GFA Consulting Group is an independent worldwide operating consulting company with its head office in Hamburg - Germany. We provide consultancy services to a range of international development cooperation partners. Over the years, the company has expanded its scope of work which currently includes eleven strategic business areas. In the area of Private Sector Development (PSD), the focus is on consultancy services related to SME support, local economic development and trade.

 

Our Junior Professional Programme is a 2-year programme designed to enable university graduates with interest and first experience in development cooperation to develop their skills and experience needed to work as professional consultants in this field. We are currently looking for a candidate to support our strategic business area “Private Sector Development” in the Asia Department.

 

 

Job Description:

 

The Junior Professional will support our on-going projects as well as actively contribute to the acquisition of new contracts. Duty station will be Hamburg, Germany, with frequent travel to Asia. Fully integrated into the team of our Asia Department, you will work under guidance of a senior consultant and with increasing responsibility in project management functions, technical concept development and strategic business development.

 

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Further development of the Asia department’s PSD portfolio covering a wide range of topics including SME support, textile sector, green economy, local economic development and trade;

  • Working on the acquisition process of new projects, including elaboration and coordination of technical and financial proposals in close cooperation with the responsible consultant;

  • Technical review of studies and reports;

  • Writing of prequalification documents;

  • Establishing and maintaining regular professional contacts as well as networking with donor agencies, beneficiaries, partner companies or institutions, subcontractors, individual experts;

  • Participating in feasibility and project preparatory studies as well as in short-term consultancy missions;

  • Increasing responsibility in project management;

  • Writing of reports, concepts and presentations as well as contributing to knowledge and quality management, including GFA publications;

 

 

Qualification and skills:

 

  • Excellent University degree (MA) in a relevant area (business administration, economics, management, or related fields)

  • 1-2 years of work experience, preferably in the field of private sector development, will be considered an asset.

  • Internships or other first practical experiences in developing countries and/or in development cooperation in Asia

  • Full proficiency in written and spoken English, good working knowledge of German is required

  • Willingness to further familiarise yourself with the relevant topics

  • First experience with the German (GIZ, KfW) or European (EU) development sector and a basic understanding of the strategies and programmes of the relevant donor agencies would be an asset;

  • Strong writing, communication and presentation skills

  • Proven ability to work in intercultural teams, and willingness to travel abroad

  • Regional experience in Central Asia and Russian language skills would be an additional asset

  • Willingness to travel to conflict areas, such as Afghanistan or Pakistan

  • A stress resistant team player with service orientation, curiosity, flexibility, and 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. Interested candidates should send their complete application (cover letter, CV, work references / certificates) to:

                   Recruitment Department
                   Silke Bahn 
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