GFA Consulting Group is one of the leading German consulting companies within the framework of international development cooperation. Our core business is providing consulting services as well as managing projects financed through bilateral and multilateral funds. Since 1982, GFA has been active in more than 130 countries. Over the years, the company has continuously expanded the scope of its work which currently includes ten strategic business areas. In the field of Agriculture and Rural Development in the EMENA Department we focus on consultancy services related to integrated rural development, agricultural value chains, irrigation and sustainable agriculture as well as water resource efficiency and climate change adaptation.

For our head office in Hamburg/Germany, we are currently looking for an open-minded and versatile Consultant (m/f) to join our ARD team in the EMENA Department.

Job description

The ARD consultant will be responsible for project management, acquisition and strategic business development in the area of Agriculture and Rural Development with a particular focus on sustainable agriculture and integrated rural development.

The duty station will be Hamburg, with frequent travel to countries in the EMENA region.
Key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the acquisition process of new projects, including elaboration and coordination of technical and financial proposals;

  • Establishing and maintaining regular professional contacts and networking with clients, partners and sector experts;

  • Fully responsible management of projects and studies (backstopping), on-site and Hamburg-based;

  • Conducting technical short-term consultancy missions, including participation in feasibility and project preparatory studies;

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

  • Representation of GFA in conferences and seminars;

  • Supporting on-the-job-training of our Junior-Professionals.

Qualifications and requirements

  • University degree (Master or PhD) in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics or Engineering with agricultural background

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in the context of development cooperation related to Agriculture and Rural Development;

  • Full proficiency in written and spoken English and German are a prerequisite – proficiency in French is appreciated

  • Familiarity with the German (GIZ, KfW) and European development sector (such as e.g. EBRD, EuropeAid, EIB)

  • Well-founded understanding of the strategies and programmes of the relevant donor agencies would be an asset;

  • Strong writing, communication and presentation skills;

  • Advanced proficiency in standard MS Office applications;

  • Willingness to frequently travel abroad;

  • Ability to manage complex situations with 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.

The contract will be a 2 year term contract with the option for permanent employment.
Starting date is as soon as possible.

Interested candidates should send their complete application (cover letter, CV, work references / certificates) by email (EMN-DEU17GFA0099/4) until 25/09/2017 to


Ms. Regine Reuter

GFA Consulting Group GmbH

Recruiting Department


Tel.: (49) 40 603 06 - 121