Intern, Policy & Strategy at 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 of:

Job Title: Intern, Policy & Strategy

Vacancy No.: 083
Location: Abuja
Organization: GIZ SEDIN Programme


  • 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 Pro-poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria (SEDIN) Programme.
  • SEDIN is implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-financed by the European Community.
  • SEDIN aims at improving the employment and income situation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) through three components: policy support, local economic development and entrepreneurship empowerment.
  • All components work at the national level as well as in the focal states.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Support the management, the team and project partners of the Policy and Strategy Component in the implementation of various project activities.
  • Support to carrying out specific tasks relating to research, trainings and other project events, as well as knowledge management.
  • Assist in preparing and coordinating consultancy assignments, tenders etc.
  • Assist in visibility and public relation work.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation activities at technical level.

The intern performs the following tasks:

  •  The Intern will provide support for carrying out:
    • Specific research tasks including data collection, analysis and reporting.
    • Various training and other events and project activities.
    • Specific tasks in connection with knowledge management and documentation of related project activities.

Other related duties / tasks:

The Intern, under the supervision of the Head of Component, Policy & Strategy will support:

  • The preparation of terms of reference (TOR) for research assignments and related consultancy work.
  • Follow-up on assignments and ensure they are within agreed timeline.
  • Review studies, reports, and similar papers (including meeting reports) to ensure compliance with provisions in the TOR.
  • Review presentations prior to meetings/events and a systematic follow up at meetings to see if presentations reflect what is legitimate expectation.
  • Compile policies, regulations and other legal instruments used or referenced in all research works.

Implementation of training and other events and project activities:
The Intern, under the supervision of the Head of Component, Policy & Strategy will support:

  • The organisation of workshops and trainings, including provision of related logistical support.
  • Preparation of training schedules and training material and other workshop packages (content as well as formatting and editing).
  • Follow-up on attendance and ensure high participation, effective coordination, moderation and facilitation of trainings and other events.
    • Various technical-level monitoring of activities and events.

Knowledge management:
The Intern, under the supervision of the Head of Component, Policy & Strategy will:

  • Take meeting minutes and assists in the production of event reports.
  • Ensures proper documentation of event activities including managing attendance sheets, taking photos, production of activity reports, conducting and assessing event evaluations and other related knowledge management.
  • Follow-up on events, including creating an alumni network and feeding the stakeholders with additional material on policy issues.
  • Organize and update Policy Workstream documentation, the filing systems and Policy Workstream repository on the server.

Other duties / additional tasks:
The Intern, under the supervision of the Head of Component, Policy & Strategy will support:

  • Preparation of visibility and other promotional material related to project activities.
  • Ensures compliance with respective visibility rules and requirements.
  • Supports, in close cooperation with the Administrative Office of SEDIN, the contracting of and communication with consultants, preparing tender documentations, processing contract requests/payments and other activity-specific administrative tasks.
  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of the supervisor and the management.

Required Qualifications, Competencies and Experiences

  • University Degree in Economics, Business, Law, Political Science, Research and Public Policy, Mass Communication or related fields.

Professional Experiences:

  • Proven basic understanding of business enabling environment issues and intervention approaches.
  • Basic skills in research, data collection and analysis, documentation and reporting, and general information management.
  • Basic experience in providing administrative or organizational support to an office or an organization.

Additional professional competences:

  • Proven good working knowledge of ICT technologies phone, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office, MS Teams, PowerPoint and Excel).
  • Proven excellent knowledge of the English language, both oral and written.
  • Proven good management, organisational and proof-reading skills.
  • Readiness to travel, mostly within Nigeria.

According to GIZ salary scale for Interns.

Deadline: 3rd November, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Letter of Motivation as one document, with complete contact details to: using the Job Title as the subject of the email.


  • Please include vacancy no. 083 in the mail subject.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • GIZ is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. All qualified candidates regadless of age, sex, ethnicity, race, and religion are encouraged to apply.


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