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Technical Advisor – Supply Chain Innovation

Date Posted: Aug 12, 2020

Job Description

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 post of Technical Advisor – Supply Chain Innovation at the Malawi German Health Programme (MGHP):

Position: Technical Advisor – Supply Chain Innovation

A. Project Description

The German Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) has awarded a grant to support the development of capacities in the Malawi health system to use drone and data technology. The project includes foundational training through the African Drone and Data Academy supported by UNICEF as well as further practical training and the establishment of drone bases for air deliveries of medical supplies to health facilities through the drone manufacturer and service provider Wingcopter. GIZ has been tasked with coordination of the grant and ensuring coordination and alignment with the Malawi Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in- and outside of Government.

The position is hierarchically and logistically integrated into the GIZ health programme and technically backstopped by the Smart Development Hack team at GIZ headquarters. The initial grant is for a start-up period of 17 months; the BMZ will make available a follow-up grant based on performance of the start-up period.

B. Responsibilities

The advisor is responsible for:

  • managing the local implementation of the Smart Development Hack grant in Malawi, in line with
    the programme objectives, team agreements and/or agreements with the superior
  • assisting project/programme initiatives to provide professional advisory services to and cooperate
    with a broad range of target groups
  • innovation and knowledge management

The professional advisor performs the following tasks:

C. Tasks

  • Management and coordination
    The advisor 
    • coordinates relevant project activities at local level in consultation with the manager and in
      cooperation with the partners, both as regards implementation and preparing organisational
    • compiles the relevant information for joint activities and assignments
    • prepares financial plans for project activities and manages project activities in line with
      approved budgets
    • coordinates activities of project partners and contractors
    • regularly consults with the GIZ officer responsible for the contract and cooperation (Team Leader) on all project activities
    • helps identify the needs of government institutions and project implementation partners
    • participates in formulating project action plans and helps synchronise the planning and budgeting system and counterparts
    • is responsible for preparing, implementing and documenting training events, workshops,
      forums, team meetings and other project activities, where applicable, jointly with the partner institutions
    • handles results monitoring and project progress review as well as reporting.
  • Advising the partner institution(s)
    The advisor 
    • assists and monitors the development and implementation of project/programme plans and activities in close consultation with counterparts
    • contributes to preparing and implementing the coordination process, joint project/programme
      activities and work at the regional level
    • deals with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events on issues connected with the project/programme’s area of activity
    • develops and organises quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives.
  • Networking and cooperation
    The advisor 


    • supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, assists with 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
    • develops and maintains contact with all important stakeholders
    • provides technical assistance to local and international experts
    • ensures knowledge management: collects, processes and distributes relevant information,
      monitors communication and interaction between government institutions, NGOs and society through analyses of the media, direct dialogue, participation in meetings and seminars etc.
  • Knowledge management
    The advisor  
    • ensures knowledge transfer to project/programme information
    • develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and
    • draws up reports and presentation documents
    • 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 political issues which benefit joint programmes.

D. Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • Masters Degree in Pharmacy, Public Health, Business Administration, Logistics or other relevant subject
  • Bachelors degree in a complementary subject

Professional experience

  • at least 10 years’ of professional experience in the health sector
  • at least 5 years’ professional experience in medical supply chain management
  • at least project-based professional experience in innovative technologies

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • fluent written and oral knowledge of English
  • demonstrable affinity to and interest in innovative technologies
  • willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management
  • enjoys working collaboratively
  • refined diplomatic skills

How to apply

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
P.O. Box 31131

Email: Giz-malawi-hr@giz.de

The Job Title should be clearly mentioned in the subject line.

Closing date for applications is Monday, 24th August 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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