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Head of Component (m/f) of the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP), Kairo, Egypt



Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


Kairo, Egypt, Egypt 

Job Category:

Engineering, Government/Non-Profit


not spezified - not spezified per month

Job Reference:

JOB-ID: 23787

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Job Description:

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving  its objectives in the field of international cooperation for  sustainable development.

For our operations in Egypt/Kairo, we are looking for a/an
Head of Component (m/f) of the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP)

Field of activity

Egypt's cities are growing rapidly, often in the absence of any governmental or urban planning. Around 20 million people currently live in the Greater Cairo Region, the majority (around 60 per cent) in informal, underserved and densely built areas. There is a lack of basic social services and physical infrastructure such as health centres, schools, youth centres, access to drinking water, sewage and waste disposals well as access to job opportunities. The extreme population density results in high environmental pollution. The local population is mostly poor, with low levels of formal education. Generally, the residents develop their habitat independently without obtaining building permits, which often results in their deprivation of public services and infrastructure. In the aftermath of the political changes that erupted in 2011, residents now expect quick and tangible improvements in their living situation, and the government and civil society organisations cannot emulate the increasing needs and expectations of the poor urban population.


The Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) is an Egyptian-German development measure implemented in cooperation between the Egyptian Ministry of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements (MURIS) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The PDP was initiated in 2004 and is currently in its third phase ending in December 2018. The co-financing partners are the European Union (EU) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in addition to, the core-financing of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the contributions by the Egyptian government. It focuses on the upgrading of informal areas in the Greater Cairo Region (GCR) by introducing and supporting the implementation of participatory methodologies for urban upgrading with public administration and civil society organizations to improve service provision, and thus, living conditions in an integrated manner to alleviate urban poverty. The on-going phase of the Programme has as an overall objective of: ‘Public administration and civil society organisations collaborate in improving services and environmental conditions for the poor urban population‘ with the following four components:


Component 1 focuses on the dissemination of participatory urban development procedures and tools and their institutional anchorage.


Component 2 focuses on ways and means to increase the resilience of informal areas to climate change.


Component 3 has the objective of establishing an integrated and community-based solid waste management system in selected areas.


Component 4 is tackling the improvement of the living conditions in 9 informal urban areas through funds implemented according to EU‘s grant procedures taking into account the active participation of youth, women, civil society organizations and the private sector. The total grant fund from the EU totals EUR 24.8m which the PDP is managing as ‘Delegatee Body‘


The target group of the programme is more than two million inhabitants in the selected informal areas of GCR. The total amount of the current phase is roughly 51 million Euro (12.2010 to 12.2018).

Job Requirements:

Your tasks

As leader and Head of Component 4, you will be responsible for the management of the EU Grant Scheme Fund which is being used to improve the living conditions and the services in the 9 informal areas.


For this position, you will be responsible for:

  • independently managing the Fund, in accordance with EU rules and regulations, programme goals and activities agreed with the partner, team agreements and agreements with the superior
  • managing international and national staff in accordance with management principles and guidelines to promote a sense of corporate identity, enable employees to carry out tasks independently and create scope for developing creativity and innovation
  • providing professional advice and extensive consultation at the micro, meso and macro levels involving state partners, civil society and the private sector within the scope of the fund management
  • support the Programme Coordinator in the management of the programme
  • manage national and international individual consultants and consulting firms


Your profile

Minimum master‘s degree in economics, political science, or similar qualification that is related to the project/programme objectives, with a focus on the relevant field

  • urban development and infrastructure knowledge would be an asset
  • previous knowledge of GIZ procedures is an advantage
  • extensive international experience (minimum of 10 years) working in EU funded programmes in a similar post and in accordance with the EU rules and regulations as outlined in the EU Practical Guide (PRAG) in grant schemes and finance and procurement procedures


The applicant should be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of these areas.

  • time and financial management
  • qualitative reporting
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • a proven track record in a managerial position
  • fluent written and oral knowledge of English; Arabic and German would be an asset
  • willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed corresponding measures are agreed with management


The successful applicant is expected to host high level delegation visits to the informal areas on a regular basis and thus the ability to host such visits is vitally important. 

You execute your tasks in consultation with the Programme Coordinator and other team members, taking into account the professional and job-specific objectives, the legal and operational framework and the corporate guidelines.

The main focus lies with management tasks.


Assignment period

As soon as possible - 31.12.2018

Salary Benefits:

What we offer you

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team - ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.


Other information

In the project there is little traveling, the programme area is the Greater Cairo Region. There are a number of German and many international schools, medical care is good. Safety Hints for Egypt are to be observed. Security training is mandatory.

After submitting an application, please check your spam/junk folder regularly for incoming messages, as emails from our e-recruiting system are treated as spam by some providers. 

We welcome job applications from people with disabilities.

If you are interested, please do not hesitate to apply until October 4th, 2015

Employment Type:

Full time
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