Senior Regional Advisor

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 

Location: Accra

As a federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Federal Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support KAIPTC in building its organisational competences and institutional capacities to deliver needs-based expertise in the context of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).

The project is seeking a Senior Regional Advisor (West Africa and beyond) for the component: “Stakeholder Engagement and strategic partner development”.

Key tasks of the Senior Regional Advisor are the support to the KAIPTC in developing and implementing a multi-level purposive partner management and demand-driven stakeholder engagement approach. This approach needs to take into account the centre’s core tasks, its mandate and its identity as a training, research and academic institution on the continental, regional, and national level alike.

While this is a local recruitment, we strongly welcome applications from Regional Experts beyond the Republic of Ghana. However, the laws of Ghana apply. All needed requirements in regards to work/resident permits are to be respected.



  • Planning and managing the component in accordance with objectives and activities agreed with the German government and the KAIPTC; 
  • Providing advisory services and support on stakeholder engagement to KAIPTC; 
  • Represent the GIZ Programme vis-à-vis Partners, Donors and other implementing organisations. 
  • Management responsibility 
  • The Senior Regional Advisor is responsible for 
  • The orders and measures in the project in relation to the component “Stakeholder Engagement and strategic partner development”;
  • In addition, he/she is responsible for all other processes and tasks that might be assigned to her/him by the Programme Manager. 
  • Planning and managing international, regional and local short-term experts within her/his component. 
  • Professional advisory services 
  • The Senior Regional Advisor 
  • Advises the KAIPTC in the implementation of a demand-driven stakeholder engagement approach (in line with existing KAIPTC strategies and plans); and supports the positioning of the centre as one of the key service-provider for civilian expertise in the general context of African Peace Support Operations; 
  • Assists the KAIPTC to engage strategically with (new) regional, continental and international (funding) partners and intensify the relationship with existing development partners; 
  • Identifies the need for external support and advice, works on policy recommendations and develops an operational plan for the implementation of his/her component (in line with the overall programme strategy); 
  • Deals with the design, preparation, implementation and follow-ups of Workshops, Meetings, Trainings, Concept Papers and other processes alike. 
  • Networking and Knowledge management 
  • The Senior Regional Advisor 
  • Is using its influencing and relationship-building skills to improve existing cooperation structures and networks of the GIZ as well as the KAIPTC on the local, national (e.g. Government of Ghana), regional (e.g. ECOWAS) and continental (e.g. African Union) level; 
  • Develops ready-to-use strategies and concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures in line with the project’s knowledge management strategy; 
  • Monitors and evaluates the progress of the programme and documents developments for reports within GIZ and to the German ministry as required. 


Required qualifications, competencies and experience:

  • Masters/MSc or doctorate in Political or Social Sciences, Development, Peace, and Conflict Studies, International Relations/Marketing or other related fields; 
  • 7-10 years’ professional experience, with at least 5 years’ professional experience in a comparable position with links to stakeholder engagement, fundraising or cooperation management; 
  • Advanced education in acquisition strategies, fundraising approaches or strategic partnership management is expected; 
  • Excellent knowledge of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the African Governance Architecture (AGA); 
  • Work experience with the African Union or a Regional Economic Community/ Regional Mechanism (e.g. ECOWAS), preferable in the field of peace and security, is a strong asset; 
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English is required. Good knowledge of French and/or German would be desirable; 
  • Ability to thrive and develop relationships in fast-paced, collaborative, and ambiguous environments; 
  • Passionate to work in an international team, closely aligned with the partner system; 
  • Very good working knowledge of MS Office. 


Submission Guideline:

Interested applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae and  Cover Letter (both in pdf) 


“Senior Regional Advisor KAIPTC” 





Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)


Outside Nigeria


Consulting/Business Strategy & Planning

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

7 - 10 years

Application Deadline

1 week from now