GIZ (stands for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) is a federal enterprise supporting the German government’s initiative in the field of international cooperation for sustained growth. Operating all throughout Germany, GIZ also works in over 130 countries. The organization employs more than 16,500 employees all over the globe. Around 70% of this workforce are designated locally as national personnel.
Joint development efforts between the South African government and the GIZ, backed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, started in 1993. By 1996, a country office in Pretoria was opened. The GIZ now employs 180 personnel in South Africa over 60% of whom are locals.
The goals of this joint venture are as follows:
- Administration and governance
- Green economy
- Skills and Development
- HIV and Aids outreach
- Skills development
GIZ CAADP Support Programme
The GIZ, in cooperation with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, is implementing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program in the member states iof the AU. The CAADP serves as the blueprint for agricultural change and development throughout the African continent since 2003.
The CAADP provides aid to member countries improve productivity and investment in the agricultural sector. The GIZ works to provide policy advice and adaptation of agriculture in light of the effects of climate change. The primary objective of the CAADP-Climate programme is facilitate the effective integration of climate change adaptation plan of the CAADP process and agricultural education training, as well as training for women.
The project is in its prepping stage and its main push is the far-reaching restoration of the African forest landscapes. The goal is to provide field support, policy advice and capacity building in the restoration of African forests at ground level, channel resources, and more.
The selected intern will be tasked to provide support to the Climate Module of the GIZ CAADP Programme. The intern will assist in the administrative, technical aspects and organisational aspects of the programme. Moreover, the intern will provide assistance to the Programme Manager in the logistical and administrative preparation of project proposals.
Requirements or Eligibility
To be considered for the internship, the candidate must possess the following qualifications:
- Undergraduate degree in Agricultural Policy, Agricultural Economics, Forestry, Rural Development, Political Science, Environmental Governance, Development Studies, or other related studies
- Excellent communication and writing skills
- Knowledgeable on other regions outside of South Africa
- Knowledgeable in online research, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.
- Eager to learn, highly motivated
- English fluency, good command of German or French a definite advantage
- Keen eye for detail, proactive, and diligent
How to Apply
Applicants are required to submit an updated and detailed CV, plus a motivation letter specifying:
- Reason for applying at the GIZ and the CAADP programme
- How the applicant’s educational background, previous experiences, and skills fit into the position
- How the applicant meets the above mentioned requirements
important: Applications that doesn’t include a cover letter will not accepted.