Head of Component, Criminal Investigation and Knowledge Base, Legal Foundations and Independent Over

Job Summary

Provide leadership for the technical and financial management implementation of the Criminal Investigation and Knowledgebase, legal foundations and independent oversight mechanism.

  • 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 Head of Component will:

  • Represent the component with a range of organizations, including regular reporting to the Head of Programme and maintaining strong working relationships with the ECOWAS Commission and other partner organizations.
  • Provide leadership for the technical and financial management implementation of the Criminal Investigation and Knowledgebase, legal foundations and independent oversight mechanism.
  • Assist the Head of OCWAR-T Programme in the process of fulfilling the mandate of the Programme to support ECOWAS Commission in the field of Fight Against Organised Crime (Anti-Trafficking) based on agreed indicators.
  • Manage the collaboration with the project implementation partners of Criminal Investigation – 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 Transnational Organised Crime (TOC) and trafficking and foster cooperation and contacts across the region.
  • Work with the ECOWAS Commission to build capacities and collaboration between Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), prosecutors, and the judiciary within the ECOWAS member states and promote regional information exchange and coordination amongst the member states. 
  • Work with Member States and partner organisations to promote the harmonization of legal instruments in the ECOWAS region as a pre-condition for better cooperation in the fight against trafficking and TOC. 
  • Support the facilitation of dialogues and regular consultation with law enforcement agencies and security institutions regarding all measures implemented as part of the OCWAR-T programme.
  • Guide and support investigation methodology and tools, and support information gathering activities.
  • Support regional and African-European research cooperation in order to provide a reliable knowledge base for planning, implementation and management of operations aimed at combatting organised crime.

General Task:

Provide quality assurance for all component activities, outputs and deliverables.

Ensure consistent implementation of GIZ and EU guidelines.

Establish and maintain relationships with partner organisations.

Oversee the organisation of workshops, consultations and training activities.

Lead on the drafting and timely submission of project reports.

Required qualifications, competencies and experience:

Formal Education

Master’s degree in Peace & Security, Development Studies or a relevant field of study (an advanced degree would be an added advantage). 

Professional Experience

Minimum of seven years’ experience working on conflict prevention, organized crime or development with governments and/or non-governmental organizations.

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

Background in working with Civil Society Organisation and non-state actors in the field of peace and security is an advantage.


Excellent planning and organizing skills.

Ability to incorporate gender perspectives in project implementation.

Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a non-partisan manner appreciating cultural and ethnic diversity.

Strong project management skills managing complex, multi-faceted projects resulting in measurable successes. 

Spoken and written language skills in English and/or French is required. 

Knowledge of the ECOWAS region and established contacts to relevant actors is regarded as an asset.

Submission Guideline:

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

(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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