Job Summary

Provide financial support to three programmes in the GIZ-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.

Responsibilities & tasks:


The position holder will provide financial support to three programmes in the GIZ-ECOWAS Cluster. S/he will ensure best practice in financial management of the programmes in order to maximise efficiency. S/he will ensure effective and optimal utilisation and allocation of financial resources to all programmes.The Head of Finance will:  

Monitor the progress of programme cost, approving expenses, and ensuring that programme billings are done accurately

Establish and prepare accurate and timely information for budget monitoring and progress reporting of programme funds.



Conduct reviews and evaluation to help in cost-reduction opportunities

Identify and evaluate financial risks associated with programme activities and take appropriate action to avoid such risks

Develop project accounting methodologies for monitoring and reporting costs, commitments and value of work done.

Ensure the smooth implementation of project accounting activities, including (but not limited to): timely and accurate bank reconciliations, invoicing, monitoring of expenditure levels against budget and funding obligations

Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports, tracking expenditure against individual programme and for general/administrative costs

Prepare records and documents for annual audit and coordinate input

Conduct frequent and regular analysis of programme financials and budget performance

Ensure compliance with all financial and recordkeeping requirements of GIZ and the European Union agreements, contracts and applicable taxes and other legislative and regulatory requirements.

Keep up-to-date of the changes in financial regulations and legislation

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 

Oversee and manage procurement functions (procurement of goods and procurement of services) in accordance to the rules and regulations of GIZ and the European Union

Line manage finance officers in the GIZ-ECOWAS cluster 


General Tasks:

Ensure consistent implementation of GIZ and EU guidelines

Required qualifications, competencies and experience:

Required Competencies

Formal Education

Master’s degree in Accounting, Financial Management or any other relevant field of study

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

Professional Experience

Good understanding of IFRS

Tactical and polite

Knowledge and skills managing complex, multi-faceted projects

Budgeting skills 

Knowledge of financial reporting to the EU 

Knowledge of internal control systems and audit process.

Good decision making and problem-solving skills

Strong people skills and ability to manage people

Experience working in a multicultural environment is desired

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

Knowledge of the costs analysis system (Winpaccs Costs Control; Onsite Report)

Ability to communicate clearly in writing and orally

Highly personable with a friendly and service-oriented disposition towards Programme colleagues and external partners alike

Openness to sharing information and keeping colleagues and consultants informed

Ability to work well and cooperatively within a diverse (culturally, ethnically) work community

A good sense of diplomacy and tactfulness  

Submission Guideline:

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