GIZ Ghana Graduate Trainee Program

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified candidates for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Graduate Trainee Program.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draws on the wealth of regional and technical expertise as well as tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ offers customized solutions to complex challenges. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development in more than 130 countries worldwide.


  • Company: GIZ
  • Location: Wa, Upper West Region, Ghana
  • State: Accra
  • Job type: Full-Time

You are applying for the EZ Trainee Program, a junior funding program of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Training is provided for German and multilateral development cooperation (DC) organizations. The program is being carried out by the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the BMZ. The focus of the program is the expansion of management skills and the acquisition of work experience in program development and management of German development cooperation.

The structure of the program enables you to get to know the structures, actors and ways of working of DC in a ‘on the job’ training from different perspectives: During the 17 months of training, you will go through three phases of practice. After the one-month preparation, start with the 8-month deployment in the o.g. Expertise in Ghana. Then choose a 3-month assignment with an international organization and end with a 5-month assignment in the BMZ.

The trainee fee is

900, – € gross / month

Further information on the EZ trainee program can be found on the BMZ website: and GIZ: /jobs/446.html

Ob-ID P0158V104
Location Accra
Application period 01.07.2020 – 30.11.2021
Department of Peace, Security and Emergency
Type of employment full time
Application deadline: 10/07/2019

Field of activity

The trainee program will be used for your 8-month assignment in the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) program in Ghana. The KAIPTC is a renowned African training and research center for the preparation of civilian personnel, police and military on peacekeeping missions in Africa. As part of the GIZ measure, the strategic and conceptual capacities of KAIPTC will be strengthened to further develop a performance profile of the partner (cooperation management, strategic partnerships, demand-oriented training offers, financial management and acquisition).

They will be used to implement the recommendations from a training needs analysis with the African Union (AU) and the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS). Among other things, you will be involved in the initiation and implementation of financial sustainability measures (partner meetings, business cases) and organizational consulting.


Your tasks in the first practical phase:

Assistance with the adaptation of the training portfolio is based on a needs analysis with the AU and ECOWAS
Support in the development of concepts for the strategic communication of KAIPTC with key partners
(Technical) preparation of technical and political discussions (for example, high-level dialogues with African Union)

Responsible for consulting on the integration of a ‘second level partner’, eg smaller national partner organization
Preparation and presentation of information on internal and external cooperation partners
The two subsequent practical phases and the tasks there will be in the course of the EZ trainee programdeveloped.

your profile

These professional qualifications will bring you for the first practical phase:

Studied political science, social sciences, African studies
Focus of studies in international relations, peace and conflict research, security studies, afrik. Regional studies
Necessary expertise is in the field of African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and African Governance Architecture (AGA)

The following knowledge and experiences round off your qualifications for the entire EZ trainee program:

Knowledge of development cooperation
First practical experience in a developing country
Fluent language skills in German and English
Willingness to change location several times
open for use in different organizations
Intercultural Competence

The knowledge and experience may have been acquired through an internship.

location information

Ghana is a relatively safe country by African standards. The security situation requires increased vigilance. Air pollution in Ghana is above average. Please also inform yourself about country-specific information of the Federal Foreign Office. The medical care in Accra is comparatively good.

Under the following link you will find information about living and working in Ghana:

Click to access GIZ_Fact_Sheet_Arbeiten_in_Ghana.pdf


We expect a fluent knowledge of German and ask you to submit all application documents in German.

Please understand that we can only accept and process applications via our e-recruiting system. If this is not possible for you, you are welcome to contact the person indicated in the job advertisement.

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GIZ aims to help people with disabilities get started in their careers. Therefore, applications from people with disabilities are given special consideration.

Please note that we approx.

Expect 500 applications for the EZ trainee tenders. We try to complete the preselection until Christmas. Please be patient, every applicant will be informed by the end of December at the latest whether or not you are in the shortlist.

How to Apply

Interested and suitable applicants should CLICK HERE to apply.

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