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.

Our department Education and Employment Promotion (EEP)  is providing services worldwide to support equal access to education, competence strengthening, LM development and an overall improvement of the living conditions in the countries where we work. We cover all fields of education (from pre-school to higher education, as well as vocational education and adult learning measures) and the employment policies. Among others, we cover the following activities:

• Project identification, formulation, appraisal, planning and pre-feasibility/feasibility studies
• Policy, strategy and system design and development at national, local and enterprise levels
• Technical and financial project management and implementation
• Establishing/operating project implementation units and project monitoring and evaluation
• Development and delivery of tailored training measures involving curriculum and standards development
• Institutional strengthening with capacity development for education managers, teachers and trainers
• Creation of management and labour market information systems
• Development and implementation of innovative financing schemes, and improved legal frameworks

We are looking for a

Junior Consultant Education and Employment Promotion (m/f)

to start as soon as possible in our headquarters in Bad Homburg (near Frankfurt am Main).

As Junior Consultant you will support both the acquisition of new projects and the implementation and backstopping of on-going projects. In the first 1 -1.5 years, you will be responsible for the preparation of pre-qualifications (PQs) and expressions of interest (EoIs), and you will keep track of these. In addition, you will take responsibility for early identification, contacting and enlisting of suitable long- and short-term experts as well as conducting negotiations in consultation with the lead acquisition manager.
With gaining more experience, you will take over more responsibilities and finally manage projects both in the acquisition and implementation phase independently. Besides the work in our headquarters, you will travel abroad regularly for fact finding and backstopping missions.

Your tasks:
• Assist in 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
• Take responsibility for early identification, contacting and enlisting of suitable long- and short-term experts as well as conducting negotiations in consultation with the lead acquisition manager
• Organise and lead fact-finding missions to the recipient countries
• Support the technical and financial monitoring/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
• Organise and lead backstopping missions
• Consult continuously with clients, project partners and consortium partners

Our offer:
• A challenging and varied job in a motivated team
• An international work environment
• Short communication and decision making processes and a living “open doors” culture across all company levels
• Continuous investment in your development

Your qualifications:
General competences
• Relevant academic degree (Master), preferably in the field of social sciences
• Fluent in business English (both written and spoken) and French/Spanish language skills; German language skills are an asset, but not a requirement
• Strong writing, communication, networking and team-working skills, flexibility and conflict management experience, business-oriented
• Sound user knowledge of MS Office package
• A developed sense of responsibility and commitment
• Demonstrable strength to work reliably and accurately
• Ability to keep track of your tasks, even under high workload, and to meet tight deadlines

Specific experience
• First experience (ideally 1 - 2 years) in the education sector and/or the vocational and training sector or in the employment sector
• Ideally, experience in expert recruiting
• Ideally, first experience in business development and budget/financial management of projects or organisations and conception/drafting/acquisition of projects; in the preparation of bids for calls for tenders, and implementation of donor-funded projects
• First 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
• Work experience abroad in target countries for development cooperation, is considered as a strong asset


Ready to work with us?  Please send your application (cover letter including earliest starting date and salary expectation, CV, relevant certificates and reference letters) by e-mail to:

GOPA Consultants
Annika Mörsdorf
Human Resources
Hindenburgring 18
61348 Bad Homburg