Employment Opportunities at Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Agency for International Cooperation) is an international enterprise owned by the German Federal government, operating in many fields across more than 130 countries.

In Nigeria, GIZ’s portfolio includes among others, a programme to support the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in its regional integration goals. The programme aims to strengthen sector-specific capacities in the areas of Peace and Security, Customs and Trade as weir as Strategic Management and Organizational Development in the ECOWAS Commission.

We are recruiting to fill the positions below:

Job Title: Accountant

Vacancy No: 046
Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full-time


  • Germany has been supporting ECOWAS, in particular the ECOWAS Commission and later also West African Heath Organisation, through GIZ since 2007.
  • The cooperation has started as a support to strategic management and has been expanded over the years to other sectors, namely trade and customs, peace and security, health and energy.
  • Today, the German cooperation with ECOWAS is structured in three focal areas (Peace and Security, Climate and Energy, and Sustainable Economic growth) and other areas of cooperation, where the support to Organisational Development, and one health is hosted. Germany is funding projects through budget lines from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Federal Foreign Office.
  • In addition, a majority of GIZ implemented projects are co-funded by funds from the European Union through the 11th European Development Fund (11. EDF).
  • All GIZ projects working with ECOWAS as a political partner are organised in the ECOWAS Cluster, which provides, inter alia, pooled administrative and financial support services for implementation.
  • Since March 2019, GIZ Nigeria has been implementing the Project Support to the ECOWAS Commission on Organizational Development.
  • The project delivers advisory services to the ECOWAS Commission based in Abuja/Nigeria in the areas of Strategic Planning, Results Oriented Management, Capacity Building, Good Financial Management and organizational development at the ECOWAS Commission in general. The project also supports the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development based in Lomé/Togo in the area of good financial management.
  • The main activities of the project are the organization of trainings, workshops, meetings and conferences, not only in Abuja, but also across all 15 member states of ECOWAS. The project is jointly funded by BMZ and the EU.

The Accounting and Financial Monitoring Officer will:

  • Maintain financial and management procedures for the programme
  • Provide robust and effective financial and accounting system for the programme


  • Monitor expenditures to ensure that the programmes funds are utilised appropriately by the close of the fiscal year
  • Monitoring of monthly budget
  • Monitoring of financial and contractual execution of local and regional contracts
  • Liaising with Country Office and regional offices on relevant matters
  • Responsible for entering financial information and maintaining all financial records
  • Assist in the preparation and analysis of budget for the programmes
  • Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete
  • Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying documents to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records
  • Assist in preparing monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports, tracking expenditure against individual projects and for general/administrative costs
  • Ensure compliance with all financial and recordkeeping requirements of GIZ/EU

General Tasks:

  • Ensure consistent implementation of GIZ and EU guidelines.

Required Qualifications, Competences and Experience
Formal Education:

  • University Degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field. Master’s degree in finance or Accounting is an added advantage.
  • A professional qualification will be an added advantage (ACCA, ICAN etc)

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of five (5) years progressive work experience in Finance or Accounting or related
  • Experience in an international organisation is an asset
  • Proven experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams is required.
  • Knowledge of administrative procedures and systems, managing files and records, and other office procedures
  • Knowledge of Accounting Principles and Practices
  • Financial Analysis
  • A thorough understanding of generally accepted accounting bookkeeping and financial management
  • Knowledge of relevant accounting packages
  • Standard office practices and procedures
  • Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office, Outlook)
  • Detail oriented, ability to work under minimal supervision and to show initiative and resourcefulness
  • Ability to work well and cooperatively within a diverse (culturally, ethnically) work community
  • A good sense of diplomacy and tactfulness
  • An ability to persist even in the face of challenges and obstacles
  • Language proficiency in English and French (written and oral) are important for this position.




Job Title: Communication, Events and Organizational Management Advisor

Vacancy No: 045
Location: Abuja


  • On behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing the Market Oriented Value Chains for Job and Growth in ECOWAS – MOVE.
  • The aim of the project is to promote market-oriented and future-proof value chains that contribute to income and employment generation in the ECOWAS region. The focus will be put on the cashew and rice value chains and the proejet will build on the succeses of Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew) and Competitive Rice Initiative (CARI).
  • MOVE project will be implemented in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria. The overarching strategy of implementation is built on making value chains more resilient, collaborating with large companies and SMEs, integrating Gender Transformative Approaches (GTA), developing a more conducive local/regional business climate, and then scaling for achieving broad impact in ECOWAS. MOVE objectives and outputs focuses on the following:
    • Increasing the share of value added in the ECOWAS region
    • Enhancing the viability of production systems
    • Increasing the demand for regional products
    • Scaling good practices in supply chain development
    • Strengthening policy advice and public-private cooperation
  • In West Africa, the consumption of high-quality rice outstrips local supply due to the continued growth of imported rice from Asia.  No country in West Africa has achieved rice self-sufficiency despite having the right agro-climatic conditions and water availability to meet regional demand.
  • The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has therefore adopted a new strategic framework to accelerate the development of rice value chains with the goal of reaching regional self-sufficiency by 2030.
  • To achieve this, ECOWAS has aligned and with several development partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GIZ/MOVE, the African Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, FCDO, AGRA, JICA/CARD, World Bank, and others.
  • Based on field research and recommendations from public and private sector partners across ECOWAS member states, a regional “ECOWAS Rice Observatory” (ERO) has been jointly created by stakeholders.
  • ERO, housed at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, coordinates rice sector-related programs, public/private investments, and policy recommendations for key decision-makers. At the same time, national rice platforms are being established, comprised primarily of private sector stakeholders across the value chain, in addition to representation from research, government, and civil society to coordinate country-specific investments and policies.
  • MOVE Is seeking a Regional – Communication, Event and Organizational Manager (CEOM) who will be based at the at the ERO Secretariat in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • He/she will report to directly to the ERO Executive Secretary and support the Board comprised of ECOWAS, Africa Rice, development agencies, national stakeholder platform representatives and others in the rice sector.
  • Working in collaboration with our partners including regional governments, researchers, development partners, the private sector and civil society ERO will be focused on implementing the recommendations made by the Board, its technical committees, and by national stakeholder platforms.
  • The vision of the ERO is fully aligned with the ECOWAS Rice Offensive as well as with MOVE.


  • The Communication, Event and Organizational Management Advisor (CEOM) will bring experience in communications as well as in organizing events and trade shows.
  • She/He will be responsible for supporting all ERO organizational structures, committees, and value chain partners working to advance joint objectives.
  • And also responsible for developing and executing a multi-year communications plan as well as taking the lead on event planning in the sub region.

Board, technical committee, and general assembly support:

  • Assist ERO staff to maintain a master calendar of all ERO meetings and events
  • Develop and maintain relationships with communications experts working with ERO partners
  • Assist ES in preparing materials for ERO Board meetings, as needed
  • Track key performance indicators related to ERO communications.
  • Take detailed Board and technical committee meeting minutes, identifying action items and decision points, as needed
  • Organize semi-annual general assembly meetings and rice industry trade shows.


  • Develop a comprehensive communication strategy and plan to be reviewed and approved by the ERO board
  • Prepare and execute an ERO social media plan in collaboration with ERO partners
  • Prepare press releases
  • Design an ERO logo and branding plan
  • Develop and maintain a roster of reporters, influencers, etc. with interest in ERO objectives
  • Develop and maintain an ERO website and knowledge management system (with contractor support) of rice-related agronomic and market information, as well as best practices in rice sector development
  • Draft speeches and talking points, as needed for ERO leadership

For Internal Communications:

  • Ensure the management and proper flow of information within ERO’s Secretariat and other partners including the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources of ECOWAS.
  • Facilitate communication with all actors involved in the implementation of ERO.
  • Support integration of tools and processes and identify opportunities to make ERO’s work more efficient and effective.
  • Contribute to a positive, innovative, and supportive work environment.

For External Communications:

  • Consolidate a contact base for the dissemination of content produced by ERO.
  • Produce or revise communication media intended for beneficiaries and partners and ensure compliance of media with the established graphic charter.
  • Identify, meet, establish, and cultivate relationships with key national, regional and international media in order to increase ERO’s visibility, and ensuring the availability of media information required.
  • Design multimedia tools and computer graphics as desired.
  • Regularly report on the performance of ERO content.
  • Drive the development of ERO multilingual communications and content that translates complex concepts into compelling and engaging communications across various media, including print and digital, with an eye towards cutting-edge solutions and data integration to ensure stakeholder engagement.
  • Assists in preparing data from the project’s monitoring system and project planning tool, facts and figures for communication materials.
  • Provide photographic and audiovisual coverage of ERO’s events (with contractor support).
  • For knowledge capitalization and management
  • Develop and implement an effective knowledge management strategy, ensuring the capitalization and dissemination of achievements
  • Develop the quarterly ERO’s newsletter, solicit content, compiles articles, coordinates with graphic designers, ensures final editing of all articles and its wide dissemination.
  • Write press releases, analyses, blogs, stories/testimonials, success stories, etc.
  • Select information to be capitalized on (learning event, exchange networks, good practices on different media and communication channels, etc.) and seeks approval for its dissemination.

Administrative-related support:

  • Assist in developing and maintaining a work plan for the Secretariat, approved by ES
  • Edit annual report
  • Work with ERO staff to organize for the Board any special assignments, travel, visitor travel, and events administration including the semi-annual General Assembly meetings and rice industry trade shows in partnership with the ECOWAS Commission
  • Lead the preparation of the annual cycle of events, including but not limited to the ERO Structured Dialogue events, specialized workshops, and conferences at regional level.
  • Manage the organizational planning and implementation of events, including the coordination of inputs from relevant internal and external counterparts, invitation and registration processes, administrative and substantive support to the country and entity teams in developing the event agendas.
  • Perform other initiatives as assigned by the ES.

Other Duties / Additional Tasks:

  • performs other duties and tasks at the request of project management

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  •  A minimum of University Degree in Communications, Political Sciences, Public Information, International Relations, Management or a related field. A Master’s Degree will be an added advantage.
  • Social Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) Certification would be an asset.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 4 years working in communications and event planning and management, ideally involving private sector
  • Excellent communication/writing skills in English and French (writing samples requested with CV)
  • Excellent website and computer skills using Microsoft office applications, Teams, etc, (including knowledge of graphic design software that might be considered an asset, e.g., InDesign, Photoshop).
  • Experience in setting up and running conferences, public-private stakeholder events and trade shows (this may include the knowledge of organizing and hosting virtual meetings on diverse platforms)
  • Experience working in teams and managing processes dependent on cooperation with multiple actors
  • Excellent report/proposal writing skills and dependable in meeting all deadlines and deliverables
  • Proven track record in developing communication strategies, content, websites, and marketing
  • Knowledge of agricultural related programs, specifically rice, is desirable
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the ECOWAS region as needed
  • Good knowledge and practical experience of print, oral and online media.

Key Personnel Character:

  • Detail-oriented and dependable with excellent organizational skills
  • Self-starter who is a highly motivated
  • Creative thinker with website design skills
  • Team player with positive disposition
  • Ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work as part of a multicultural team.
  • Willingness to adhere to all principles of confidentiality.
  • Ability to show initiative, good judgment, and resourcefulness.






Job Title: Administrative Assistant, Travel / Logistics

Vacancy No: 044
Location: Abuja
Organization: GIZ Nigeria Country Office


  • We provide services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security.
  • The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services.
  • The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party, but we also work with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.
  • All these commissioning parties place their trust in GIZ by working together with us to generate ideas for political, social and economic change, develop these into concrete plans and implement the envisaged change processes.
  • Since we are a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to our work.
  • This makes us a reliable service provider that people can trust. Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible and effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.
  • The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2019, we generated a business volume of around EUR 3.1 billion.
  • Our 22,199 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national staff, work in around 120 countries. As a recognised development service provider, we currently have 556 development workers in action in partner countries.
  • Furthermore, in 2019, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency, placed 262 integrated experts and 515 returning experts with local employers in our partner countries, or provided them with financial support, advice or other services.
  • Personnel and business figures as at 31 December 2019


  • GIZ Country offices are the central element of GIZ’s field structure.
  • They ensure consistent overall representation of the company and its successful positioning as a service provider in the international cooperation market. They are headed by a country director.
  • The country directors represent GIZ as a whole in the country or countries they service. The country director is responsible for shaping the GIZ country portfolio and assuring its quality, and in particular ensures that GIZ activities in all business sectors are coherent.


  • The Administrative assistant (travel and logistics) is responsible for
  • Ensuring that tasks are carried out smoothly within the assigned area of responsibility
  • Organising and coordinating all work stages
  • Performing all daily duties in the assigned area of responsibility
  • Liaising with customers in a service-oriented manner on behalf of the country office
  • Maintaining a helpful attitude to customers, ensuring that the office creates a professional impression
  • Communicating efficiently with offices with which regular contact is maintained

Services for GIZ staff / Partners:
Arrival, inbound/outbound travel:

  • Support GIZ staff/partners in visa application and processing as well as all other necessary permits required by government institutions in the host country.
  • Provides GIZ official travellers with all the necessary information for their inbound/outbound travel.
  • Prepare support/invitation letters for Visa applications and Visa on Arrival request for GIZ staff and partners
  • Support GIZ staff/Partners in Visa application and processing as well as all other necessary permits required by government institutions.
  • Prepare travel health insurance for GIZ Staff and partners upon request.

(Working) Requirements relating to accommodation:

  • Maintains and updates a database of corporate rates negotiated with recommended Hotels in Nigeria.
  • Updates a register of estate agents and collects information about satisfaction with the services provided.
  • Recommends estate agents, support in the preparation and signing of rental agreements for both offices rent as well as private residential agreement for international staff.

Registration and other documents:

  • Support international staff and their family members as well as GIZ drivers in obtaining Nigerian Driver’s license and National Identity Numbers
  • Support the processing of all relevant Visa for official trips as well as Residence Cards, maintain and update immigration file of all documents (including copy of passport,
  • Residence Cards and all relevant correspondence)
  • Maintain a data base of all CERPAC cards of expert and remind them to extend their residence cards at least 4 weeks to the expiry.

Departure, outbound travel:

  • Provide answer to any inquiry GIZ staff may have regardingtheir outbound travel, in accordance with the services provided by the GIZ office.

Service for short-term experts and other visitors:

  • Provides information for experts and visitors, informs them about the status of their agreements e.g. Changes in schedules and other plans, transport services etc.
  • Arranges accommodation for arriving visitors, short-term and long-term experts, upon request
  • Assists short-term experts with logistical problems (e.g. Transport services) during their assignment

Support for (official) travel:

  • Procures tickets for domestic and international travel upon request via the GIZ office travel agent
  • Reserves hotels/rent cars upon request etc.
  • Organises visas and other necessary permits and documents upon request
  • Jointly prepare travel agnet invoices and support in general receivable settlement.

Event Management:

  • Organises and coordinates logistical aspects for planning, holding and documenting meetings, workshops, seminars and other events upon request
  • Arrange event for visitors, such as site seeing upon request and approval of the management transport etc.)


  • Organises and files documents in reference files or in DMS in line with GIZ’s filing rules
  • Arrange in conjunction with responsible colleague, drivers for scheduled visitors and experts drop off and pick up.
  • Monitor vehicle logbook and prepared monthly fuel consumption sheet for the approval of Head of Finance/Administration. Calculates private mileage and invoice the passenger for cost reimbursement to GIZ.

Other duties/additional tasks

  • Photocopies and scans documents as needed
  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Social Sciences or similar field.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ professional work experience in a comparable position

Other Experiences and Skills:

  • Good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • Outstanding management skills
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Confidential handling of information on staff and finances
  • Very good knowledge of the European language widely used in the country, ideally a knowledge of German
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management.

According to GIZ Nigeria Salary scale for Band 2.





Job Title: ATVET Junior Technical Advisor (Maternity Cover)

Vacancy No: 043
Location: Abuja
Organization: GIZ Nigeria, Skills for Youth Employment in Nigeria (SKYE)
Duty station: FCT, Abuja (With frequent travel).


  • As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, we are dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security.
  • The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe – from the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector, and governments of other countries.
  • We work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. Our main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
  • The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. Our approximately 23,500 employees, almost 70 percent of whom are national personnel, work in a round 120 countries (July 2020) GIZ has worked in Nigeria since 1974. From 2004, GIZ has maintained a country office in the capital city Abuja.
  • Currently 361 national and 66 international employees, 19 regional staff, 4 integrated specialists and 3 development workers are working in the country (June 2020).


  • Skills Development for Youth Employment (SKYE) Programme The GIZ Programme “Skills for Youth Employment in Nigeria (SKYE)” supports the diversification of the economy in Nigeria through the promotion of demand oriented technical and agricultural vocational training and education (A/VET).
  • Apart from the sectors agriculture and construction, the project is focusing mainly on the automotive, ICT and other sectors.
  • The strategy of the project is to improve the synergy between measures on the demand side for employment (i.e. skilled persons that followed vocational qualification measures, formal and informal TVET and Agricultural-VET (ATVET) measures) with those of the employment supply side (i.e. promotion of a pro-employment environment in the private sector through e.g. job centers, job fairs, short-term training and internship programmes, etc.).
  • The purpose is to develop the matchmaking between the supply and demand of skilled labor force and hence to contribute to the decrease of youth unemployment in the country.


  • The Maternity Cover Personnel is responsible for:
  • Assist Technical Advisors in the GIZ-SKYE office in Abuja
  • Supporting the Team Leader on ATVET related activities in managing programme activity in Plateau, Adamawa and FCT.
  • Provide general administrative support to the technical officer of GIZ-SKYE and staff team.
  • Undertake general administrative duties.

Edo State:
Farmer Business School (FBS) Training implementation in the 5 states (Edo, Ekiti, Cross river, Ondo & Osun):

  • Follow up, coordination and monitoring of FBS supervisors and trainers across all states to ensure that planned trainings are being executed as scheduled and according to quality standards
  • Receiving, sorting, collation, and processing of FBS training reports and other documentation sent from the various states in the proper order for onward submission to procurement and finance unit for payments
  • Monitoring and coordinating the use of training materials with the FBS training crew and coordinating with Procurement unit to make available training materials when and where needed.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation calls and visits to monitor ongoing trainings at the various states and provide post training support where necessary

Agribusiness Skills Training (ABS) under the Rural Youths Employment (RYE) project:

  • Provide support for the procurement / contracting process
  • of selecting a consultant(s) for the development of a training / learning manual on Agribusiness skills for rural youth employment
  • Provide support for procurement processes involved in organizing all relevant workshops during the process of developing the ABS manual (Validity workshop, ToT workshop)
  • Organize and provide support for procurement of training materials needed for the implementation of ABS training for beneficiaries.
  • Provide support for engagement of ADP training crew for the implementation of ABS training for beneficiaries
  • Provide support for collating and sorting of reports and documentation of ABS reports and processing for paymentFarmer Business School (FBS) Training implementation in

Ogun State:

  • Follow up, coordination and monitoring of FBS supervisors and trainers across all states to ensure that planned trainings are being executed as scheduled and according to quality standards
  • Receiving, sorting, collation, and processing of FBS training reports and other documentation sent from the various states in the proper order for onward submission to procurement and finance unit for payments
  • Monitoring and coordinating the use of training materials with the FBS training crew and coordinating with Procurement unit to make available training materials when and where needed.

Active participation in NOS and curriculum development with GFA (ATVET):

  • Participation in workshops on curriculum development for the NOS
  • Part of the team who will work with GFA on work package

Management support:

  • Assist in preparing data, facts and figures for SKYEs communication materials.
  • Assist in conducting management and team meetings.
  • Conduct any other task as requested by the head of programme.Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Social Sciences or similar and relevant Professional experience
  • At least 1 year of work experience in the development sector
  • Not more than 3 years of general work experience

Desired Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Have a relevant graduate degree (or have equivalent relevant experience)
  • Work experience in the development sector, GIZ experience is an asset
  • Have excellent communication, writing and analytical skills
  • Have a high level of computer literacy
  • Have advanced quantitative skills, including good knowledge of statistical programs and Excel
  • Ability to manage changing circumstances and find collaborative solutions to ensure the project’s needs are met
  • Ability to manage diverse activities, stakeholders and meet deadlines required
  • Demonstrate an understanding of international development issues
  • Demonstrate initiative and ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and/or lead the efforts to effectively meet M&E needs.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Willing to travel to implementation locations.

According to GIZ Nigeria Salary scale for Band 3.

Application Closing Date
18th May, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and letter of motivation as one document with complete contact details to: recruitment-nigeria@giz.de using the Job Title as the subject of the email.


  • Please include vacancy no. 046 in mail subject.
  • GIZ is an equal opportunities employer committed to diversity. All qualified candidates, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, race and religion are encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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