• Nigeria

  • Permanent

  • Full-time

The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Agency for International Cooperation) is one of the world’s leading providers of international cooperation services for sustainable development. It is owned by the German Government.

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

Job Summary

The GIZ Support Programme to the ECOWAS Commission is recruiting an Intraregional Trade Advisor to support the Commission in coordinating, monitoring, advising and providing periodic progress reports on the implementation of the following major outputs:

Duty Station: Nigeria

Assignment Period: Up until 24.11.2018

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The advisor is responsible for

  • Managing GIZ support to the ECOWAS Commission in the area of regional economic integration and trade, including but not limited to intraregional trade and the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme
  • Assisting programme initiatives to provide professional advisory services to and cooperate with a broad range of target groups
  • Innovation and knowledge management


Advising the partner institution

The advisor;

  • assists and monitors the development and implementation of programme plans and activities in close consultation with counterparts and in line with GIZ and EU rules and regulations
  • deals with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events on issues connected with the programme’s area of activity
  • develops and organises quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives

Networking and cooperation

The advisor;

  • supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, assists with PR work and cooperates with relevant organisations and individuals in the programme environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships
  • communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the programme

Knowledge management

The advisor;

  • ensures knowledge transfer
  • develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guide-lines, manuals and procedures draws up reports and presentation documents
  • prepares appropriate input for various programme reports including EU annual implementation reports, and contributes to other reports as requested
  • assists with research activities and studies

Coordination and other tasks

The advisor;

  • assists with general project planning and develops project concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation
  • assists in the preparation and follow-up the development of Terms of Reference for various consultants and contractors
  • compiles the relevant information for joint activities and assignments
  • handles day-to-day programme management on behalf of GIZ (e.g. offer preparation, impact monitoring, project progress review, reporting)

Qualification Required & Experience

  • A post graduate university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, business administration or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with ten (10) years on the job experience in regional integration specially in the ECOWAS region may be accepted in lieu of the post graduate university degree.
  • A background in trade or regional economic integration
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with ability to work in a multicultural and multilingual environment
  • Knowledge of the ECOWAS region and already established contacts to relevant actors are regarded as assets
  • Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies {related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • Mastery of one of the three official working languages of ECOWAS (English, French, and Portuguese) is required. Proficiency (both written and oral) in a second official working language of the ECOWAS Commission is essential
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed
  • Willingness to undertake regular travels throughout the ECOWAS region

Location: Nigeria

How To Apply For The Job

We invite eligible applicants originating from the ECOWAS Region, to submit their applications before February 2, 2015.

Send your CV and cover letter in English, plus your scan of your diplomas to:-

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Closing Date: 02 February, 2015

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