(Senior) Technical Advisor (m/f) Number 2020-543, Waste Management and Circular Economy Jobs

Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in China, Beijing, China

About Company:

As a non-profit, federally owned enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is active in over 130 countries worldwide, implementing international cooperation projects and measures in the field of sustainable development on behalf of the German Government, as well as other national and international clients (e.g. EU, private enterprises, and foundations). In addition, GIZ is also engaged in the field of professional training around the globe.

With about 40 years of experience implementing projects in the People’s Republic of China, GIZ provides policy advice on various topics and sectors relating to China’s reform process, including: environmental protection, sustainable economic development (especially renewable energies and energy efficiency), sustainable urban development, sustainable transport development, vocational training, law, product safety and consumer protection.

The performance profile of GIZ is continually being adapted to the cooperation needs of both countries – within the framework of the “Comprehensive Sino-German Strategic Partnership” – as well as within the framework of the dynamic changes occurring as a part of Chinese reform policies. In addition, GIZ works as both adviser and service provider at the interface between the economic and political spheres. GIZ is also active in those fields in which German actors possess in-depth profiles and competitive advantages, and where German expertise is in high demand.

“Reduction of plastic waste and marine litter in East and Southeast Asia” in China

In collaboration with Expertise France, GIZ will implement a program for reducing plastic waste and marine litter in East and South East-Asia, financed by the European Union and co-financed by BMZ. The regional measures will be part of the global advisory BMZ project “Concepts for sustainable solid waste management and circular economy”.

Result 1 will provide an enhanced basis for relevant EU policy dialogues, e.g. on environment, fisheries and industry, concerning plastic production and management.

Result 2 will support the implementation of waste hierarchy, extended producer responsibility and deposit return schemes for plastic products and plastic waste.

Result 3 will facilitate the implementation of activities for sustainable consumption and production of plastic.

In result 4, efforts for the reduction of litter from sea-based sources are enhanced.

Result 5 will strengthen Green procurement policies, processes and cooperation particularly in Japan and Singapore.

Result 6 is aiming to increase awareness of public authorities and consumers about sustainable consumption and production of plastic and impacts on the environment of littering.

About this job:

The waste management and circular economy team in GIZ China is working in the field of waste management in urban, rural and ocean areas. The various projects in this team include the management of municipal solid waste, rural waste, marine litter and plastic waste, which contribute to the circular economy.

We are looking for a highly motivated and professional (Senior) Technical Advisor with a strong technical background and coordination skill, ideally in areas related to waste management, plastic, marine litter and rural environmental protection and extensive experience in technical and financial project management.


Your tasks

The job holder´s tasks comprise of but are not limited to the following:

Management tasks

  • be responsible for the strategic operational and project implementation (in consultation with the line manager and the project team)
  • coordinates and prioritizes relevant project activities at the local level in cooperation with the partners, both in the organizational preparation and in the implementation of these activities
  • compiles the relevant information and reporting to commissioner


  • advises the partner institution(s): clarification of orders, identification of needs for advice and cooperation, development of concepts and strategies, provides professional inputs
  • identifies the need for external support and advice, develops independent policy recommendations and develops strategic implementation approaches
  • formulates task descriptions and terms of reference as well as the selection, coordination and supervision of third parties in the context of the implementation of the project / program activities, including performance evaluation
  • oversees the development and implementation of the project / program plans and activities in close coordination with the political and implementation partners
  • develops and organizes quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives
  • monitors the technical and financial progress of the project as well as the activities, reviews reports and documents on the progress of joint programs, identifies bottlenecks and recommends alternative management options to the line manager
  • manages the allocated project share and the related budget, prepares the necessary expenditure planning and ensures the planned outflow of funds
  • leads the local technical development and implementation of project activities in the field of waste management and circular economy and ensures the quality of results
  • leads the development of sustainable business cases and the identification and communication of feasible financing mechanism for waste management
  • oversees and validates data collection, monitoring and tracking on plastic waste
  • oversees and manages the proposed infrastructure enhancement activities, like collection and transportation of waste, construction, operation and maintenance of material recovery facilities

Networking and cooperation

  • ensures cooperation, regular contacts and dialogue with partners; carries out public relations work and cooperates with local communities, relevant organizations, non-governmental bodies and people in the context of the project / program as well as with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships
  • communicates local interests and aspirations, passes them on and takes care of the exchange of ideas and information for the benefit of the program / project
  • manages local stakeholders from government and private sector and ensures the comprehensible and timely agreement on project activities and aspects related to financing
  • serves as point of contact for partner organizations and governmental institutions

Knowledge management

  • systematically compiles information on the topics of project component and ensures the transfer of knowledge in this regard as well as visibility of the project within GIZ as well as outside (relevant partners)
  • develops suitable input for the various project / program reports and provides input to the other reports required by the line manager and GIZ headquarters
  • supports research activities and studies on political issues that benefit the collaborative programs

Other / additional tasks

  • takes on other activities and tasks at the instruction of the line manager and project team
  • performs a variety of roles, tasks and processes reliably and with high quality if required.
  • undertakes business trips (domestic and international) that arise according to the project requirements

Your profile

  • University degree in the fields of waste management, environmental science / management, marine protection, rural development, plastic or similar,
  • More than 3 years of professional experience related to above-mentioned fields,
  • Experience in policy advice in related thematic areas and ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders (high-level political representatives, local state and non-state representatives);
  • Experience in development and technical implementation of waste management systems and infrastructure projects
  • Experience in results and data monitoring as well as quality assurance of project outputs
  • Experience in designing, organizing and facilitating events; proven experience in network management,
  • Experience in drafting recommendation papers, guidelines strategies, and legislative proposals,
  • Good knowledge of relevant stakeholders in the sector required, knowledge of the international framework and/or of international legislation and good practices on the topic is an asset,
  • Complete fluency in English (spoken and written), excellent command of Chinese language, knowledge of other languages of the region will be an asset, German language skills preferred,
  • Experience in communication campaigns and in designing gender-sensitive messages and activities; knowledge of local information distribution channels (TV, radio, papers, websites, social media, etc.) would be beneficial.

Our benefits

  • We are a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and work to build a future worth living around the world. We support projects in over 130 countries to achieve goals sustainably together with our partners
  • Everyone has the same opportunities in our company, regardless of gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability. We recruit based on specialist expertise and social skills.
  • Transparency and fair opportunities for career advancement are just as much as a matter of course for us as gender not being a barrier to taking up a management position.
  • We provide opportunities for taking part in training and professional development to all our staff. Our Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) will help you develop your skills.
  • We reward our staff with good remuneration, attractive benefits and cooperative working atmosphere


Native Language: Does not matter
Working Experience: 3-5 years
How to apply:

Please send your complete application (with the subject: Application for Job-ID 2020-543) incl. cover letter, CV, references and photo indicating your starting date and salary expectation in English and Chinese, via E-Mail as soon as possible to:

E-Mail: hr.giz-china@giz.de

In addition, please mention in your cover letter how you got to know about our job advertisement.

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