Development worker as advisor to the surveying, land registry and spatial planning authorities

Dispositif allemand, de 24 mois, à Madagascar

Development worker as advisor to the surveying, land registry and spatial planning authorities in Boeny region

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
With the dispatch of qualified specialists as development workers, GIZ contributes to the sustainable improvement of living conditions of people in developing and transition countries

  • Job-ID : P1471V017
  • Location : Mahajanga, Madagascar
  • Assignment period : 11/01/2018 - 10/31/2020
  • Field : Governance
  • Type of employment : full-time
  • Application deadline : 09/23/2018

Job description

The Global Project on Responsible Land Policy is part of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s One World – No Hunger special initiative. The objective of the Madagascar country package is : ‘Improved access to land as a fundamental requirement for sustainable utilisation of forest landscapes for the rural population in the Boeny region, especially for women and marginalised groups.’ The objective of the development worker assignment is to train the employees of the surveying, land registry and land use planning authorities in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) as well as to improve their internal organisation and communication skills, thus increasing their customer service and transparency.

Your tasks

  • You will strengthen the technical and organisational skills of the employees of the three state services.
  • You will support cooperation between the three state services for the purpose of improving customer reception and information services and user satisfaction, and to enable the introduction of a tracking system for applications.
  • You will support joint awareness-raising campaigns to promote protection of (grouped) land rights and compliance with the land use provisions.
  • You will support clarification of spatial responsibilities and specification of the cooperation modalities between the decentralised state services and the municipal land law offices.
  • • You will provide advice regarding the introduction of a monitoring system for results and customer satisfaction.

Your profile

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Good knowledge of land law and land use planning
  • Excellent communication skills and advisory expertise
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation
  • At least good French language skills

Location information

  • Place of residence : Mahajanga (300,000 residents), Boeny region in north-western Madagascar
  • Climate : Tropical, humid climate with a rainy season from November to April (1,200 mm precipitation, 22–32°C)
  • Health care : Sufficient coverage with general practitioners and specialist doctors, public and private clinics
  • Schools and school fees : French school from nursery to intermediate secondary level (further secondary education including boarding school in the capital city) ; school fees reimbursed in accordance with GIZ guidelines
  • Security : The security situation requires increased vigilance. Special precautionary measures apply on site for GIZ employees. The specifications of the GIZ security measures must be complied with at all times. However, please always also consult the country-specific information from the German Federal Foreign Office.


GIZ’s Development Service is looking forward to applications of candidates with a professional qualification and / or university degree and at least two years of professional experience. In addition you hold the German nationality or the nationality of a member state of the European Union.
Please understand that we can accept and process in principle only applications via our E-recruiting system. If you should not be able to post an application via the system, you are welcome to contact the person indicated at the end of the job description.

Our benefits

We are a global service provider within the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We offer you the opportunity to deploy your technical know-how at one of our locations in more than 130 countries.

  • During the preparation phase, you will receive initial insights into GIZ and the local conditions. This ensures you are as well prepared as you can be for your placement. You have the opportunity to contact other new starters, and to expand and develop your personal network.
  • You will receive a medical check-up, as well as detailed advice on precautionary measures, vaccinations and malaria prevention. Every two years, you and your accompanying family members will receive a precautionary check-up. The medical service is available in emergencies for employees domiciled in Germany. It also provides advice for ergonomically designed workplaces.
  • For supply trips, such as for shopping, to school or to the doctor, you can either use your company car or claim a monthly fixed-sum travel allowance. You may also use the company car for private use with the consent of your superior.
  • For your service as a development worker we will pay you a monthly basic subsistence allowance. From the contractually agreed departure there is also an additional monthly expatriation allowance. This allowance increases if you are married and/or have dependent children - even if your family does not leave the country with you.
  • Following your preparation in Germany, we offer you eight days’ departure leave so you can prepare for your deployment as a development worker.
  • We reimburse the bulk of child care costs for dependent children under the age of 14 who are travelling with you. This entitlement lapses if your partner travels out with you and does not work as a development assistant or an integrated specialist. Up to 92.5% of costs for pre-school and school enrolment are covered.
  • We help you find somewhere to live locally and reimburse the costs based on country-specific rent index.
  • We provide health and liability insurance for you and your family. Family members travelling with you are also covered by accident insurance. During your working hours you are also legally covered by accident insurance. In countries affected by crisis your protection includes a comprehensive risk management system, which minimises personal hazards and risks.

About us

We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative and worldwide operating institution related to development policy. Your competencies and qualifications are demanded on the spot in an interdisciplinary team. You advise governmental and civil society organizations at local or municipal level. The Development Service of GIZ offers a comprehensive service package. It includes a specific technical and personal preparation. The basis for the deployment of specialists in the development service is the Entwicklungshelfer-Gesetz.


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