Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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Coordinator Migration and Diaspora

Job Description and Requirements

The Migration and Diaspora Program” is seeking a Coordinator Migration and Diaspora” - on a full time base employment

Interested candidates are kindly requested to an application/motivation letter in English language and CVs – application/motivation letters are Mandatory

A. Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • University degree

Professional experience

  • Minimum of three (3) years professional experience
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience with public institutions is desired
  • Experience with development cooperation and/or international NGOs is desired
  • Demonstrates strong stakeholder-engagement and communication skills

Language Skills

  • Excellent command of written, spoken and formal Arabic
  • High level of written and spoken English
  • Intermediate level of written and spoken German

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Good management  and communication skills
  • Ability to support a multi-task, multi-discipline project team
  • Ability and Willingness to travel abroad and within Jordan and the Palestinian territories
  • Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • Willingness to up skill as required by the tasks to be performed –corresponding measures are agreed with management
  • Experienced and able to work within a governmental institution
  • Creative individual with innovative ideas for new interventions and/or approaches
  • Ability to work independently but also as a good team player

B. Responsibilities

The coordinator fulfils a crucial role in the implementation of the global Program Migration and Diaspora (PMD) in Jordan and the Palestinian territories. He / She represents the PMD in the two countries and coordinates the activities of the program which are being implemented here. He / She carries out his/her work in close coordination with the program manager in charge of Jordan and the Palestinian territories in the frame of PMD, who is based at GIZ’s head office in Eschborn. He / She also cooperates closely with the GIZ Country Offices in Jordan and the Palestinian territories. The coordinator provides input for the annual planning of PMD in Jordan and the Palestinian territories and develops proposals for country-specific activities within the context of each component and independently carries out these activities after they have been approved by the program manager. An important responsibility of the coordinator lies in the provision of advisory services to highly qualified migrants and the provision of country-specific expertise to the program manager. The coordinator cooperates with the ZAV placement officer in charge of Jordan and the Palestinian territories in related PMD fields of activity, especially in the component “Knowledge Transfer through development-oriented return (Returning Experts).

C. Tasks

The range of required tasks to be fulfilled by the coordinator is listed below. The components of PMD will be introduced step by step in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, with an initial focus on development-oriented return (Returning Experts), Diaspora Cooperation and short-term placements of Diaspora Experts. 

Knowledge Transfer through driving development through returning experts (RF)

Information and advice

  • Inform and advise experts and students on employment options and issues related to returning to the country of origin and social and professional integration,
  • Advise experts on the administrative aspects of the Program’s support process and ensures that the documents submitted meet the relevant quality standards,
  • Organize events for specific target groups in Germany (in cooperation with BA/ZAV) and in the partner country,
  • Informs employers about the Program’s various components of support (travel and transport allowance, salary subsidy payments, workplace equipment, support of trips for the purposes of networking and further education).


  • Forges sustainable contacts with relevant employers and specifically acquires offers for jobs and internships that are relevant to development cooperation (DC),
  • Posts acquired job offers of the required quality on the project website,
  • Places experts with precision, particularly in DC-relevant sectors, and ensures that placement activities relate to job offers in a sufficiently large proportion of cases,
  • Proactively searches for suitable jobs for eligible applicants,
  • Takes the lead when it comes to individual decisions on support in the action area/ component ‘Driving development through returning experts’ (RF) (salary subsidy, networking trip, continuing training measures, etc.) and coordinates the final decision with the project manager responsible for the given region (to comply with the principle that decision-making must involve two people),
  • Prepares documents setting out the necessary information for the approval of additional benefits for returning experts and submits these to the Program’s commercial team (VSB).


  • Networks the supported experts with each other and with DC experts,
  • Organizes networking meetings and workshops to promote technical exchange among supported experts as a main priority and social exchange where appropriate,
  • Establishes regular contact with the German embassy and other institutions (including the Goethe-Institute and the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD) and foundations, as well as with relevant local institutions and the diaspora and migrant organisations in Germany, and relevant associations and organisations on the ground.

 Diaspora Cooperation

  • Supports and coordinates all the Program’s activities in the action area/ component ‘Diaspora Cooperation’ in the partner country,
  • Monitors the potential and opportunities in the partner country for introducing a specific ‘diaspora expert’ approach, 
  • Examines applications and requests for support by migrant organisations and possibly diaspora experts, and visits project partners on the ground,
  • Informs and advises migrant organisations, diaspora experts as well as, partner organisations regarding possibilities of cooperation
  • Networks local project partners fosters the integration of supported projects into local and development cooperation structures and promotes networking opportunities with other programs,
  • Draws up the documents for making a decision on support for diaspora experts.

  Overarching tasks

  • Represents the Migration and Diaspora Program at country level,
  • Acts as the contact for internal and external partners of the Program in the partner country,
  • Coordinates project activities in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, in agreement with the officer responsible for the commission and other Program staff at Head Office,
  • Establishes and maintains an adequate local knowledge management system for the Program,
  • Conducts analyses of the potential for introducing new areas of action/ components on the ground, in agreement with the component project managers,
  • Is responsible for setting up and maintaining an in-country Program network (alumni, returning experts, employers, GIZ, embassy, diaspora associations, partner organisations, etc.),
  • Carries out marketing activities in-country, in agreement with the Program officers responsible for marketing and PR at GIZ Head Office,
  • Contributes to the further conceptual development of the country portfolio,
  • Carries out local activities to inform existing or potential employees of returning experts about the Program and its objectives (strengthening the contribution to development made by migrants in their country of origin, especially knowledge transfer).
  • Prepares Program-related business trips by GIZ Head Office staff and possibly by partners, and accompanies them on the ground,
  • Makes necessary local and international business trips,
  • Takes part in relevant specialist conferences and prepares presentations,
  • Takes part in training courses offered by CIM and in migration-related issues,
  • Works actively to further develop the areas of action/ components and current themes related to migration and development, in agreement with the officer responsible for the commission (and component and regional project managers),
  • Initiates the acquisition of third-party funds.

 Monitoring and evaluation

  • Supports the monitoring processes in all areas of action/ components implemented in the partner country and in the related activities,
  • Assures the quality of results monitoring reports (in terms of their content) by providing expert advice,
  • Carries out surveys and collects relevant data in the priority country for results-based monitoring and management,
  • On request, produces reports by the set deadlines,
  • Supports the Program in establishing and developing monitoring and evaluation instruments and activities.

About the Project:

Program Migration and Diaspora – PMD (project duration: 07/2019-06/2022)

The Migration and Diaspora (PMD) programme promotes the potential that global migration offers for sustainable development. Thanks to their expertise, ideas, experience and contacts, we believe migrants spark important change and help their countries of origin remain fit for the future. We support people who wish to put the knowledge and skills they have acquired in Germany to good use in their country of origin. For example, this may be in specialist roles, by starting new businesses or by working for associations. Our expertise and advisory services on worldwide labour migration benefit individuals and institutions, such as the ministries of labour and employment in our partner countries. PMD works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is implemented by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is jointly run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the International Placement Services (ZAV) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA).

GIZ is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities. Remuneration will be in accordance with the candidate's qualification, experience, as well as the scope of responsibility of the job announced and in line with local standards.   

Please be advised that GIZ will respond back only to the candidates that are shortlisted and interviewed in person.