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GIZ recruitment : Junior Technical Advisor – Electoral Affairs

VA No. : 062

Job Title:Junior Technical Advisor – Electoral Affairs

Min. Qualification:University degree in Political Science, Peace and Security Studies, International Relations, Law or a relevant field of study.

Organization: GIZ Nigeria, ECOWAS Peace and Security Architecture and Operations (EPSAO)

Place: Abuja

Salary: According to GIZ Nigeria Salary scale for Band 3

Closing Date of advert : 30.10.2020

Background : GIZ. Solutions that work.

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 2019, we generated a business volume of around EUR 3.1 billion. Our 22,199 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national staff, work in around 120 countries. As a recognised development service provider, we currently have 556 development workers in action in partner countries. Furthermore, in 2019, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency, placed 262 integrated experts and 515 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 2019

Programme :

Since 2006, GIZ through the commissioning and funding of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) implemented the “Support Programme to the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)”. The Programme was aimed at strengthening the Commission in executing its core mandate of facilitating economic and political integration. GIZ support has had a focus in three principal areas including; 1) Organisational Development, 2) Trade and Customs, and 3) Peace and Security in which the Programme supported the strengthening of sector-specific expertise as well as strategic planning and management structures, capacities and processes.

Presently, GIZ implements the “ECOWAS Peace and Security Architecture and Operations” (EPSAO) Project with co-funding from the European Union (EU) and the BMZ. The main objective of the project is to support ECOWAS in the prevention and management of conflict and security threats in West Africa. There are three strategic areas of focus for the project: the strengthening of ECOWAS mechanisms for the promotion and maintenance of peace, stability and post crisis operations; enabling ECOWAS to manage emerging or existing conflicts; and contributing to the creation of a secure and safe post conflict environment.

A fourth area dealing with supporting peaceful, fair, transparent and inclusive electoral processes is currently been added to the project.

Responsibilities & tasks:

A. Responsibilities
The Junior Advisor – Electoral Affairs will work under the supervision of the Head of Component, Conflict Prevention.
B. Tasks

Under the supervision of the Head of the Conflict Prevention Component, the Advisor will undertake the following roles and functions:

  • The Junior Advisor will undertake the following roles and functions:
  • Develop concept notes, meeting agendas, minutes and reports for internal and external activities;
  • Provide technical advice and support to the partners and other stakeholders on key thematic issues, as relevant;
  • Support planning, organisation and conduct of meetings and activities of the Component in support of the ECOWAS Commission;
  • Participate in Project internal meetings and activities and provide support as may be requested and/or delegated;
  • Prepare and deliver presentations for purposes both within and external to the Project;
  • Support knowledge management processes within the Project;
  • Support the coordination and networking with other GIZ sister programmes, the counterparts in the ECOWAS system as well as with other relevant stakeholders;
  • Travel in the region and beyond as may be required.

Programmatic implementation and planning

  • Support the day-to-day operational activities and functions of the GIZ EPSAO Elections Component;
  • Provide support for development of/adjustments to operational plans and budgets and ensure inline implementation and maintain communication with the Project partners as relevant;
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for activity implementation including for mission deployments;
  • Support the preparation of contracts for expert consultants, service providers and other, in close coordination with the Technical Advisor – Electoral Affairs;
  • Maintain good liaison and provide support with Project consultants and support quality management of services and tasks;
  • Support preparation of fact sheets, presentations, articles (internal/external) for publication;
  • Ensure compliance with administrative and financial rules and regulations;
  • Perform other project-related duties and functions as may be directed.

Required qualifications, competences and experience:

C. Required qualifications, competences and experience

Qualifications

• University degree in Political Science, Peace and Security Studies, International Relations, Law or a relevant field of study.

Professional experience

• At least three years’ working experience in the areas of peacebuilding, democracy and governance, conflict prevention or other related field. Experience working on electoral assistance processes will be a strong added advantage.

Other knowledge, additional competences

• Experience in security policy concepts, democracy and governance, human rights, law or related sector with an ability for practical application of knowledge;
• Impeccable writing, research, reporting and presentation skills;
• Strong organisational and project management skills;
• Resourceful and resilient and able to stay motivated in the face of setbacks or during periods of pressure;
• Ability to work with minimal supervision whilst at the same time maintaining a strong sense of team and collaboration;
• Excellent communication abilities – spoken and written language skills in English are required with French as a strong added advantage;
• Ability to appreciate cultural and ethnic diversity; • High level of efficiency working with ICT/digital applications;

• Knowledge of the ECOWAS region and established contacts to relevant actors is regarded as an asset;
• Experience working for an international organisation will be considered an asset.

D. Contract duration and duty station

Contract duration: 25 months; final contracting will remain conditional on donor commissioning.
• Duty station: Abuja, with duty travels across West Africa.
• Ability to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary and highly political context; • Ability to apply technical expertise towards ensuring quality support and advice to the political partner on electoral processes;
• Excellent diplomacy and persuasion skills with a high sense of integrity and transparency;
• Good knowledge and understanding of results-based planning, monitoring and reporting;
• Impeccable writing, reporting and presentation skills;
• Strong organisational and project management skills;
• A good analytical ability;
• Spoken and written language skills in English is required for this position. Working knowledge of the French language will be a strong added advantage.
• Knowledge of the ECOWAS region and established contacts to relevant actors is regarded as an asset.

E. Contract duration and duty station

Contract duration: 25 months; final contracting will remain conditional on donor commissioning.
Duty station: Abuja, with duty travels throughout the region.

Submission Guideline:

You are kindly requested to submit your CV and letter of motivation as one document with complete contact details via email to: recruitment-nigeria@giz.de

(Please include vacancy no. 062 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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