Advisor on Grid Integration

Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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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 2015 our business volume exceeded 2.1 billion euros. Of our 17,319 staff in over 130 countries, around 70 per cent are national personnel working in the field. In our capacity as a recognised sending organisation, we currently have 730 development workers in action in partner countries. In addition, CIM, a joint operation of GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency, placed almost 1,000 integrated and returning experts with local employers abroad in 2015 while providing them with financial support and advisory services.* 

*Figures as at 31 December 2015 



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 (FMPWH) 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 business models and implementation mechanisms aims at supporting RE grid integration and providing rural dwellers with access to sustainable energy. More particularly, the Unit supports the integration of additional RE generation capacity into the grid and improved operations on the transmission level. The Unit may also support activities on the distribution/retail levels.  Concrete partner MDAs and activities will be established with FMPWH as part of the programme steering based on se sector stakeholder analysis.



As one of the unit’s advisors, under the supervision of the Head of Unit and in close collaboration with the FMPWH and relevant Government MDAs, your job will be to support the integration of RE generated electricity into the grid. This includes support towards the bulk procurement mechanisms for electricity generated from RE resources, support in enforcing guidelines and grid codes for the feed-in and operation of the transmission grid as well as supporting enhanced efficiency in transmission and dispatch of electricity with fluctuating resources. The Unit may also support activities on the distribution/retail levels (eg bulk procurement of generation, operations incl. metering and load management). 



  • Supporting planning and monitoring (incl. reporting) of the Unit‘s activities. 
  • Supporting the identification/ selection of partners, the establishment of collaborations with the latter, maintaining a regular correspondence with them and monitoring progress towards the achievement of common goals.
  • Together with relevant Government MDAs, providing support to NESP selected partners: 


Technical advice on:

  • Design parameters for RE structured procurement (or other RE support mechanism) and assess its technical feasibility 
  • Advise on capacity allocation and grid integration planning of RE generation capacity into the Nigerian transmission and distribution grid
  • Advise on structure and design of technical reports by the System and the Market Operators to the regulatory body with the aim to enhance power industry performance data and to create an institutionalized IRP
  • Advise on the operational procedures of System and Market Operators
  • Facilitate coordination of technical interfaces between procurement, grid connection, transmission and distribution
  • Provide technical inputs for macroeconomic regulatory impact assessment calculations and support development of a delivery mechanism and associated algorithms to appraise long term cost effectiveness as well as the “least cost to consumer” objective of RE generation capacity addition to the Nigerian power mix
  • Assist in preparation as well as in the execution of tender procedures;
  • Provide further advice on related technical renewable energy aspects if and where needed.
  • Provide further advice on transmission and distribution/retail activities if and where needed.
  • Managing operations (incl. administration and logistics) for the various activities of the Unit (incl. NESP staff, consultants and partners missions, events organization, procurement of events material...).


General obligations

The Advisor: 

is familiar with all components 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; and 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, competences and experience: C. Required qualifications, competences and experience



  • University degree in the field of Electrical Engineering, Law, Economics, Finance, Business or any similar qualifications.
  • Professional experience
  • At least 5 years of industry or administrative sector experience in a comparable position
  • Profound practical experience in grid connection and grid integration planning of RE generation capacity (in particular PV solar, wind and small hydro power plants) 
  • Good knowledge of in RE structured procurement experiences worldwide and its framework in Nigeria.
  • Deep understanding of functionality of PV solar, wind and small hydro plants (design, implementation and technical operation management)
  • In-depth understanding of grid, transmission and distribution codes as well as resulting RE-specific requirements
  • Good knowledge of and understanding for private power sector actors’ perspective on technical and commercial risk assessment
  • Strong knowledge of the institutional set-up as well as the framework of the Nigerian energy sector on the Federal and State levels
  • Knowledge of geospatial information systems and energy systems modelling software and tools would be an asset
  • Excellent communication and networking skills and ability to work in complex settings with Government, non-government and private actors

Other knowledge, additional competencies

Fluent written and oral knowledge of English

Advanced knowledge of MS Office. Knowledge of renewable energy/power system design software like HOMER or GIS would be an asset.

Ability and willingness to travel regularly to any region in Nigeria (including rural areas).

Submission Guideline: You are kindly requested to submit your CV and letter of motivation with complete contact details :


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

5 - 7 years

Application Deadline

2 weeks from now