‘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).