Technical Project Staff (Senior Community Action plans Team Member)

Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Since 2009, Nigeria has been the scene of attacks by Boko Haram against the population. In particular, the north-east of the country is affected by destruction and displacement. More than 20,000 people have been killed and about 2.2 million people are displaced from their communities.

The project “Support to the internally displaced and resilience of host communities in the north and north-east of Nigeria” will be financed by the BMZ and the EU. It is in the context of Germany's commitment to "fight causes for displacement – stabilize host communities - support refugees". The project is in line with the EU action plan against refugee crises and with the national indicative programme of the 11th European Development Fund.

The project’s purpose is to improve the living conditions of internally displaced persons (IDP), the population in host communities and of IDPs returning to their communities of origin in north-eastern Nigeria.

The project focuses geographically on the federal states of Adamawa and Borno in north-eastern Nigeria where an estimated number of 5 million people is in need of support. With its measures of rehabilitation and development the project is complementary to humanitarian assistance which is provided by other actors. The planned interventions are closely coordinated and harmonized with other donors and stakeholders.

The project will be active predominantly in informal IDP camps and host communities and communities of origin of IDPs. It promotes the linkage of rehabilitation and development. The aims of the project are to stabilize living conditions in the IDP population and population of host communities, allow the resumption of social and economic life of IDPs while they return to their communities of origin as well as the rehabilitation and reconstruction of these communities. Access to formal and non-formal education, to health services, to energy, water and sanitation, the rehabilitation of road and other built infrastructure, the recapitalization of destroyed agricultural production materials, social transfers (cash transfers) and the revival of local economy are examples for areas of intervention. For the rehabilitation and reconstruction in communities of origin, the project will apply a community based and participative approach to draft community development plans. For its implementation the project will collaborate with consultants as well as consortia of international and national non-governmental organizations.



The senior technical professional is responsible for

planning and implementation of community rehabilitation measures aimed at improving access to basic services and infrastructure in IDP host communities and communities of origin (Community Action plans, CAP) in Adamawa and Borno State

Maintaining a good flow of communication and information between all involved institutions/communities and counterparts and GIZ.


The senior technical professional performs the following tasks:


Advisory and Management  

  • The senior technical professional
  • prepares and moderates context sensitive participatory Community Action Planning either in IDP and host communities or in communities of IDPs’ origin in Adamawa and Borno State 
  • promotes social cohesion in the targeted communities through inclusive moderation of needs identification and prioritization processes
  • reports on CAP-team activities and achievements 
  • assists the senior CAP coordinator with organisational and management issues
  • participates in formulating project action plans and helps synchronise the planning and budgeting system with counterparts
  • prepares and implements training events, workshops, forums, team meetings and other project activities 
  • regularly consults with the senior CAP coordinator on programme activities 


Communication and networking

The senior technical professional

  • develops and maintains contact with all important stakeholders in the target communities
  • Ensures knowledge management: collects, processes and distributes relevant information, monitors communication and interaction between government institutions, CSOs and the communities through analyses of the media, direct dialogue, participation in meetings and seminars etc.


Other duties/additional tasks

  • The senior technical professional
  • performs other duties and tasks at the request of management 
  • Required qualifications, competences and experience



University degree in social sciences, development related disciplines or sector related disciplines (agriculture, health, education).

Professional experience

At least 4 years’ professional experience in a comparable position in the field of community development


Other knowledge, additional competences

good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)

willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed

strong service orientation and interpersonal skills especially negotiation and facilitation

project, time and financial management skills

problem solving, conflict resolution and teamwork skills

conversant with integrating cross cutting issues (gender, human rights, inclusion of persons with disabilities) in programme planning

willingness to travel within Northern Nigeria regularly

very good knowledge of the local languages used in Adamawa and Borno, especially Hausa

good communication, documentation and writing skills (drafting Community Action Plans)

appreciation and understanding of the lifestyle and needs and strengths of communities in Northern Nigeria 

sound knowledge of community development principles and practices

knowledge of strategic planning at community level will be an advantage

competence in establishing networks and linkages with community, private sector and government groups

a good team player who is willing to take on responsibility 


D. Duty station

Yola ( travel within Northern Nigeria regularly)


GIZ Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer, both men and women are encouraged to apply. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

3 - 5 years