Program Intern at The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Full Time

The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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: Program Intern

Vacancy No: 044
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Employment Type: Internship
Organization: GIZ Nigeria, Integrated approach to climate change in the rice production system in Nigeria (GIAE  InACC)

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).

About the Project

  • The project “Integrated approach to climate change in the rice production system in Nigeria” (InACC) aims to contribute to climate change resilience and food security in rural areas of Nigeria.
  • The Joint Action is jointly financed by the European Union (EU) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ as part of the Special Initiative ONE WORLD – No Hunger and the Global Programme Green Innovation Centre for the Agriculture and Food Sector, Nigeria (GIAE NG).
  • Its objective is a concretization of the Special Objective 1 of the EU Action for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems which reads “agricultural innovations have contributed to climate change resilience, food security and close collaboration between small-scale rice producers and agro-pastoralists in selected rural areas in Nigeria” and contributes on a higher level to the Overall Objective of the Action for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems which reads “Improved food and nutrition security in partner countries”.
  • The project objective will be achieved through the promotion of innovative, climate-smart and locally adapted agricultural practices, the development of agro-enterprises and an integrated land resource management approach.
  • Furthermore, considering that innovations are often not adopted or sustained on a wide scale, the project focuses on capacity building among small-scale rice farmers and on income and productivity improvement under environmentally friendly conditions and addressing climate change.
  • In addition, special attention will be given to trade and enterprise development to create extra income and strengthen collaboration between farmers and agro-pastoralists who are often in a dispute over natural resources.
  • This will help to mitigate tensions and to address the extra labour and capital needs (investment and maintenance) that most innovations require.
  • Finally, the project promotes a research approach as an innovation mechanism to identify and address challenges (technological, social, ecologic, economic, institutional) that prevent the adoption and sustainability of innovations.
    • The two targeted states of the project are Nasarawa and Benue State where project implementation activities focus on small-scale rice farmers and agro-pastoralists (including youth and women).
    • The final and direct beneficiaries of the project activities are small-scale rice men and women farmers, men and women agro-pastoralists and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the targeted agricultural communities.

Responsibilities & Tasks
The Program Intern performs the following tasks:

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the operationalization of the GIAE-InACC project. Specifically, this will entail the following:

  • Supporting the project Technical Advisors with the planning, implementation and coordination of tasks and activities related to the rice and climate change.
    • Supporting the preparation, planning and conduction of project activities in the rice value chain.
    • Providing support with monitoring and supervision of the activities of the Extension Agent and other trainers engaged by the project.
    • Supporting the coordination and supervision of local and international consultancies and procurements.
    • Proving support to research and analytical work of the project.
    • Assisting with the preparation, documentation, and reporting of consultancies.
    • Supporting the preparations and organization of conferences, workshops, study trips and other events.
  • Assisting with administrative tasks, monitoring and evaluation, communications, knowledge management and event management activities.
  • Assisting the project team in supportive tasks to prepare and implement project activities.
    • Conducting background research and supporting the development of concept documents for specific events/activities/processes.
    • Editing and proofreading documentation.
  • Performing other duties and tasks at the request of the Project Team.

Other duties / additional tasks:

  • Photocopies and scans documents as needed.
  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management.

Required Qualifications, Competences and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Crop Science, or a related field.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 1 year professional work experience in a comparable position.

Desired Additional Qualifications, Competencies and Experiences:

  • Good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g., MS Office).
  • Outstanding management skills.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Confidential handling of information on staff project.
  • Very good knowledge of the European language widely used in the country, ideally a knowledge of German.
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed upon with management

According to GIZ salary scale for Band 1.

Application Closing Date
21st May, 2023.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Letter of Motivation as one document with complete contact details to: [email protected] using the Job Title and Vacancy No as the subject of the email.


  • Please include Vacancy No. 044 in the mail subject.
  • GIZ is an equal opportunities employer committed to diversity. All qualified candidates, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, race, and religion are encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To apply for this job email your details to [email protected]

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