Implementing diverse projects in transition and developing countries and thus contributing to a „better tomorrow“ is our business. With a turnover of EUR 70 m. and 150 permanent staff members we, GOPA Consultants, are one of the leading consulting companies in the field of International Cooperation. For more than 50 years we are successfully implementing projects on behalf of national and international institutions, as for example the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the European Union (EU). Topics are manifold and range, among others, from the improvement of education for the young, over public administration reform and the support of democratization to measures of climate change adaptation.

We are looking for a

Consultant (m/f) with focus on trade

to start as soon as possible in our Governance and Economic Development department in Bad Homburg (near Frankfurt am Main).

As Consultant you will be responsible both for the acquisition of new projects and for the implementation and the financial and technical backstopping of on-going projects, especially in the field of trade. Besides the work in our headquarters, you will travel abroad regularly for fact finding and backstopping missions as well as for short-term expert assignments.


Your tasks:

  • Early development of project acquisition strategies
  • Management and coordination of the acquisition process, including preparation of Expressions of Interest and technical proposals, staff recruitment and fee negotiations, identification of consortium partners, support to the preparation of financial proposals
  • Drafting of proposals for trade-related projects funded by different donors
  • Organisation and lead of fact-finding missions to the recipient countries
  • Technical and financial management (backstopping) of on-going projects, including coordination and monitoring of the project activities on site, monitoring of the project progress, ensuring the compliance with formal specifications and procedures, supervision and management of project staff and resources, preparation/
    finalisation of project reports
  • Organisation and lead of backstopping missions and short-term assignments abroad
  • Continuous consultation with clients, project partners and consortium partners
  • Active contribution to the acquisition strategy of the Governance and Economic Development Department and the further development of the department’s portfolio


Your qualifications:

General competences

  • Relevant academic degree (Master), preferably in the field of economics
  • Business fluent in English and Spanish/French; German language skills are an asset
  • Strong writing, communication, networking and team-working skills, flexibility and conflict management experience, business oriented
  • Sound user knowledge of MS Office package

Specific experience

  • Required: at least 3 years’ experience in the trade sector
  • Required: proven experience in the conception/drafting/acquisition, and especially in the preparation of bids for calls for tenders, and implementation of donor-funded projects
  • Asset: proven experience in the consulting business as project manager for projects funded by bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as knowledge of the competition in the development cooperation related consultancy market are considered as strong assets
  • Required: relevant experience in business development (as consultant or as manager) and budget/financial management of projects or organisations
  • Asset: work experience abroad in developing countries is considered as a strong asset
  • Asset: experience (at least over 2 years) of donor procedures and requirements, esp. EU and GIZ, is considered as a strong asset

Young professionals who were obviously involved in bid management and/ or project coordination as an assistant are also eligible.

Our offer:

  • The opportunity to focus on your field of expertise (trade)
  • The possibility to actively contribute to the future success of the department and extend its regional portfolio
  • Short communication and decision making processes and a living “open doors” culture across all company levels
  • Continuous investment in your development


If you are interested to work in a dynamic team we are looking forward to your application sent via e-mail to:

GOPA Consultants
Annika Mörsdorf
Human Resources
Hindenburgring 18
61348 Bad Homburg