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Position based in 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 digital patterns and lay plans but do not have the equipment to produce in house. 


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 Pattern Expert to join our team and provide quality pattern 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 Pattern Service Provider will report to the Pattern Trainer based in Accra and will have the following main responsibilities:


Pattern Services

  • Develop a pricing structure for client’s to have as a base for provision of services

  • Understand clients’ specific needs based on either early design concepts or tech packs

  • Take garment measurements and complete an estimate fabric consumption for sample size pattern

  • Complete patterns from scratch in accordance with client’s requirements

  • Adapt existing patterns to client’s feedback and create new digitized patterns

  • Take client’s base patterns and grade them in Gerber software

  • Make marker planning (lay planning) and make marker

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

  • Convert other pattern software into Gerber softwares 

  • File system and keep proper records of pattern services 

  • In close relationship with the Training Project Manager, complete reports against specific service level metrics

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

  • Ensure the pattern service centre operates profitably


Pattern Training

  • Support the Pattern Trainer to deliver both manual and digital pattern 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 garment pattern maker

  • In-depth knowledge of pattern making (manual and digital); strong preference for knowledge and experience working in Gerber specifically

  • Understanding and knowledge of cutting, stitching, sampling processes

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to understand clients’ needs 

  • Deep understanding of customer markets and experience of working with international brands

  • Previous working/living experience in a developing country, preferably in Africa

  • Fluency in English

  • 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 Pattern 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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