Job Summary

Managing GIZ support to the ECOWAS Community Computer Centre (CCC) based in Lomé/Togo in the field of IT aspects of interconnectivity (incl. finalization of software solutions and support to install and deploy in member states).

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 5 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).
The Action Promoting Trade in West Africa II (WATIP II) is part of the larger Trade Facilitation West Africa Program (TFWA), which is a multi-donor initiative to improve the efficient movement of goods in the ECOWAS region by reducing the time and cost of trade borne by the private sector in West Africa. The overall objective of WATIP II is to contribute to the strengthening of the ECOWAS com-mon market and the integration of the West African region into the international economic and trading systems. This is done by:
Improved implementation of trade facilitation measures consistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) commit-ments at the regional and national levels.
Increased efficiency of Trade Corridors between West African countries.
The Senior Advisor is responsible for
Managing GIZ support to the ECOWAS Community Computer Centre (CCC) based in Lomé/Togo in the field of IT aspects of interconnectivity (incl. finalization of software solutions and support to install and deploy in member states).
Assisting programme initiatives to provide professional advisory services to and cooperate with a broad range of target groups
Innovation and knowledge management.
The Senior Advisor performs the following tasks:

Advising the partner institution
The senior advisor
Advises the ECOWAS CCC in operationalizing the customs interconnectivity solution (SIGMAT), focusing in particular on the interconnection of Mali and Senegal customs, especially as regards the Dakar-Bamako Corridor
Provides assistance to the Member States, in particular, Senegal and Mali, in implementing the interconnection of their customs systems by organizing and implementing training and providing IT advisory support concerning the installation, use, and maintenance of the interconnectivity solutions
Supports the CCC in its strategic planning, objectives/milestones, and implementation of yearly activities
Assists and monitors the development of ECOWAS-GIZ Programme activities in close consultation with counterparts and in line with GIZ and EU rules and regulations
Coordinates activities connected to the designing, development, and operationalization of the mobile aspect of SIGMAT.
Deals with the design, preparation, and implementation of workshops, seminars, training and other events on all other issues connected with the programme’s area of activity
Develops and organizes quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives
Networking and cooperation
The Senior Advisor
Coordinates his interventions and activities closely with the interventions of the World Bank Group under the TFWA Programme, with a view to avoid duplications and to promote syngergies
Facilitates the regular coordination between CCC and the national counterparts
Liaises regularly with other donors and institutions working on ECOWAS customs interconnectivity solutions, such as UNCTAD and WCO
Supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners assists with PR work and cooperates with relevant organisations and individuals in the programme environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships
Communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the programme
Knowledge management
The Senior Advisor
Ensures effective knowledge transfer towards ECOWAS and GIZ
Develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures
Draws up reports and presentation documents in the field of interconnectivity of customs systems
Prepares appropriate input for various programme reports including EU and BMZ reports, and contributes to other reports as requested
Assists with research activities and studies.
Coordination, communication and other tasks
The Senior Advisor
Provides weekly updates to the head of component on the progress of activities and achievement of results
Develops terms of reference for external consultants and contractors
Develops concepts working towards the results of his/her result areas including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation
Participates at relevant workshops/conference and makes the GIZ contribution visible (incl. contributions to newsletters, project briefs etc.)
Carries out other related tasks as assigned by the Programme Leader and/or Head of Component.
Required qualifications, competences and experience
A university degree in information technology or closely related field. A postgraduate degree would be preferable.
Professional experience
A minimum of 5 years professional experience on customs automation systems and customs information exchange systems
Professional experience on IT management of transit corridors and customs cooperation, preferably in West Africa
A sound background in customs reform and/or trade facilitation
Knowledge of the ECOWAS region and already established contacts to relevant actors would be real assets
Other knowledge, additional competencies

Full proficiency of at least two of the three official working languages of ECOWAS (namely French and English) is required (both written and oral).
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with ability to work in a multicultural and multilingual environment
Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed
Willingness to undertake regular travels throughout the ECOWAS region
Should be a national of an ECOWAS member state
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. 071 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

Location is Lome, Togo

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