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Advisor on Municipal Services and Infrastructure


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As an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, the federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. It provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world. GIZ promotes complex reforms and change processes. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis. For more information see: www.giz.de

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Sustainable Municipal Services (SMS) Project is seeking to fill the position of:

Advisor on Municipal Services and Infrastructure

The overall purpose of the post

The position holder will support the SMS team in the implementation of the project’s objectives concerning all fields of action with a specific focus on municipal services and infrastructure management in the area of waste management and circular economy.

Main task and responsibilities

The Advisor will assume the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Supports the SMS team in the implementation of the project’s objectives concerning all fields of action
  • Provides advisory services to partners and beneficiaries at all levels on the improvement of public services and infrastructure management in the field of waste management and circular economy
  • Supports the development of strategies, concepts and management schemes for enhanced services and management at the local level
  • Supports the development of standards, guidelines and specifications on the above-mentioned fields of activity
  • Supports the development of events, programmes and syllabi for training and skills development on the improvement of municipal services and infrastructure management
  • Contributes to the provision of such training and skills development schemes when needed
  • Contributes to cooperation and development of synergies with partner initiatives in and outside of Kosovo
  • Cooperates with other donor projects and partners as and when required
  • Regular reporting and communication with the project team
  • Contributes to the regular project monitoring, evaluation and reporting duties;
  • Expert supports ongoing tasks and duties of the project as required
  • Continuously develops further concerning the needs of the assigned function and the associated tasks and obligations.
  • Discreet behaviour vis-à-vis third parties in all internal matters
  • Respects the GIZ guidelines on integrity

Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • Master’s degree in the field of engineering, environmental science, urban development, or other relevant fields

Professional experience

  • 3-5 years of professional experience
  • Experience in providing and/or consulting of public services and infrastructure management
  • Experience in planning and implementing interventions in waste management is an asset
  • Experience in implementation of development projects at the local level
  • Experience in public procurement and capital investment
  • Experience in or with public institutions, service providers and/or private sector in public service provision
  • Experience in international development cooperation is an asset

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Very good knowledge of English; knowledge of German is an added value
  • Diligence, commitment and responsible work ethics
  • Ability of critical and strategic thinking, and to work proactively and independently
  • Team player/ability to cooperate with others
  • Strong communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Availability to take on responsibility and a corresponding sense of responsibility
  • Availability to develop core competencies and expertise, to quickly adapt and take up new topics and to continuously develop further
  • Willingness and availability for frequent travel.


  • GIZ Project Office-Pristina; however frequent travel to partner municipalities shall be required.
  • Due to Corona-related safeguard measures, mobile working might be required.

Expected start date: August 2020

How to apply?

Interested and, suitably qualified and experienced candidates are invited to submit their electronic application in English, in PDF version, to [email protected]

  • CV (Europass template is recommended)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Diploma(s), references/recommendations
  • Subject of the email: Name & Surname – Advisor on Municipal Services– GIZ SMS project

Applications that do not meet these rules will not be considered!

Deadline for the application: 6 August 2020

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited to the next stage of recruitment. GIZ encourages female candidates, candidates from ethnic communities as well as candidates with disability to apply.