Development Worker as Advisor (m/f/d) to support the National Association of Cameroonian Cotton Producers (CNPC-C)


As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

With the dispatch of qualified specialists as development workers, GIZ contributes to the sustainable improvement of living conditions of people in developing and transition countries.

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  • Assignment period:
    12/01/2019 - 10/31/2021
  • Field:
    Strategy and Management advice
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Job description

Cameroon is the fifth largest producer of cotton in Sub-Saharan Africa. For the Cameroonian government, cotton has a strategic importance for the economy in the three regions in the north: Extreme North, North and Adamaoua. In these regions, the population is particularly affected by poverty and an unstable security situation. Cotton is mainly grown by smallholder farmers in Cameroon.As part of the global programme “Sustainability and Value Added in the Cotton Economy”, the GIZ is supporting the Cameroonian Government on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This programme is part of the BMZ’s special initiative “One World – No Hunger”. The focus is to increase the production of sustainable cotton and strengthening the value chain as a whole (upstream and downstream sectors). The aim of this approach is to raise the income of smallholder farmers by growing sustainable cotton and to increase employment in the upstream and/or downstream sectors.The measures are implemented in close cooperation with the National Association of Cameroonian Cotton Producers (CNPC-C) with more than 150.000 members.

Your tasks

  • Support the partner structure (CNPC-C) in planning and activity management along the cotton value chain
  • Support the CNPCC technical staff in the development of training programmes to strengthen the technical, organisational and economic competencies of cotton producers
  • Support the establishment of relationships (national, regional and international) with institutional partners, agricultural organisations, non-governmental structures, the private sector and partners along the cotton value chain
  • Support in the organisation and implementation of workshops and trainings in the value chain
  • Support the annual planning for the training of the producers by developing and introducing new activities and innovations
  • Analyse existing innovations used within the value chain inside and outside of Cameroon, and to elaborate recommendations for technical, socio-economic and organisational solutions
  • Support compliance with the Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA) standards for all certified producers
  • Link the partner organisation with other GIZ-programmes focusing on the development of the cotton value chain, and participation in the exchange of best practices (regional and international)

Your profile

  • University degree in organisational development, agricultural science, project management, forestry, rural sociology, environmental sciences or comparable disciplines
  • Several years of experience in questions of organisational development
  • Several years of experience in capacity building of local stakeholders and in the promotion of value chains
  • Experience in the development of sensitisation and communication materials
  • Experience in gender-sensitive approaches
  • Several years of professional experience in the field of rural development in francophone African countries is an advantage
  • Several years of professional experience in development cooperation is an advantage
  • Fluent knowledge (oral and written) of the French language, knowledge of German or English is an advantage

Location information

  • Place of residence: Garoua/Quartier plateau/Nord Kamerun
  • Climate: Warm climate with one rainy season (May – September); temperature between 28° - 40°C°
  • Healthcare: There exist basic medical services provided by local specialist doctors and private health clinics
  • Supply and shopping facilities: Basic items forthe daily needs are locally available, European goods /products are available
  • Accessibility: City roads and overland routes are in a reasonable condition. Flights are not regular. Transport in the town is mainly by moto-taxi
  • The location is not suitable for children



GIZ's Development Service is looking forward to applications of candidates with a professional qualification and / or university degree and at least two years of professional experience. In addition you hold the German nationality or the nationality of a member state of the European Union.

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Our benefits

Following your preparation in Germany, we offer you eight days’ departure leave so you can prepare for your deployment as a development worker., For your service as a development worker we will pay you a monthly basic subsistence allowance. From the contractually agreed departure there is also an additional monthly expatriation allowance. This allowance increases if you are married and/or have dependent children - even if your family does not leave the country with you., During the preparation phase, you will receive initial insights into GIZ and the local conditions. This ensures you are as well prepared as you can be for your placement. You have the opportunity to contact other new starters, and to expand and develop your personal network., We reimburse the bulk of child care costs for dependent children under the age of 14 who are travelling with you. This entitlement lapses if your partner travels out with you and does not work as a development assistant or an integrated specialist. Up to 92.5% of costs for pre-school and school enrolment are covered., We provide health and liability insurance for you and your family. Family members travelling with you are also covered by accident insurance. During your working hours you are also legally covered by accident insurance. In countries affected by crisis your protection includes a comprehensive risk management system, which minimises personal hazards and risks., We are a global service provider within the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We offer you the opportunity to deploy your technical know-how at one of our locations in more than 130 countries., You will receive a medical check-up, as well as detailed advice on precautionary measures, vaccinations and malaria prevention. Every two years, you and your accompanying family members will receive a precautionary check-up. The medical service is available in emergencies for employees domiciled in Germany. It also provides advice for ergonomically designed workplaces., We help you find somewhere to live locally and reimburse the costs based on country-specific rent index., For supply trips, such as for shopping, to school or to the doctor, you can either use your company car or claim a monthly fixed-sum travel allowance. You may also use the company car for private use with the consent of your superior.

About us

We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative and worldwide operating institution related to development policy. Your competencies and qualifications are demanded on the spot in an interdisciplinary team. You advise governmental and civil society organizations at local or municipal level. The Development Service of GIZ offers a comprehensive service package. It includes a specific technical and personal preparation. The basis for the deployment of specialists in the development service is the German Development Workers Act (EhfG).


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