Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH Project/Programme Assistant Jobs in Ethiopia

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH Project/Programme Assistant

Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 221896

Category: Admin, Secretarial and Clerical

Location: Addis Ababa

Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)

Employment Type: Full time


Job Description

Project/Programme Assistant

Internal/External Vacancy Announcement #149/2019

GIZ- AU Program


As a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world.

Around the world, we have over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including rural and economic development, education and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security.

Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible, effective and cost-effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

As a public-benefit German federal enterprise, we are committed to meeting our clients’ high standards of transparency and accountability.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party. European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and national governments also benefit from our services.

In Ethiopia, GIZ has been implementing development programmes on behalf of the German government for over 40 years together with our national partners.

The focus of our work in the country is on vocational education, sustainable use of natural resources, land management and food security, biodiversity and forestry. Other programmes e.g. enhance development of a sustainable textile sector and renewable energies in Ethiopia.

GIZ AU Office Ethiopia would like to recruit fulltime Project/Programme Assistant as per the details below: -

Position: Project/Programme Assistant

Place of Work: Addis Ababa

Application deadline: September 13, 2019

Required Candidate: One


  • ensuring that the Program secretariat runs smoothly
  • ensuring good communication and flow of information within the project/programme(s) and with the various GIZ offices
  • assists with program administrative and financial services
  • ensures filing documents in reference physical files or in DMS in line with GIZ’s filing rules
  • assisting the principal advisor (s) in his/her administrative tasks (e.g. procuring tickets, facilitating events and running errands)


    1.1. Secretariat Services

  • organises and coordinates appointments for the Program(s) generally and officers responsible for the contract and cooperation
    manages incoming and outgoing correspondence (post, fax, email) and prioritises and organises it and replies to and looks after correspondences
  • prepares and organises information materials for the officer responsible for the contract and cooperation and/or meetings
  • participates in internal and external (team) meetings and workshops and assists with documenting these, e.g. by writing minutes
  • photocopies and scans documents as needed
  • ensures that visitors (guests, counterparts, project staff or consultants) are comfortable by offering newspapers, refreshments
  • creates an address file with important contact addresses and maintains this
  • helps create and maintain a filing system for the project, treats information confidentially, specifically in the areas of personnel and finance
  • updates the filing system daily with incoming and outgoing correspondence

    1.2. Events, Travel and Visa Facilitation

  • assists to organise events and document meetings, workshops and seminars locally and regionally
  • assists in preparing visitor programmes, draws up travel schedules,
    organises logistics of visitors and makes hotel and ticket reservations
  • regularly updates a list of forthcoming meetings and events
  • processes applications, visas and other necessary permits required by government institutions in the host country in coordination with the responsible Units in GIZ Offices
  • provides travellers with all the necessary information for their inbound travel
    arranges accommodation for arriving visitors, short-term and long-term experts
    evaluates hotel prices and negotiates better room rates
  • organises and coordinates logistical aspects for planning, holding and documenting meetings, workshops, seminars and other events.
  • arranges programmes for visitors, makes travel arrangements such as booking tickets, flights, hotel reservations, transport etc.)

    1.3. Project Cash and Receivable Management

  • assists in fund requests for program activities, keeping the cashbook, bank accounts, preparing and entering vouchers
  • checks travel expense statements of staff for approval by the superior
  • initials cash withdrawals for various projects
  • is responsible for cash based on the vouchers collected daily
  • reconciles the cash book and cash account daily
  • reports any surplus or shortfall in cash
  • reports without delay if the cash holding reaches a minimum level
  • follows up on cost settlement and receivable clearances
  • assists the programme managers and the project staff with travel settlement thereof

    1.4 General Administration Services

  • assists in preparation of procurement requests, makes a follow up on delivery.
  • procures tickets for domestic and international travel
  • assists in preparing short contracts for the program(s) and follows up with the GIZ Offices
  • manages Office assets inventory and document them according to the GIZ rules
  • reports damage/defects in office furnishings and equipment to project management and organises and follows up on maintenance and repair
  • ensures that documents are complete and are signed and initialled by the authorised staff

    Other Duties/Additional Tasks

    The project/programme assistant performs other duties and tasks at the request of management

    Job Requirements


  • university degree in office management/administration, accounting or similar area
  • at least 3-5 years’ professional experience in a comparable position
  • good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • very good knowledge of English, German language has an advantage
  • good management and organisational skills
    customer and service-oriented attitude
  • willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management

    How to Apply

    Application procedure:

    Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non-returnable recent CV via Ethiojobs or via Email:

    Note: -

    Please make sure you mention the vacancy number and position title ‘Project/Programme Assistant #149’ in the subject line of your email application.

    Due to large number of applications we categorise applications with the vacancy numbers. Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

    Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

    We encourage persons with disabilities to apply for the position. In case of equal qualification, persons with disabilities will be given preference.

    Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH Project/Programme Assistant
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