Consultant for Private Sector Development at GFA Headquarter print

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26 Sep, 2018
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2-year contract with the option to become permanent
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Project description

GFA Consulting Group is one of the leading German consulting companies within the framework of international development cooperation. Our core business is providing consulting services as well as managing projects financed through bilateral and multilateral funds. Since 1982, GFA has been active in more than 130 countries. Over the years, the company has continuously expanded the scope of its work which currently includes ten strategic business areas. In the Private Sector Development (PSD) we focus on consultancy services related to improvement of business environment for SME, SME development, trade, quality infrastructure, local and regional economic development as well as green economy subjects.

For our head office in Hamburg/Germany, we are currently looking for an open-minded and versatile Consultant to join our PSD team.

Job description

The PSD consultant will be responsible for project management, acquisition and strategic business development in the above mentioned areas.

The duty station will be Hamburg, with frequent travels to relevant countries. The current regional focus will be in Eastern and Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, but is likely to be extended to other regions.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Strategic private sector development related project portfolio with thematic areas such as improving business environment, business development services, trade, green economy and local economic development;
  • Leading the acquisition process of new projects, including fact-finding missions, elaboration and coordination of technical and financial proposals;
  • Establishing and maintaining regular professional contacts and networking with clients, partners and sector experts;
  • Fully responsible management of projects and studies (backstopping), on-site and Hamburg-based;
  • Conducting technical short-term consultancy missions, including participation in feasibility and project preparatory 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;
  • Supporting on-the-job-training of our Junior Professionals.


  • University degree (Master) in a relevant area (economics, business administration, development studies, or a related field);
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in the context of development cooperation and private sector development, including experience in working in donor funded projects and/or private sector business associations and/or public sector business support organisations;
  • Working experience in at least one subject of private sector development (business development service; SME development, trade, green economy, local economic development),
  • Familiarity with the German (GIZ, KfW) and European development sector (such as e.g. EBRD, EuropeAid, EIB) and a well-founded understanding of the strategies and programmes of the relevant donor agencies would be an asset;
  • Full proficiency in written and spoken English and working knowledge of German and French are a prerequisite – some knowledge of Russian/Arabic/Spanish is an asset;
  • Working experience related to project management and administration both on field and headquarter level is highly appreciated;
  • Strong writing, communication and presentation skills;
  • Advanced proficiency in standard MS Office applications;
  • Willingness to frequently travel abroad;
  • Ability to manage complex situations with a sense of pragmatism.

GFA offers a future-oriented work place in a multicultural environment with a strong focus on values and the joint aim to provide the best possible solutions for our clients and partners in the developing world.

Curious to get to know GFA?
If so, please send your complete application (cover letter, CV, work references / certificates) by email to
Your contact person:
Ms. Romy Rösner
GFA Consulting Group GmbH
Recruiting Department
Tel.: (49) 40 603 06 - 806

Contact person

  Romy Rösner

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