Job Summary

Plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise all administrative and operational functions for three programmes in the ECOWAS cluster.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 4 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).


Since 2006, GIZ has been supporting the ECOWAS Commission, thereby assisting in defining the political priorities of the integration process in the region. Key players from civil society and the private sector have been more closely involved in negotiating uniform regional standards and procedures. An operational monitoring and evaluation system have also been introduced and extended to the member countries in order to enable the ECOWAS Commission to assess the progress made in the regional integration process.


The Head of Administration will:  

Plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise all administrative and operational functions for three programmes in the ECOWAS cluster.

Guide and implement all processes and systems across the ECOWAS clusters.



Introduce and disseminate new policies, rules and guidelines etc. relating to administrative procedures

Oversee the provision of a customer-oriented services by the GIZ-ECOWAS cluster office to the programmes

Provide proactive support to programme staff

Plan, direct and coordinate day to day management and logistical operations of the GIZ-ECOWAS clusters

Coordinate and manage admin staff in the GIZ-ECOWAS clusters, facilitate interdepartmental communication and allocate resources as needed

Manage and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of support services, through improvements to each function as well as coordination and communication between supports and programme functions.

Play a significant role in long-term operational planning, including an initiative geared toward operational excellence.

Improve operational efficiencies to increase ability to process programme and staff needs using both systems and physical improvements.

Liaise with 10 GIZ offices in the ECOWAS region and work with 3 programmes covering 15 ECOWAS member states

Report to three Head of Programmes

Project Management:

Implement sound and efficient administrative procedures in support of the work of the programme

Contribute to results-based planning, monitoring and implementation of the projects


General Tasks:

Ensure consistent implementation of GIZ and EU guidelines.

Support administration, monitoring and reporting of project activities.

Required qualifications, competencies and experience:

Required Competencies

Formal Education

Master’s degree in a relevant field of study 

Minimum of ten years cognate experience with at least three (3) years at a managerial level

Proven experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams is required. 

Professional Experience

Excellent planning and organising skills

Ability to  contribute to complex technical assistance programmes/projects and mobilise external partners and stakeholders

Ability to establish good working relationships with a variety of people.

Ability to communicate clearly in writing and orally

Good decision making and problem-solving skills

Strong people skills and ability to manage people

Experience in working in a multicultural environment is desired

Knowledge and skills managing complex, multi-faceted projects.

Excellent analytical skills

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

Spoken and written language skills in English and French is required, German knowledge is an added value

Submission Guideline:

You are kindly requested to submit your CV and letter of motivation as one document 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.

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