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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 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 Center (ATTC).  In addition in-factory training will also upskill existing managers and technicians currently working in factories in Ghana and Benin in areas such as industrial engineering, production supervision, quality and lean manufacturing.  


The Ethical Apparel Africa Association (EAAA) is the non profit, capacity building arm of Sourcing Company Ethical Apparel Africa. EAAA will play a leading role in training design and curriculum development plus training delivery through a team of international experts. The project will run until June 2022 through GIZ and then will be directly managed by ATTC.


Position overview


EAAA has a great opportunity for an experienced and dynamic Vocational Junior Trainer to join our team and work with the Vocational Trainer to deliver the training programme in factories. This is the perfect role for someone willing to develop their training skills, to broaden and challenge their expertise and to contribute to the development of the apparel industry in West Africa and shaping the path of the next frontier.


The Vocational Junior Trainer will report to the Vocational Trainer based in Ghana. Their responsibilities will include, but not limited to the following:


Training Delivery and Course Assessment

  • Under the leadership of the Vocational Trainer pilot and deliver the in-factory courses in line with the project’s operational plan

  • Review past exam results and performance assessments conducted and contribute to setting up action plans for improvement

  • Attend quarterly training review sessions with each factory to get feedback on training and discussion on potential other courses to the owners

  • Ensure all training logs, attendance rotas and reporting are consistent and completed weekly.

  • Work with the Vocational Trainer to conduct mid and end-of-training assessments to ensure deliverables are met and learning is embedded. 

  • Monitor attendance and highlight any issues concerning trainees

  • Prepare reports on training outcomes, learnings around curriculum development and implementation including final materials and submit it to the Vocational Trainer

  • Prepare end of course certifications for all trainees

  • Work with the Vocational Trainer to develop classroom based versions of the courses for independent students


Qualifications & Attributes

  • Proven experience as an industrial engineer or production manager in a clothing factory (minimum 5 years’ experience)

  • Proven experience conducting training and passion for transferring skills locally and developing capacity in people preferred

  • In depth understanding of Production management and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. 

  • Exceptional cross-cultural communication and presentation skills

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

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft office especially Excel

  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with flexibility to adapt to changing needs and an entrepreneurial attitude

  • Able to demonstrate experience of working independently, autonomously and reliably

  • Evidence of the following characteristics: humble, self-aware, resilient, adaptable, poised, proactive, persistent, resourceful, able to work under pressure and respect deadlines, strong at building relationships and resolving problems, an active listener, a team player who is fun to work with, and full of integrity

  • Fluency in English


How to apply 

  • Starting date: July or August 2020

  • Kindly send a resume ​and a separate and specific cover letter for this position ​to, using the reference “GIZ Voca Junior 20”​ 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 EAAA are an equal opportunity employer, both men and women are encouraged to apply.

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