Advisor (m/f/d) in the Humanitarian Assistance of the Foreign Office

bei Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
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Advisor (m/f/d) in the Humanitarian Assistance of the Foreign Office

  • Job-ID: V000051910
  • Location: Berlin
  • Assignment period: 01/01/2023 - 12/31/2025
  • Field: Peace, Security and Emergency
  • Type of employment: full- or part-time
  • Application deadline: 09/27/2022

Job description

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is working in around 130 countries around the world for clients such as the German Federal Government, international organizations or governments of other countries. Our goal is to improve people's life chances and to preserve their livelihoods. Therefore, we work with partners to design projects and programs that our more than 22,000 employees support as consultants and intermediaries.

The GIZ advises the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) in the Directorate-General S for Crisis Prevention, Stabilisation, Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Assistance with technical and implementation expertise to support the further development of action-oriented approaches in humanitarian assistance as well as the development of tailored management and stabilisation concepts in fragile contexts.

The Humanitarian Assistance Module (HAM) of the Stabilisation Platform (SPF) supports the positioning of the humanitarian units of the GFFO in the international humanitarian system, advises on operational issues and in the development, management and implementation of instruments, concepts and strategies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of German humanitarian assistance.

Your tasks

  • Advise the GFFO with technical and implementation expertise in humanitarian assistance (probably also including fieldtrips) and in the interface area between humanitarian assistance, stabilisation and development cooperation.
  • Advise the preparation of statements and technical support on current topics of the international humanitarian system, among others the regional focus on the Middle East, especially Syria.
  • Support in the development of processes and the implementation of financing instruments as well as monitoring and evaluation concepts
  • Support in national and international coordination and harmonization processes on systemic, strategic and thematic task areas
  • Assist with data collection and preparation to understand crisis contexts and dynamics, as well as needs and resource planning
  • Support in the preparation and implementation of thematic training courses, events and the commissioning of experts
  • Elaboration of concepts, analyses and research activities on current processes and topics within the framework of the objectives of German humanitarian assistance in the international humanitarian system

Your profile

  • Completed university studies in political science or law, international relations or a comparable course of study.
  • Several years of professional experience in the field of humanitarian assistance as well as in foreign policy crisis engagement directly in crisis and conflict contexts, also in the headquarters of relevant organizations (both mandatory).
  • Humanitarian work experience in Middle East, Syria an advantage. Extensive regional knowledge of Syria.
  • Practical experience with German crisis/conflict engagement and familiarity with the work of a ministerial bureaucracy.
  • Practical (project) experience with German Federal Foreign Office projects and funding (mandatory). Thereby project implementation experience in crisis/conflict areas (mandatory)
  • Practical experience in the work and implementation of multilateral donor mechanisms/ Pooled Funds, the humanitarian coordination system, civil society actors and the work of the United Nations (mandatory)
  • Very good knowledge of principle-based humanitarian assistance and international humanitarian law and knowledge of international stabilization approaches
  • Very good knowledge of relevant developments, issues and debates in the international humanitarian system, including cash-based transfers, risk management, food security, impact of the climate crisis on humanitarian contexts and (forced) displacement.
  • Experience working with and understanding monitoring and evaluation methods and tools, logframes, including indicators, targets, measurement methods, etc.
  • Knowledge of the principles of grant law and the disbursement of funds within the framework of the
  • Federal Budget Code (BHO)
  • Strong analytical and strategic understanding and proven ability to write high quality texts, including political content, in a clearly understandable manner and edit under significant time pressure.
  • Excellent analytical skills and willingness to deal with complex issues and highly dynamic work contexts on an ongoing basis
  • Initiative, motivated, goal-oriented approach to work, team orientation, high level of commitment, confident appearance as well as good communication and organizational skills
  • Fluent German and English (mandatory), knowledge of Arabic and / or French advantageous.


Willingness to travel to countries in conflict

Location information


This job is suited to a full or a part-time (80%) position.

Please understand, that we can only accept and process applications via our E-recruiting system. Following the confirmation of your successful application, kindly check your spam / junk mail folder on a regular basis, since some provider classify emails from our recruiting system as spam.

Our benefits

  • We are a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and work to build a future worth living around the world. We support projects in over 130 countries to achieve goals sustainably together with our partners.
  • Everyone has the same opportunities in our company, regardless of gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability. We recruit based on specialist expertise and social skills. Transparency and fair opportunities for career advancement are just as much a matter of course for us as gender not being a barrier to taking up a management position.
  • Extensive check-ups and preventive measures (e.g. on appointment, before the outward journey, during the stay in a country of assignment, in an emergency) are provided to our staff and the family members accompanying them as a matter of course.
  • We reward staff who achieve their agreed annual targets with a variable remuneration component.
  • As sustainability and environmental awareness are part and parcel of our corporate philosophy, we will provide you with financial support in the form of a job ticket.

About us

Your professional and personal development is important to us. At GIZ, you will be offered global work opportunities and an atmosphere that is characterised by diversity, respect and genuine equal opportunities. Gender equality promotion is a matter of course for us. Our benefits are also impressive in terms of work-life balance and family friendliness. Flexible working hours that fit your life situation are an integral part of our corporate culture.

GIZ is a signatory of the Diversity Charter. Recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in the company are important to us. All employees shall be valued - regardless of gender and gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.


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