Technical Advisor: Green Economy, Green Jobs

Salary: Band 4

Reports to: Component Manager


a. Green Economy Transformation (GET) Policies and Strategies, Green Jobs

The 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement call for the global transformation of economies and societies, and in so doing provide new stimuli for sustainable development. However, the respective international obligations create challenges for many countries and generate enormous demand for the coherent implementation of the two sets of objectives. The concept of an Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) provides concrete approaches for combining synergies between Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and National Determined Contribution (NDCs). The concept was developed by United Nation (UN) Environment in 2008 and has been promoted since 2013 as part of the UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).

Green Economy policies help making the economic case for an investment shift towards low-carbon, resource-efficient, inclusive and resilient development pathways. The project “Green Economy Transformation (GET) in Cooperation with the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) – synergies between Low-carbon Pathways and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” (GET Project) - implemented by GIZ in cooperation with UN Environment and funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Environment Ministry (BMU) - aims to strengthen the capacity of key actors in public institutions to implement SDGs and NDCs in a more coherent way with the help of Green Economy approaches. South Africa is one of the project’s partner countries. The GET Project is supporting Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and other key actors in improving the effectiveness of GE policies.

b. Partnership for Action on the Green Economy
In 2015 South Africa became a member of the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE), a United Nations (UN) initiative which aims to support countries to transform their economies into drivers of sustainability and equity. PAGE is an initiative of five UN Agencies: United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP); International Labour Organisation (ILO); United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and; United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
In January 2019, South Africa was the host of the 3rd PAGE Ministerial Conference. As an international, high-level event, the conference brought together PAGE partner countries, UN Agencies and IGE pioneers to discuss and strategize measures and actions supporting a transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient, inclusive economy. By providing a platform for participants to share experience on transformational processes, as well as on challenges and progress, the Conference aimed to deepen existing partnerships, create open debate and further the agenda of inclusive and sustainable economies that are driven by fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of the main outcomes was the “Cape Town Action Pathways Towards 2030” document.

The Technical Advisor is expected to undertake the following tasks and work related to promoting green investment opportunities, green jobs and addressing the implications of just transition on the labour market, in the following areas detailed below:

  • Support a series of dialogue or strategy fora with IGE-, NDC- and SDG responsible and representatives of other ministries (e.g. economy, climate/environment, social affairs, planning, finance), representatives of the private sector and civil society (3 in 2019, 3 in 2020, 1 in 2021). This might include the following: Providing inputs for the concept design, organizing the meetings/logistical arrangements, ensuring the participation of relevant participants, strengthening (existing) inter-institutional mechanisms, coordinating technical inputs, documenting the events. The dialogue or strategy fora might be joined with existing formats so that the project is in the function of a co-organizer.
  • Provide advisory services for support needs that will be defined during the project implementation period, e.g. in dialogue fora, studies, training measures, expert missions.
  • Support the recruitment of external consultants, including support to the formulation of Terms of Reference (ToR) and technical support to tender and procurement processes for the GET project, ensure management and technical oversight of consultants appointed.
  • Support South African partners in communication activities or campaigns; provide them with material and build up regular contact to local or national media to make them aware of positive examples of GE transformation and the topics that are discussed in events and fora.
  • Inform key stakeholders about possibilities for participation in international events (e.g. conferences, trainings) and digital opportunities (e.g. newsletters, webinars) to share information and to present the South African experience.
  • Take part in planning meetings and phone/skype calls with GET Project team members based in Berlin/Germany and UN Environment colleague based in Geneva; conduct planning sessions and regular meetings with DEA and other partner institutions/partners; organize meeting schedule for joint meetings in South Africa.
  • Coordinate related project activities in South Africa with GET Project team members based in Germany and UN Environment colleague based in Geneva and in cooperation with DEA and other partners and with the PAGE national coordinator and/or PAGE agencies, other relevant initiatives and GIZ projects.

Monitor and report on progress with assigned tasks, contributing to internal monitoring and knowledge management requirements within GIZ; conceptualize and write newsletter contributions for internal GIZ and/or IKI newsletters and external newsletters/publications, report on latest developments of relevance (e.g. institutional changes, political trends).


The Technical Advisor 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 GET project - GIZ in cooperation with UN Environment, BMU - in a professional way;
  • Undertake tasks in the interest of the GET Project as well as the GIZ in general;
  • S/he should form part of the team of the Climate Support Programme and coordinate closely with the IKI focal point;
  • S/he should hold close contact via email/phone with the GET Project team based in Germany and UN Environment colleague based in Geneva.
  • S/he should work under the disciplinary supervision of the responsible person in the Climate Support Programme based in Pretoria and under technical guidance of the GET Project in Berlin/Germany.
  • The employee must be prepared to travel to the project areas within South Africa and occasionally to Germany.



  • A Masters/MSc degree in an area that is related to the Project/Programme objectives, with a focus on a relevant field (e.g. Business, Economy, Finance, Environmental studies or equivalent).

Professional Experience:

  • At least 4-5 years' professional experience in Project Management, Logistics, Communication and Public Relations, preferably in the Economics sector (particularly relating to jobs and investment) and in relation to the Environment, Climate Change and just transitions; sound knowledge of South African Public and Private sector landscape in relation to these topics;
  • Ideally: Previous experience with GIZ.

Other Knowledge, Additional Competences:

  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to climate change related impacts on South Africa;
  • Good knowledge of public planning procedures - or willingness to learn and master the issue quickly;
  • Good networker, ideally already providing an existing network of relevant stakeholders in the field of Economics, Finances, Climate Change, SDGs and Green Economy;
  • Ability to work independently and to approach tasks pro-actively;
  • Ideally: ability to give trainings, co-facilitate and animate workshops;
  • Good ability to write and edit reports and ideally experience in media/communication work;
  • Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies;
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed - corresponding measures are agreed with management.

This position will be 100% within the Green Economy Transformation (GET) project based in Berlin, Germany, but the Technical Advisor will be based in Pretoria, South Africa, within GIZ’s Climate Support Programme (CSP).

Suitable candidates should apply by submitting a Motivation letter and a Detailed CV to:  attention Head of Unit, Dorothey Taaibosch; with the Subject line: “Application for GET Technical Advisor”.

Closing date: 19 April 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be informed.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered!