Program Officer at Korea International Cooperation Agency

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is the primary Official Development Assistance (ODA) agency of the Government of the Republic of Korea. Since its founding in 1991, KOICA’s mission is to, through the implementation of bilateral grant aid programs, work towards sustainable socio-economic development in partner developing countries, leading to the eradication of poverty and improvement of people’s lives. KOICA Nigeria Office opened in 2008 and has been providing support through grant aids, and implementing socio-economic development programs in Nigeria. KOICA Nigeria Office is located in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital city.

We are recruiting Nigerian nationals to join KOICA Nigeria Office in the capacity below:


Job Title: Program Officer

Location: Asokoro, Abuja (FCT)
Employment Type: Contract
Job Category: Project management
Length of service: One-year fixed-term contract renewable after evaluation (after successful completion of a three-month Probationary Period)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working with government agencies and international organizations to facilitate the formation, development, implementation, and evaluation of assigned KOICA programs.
  • Monitoring and analyzing program implementation, and reviewing relevant documents and reports.
  • Provide administrative and substantive support to the organization of meetings, workshops, events, etc.
  • Participating in field missions, including the provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.
  • Performing other duties as required.

All of the following qualifications are required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in International Development, International Relations, Public Administration, or related fields.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of project/program management, administration, or related area in governmental organizations, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations.
  • High level of computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Candidates possessing the following criteria are desirable:

  • Possession of PRINCE 2 Foundation, PRINCE 2 Practitioner, or PMP certification
  • Experience working with Korean government-funded projects/programs
  • Experience working with bilateral development agencies.


  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in English. Interprets public policies and the roles of each stakeholder. Interacts appropriately with a variety of stakeholders in both public and private sectors.
  • Professionalism: Mobilize resources effectively in project/program management. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Delivers results on time without compromising quality standards. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Willing to travel with Nigeria or abroad to manage assigned projects/programs.

Salary and other benefits will adhere to the policy of the KOICA Nigeria Office.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications which must include a copy of the correctly filled Application Form, Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Cover Letter written in English (Failing to do that, the file will not be examined) directly to KOICA via: using “Program Officer – Your Name” as the subject of the email.

Click here for the Application Form

Special Notice

  • Three-month Probationary Period is required. During the probation period, an employee may be dismissed upon the decision of the KOICA Nigeria Office.
  • Only selected candidates will be contacted for further procedures.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • The KOICA Nigeria Office reserves all rights for the recruitment.
  • Failure to issue supporting documents for Diplomas, professional experiences, or information on the CV, before signing the contract, will result in the cancellation of the application.
  • Applicants must provide complete and accurate information about their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in the application form. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted.
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Application Deadline 8th February, 2024 (11:59 PM WAT).

First Interview Date 19th February, 2024.

Second Oral Interview Date 26th February, 2024.


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