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Junior Advisor for support in agriculture and food processing for export

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Open position for GIZ

As an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, the federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. It provides viable, forwardlooking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world. Working under difficult conditions, GIZ promotes complex reforms and change processes. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis.

The GIZ project “Enhancement of the Competitiveness of the Private Sector in Rural Areas - COSiRA” supports the Republic of Kosovo in improving the competitiveness of rural areas and selected sectors influencing the rural economy (Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPS), wine, metal processing with a focus on RE/EE, IT, tourism, regional lead sectors). Private and public institutions promoting economic development on the national, regional and local level are supported in their endeavour to produce, market and export quality products and foods within Kosovo and to the regional and European markets.

The project is intending to expand the existing team by employing a

Junior Advisor for support in agriculture and food processing for export


  • The junior Adviser is responsible to:
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of project activities with regard to agriculture and food processingsector.
  • Contribute in developing of good communication and working relationship with stakeholders from the private and Public sector, operating inAgriculture and Food Processing Sector
  • Contribute in identification of needs for support in terms of capacity development and technical assistance in agriculture and food processing sector
  • Contribute in support of stakeholders from private and public sector  in development of measures based on identified needs
  • Develop good communication and working relationships with private and public stakeholders, especially with those operating in the agriculture and Food processing sectors
  • Support sector Associations in implementing of activities with regard to internationally recognised standards (in the field of Agriculture and food processing)
  • Support sector Associations in promotion of agricultural and food products at regional and international markets (fairs, B2B etc.)
  • Promote the visibility of the project
  • Monitor and report on the economic, social and political situation in his/her field of work
  • Organize and participate in meetings and workshops as scheduled by the project manager


The junior Advisor performs the following tasks:

  • Contributes to the implementation of project activities in close consultation/cooperation with the GIZ COSiRA project team and counterparts from the public and private sector
  • Ensures regular communication and information flows with cooperation partners.
  • Assists in preparation of local and international short term consulting contracts, in the field of responsibility   
  • Deals with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, round tables, seminars and other events on issues related to the project’s area of activity
  • Takes part in meetings of the project team as scheduled by the project manager;

Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Agriculture economics or related fields

Professional experience

  • At least 3 years of professional experience in the field of Agriculture, Agriculture economics or related fields

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Fluent written and oral knowledge of English, German language skills are a plus
  • Very good advisory and negotiation skills
  • Good knowledge of Agriculture and food processing structure in Kosovo
  • Familiarity with Agriculture and food processing Value Chainsin Kosovo is an asset
  • Initial experiences in advising stakeholders from public and private sector is an asset
  • Familiarity with the applied international standards in the field of Agriculture and food processing is an asset
  • Knowledge of regional and international marketing rules for Agriculture and food products is an asset
  • Familiarity with the principles of capacity development in technical cooperation
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Team-work spirit
  • Very good working knowledge of computer applications (e.g. MS Office)

TheGIZis an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled candidates and ethnic minorities are encouraged.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application by Email in English language

(Subject line: “Application: Junior Advisor – COSiRA Project”) consisting of a letter of motivation, CV using the EU Pass Format, references, etc. to application.kosovo@giz.de 

Starting date: as soon as possible
Contract period: until December 2017with option for prolongation for another 3 years.
Location: Pristina, Kosovo
Deadline for the application is 26.05.2017

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by GIZ to arrange an interview.