Job Summary

Programme Planning and Implementation

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

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 5million 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.


The Programme Officer for Education has the following responsibilities and tasks:

Establishes and maintains regular contact with all education implementing partners (local and international organisations involved in this field) and provides technical advice on project design, planning and implementation

Coordinates with the Head of Unit and internal advisors and staff for required input into supporting

Liaises closely with the Programme’s Field Coordinator in Maiduguri in order to ensure smooth implementation

Participates in local coordination meetings and events and builds solid working relationships with stakeholders in the education sector

Monitors the programme environment through desk reviews and other means of information gathering to document trends, patterns, developments and changes relating to education and reports findings to management for refinement of strategies and decision making

Participates in all progress review activities and makes intellectual contributions to strategic thinking

Receives and reviews (programmatic) progress reports from implementing partners and transmits such to the head of unit for further review, processing and approval, including working closely with partners to improve the quality of reports based on feedback from the programme

Supervision, Knowledge Management, Communication and others Duties

Makes regular supervisory visits to partner organisations’ project sites to review progress of work and provides strategic inputs and in particular helps to ensure that programme obligations for annual and monthly planning and reporting are properly met

Collaborates with the M&E team to ensure that project M&E plans and systems are appropriate and adequately implemented

Contributes to the generation of knowledge, and ensures that best practices and learning from the education projects are well documented and communicated to the Head of Unit

Brings up major concerns about partners’ operations to the notice of the Head of Unit for remedial action

Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management

Other duties/additional tasks

Carries out any other assignment as determined by the Head of Unit, the Field Coordinator and or the Head of Programme.

Frequent travels to all project areas is expected.

Required qualifications, competencies and experience:

Qualification University degree or coursework in educational/instructional technology, social works, law or development-related disciplines.

Professional experience

A minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience in education project design and implementation or related development programming

Experience in working in or with INGOs/NGOs

Experience in the field of capacity development in education institutions

Experience in project cycle management (planning, budgeting, monitoring, reporting)

Experience in monitoring for results

Reporting skills

Be able to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities;


Technical knowledge of best practices in teaching early grade literacy

Community-level mobilization, project development, management and support

Knowledge of education strategies, including formal and non-formal education

Strong ability to design, implement and monitor education, especially girls’ access to education

Fundamental understanding and practice of participatory learning and community organization methodologies

Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative and facilitate teamwork

Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships with donors and other development partners

Strong service orientation and interpersonal skills especially negotiation, facilitation and teamwork

Willingness to travel regularly in northern Nigeria (Borno and North-Adamawa) and to Abuja

Good working knowledge of Information and Communications Technology

Excellent command of oral and written English

Other knowledge, additional competencies

Experience in working with international organizations

Experience in the application of the “do no harm principles”

Conversant with integrating cross-cutting issues (gender, human rights, the inclusion of persons with disabilities) in programme planning and implementation

Innovative and with a positive attitude to change

Experience of mentoring teachers for improved practice

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