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Job Location: Abuja, Nigeria | ECOWAS

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.

Job Title: Principal Officer, Institutional Framework Job in Abuja, Nigeria

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

Application Closing Date
9th August, 2020.

Method of Application
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: [email protected] using the “Job Title” as the subject of the email.

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Job Title: Principal Accountant, Community Levy Job in Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja
Institution: ECOWAS Commission
Grade: P5
Status: Permanent    
Departement: Finance
Directorate: Budget & Treasury
Division: Budget & Treasury
Line Supervisor: Director, Budget & Treasury
Supervising: Accountants, CL Account Management

Role Overview

  • The incumbent shall ensure the timely production of periodic Community Levy reports for the Commission and the whole Community for his supervisors review.
  • The position will primarily be responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and management of grants, submission, ensure effective implementation of grants.
  • The incumbent shall report directly to the Director, Budget & Treasury and ensure the timely production of periodic financial reports for the Commission and the whole Community for his supervisors review.
  • The position will coordinate for review the strategic development, implementation, and management of grants, submission, ensure effective implementation of grants.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Initiate plans and programmes for the assessment and collection of Community Levy proceeds, arrears of proceeds and any contribution arrears from Member States.
  • Arrange for visit to Member States to investigate the assessment, collection and deposit of Community Levy proceeds into ECOWAS Accounts at the Central Banks.
  • Liaise with the various Customs authorities in Member States for information on Community Levies collected.
  • Arrange with the Central Banks to provide monthly bank statements on ECOWAS Community Levy Accounts on regular basis.
  • Ensures the proper recording and reconciliation of Community Levy proceeds with National Offices.
  • Oversee the operation of the Treasury Unit and make proposals to the Director of Finance on the best form of investment for surplus funds including surplus Community Levy proceeds.
  • Represent the Finance Department at Inter-departmental and inter-institutional meetings which concerns the Community Levy management during the absence of the Director of Budget & Treasury.
  • Ensures the provision of quarterly reports to management on the performance of Member States in connection with the collection and remittance of Community Levy and contribution arrears.
  • Prepare annual reports the Administration & Finance Committee and the Council of Ministers on the implementation of the Community Levy Protocol.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Accounting and / or Finance from a recognized university is required;
  • 10 years’ experience in a complex organizational environment, in budget formulation, financial monitoring, accounting and financial reporting; including 6 years relevant international work experience and 5 years of management experience in finance and budget operations;
  • Possession of a professional qualification in accounting such as ACCA, ACA, ANAN or other recognized accounting certification is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of financial accounting principles and concepts including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
  • Good knowledge of general aspects of financial management software and of at least one ERP software. Previous specific experience with SAP will be an asset
  • Demonstrated practical knowledge of relevant financial accounting principles and concepts to perform tasks in accordance with the generally accepted Accounting Principles and Standards of relevance to public sector and international organizations;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; accounting best practices, ECOWAS financial policies (e.g. revenue, accounts payable);
  • Knowledge of financial and budgetary principles and practices, budget development and financial administration of resources.

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 fulfillment 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

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: [email protected] using the “Job Title” as the subject of the email.

Click here to download Application Form (Ms Word)

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Job Title: Principal Officer, Archiving and Documentation Job in Abuja, Nigeria

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

Application Closing Date
8th 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: [email protected] using the “Job Title” as the subject of the email.

Click here to download Application Form (Ms Word)

Click here for more information