Regional Cybersecurity Advisor (West Africa) at 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: Regional Cybersecurity Advisor (West Africa)

Vacancy No.: 036
Location: Abuja
Organization: GIZ Nigeria, Country Office

Responsibilities & Tasks

  • Support to the ECOWAS Commission on Advancing Regional Cybersecurity The Global Project “Partnership for Strengthening Cybersecurity” has been commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office in 2023. Its main goal is the reinforcement of selected bilateral and regional partners’ capabilities to prevent, mitigate and respond to cyber security threats.
  • Its regional components focus on the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as the Western Balkans and Eastern European countries. The project is implemented GIZ in close cooperation with regional political partners, and co-funded by the European Commission since 2024.
  • In West Africa, in close coordination with the ECOWAS Commission, the “Partnership for Strengthening Cybersecurity” project contributes to the implementation of ECOWAS’ regional measures to support a) the development of cyber diplomacy mechanisms and skills and b) enhance the protection of critical infrastructure through operational response capabilities across member states.
  • The Regional Cybersecurity Advisor (West Africa) will be embedded in the GIZ-ECOWAS office in Abuja, Nigeria, and at the same time closely coordinate (virtually) with the global project team, based in Germany

The Regional Cybersecurity Advisor (West Africa) is responsible for the following areas:

  • Design and implementation of regional project activities to advance regional skills and mechanisms on cyber diplomacy and operational response capabilities across West Africa
  • Provision of advisory services to the ECOWAS Commission on strategic cyber diplomacy and cybersecurity approaches
  • Multi-stakeholder management and network-building, including with regional experts, service providers, the local EU delegation, and other international partners.
  • Continuous project management, including communication and visibility activities, results-based monitoring and reporting, and knowledge management.

The Regional Cybersecurity Advisor (West Africa) performs the following tasks:

  • Regularly exchange with the ECOWAS Commission for strategic advice and the preparation and implementation of activities, with a focus on change management and sustainable anchoring
  • Steer the implementation of activities both in Abuja and across the region (e.g. policy and technical trainings with external partners, workshops, conferences, organisational change and community development), including coordination of participants, partners, contributors and local GIZ offices.
  • Tendering and quality control of contractual project partners, e.g. grantees and service providers, jointly with the GIZ office
  • Effective project management of the regional component (ECOWAS), including operational planning and reporting.
  • Create visibility and communication material and measures.
  • Function as a regional project focal point in West Africa, e.g. participate in relevant regional events on behalf of the project and regularly liaise with regional experts and partners.
  • Collaborate with and regularly report back to the global project team on project activities, stakeholder management, etc.

Required Qualifications, Competences, and Experience

  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Information Security, Cybersecurity, or a comparable field relevant to the position and subject area.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience with regional or international organizations in capacity building, organizational change, and policy advice.
  • Experience at the interface of digital and security policy, preferably in the fields of cybersecurity and cyber diplomacy.
  • Experience with procedures and actors in foreign affairs and international cooperation in digital or security policy fields.
  • Impact-oriented project management, event organization, results monitoring, and stakeholder management experience.

Technical Skills:

  • Proficiency in communications tools and software, including Microsoft Office and information dissemination platforms.
  • Professional proficiency in English, with at least working knowledge of French.

Desired Additional Qualifications, Competencies, and Experiences:
Work Experience:

  • Experience with international and development organizations, including GIZ.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision to meet deadlines.
  • Strong copy editing, writing, research, and analytical skills.
  • Strong relationship-building, relationship management, and networking skills.
  • Willingness to travel across the West African region for project activities, relevant events, and conferences.

According to GIZ salary scale for Band 4.

Application Closing Date
10th May, 2024 – midnight EAT.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and letter of motivation as one document with complete contact details to: using vacancy no. “036” as the subject of the email.

Submission Guidelines

  • Documents Required: Submit your CV and letter of motivation as a single document with complete contact details.
  • Subject Line: Include “Vacancy No.036” in the email subject line.
  • Equal Opportunity: GIZ is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, race, or religion.


  • GIZ is an equal opportunities employer committed to diversity.
  • All qualified candidates, regardless of disability, age, sex, ethnicity, race, and religion are encouraged to apply.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.