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People at GIZ

The strong commitment and great diversity of GIZ’s staff set them apart, and they are known around the world for their values and vision. For the past 10 years, they have been working under continually changing and increasingly difficult conditions to achieve the goals of international cooperation.

In figures

As at 31 December 2021, GIZ had almost 25,000 staff in Germany and abroad. Added to this number are around 430 seconded development workers and more than 640 integrated or returning experts, who are counted separately because they have a different type of contract. There are no less than 155 nationalities among the company’s staff in Germany and abroad; women account for 50.4 per cent of the workforce. The most common region of assignment for both the seconded experts (around 1,220) and national staff in the partner countries (almost 7,640) is sub-Saharan Africa.

Diagram with comparative figures for 2021 and 2020:  a.	There were 24,977 staff members in 2021 and 23,614 in 2020.  b.	There were 16,887 national staff in 2021 and 15,988 in 2020. National staff are staff members with an employment contract under national employment law. They perform a wide variety of duties, including management roles.  c.	There were 5,324 Germany-based staff in 2021 and 5,007 in 2020.  Germany-based staff are staff with Head Office functions at locations in Germany and staff working on projects and programmes at locations in Germany. d.	There were 2,766 seconded experts in 2021 and 2,619 in 2020. Seconded experts are staff with a German employment contract who are working as field staff members in GIZ’s countries of assignment. e.	There were 2,640 Germany-based staff with Head Office functions in 2021 and 2,641 in 2020. f.	There were 2,684 Germany-based staff in projects and programmes in 2021 and 2,366 in 2020.  g.	There were 431 development workers in 2021 and 483 in 2020.  The German Development Workers Act (EhfG) provides the legal basis for GIZ’s Development Service to assign experts as development workers or as Civil Peace Service experts around the globe each year. h.	There were 643 integrated and returning experts in 2021 and 728 in 2020.  Integrated experts are experts and managers from Europe who are placed and supported by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM). They put their skills to use in key positions in developing countries and emerging economies. Returning experts are managers and young professionals who have acquired professional qualifications in Germany. CIM helps them to find a suitable position in their country of origin.

Women in the workforce

Frauenanteil bei den Mitarbeiter*innen1
59,8 %59,2 %
GermanyAbroadTotal1National staffTotal2

1 Including German employment contracts, not including national staff.
2 Including national staff, seconded staff, Germany-based staff and project staff.

Staff members in the regions

Sub-Saharan Africa1,1291,2236,9957,6372702476053188162
Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia3543663,1102,910101353365338
Latin America1832041,3181,506514333237590
Region and Middle East
Industrialised countries(Europe, USA)63725861000000

3 107 of the 431 development workers were deployed as Civil Peace Service experts.
4 Integrated experts are placed with employers in cooperation countries by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency. The local employers pay them a salary at the going rate in the area, to which CIM adds a salary subsidy. Returning experts also receive a salary subsidy from CIM, as well as advisory and other support services.

Breakdown by age (years)

As at: 31 December 2021 (2020)

Inlandsmitarbeiter*innen und entsandten Fachkräften
jünger als 31 Jahre16,3 %16,4 %
31-40 Jahre34,1 %33,2 %
41-50 Jahre22,9 %22,5 %
51-60 Jahre19,3 %20,0 %
61 Jahre und älter7,5 %7,9 %
Nationale Mitarbeitende
jünger als 31 Jahre16,7 %17,7 %
31-40 Jahre40,4 %40,6 %
41-50 Jahre28,0 %27,2 %
51-60 Jahre13,0 %12,6 %
61 Jahre und älter1,9 %1,9 %

Nationalities of our staff

Nationalitäten der Mitarbeitenden im In- und Ausland

Diversity: an integral part of our corporate culture

By officially setting out our understanding of diversity in 2021, we have made non-discrimination, participation and equal opportunities integral components of our corporate culture. Diversity is essential for our corporate success. Our understanding of diversity includes a code with eight basic principles. They specify how we see diversity in action, which will play a key role in setting the course for diversity management in the years ahead. In order to boost diversity in the Human Relations Department, a new position of Diversity Specialist was created.

Information on the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be found on this page:

Graphic: GIZ: SDG 5 Gender equality
Graphic: GIZ: SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth
Graphic: GIZ: SDG 10 Reduced inequalities

Information on the following sustainability standards can be found on this page:
GRI standard 2-7, 2-8, 405, 406; UNGC 6; The Code 14, 15, 16