Head of Unit Enabling Environment for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Investment, NESP

Job Summary

Plan, implement and monitor activities of the Enabling Environment for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Investment Unit of the NESP according to GIZ guidelines with a clear focus on achieving results

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description

Location: Abuja

Responsibilities and Tasks

Plan, implement and monitor activities of the Enabling Environment for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Investment Unit of the NESP according to GIZ guidelines with a clear focus on achieving results

Activities will especially involve:

  • Supporting the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in implementing energy efficiency strategies and action plans in cooperation with the relevant actors
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency technologies standards development, enforcement and capacity building with SON
  • Organisational development and market promotion support to RE/EE associations
  • Supporting with regards to developing streamlined import procedures for RE/EE equipment
  • Energy Efficiency project development in industries/buildings
  • Establishment of a One Stop Shop Investment platform on RE/EE together with the NIPC and relevant actors
  • Developing and implementing innovative access to finance opportunities with relevant stakeholders
  • Disciplinary responsibility for experts deployed in the unit
  • Planning and monitoring of budgets for the unit’s activities Coordination with the other components of NESP
  • Promoting cooperation and networking of institutions
  • Setting up cooperation arrangements with German and international private-sector companies (for innovative technical solutions, as suppliers and partners for local companies)
  • Planning and steering of consultancy assignments
  • Internal and external representation of the unit

General obligations

The Head of Unit:

  • Remains updated on policy developments in Nigeria that are of relevance for the implementation of the unit’s activities
  • Is familiar with the framework of cooperation with the European Union and the German Government under which the programme is implemented
  • Is familiar with all units of the programme, concepts and status of implementation and knows the corresponding experts and staff;
  • Represents the interest of the GIZ and the programme and always acts on its behalf.
  • Carries out important tasks for the programme, even if these are not explicitly cited in the job description; performs other duties and tasks at the request of the management.

Required qualifications, competences and experience

  • A university degree in the field of engineering (e.g. industrial, electrical etc.), energy management, international cooperation or development studies Knowledge on development and enforcement of standards, regulations or codes in the clean energy sector
  • Knowledge of innovative access to finance mechanisms
  • Knowledge of energy saving opportunities and energy monitoring techniques
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in renewable energy & energy efficiency and/or standards and quality control mechanisms
  • Knowledge on investment promotion especially on clean energy
  • Proven project management experience incl. staff and budget responsibility
  • Work experience on project implementation within GIZ or another international cooperation organization working in Africa
  • Excellent knowledge of national actors and institutionsin the sphere of RE and EE required (proven work experiences needed)
  • Excellent knowledge on federal, state, and other local laws, rules, policies, procedures and relevant codes applicable to renewable energy and energy efficiency;
  • Networking and stakeholder moderation skills

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Fluency in English (speaking and writing); good knowledge of German is of added advantage
  • Excellent conceptual and organizational skills as well as moderation, presentation and communication skills in an intercultural context
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft word, outlook, excel and power point

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


The Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) is co-funded by the European Union and the German Government and implemented jointly by Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It aims at enabling and fostering investments in a domestic market for Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) and improve access to electricity in Nigeria.

As part of the programme and in close collaboration with its public and private partners, the unit on enabling environment aims at strengthening quality delivery and control mechanisms to enhance the market environment for the application of and investments in RE and EE. This will include activities with the Federal Ministry Power, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments, Federal Ministry of Finance, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON), Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, business associations as well as private sector participants.

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