The 2013/2015 Afrika Kommit Programme : An Initiative of German Industry for Future Leaders from Subsaharan Africa.

The 2013/2015 Afrika Commit Programme

The programme aims at highly qualified young professionals and junior executives from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with several years of hands-on work experience, strong leadership qualities and a very high level of commitment and dedication.

At the heart of the programme is a nine-month practical training in a leading German enterprise, allowing the participants

  • To gain first-hand practical experience in a leading German enterprise
  • To be exposed to leadership concepts and management techniques in practice
  • To become acquainted with working processes and business culture in German enterprises
  • To extend their international management competencies
  • To initiate networks of cooperation partners between Sub-Saharan Africa and German companies

Programme Components
The programme, conducted in German, includes the following main components:
1. One-month intensive German language course in Kenya
2. One-year stay in Germany comprising of:

  • Three-months intensive German language course
  • Nine-months practical training in a German partner company
  • Four-weeks training course on international management competencies
  • One-week study tour in Germany on relevant subjects, e.g. „Regional Economic Development“
  • Weekend exposure tours covering cultural and social topics organised by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart and the ZEIT-Stiftung in Hamburg
  • Cultural weekend activities organised by GIZ

3. Six-months transfer phase after the stay in Germany via GIZ’s online platform Global Campus 21
4. Two-weeks refresher course in Germany approx. 6-12 months after the stay in Germany

University degree e.g. in

  • Business Administration, Sales, Marketing
  • Engineering in various sectors
  •  Pharmacy, Chemistry
  •  Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy
  • Postgraduate degree (e.g. MBA) an advantage
  •  Two to five years of relevant work experience
  •  Excellent English language skills Basic knowledge of the German language an advantage
  •  Not older than 35 years and physically fit
  • Female candidates are welcome

Candidate Requirements

The programme is aimed at highly-qualified and self-driven young professionals and junior executives from Sub-Saharan Africa. Besides the specific technical expertise relevant to the partner company, the programme requires candidates to have the following set of general skills and attributes:

Language and communication skills:

  • Excellent English skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • High willingness to learn German

Professional skills:

  • High leadership potential
  •  Strong self-motivation and self-starter mentality
  • High level of dedication, commitment and target-orientation
  • Strong capacity for teamwork

Personal attributes:

  • High level of enthusiasm, flexibility and resilience
  • Outstanding intercultural competencies
  • Ability to adapt to new environments quickly

The programme is financed by the participating German companies and covers:

  • Intensive German language courses (face-to-face) in Africa and in Germany including fees, travelling, accomodation and living allowance
  • Roundtrip airfare to and from Germany
  • Living allowance of € 720,- per month
  • Accommodation during all stages of the programme in Germany
  •  Health insurance, accident insurance and liability insurance
  • Programme-related travelling expenses in Germany
  • International management training courses
  •  Study tour and weekend seminars in Germany as well as cultural activities
  •  One-off relocation fee of € 1.000,- for settling back into the home countries
  • Roundtrip airfare to and from Germany as well as travel and accommodation during the refresher course


AFRIKA KOMMT!  is a practice-oriented training programme. Participants will receive an official certificate by the initiators upon successful completion of the programme and a detailed description of the specific contents and components of the training. However, a formal degree is not awarded.

Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted from 1 October until 15 December 2012 only and must be submitted through the online application form on:

The Afrika Kommt Official Website

Successful candidates will be invited to an assessment centre in Africa (Nairobi) in February 2013 where the final selection of candidates will take place.

Closing date
Closing date for applications is 15 December 2012.




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