French-Speaking Consultant (m/f/d) for our GOVERNANCE Department

Posted on:
13 Sep, 2022
Application by:
4 Oct, 2022
Project status:
Duration of assignment:
2 year term contract with the option for permanent employment. Starting date is as soon as possible.
Duty station:
The duty station will be Hamburg with frequent travel particularly to Africa but also to other world regions.
Job code:

Project description

We are one of the leading German consulting companies working in international development cooperation. At GFA Consulting Group, we strive to catalyse change to improve the quality of life of people around the world by promoting sustainable development to achieve the SDGs and leveraging opportunities for digital innovation. We provide consulting services and implement projects financed through bilateral and multilateral funds. Our clients are GIZ, KfW, the European Commission and many others. Since 1982, we have implemented projects in more than 130 countries and have continuously expanded our service offerings, which currently include ten technical business areas and corresponding departments.

In the strategic business area of Governance, we concentrate on consultancy services related to Public Administration Reform, Decentralization, Local/Urban Development, Justice/Rule of Law, Peace & Security, Social Protection and Promotion of Civil Society.

Join our team covering the Africa region in the Governance department in Hamburg as an open-minded and versatile Consultant (m/f/d) and contribute to our mission to provide quality services worldwide.

Job description

Your responsibilities:

  • Business development for projects financed by donors like GIZ, KfW, EC, SDC;
  • Leading the acquisition process of new projects, including elaboration and coordination of technical and financial proposal;
  • Establishing and maintaining regular professional contacts and networking with clients, partners and sector experts;
  • Fully responsible management of and quality assurance in projects and studies (backstopping), on-site and Hamburg-based;
  • Conducting technical short-term consultancy missions, including participation in feasibility and project preparation studies;
  • Writing of reports, concepts and  presentations as well as contributing to knowledge and quality management, including GFA publications;
  • Representation of GFA in conferences and seminars;
  • Active contribution to the transversal cooperation with various departments and subsidiaries across GFA Group to unlock synergies within the GFA Climate & Energy Cluster as well as with our Digital Innovation Unit.


Your profile:

  • University Degree (Master) in political sciences, economics and international development, public administration, urban development, urban/regional planning, geography or other related areas;
  • At least 3 years of relevant working experience in the context of development cooperation;
  • Professional knowledge of concepts and policies as well as professional experience in the area of decentralization and local governance and in related fields such as public administration reform, social cohesion, civil society support.
  • Hands-on experience in development projects through long or short term assignments is an asset;
  • Familiarity with the German and European development cooperation sector and a well-founded understanding of the strategies and programmes of the relevant donor agencies (GIZ, KfW, EC DG INTPA/DG NEAR, EIB, EBRD, SDC) would be an asset;
  • Full proficiency in written and spoken English and French language skills corresponding at least to B2 of the European reference framework as well as working knowledge of German are a prerequisite;
  • Team player with excellent networking skills, ability to work with people with different nationalities and backgrounds;
  • Strong writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Advanced proficiency in standard MS Office applications;
  • Willingness to travel abroad on a regular basis;
  • Ability to manage complex situations with a sense of pragmatism.

What we offer

We work at the heart of International Cooperation; finding solutions to global challenges through our projects and diverse team of employees from all over the world. In this context, we lay the foundation for you to grow and learn within GFA through continuous skills development and further training.

Our flexible working time model, the possibility to work from home, and our family-orientated company policy facilitate a healthy work-life balance. GFA’s offices are surrounded by nature, despite being easily and quickly accessible from central Hamburg. To promote climate-friendly commuting, we offer a public transport reimbursement program.

The sense of community at GFA is very important to us. We regularly organize social events for people to get to know each other and to provide opportunities for exchange.
Interested candidates should send their complete application (cover letter, CV, copies of diplomas and work references / certificates) by email to:
Ms Karen Reschenberg
Recruitment Department
GFA Consulting Group GmbH
Tel.: (49) 040 603 06 - 122

Contact person

  Karen Reschenberg

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