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Position based in Accra, Ghana (West Africa)

Programme and organization descriptions


The GIZ public-private-partnership programme (develoPPP) was established by the German government (BMZ) as a way to support and foster the involvement of the private sector in developing countries and emerging economies. GIZ has launched a public-private partnership programme with a consortium of private firms -- sourcing company Ethical Apparel Africa, digital pattern company Gerber, interlining supplier Freudenberg and needle supplier Groz Beckert -- focused on the emerging apparel industry in West Africa. The primary objective of the programme is to strengthen up to 15 small and medium-sized (SMEs) clothing manufacturers for the export market in order to create qualified and socially responsible employment. ​


This programme focuses on classroom-based and in-factory Technical Vocational Training to build a pipeline of skilled local talent for the growing industry that will address a key barrier to competitiveness and accelerate industry growth and job creation in apparel factories in West Africa. Classroom based training in pattern development and mechanics will be delivered at local university Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC).  In addition the Centre will provide services to local SME’s that require mechanic support.


The Ghana Apparel Training Association (GATA) is the non profit, capacity building arm of Sourcing Company Ethical Apparel Africa. GATA is responsible for the training design and curriculum development plus training delivery through a team of international experts. The project will run until July 2022 through GIZ and then will be directly managed by ATTC.


Position overview


We have a great opportunity for an experienced and dynamic Mechanic to join our team and provide mechanic services to garment factories based in Ghana. This is the perfect role for someone willing to broaden and challenge their expertise by contributing to the development of the apparel industry in West Africa and shaping the path of the next frontier.

The Mechanic Service Provider will report to the Mechanic Advisor based in Accra and will have the following main responsibilities:


Mechanic Service Provision

  • Understand local factory (client)'s specific needs on machinery and equipment

  • Work with the Mechanic Advisor to develop a pricing structure for client’s to have as a base for provision of services

  • Complete service provision to local garment factories which will include fixing broken machines, routine maintenance and set up of new machinery. 

  • As required, conduct needs assessment and come up with machinery maintenance plan and relevant spare parts procurement

  • Actively communicate with clients and update them on an ongoing basis

  • File system and keep proper records of mechanic services 

  • In close relationship with the Mechanic Advisor, complete reports against specific service level metrics

  • Ensure the mechanic service centre is fully stocked with required consumables to deliver the services

  • Ensure the mechanic service centre operates profitably

Training Support

  • Support the Mechanic  Trainer to deliver the mechanic  training to Ghana factories in line with the course curriculum

  • Work together to continually update the course based on student feedback


Qualifications & Attributes


  • At least 5 years working experience as a Mechanic including experience in the apparel sector 

  • Previous experience working and fixing the following machines: single needle machine, overlock machine, feed of arm, buttonhole and button fix machine, bandsaw machine, band knife machine, flatlock and kanzaï machine, embroidery machine, digital bar tack machine, fusing machine, etc

  • Experience of working with machine maintenance plans 

  • Understanding of Machine setup and layout for international production

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to understand clients’ needs 

  • Willingness to travel to factories sites across Ghana (Greater Accra and Ashanti regions)

  • Fluency in English as well as in the local languages in Ghana (Twi, Ewe, Ga, Fan).Evidence of the following characteristics: humble, inspiring, self aware, resilient, adaptable, proactive, persistent, resourceful, able to work under pressure and respect deadlines, strong at building relationships and resolving problems, poised, active listener, fun to work with, and full of integrity 


How to apply 


  • Starting Date -- ASAP

  • Kindly send a resume ​and a separate and specific cover letter for this position ​to, using the reference “GIZ Mecha 21”​ as the subject of your email.

  • Only complete applications with accurate references will be considered and only the most qualified candidates will be shortlisted for interview.


GIZ Ghana and GATA are equal opportunity employers, both men and women are encouraged to apply.

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