The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Agency for International Cooperation) is an international enterprise owned by the German Federal government, operating in many fields across more than 130 countries.
In Nigeria, GIZ’s portfolio includes among others, a programme to support the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in its regional integration goals. The programme aims to strengthen sector-specific capacities in the areas of Peace and Security, Customs and Trade as weir as Strategic Management and Organizational Development in the ECOWAS Commission.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Intern
Vacancy No.: 062
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Organization: GIZ Nigeria, CoM SSA
GIZ. Solutions that work
- 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. Our approximately 23,500 employees, almost 70 percent of whom are national personnel, work in a round 120 countries (July 2020)
- GIZ has worked in Nigeria since 1974. From 2004, GIZ has maintained a country office in the capital city Abuja. Currently 361 national and 66 international employees, 19 regional staff, 4 integrated specialists and 3 development workers are working in the country (June 2020).
- The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) initiative supports Sub-Saharan African cities in their fight against climate change and in their efforts to ensure access to clean energy.
- Under the CoM SSA, local authorities are invited to make a voluntary political commitment to implement climate and energy actions in their communities and agree on a long-term vision to tackle access to energy, climate mitigation and climate adaptation.
- The support to the CoM SSA initiative in its first phases has been instrumental in setting up a network of over 300 signatory cities and forming a group of early movers.
- The support (under CoM SSA Phase III) aims at scaling-up the initiative’s impact by enhancing the network of beneficiaries and bridging the gap to finance for local administrations through 3 pillars:
- Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SEACAP) development, integration and monitoring.
- Support urban sustainable energy and climate related investments; and
- Promoting regional cooperation and enhancing learning from good practice.
- The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa is an initiative co-financed by the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID).
- The support to CoM SSA Phase III is implemented by GIZ in cooperation with Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Expertise France (EF) and AECID. GIZ is currently supporting the implementation of the CoM SSA Phase III in 4 focal countries (Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria).
- The main project office is in Brussels, Belgium.
CoM SSA in Nigeria
- Since 2021, CoM SSA Phase III activities in Nigeria have supported the development of SEACAP, capacity building and climate related investments through:
- Supporting the process of developing sustainable energy and climate action plans for identified local governments in line with national mandates and CoM SSA guidelines
- Providing tailored technical assistance to local administrations to develop bankable projects in the areas of climate mitigation, adaptation and energy access
- Implementing capacity building measures for local administrations through topical workshops, seminars and trainings on project preparation and financing, SEACAP development, etc.
- In Nigeria, local governments (cities, municipal areas, states) sign up to the CoM SSA. Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has been supported by CoM SSA to develop their SEACAP launched in 2022. CoM SSA activities in Nigeria are currently focusing on supporting 2 processes with AMAC in direct relation with their SEACAP implementation:
Urban Smart Energy (USE)
- As part of its USE product, CoM SSA aims to build decentral energy systems in an urban environment on city-owned sites.
- CoM SSA does so by technically supporting the development of urban solar projects from its initial evaluation to setting up cooperation between the city administration and private sector actors for their realization.
- CoM SSA is specifically targeting city owned public buildings (city hall, schools) and public spaces (e.g., markets) to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of solar powered energy provision.
Key activities include:
- Technical and Economic Assessment of potential solar projects
- Tendering Process to identify a qualified private sector actor
- Setting up cooperation with private sector actor
- Although cities in Sub-Saharan Africa place high importance on climate adaptation projects (e.g. flood risk protection, access to water, river restoration, waste management, integrated coastal management), these projects suffer from a lack of comprehension of their underlying economic dynamics and business models.
- Adaptation projects are therefore often subsidy financed and cannot be brought up to scale.
- With the Urban Lab, CoM SSA facilitates a structured participatory process, fostering the engagement of a wide range of stakeholders (local government, academia, civil society, private sector actors, etc.), to co-develop and implement climate adaptation measures.
- The Urban Lab process addresses the intersection between urban infrastructure development, adaptation to climate change, and local government responsibilities. It develops and implements concrete solutions to the city’s most complex climate adaptation challenges.
- The process starts with a rapid assessment to identify the most pressing adaptation issues to be addressed before bringing together key stakeholders (local government, civil society, academia, private sector) to identify and develop appropriate climate solutions.
Responsibilities & Tasks
Roles & Responsibilities
- The intern, based in Abuja, will support the day-to-day implementation of the CoM SSA activities in Nigeria.
- The intern will work under the CoM SSA technical advisors in the country and in close coordination with the GIZ Nigeria Energy cluster team and the responsible country manager in the CoM SSA team in Brussels.
- The Intern will assist in implementing various activities in Nigeria that align with the three pillars of action.
- They will primarily focus on supporting CoM SSA activities in the country.
Responsibilities will include tasks such as:
- Provide administrative assistance to the CoM SSA team in Nigeria, ensuring efficient coordination of activities.
- Taking minutes of meetings and maintaining accurate records.
- Capturing photographs during conferences, workshops, and meetings.
Coordination and Implementation Support:
- Assist in coordinating and facilitating the implementation of CoM SSA activities in Nigeria, working in collaboration with local administration authorities, consultants, the local GIZ office, and other relevant partners.
- Support field visits to local administrations and projects mainly in Abuja.
- Support the logistical preparations of mission programs and in organizing meetings with partners in the country under the coordination of the Advisors in the country.
Reporting and Communication Support:
- Support the preparation of periodic reports on the implementation of CoM SSA activities in Nigeria, compiling relevant data and information as required.
- Assisting in preparing communications and social media content to promote CoM SSA activities.
- Support research and information compilation in support of CoM SSA projects activities and results, and knowledge transfer through reports and presentation materials.
Event organization support:
- Assisting in the preparation of conferences, workshops, and meetings, including logistical arrangements and coordination with participants.
- Support conceptualization, preparation, and implementation of workshops, seminars, conferences, or other events on subjects relevant to the CoM SSA activities.
Research and partnership support:
- Support the identification of data sources, local consultants, potential partners for collaboration, programs or funding options through research and, where possible, through interviews and networking.
- Support technical trainings for city administrations and local stakeholders.
- Represent the interest of CoM SSA and GIZ
- Carry out important tasks for the programme, even if these are not explicitly cited in the job description.
- Perform other duties and tasks at the request of the Programme team Lead.
Required Qualifications, Competences, and Experience
- University Degree in Urban Planning, Engineering, Economics, Energy, Natural or Environmental Sciences, Geography or equivalent.
Other experiences and skills:
- Excellent working knowledge of ICT technologies and computer applications such as MS Office and MS Teams
- An interdisciplinary mindset, the ability to cooperate and work in a team, a high degree of initiative and a willingness to take responsibility.
- Stakeholder Engagement skills
- Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills in English.
- Excellent project management skills
- Willingness to upskill competences as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management.
According to GIZ salary scale for band 1
Application Closing Date
15th August, 2023.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Letter of Motivation as one document with complete contact details via email to: [email protected] using “Vacancy no. 062” as the subject of the email.