As a service provider with worldwide operations in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH works together with its partners to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. GIZ is a public-benefit federal enterprise and supports the German Government as well as many public and private sector clients in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security.

For the team of our Project Development Programme (PDP), we seek applications from suitable candidates for the position of “Advisor – Business and Project Development.

Contract Duration till: December 31, 2021
Possible Contract Starting Date: as soon as possible
Number of Position: 01

Programme Overview and background:

The Project Development Programme (PDP) is implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in the context of the German Energy Solutions Initiative. PDP supports the promotion of renewable energy (RE) technologies and energy efficiency (EE) measures as a feasible alternative to conventional power generation in emerging and developing countries. The programme is currently active in more than 16 countries, covering Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

By facilitating business partnerships and the exchange of experience and expertise between German and Bangladesh companies, PDP forms a vital basis for sustainable market, business and project development. It promotes market development in RE and EE technologies mainly through supporting the development of (1) solar-rooftop reference projects, mainly in Bangladesh’s textile and garment sector. Further, it (2) provides information about frameworks, potentials, business opportunities and financing; (3) provides contacts, networking, and matchmaking between German companies, potential private sector partners and relevant public-sector stakeholders in the region; (4) identifies business opportunities in the context of public tenders and on the private market; (5) and training of local actors. For that purpose, Bangladesh-German business partners are advised on framework conditions, technical issues, business models and financing options.

The Advisor – Business and Project Development will be part of a truly multinational team working on three continents and supporting the planning, designing and implementation of projects within PDP as well as carry out tasks concerning research and knowledge management. As his/her core activity, the advisor will assist the PDP country manager in Germany, in planning, designing and implementation of PDP projects according to the country roadmaps and plan of operation with a high degree of independence. S/He will carry out tasks in regard to identification of project opportunities, initiation of project development, contact management of German and local project partners as well as knowledge management all within the field of RE and EE. S/He will work with both, private and public stakeholders. The work requires continuous exchange with and knowledge transfer to the global PDP team in all its implementation countries.

A. Responsibilities

The position holder is responsible for the below tasks:

  • managing an area of responsibility that forms part of the programme objectives, team agreements and/or agreements with the superior
  • assisting project/programme initiatives to provide professional advisory services to and cooperate with a broad range of target groups
  • advice supervisor on all task when implementing GIZ rules and regulation
  • advice supervisor in the field of project's planning, steering and monitoring
  • Independently implement goals and requirements set by the line manager
  • make decisions which have a short-term effect within a limited project area/ unit
  • assist supervisor to identify day to day problem and suggest appropriate solution

In this context, the position holder fulfils the following tasks:

B. Tasks

  • Proactively builds networks within industry and identifies project opportunities and future project partners with promising ideas and development potential
  • Drives the development of initial projects leads with perseverance and highly independent
  • Acts as a facilitator for RE and EE project development: supports and advises stakeholders and potential partners in the process of generating, structuring and formulating project ideas and concepts
  • Works closely with local banks, auditors and regulatory authorities
  • Compiles information on RE market and business opportunities in Bangladesh
  • Works closely with the PDP country manager and third-party consultants on the analysis of solar PV potential in commercial and industrial sector, especially the textile- and garment sector
  • Prepares and carries out qualitative research, mainly to identify project opportunities
  • Has an up-to-date market overview for RE and EE technologies and advises German and local companies as well as public stakeholders on the application potential
  • Manages administrative procedures within the GIZ country office, such as contracts with third parties, travel bookings, visa procedures and others
  • Represents PDP in regional conferences, workshops, seminars and relevant events in collaboration with the project coordinator

C. Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • University degree in energy, engineering, economics or related field

Professional experience

  • At least 5 years of working experience in industry or engineering, preferably in project development, business development, market development, preferably in the energy sector and/or textile industry
  • Knowledge in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • In-depth experience in project development (renewables or other industry) is a prerequisite
  • Existing network within the RE and/or EE industry and/or any other industry with high energy consumption, especially the textile industry, is a plus

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Excellent networking skills, incl. interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational competence, administrative and event organization experience is a plus
  • Highly motivated to work in a multicultural environment
  • Willingness to travel abroad and to project sites across the country
  • Very good knowledge of English and Bangla, both spoken and written
  • Ability to work well under pressure and must be a strong team player

We only accept electronic applications.
If you meet the above requirements, you can apply through the link below.

Last Date of Application: March 18, 2019 

No phone calls please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

All applications will be treated according to the merit and with strict confidentiality

GIZ is an equal opportunity employer.
Women and impaired persons are especially encouraged to apply and they will be selected in case of equal qualification with other candidates.