Head of Unit (Market Development, Standards and Services)

Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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The Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) is co-funded by the European Union and the German Government and implemented jointly by Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It aims at enabling and fostering investments in a domestic market for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and improve access to electricity in Nigeria. 


As part of the programme and in close collaboration with its public and private partners, the unit on market development, standards and services aimed at strengthening the quality delivery and control mechanisms to enhance an enabling market environment for the application of and investments in RE and EE. This will include activities with the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing, and potentially State Governments and agencies such as development control, associations representing builders/ architects/ planners as well as private sector participants. Concrete partner MDAs and activities will be established with FMPWH as part of the programme steering based on sector stakeholder analysis.




  • Plan, implement and monitor activities of the Market Development, Services and Standards Unit of the NESP according to GIZ guidelines with a clear focus on achieving results
  • Activities will especially involve:
  • Supporting the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in implementing energy efficiency strategies and action plans in cooperation with the relevant actors 
  • Standards development and enforcement with SON
  • Capacity building for associations with regards to standards enforcement 
  • Capacity building with regards to streamlined import procedures for RE/EE equipment
  • Energy efficiency project development in industries / buildings
  • Developing innovative access to finance opportunities
  • Disciplinary responsibility for experts deployed in the unit
  • Planning and monitoring of budgets for the unit’s activities
  • Promoting cooperation and networking of institutions 
  • Setting up cooperation arrangements with German and international private-sector companies (for innovative technical solutions, as suppliers and partners for local companies) 
  • Planning and steering of consultancy assignments
  • Internal and external representation of the unit


General obligations

The Head of Unit: 

  • Remains updated on policy developments in Nigeria that are of relevance for the implementation of the unit’s activities
  • Is familiar with the framework of cooperation with the European Union and the German Government under which the programme is implemented
  • Is familiar with all units of the programme, concepts and status of implementation and knows the corresponding experts and staff;
  • Represents the interest of the GIZ and the programme and always acts on its behalf
  • Carries out important tasks for the programme, even if these are not explicitly cited in the job description; performs other duties and tasks at the request of the management 


Required qualifications, competencies and experience

  • A university degree in the field of industrial or civil engineering, architecture, energy management, energy assessment or any similar qualifications, 
  • Knowledge of energy saving opportunities and energy monitoring techniques
  • Knowledge on development and enforcement of standards, regulations or codes
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in energy efficiency and/or standards and quality control mechanisms 
  • Proven project management experience incl. staff and budget responsibility
  • Advantage: proven experience in project implementation for a development agency/ international organization in Nigeria
  • Excellent knowledge of national actors and institutions in the sphere of energy efficiency/ standards development required (proven work experiences needed)
  • Excellent knowledge on federal, state, and other local laws, rules, policies, procedures and relevant codes applicable to energy efficiency;
  • Networking and stakeholder moderation skills



Other knowledge, additional competencies:

  • Very good knowledge of English (speaking, writing) is required;
  • A very good working knowledge of Microsoft word, excel and power point.




Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Sales/Business Development

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years

Application Deadline

1 week from now