Job Summary

Provides support to the ECOWAS regional security division to foster information exchange and build-up an appropriate structure for intra-regional cooperation

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 7 years

Job Description

As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, we are dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe – from the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries. We work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. Our main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. Our 19,506 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national personnel, work in around 120 countries (December 2017).

GIZ has worked in Nigeria since 1974. From 2004, GIZ has maintained a country office in the capital city Abuja. Currently 280 national and 51 international employees and 4 integrated specialists are working in the country (as of 31.12.2018).

Programme: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was established in 1975 with the purpose of promoting regional cooperation and economic integration in West Africa. Today, ECOWAS provides and important forum for cooperation among its member states with the ECOWAS Commission playing a driving role in West African regional integration.  

As a German federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. The services delivered by GIZ draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide with more than 16 000 staff across the globe.  

Since 2006, GIZ has been cooperating with the ECOWAS Commission through its “Support Programme to the ECOWAS Commission”. 

GIZ is supporting the programme promoting Anti-trafficking implementation, co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AA), through its Support Programme to the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This programme (2019-2023) will focus on the implementation of Anti-trafficking measures in West Africa. The intervention targets are Criminal Investigations, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), Trafficking In Persons (TIP) and Knowledge Base, Legal Foundations and Independent Oversight. The activities on Anti-trafficking will be carried out in cooperation with the EU. The programme will be implemented by GIZ with four other implementing partners: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and International Centre for Migration Police Development (ICMPD).


The Advisor provides support to the ECOWAS regional security division to foster information exchange and build-up an appropriate structure for intra-regional cooperation. The Advisor will: 

Provide advice to the Fight Against Organised Crime programme on the appropriate approach for building  structures for intra-regional cooperation between Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA’s).

Organise regional training events for LEA’s of other ECOWAS member states on criminal investigation, utilising lessons learnt in the inter-agency in collaboration with UNODC and ECOWAS Commission.


Assist in the strengthening and/or reform of the prosecutorial and judicial processes, relevant legislation, and rehabilitation programmes, and other relevant areas of the justice sector.

Provide training, advice and mentoring to the justice sector officials to establish expertise in prosecuting and hearing cases related to transnational organised crime (including narcotics, human, and natural resources trafficking), money laundering, and other complex crimes.

Advise and support the introduction of contemporary criminal intelligence tools and methods, as well as international good practices in countering Transnational Oorganised Crime (TOC).

Assist in managing the collaboration with the project implementation partners of Criminal Investigation – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and coordination with the ECOWAS Commission, particularly the Regional Security Division as well as other relevant stakeholders at the regional and national level

Support capacity building efforts of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Task Forces (CIITF) across the region to conduct complex investigations into TOC and trafficking and foster cooperation and contacts across the region.

General Task:

  • Ensure consistent implementation of GIZ and EU guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with partner organisations.
  • Required qualifications, competencies and experience: Required Competencies
  • Formal Education
  • Master’s degree in Law, Criminology, Security Sector Management, or a relevant field of study.
  • Professional Experience
  • Minimum of seven years relevant work experience.
  • Experience in building the capacities of government officials and other counterparts in the area of transnational organised crime is an added advantage.
  • Proven experience in managing and  working with multi-disciplinary teams is required. 


  • Ability to apply judgment in the context of the assignments given .
  • Ability to manage and contribute to complex technical assistance projects/ programmes and to mobilize external partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to incorporate gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Spoken and written language skills in English or French is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese language is desirable.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to appreciate cultural and ethnic diversity.
  • Excellent diplomacy and persuasion skills.
  • Knowledge of the ECOWAS region and established contacts to relevant actors is regarded as an asset.
  • Ability to produce detailed reports.
  • Familiarity with investigation-related analysis tools and software.
  • Familiarity with investigation management databases and systems

Submission Guideline:

You are kindly requested to submit your CV and letter of motivation as one document with complete contact details via email to

(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.

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