Team Leader for Rural youth employment in Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world (Human Development Index: rank 180 out of 189).

As the country's most important sector, the agricultural and food economy secures the livelihood and income of more than 5.7 million people (72 % of the economically active population), the majority of whom are women.

However, the sector has low productivity overall and is still strongly oriented toward self-sufficiency.

A lack of knowledge of sustainable agricultural production methods, difficult access to inputs, services (e.g., consulting, mechanization, industrial processing), financial resources and sales markets limits productivity and income potential in the agricultural sector.

These factors make it difficult to develop a sustainable and marketoriented agricultural and food economy. Due to small farm sizes and a low level of formalization of the economy in general and in rural areas in particular, there is little employment and few alternatives for productive employment outside the agri-food sector.

On the other hand, there is good potential for promoting employment in innovative business models within the framework of sustainable agricultural and food systems.

Due to the increasing demand of a growing population and urban middle class for (higher quality) food, there is above all potential for supplying regional and national markets (provincial capitals Beira and Nampula, Maputo) with locally produced food. Currently, only 6 million hectares of 36 million hectares of available cultivable land are used productively. Due to the relatively high diversity of vegetation and climate zones and high intensification and area potentials, there are good opportunities for the production and processing of various food products (fruit and vegetables, oilseeds, small animal husbandry, aquaculture, honey, etc.) as well as export and specialty crops (cashew, (dried) fruits, baobab, moringa, etc.)

The module objective for the country package Mozambique of the global project “Employment in rural areas with focus on youth” (in short: Rural youth employment – RYE) therefore is: “The training and employment situation in rural areas has improved, especially for young people”.

Tasks of the team leader (30% intermittent)

  • Overall responsibility for the advisory package of the contractor
  • Ensuring the coherence and complementarity of the services of the contractor with other services delivered by the programme at local and national level
  • Strategy, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of capacity development measures
  • Consideration of cross-cutting themes (e.g. gender equality)
  • Personnel management, in particular identifying the need for short-term assignments within the available budget, as well as planning and steering assignments and supporting local and international short-term experts
  • Ensuring results-based monitoring is conducted
  • Regular reporting in accordance with deadlines
  • Responsibility for controlling the use of funds and financial planning in consultation with GIZ’s officer responsible for the commission
  • Supporting the officer responsible for the commission in updating/adapting the project strategy, in evaluations and in preparing a follow-on phase

Qualifications of the team leader

  • University degree (MSc) in agriculture, economics or agricultural economics
  • Very good business language skills in English (CEFRL: C1), Portuguese (CEFRL: C1)
  • 10 years of professional experience in the rural development and employment sector
  • 5 years in rural employment promotion with focus on youth, value chain development, adult education, MSME, start up and Business promotion
  • 6 years of management/leadership experience as project team leader or manager in a company
  • 3 years of experience in projects in Southern Africa (region)
  • 6 years of experience in DC projects
  • 6 years of experience in financial management
Start / Duration: 

The expected duration of the contract is from 01.09.2021 – 30.06.2024

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