International / Multinational

Driver 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 below:

Job Title: Driver

Vacancy No: 006
Location: Abuja
Organization: GIZ Nigeria, SEDIN Programme

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. 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. *Personnel and business figures as at 31 December 2019


  • 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.
  • The “Nigeria Competitiveness Project”, NICOP, is an EU-financed component of SEDIN that focuses on increasing the competitiveness of the selected value chains of tomato/chilli, ginger, leather and garment in Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Ogun, Oyo, Lagos and Abia states.
  • NICOP increases competitiveness through three major pillars of support. The technical pillar provides entrepreneurship, innovation and market linkages.
  • The policy pillar focuses on improving the business enabling environment and the access to finance pillar aims to provide the appropriate and affordable funding to the different actors in the value chains.

The driver is responsible to:

  • Ensures that staff, their families and partners on official trips are driven safely to meetings, workshops, and other work-related destinations.
  • Ensures that the vehicle under his/her charge is maintained in an optimal working condition.
  • Regularly servicing and looking after official vehicles.
  • Taking account of all available information on road conditions, accessible routes and locations.
  • Running official errands.
  • Assisting with other office work.

Driving – The driver:

  • Provides passenger transport in an official car for office, project or programme staff, official visitors and guests to meetings, field missions, ports of entry and exit and other work-related destinations.
  • Collects and delivers mails, packages and equipment; and maintains records of all deliveries and distributions.
  • Helps with transporting goods.
  • Confirms security clearance has been obtained from RMO for field missions where necessary.
  • Regularly and closely follow update of work plans and assist the admin officer in organizing it.
  • Completes the vehicle log correctly and conscientiously in accordance with GIZ standards in a timely manner.

Service – The driver:

  • Cleans the interior and exterior of the vehicle(s) regularly.
  • Arranges for regular maintenance and ensures that the vehicle is kept clean and in good running condition at all times.
  • Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle registration, logs, office telephone directory, first aid kit, are in the assigned vehicle.
  • Checks oil, water, brakes and brake liquid, tyre pressure, battery levels and the entire vehicle, monthly or every 5,000 km (whichever is coming first), headlight, brakes, bodywork for dents e.t.c.
  • Maintains and records for vehicles, logs official trips, records daily mileage, records the use of fuel vouchers, and keeps records on consumption.
  • Calculates monthly petrol, oil and lubricant consumption.
  • Draw cash, present and collet letters, and advices to/from the bank, deposit money/checks and perform other bank services as required.
  • Conveying financial document (in box files) to and from country office with proper records.
  • Ensures safety and custody of the vehicle, including tools.
  • Immediately reports all involvement of the project or office vehicle in accidents, including minor accidents, damage, injury, loss or theft of vehicle fittings.
  • Ensures that, in the event of an accident involving the project vehicle, the necessary steps required by rules and regulations are followed.

Required Qualifications, Competences and Experience

  • Minimum of Secondary School Leaving Certificate.
  • Valid driver’s licence.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ work experience as a driver in an international organization, embassy or UN system with a safe driving record.
  • Knowledge of driving rules and regulations, chauffeur protocol and courtesies.
  • Conversant with the road network and traffic regulations of Edo State.
  • Skills in minor vehicle repair.

Desired Additional Qualifications, Competences and Experience:

  • Good knowledge of the European language widely used in the country, ideally knowledge of German.
  • A good knowledge of first aid and firefighting.
  • Discipline and punctuality.
  • Resilience and patience.
  • Appropriate appearance and attire (possibly uniform, friendly manner with all passengers).
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed.
  • Arranging chairs for Monday morning meetings.
  • Setting and organizing pin, soft boards and other materials for workshops organized within SEDIN office.
  • Assists office staff in filing, photocopying and maintaining stores when required, Assists in mailing and distribution of newsletters and publications and arranges to pay office utility and other bills, as required.
  • Support in loading and offloading of items delivered into the office.

Knowledge Management:
The Driver:

  • Uses all available information (including current radio news on traffic conditions) to update daily knowledge of road conditions, current passable routes and locations, and shares this information with other office drivers.
  • Update his/her knowledge and understanding of rules, regulations, guidelines, and procedures of GIZ by reading and re-reading all necessary documents such as the code of conduct, job description, national personnel hand book, standard procedures, materials from trainings, etc.
  • When necessary, translates in local language for the head of program and/or official personnel when using the car.

Other Duties / Additional Tasks:
The Driver:

  • Assists other colleagues as needed in the project, programme or office if there is no travel pending, carries out other office work on request.

According to GIZ Nigeria Salary scale for Band 1

Deadline: 16th February, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV and Letter of Motivation as one document with complete contact details via email to: using “Vacancy No. 006” 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.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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