Job Summary

As an intern the Intern will support the Governance Team in Maiduguri in the planning and preparation of the governance activities as well as in the implementation and the execution of the activities

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Volunteer, internship
  • Experience Length: Less than 1 year

Job Description

We provide services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party, but we also work with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.

All these commissioning parties place their trust in GIZ by working together with us to generate ideas for political, social and economic change, develop these into concrete plans and implement the envisaged change processes. Since we are a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to our work. This makes us a reliable service provider that people can trust. Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible and effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2017, we generated a business volume of around 2.6 billion euros. Our 19,506 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national personnel, work in around 120 countries. As a recognised development service provider, we currently have 590 development workers in action in partner countries. Furthermore, in 2017, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the Federal Employment Agency, placed 385 integrated experts and 484 returning experts with local employers in our partner countries, or provided them with financial support, advice or other services.

*Personnel and business figures as at 31 December 2017

Since 2009, Nigeria has been the scene of attacks of Boko Haram against the population. In particular, the north-east of the country is affected by destruction and displacement. More than 20,000 people have been killed and about 2.2 million people are displaced from their communities. The project “Support to the internally displaced and resilience of host communities in the north and north-east of Nigeria” is financed by the BMZ and the EU. It is in the context of Germany's commitment to "fight causes for displacement – stabilize host Communities - support refugees". The project is in line with the EU action plan against refugee crises and with the national indicative programme of the 11th European Development Fund. The project’s purpose is to improve the living conditions of internally displaced persons (IDP), the population in host communities and of IDPs returning to their communities of origin in North-eastern Nigeria.

The project focuses geographically on Adamawa and Borno in north-eastern Nigeria where an estimated number of 5 million people is in need of support. The project will be active predominantly in informal IDP camps and host communities and communities of origin of IDPs. It promotes the linkage of rehabilitation and development. The aims of the project are to stabilize living conditions in the IDPs and the host communities to allow the resumption of social and economic life of IDPs while they return to their communities of origin as well as the rehabilitation and reconstruction of these communities. 

To achieve these aims, the programme – within the framework of its governance component – applies a community-based, participatory approach for development planning, strengthens the capacities of local governments for responsive and responsible service delivery and supports civil society to play an active role in the local development.  


  • Under the direct supervision of designated Governance Team Lead in Borno, the Intern has the following responsibilities and tasks:
  • Programme Planning and Implementation:
  • Conceptual and organizational preparation and implementation of activities of the governance team, participant management, documentation and other tasks of event management.
  • Support of internal and external communication and contact management between the partner organizations and the governance team (e.g. preparation & circulation of minutes of meetings, follow up on request from partners to the governance team, photo documentation of the team activities)
  • Support in knowledge management of the project (eg maintenance databases and distribution lists, logging of important meetings and creation of instructions for important, recurring work processes.)
  • Admin and logistics support to the governance team (eg logistics arrangements for out of office assignments, taking care of workshop materials, preparation of  agenda and  participants list, registration of participants, setting up workshop locations and setting up audio-visual equipment, in collaboration with the admin team making catering arrangement for activities when needed.

  • Community Development Planning:
  • Support the governance team in preparing, supporting, facilitating and documenting context-sensitive, participatory Community Development Planning (CDP) processes 
  • Assist the governance team in working closely with selected communities, civil society organizations and traditional leaders in project communities.
  • Support the governance team in the sensitization on the mobilization of community members on participatory planning, state-citizen dialogue and transparency/mechanism
  • General:
  • Liaise closely with the Governance Team Lead in Maiduguri to ensure smooth implementation of the team’s daily activities.
  • Perform other tasks incidental to the execution of your roles responsibilities as may be requested by the Governance Team Lead in Maiduguri. 

Required qualifications, competencies and experience:

  • University Degree in international relations, law, economics, politics, social sciences and/or humanities,
  • Professional experience
  • Have a keen interest in governance issues in Nigeria, development policy, as well as the impact of insurgency in Northern Nigeria,
  • Be living in Maiduguri with a knowledge and understanding of the context. 
  • Have good analytical and conceptual skills, bring a high degree of flexibility and willingness to work and be self-organized,
  • Demonstrate strong communication, oral, and writing skills, result-oriented thinking and openness to learn,
  • Be willing to travel regularly.
  • Other knowledge, additional competences
  • Fluency in English, Hausa and Kanuri 
  • Good written and oral language skills (English) 
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues form different cultural background to achieve organizational inputs. 

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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