The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is a leading geoscience centre in Germany and, through research projects and technical cooperation agreements, has a global scope of activities. A key project of the Mineral Resource/Economic Geology Unit at BGR is the certification of mineral trading chains in conflict-affected and high risk areas in Central and East Africa.

In this context, we are looking for a

Mining Engineer or
Economic Geologist (m/f)

to join the BGR project "Support to the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) - ICGLR". The project benefits from a close cooperation with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). It is part of a common German program with German International Cooperation (GIZ) to support ICGLR. The successful candidate will be based in Kigali, Rwanda, but will also be working in other countries of the region.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the project director the successful candidate will manage and carry out tasks related to the project component 2 "Certification and Formalisation" in Rwanda
  • Manage and provide expert advice and support to Rwandan authorities (GMD/RNRA) as well as to other ICGLR member countries with respect to the implementation of mineral certification schemes and due diligence in mineral supply chains
  • Provide expert advice and support to counterparts, small scale mining associations and companies towards formalisation and improvement of mining practice (e.g. productivity, environment, safety)
  • Coordinate activities with Rwandan and other member states authorities, mining companies and associations, other actors of the mineral supply chain as well as with non-governmental organisations
  • Planning, organisation and monitoring of subcontractors

Required qualifications:

  • M.Sc. (or equivalent) in Mining Engineering, Economic Geology, Earth Sciences, or another mining-related discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technical, environmental, and economic aspects of the mining sector
  • Work experience in the international mining sector, in particular in artisanal mining in developing countries would be an advantage
  • Good organisational skills
  • Team player, comfortable to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment; consulting competence
  • Good language skills (business level, written and oral) in English and German

This post is classified in the 13 or 14 grade of the Collective Agreement for the Public Services (TVöD). After a preparation period in Hanover and Bad Honnef the post holder shall be deployed permanently in Kigali, Rwanda which will be remunerated with an extra pay for working abroad.

BGR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and severely handicapped persons. Part-time work is possible.

If you are interested in the vacancy, please send us your detailed application including CV and copies of relevant certificates. Please refer to the keyword "Rohstoffzertifizierung ICGLR" and the reference number B 163/16. Please submit your application until January 31st, 2017 to

Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)
- Staff -
Stilleweg 2, 30655 Hanover, Germany

posted: 11 January 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.