Senior Migration and Reintegration Advisor (CSO)

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 


Vacancy No. 032

The Global Programme Migration for Development (PME) commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has the objective to empower migrants to make development-relevant contributions in their countries of origin and improve the framework conditions for legal migration in selected partner countries. It is run under the umbrella of the Center for International Migration and Development, which is jointly run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the International Placement Services (ZAV) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA).


The overarching objective of the programme is to strengthen the development-relevant contributions of migrants in their countries of origin and improve the framework conditions for regular migration in selected partner countries. 


One of the programme’s component is “cooperation with the civil society”. The PME civil society component gives financial support from BMZ to Civil Society Organizations (CSO), which offer reintegration measures for returnees and other persons. 



The position holder will carry out advice-giving services in the above mentioned frame to individuals seeking counselling and support, especially to migrants who have returned to Nigeria from Germany

He/She will be the first contact person for interested NGOs in the country to give informations about preconditions and guidelines regarding an application for funding.

He/She exchanges with his/her counterparts in the Germany module in order to provide country-specific information to migrants intending to return from Germany. 

He/She cooperates with relevant counterparts within bilateral projects of GIZ and GIZ country office. 

He/She supports the National Coordinator in all activities of the Centre’s project, in everyday occurrences and will fulfil tasks that will be delegated by the National Coordinator, Country Director and the Programme Coordinator of PME, based in Eschborn, Germany.


The Senior Migration and Reintegration Advisor (CSO) performs the following tasks: advise to the visitors of the MAC (assistance, advice, and guidance); 

Implementing a client monitoring and tracking, following up on counseling talks 

Participation in outreach activities, mobile advice, giving presentations to the target group

Impact monitoring, quality management, communication and documentation of the proper implementation of project plans and activities in close consultation with partner institutions.

Networking and cooperation with partner institutions and other relevant stakeholders (including non-governmental agencies, research institutes, business and other projects and donors) to maintain good working relationships and to cooperate towards the project’s objectives.

Development of ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures

Preparation of appropriate input for project outputs as required by the project management and GIZ head office

Identification of potential local CSO partners via mapping and organizational visits

First discussions with applicants on potential project ideas and brief inquiry regarding organizational capacity according to CSO Component criteria for expectation management 

Close consultation with the colleagues from bilateral GIZ projects as well as the country office regarding new project ideas from NGOs with the aim to seek recommendation (complementarity)

Verification of monitoring reports (narrative) and monitoring visits to projects

Identification of potential success stories for project publicity (in cooperation with the PME communication team)


Required qualifications, competencies and experience:

  • Nigerian national and ideally own migration experience in Germany or another European country (at least two years); 
  • Master’s Degree in social sciences, communications or any other project related field;
  • A minimum of three years of experience in one of the fields: social advice, communication design and other project related fields;
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills; German language skills would be an asset.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office including the data analyses/processing packages;
  • Familiarity with the administrative, political and migration policy environment in Nigeria and in the region;
  • Ability to build strong relationships with partners, officials, media, and civil society;
  • A strong capacity for effective teamwork, high degree of flexibility, ability to work under pressure of deadlines; 
  • Attention to detail.
  • Willingness to travel in- and outside the country


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


(Please include vacancy no. in mail subject)


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

1 - 3 years

Application Deadline

2 months from now