Job Summary

Project Management

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description


GIZ. Solutions that work.

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 2017, we generated a business volume of around 2.6 billion euros. Our 19,506 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national personnel, work in around 120 countries. As a recognised development service provider, we currently have 590 development workers in action in partner countries. Furthermore, in 2017, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency, placed 385 integrated experts and 484 returning experts with local employers in our partner countries, or provided them with financial support, advice or other services.

*Personnel and business figures as at 31 December 2017

Pro-poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria (SEDIN) Programme, Abuja, Nigeria

The aim of the programme is to improve the employment and income situation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) by improving access to finance and business services, strengthening entrepreneurial and managerial skills and addressing key barriers to business and investment climate. 

The Access to Finance, Matchmaking and PPP Advisor will be in charge of designing and overseeing the implementation of the Access to Finance (A2F) interventions including the design and development of MSE-friendly finance and credit products, engaging and liaising with Financial Institutions (FI’s), capacity building for FIs, liaising with trade associations/clusters, beneficiaries from Apprenticeship and COSDECs and BDSPs on financing of start-ups, and facilitation of the development and implementation of MSE friendly policies and strategies at state level.

The Access to Finance, Matchmaking and PPP Advisor provides support in

Dealing with all questions arising in this area

Identifying relevant problems and issues and assisting in formulating implementation-oriented solutions

Further developing instruments and assisting in introducing innovation and change

Managing knowledge by disseminating and documenting know-how, experience and information

Responsibilities & tasks:

The Advisor Access to Finance is responsible for:

The technical professional performs the following tasks: 


Project Management

The Access to Finance, Matchmaking and PPP Advisor

Is responsible for developing budgets and estimating expenses for programme activities in the above mentioned field.

Assists national and international advisers or consultants in carrying out their work. 

Assists the programme with organisational issues.

Regularly consults with the unit manager and other staff and cooperates on all programme activities.

Is jointly responsible with the partner institution for preparing, implementing and documenting training events, workshops, fora, team meetings and other programme activities.

Analytical work and knowledge management

The Access to Finance, Matchmaking and PPP Advisor

Provides technical assistance to local and international experts with regards to access to finance, investment and payment systems.

Writes short analytical texts on aspects of access to finance regulations and their impacts on MSMEs

Collects information on existing opportunities for access to finance and payment systems for the selected value chains (in particular horticulture/agriculture and leather/garment).

Assesses the needs from MSMEs in the selected value chains with regard to access to finance and payment systems.

Ensures knowledge management: collects, processes and distributes relevant information, monitors communication and interaction between government institutions, NGOs and society through analyses of the media, direct dialogue, participation in meetings and seminars etc.

Communicates findings and shares lessons learnt during project delivery/implementation.

Collaborates with cross-cutting technical managers to incorporate programme wide principles. 

Analytical Work and Knowledge Management

The Access to Finance, Matchmaking and PPP Advisor

Assists Financial Intermediaries to improve systems to cater for needs of operators in the selected value chains, with particular focus on agricultural finance and export finance, e.g. through digitalisation, simplification, improved analytical tools etc. 

Collaborates with public finance institutions on their incentive programs in order to make them more accessible for MSMEs.

Assists with the setup and running of monitoring systems for incentive programs and credits to MSMEs/agriculture as a means to improve assessments.

Explores opportunities to tap into non-conventional/innovative financing schemes (including design and oversee of implementation)

Identifies and explores funding opportunities through public sector empowerment schemes (eg state government grants)

Supports financial institutions and other stakeholders to develop policy positions on access to finance and payments systems wherever necessary.

Organize fora and other events to discuss needs for reforms and for sensitization on existing innovative opportunities for access to finance.

Coordination with other project components

The Access to Finance, Matchmaking and PPP Advisor in collaboration with the value chain advisors in the field and in Abuja 

Facilitates cultivation of strong and meaningful relations between key stakeholders, such as MFIs and trade associations/clusters – and where necessary, serves as a liaison between them.

Informs MSMEs from the selected value chains on existing opportunities and requirements from banks, other financial intermediaries and public incentive schemes.

Trains and coaches selected MSMEs in providing essential information for loan and incentive applications.

Connects farmers and other actors in the value chain with financial intermediaries (matchmaking / B2Bs).

Follows up on applications lodged with banks, development banks, incentive schemes and other financial intermediaries.

Wherever feasible connects farmers and other actors in the value chain with public sector institutions with the goal of establishing Public-private partnerships

Liaise with colleagues responsible for the grant facility to select potential grantees among the financial intermediaries.

Required qualifications, competencies and experience:

Formal Education:

Master’s/MSc in an area that is related to the project/programme objectives, with a focus on a relevant field

Professional Experience:

At least 3 years of professional experience in at least one of the mentioned fields (access to finance, matchmaking, PPP).

Other experiences and skills 

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

Fluent written and oral knowledge of English

Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management

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.

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