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  • Posted: Aug 24, 2021
    Deadline: Sep 3, 2021
  • International cooperation between Germany and Nigeria commenced in 1974. GIZ was initially represented by an office in Lagos until 2003, but since 2004 it has maintained a country office and four project offices in the new capital Abuja. At present, GIZ has around 25 seconded staff, 100 Nigerian and regional experts, and four CIM experts working in Nigeria. ...
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    Advisor, Criminal Investigation

    VA No: 076

    Orgaization: GIZ Nigeria, OCWAR-T


    • 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. 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.


    • Jointly funded by the European Union and the German Government, GIZ is implementing the “Organised Crime: West African Response to Trafficking” (OCWAR-T) programme to support the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania in reducing Transnational Organised Crime (TOC) in the region. For this purpose, the project is strengthening structures, capacities and is improving knowledge. Specifically, the project supports efforts in enhancing criminal investigation and prosecution, improving small arms control and reducing human trafficking. GIZ jointly implements OCWAR-T with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and joins forces with law enforcement agencies, judiciaries, civil society organizations and research institutions to ensure in-depth progress.


    • The Advisor will work under Component 1 “Criminal Investigation” of the programme.
    • He/She will provide support to the ECOWAS Regional Security Division to foster information exchange and build-up appropriate structures and capacities for intra-regional coordination and cooperation.

    Specifically, the Advisor will:

    • Support the planning, implementation and follow-up of activities together with national and international partners as well as the reporting to the financial bearers of the programme and in close coordination with the Head of Component.
    • Maintain a good flow of communication and information between all involved institutions and counterparts.
    • Process technical aspects and further develop the area of responsibility in accordance with the specified quality standards.
    • Support the component’s knowledge management and internal/external communication.
    • Implement other day-to-day tasks of the component.

    Task Overview:
    The specific tasks for the Advisor will be as follows:

    • Plan, prepare, implement and document training measures, workshops, forums, and other project related activities to strengthen structures and capacities for intra-regional coordination and cooperation between Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA’s) and judiciaries.
    • Assist in managing the collaboration with the project implementation partners of the “Criminal Investigation” Component – the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and coordinating with the ECOWAS Commission, particularly the Regional Security Division as well as other relevant stakeholders at the regional and national level.
    • Carry out other activities required for implementing the component, such as developing concept notes and terms of reference, providing input to Technical Expert Groups and assist with other organisational and management issues.
    • Provide criminal investigation and prosecution specific knowhow on all related activities and assist in the strengthening and/or reform of the prosecutorial and judicial processes and relevant legislation in the region.
    • Ensure close coordination and cooperation with the other components of the project, particularly Component 3 “Trafficking in Persons” and Component 4 “Knowledge Base, Legal Foundations and Independent Oversight”.

    Other Duties / Additional Tasks:

    • Perform other work-related duties as required.

    Required Qualifications, Competencies and Experience Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree in Law, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Security Sector Management or other relevant fields of study.

    Professional Experience:

    • Minimum of seven (7) years relevant work experience in the security or criminal justice sector.
    • Work experience in or with regional organisations - particularly the ECOWAS Commission - is desirable.
    • Knowledge of project management instruments and procedures is required. Working experience within the development cooperation context is an advantage.
    • Experience with organisational and management advise.
    • Experience with mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues (such as human rights, compliance and gender) during project implementation.
    • Proven experience in managing and working with multi-disciplinary teams is required.

    Other Knowledge, Additional Competences:

    • Excellent planning and organising skills.
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills. Excellent networking skills with actors from various institutions and political levels; diplomatic skills in dealing with clients and partners.
    • Good language skills (spoken and written) in English is required. Working knowledge of French or Portuguese language is desirable.
    • Good working knowledge of ITC technologies and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
    • Ability to appreciate cultural and ethnic diversity.
    • Willingness to travel
    • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed - corresponding measures are agreed with management.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and letter of motivation as one document with complete contact details to: [email protected] using "Vacancy No 076" as the subject of the mail.


    • GIZ is an equal opportunities employer committed to diversity. All qualified candidates, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, race and religion are encouraged to apply.
    • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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