In comparison to other experts assigned by the Development Service development workers work for a limited period (of at least one year) in the partner country. In addition to qualifications and professional experience development workers should possess a great social commitment. The German Development Workers Act (EhfG) applies for all development workers. Among other things, the EhfG regulates that development workers receive a maintenance allowance and their social security during the period of their assignment.
CPS peace experts support the non-violent discharge of conflicts and accompany peace processes in regions of crisis and conflict
Your family can accompany you during your assignment as an experts assigned to the Development Service. Please be aware that there are countries of operation and areas of application that are considered non-family friendly. Further information: Benefits.
Experts in the Development service can only be assigned by the following recognised organisations:
Please apply online. Candidates who are qualified go through a selection procedure. To successfully pass the procedure you have to have technical expertise, personal suitability and a medically proven suitability for the tropics. Job vacancies are published on our GIZ website in the section “Job Offers”.
The requirements for the assignment as a development worker are:
Candidates for short- term assignments must also have previous work experience (minimum 1 year) as development worker with one of the following secondment service AGEH, Brot für die Welt, Christliche Fachkräfte International, Eirene, Forum ZFD, GIZ, Weltfriedensdienst.
As Development service expert you will be eligible for an attractive and extensive benefits package, on the basis of the Development Workers Act (EhfG), which should assure you of an appropriate standard of living in the partner country. Further information: Benefits.
Before our development service professionals travel to the partner country they and their potential partners and children are well prepared for their assignment. You will be offered trainings to promote your intercultural and communicative skills, enhance your counseling and methodological skills and contribute to your critical reflection of your role as a Development service expert.
The standardized three-week preparation in Germany serves to get to know GIZ, to inform yourself about your future role and tasks and to clarify organizational questions. In addition, language and specialist courses take place.
The preparation takes place in Bonn, Germany by the Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ).
In the partner country the experts are introduced to the country-specific work of GIZ as well as to the project-related activity.
GIZ supports you in reintegrating socially and professionally in Germany / Europe. For this purpose we have compiled an information collection covering many aspects that you should consider when returning from your assignment. The document contains tips on insurance and job hunting, shows ideas on how to quickly re-establish contacts in Germany and Europe, and how you can use your experience to contribute to European society. You can request the document by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. We also offer you the opportunity to participate in GIZ returning days which provide you with important information regarding your reintegration.
The AGdD also offers you financial support as well as a comprehensive counseling service for DW to make your return as pleasant as possible.