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Dr Julia Plessing

Short introduction

Julia is a social scientist, and gender and diversity expert with 15 years of experience in international development cooperation, especially in project and programme management, strategic planning, training and facilitation, capacity development, monitoring and evaluation, research as well as gender mainstreaming. Julia’s main thematic focus lies on good governance, democracy, political participation and civil society. Furthermore, Julia has conducted gender analyses and provided gender mainstreaming support in diverse focus areas such as gender based violence, youth health services, urban planning, water management, vocational training and energy. She is especially committed to intersectional approaches, anti-discrimination and the principle of “leaving no one behind”. Her passion is to assist projects and programmes to engage in evaluation and learning to improve programme design and implementation.

Thematic key areas


  • Education policy


  • Combatting HIV/AIDS

Gender-based violence

  • Intimate partner violence


  • Anti-corruption
  • Public Finances
  • City Planning/Urbanization
  • Empowering Women's Rights
  • Administration
  • Access to Justice
  • Civil Society Cooperation

Climate and environment

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energies
  • Water

Multiple Discriminations

  • Age
  • Women and Girls with Disabilities
  • Racism/Ethnicity

Female economic empowerment

  • Vocational training
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Empowerment of Businesswomen


Analysis and planning

  • Capacity WORKS
  • Creating Program Proposals
  • Gender Budgeting
  • Gender Analysis
  • Operational Planning
  • Participatory Planning Methods
  • Project Review
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Strategic Planning

Facilitation, Training and Capacity Development

  • Presentation of Workshops and Events
  • Conduct Trainings

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Development of Results-Oriented Monitoring Systems
  • Evaluation on behalf of other DC-Organizations
  • Evaluation on behalf of GIZ
  • Project Progress Review (PPR)

Project management

  • Development of Cooperations
  • Leadership
  • Organizing of Networks and Knowledge Transfer


  • German Native language
  • English C2 Nearly native language skills
  • French C1 Expert language skills
  • Spanish B1 Advanced language application

Other languages:

Italienisch - C1
Niederländisch - B2
Isizulu - A1



  • North Africa
  • East-Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • West Africa
  • Central Africa

East and South-East Europe

  • South-East Europe