The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BUNDESANSTALT FÜR GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE, BGR) has a vacancy available as soon as possible and is initially limited until 31.12.2019 as a 

Geoscientist of Mining Engineer (M. Sc.)

The Geoscientist/Mining Engineer is responsible for implementing the following activities related to the topic of "mineral certification and formalization" as part of the development cooperation project "Support to the Regional Certification Mechanism", co-implemented with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Africa:

Your tasks: 

  • Establishing a local project office in Entebbe, Uganda
  • Technical consulting and supporting Ugandan project partners regarding the institutionalization and implementation of a certification scheme for national supply chains of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten; this includes, in particular, mine inspections and export certification
  • Technical consulting and supporting government institutions, companies and artisanal and small-scale mining associations in Uganda regarding improved mining practice and management; this activity includes field work in mining areas
  • Organization and implementation of training activities
  • Public outreach activities and promotion of project results
  • Designing, planning and managing subcontracted work by external consultants
  • Coordination with relevant local stakeholders (e. g., donors, civil society, mining associations) in Uganda and in the regional project context (ICGLR)

Your Profile:

  • M.Sc. degree in geosciences, mining engineering or any equivalent degree related to mineral resources
  • Good knowledge of the mining sector and mineral supply chains, preferentially with regards to developing countries 
  • Good comprehension of economic, ecological and social factors and processes in mining
  • Excellent skills in German (level C1)
  • Excellent skills in English (level C1)
  • Excellent organizational skills and high degree of personal flexibility
  • Good communication skills and diplomatic talent
  • Intercultural competence and ability to work in a team
  • Suitable level of personal health and fitness for work in underground mines and in tropical climate

Ideally, you also meet the following requirements:

  • Several years of mining-related work experience, preferentially in developing countries
  • Experience in mine licensing and management procedures
  • Solid knowledge of ore deposits and economic geology

Following a preparatory period in Hannover and Bonn, the Project Geologist/Engineer will be permanently seconded to Entebbe, Uganda. Depending on personal expertise and experience of the candidate, the salary of this position corresponds to either level E13 or E14 according to the collective salary agreement by the German Federal government; an additional tax-free allowance applies for working abroad.

BGR invites applications from candidates of any nationality. BGR is an equal opportunities employer and, therefore, particularly invites applications by women. BGR aims to increase the proportion of employees with disabilities and will give preference to disabled candidates of equal qualification.

Interested candidates are required to submit a detailed application package including CV and copies of relevant certificates, and referring to the above reference number B 71/18 no later than 31.08.2018 to 


Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe
- Personalreferat -
Stilleweg 2, 30655 Hannover, Germany 

Kindly note that application documents can only be returned to the sender if return address is correctly indicated and the envelope adequately stamped.

More detailed information about BGR is available on internet at www.bgr.bund.de.
For more details on the position, please contact Ms. Dr. Wilken by phone at
+49 511/643-2362.

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posted: 13 August 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.