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The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations on behalf of the German Government.

The ASEAN-German cooperation project on “Innovative Climate Risk Financing for the Agricultural Sector in ASEAN” (2022 – 2025) is an individual measure of the German Climate and Technology Initiative (DKTI). The project objective is to improve farmers’ access to resilience-enhancing, gender-responsive climate risk finance. Beyond activities at ASEAN level, the project is implemented in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

In Indonesia the project is focusing on the cocoa supply chain in Central Sulawesi. Cocoa is a major contributor to export earnings and a main source of livelihoods for smallholder farmers, responsible for around 90% of Indonesia’s cocoa output. In the past decade, there has been a steady decrease in production, despite increasing demand from the downstream industry. Smallholder farmers are facing multiple challenges in the production and marketing of cocoa, often leaving them with low yields and incomes from cocoa production. Changing climates and increasing frequency of extreme weather events as a result of climate change, pose an additional burden.

To strengthen the climate resilience in the cocoa supply chain, availability of appropriate financial instruments is one of the foremost requirements. As improvement in production and processes require inputs and investment, financial products and services for actors in the cocoa supply chain, especially smallholders, becomes critical to enable them to invest in productivity and rehabilitation of their farms, improve post-harvest practices and quality, enable access to markets and smoothen household cash flow.

Financial instruments are also required to invest in measure to cover the risks, including risks related to climate change, for example investing in more climate resilient agricultural practices or insurance products. In Indonesia, there are number of financial institutions offering a range of products and services to serve the agriculture value chains; however, farmers often face challenges in accessing formal financial products.

To address these challenges the project works on increasing the competences of financial institutions for the development and marketing of profitable climate risk finance products for cocoa farmers in Indonesia. Furthermore, smallholder cocoa farmers are supported in making informed decisions regarding their financial security through capacity building measures.

GIZ is recruiting an Advisor on Access to Finance to implement project activities in Central Sulawesi.

We seek a qualified Indonesian candidate for: Advisor  


  • Contribute to strategic and annual planning of the project, ensuring that the needs of the target group are met
  • Coordinate the implementation of project activities in the target area
  • Provide capacity development measures in cooperation with partners and service providers
  • Measure progress on project progress and provide information for monitoring, reporting and communication    


1. Knowledge and advisory services

  • Observe relevant developments and initiatives on access to finance, climate risk finance in agriculture and the impacts of climate change on agriculture in Central Sulawesi and Indonesia
  • Provide technical and institutional knowledge to support strategic planning of the project on the local level
  • Observe and develop conceptual framework of climate change risks and mitigation strategy to cacao plantations in Lore Lindu Biosphere Reserve and Central Sulawesi
  • Identify the needs for capacity development in partner institutions and the target group
  • Advise partners from public and private sector on access to finance, financial literacy, data management, organizational development, financial and business planning, climate resilience, access to markets and other relevant topics to improve climate risk finance in agriculture
  • Develop and conduct capacity development measures to improve climate resilience, access to finance and climate risk finance in agriculture, focusing on the cocoa supply chain
  • Contribute to the development of training materials and tool for innovative climate risk financing and adaptation to climate change in agriculture
  • Provide technical guidance for the contracting of experts, studies, service providers or grant recipients
  • Provide professional inputs to trainings, workshops, seminars, and other events implemented by the project or partners in Central Sulawesi
  • Contribute to the development of materials for capacity development – including guidelines, partnership agreements, training manuals, App development, marketing and promotion tools and procedures

2. Partnership management and engagement

  • Represent the project to partners from the government, private sector, civil society, research institutes and development agencies in Central Sulawesi
  • Engage partners in project planning and implementation as appropriate
  • Observe events and activities of institutions relevant for the project in Central Sulawesi
  • Support the project and partners in the design and implementation of concepts for climate resilience, access to finance and climate risk finance in agriculture, focusing on the cocoa supply chain
  • Support service providers and partners from outside to implement activities in Central Sulawesi
  • Participate in and contribute to relevant processes, fora, events, and meetings in Central Sulawesi and Indonesia
  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of study tours, visiting delegations, missions from GIZ and German government institutions to the project area

3. Project management and coordination

  • Contribute to the operational and financial planning of project activities in coordination with the project team and local stakeholders in Central Sulawesi
  • Contribute to the contracting of service providers at the local level in line with GIZ rules and regulations and coordinate their work in Central Sulawesi
  • Organize small and large events for capacity development and partner coordination in Central Sulawesi and contribute to events on the national level
  • Monitor the implementation of activities in accordance with the operational and budget plans and report to management
  • Contribute to the implementation of a result-based monitoring system by assessing and documenting information on project implementation and data on project indicators
  • Provide information on project progress and conditions internal and external communication
  • Other tasks as required for successful project implementation

Job Requirements

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness, agriculture or a related field
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience, related to sustainable agriculture, climate resilience and farm economics, preferably in the cocoa and coffee supply chain
  • At least 5 years of experience capacity development measure in agriculture
  • Extended knowledge on farm economics, household economics, organizational development and adaptation to climate change, preferably in perennial crops
  • Experience in conducting capacity development measure to increase climate resilience, financial literacy, risk management and business planning in agriculture, e.g. through farmer business schools
  • Knowledge on climate change issues in agriculture and climate smart agricultural practices
  • Work experience with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for improved farm management and financial risk assessments to improve farmers’ business planning and access to finance
  • Work experience for, or in cooperation with, the private sector or farmer organizations in agricultural supply chains preferred
  • Work experience for, or in cooperation with, financial institution in microfinance/crop insurance preferred 

        Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Project management and coordination skills in a rural context
  • Experience in project monitoring and reporting
  • Knowledge of gender aspects and related concepts in agricultural supply chains
  • Experience in the cocoa supply chain, preferably in Central Sulawesi
  • Pro-active attitude, flexibility, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of GIZ instruments, procedures, and rules is considered an advantage
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Duty Station: Palu, Central Sulawesi

Joining Date: a.s.a.p.

Direct Supervisor: Provincial Coordinator

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a motivation letter, CV, trainings attended and list of references (a must), addressed to The closing date to submit the application letter is on February 17th, 2023.

Please indicate your application by putting the following code in the subject line: ICRF ASEAN – Advisor 

Please name your file as follow format:

[Your Complete Name]_[Motivation Letter/CV/Latest Education Certificate] (i.e: Nakula Sadewa _CV or Nakula Sadewa _Motivation Letter or Nakula Sadewa _Reference)

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.


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