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Technical Advisor Labour Standards and Productivity

Employer -- GIZ

Position location -- Ghana (West Africa)

Salary band 4 – Professional 4T

Scope of Work

Private sector involvement is necessary to achieve the goals of development cooperation. Public funds alone are not enough to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2015. The “"-programme was initiated in 1999 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to foster the involvement of the private sector at the point where business opportunities and development policy initiatives intersect. In these development partnerships, private and public partners jointly implement projects and responsibility, costs and risks are equally borne by the parties involved. In this way, public and private partners combine their individual strengths and contribute to advancing development in the partner countries and sustainably improving people's living conditions. GIZ Ghana will be implementing a new strategic alliance (STA) under the framework, with the objective to create socially responsible jobs and model factories in Ghana’s growing apparel-manufacturing sector.


The Technical Advisor will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the "Dialogue for Compliance", a participatory based cross-functional and cross-hierarchical collaboration process to improve social and environmental standards as well as performance in factory.

This dialgue will be conducted in the context of the above-mentioned STA in Accra, Ghana:

  • Daily management of the project and facilitating the implementation of dialogue and cooperation activities of the different stakeholders;

  • Providing efficient support to the project partners for the achievement of the programme objectives with regard to improvement of labour standards, productivity and quality management;

  • Implementation of the “Dialogue for Compliance” in participating SME factories;

  • Further adapt and develop the “Dialogue for Compliance” methodology for various stakeholders in apparel-manufacturing and neighbouring industries (shoes, sport goods) and elaborate its benefits for the private sector;

  • Scaling up the in-factory implementation of the “Dialogue for Compliance” through multipliers by ensuring their capacity development, including the development of business models and marketing strategies, for multipliers of various types: factory workers, middle-management, business associations or public organisations;

  • Supporting the knowledge management within the project structure in Ghana.


The Technical Advisor will be performing the following tasks:

1. Management tasks

  • Manage the overall process of implementation of the “Dialogue for Compliance” and its multiplication and scaling up, including the development of an operational plan, monitoring and evaluation of interventions;

  • Develop and constantly revise the established material for the “Dialogue for Compliance” with regard to new partners and production lines; this includes the revision of modules, training methods, development of training material, etc.;

  • Recruit short term experts for change management consultancy, instruct them and monitor their performance;

  • Manage the communication and relationship with the management and the focal persons of the factories.


2. Professional advisory tasks

  • Select suitable key performance indicators (KPIs) and assess the partner factories before (baseline) and after (evaluation) the intervention to measure its impacts with regard to labour standards and productivity and develop monitoring tools;

  • Support multipliers in capacity development to implement the "Dialogue for Compliance”, including training of trainers, development of business models and marketing tools;

  • Support in the recruitment of suitable partner factories and provide coaching during the implementation of the “Dialogue for Compliance”, e.g. in the partner factories setting up Change Management Teams, in the conduct of Change Management Team Workshops, monitoring results, facilitation of off-site Change Management Team workshops and in the development of action plans with regard to their possible improvements in the field of social compliance, productivity and quality management;

  • Support multipliers in the delivery of value added trainings on labour standards, occupational health and safety, fire safety, productivity and quality management, etc. on the production floor as per the requirements of the individual factory;

  • Support multipliers in their regular factory visits and facilitation of change processes in the partner factories, support the adjustment of action plans;

  • Support the preparation of business cases both for multipliers as well as partner factories, to develop business models and marketing approaches to successfully institutionalize the “Dialogue for Compliance” in the private sector.

3. Knowledge management

  • Support the knowledge management within GIZ to further develop the “Dialogue for Compliance” methodology;

  • Setup a community of practice involving partner factories of previous GIZ projects in the textile and garment industry and among multipliers;

  • Develop draft PR material to communicate the project benefits;

  • Assist in communicating, updating and collecting information on the stakeholders;

  • Update project/programme documentation.

4. Other duties/additional tasks

  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of the management;

  • Assists other experts, if necessary as translator;

  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management.

Required qualifications, competences and experience

  • Master’s degree in social science, economics, or business administration, industrial engineering, textile or garment engineering from a reputed university or similar qualification of a relevant field.

  • At least 6 years’ of working experience of which three years on labour standards and productivity in the industry, preferably in the textile and garment industry;

  • Preferably two (2) years of experience in delivering trainings on labour standards compliance (e.g. occupational health standards, wages, working hours, health care, discrimination, human resources management) and productivity (industrial engineering functions, quality management);

  • Proven consultancy experience in change management;

  • Proven experience in establishing an interactive change process through dialogue between management and workforce;

  • Proven experiences in working with different stakeholder groups like private sector (unskilled worker to top-management level of organizations), civil society actors and political decision makers;

  • Strong skills in stakeholder relationship management;

  • Strong communication skills;

  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation systems and instruments as well as in measuring performance against labour standard and productivity related key performance indicators.

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Highly motivated and able to work independently with high outputs of high quality;

  • Excellent working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office). Very good knowledge of MS Outlook and tools for web-design or other PR relevant software;

  • Excellent command of the English (speaking and writing) language;

  • Very good management and organisational skills as well as a high preference for accuracy and quality are a must;

  • Highly service-oriented attitude;

  • Willingness to travel when required; willingness to travel to Lahore, Pakistan for onboarding experiences

  • Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills;


How to apply

  • As applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, kindly send a resume ​and a separate and specific cover letter for this position ​to, using the reference “LABOUR ADVISOR" 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 is an equal opportunity employer, both men and women are encouraged to apply.

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