Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Job Recruitment (5 Positions)

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen West African countries. Founded on 28 May 1975, with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos, its mission is to promote economic integration across the region.

We are recruiting to fill the positions below:

1) Job Title: Principal Officer, Capacity Building & Best Practices

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: P2 / P3
Status: Permanent
Department: Political Affairs Peace And Security
Directorate: Political Affairs
Division: Electoral Assistance
Line Supervisor: PPO Electoral Assistance

Role Overview

  • Under the guidance and direct supervision of the PPO Electoral Assistance, the incumbent will support the Division in implementing programmes and activities of the Division Electoral Assistance, in line with the provisions of ECOWAS extant Protocols and Decisions, in particular, the 1999 Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Peacekeeping and Regional Security, the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of modules for Election training;
  • Organize workshops, seminars, conferences for Election experts;
  • Facilitate exchange programmes for Electoral Commissions;
  • Prepare policy papers and talking points for senior ECOWAS Officials on Election fields;
  • Ensure linkages and coordination between the work of the Division and the Network of Electoral Commission – ECONEC activities;
  • Provide substantive inputs into the operational activities of the Division, particularly for guiding training sessions during elections observation missions;
  • Assist in preparing statements, talking points, speeches and other documents for the Director of Political Affairs;
  • Participate in discussions and formulation of training modules for Electoral Commissions;
  • Coordinate training of election observers alongside with ECOWAS Centers of Excellences;
  • Coordinate and exchanges extensively with Directors in charge of training within Electoral Commissions;
  • Carry out with the Head of Unit, administrative functions relating to the staffing, planning and budget of electoral operations, trainings including selection of staff assigned to electoral missions;
  • Carry out any other assigned duty by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Economics, Law, Public Administration, or a related field from a recognized University.
  • 3 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, law, conflict resolution, or related field;
  • Ability to prepare technical summary and analytical briefing notes and reports on political issues;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of peacekeeping operations, including in the field of mediation.

Age Limit:

  • Be below 50 years old. This provision does not apply to internal candidates.

Ecowas Key Competencies:

  • Ability to  execute tasks, contact colleagues and contribute as needed towards  decision making to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to guide own work by setting and monitoring goals with strong personal initiative and commitment to ECOWAS;
  • Ability to model and advocate for compliance, good work ethics, flexibility and persistence to get job done coupled with an ability to influence positive teamwork and cooperation;
  • Ability to work in teams to carry out semi-routine work including assigning work, training and checking work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to engage with clients in positive exchanges that establishes mutual expectations, understanding and reduces uncertainties and conflicts;
  • Ability to keep  clients informed on matters of relevance to expectations, establishing “bring forward” systems and introducing other procedures/techniques to ensure that service standards are maintained;
  • Ability to make decisions based on guidelines, procedures and precedents and maintain confidentiality and discretion with clients;
  • Good judgement and demonstrated ability to be assertive – rather than passive or aggressive when interacting with clients;
  • Well-developed problem-solving, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills.
  • ability to perceive the moods and feelings of others, and to understand the attitude, interests, needs, and perspectives of others;
  • Well-developed ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds, open to understanding diverse cultural differences especially within West Africa;
  • Ability to listen attentively to people’s ideas, requests and concerns and to explain to others the need for diversity management in every day workplace practices;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to factor in diversity when providing services, responding to requests, recognizing and releasing preconceived notions and stereotypical views of certain groups and individuals.
  • Basic understanding of the ECOWAS organization mandate and its functions;
  • Ability to explain the functional area assigned to and the contributions it makes to the organization and its mandate;
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS semi-routine procedures, processes and practices as it relates to assigned responsibilities and information systems;
  • Ability to apply ECOWAS standards in emailing, reporting, correspondences, etc. and to contribute to implementing associated changes as directed.
  • Ability to carefully review and check the accuracy of information in work reports provided by management, management information systems or other individuals;
  • Good knowledge of office monitoring indicators of relevance to own work and ability to provide brief reports or updates;
  • Ability to edit, check, track and review documents prepared by others and reorganize data or information according to instructions using latest technology;
  • Efficiently retrieves, inputs, edits, formats, transmits and links electronic file data used for analysis and understands  data management operations;
  • Ability to condense information and/or produce concise summary notes to help others with decision-making, problem solving and/or assessment of work.
  • Demonstrated computer skills to communicate using tools, to write and format documents appropriately for presentation, the web, proposals, reports and other documents;
  • Ability to proofread, edit and revise documents to ensure they follow standard conventions for punctuation and mechanics and formatted in accordance to ECOWAS communication standards;
  • Ability to relay/redirect complete and accurate messages to appropriate persons/departments;
  • Proficiency in  information communication technologies(ICT);
  • Fluency in oral and written expressions in one of the ECOWAS official languages of the Community (English, French & Portuguese). Knowledge of an additional one will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to organize information and materials for others, solving minor problems and checking for completeness and compliance to standards and instructions;
  • Knowledge of techniques to prioritize tasks in fast paced workplace with frequent interruptions and moving deadlines and adaptability/ flexibility to meet work expectations;
  • Understanding and adherence to the policies, procedures and guidelines required to support the ECOWAS planning cycle at the individual and organizational level;
  • Good initiative with an ability to identify what needs to be done and take action in a proactive manner.

Annual Salary

  • UA42,916.53, USD67,713.70 / UA49,106.81, USD77,480.72

2) Job Title: Principal Officer, Institutional Framework

Duty Station: Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: P2/P3
Status: Permanent
Directorate: Political Affairs
Division: Electoral Assistance
Institution: ECOWAS COMMISSION
Department: Political Affairs, Peace And Security
Line Supervisor: PPO Electoral Assistance

Role Overview

  • Under the guidance and direct supervision of the PPO Electoral Assistance, the incumbent main task will be to support the Head of Division in implementing programmes and activities related to institutional framework, in line with the provisions of ECOWAS extant Protocols and Decisions, in particular, the 1999 Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Peacekeeping and Regional Security, the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in discussions and formulation of political and technical strategies in electoral fields;
  • Support the Head of the Division planning and executing ECOWAS Pre-Election Fact-Finding Missions logistics
  • Coordination and arrange logistics for ECOWAS Election Observation Missions ( Long and Short-Terms)  in the region;
  • Liaise with National election management bodies and ECONEC and other organisations as required on electoral matters
  • Provide analytical reports on electoral matters;
  • Prepare policy papers and talking points for senior ECOWAS officials as required;
  • Meets regularly with counterpart in the department of political affairs to plan electoral projects and review activities;
  • Support the Head of the Division in planning and executing All ECOWAS After Action Review.
  • Provides substantives input for the formulation of operational plan of electoral field presence;
  • Makes recommendations on actions to be taken, participates in discussions regarding electoral matters and democratization;
  • Make contacts with other organizations and provide as appropriate, suggestions and recommendations on electoral issues;
  • Manage or supervise electoral projects being implemented in the countries;
  • Carry out with the Head of Division, administrative functions relating to the staffing, planning and budget of electoral operations, including selection of staff assigned to electoral missions;

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Economics, Law, Public Administration, or a related field from a recognized University.
  • 3 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, law, conflict resolution, or related field;
  • Ability to prepare technical summary and analytical briefing notes and reports on political issues;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of peacekeeping operations, including in the field of mediation.

Age Limit

  • Be below 50 years old. This provision does not apply to internal candidates.

ECOWAS Key Competencies:

  • Ability to execute tasks, contact colleagues and contribute as needed towards decision making to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to guide own work by setting and monitoring goals with strong personal initiative and commitment to ECOWAS;
  • Ability to model and advocate for compliance, good work ethics, flexibility and persistence to get job done coupled with an ability to influence positive teamwork and cooperation;
  • Ability to work in teams to carry out semi-routine work including assigning work, training and checking work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to engage with clients in positive exchanges that establishes mutual expectations, understanding and reduces uncertainties and conflicts;
  • Ability to keep  clients informed on matters of relevance to expectations, establishing “bring forward” systems and introducing other procedures/techniques to ensure that service standards are maintained;
  • Ability to make decisions based on guidelines, procedures and precedents and maintain confidentiality and discretion with clients;
  • Good judgement and demonstrated ability to be assertive – rather than passive or aggressive when interacting with clients;
  • Well-developed problem-solving, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to perceive the moods and feelings of others, and to understand the attitude, interests, needs, and perspectives of others;
  • Well-developed ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds, open to understanding diverse cultural differences especially within West Africa;
  • Ability to listen attentively to people’s ideas, requests and concerns and to explain to others the need for diversity management in every day workplace practices;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to factor in diversity when providing services, responding to requests, recognizing and releasing preconceived notions and stereotypical views of certain groups and individuals.
  • Basic understanding of the ECOWAS organization mandate and its functions;
  • Ability to explain the functional area assigned to and the contributions it makes to the organization and its mandate;
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS semi-routine procedures, processes and practices as it relates to assigned responsibilities and information systems;
  • Ability to apply ECOWAS standards in emailing, reporting, correspondences, etc. and to contribute to implementing associated changes as directed.
  • Ability to carefully review and check the accuracy of information in work reports provided by management, management information systems or other individuals;
  • Good knowledge of office monitoring indicators of relevance to own work and ability to provide brief reports or updates;
  • Ability to edit, check, track and review documents prepared by others and reorganize data or information according to instructions using latest technology;
  • Efficiently retrieves, inputs, edits, formats, transmits and links electronic file data used for analysis and understands  data management operations;
  • Ability to condense information and/or produce concise summary notes to help others with decision-making, problem solving and/or assessment of work.
  • Demonstrated computer skills to communicate using tools, to write and format documents appropriately for presentation, the web, proposals, reports and other documents;
  • Ability to proofread, edit and revise documents to ensure they follow standard conventions for punctuation and mechanics and formatted in accordance to ECOWAS communication standards;
  • Ability to relay/redirect complete and accurate messages to appropriate persons/departments;
  • Proficiency in  information communication technologies(ICT);
  • Fluency in oral and written expressions in one of the ECOWAS official languages of the Community (English, French & Portuguese). Knowledge of an additional one will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to organize information and materials for others, solving minor problems and checking for completeness and compliance to standards and instructions;
  • Knowledge of techniques to prioritize tasks in fast-paced workplace with frequent interruptions and moving deadlines and adaptability/ flexibility to meet work expectations;
  • Understanding and adherence to the policies, procedures and guidelines required to support the ECOWAS planning cycle at the individual and organizational level;
  • Good initiative with an ability to identify what needs to be done and take action in a proactive manner.

Annual Salary
UA42,916.53,USD67,713.70 / UA49,106.81,USD77,480.72

3) Job Title: Principal Officer, Administration, Human Resources & Finance

Location: Accra, Ghana
Institution: ECOWAS Commission
Grade: P5
Status: Permanent    
Agency: Ecowas Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (Erera)
Directorate: Chairman
Division: Administration, Finance & Human Resources
Line Supervisor: Chairman

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Chairman, the incumbent shall be responsible for planning, co-coordinating and directing the Institutions Administration, Human Resources, Finance and support services.

Supervising:

  • HR & Administration Officer
  • Finance & Accounting Officer

Role and Responsibilities

  • Ensure the planning, coordination and control of the activities of the Directorate;
  • Manage staff organization and discipline including attendance, leave roster, writing schedule of duties, recruitment of staff in liaison with ECOWAS Commission and ERERA Regulatory Council;
  • Assist in the formulation, implementation and review of administrative policies, procedures and decisions of ERERA.
  • Assist in the implementation of ECOWAS financial regulations and procedures;
  • Manage the organization of the postage and postal services of the organization;
  • Ensure the preparation of the budget of the organization;
  • Ensure donor fund management and reporting;
  • Ensure smooth operation of the ongoing administrative functions including work environment, space, equipment and information retrieval system;
  • Assist in identifying the operational needs and develop and support the implementation of the organisation’s Annual Procurement Plan;
  • Collate input for the different divisions of ERERA and formulate  the  budget and work programme, and monitor unit’s budget and programme of work;
  • Monitoring payments to vendors and individual contractors for services rendered;
  • Coordinate shipment/freights, customs clearances and the preparation of all related  documentation;
  • Supervise other Administration, Human Resources and Finance staff;
  • Provide information to staff regarding office administration procedures, processes and practices;
  • Ensure the implementation of all the initiatives that will enable a rational management of the material, human resources (logistics and procedures);
  • Ensure the preparation of objective, accurate, coherent reports in conformity with ECOWAS/ERERA Rules and Regulations;
  • Ensure the efficient reporting of actions implemented and results to the Chairman;
  • Ensure coherence of the actions and activities implemented with specific objectives of the Directorate and the general objectives of the Institution;
  • Define the main orientations of controls and indicators to be put in place, as well as the framework for reporting to the ERERA Council;
  • Advise the Chairman on issues regarding staff suitability for appointments, welfare and discipline and other type of staff movements; management of staff relations, trends and developments in the areas of material, financial and human resources;
  • Execute any other duty as might be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Administration and Finance, Business Administration, or in a similar discipline from a recognized University.
  • 10 years of professional experience in procurement, human resources, administration, managing finance and budget operations in an international or multinational organizations including 5 years at a supervisory level;
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS financial regulations and procedures and an ability to apply them;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical advice on a broad range of administrative, financial and accountancy  areas;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in network development to support financial data.

Age Limit:

  • Be below 50 years old. This provision does not apply to internal candidates.

ECOWAS Key Competencies:

  • Ability to lead in assigned programmes and projects by providing the necessary managerial and operational expertise required for the fulfilment of the organization’s mandate;
  • Ability to lead by example and organize teamwork to encourage cooperation to achieve targeted results, champion and build momentum for change and to bring about employee engagement; develops and implements internal controls for pilot program to manage potential barriers to implementation;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Excellent self-management skills, demonstrating ethics and integrity, confidentiality and displaying due regards for internal controls of rules, delegations and transparency;
  • Ability to bring together complementary skills/expertise, assess individual contributions and recognize/address accomplishments and shortcomings in a manner that brings continued success to the organization;
  • Knowledge of program management at the level usually acquired from a certification in program management.
  • Ability to research benchmarks and trends to bring about the best recommendations for the development and improvement of programs/projects that will best serve the community/organization;
  • Well-developed networking and interpersonal skills to seek feedback, information and data from a network of professionals from multiple countries/sectors/organizations and to identify and prioritize the most critical community requirements;
  • Ability to manage and co-ordinate client management initiatives and make recommendations;
  • Ability to develop and implement best practices in client services;
  • Ability to develop and implement stakeholder management plans, programs and initiatives to obtain buy-in on new initiatives, to better understand dissenting views, to obtain resources and to increase perceptions of success.
  • Ability to be diplomatic, tactful and respect of other people from varied backgrounds, understanding diverse cultural views especially within West Africa with the ability to convert diversity into opportunities to improve program/operational outcomes;
  • Ability to create a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths bringing together innovative practices;
  • Ability to remain objective in managing conflict regardless of cultural differences /positions, gender differences, and encourage other staff to overcome cultural and gender bias and  differences;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to serve the interest of culturally diverse multinational teams/organizations/communities and persons with disability without prejudice and bias.
  • Understanding of the ECOWAS organizational structure, associated dynamics and expectations as required to collaborate, participate, contribute and lead effectively;
  • Knowledge of the ECOWAS mandate, strategic plan/priorities as well as the economic, political and social situation and trends in member states, as pertains to own scope of work;
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS best practices, program management approaches and research techniques to lead and/or contribute to the development or assessment of programs, projects or initiatives;
  • Knowledge of the  ECOWAS rules and procedures in order to appropriately interpret and apply directive text, provide technical advice, coach others and assess performance.
  • Ability to analyze a situation by using indicators to assess the costs, benefits, risks, and chances for success, in making  decisions;
  • Ability to pull together information from different sources to identify the cause of problems, consequences of alternative causes of action, potential obstacles and ways to avoid the problem in the future;
  • Ability to break down very complex situations/information into simple terms  to explain recommendations and conclusions aimed at solving problems or improving operations/programs/projects;
  • Ability to develop new insights into situations, apply innovative solutions to problems and to design new methods of addressing issues or disconnects where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or no longer effective.
  • Ability to communicate with impact, clearly and concisely in a succinct and organized manner conveying credibility & confidence when making presentations, setting expectations and explaining complex issues;
  • Ability to listen intently and correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately;
  • Accomplished technical writing and editing skills;
  • Exhibit active listening skills to encourage stronger communication amongst  team members, to show care and make them feel valued and to  drive employee engagement in all institutions and agencies;
  • Ability to give constructive feedback, provide recognition, address shortcomings and motivate direct reports to work at peak performance;
  • Proficiency in  information communication technologies(ICT);
  • Fluency in oral and written expressions in one of the ECOWAS official languages of the Community (English, French & Portuguese). Knowledge of an additional one will be an added advantage.
  • Organizational and project/program management skills with significant experience identifying timelines, targets, costs and resources necessary to deliver on operational/program/project outputs in line with result based management approach;
  • Ability to set effective goals and targets for self, others, and the work unit and adjusting work or project priorities in response to changing circumstances;
  • Ability to use participatory approach in project planning and identify gaps affecting the achievement of program/project expectations and to design and implement intervention plans required to build the desired task;
  • Ability to implement rigorous monitoring and evaluation practices and to set in place regular reporting schedules relevant to key outputs;
  • Ability to plan, organize, control resources, and to comply with  policies, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Annual Salary
UA56, 339.24, USD88, 892.05

4) Job Title: Principal Officer, Archiving and Documentation

Location: Abuja
Institution: ECOWAS Commission
Grade: P5
Status: Permanent    
Department: Office of the President
Directorate: Communication
Division: Archiving and Documentation
Line Supervisor: Director, Communication
Supervising: PO Library Services and Documentation Office, PO Archivist

Role Overview

  • Under the supervising of the Director of Communication Keep data organized, safe and available is the main task. This involves maintaining paper files, electronic files, or even databases. Inputting, organizing, and retrieving information from these systems.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Provide professional advice on library development/documentation support to the Community.
  • Planning, Development, Supervision and coordination of delivery of Library, Archiving and Documentation services.
  • Supervise and coordinate the maintenance of accurate and timely reference answers to enquiries of information about ECOWAS Community and its institutions.
  • Supervise the acquisition, processing, organisation and presentation of official documents, books, journals/magazines relating to core mandate of the ECOWAS Commission in textual, audio, photographic formats
  • Manage data about ECOWAS Commission and other ECOWAS institutions, new acquisitions including reports, publications and research for cataloguing.  Develops on line guides for easy access.
  • Supervise the storage, archiving and develops on- line guides for retrieval of the Commissions’ documents.
  • Supervise document control activities by reviewing and editing prior to them being sent to ECOWAS Commission and other ECOWAS institutions and departments or archived.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Library, Archiving and Documentation or related field from a recognized university;
  • 10 years responsible experience in Library, Archiving and Documentation services, of which at least 2 years relevant international work and 2 years at a supervisory level;
  • Proven competence in developing content and implementing complex communications strategies to broaden awareness of Programmes and priorities;
  • Knowledge in drafting communication strategies and plans in order ensure visibility across key audiences, including the media;

Age Limit:

  • Be below 50 years old. This provision does not apply to internal candidates.

ECOWAS Key Competencies

  • Ability to lead in assigned programmes and projects by providing the necessary managerial and operational expertise required for the fulfilment of the organization’s mandate;
  • Ability to lead by example and organize teamwork to encourage cooperation to achieve targeted results, champion and build momentum for change and to bring about employee engagement; develops and implements internal controls for pilot program to manage potential barriers to implementation;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Excellent self-management skills, demonstrating ethics and integrity, confidentiality and displaying due regards for internal controls of rules, delegations and transparency;
  • Ability to bring together complementary skills/expertise, assess individual contributions and recognize/address accomplishments and shortcomings in a manner that brings continued success to the organization;
  • Knowledge of program management at the level usually acquired from a certification in program management.
  • Ability to research benchmarks and trends to bring about the best recommendations for the development and improvement of programs/projects that will best serve the community/organization;
  • Well-developed networking and interpersonal skills to seek feedback, information and data from a network of professionals from multiple countries/sectors/organizations and to identify and prioritize the most critical community requirements;
  • Ability to manage and co-ordinate client management initiatives and make recommendations;
  • Ability to develop and implement best practices in client services;
  • Ability to develop and implement stakeholder management plans, programs and initiatives to obtain buy-in on new initiatives, to better understand dissenting views, to obtain resources and to increase perceptions of success.
  • Ability to be diplomatic, tactful and respect of other people from varied backgrounds, understanding diverse cultural views especially within West Africa with the ability to convert diversity into opportunities to improve program/operational outcomes;
  • Ability to create a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths bringing together innovative practices;
  • Ability to remain objective in managing conflict regardless of cultural differences /positions, gender differences, and encourage other staff to overcome cultural and gender bias and  differences;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to serve the interest of culturally diverse multinational teams/organizations/communities and persons with disability without prejudice and bias.
  • Understanding of the ECOWAS organizational structure, associated dynamics and expectations as required to collaborate, participate, contribute and lead effectively;
  • Knowledge of the ECOWAS mandate, strategic plan/priorities as well as the economic, political and social situation and trends in member states, as pertains to own scope of work;
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS best practices, program management approaches and research techniques to lead and/or contribute to the development or assessment of programs, projects or initiatives;
  • Knowledge of the ECOWAS rules and procedures in order to appropriately interpret and apply directive text, provide technical advice, coach others and assess performance.
  • Ability to analyze a situation by using indicators to assess the costs, benefits, risks, and chances for success, in making  decisions;
  • Ability to pull together information from different sources to identify the cause of problems, consequences of alternative causes of action, potential obstacles and ways to avoid the problem in the future;
  • Ability to break down very complex situations/information into simple terms  to explain recommendations and conclusions aimed at solving problems or improving operations/programs/projects;
  • Ability to develop new insights into situations, apply innovative solutions to problems and to design new methods of addressing issues or disconnects where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or no longer effective
  • Ability to communicate with impact, clearly and concisely in a succinct and organized manner conveying credibility & confidence when making presentations, setting expectations and explaining complex issues;
  • Ability to listen intently and correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately;
  • Accomplished technical writing and editing skills;
  • Exhibit active listening skills to encourage stronger communication amongst  team members, to show care and make them feel valued and to  drive employee engagement in all institutions and agencies;
  • Ability to give constructive feedback, provide recognition, address shortcomings and motivate direct reports to work at peak performance;
  • Proficiency in  information communication technologies(ICT);
  • Fluency in oral and written expressions in one of the ECOWAS official languages of the Community (English, French & Portuguese). Knowledge of an additional one will be an added advantage.
  • Organizational and project/program management skills with significant experience identifying timelines, targets, costs and resources necessary to deliver on operational/program/project outputs in line with result based management approach;
  • Ability to set effective goals and targets for self, others, and the work unit and adjusting work or project priorities in response to changing circumstances;
  • Ability to use participatory approach in project planning and identify gaps affecting the achievement of program/project expectations and to design and implement intervention plans required to build the desired task;
  • Ability to implement rigorous monitoring and evaluation practices and to set in place regular reporting schedules relevant to key outputs;
  • Ability to plan, organize, control resources, and to comply with  policies, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Annual Salary
UA66, 123.98, USD104, 330.42

5) Job Title: Principal Officer, Capacity Building & Best Practices

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: P2 / P3
Status: Permanent
Department: Political Affairs Peace And Security
Directorate: Political Affairs
Division: Electoral Assistance
Line Supervisor: PPO Electoral Assistance

Role Overview

  • Under the guidance and direct supervision of the PPO Electoral Assistance, the incumbent will support the Division in implementing programmes and activities of the Division Electoral Assistance, in line with the provisions of ECOWAS extant Protocols and Decisions, in particular, the 1999 Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Peacekeeping and Regional Security, the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of modules for Election training;
  • Organize workshops, seminars, conferences for Election experts;
  • Facilitate exchange programmes for Electoral Commissions;
  • Prepare policy papers and talking points for senior ECOWAS Officials on Election fields;
  • Ensure linkages and coordination between the work of the Division and the Network of Electoral Commission – ECONEC activities;
  • Provide substantive inputs into the operational activities of the Division, particularly for guiding training sessions during elections observation missions;
  • Assist in preparing statements, talking points, speeches and other documents for the Director of Political Affairs;
  • Participate in discussions and formulation of training modules for Electoral Commissions;
  • Coordinate training of election observers alongside with ECOWAS Centers of Excellences;
  • Coordinate and exchanges extensively with Directors in charge of training within Electoral Commissions;
  • Carry out with the Head of Unit, administrative functions relating to the staffing, planning and budget of electoral operations, trainings including selection of staff assigned to electoral missions;
  • Carry out any other assigned duty by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Economics, Law, Public Administration, or a related field from a recognized University.
  • 3 years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs, international relations, law, conflict resolution, or related field;
  • Ability to prepare technical summary and analytical briefing notes and reports on political issues;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of peacekeeping operations, including in the field of mediation.

Age Limit:

  • Be below 50 years old. This provision does not apply to internal candidates.

Ecowas Key Competencies:

  • Ability to  execute tasks, contact colleagues and contribute as needed towards  decision making to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to guide own work by setting and monitoring goals with strong personal initiative and commitment to ECOWAS;
  • Ability to model and advocate for compliance, good work ethics, flexibility and persistence to get job done coupled with an ability to influence positive teamwork and cooperation;
  • Ability to work in teams to carry out semi-routine work including assigning work, training and checking work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to engage with clients in positive exchanges that establishes mutual expectations, understanding and reduces uncertainties and conflicts;
  • Ability to keep  clients informed on matters of relevance to expectations, establishing “bring forward” systems and introducing other procedures/techniques to ensure that service standards are maintained;
  • Ability to make decisions based on guidelines, procedures and precedents and maintain confidentiality and discretion with clients;
  • Good judgement and demonstrated ability to be assertive – rather than passive or aggressive when interacting with clients;
  • Well-developed problem-solving, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills.
  • ability to perceive the moods and feelings of others, and to understand the attitude, interests, needs, and perspectives of others;
  • Well-developed ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds, open to understanding diverse cultural differences especially within West Africa;
  • Ability to listen attentively to people’s ideas, requests and concerns and to explain to others the need for diversity management in every day workplace practices;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to factor in diversity when providing services, responding to requests, recognizing and releasing preconceived notions and stereotypical views of certain groups and individuals.
  • Basic understanding of the ECOWAS organization mandate and its functions;
  • Ability to explain the functional area assigned to and the contributions it makes to the organization and its mandate;
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS semi-routine procedures, processes and practices as it relates to assigned responsibilities and information systems;
  • Ability to apply ECOWAS standards in emailing, reporting, correspondences, etc. and to contribute to implementing associated changes as directed.
  • Ability to carefully review and check the accuracy of information in work reports provided by management, management information systems or other individuals;
  • Good knowledge of office monitoring indicators of relevance to own work and ability to provide brief reports or updates;
  • Ability to edit, check, track and review documents prepared by others and reorganize data or information according to instructions using latest technology;
  • Efficiently retrieves, inputs, edits, formats, transmits and links electronic file data used for analysis and understands  data management operations;
  • Ability to condense information and/or produce concise summary notes to help others with decision-making, problem solving and/or assessment of work.
  • Demonstrated computer skills to communicate using tools, to write and format documents appropriately for presentation, the web, proposals, reports and other documents;
  • Ability to proofread, edit and revise documents to ensure they follow standard conventions for punctuation and mechanics and formatted in accordance to ECOWAS communication standards;
  • Ability to relay/redirect complete and accurate messages to appropriate persons/departments;
  • Proficiency in  information communication technologies(ICT);
  • Fluency in oral and written expressions in one of the ECOWAS official languages of the Community (English, French & Portuguese). Knowledge of an additional one will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to organize information and materials for others, solving minor problems and checking for completeness and compliance to standards and instructions;
  • Knowledge of techniques to prioritize tasks in fast paced workplace with frequent interruptions and moving deadlines and adaptability/ flexibility to meet work expectations;
  • Understanding and adherence to the policies, procedures and guidelines required to support the ECOWAS planning cycle at the individual and organizational level;
  • Good initiative with an ability to identify what needs to be done and take action in a proactive manner.

Annual Salary

  • UA42,916.53, USD67,713.70 / UA49,106.81, USD77,480.72

Application Closing Date
9th August, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should download the Application Form below, fill it out correctly; attach a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Motivation Letter and send to: b10Pcapacitybbp@ecowas.int using the “Job Title” as the subject of the email.

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