Apply now and play your part towards sustainable development

Are you highly qualified with extensive career experience? Are you eager to make a contribution, interested in other countries and open to other cultures and methods of working? Are you looking for a challenge in the field of international cooperation and keen to spend a few years working abroad?

What we offer

  • An attractive top-up on your local salary
  • Comprehensive welfare benefits
  • Reimbursement of travel and transport expenses for you and your family
  • Preparation for life and work in the partner country
  • Access to a local network of German international cooperation agencies
  • Support from GIZ staff while you are working abroad

Your profile

You have:

  • a university degree followed by at least three years’ relevant career experience and/or
  • vocational qualifications with several years’ career experience
  • knowledge of the main language of communication used in the country of assignment
  • the ability to adapt sensitively to other cultures and working methods
  • the willingness and ability to pass on your knowledge
  • the citizenship of a European country.

If so, then apply now to work as an integrated expert.

‘Integrated expert’ is the term used for experts and managers who put their skills to good use in key positions in developing countries and emerging economies. They work directly for an employer in the country of assignment on a local contract and are fully integrated into the employer’s organisation – hence the name ‘integrated expert’. They usually spend at least two years in the country of assignment working for a state institution, private company, chamber of commerce, association or NGO. Their role is to pass on their knowledge and help local people acquire the skills they need to develop their own country. The objectives of the assignment are agreed in advance between the employer and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH’s local representative.

CIM’s recruitment role

 The Centre for International Migration and Development brings together European experts and employers from developing countries and emerging economies. If the employer is unable to find suitable candidates from the local labour market, CIM looks for applicants with the right profile on the German and European labour market and draws up a shortlist. The final choice of candidate is then made by the employer. Once the recruitment process has been completed, the integrated expert is given a local employment contract and is paid a salary that is based on local rates. The local salary is then topped up by CIM (through GIZ).

Real life experience

Working in Namibia

Silja Fieblinger literally moves people in Windhoek – by planning public bus services, setting things in motion, and helping to fight poverty.


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