Technical Advisor – Migration and Climate Change At GIZ

VA No.040
Job Title:Technical Advisor – Migration and Climate Change 
Min. qualification:A minimum of a Master’s degree or higher in climate science, environmental studies, public policy, international relations or in any other relevant field,
Organization:GIZ Nigeria, Global Programme Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change
Salary: According to GIZ salary scale for Band 4
Closing Date of advert07.06.2024


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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. Since 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 Project:

Global Programme Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change The impacts of climate change (like droughts, storms and sea-level rise) endanger lives, devastate infrastructure and can undermine the livelihoods of the poorest. Human mobility, i.e. migration, displacement or planned relocation, can be a response to these developments. The Global Programme Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change supports the BMZ as well as governments and regional organisations in affected regions of the Pacific, the Caribbean, West and East Africa as well as the Philippines in

(i)making climate change-induced migration development-oriented,

(ii) reducing displacement and its negative effects, as well as

(iii) managing voluntary planned relocation in a transparent, participatory and needs-oriented manner.

The project focuses on the following outputs:

  • Output A

Advice on (internal) migration, displacement triggered by disasters, and the voluntary and planned resettlement of individuals in the context of climate change is made available for German development cooperation.

  • Output B: 

Knowledge products for handling (internal) migration, displacement triggered by disasters and the voluntary and planned resettlement of individuals in the context of climate change are formulated.

  • Output C: 

The capacity of sub-national, national, regional or supraregional actors for handling (internal) migration, displacement triggered by disasters and the voluntary and planned resettlement of individuals in the context of climate change are strengthened.

Responsibilities & tasks:

A. Responsibilities

The HMCCC Advisor will:

  • Collaborate with the ECOWAS Commission to develop strategies that leverage migration as a tool for adaptation and development within the region.
  • Advise on effective strategies to reduce forced displacement caused by climate change in West Africa.
  • Provide technical expertise and strategic guidance on how to best address human mobility challenges arising from climate change.
  • Advocate for policies within the ECOWAS framework that encourage migration as a viable adaptation strategy for West African communities facing climate change.
  • Ensure responsible planned relocations: Work with the ECOWAS Commission to establish guidelines and best practices for transparent, participatory, and needs-based planned relocations in West Africa.

B. Tasks

The HMCCC Advisor performs the following tasks:

  • Conduct research on the impacts of climate change (droughts, storms, sea-level rise) and their influence on human mobility patterns in West Africa.
  • Analyze data on displacement figures, migration trends, and socioeconomic vulnerabilities within the region.
  • Coordinate and actively work with the ECOWAS Commission to build relationships with regional and international partners.
  • Develop and recommend strategies to make climate migration in West Africa contribute to development goals.
  • Support the design of regional programs/projects to reduce displacement risks and negative consequences associated with climate-induced migration.
  • Support through technical assistance and expertise the development of policies and action plans for addressing climate migration.
  • Facilitate dialogues and collaboration among stakeholders Regional and national levels (ECOWAS Commission, Member States, NGOs, communities) on planned relocation processes.
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to member states and partners.
  • Develop training programs and workshops.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing among stakeholders.
  • Develop and disseminate communication materials.
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks to assess the effectiveness of interventions aimed at managing climate migration.
  • Support the advocacy for increased resources and funding for programs that support vulnerable communities in West Africa facing climate change impacts.
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and communication materials to raise awareness about human mobility and climate change challenges in West Africa.
  • Build strong relationships with key partners, including

ECOWAS Commission’s partners, Member States officials, and civil society actors within West Africa.

  • Stay current on research developments related to climate migration and best practices in addressing its challenges.
  • Contribute to reporting to commissioning parties, including M&E and progress report, and at programme level.

Perform other duties and tasks at the request of project management.

C. Required qualifications, Competences and Experience Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as climate science, environmental studies, public policy, or international relations

Professional proficiency in at least 2 ECOWAS official languages (English/ French/ Portuguese). This will be tested.

Professional experience

  • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience with regional and international organizations in either human migration or climate change issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting the formulation of policies and strategies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the ECOWAS region
  • Demonstrated experience in programme coordination, event organisation including setting up and running conferences, public-private stakeholder events, and baseline studies (this includes the knowledge of organizing and hosting virtual meetings on diverse platforms).
  • Knowledge of international development and humanitarian aid principles is desirable.
  • Familiarity with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other relevant international agreements is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and networking abilities
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools.

Desired additional qualifications, competencies, and experiences

  • Work experience with international and donor organizations including GIZ.
  • Ability to work with little supervision to meet set deadlines.
  • Excellent copy editing, writing and research skills, analytical skills, oral and written presentation skills, interpersonal skills and high integrity.
  • Sound knowledge of relationship building, relationship management and networking.

Submission Guideline:

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

(Please include vacancy no. 040 in mail subject)

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