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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 Trainer to join our team and oversee the whole in factory Vocation Training programme. 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 Vocational Trainer will report to the Training Project Manager based in Ghana. Their responsibilities will include, but not limited to the following:

Training Needs Assessment 

  • Conduct technical assessments for all factories wanting to participate in the programme to assess exporting potential. 

  • Develop the vocational training courses already started in Industrial Engineering and Production Supervision and design new courses for Lean Management and Quality 

  • Review the original Training Needs Assessments (TNAs) for courses already completed and develop further TNA’s for new courses in order to accurately record learning progression through the course delivery. 


Training Delivery and Course Assessment

  • With the support of the Vocational Junior Trainer pilot and deliver the in-factory courses in line with the project’s operational plan

  • Integrate elements of Adult learning techniques into the teaching formats 

  • Evaluate exam results and performance assessments conducted so far and work on action plans for improvement

  • Complete 3 monthly review sessions with each factory to get feedback on training and to upsell potential other courses to the owners.

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

  • Conduct mid and end-of-training assessments to ensure deliverables are met and learning is embedded. 

  • Monitor attendance and highlight any issues concerning trainees

  • Submit reports on training outcomes, learnings around curriculum development and implementation including final materials submit it to the Training Project Manager

  • Administer end of course certifications to all trainees

  • Work with the Project private partners to integrate their training and visits into the course structures 

  • Ensure the training curriculum is shared with the Benin trainer for implementation in Benin.

  • Develop classroom based versions of the courses for independent students

  • Train the ATTC lecturers to be able to deliver the course following the end of the project


Industry Impact

  • Work with the Association of Garment Manufacturers (AGAM) to deliver industry wide technical workshops

  • Work with the Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) Technical team to ensure course content is shared and can be followed through by them in practice in factories following course completion

  • Develop, with the factories and EAA, a work experience scheme for independent students to experience life in a working factory

  • Ensure any new production techniques or requirements from export brands are incorporated into the course curriculum.


Qualifications & Attributes

  • Proven experience as an industrial engineer or production manager in a clothing factory (minimum 7 years’ experience)

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

  • Ability to translate industrial engineering theoretical concepts into standard operating procedures and implementation into factory way of working

  • Excellent leadership and training skills; ability to adapt style to suit cultural context

  • 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 2020

  • Kindly send a resume ​and a separate and specific cover letter for this position ​to, using the reference “GIZ Voca Train 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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