The regional leadership programme on climate change and sustainable development

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH announce a leadership programme for innovative open-minded governmental and non-governmental decision makers ‘Lead the Change’

A unique opportunity for developing the leadership skills of highly motivated professionals in the context of climate change and sustainable development.


The regional programme “Sustainable and Climate Sensitive Land Use for Economic Development in Central Asia”started in May 2016. It is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The programme aims to anchor integrative and climate sensitive

approaches to land use in Central Asian policy making and to put successful measures into action.

The general awareness and understanding of climate change, of the significance of its impacts for the socio-economic development of countries and of the complex implications for solutions to adapt to climate change is rather basic among planners and decision-makers in the Central Asian countries. Climate change is still often seen as a secondary issue, which, at best, is of interest for scientists, or agricultural specialists only and, at worse, is not even perceived as a reality in the region.

In reality, though, climate change poses cross-sectorial challenges and is in need of new ways of cooperating among different stakeholders and their institutions at all levels. It is deeply interlinked with the UN Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030 and the countries’ processes of transition to a Green Economy.

The goals of the leadership programme are to further develop the leadership and management competencies of high potential managers in governmental and non-governmental positions from different sectors in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in order to enhance their capacity to effectively facilitate development processes in the Central Asian region. The leadership programme will give due thematic reference to the challenges climate change poses for sustainable development in Central Asia. With the help of internationally experienced coaches and a tailor-made approach, the aim is to strengthen the leadership competencies of the participants and to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange among peers.


Over the period of roughly one year, three five-day workshop sessions will be facilitated by experienced international trainers. The methods will be a mix of presentation, reflective methods, interaction games and excursions. In between the workshops, participants are expected to apply learnings of the workshops and interact with the group or the programme facilitators. The venues are not yet finally decided upon, but will be far enough from the participants´ offices and their daily work routines to enable reflection on leadership approaches and management instruments.

A needs assessment, including exchanging with the participants prior to the first workshop, will ensure that the programme supports the competence development of the participants. Learnings in the field of leadership and management will be related to climate change and appropriate ways of adapting different socio-economic sectors to the effects of climate change.

Core elements of the programme will encompass:

 Leadership concepts and mind-set

 Development of strategic thinking

 Team work and team management

 Strengthening self-leadership: personal mastery, self-reflection, time management, selforganizing

and work process management

 Enabling innovation – thinking outside of the box

 Integrating climate change into development planning processes

 Land use and its linkages to climate change adaptation

 Transferring the lessons of the programme to challenges in real working contexts

 Coaching and peer-coaching for finding concrete solutions

It is mandatory for each participant to join all three programme modules and to be able to apply and test the newly gained knowledge and skills in his/her own work context between the modules.

Additionally, every participant will conceptualize a so-called “transfer project” over the course of the leadership program. The transfer project links the respective participant´s background and knowledge with the new insights and methods acquired. An outline of this transfer project is required as a part of the application package (see below). At this stage, we are asking for an initial idea of where each participant would like to put the skills gained during the leadership program to work, it does not yet have to be a fully elaborated project proposal. The transfer project should address a problem or a question that the participant sees in his/ her respective field of work, either within a country of Central or with regional or global ties. All costs for participation in the leadership programme will be covered by GIZ.

Timeframe of the Programme

December 2018 – December 2019, three five-day presence modules and exercises that can be

integrated in a full-time managing job:

5 days in the beginning of December 2018, taking place in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan)

5 days in spring 2019, venue to be decided

5 days in late summer 2019, venue to be decided

Requirements for participation

 (Team) management position in key governmental or non-governmental institutions, with 5 – 20 years of professional work experience

 High motivation to contribute to sustainable development in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan and high interest to effectively integrate climate change issues in

your sector of work

 Flexibility and open-mindedness as well as willingness to learn and test innovative approaches

 Experiences with international cooperation and dialogue fora

 Active in inter-sectorial and international networks and processes for sustainable development

 Very good command of spoken and written English

 Clear commitment to actively participate in the full programme cycle, formal consent by

supervisor (if applicable)

How to apply

Please send a letter of motivation (max. one A4 page), an outline of your transfer project (max. half an A4 page) and your CV, saved as one single pdf-file. Applications are accepted in English only.

All applications shall be sent to and the country coordinator who is responsible for your country of residence until 30th of July 2018. A selection committee will choose appropriate candidates for an interview.

The country coordinators are:

Kazakhstan: Dana Yermolyonok (

Kyrgyzstan: Edith Koshkin (

Tajikistan: Claudia Haller (

Turkmenistan: Maya Ashirova (

Uzbekistan: Grigoriy Samoylov (

Should you have questions regarding the leadership program and/ or the application process, do not hesitate to contact Elena Barth (

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