Closing date: 2018-02-23

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an international enterprise for cooperation and sustainable development, owned by the German Federal Government and active in 130 countries worldwide. On behalf of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, GIZ has been working in Tajikistan since 1995.

Short information about the project

The project “Strengthening of Livelihoods through Climate Change Adaptation in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan” is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ. It has started in July 2014 and will, until December 2018, cover the following areas of activity: a) adaptation to climate change in agriculture, b) disaster preparedness and risk reduction and c) support to local authorities and other governmental actors in the sphere of climate change adaptation. The main political partners in both countries are the respective Ministries of Agriculture. Its project region in Tajikistan is Sughd Oblast, which is highly exposed to natural hazards, including dry spells and heat waves. The local population and governments lack capacities to appropriately prepare for and respond to these hazards. One particular problem is the mostly dilapidated state of community irrigation infrastructure, which is crucial to sustain the livelihoods of the rural population. To address this problem, in the framework of this project and in cooperation with farmers and the respective local authorities, small scale irrigation infrastructure rehabilitation projects, drip irrigation projects, disaster risk reduction mitigation measures, climate change adaptation measures will be implemented.

The hired consultant as a community liaison specialist will be responsible for mobilizing community members and local governance structures to take ownership for the implementation of small scale irrigation infrastructure rehabilitation, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation projects as well as for improving the coordination and communication with local authorities and the joint identification of projects related to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in their districts.

Main tasks:

  • Encourage and stimulate community members to organize themselves to take joint action (including manual labor) aimed at solving their problems and to plan, implement and monitor the correct implementation of various projects, including construction works;
  • Overall support for the implementation of climate change adaptation and disaster risk mitigation measures in the target districts;
  • Establish and maintain good contacts with governmental and non-governmental representatives of the target jamoats and districts;
  • Work, together with CoES representatives, a preliminary assessment of villages under risk of natural disasters that could be mitigated via longer-term DRR planning and “green measures”, in close consultation with the DRR expert of the project;
  • Undertake an assessment of the organizational capacities of Water Users Associations or other local structures that have been or are considered to become beneficiaries of the project through its infrastructure component;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in their capacities to sustainably manage and maintain the rehabilitated infrastructure;
  • Based on the above-mentioned findings, design and undertake short trainings and provide advisory service to improve their organizational performance and management;
  • Elaborate a brief report on WUA-related activities and propose further capacity-building measures to further strengthen their organizational capacities.

Required qualifications

  • Community liaison expert is expected to have educational backgrounds in public relations, education or in the specific field the project is concerned with.
  • Ability to maintain complete and accurate records and statistics and to develop meaningful reports from that information.
  • Ability to effectively express ideas orally and in writing.
  • Ability to make oral presentations before large/small groups of people.
  • Ability to interact effectively with the community people and organizations the local Government needs to work with.
  • Writing, editing and computer skills are also needed.

Duration of Assignment

The Contractor shall be able to enter into service on/from March 15th, 2018 for a total of six months, until 15th of September 2018.  Minimum working days per month: 20 days.

Place(s) of Assignment

Sughd oblast, Tajikistan with possible business trips to Kyrgyzstan.

Please send your Letter of interest and CV, salary requirements with the subject Community Liaison Expert to with a copy to until February 23, 2018, 5:00 pm. Applications sent to only one of the given e-mails will not be considered.