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Enhancing skills, supporting careers

GIZ supports its staff in their professional development and career planning. In 2022, we also expanded what was already a well-used range of services for the partners of staff seconded abroad.

Photo: A woman sitting in front of a laptop. A man sits next to her, looking at her.
© Copyright: GIZ / Tristan Vostry

Our staff are the crucial component in the success of our work. Promoting their potential and building and developing skills is therefore at the heart of our HR development policy; it is also the cornerstone for people’s lasting employability.

The training courses offered by GIZ are reviewed and adapted to meet changing needs in an annual company-wide process. With the digital transformation in full swing, self-directed, on-the-job training is becoming increasingly important, which is why GIZ’s Academy for International Cooperation has incorporated support for self-directed learning processes into its vision and why GIZ continued to expand the digital learning opportunities it offers in 2022. Learners can find support in numerous networks and from designated contact persons in Germany and abroad, who share practical digital knowledge and answer questions.

From self-directed learner
to digital pioneer

We developed our staff’s digital skills on the basis of our Digital Literacy Action Plan (2019–2022). Depending on their position, staff are also entitled to between five and 25 study days to consolidate their knowledge further. A self-assessment tool provides recommendations on areas to focus on. If a staff member already has considerable expertise, they have the option of acting as a ‘digital pioneer’ and sharing their knowledge with their colleagues within a self-directed network.

Photo: A tablet showing a Digital Pioneers video conference. The slide of the presentation being displayed is entitled: ‘Achieved results & other success stories from our log book.’
Digital pioneers were introduced three and a half years ago (as of 2022). ‘Digital coffee breaks’ provide opportunities for discussion and learning. © GIZ und Dan Nelson

An assignment abroad – a rung on the career ladder; the MAP Desk provides support for accompanying partners

The prospects of accompanying partners are often a crucial factor in making the decision for or against an assignment abroad. We created the MAP Desk as a central contact point to address questions that staff and their partners might have before, during and after an assignment abroad. After a two-year pilot phase, the Management Board decided in June 2022 to put this support programme for accompanying partners on a permanent footing and expand it. An internal evaluation showed that the programme helps to fill positions abroad more quickly and with better candidates.

Successful pilot in Togo

Togo is one of 21 pilot countries to date where designated contact persons provide country-specific advisory services for accompanying partners. They offer guidance on topics such as work permits and employment opportunities in the destination country. Togo also has an agreement with an international organisation based locally, under which they inform each other about job vacancies.

Portrait photo: Kim Stoffel.

»The MAP Desk supports accompanying partners directly and individually. In this way, we take some of the pressure off the staff members and help to create a working environment in which it is easier to reconcile the needs of family, health and performance at work.«

Kim Stoffel,
specialist for accompanying partners in the HR Department.
© Kim Stoffel
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Material topic 13: Staff development