Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is recruiting for various positions


  2020-08-31
  Unspecified

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 position below:

Job Title: Principal Officer, Human Resources

Location: Abuja
Institution: ECOWAS Parliament
Grade: P5
Status: Permanent
Directorate: Directorate Of Admin. And Finance
Division: Human Resource Division
Line Supervisor: Director, Administration. & Finance
Supervising: Human Resource Officer

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the the Director, Adminsitration & Finance, the incumbent will advise management on human resource matters and coordinate the human resources functions at all levels to ensure the high quality, productive and motivated work force in lne with international best practices while achieving the objectives of the Parliament.

Role And Responsibilities

  • Advise management on existing ECOWAS HR policies as well as propose internal policies for the smooth management of the work force of the Parliament;
  • Advise and guide Divisional Heads on the management of the staff under their supervision to help achieve maximum productivity within a cooperative environment;
  • Assist in developing detailed strategies relating to Recruitment, Career Management, Rewards Management and other HR practices in line with best practice;
  • Propose and develop strategic partnerships for long term capacity building of staff members for their current and future jobs; and also for capacity building of Members of Parliament;
  • Contribute to implementing in-house, ECOWAS initiatives in job design/review/evolution, talent management and general periodic institutional reforms;
  • Supervise and coordinate HR staff and HR service delivery to the institution and staff members such as benefits processing, health and wellness services, leave management, staff appraisals and progression, etc.
  • Contribute to succession planning and prudent recruitment of staff to ensure a good supply of competitive talents to help advance the course of the Parliament;
  • Liaise and cooperate with the Community HR family to ensure uniform HR practices, shared experiences and mutual support
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications And Experience

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Human Resources, Social Sciences or Humanities from a recognized University.
  • Ten (10) years of professional experience in Human Resource Management, of which at least 2 years relevant international work and 2 years at a supervisory level;
  • Broad knowledge of human resources management with in-depth knowledge of practices, procedures and processes in several of the following sub-functions: recruitment and promotion, training and executive development, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, HR information systems, analytics, reporting, monitoring, strategic and workforce planning, talent management, salary administration and financial planning, pension and organizational design/position administration;
  • Demonstrated practical knowledge of relevant employment laws, rules, regulations, and principles with  deep understanding of opportunities and challenges unique to public sector management and international organizations;
  • Knowledge of change management and organizational development, preferably in diversified and geographically dispersed public-sector and/or international organizations;
  • Ability to lead on policy and program development initiatives, carry out consultations, produce options and research impacts/risks.

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;
  • 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 respectful 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 or 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 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

Job Title: Principal Officer, General Admin & Conference

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Institution: Ecowas Parliament
Status: Permanent
Grade: P5
Directorate: Directorate of Adminsitration & Finance
Division: General Administration  & Conference
Line Supervisor: Director, Administration. & Finance

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Director, Administration. & Finance, the incumbent will supervise the general administrative services, procurement, and conference services to ensure effective and efficient administrative support for the Parliament.

Supervising:

  • Administrative Officer
  • Conference Officer
  • Procurement Officer

Role and Responsibilities

  • Plan, co-ordinate and supervise the work and the staff of the Division;
  • Supervise the administration of the procurement process of the institution in line with the Community Procurement Code to ensure the availability of working tools and logistics for the institution;
  • Serve as Secretary to the Tender Committee;
  • Assist in supervising all conference related logistical arrangements for all meetings of the Parliament to ensure smooth and successful meetings;
  • Supervise the management of official correspondence between the Parliament and other institutions; provide guidance in defining a filing system to help build institutional memory.
  • Assist in the formulation, implementation and review of administrative policies and decisions;
  • Maintain an inventory as well as keep custody of all policy files of the institution;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Management, Business Administration or Social Science from a recognized University.
  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience in general administration, conference logistics, procurement or related field, of which at least 2 years relevant international work and 2 years at a supervisory level;
  • knowledge of international Procurement laws, codes and standards;
  • extensive experience applying budgeting and procurement policies and practices;
  • ability to lead on large scale initiatives, organize various components, mobilize people towards a single objective and monitor results.

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;
  • 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 respectful 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 or 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 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.

Job Title: Principal Accountant, Finance

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Institution: Ecowas Parliament
Grade: P5
Status: Permanent
Directorate: Directorate Of Admin.& Finance
Division: Finance Division
Line Supervisor: Director, Administration. & Finance
Supervising: Accountant, Financial Reporting & Treasury, ·  Budget Officer

Role Overview

  • Under the supervison of the Director, Adminsitration and Finance, the incumbent will  ensure efficient and effective management of the financial resources at the Parliament.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Plan, co-ordinate and supervise the work of the Finance Division and its staff;
  • Supervise all budget and financial operations;
  • Implement Accounting Policies and ensure compliance with ECOWAS Financial Regulations; ensure that best Accounting practices are in operation as well as adequate control over the assets of the Institution;
  • Assist the Director of Administration and Finance in the collation and preparation of the Parliament’s annual budget;
  • Ensure compliance with accounting procedures in the preparation of accounting documents;
  • Prepare quarterly budget performance reports and forecasts for the management and Bureau as well as for financial control and internal audit purposes;
  • Prepare mid-term and end of year budget performance reports for the Parliamentary Committee on Economic Policy and Budget Control;
  • Manage and ensure that all financial activities leading to preparation of final accounts are carried out in proper fashion, including preparation of Bank Reconcialtion, recording and management of Fixed Assets, recording and management of Receivables and Payables, as well as Inventory Control;
  • Prepare on a timely basis the annual final accounts of the Parliament for examination by the External Auditors;
  • Liaise and follow-up with the ECOWAS Commission with respect to funds requests and funds releases for the operations of the Parliament;
  • Follow-up on all audit related to finance from the Auditor General and the External Auditors;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications And Experience

  • Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from a recognized University.
  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience in a complex organizational environment, in budget formulation, financial monitoring, accounting and financial reporting, of which at least 2 years relevant international work and 2 years at a supervisory level;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrated professional competence and mastery of subject matter; accounting best practices, financial policies (e.g. revenue, accounts payable);
  • Knowledge of financial and budgetary principles and practices, budget development and financial administration of resources;
  • International work experience in finance and budget operations would be an added advantage;
  • Professional Qualifications such as ACCA, ACA will be an added advantage.

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;
  • 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 respectful 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 or 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 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

Job Title: Principal Program Officer, Infrastructure

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Institution: ECOWAS Parliament
Status: Permanent
Grade: P5
Directorate: Directorate Of Administration &  Finance
Division: Infrastructure Division
Line Supervisor: Director, Administration & Finance

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Director, Adminstration and Finance, the incumbent will maintain the estate and facilities of the Parliament, maintain IT infrastructure & services, ensure security and manage the transport fleet.

Supervising:

  • IT Officer
  • Facility Officer
  • Transport Officer
  • Security Officer

Role and Responsibilities

  • Plan, co-ordinate and supervise the work and the staff of the Division;
  • Serve as contact person in matters relating to the management, maintenance, re-modelling and security of Parliament’s Secretariat;
  • Co-ordinate and execute all engineering works on properties of the Parliament in the fields of civil, mechanical or electrical engineering;
  • Liaise with the Headquarters Landlord regarding maintenance contracts, re-modelling projects and building safety;
  • Evaluate, investigate and report on any problems in the Headquarters building or any other properties used by the Parliament. Evaluate and follow up on insurance arrangements for the building(s).  Make recommendations for improvements;
  • Liaise with contractors and service providers to ensure that works and services are delivered as per signed contracts in an efficient and timely manner;
  • Advise on the allocation of office accommodation and equipment;
  • With the assistance of the Security Officer, manage matters relating to security within the Headquarters building and any other building used by the Parliament. Ensure the safety of persons, equipment and assets of the Institution in these premises;
  • With the assistance of the Transport Officer, manage the transport fleet of the Parliament;
  • With the assistance of the IT Officer, maintain excellent IT infrastructure and services;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters Degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Public Works, Electrical / Electromechanical Engineering, Telecommunications / Electronics Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Economics, Business Administration or Finance, with extensive experience in infrastructure projects, or any Masters degree in Applied Science related to infrastructure, from a recognized University.
  • 10 years of progressive experience of applied infrastructure analysis in a developing country context, working on policy development processes and programmes, planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of information systems and telecommunications, of which at least 2 years relevant international work and 2 years at a supervisory level;
  • Knowledge and understanding of international aid, collating, analyzing and presenting evidence/research using statistical and wider analytical skills, economic concepts and appraisal;
  • Knowledge of infrastructure provision in state rebuilding such as infrastructure service provision in disaster, conflict and post-conflict situations, including emergency provision to different population groups (e.g. homeless, refugees urban, rural);
  • Demonstrated knowledge of infrastructure project management and development and infrastructure service delivery;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of information systems and telecommunications technologies for large and complex geographically dispersed organizational environments;
  • Knowledge of ICT industry benchmarks, policies and standards for performance, enhance services and performance management with demonstrated ability to lead a programme transformation;

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;
  • 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 respectful 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 or 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 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

Job Title: Principal Officer, Protocol

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Institution: Ecowas Parliament
Status: Permanent
Grade: P5
Directorate: Office Of The Secretary General
Division: Protocol Division
Line Supervisor: Secretary-General
Supervising: Protocol Officer

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Secretary General, this position will advise the Secretary-General and the Parliament on Protocol and Diplomatic matters and supervise Protocol Services of the Parliament.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Advise on Protocol policies and lead in the implementation of such policies;
  • Plan, co-ordinate and supervise the work of the Protocol Division, including contributing to the drawing up of the annual budget and supervising the staff of the Division to ensure provision of efficient Protocol services to the Institution;
  • Co-ordinate the Parliament’s inter-phase with the Diplomatic Community and facilitate access to Diplomatic Missions and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Ensure effective Protocol services to the Honourable Speaker and other high level delegations of the Parliament on official missions and ensure VIP treatment for those personalities;
  • Supervise Protocol services during sessions and other meetings of the Parliament, including receiving of guests, planning of seating arrangements, organising receptions, accommodation and transport;
  • Supervise ticketing arrangements for official travel and facilitate travel arrangements such as the acquisition of visas;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Management, Public Relations, Communications or related fields from a recognized University.
  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience in conference management, protocol services or related field, including 2 years of relevant international work experience and 2 years of experience in conference and protocol at a supervisory level;
  • Knowledge of norms, rules and customs of diplomatic conference and protocol developed within an international setting;
  • Ability to maintain up to date information related to protocol/travel services, composition of organizations and of Governments;
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing an effective mechanism for the management and delivery of conference, protocol and travel services.

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;
  • 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 respectful 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 or 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 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.

Job Title: Principal Officer, Language Services

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Job Type: Full Time
Institution: Ecowas Parliament
Grade: P5
Status: Permanent
Directorate: Parliamentary Affairs And Research
Division: Language Services
Line Supervisor: Director, Parliamentary Affairs And Research
Supervising: Revisor

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Director of Parliamentary Affairs and Research, the incumbent will co-ordinate and ensure production of quality language services at the Parliament.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinate and supervise the activities of the Language Division;
  • Co-ordinate the hiring and scheduling of Interpreters and Translators during sessions of Parliament, committee meetings and other meetings of the General Secretariat;
  • Participate in and supervise Interpretation Services and ensure timely and quality service delivery;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Translation (Revisor) from a recognized University / institution;
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Conference Interpretation from a recognized University/Institution.
  • 10 years of experience in translation or interpretation , at least 4 of which should have been revision experience or as a staff interpreter;
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of relevant computer assisted translation softwares/ tools; and ;
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to “weigh” interpretation teams;
  • Demonstrated professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
  • Demonstate comprehension of every imaginable accent, in addition to coping issues of speed and style;
  • Ability to find proper cultural equivalents and take cultural context into account through knowledge of both langauges and culture;
  • Exhibit highest standards of accuracy, consistency and faithfulness to the style and nuances of the original text/source language(s);
  • Ability to maintain highest standards of confidentiality;
  • Knowledge of terminological and reference research techniques with ability to use wide variety of references and information;

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;
  • 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 respectful 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 or 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 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.

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