Ended Advisor (Cash for Work)

The Job
Vacancy Announcement for National Personnel for the German International Cooperation / Strengthening the Resilience and Participation at local level in Yemen -SRPL- (PN. 19.1858.0-001.00) implemented by the GIZ Office Sana’a.

The wide range of services offered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH are based on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and on tried and tested management know–how. We are a German Federal enterprise and offer workable, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes.

The project for strengthening the resilience and participation at local level in Yemen is a transitional aid project. The strategy of the transitional aid project aims to strengthen the resilience and improve the functioning and self-help capacity of local institutions and vulnerable groups affected by the protracted crisis in Yemen. Accordingly, the project components are closely linked strategically and conceptually. The core element is the implementation of participatory and demand-oriented planned small-scale measures to rehabilitate social and productive basic infrastructure in various sectors.

The project comprises three closely linked components:

Component 1: " Strengthening the local capacities to provide basic services "

Component 2: " Improve the productive livelihoods of vulnerable households "

Component 3: " Promote peaceful coexistence geared towards local needs "

The regional focus is on the three governorates Dhamar, Hadramout and Ibb.

The second component aims to provide short- and medium-term income and employment to vulnerable households through employment programs and restoring the productive base in the agricultural sector. In labor-intensive rehabilitation projects (Output 1) as well as overarching activities, local workers are employed by CfW measures for at least three months. The measures are identified, decided and implemented in cooperation with representatives of local self-help structures and public administrations. The project establishes clear criteria for selecting the beneficiaries and supports the composition of the working groups on the basis of representative representation as possible of the various sections of the population (for example, religion, internally displaced persons, etc.) and of gender and age in order to reduce social tensions. In order not to increase discrimination against marginalized groups (for example, women, war widows, ethnic minorities, adolescents, disabled veterans, the elderly or people with disabilities), specific CfW measures are being developed for these groups. Strengthening the competence of vulnerable groups with a focus on women and young men takes place through vocational and life skills-promoting CfW Plus measures. For vulnerable peasant households, which are also selected according to transparent criteria, agricultural inputs are provided in kind to feed back their production. Complementary to this, NGOs and service providers qualify the state agricultural advisers and jointly carry out training courses for farmers' groups on sustainable agriculture and diversification of production. With immediate effect the GIZ Office Sana’a invites applications from qualified Yemeni nationals for the following position: 

  • Position: Advisor (Cash for Work)
  • End of Contract: 30.04.2023
  • Post Location: Sana’a


The Advisor (Cash for Work) is responsible for

  • supporting the component 2 according to its objective and indicators, plan of operations and consultations with the Senior Advisor (SA) in mainly establishing a needs assessment for the targeted communities, verifying needs from the targeted communities and submitting the draft report to the officer responsible for the implementation (SA)
  • implementing daily operational aspects of all issues related to the component 2
  • processing technical aspects and further developing the area of responsibility in accordance with the specified quality standards
  • maintaining of a good flow of communication and information between all involved institutions and counterparts and GIZ
  • innovation and knowledge management and communication of innovations to a broad target group
  • assisting programme initiatives to provide professional advisory services to cooperate with a broad range of target groups.

Main Tasks

  • The Advisor (Cash for Work) performs the following tasks:
  • works closely with the SA on all matters related to planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the CfW measures/interventions he is responsible for
  • assists the SA in identifying locations/communities with high poverty and resilience to plan and implement CfW measures/interventions
  • plans and conducts ‘feasibility studies’ for the measures he is responsible for
  • identifies communities vulnerable where needs and potentials also exist for CfW measures to create community-based assets and other relevant interventions to strengthening community skills in non-farm vocations
  • prepares project proposals for the measures/interventions identified and submitting draft reports to the SA
  • participates in identifying needs for external support and advice
  • facilitates planning meetings with communities for selection of sites and beneficiaries to implement the project activities
  • determines labour (number of person days) and material inputs (costs) required for each structure through community participations
  • makes sure labourers are selected from households who are vulnerable to food security and other shocks.
  • identifies local partners (registered NGOs and ‘Social Development Committees (SDC)’) to implement the measures/interventions
  • works closely with the SDC in to identify and contract unskilled and skilled labourers from target and neighbourhood communities to complete various project results as per work plan
  • supervises and assist (SDC) in the implementation of Work Plan by timelines
  • prepares agreements/contracts for partnerships with local partners and, facilitates signing of contracts/MoUs with them
  • identifies the site of selected community assets/ measures (Rainfall water structures or road or …) in consultation with target communities
  • studies the environmental impact of the proposed community assets/measures
  • prepares of the Bill of Quantities (BOQ), specifications and designs for the selected projects. The cost should be estimated based on the current prices in the nearest local market
  • itemizes the community contribution in the projects including materials and labour with cost estimation in consultation with target communities and selected Social Development Committees (SDC)
  • advises partner institution(s) on order clarification, identifying needs, developing concepts and strategies, and provides technical input
  • monitors and supervises the implementation of the measures/interventions until the agreed structures are created
  • reviews the assessment data, bill of quantities, contractor contracts, and overall rehabilitation plans
  • reports and documents on the progress of joint measures through field visits and written reports, identifies bottlenecks and recommends alternative management options to the SA
  • is responsible for quality control on all the physical deliverables for his CFW measures/interventions – as per plan, designs and specifications
  • is responsible for seeing that the services provided by the measures are aligned with the community needs
  • ensures cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners; carries out PR work and cooperates with local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the project/programme environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships
  • is responsible to liaise with local governments and other appropriate bodies to ensure smooth implementation of the CfW measures/interventions
  • provides technical assistance to local and international experts
  • communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the project/programme
  • maintains repeated field visits to the regions in accordance with the requirements of the component 2 and the project
  • travels (abroad) in the region regularly, in accordance with project requirements.
  • compiles information and ensures knowledge transfer
  • develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures
  • draws up reports and presentation documents, both in English and Arabic
  • prepares appropriate input for various project/programme reports including annual reports, and contributes to the other reports required by the programme manager and GIZ Head Office
  • assists with research activities and studies on sectoral issues which benefit joint programmes.
  • performs other duties and tasks at the request of management.

Required qualifications, competences and experience

  • masters/MSc in civil engineering or related fields.
  • 5-7 years’ professional experience, with at least 5 years’ professional experience in a comparable position.
  • firsthand experience in managing teams/groups of people in a rural development setting, including management of finances, human resources and administrative tasks.
  • more experience in community-based activities – mobilization, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of CfW activities through participatory processes.
  • very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • strong managerial and organisational competence
  • willingness to travel to fields regularly
  • a proven track record in a managerial position
  • fluent written and oral knowledge of English and Arabic languages; German language would be an asset
  • willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management
  • motivation to work in a team and ability to work independently
  • ability to drive 4-Wheel vehicle with valid driving license.
How to Apply

Please write the full subject line as indicated below, and send your application (cover letter) and CV in English and Arabic to the following:

E-mail address: hr-yemen@giz.de 

Subject Line: Application for Advisor (Cash for Work) Post

Deadline for receipt applications is: 09.12.2019

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Should you be invited for interview, you will be asked to present all certificates mentioned in your CV. You will also be asked to provide two relevant professional references to be contacted.

  • Employer: GIZ
  • Category: Consultant
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 26 November 2019
  • Deadline: 9 December 2019