Organisational consulting for the GIZ climate cluster in South Africa

  • Mission: Organisational consulting for the GIZ climate cluster in South Africa
  • Client: GIZ
  • Implementation period: 05/2023-09/2024
Team of the second workshop
Team of the second workshop

South Africa is one of the world's top 20 emitters of greenhouse gases. At the same time, the country is particularly hard hit by the consequences of climate change. Extreme weather events, such as the severe drought in the region around Cape Town in September 2023, are occurring more and more frequently. The challenge is to translate South Africa's ambitious climate protection contributions into national climate protection measures to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. GIZ is supporting the implementation of South Africa's climate policy as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) being steered by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (MWK).

From June 2023 to July 2024, ICM is advising on the establishment of GIZ's climate cluster in South Africa. Due to the strong and sustained growth of its portfolio, GIZ in South Africa has decided to introduce clusters as an internal management structure and to integrate all ongoing projects in the climate sector into it. The aim is to ensure that, after the twelve-month consultancy period, GIZ South Africa's climate cluster has a robust organisational structure with clear roles and responsibilities for all functions involved, established work, communication and decision-making processes and an extensive willingness to change within the cluster team. In June and October, Michael Gajo designed and facilitated two organisational development workshops with the management, the management board and all cluster employees. The following five modules were successfully completed: 

  1. The vision, mission and strategic goals of the climate cluster were developed and adopted. 
  2. The organisational chart and governance model for how the team of 32 German and South African employees will work together was developed and adopted. 
  3. Standardised operational processes for the management of the cluster were introduced. 
  4. Roles and responsibilities of the functional groups were clarified and defined. 
  5. A communication concept was drawn up and the understanding of leadership in the cluster was agreed. ICM is supporting the further implementation of organisational development until July 2024.

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