Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS


30/10/2018 - 11:38
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The European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union.

For humanitarian aid, the Commission works with about 200 operational partners, including United Nations agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent movement and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.

The ECHO office in Abuja, Nigeria, is seeking for a driver who will be based in Abuja, with possibilities of travels to other Nigeria states.
The candidate must:

  • Have a secondary education certificate or equivalent;
  •  Possess a valid driver’s licence not less than 5 years old;
  •  Demonstrate 4 years of relevant experience driving 4WDs with a safe driving record
  • Have worked for at least 3 years as a driver for either International NGOs, UN, embassies, or EU institutions;
  •  Have at least a certificate in mechanical engineering.
  • Possess good communication skills and demonstrate ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrate basic computer literacy
  •  Be fluent in English (oral and written). Command of Haoussa is an asset.

As a part of a small but dynamic team, the driver will carry out activities such as:

  • Drive ECHO vehicles upon request according to ECHO vehicle guidelines
  • Ensure proper day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle so that the vehicle is kept clean and in good running condition at all times
  •  Maintain all records related to the use of vehicles such as Vehicle Daily Log and Vehicle History Record, and regularly submit them to relevant administration staff.
  • Support general office administration such as messengerial and clerical tasks.

DG ECHO applies a policy of equal opportunities. Our recruitment policy is based on respect for diversity, maintaining the gender balance, as well as the balance between professional and private life, and support for training and developments opportunities.
This is a local posting for nationals open to other residents of Nigeria with a valid work and residence permit. The contract is initially for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to a 3 months’ probationary period. As an indication the monthly basic salary is an average of NGN 262,227 (subject to local tax law). In addition to this, the employee will also receive disability/retiremet allowance, 13th month salary as well as a medical coverage.
Applications including a cover letter, a detailed CV, academic and employment certificates should be uploaded through  until Friday 23rd November 2018 midnight Local Time Abuja at the latest.

The vacancy reference must be clearly indicated in the subject line.
Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Candidates who will not have been contacted by 31st January 2019 should consider that they have not been selected.
Any form of canvassing, soliciting or influencing will be treated as grounds for disqualification.


Terms of reference are available below.

Job summary:
The job holder drives the office vehicle for transporting authorised personnel and delivery/collection of mail, documents and other items for the ECHO office.
2. Responsibilities & Tasks:

Within delegated authority, the Driver (Group V) will be responsible for the following tasks:
Driver Duties

  •  Drives ECHO vehicles upon request and according to the information contained in the logistics board;
  • Provides reliable and safe driving services by driving office vehicles for the transport of ECHO staff, EU officials and visitors and delivery and collection of mail, documents and other items;
  •  Meets EU officials and visitors at the airport and provides support with visa and customs formalities arrangement when required;
  •  Loads / unloads vehicle and ensures security of goods while in the vehicle;
  •  Ensures proper day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle through timely minor repairs, arrangements for and supervision of major repairs, timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes and water levels, car washing, etc so that the vehicle is kept clean and in good running condition at all times;
  • Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle registration, vehicle logs, check list, fuel form office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, and necessary spare parts in the assigned vehicle;
  • Checks the weekly mission’s schedule of the vehicle, anticipates needs and reports any changes in vehicle use plan;
  •  Ensures all preparations for field missions (vehicle, equipment, routes, contacts, etc..), under the supervision of the line manager;
  • Ensures that the steps required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in an accident;
  •  Report immediately any accident or incident, even minor, to the HoO and RLC if applicable;

Specific tasks for the Driver:

  • Supervises office drivers, monitors the maintenance of Vehicle Daily Logs and Vehicle History Records;
  •  Maintains all records related to the use of ECHO vehicles such as Vehicle Daily Log and Vehicle History Record, and regularly submits them to relevant administration staff;
  • Fleet management - Follows-up the maintenance and insurance of the vehicles.


  •  Registers, distributes and archives all the incoming and outgoing mail;
  •  Gets and delivers mail where needed

General Administration Support

  • Assists office staff in filing, photocopying when required;
  •  Performs other tasks as assigned by the supervisor;
  • Translating and interpreting, as appropriate.

Specific tasks for the Driver:

  • Assists in the training, briefing and welcoming of newly recruited personnel;

Office specific responsibilities/tasks: (If/When applicable)

  • Undertakes any additional tasks as assigned by the Head of Office/RSO and/or Headquarters.

3. Competencies required:
Core Competencies:
Drive for Results - Medium level
Conduct in Service – Basic level
Functional Competencies:
Working with others – Medium level
Managing & Organising information – Basic level
Communication – Basic level
Customer Orientation – Basic level
Organisational Awareness – Basic level
Adaptability & Flexibility – Medium level
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving – Basic level
The definition of each competency and examples of behaviours expected for each level are listed in annex.
4. Job Requirements:


  • Secondary education or equivalent. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience driving 4wheel drives, with a safe driving record;
  • Specific driving experience in the country and sub-region;
  • Basic knowledge of protocol rules and procedures;
  •  Good communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
  • Knowledge of communication equipment such radio, GPS is an advantage
  •  Knowledge of driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repairs;
  • Previous experience in a Governmental or other International Organisation is an advantage;
  • Basic computer literacy.


  • Fluency in English (verbal).
  •  A Good knowledge of Hausa language.
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