Junior Advisor, Malawi German Health Programme (MGHP)

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Applications have closed

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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As a federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objective in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries around the globe. In Malawi, GIZ has been working for more than 50 years. Malawi is a priority for German international cooperation and currently focuses on three priority areas: education, health and private sector development in rural areas. In addition to our work on these areas, we also work on public financial and economic management and social protection.

GIZ invites applications from suitable qualified Malawians for the following openings at the Malawi German Health Programme (MGHP):

Junior Advisor

Reporting to the Programme Manager, the advisor is responsible for:

A. Responsibilities

The junior advisor provides support for:

  • the team leader and other experts for whom the junior consultant/project desk officer performs technical tasks.
  • coordinating project activities, including activities at central and district level.
  • carrying out specific research tasks which are required for planning the implementation of projects or programmes.
  • carrying out specific tasks in connection with knowledge management for the project/ programme.
  • the team leader and other experts in carrying out project activities.

The junior advisor performs the following tasks:

B. Tasks

1. Coordination and monitoring

The junior advisor

  • supports project monitoring and updates information on project progress, documents and reports regularly on the status of results.
  • assists with recording and documenting the results of all activities.
  • draws up media analyses, participates in fora and public hearings on issues directly connected with the project/programme.
  • assists with planning, coordinating and documenting meetings, workshops, seminars and other project activities with a focus on technical aspects related to health sector reforms.
  • orders and distributes PR materials on the component and programme as well as GIZ PR materials.
  • assists with PR work for the component and the programme.
  • assists short-term experts assigned to components programmes in completing their tasks.

2. Research

The junior advisor

  • in consultation with the manager or expert, prepares and carries out qualitative research projects (developing survey instruments, field trials, training field staff, organisational preparation in the field, collecting and analysing data)

3. Knowledge management

The junior advisor

  • assists in drawing up reports and translations.
  • assists in communicating, updating and collecting information on component and programme activities.
  • assembles data on component and programme activities.
  • organises and updates project/programme documentation, the filing systems and the project/programme library.

4. implementation of project activities

The junior advisor

  • develops training materials in the area of health sector reforms (health financing, governance and management).
  • carries out basic training in the area of health sector reforms (health financing, governance and management).
  • supports the implementation of project the area of health sector reforms (health. financing, governance and management), in support of an expert.

5. General obligations

The junior advisor

  • is familiar with GIZ planning, implementation and reporting procedures and their changes.
  • is familiar with other programme components and GIZ-assisted measures, concepts and status of implementation and knows the corresponding experts and staff.
  • represents the interest of the GIZ-assisted measure and always acts on its behalf.
  • carries out important tasks for the project/programme, even if these are not explicitly cited in the job description.

6. Other duties/additional tasks

The junior advisor

  • assists other experts, if necessary as translator.
  • performs other duties and tasks at the request of management.

C. Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • university degree in public health, public administration or another area that is related to the project/programme objectives.

Professional experience

  • initial experience (internship or similar) in this area. GIZ experience an added advantage.

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, email, the Internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office, Access or other database programme).
  • very good knowledge of English.
  • good writing skills.
  • presentation skills.
  • experience of project management and research experience in an area related to the project’s/programme’s requirements is desirable.
  • willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management.

Interested candidates meeting the above listed requirements should submit their application, with a one page cover letter demonstrating how they meet the above requirements, along with a detailed CV to:

Human Resource Manager, GIZ, P. O. Box 31131, Lilongwe 3

Email: giz-malawi-hr@giz.de

The Job Title should be clearly mentioned in the subject line. Closing date for the application is 15th July 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.