Community Liaison Officer – Herders at GIZ, Plateau State.

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VA No. 070

Job Title: Community Liaison Officer – Herders

Min. qualification: Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Business Administration, Peace

and Conflict Development or in similar areas

Organization: GIZ Nigeria, Strengthening Capacities for Peace Building and Conflict

Resolution in Nigeria’s Middle Belt (PEACECORE)

Place: Jos, Plateau State

Salary: According to GIZ Nigeria Salary scale for Band 4

Closing Date of advert 06.12.2020

Background:GIZ. Solutions that work.
We provide services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for
sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide
variety of areas, including economic development and employment,
energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse
expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the
German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations
and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. The
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
(BMZ) is our main commissioning party, but we also work with the private
sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and
foreign trade.
All these commissioning parties place their trust in GIZ by working
together with us to generate ideas for political, social and economic
change, develop these into concrete plans and implement the envisaged
change processes. Since we are a public-benefit federal enterprise,
German and European values are central to our work. This makes us a
reliable service provider that people can trust. Together with our partners,
we work to deliver flexible and effective solutions that offer people better
prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.
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
Programme:The transitional development assistance (TDA) project financed by the
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
(BMZ) “Strengthening capacities for conflict resolution between
farmers and pastoralists in Central Nigeria” aims to establish the
conditions for a de-escalation of the violent conflicts in Plateau State
in Central Nigeria” (Plateau State).
Violent conflicts over access to land between (semi-)nomadic herders
and sedentary agrarian communities have escalated in recent years,
threatening the country’s security and stability. The project focuses on
the de-escalation and prevention of a further violent escalation of the
conflict. To this end, strategies and plans for fair access to land will be
developed, conflict resolution mechanisms established, and the
productivity of agricultural land use increased. The project has a
duration of 4 years (until 09/2023).
The project focuses on three components that are being developed
and implemented together with local and international partners:
Enhancement of capacities of state and civil society actors in
Plateau State to de-escalate resource conflicts between farmers
and pastoralists.
Create an environment where farmers and pastoralists are in a
position to resume traditional trade and exchange relationships.
Development of an impact and context monitoring that provides an
informed and relevant decision-making basis for local decisionmakers and development cooperation projects for contextsensitive planning and implementation of activities.
Responsibilities &
A. Responsibilities
Within the sensitive and multi-layered context of the farmer-herder
conflict in Plateau State / Nigeria, the Community Liaison Officer
contributes to identify, mobilize and build relations of trust and
cooperation with selected herder and Fulani communities targeted
to prevent and de-escalate conflict, strengthen livelihoods, good
governance – and sustainable community development structures
B. Tasks
The community liaison manager (herders)
▪ Establishes links and co-operations of trust between
residents of the project’s herder and Fulani communities and
the project
Develops networks and relationships, liaises with a
variety of community representatives, such as leaders,
local authorities, religious leaders, NGOs and other
relevant stakeholders, youth groups, co- operations,
associations, women and men
▪ Proactively and continuously gathers information and
analyses social, environmental and political
developments of selected target populations, feeds
information back to the project and assures observations
are taken into account when designing, implementing
and evaluating interventions
▪ Mobilises the population to participate in the development,
implementation and evaluation of project activities
▪ Pursues intervention approaches aimed at strengthening
target groups’ self-help capacities, assures community
development activities are carried out in a participative way
▪ Upholds quality assurance measures and proactively
suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives
in support of the program’s effectiveness
▪ Pursues cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with all
programme components
partners, relevant stakeholders and GIZ programmes to
assure the highest possible use of synergies
▪ Contributes to evaluation activities, monitoring and reporting,
documentation and communication in accordance to GIZ
communication – and reporting regulations
• Performs other tasks as and if requested by the Head of
• Undertakes approved business trips within Nigeria and –
rarely – outside Nigeria if requested for an effective
implementation of activities and / or for planning and
professional development purposes
• Assures to the best of his / her abilities to pursue the do no
harm approach in planning, implementing, reporting,
communicating and evaluating project interventions
• Assures at all times a professional approach and adherence
to GIZ rules and regulations and represents GIZ values in all
activities and behaviour
competences and
C. Required qualifications, competences and experience
• Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Business administraton,
Peace and Conflict Development or in a similar area
Professional experience
▪ 3 – 5 years of professional experience with national and
international organisations in the field of community
development and project implementation
3 years of experience in community work as part of
development and/or humanitarian projects
▪ Ability to analyse, present, visualise data and practical skills
in the use of office, statistical, graphical software
▪ Good knowledge and experience in the use of M&E
software’s and Excel
▪ Proven good working knowledge of ICT technologies and
computer applications (e.g. MS Office and Excel)
▪ Proven excellent knowledge of English, Fulani and Hausa
languages, both oral and written
▪ Good communication skills
▪ A good team player who is willing to take on responsibility
Other knowledge, additional competences
▪ knowledge of GIZ standards and procedures are an
▪ knowledge of resource related conflicts and dynamics in the
region of the Plateau State (Central Nigeria)
▪ capacity to work independently, structure tasks, comprehend
new topics quickly
▪ ability to work in multi- functional working groups
▪ excellent writing and communication skills, a high frustration
Duty station: Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

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. 070 in mail subject)
GIZ Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer; both men and women are
encouraged to apply.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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