Regional Advisor Tech-Entrepreneurship Initiative Make-IT in Afrika, Accra, Ghana

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
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  • Assignment period:

    01/01/2021 – 09/30/2023

  • Field:

    Economic Development

  • Type of employment:

    full- or part-time

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Job description

Tech start-ups are the driving force behind Africa’s digital transformation. Local entrepreneurs are often in a much better position to find innovative solutions to development challenges. Their work not only has positive social effects, but also creates new employment opportunities with great potential for the future. However, many young (technology) start-ups in Sub-Saharan Africa lack access to finance, customers, employees and digital infrastructure. It is even more difficult for young female entrepreneurs outside the metropolitan regions to master these challenges. Make-IT brings the key players together and supports African entrepreneurs on their way to sustainable solutions, growth and employment.

“Make-IT in Africa” promotes digital innovations in Africa for sustainable and inclusive development. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements Make-IT on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Ghana and Rwanda as well as in 11 other countries. In close cooperation with more than 20 business and financing partners, social enterprises, hubs and networks, Make-IT creates an environment for young businesses to gain better access to finance, markets and skills.

Your tasks

  • Technical advice in the field of start-up support and innovation
  • Development and technical management of measures to promote tech entrepreneurship in West and North Africa
  • Implementation and control of project activities
  • Establishment and support of networks within the African start-up and innovation ecosystems and cooperation with its key stakeholders
  • Support in the development of the brand “Make-IT in Africa”, including consulting other GIZ projects in the region on integrating the brand and methodology in respective project concepts
  • Cooperation with the private sector; initiation and implementation of development partnerships with the private sector
  • Implementation of impact-oriented monitoring and reporting to the commissioning party

Your profile

  • Several years of professional experience in the promotion of start-ups and digital innovation ecosystems
  • Several years of professional experience in development cooperation and/or in developing countries, regional experience in Africa is an advantage
  • Work experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas (start-up financing, corporate venturing, founding or working in a technology start-up or company builder)
  • Proven networking skills and an established network of African and European stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem
  • Enjoy working in intercultural teams
  • Knowledge in design thinking and other agile methods, ideally certified
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of French is an advantage

Location information

Please use the following link for information about living and working in Ghana.

The security situation is tense. Tailored security risk mitigation measures are in place for GIZ staff in country. GIZ staff must adhere to security measures at all times. Please also check the county-specific information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. A contact person for security risk management is appointed at the local GIZ office. The freedom of movement is restricted. . GIZ does not impose any restrictions on life partners and family members to move with you to the country of deployment. We kindly ask you to inform yourself which forms of relationships are legally and socially accepted in the country of deployment.

At the site of operation the particulate pollution occurs to be many time higher than the European acceptable limit. As part of the selection process and during the recruitment examination you will be informed of appropriate protective and behavioral measures.


GIZ operates worldwide. As part of the GIZ team, you are prepared to take on international assignments and pass on your expertise.

This job is suited to a full or a part-time position.

The willingness to regularly business travels within Africa is required.

Please understand that we can accept and process in principle only applications via our E-recruiting system. Following the confirmation of your successful application, kindly check your spam / junk mail folder on a regular basis, since some provider classify emails from our recruiting system as spam.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

You can get an overview of our benefits packages here.

A prerequisite for the conclusion of the agreement is the lifting of the restrictions currently in force in the company on the possibilities for travel and business trips in order to contain the worldwide spread of the Covid-19 virus.


About us

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.


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