Advisor – Small Arms and Light Weapon Control (SALW) Jobs Vacancy Nigeria 2019
Employment Opportunity Nigeria: Advisor – Small Arms and Light Weapon Control (SALW) Jobs Vacancy Nigeria 2019


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 19,506 employees, almost 70 per cent of whom are national personnel, work in around 120 countries (December 2017).

GIZ has worked in Nigeria since 1974. From 2004, GIZ has maintained a country office in the capital city Abuja. Currently 280 national and 51 international employees and 4 integrated specialists are working in the country (as of 31.12.2018).

Programme: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was established in 1975 with the purpose of promoting regional cooperation and economic integration in West Africa. Today, ECOWAS provides and important forum for cooperation among its member states with the ECOWAS Commission playing a driving role in West African regional integration.  

As a German federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. The services delivered by GIZ draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide with more than 16 000 staff across the globe.  

Since 2006, GIZ has been cooperating with the ECOWAS Commission through its “Support Programme to the ECOWAS Commission”. 

GIZ is supporting the programme promoting Anti-trafficking implementation, co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AA), through its Support Programme to the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This programme (2019-2023) will focus on the implementation of Anti-trafficking measures in West Africa. The intervention targets are Criminal Investigations, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), Trafficking In Persons (TIP) and Knowledge Base, Legal Foundations and Independent Oversight. The activities on Anti-trafficking will be carried out in cooperation with the EU. The programme will be implemented by GIZ with four other implementing partners: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and International Centre for Migration Police Development (ICMPD).


The Advisor will provide strategic and political advice as well as support for training to the ECOWAS SALW division in assuming its coordinative role in the field of arms control and serve as a clearinghouse for new initiatives and project ideas. The Advisor will: 

Support the Head of Component in the implementation of component’s activities particularly in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

Work with the ECOWAS Commission to enhance the regional capacity to fight arms trafficking and arms proliferation in collaboration with other implementing partners.

Provide guadiance on transnational  activities as it relates to Small Arms and Light Weapons.


Support the ECOWAS Commission by providing  strategic advice on trafficking in  Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).

Provide policy advise on SALW in line with regional and International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Provide advisory services to the Fight Against Organised Crime component in programme planning and implementation,  on laws governing anti trafficking of SALW.

Collaborate  with appropriate representatives of Arms Trade Treaty(ATT), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Mines Advisory Group (MAGS) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) in the sector and other relevant stakeholders at the regional and national levels.

Partcipate and represent the component in trainings for/on International Humanitarian Law and weapons (especially with regards to the ATT and other relevant treaties).

Review national and regional strategies addressing SALW Proliferation and Work with stakeholders to develop public information and sensitization activities on arms proliferation, and its consequences and hazards (sensitisation campaigns, arms control message development and dissemination). 

General Task

Ensure consistent implementation of GIZ and EU guidelines.

Establish and maintain relationships with partner organisations.

Required qualifications, competences and experience: Required Competencies

Formal Education

University degree in Law or any of the Social Sciences (an advanced degree will be an added advantage).

Professional Experience

Minimum of four years of professional experience in international affairs, such as special political missions, peace-building operations or development programmes is required. 

Proven experience managing   complex  projects in a sensitive political context is required. 

Proven experience working with multi-disciplinary teams is required. 


Excellent planning and organizing skills.

Ability to contribute to complex technical assistance projects/programmes and mobilise external partners and stakeholders.

Ability to incorporate gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Spoken and written language skills in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese language is desirable.

Excellent research and analytical skills with sound political judgement.

Good communication and interpersonal skills .

Ability to appreciate cultural and ethnic diversity.

Excellent diplomacy and persuasion skills.

Knowledge of the ECOWAS region and established contacts to relevant actors is regarded as an asset.

Submission Guideline:

You are kindly requested to submit your CV and letter of motivation as one document with complete contact details

(Please include vacancy no. 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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