Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Head of Programme and the Head of Component Peace Support Operations and Security Sector Reform, the Technical Advisor ECOWAS Peace Support Operations is responsible for supporting the ECOWAS Commission with the conceptualization, planning and delivery of relevant trainings to the ESF and for developing, planning and implementing activities designed to strengthen the cooperation between ECOWAS and its training centres.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 7 years

Job Description/Requirements


The Technical Advisor ECOWAS Peace Support Operations will undertake the following roles and functions:

 Design, plan and implement technical advisory instruments related to peace support operations, in liaison with the partner and under the technical supervision of the Head of Component.

 Provide technical advice and support to the Directorate of Peacekeeping and Regional Security (DPKRS) of the ECOWAS Commission on peace operations policy, capacity development/training issues and the cooperation between TCEs and TIs.

 Engage through advisory and technical services the Training Centres of Excellence/Training Institutes (TCEs/TIs) in support of the ECOWAS Standby Force’s capacity/capability needs and requirements.

 Provide technical advice to the ECOWAS Standby Force Training Focal Points on training related aspects, taking into account integrated approaches to strengthening the multidimensionality of the ESF and gender mainstreaming requirements.

 Identify new training needs, policy requirements and joint activities in dialogue with the partner, the training centers and the Head of Component.

 Support alignment of the ECOWAS Standby Force within the continental African Peace and Security (APSA) framework.

Planning, implementation and knowledge management

 Ensure sound and efficient planning, organization and implementation of planned activities and events, in close coordination with the relevant colleagues from the administrative and financial units and under the technical supervision of the Head of Component.

 Support the implementation of the Component’s annual work planning, budget and review processes, in line with the project objectives and procedures.

 Support knowledge management and learning through evaluation of trainings and other activities carried out, impact monitoring and identification of lessons learned and best practices.

 Prepare and deliver presentations for both GIZ internal and external events and/or activities, as required.

 Contribute to the preparation of periodic progress for the BMZ and the EU as well as other analytical reports, as required.

 Ensure consistent implementation of GIZ and EU guidelines.

 Perform other project-related duties and functions as may be directed.

Required qualifications, competences and experience:


 Master’s degree in international relations, law, political science, social science or other related field of study

Professional experience

 At least seven years’ experience working in the areas of peacebuilding, democracy and governance, conflict prevention or another related field.

 At least three years of professional experience with the development, planning and the delivery of training for multi-dimensional peace support operations.

 Previous work or field experience multi-dimensional peacekeeping missions in Africa is an advantage.

Other knowledge, additional competences

 A deep understanding of the African peace and security landscape and especially the ECOWAS region with an established network of contacts across the ECOWAS training centres.

 Ability to work in a highly political context and to engage with a broad range of actors, including high ranking officials, military leaders and civil society.

 Excellent diplomacy and persuasion skills with a high sense of integrity and transparency

 Good knowledge and understanding of results-based planning, monitoring and reporting

 A high sense of adaptation and innovation to support training delivery beyond traditional in-presence activities

 Impeccable writing, reporting and presentation skills

 Strong organizational and project management skills

 A strong interest in questions of organizational development and capacity development

 Spoken and written language skills in English are required for this position. Fluency in French will be a strong added advantage.

 Proficient use of MS Office and MS Teams

 Ability to effectively and efficiently work in distributed/remote teams

C. Contract duration and duty station

 Contract duration: 24 months, 1 February 2021-31 January 2023.

 Duty station: Abuja, with duty travels across the region.

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