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National Intern For AGFIN Project at GIZ

  • Internship
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00



1. Brief Program Information

Under its special initiative “Transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems “ (Sonderinitiative Leben ohne Hunger – Transformation der Agrar- und Ernährungssysteme), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) commissioned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with the implementation of the Global Project “Promotion of agricultural finance for Agri-based enterprises in rural areas” (Globalvorhaben – Förderung der Agrarfinanzierung für agrarbasierte Unternehmen im ländlichen Raum), (GV AgFin).

Using agricultural and financial systems development approaches, GV AgFin aims at bridging the gap between the specific financial needs of the agricultural sector (demand side) and the provision of financial services for the agricultural sector on the supply side. In a concerted approach that combines interventions on the ‘demand’ and ‘supply’ side, the main objective of the GV AgFin is to improve access of farms and Agri-based enterprises to financial services adapted to their business models.

To achieve the objective, the global project uses an overall conceptual approach that focuses on three project components:

  • (Global) New knowledge products to improve the supply of adapted financial services for farms and Agri-based rural enterprises are developed for both supply- and demand side.
  • (Demand side) Expertise of farmers and managers of Agri-based rural enterprises on the use of adapted financial services has increased; and
  • (Supply side) Capacities of selected financial institutions for the development of adapted financial services for farms and Agri-based enterprises have increased.

GV AgFin in Malawi

The GV AgFin started its operations in 01/2016 in Benin and Zambia and was extended to Cameroon, Mali, and Nigeria in 01/2018. In December 2019, the BMZ approved the further extension of the global project to three further countries including Malawi. The project approach in Malawi follows the three proposed project components regarding the above-mentioned activities on the supply and demand side. The direct target groups of the recruiting GIZ project are farmers’ organizations and Agri-based SMEs with viable business models and related markets for their agricultural products, but with little or no access to tailored financial services, mainly in the promoted value chains (VCs) of the Global Projects including: “Sustainable Aquatic Foods” (SAF); “Food and Nutrition Security Programme” (FNSP); and “Energizing Development Programme” (EnDev) and the bilateral programme “More income and employment in rural areas along selected value chains” (MIERA). Other implementing partners comprise of Financial Institutions (FIs) i.e., commercial banks, microfinance institutions, Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs under MUSCCO), and other financial service providers (e.g., development financial institutions, crowd funder, angel investors, etc.).

To support the implementation and related organizational, communication, administrative and monitoring of the project focus areas, the GIZ-AgFin project is interested to engage a national intern for a 6-month period, given the high priorities of the project to the end of 2024.


To provide support to the technical team advisors, the administrative team and team leader of AgFin project in Malawi, specifically in:

  • Carry out all assigned administrative processes as per the guidance of the assigned supervisors.
  • Knowledge management, exchange, and transfer in collaboration with the respective workstreams.
  • Update information on knowledge products, financial products, fact sheets and other outputs of learning experiences for the project with its implementing partners.
  • Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the project’s fields of action including but not limited to data collection, analysis, documentation, presentation of results and storage as per the guidelines of the technical advisor responsible and the workstream assigned.
  • Other duties within AgFin project as assigned by the team leader.


Focus of work:

The focus of the internship is the support to technical advisors in the planning, implementation of activities and related documentation of knowledge products, financial products, and key success stories for the project. In addition, the intern may be called upon to assist with other project outputs depending on need.

Key focus areas of work will be mainly as follows.

1) Support for project field trips and workshops (regular and ad hoc)

  • Support in preparation and implementation of workshops, trainings, and other events within the project.
  • Support in making field arrangements through budgeting and logistical confirmation with partners for field activities.
  • Support in preparing required reports for technical advisors, other projects, and other stakeholders, as needed and directed.
  • Assist in the elaboration of fact sheets and other means of communication according to the project requirements and including where relevant, the most recent data from the monitoring and evaluation workstream.
  • Support in the preparation of travel requests, activity budgets, back to office reports and travel settlements for projects events and partners/stakeholders, where needed.
  • Cooperate in an open and motivated way with project short term experts engaged for various activities.
  • Provide support on any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Ensure the proper management of all allocated tools and gadgets including those allocated to partners and target groups during activities.

2) Communications and Visibility

  • Support the development of project communication materials on the achieved results and impacts (e.g., success stories, video clips, fact sheets) in close collaboration with the communication focal point, project technical staff within AgFin and sister projects as well as with implementing partners, as directed.
  • Support internal communication and filing of documents according to Programme and GIZ standards and knowledge management expectations.
  • Ensure the proper management of all allocated tools and gadgets including those allocated to partners and target groups during activities.
  • Provide support on any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

3) Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Support the preparation of the data collection tools, tablets and relevant materials as directed by the responsible technical advisor/workstream.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation focal points in data collection activities required for project monitoring and evaluation and from implementing partners for reporting to STU.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation focal point in data collection of and follow up with target groups based on requirements and tools provided.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation focal point in preparing, organizing, and filling of attendance sheets for the program participants during and after trainings and preparing reports as needed.
  • Ensure the proper management of all allocated tools and gadgets including those allocated to partners and target groups during activities.
  • Provide support on any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.


The project intern will ensure the following:

  • Timely submission of field and workshop reports and with relevant outputs and in line with supporting documentation.
  • Provide all required materials to share learning experiences with project staff, partners, and other colleagues from sister projects as well as with implementing partners.
  • Any other outputs as advised by the team management and advisors, in line with the project indicators and outputs expected for all assigned tasks.


The required competencies and expertise are as follows:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness, Finance, Business Management, marketing, or Agriculture related field from a recognized and accredited institution.
  • Excellent in planning and organization with strong time management and prioritization skills.
  • Good command of English language for report writing and overall communication.
  • Strong IT skills, especially in e-learning to quickly grasp the project approach and be able to support the technical team accordingly. The intern will need to practise proactive and independent learning by reviewing existing project documentation and reports as well as exchanging with other projects within the cluster and with implementing partners.
  • Experience in developing and applying data collection tools and processes, including data processing, analysis, and visualisation.
  • Openness to work in a multicultural environment Adaptability and resourcefulness.
  • Capability in both following instructions and in independent working
  • Ability to keep to deadlines and prioritize workload.
  • Able to work well individually and as part of a team.
  • willingness to take feedback positively and constructively.
  • Self-motivated and confident.


The intern will start the internship with GIZ-AgFin as soon as possible by July 1st, 2024. The assignment is planned for 6 months with no possibility of extension as per GIZ guidelines for recruitment of interns.

Method Of Application

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should submit their electronic applications, with a one-page cover letter demonstrating how they meet the above requirements, along with a detailed CV (max. 5 pages) to: [email protected]

The applications should be addressed to:

The Head of HR
P.O. Box 31131
Lilongwe 3

The following reference code of the call for application is strictly to be indicated in the subject line of the applicant’s e-mail: AGFIN/2024/05/NI/Name of applicant.

Clearly Indicate in subject line the position being applied for.

GIZ is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people with disabilities who qualify are encouraged to apply!

Within its activities, GIZ is promoting and protecting human rights, health, and wellbeing, and wishes to contribute to a world free from harm, exploitation, and abuse. Prospective candidates should be willing to adhere to GIZ’ s Child Protection Principles, and Prevent Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Policy.

Deadline for receiving applications is 13th June 2024.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Late Applications will not be considered.

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