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Senior Technical Advisor x2
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Hatfield Pretoria
  • South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Type of job
permanent contract
until 28 February 2026
Climate Change
Language of description
Job description
Against this background, the JUST SA project is looking for Two (2) Senior Technical

Advisors. A. TASKS The Senior Technical Advisors are expected to undertake the following tasks: Independently support the strategic development of policy advisory services for the project’s leading political partner South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), and other relevant institutions/political and implementing partners. Liaison with relevant stakeholders and projects in South Africa to build better cohesion amongst different stakeholders and projects in the Just Transition domain to develop a shared vision for achieving a Just Transition. Track ongoing processes around Just Transition in Coal Regions in South Africa, especially Mpumalanga, related to financing and managing a Just Transition in the country. Project management and coordination of project measures. Support the coordination of work packages and monitoring & evaluation requirements of the broader project. Tasks required for project implementation, including research, the establishment of baselines, monitoring of progress and impacts, and technical contributions. Manage advisory work by consultants including preparation of procurement documents (e.g., ToRs); conduct the procurement process, provide technical oversight of implementation and quality assurance of deliverables. Independently plan and implement consultations, meetings, and workshops with various stakeholders, as well as ensure knowledge management of proceedings. Elaboration of knowledge products on Just Transition, such as technology policy briefs on Just Transition policies, fact sheets outlining the current Just Transition environments as well as latest developments and case studies. Support in coordination with the JUST SA Project manager, the German Embassy, and other delegations in South Africa for policy dialogues on green economy/ Just (Energy) Transition coal phase-out on country level / with target regions. Other tasks as needed in coordination with the Just SA Project Manager.

B. GENERAL OBLIGATIONS The Senior Technical Advisors are expected to fulfill the following general obligations: Become familiar with other programs and GIZ / IKI measures, concepts, and the status of implementation. Access to relevant networks in South Africa for the green economy / sustainable finance field as well as Just (Energy) Transition (in coal regions). Represent the interest of the JUST SA project, GIZ (in cooperation with GreenCape, TIPS, NBI, WWF, YES4Youth), and BMWK in a professional way in close coordination with the JUST SA Project Manager. Hold regular exchanges with the IKI JUST SA consortium partners. The employee must be prepared to travel nationally and internationally C. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES, AND EXPERIENCE Qualifications: An Honours Degree (Masters’/MSc would be advantageous) in an area that is related to the program objectives – e.g., Climate Change, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Energy (Efficiency), Finance/Economics, Business Administration and/or Engineering. Professional/ Work Experience: Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in the management of regional economic transformation, climate change, and sustainable finance projects in international cooperation, advisory, or consulting services. Extensive knowledge of the green economy and Just (Energy) Transition landscape in South Africa. Sound knowledge of the South African public and private sector landscape about Just (Energy) Transition, green economy, and climate change. Knowledge in two or more of the following fields: inclusive green economy, circular economy, sustainable infrastructure, green finance, regional economic development, coal economy/mining, energy transition, social security, labor market policies, green jobs, and green fiscal policy. Proven experience in managing and conducting multi-stakeholder engagement sessions of diverse nature. Experience in working with the local, provincial, or national government in South Africa. Proven network in South Africa in the area of green economy, Just (Energy) Transition, climate change, and sustainable finance. Excellent technical writing and communication skills, verbal and written; proven track record of drafting and editing complex knowledge and communication materials as required. Demonstrated experience working in a team environment.

E. APPLICATION PROCESS Suitable candidates should apply by submitting a motivation letter (concisely 1 page) detailing stating why they should be the preferred candidate. This should be accompanied by a CV, desired salary range, and indicating their nationality to with the subject “Application for JUST SA STA Role” for the attention of the Head of Human Resources. Closing date for applications: 31st of January 2023 Only shortlisted candidates will be informed!

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered
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