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Administrative Specialist

Administrative Specialist

GIZ-Internal/External Vacancy Announcement #163/2022

GIZ Country Office

 The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German implementing organization which provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We work to shape a future worth living in over 120 countries around the world.

The GIZ Office in Addis Ababa oversees projects in Ethiopia and Djibouti where GIZ works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Federal Ministry of Nutrition and Agriculture (BMEL) and other commissioning parties.

Based on GIZ corporate policy guidelines, the GIZ Office supports the preparation and implementation of international cooperation projects, as well as the administrative implementation on site. The GIZ Office represents the GIZ to government authorities and national partners in Ethiopia and Djibouti and maintains close communication with the German Embassy and other German implementing organizations as well as with international donors.

GIZ seeks a qualified candidate for the position of

Position:                                             Administrative Specialist

Remuneration:                                   As per the GIZ scale

Application deadline:                        October 18th

Place of Work:                                   Addis Ababa

Required Number:                            1(one)

Contract Duration:                            Open 

Job Requirements

The Contract Specialist/Event Officer is based in the “Events, Travel & Services for International Staff” team at the GIZ Country Office Ethiopia & Djibouti and is responsible for support to organize events and concluding contracts with hotels and services related to events. The team is tasked with planning, organizing, and managing trainings, events and conferences in Addis Ababa or at other locations in Ethiopia, as well as booking flight tickets and hotels and supporting visa procedures, as well as building up a regional Training Hub in Addis Ababa. The team works in close cooperation with the GIZ Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) in Germany which oversees trainings. The scope of tasks for this position includes:

  • Responsible to organize external and internal event
  • Responsible to handle contract processes of hotel and event related services, including tenders
  • Keeping tap of and following compliance regulations of GIZ
  • Further development and quality control of contract processes
  • Well established communication to all frequently approached team members at the GIZ Country Office, projects working in/with Ethiopia or the African Union


Event Organization

  • Processing event requests
  • Processing hotel contracts
  • Conclusion of hotel and event related contracts including preparation and conducting the tender
  • Handling logistic arrangements such as hotel reservation, venue selection, catering, etc.
  • Handling internal meeting room bookings
  • Providing advice on events to projects
  • Monitoring processes related to events handled by the team
  • Input of all hotels contracts and all services related in Co-Soft Software

A.    Administration

  • Organizing and maintaining documentation and filing systems according to GIZ standards.
  • Keeping the documentation and overview of requests, monitoring of status of contract etc.;
  • Managing incoming and outgoing correspondence, invoices, post and fax, priorities, distributing and follow-up

 B.    Other Duties/Additional Task

  • Assisting in and/or carrying out other office activities and any other tasks as assigned.
  • Undertaking further job training related to his/her position and duties such as secretarial, computer, office, and language skills, if required.


A.    Required educational qualifications, professional experience, and competencies

  • University degree in economics, law, or another related subject
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in event management, contract and procurement or similar positions, preferably in an international context
  • Fluency in writing, reading, and speaking in English and Amharic, knowledge of German language is an advantage
  • Study and/or work experience in an English or German speaking country
  • Excellent working knowledge of modern telecommunication systems (telephone, fax, e-mail and internet)
  • Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office, SAP), and digital literacy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of service-orientation and advising competence
  • Flexibility and ability to work in an international team and cooperate well with colleagues of diverse backgrounds in an intercultural work setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team
  • Ability to prioritize, able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products
  • Willingness to learn, improve and upgrade skills as required by the tasks to be performed
  • Good management and administrative skills
  • Social, intercultural understanding and interest
  • Exhibits commitment, reliability, integrity, loyalty, and excellent sense of compliance.
  • Highly solution-oriented mindset; has a constructive approach to challenges.
  • Takes over responsibility for the tasks assigned to her/him and carries them out independently.

How to Apply

Application procedure:


Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their recent CV via Ethiojobs or

 Please make sure you mention the vacancy number and position title ‘Administrative Specialist #163/2022

 in the subject line of your email application. Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might be disqualified.

 Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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