;
  • Provide research and technical support on the respective flagship as and when needed;
  • Critically evaluate the work undertaken by the consultants and advise thereon;
  • Plan and arrange meetings, workshops and keep record of proceedings.

The Technical Advisor: Climate Change is expected to fulfil the following general obligations:

  • Become familiar with other programme components and GIZ-assisted measures, concepts and status of implementation and knows the corresponding experts and staff;
  • Represent the interest of the GIZ and the Climate Support Programme in a professional way;
  • Undertake tasks in the interest of both the Climate Support Programme as well as the GIZ in general; and
  • S/he should form part of the team of the Climate Support Programme and perform other duties and tasks in the interest of the programme, on the request of its management;
  • The employee must be prepared to travel to the project areas within South Africa.


  • University degree (Post-graduate would be advantageous) in an area that is related to the programme objectives – e.g. Climate Change, Environmental Science, Energy (Efficiency), Waste, Transport, Water, Project Management, Finance and/or Engineering job profile;
  • Suitable for a person with at least five (5) years’ work experience.

Professional Experience:

  • Relevant work experience in climate change related work;
  • Experience in working with local, provincial or national government an added value;
  • A key benefit is experience in project management of climate change or other flagship topic projects, as well as Finance or Engineering;
  • Experience in Project Management working on diverse projects in an integrated way;
  • Demonstrated experience of working in a team environment.
    Other Knowledge, Additional Competences:
  • Good Good working knowledge on Climate Change with Project Management and research related to the CSP’s work areas;
  • Willingness to support the implementation of technical projects without supervision;
  • Willingness to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Good networking skills;
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management.

Suitable candidates should apply by submitting a Motivation letter and a Detailed CV to: recruit-pretoria@giz.de attention Head of Unit, Dorothey Taaibosch; with the following Subject: “Application for CSP III Technical Advisor: Climate Change”.

Closing date for applications: 05 April 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be informed.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!