Employment Opportunities at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)


  2020-10-27
  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: Parliamentary Research Officer

Location: Abuja
Institution: ECOWAS Parliament
Grade: P2 / P3 / P4
Directorate: Parliamentary Affairs And Research
Division: Library, Documentation & Research
Line Supervisor: Principal Officer, Library, Documentation & Research

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Principal Officer, Library, Documentation & Research, the incumbent shall assist Members of Parliament  by providing them relevant well researched information for their work.

Role And Responsibilities

  • Respond in a timely manner to requests for information or enquiries from Committee members and other Members of Parliament;
  • Undertake research, usually from readily available sources, on clearly defined subjects;
  • Analyse and evaluate research and interpret data in order to identify the key issues;
  • Prepare and present, in both written and oral forms, the results of research in a manner appropriate for answering parliamentary questions, providing briefings to Committee members, or for providing content for newspaper articles and press releases ;
  • Prepare and provide briefings for Committee Clerks to be tabled at meetings of the Committee;
  • Monitor motions, petitions, legislations, Hansard, and other parliamentary activity as appropriate;
  • Monitor coverage in the media issues before the Committees;
  • Advise and guide the Committees, Members of Parliament, the Secretary-General and Committee Clerks on relevant policy matters;
  • Progress casework through liaison with local and national bodies, government agencies, lobby groups and other associated bodies;
  • Develop knowledge of relevant legislation and ensure that knowledge is maintained and updated;
  • Maintain precise, detailed records of each issue and ensure the confidentiality of data at all times;
  • Develop knowledge in specialist areas as required by the Committees;
  • Performs other tasks as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications And Experience
Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration or a related field from a recognized University.

Experience:

  • 2 years of progressively responsible professional working experience in political science, political affairs, international relations, law, mediation, conflict resolution, or related area is required;
  • Knowledge and understanding of ECOWAS agency or institutional mandate, international non-proliferation theories, concepts and developments and ECOWAS strategies, including cooperation with Member-States and international organizations;
  • Knowledge and understanding of ECOWAS agency/institution’s relations with national and regional agencies, International organizations and other international and diplomatic institutions;
  • Ability to liaise between ECOWAS members and Staff with the government of the country of residence, in focus areas;
  • Classification of information of relevance to the human resources management functional areas.

Age Limit:

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

ECOWAS Key Competencies
Leadership:

  • Ability to motivate self and/or others to engage in and successfully complete tasks at hand;
  • Demonstrated experience leading conversations that will either provide participants with new information, ideas or awareness or elicit feedback;
  • Ability to positively influence co-workers when faced with challenges and work problems to help trigger solutions and build confidence;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to lead in the management of own career and performance and to seek assistance/coaching when required.

Client Service Orientation:

  • Well-developed client service skills including a positive  attitude, creative thinking skills, good work ethic, teamwork experience, time management skills, flexibility;
  • Ability to take initiative to resolve problems and improve quality and/or quantity of work by identifying alternative solutions and discussing appropriateness/approach with supervisor;
  • Strong desire to help others and capacity to empathize to generate mutual understanding;
  • Ability to work as part of a team in supporting and addressing the needs of clients and stakeholders;
  • Ability to multitask and to meet client service/stakeholder management standards and objectives of pertinence to assigned responsibilities.

Multicultural Sensitivity & Advocacy:

  • Ability to perceive the moods and feelings of others from various cultural backgrounds, and to understand interests, needs, and perspectives so as to prevent/address misunderstandings and complaints;
  • Well-developed ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds and sound understanding of diverse cultural differences especially within west Africa;
  • Ability to listen attentively to people’s ideas, requests and concerns and to understand and internalize 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.

Knowledge of ECOWAS:

  • Basic understanding of the ECOWAS organization mandate and its functions;
  • Ability to explain the ECOWAS programs and projects relevant to tasks and demonstrated understanding of data used by the department/institution/agency, including knowing where data resides in the system, the ability to see how the data in the system interrelates and how data entries and changes may impact data in other parts of the system.
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS routine procedures and practices as it relates to assigned responsibilities;
  • Ability to apply ECOWAS standards in emailing, reporting, correspondence, etc. and to accept and implement changes as directed.

Analytical & Critical Thinking:

  • Excellent numeracy skills with the ability to collect, collate, classify and summarize data systematically.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in conducting primary and secondary research activities in accordance with instructions and/or best practices in research techniques (e.g. interviews, tests, desk research);
  • Ability to identify inconsistencies in reasoning and to articulate findings clearly;
  • Ability to use creativity and initiative in the generation of alternative solutions to a problem;
  • Ability to gather, analyze and arrange information in a logical sequence.

Communication:

  • Ability to provide useful feedback when asked and to use feedback constructively when given;
  • Demonstrated ability to use computers with superior word-processing skills and proficiency in the use of data base (e.g. access), spreadsheets (e.g. excel), inter/intranet, email and social media;
  • Tact, diplomacy and well-developed interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to write accurate, clear and well-organized text;
  • 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.

Planning & Implementation:

  • Well established time management skills with the ability to make well considered/reasoned decisions regarding own work and to follow them through;
  • Ability to use action planning skills, set priorities, develop work goals and identify the steps needed to achieve goals of relevance to own work area;
  • Ability to work well and meet objectives of tasks when under pressure or when exposed to uncertainties, challenges and/or changing work environments;
  • Ability to understand and contribute to team/work unit goals and plans as well as to collective decision-making.

Annual Salary
The position is on Grade P2-1 with an Annual Salary of UA19,769, equivalent to US$31,191.

Job Title: Assistant Budget Officer

Location: Abuja
Institution: ECOWAS Parliament
Grade: P2 / P3
Directorate: Administration & Finance
Division: Finance
Line Supervisor: Budget Officer

Role Overview
Under the supervision of the Budget Officer, the incumbent shall assist with preparation of  periodic reports on budget transactions such as reports on the status of budgetary accounts at the Parliament.

Role And Responsibilities

  • Prepare commitment orders for the payment of goods and services;
  • Prepare commitment orders for the retirement of all advances related to sessions, meetings and missions;
  • Commit all receipts (community levy, refunds and other receipts) in favour of the institution;
  • Reconcile on a weekly basis commitment orders (input data) to budget distribution statements (output data) and master file records to ascertain accuracy of processing;
  • Prepare or evaluate financial reports such as budgeted vs. actual expenditure or commitment;
  • Interpret and apply budget and finance rules and regulations;
  • Receive and evaluate regular financial reports with particular attention to apparent anomalies or unusual trends; bring anomalies to the attention of the Manager and initiate corrections as indicated;
  • Prepare routine, recurrent reports to management and draft commentaries;
  • Prepare preliminary budget projections;
  • Define requirements and user needs for automated systems;
  • Assist etc;
  • Assists in the coordination of inputs (e.g., for preparation of budgetary submissions);
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications And Experience
Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Accounting or Finance from a recognized University.

Experience:

  • 2 years progressive experience in Accounting, Finance, Budget, Business Administration or related area is required;
  • Familiarity with administrative and financial policies and procedures with a basic practical understanding of broad theories, concepts and approaches;
  • Ability to provide support services in collecting and analyzing data for anomalies, trends, errors, and answers using various methods and techniques.

Age Limit:

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

Ecowas Key Competencies
Leadership:

  • Ability to motivate self and/or others to engage in and successfully complete tasks at hand;
  • Demonstrated experience leading conversations that will either provide participants with new information, ideas or awareness or elicit feedback;
  • Ability to positively influence co-workers when faced with challenges and work problems to help trigger solutions and build confidence;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to lead in the management of own career and performance and to seek assistance/coaching when required.

Client Service Orientation:

  • Well-developed client service skills including a positive  attitude, creative thinking skills, good work ethic, teamwork experience, time management skills, flexibility;
  • Ability to take initiative to resolve problems and improve quality and/or quantity of work by identifying alternative solutions and discussing appropriateness/approach with supervisor;
  • Strong desire to help others and capacity to empathize to generate mutual understanding;
  • Ability to work as part of a team in supporting and addressing the needs of clients and stakeholders;
  • Ability to multitask and to meet client service/stakeholder management standards and objectives of pertinence to assigned responsibilities.

Multicultural Sensitivity & Advocacy:

  • Ability to perceive the moods and feelings of others from various cultural backgrounds, and to understand interests, needs, and perspectives so as to prevent/address misunderstandings and complaints;
  • Well-developed ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds and sound understanding of diverse cultural differences especially within west Africa;
  • Ability to listen attentively to people’s ideas, requests and concerns and to understand and internalize 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.

Knowledge of ECOWAS:

  • Basic understanding of the ECOWAS organization mandate and its functions;
  • Ability to explain the ECOWAS programs and projects relevant to tasks and demonstrated understanding of data used by the department/institution/agency, including knowing where data resides in the system, the ability to see how the data in the system interrelates and how data entries and changes may impact data in other parts of the system.
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS routine procedures and practices as it relates to assigned responsibilities;
  • Ability to apply ECOWAS standards in emailing, reporting, correspondence, etc. and to accept and implement changes as directed.

Analytical & Critical Thinking:

  • Excellent numeracy skills with the ability to collect, collate, classify and summarize data systematically.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in conducting primary and secondary research activities in accordance with instructions and/or best practices in research techniques (e.g. interviews, tests, desk research);
  • Ability to identify inconsistencies in reasoning and to articulate findings clearly;
  • Ability to use creativity and initiative in the generation of alternative solutions to a problem;
  • Ability to gather, analyze and arrange information in a logical sequence.

Communication:

  • Ability to provide useful feedback when asked and to use feedback constructively when given;
  • Demonstrated ability to use computers with superior word-processing skills and proficiency in the use of data base (e.g. access), spreadsheets (e.g. excel), inter/intranet, email and social media;
  • Tact, diplomacy and well-developed interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to write accurate, clear and well-organized text;
  • 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.

Planning & Implementation:

  • Well established time management skills with the ability to make well-considered/reasoned decisions regarding own work and to follow them through;
  • Ability to use action planning skills, set priorities, develop work goals and identify the steps needed to achieve goals of relevance to own work area;
  • Ability to work well and meet objectives of tasks when under pressure or when exposed to uncertainties, challenges and/or changing work environments;
  • Ability to understand and contribute to team/work unit goals and plans as well as to collective decision-making.

Annual Salary
The position is on Grade P2-1 with an Annual Salary of UA19,769, equivalent to US$31,191.

Job Title: Strategic Planning Officer

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Institution: ECOWAS Parliament
Grade: P2/P3
Directorate: Office Of The Secretary General
Division: Bureau & Strategic Planning
Line Supervisor: Bureau & Strategic Planning Manager

Role Overview

  • Under the supervsiion of the Bureau & Strategic Planning Manager, the incumbent shall assist the Parliament situate itself properly within the strategic vision of the Community by helping to define and implement a well targeted plan and evaluating its impact.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Support and contribute to the review and development of the Parliament’s quadrienal Strategic Plan;
  • Develop monitoring reports to track the progress across the Parliament in achieving the outcomes of the Strategic Plan;
  • Provide advice and support to Divisions in the development of monitoring plans for their project design documents;
  • Support the creation of good monitoring practices in the Secretariat by planning and conducting spot audits of monitoring practices by divisions and follow up with feedback and suggestions;
  • Keep track of the challenges and issues raised through monitoring reports from Divisions to see how this will impact on the ability of the Secretariat to meet the objectives of its Strategic Plan;
  • Contribute to the preparation of the Secretariat’s six-monthly reports and the Annual Performance Report for presentation to the Secretariat’s governing bodies’ meetings.
  • Co-ordinate and contribute to divisional and inter-divisional meetings to support determining how divisions can achieve the strategic planning outcomes ;
  • Undertake research, where and when necessary, on issues of strategic importance and relevance to the implementation of the Secretariat’s Strategic Plan.

Academic Qualifications and Experience
Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Public Administration, Project Management, Economics from a recognized University.

Experience:

  • 2 years of progressively responsible professional working experience in managing programmes or projects or related area is required;
  • Knowledge of Institution or agency programe area and ability to identify the required resources to contribute to effective and efficient functioning of the programme team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management methods (including budget management, reporting monitoring and evaluation)

Ecowas Key Competencies
Leadership:

  • Ability to motivate self and/or others to engage in and successfully complete tasks at hand;
  • Demonstrated experience leading conversations that will either provide participants with new information, ideas or awareness or elicit feedback;
  • Ability to positively influence co-workers when faced with challenges and work problems to help trigger solutions and build confidence;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to lead in the management of own career and performance and to seek assistance / coaching when required.

Client Service Orientation:

  • Well-developed client service skills including a positive  attitude, creative thinking skills, good work ethic, teamwork experience, time management skills, flexibility;
  • Ability to take initiative to resolve problems and improve quality and/or quantity of work by identifying alternative solutions and discussing appropriateness / approach with supervisor;
  • Strong desire to help others and capacity to empathize to generate mutual understanding;
  • Ability to work as part of a team in supporting and addressing the needs of clients and stakeholders;
  • Ability to multitask and to meet client service / stakeholder management standards and objectives of pertinence to assigned responsibilities.

Multicultural Sensitivity & Advocacy:

  • Ability to perceive the moods and feelings of others from various cultural backgrounds, and to understand interests, needs, and perspectives so as to prevent / address misunderstandings and complaints;
  • Well-developed ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds and sound understanding of diverse cultural differences especially within west Africa;
  • Ability to listen attentively to people’s ideas, requests and concerns and to understand and internalize 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.

Knowledge of ECOWAS:

  • Basic understanding of the ECOWAS organization mandate and its functions;
  • Ability to explain the ECOWAS programs and projects relevant to tasks and demonstrated understanding of data used by the department / institution / agency, including knowing where data resides in the system, the ability to see how the data in the system interrelates and how data entries and changes may impact data in other parts of the system.
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS routine procedures and practices as it relates to assigned responsibilities;
  • Ability to apply ECOWAS standards in emailing, reporting, correspondence, etc. and to accept and implement changes as directed.

Analytical & Critical Thinking:

  • Excellent numeracy skills with the ability to collect, collate, classify and summarize data systematically.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in conducting primary and secondary research activities in accordance with instructions and/or best practices in research techniques (e.g. interviews, tests, desk research);
  • Ability to identify inconsistencies in reasoning and to articulate findings clearly;
  • Ability to use creativity and initiative in the generation of alternative solutions to a problem;
  • Ability to gather, analyze and arrange information in a logical sequence.

Communication:

  • Ability to provide useful feedback when asked and to use feedback constructively when given;
  • Demonstrated ability to use computers with superior word-processing skills and proficiency in the use of data base (e.g. access), spreadsheets (e.g. excel), inter / intranet, email and social media;
  • Tact, diplomacy and well-developed interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to write accurate, clear and well-organized text;
  • 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.

Planning & Implementation:

  • Well established time management skills with the ability to make well considered / reasoned decisions regarding own work and to follow them through;
  • Ability to use action planning skills, set priorities, develop work goals and identify the steps needed to achieve goals of relevance to own work area;
  • Ability to work well and meet objectives of tasks when under pressure or when exposed to uncertainties, challenges and/or changing work environments;
  • Ability to understand and contribute to team / work unit goals and plans as well as to collective decision-making.

Age Limit:

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

Annual Salary
The position is on Grade P2-1 with an Annual Salary of UA19,769, equivalent to US$31,191.

Job Title: Translator, Portuguese

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Institution: ECOWAS Parliament
Grade: P3 / P4
Directorate: Parliamentary Affairs And Research
Division: Languages Services
Line Supervisor: Revisor

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Revisor, the incumbent shall be responsible for translating, from French or English into Portuguese, a wide variety of texts documents for Parliamentary meetings, conferences, working papers, scientific articles, speeches, programme statements, web materials, reports, correspondences and provide other translation services to the Parliament.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Translate documents into Portuguese from either one or two of the other official Community languages, French and English.
  • Assist in compiling and building a body of terminologies peculiar to and useful in the work of the Parliament.
  • Assist with consecutive interpretation during staff and management meetings.
  • Translates a wide variety of texts documents for ECOWAS conferences and meetings, working papers, scientific articles, speeches, programme statements, web materials, reports, correspondence, etc;
  • Perform the terminological and conceptual research required in order to produce high-quality translations of scientific, technical, legal, and administrative texts;
  • Translates and self-revises from texts of considerable difficulty, using computer assisted translation tools were possible;
  • Assists in providing support for terminology and style; respond to queries about terminology, nomenclature, translation, and writing posed by staff; conducts linguistic research and assist in the maintenance of glossaries;
  • Contributes to the establishment of accurate terminology and to promote the terminology data base;
  • Assists in review of external translators for the ECOWAS roster;
  • Provides translation support in emergencies, including working under tight deadlines and quick turnaround of translated documents;
  • Provides feedback for machine translation dictionaries;
  • Participates in professional forums, conferences and seminars; shares knowledge and practices with translators of other international organizations; keeps abreast of specialized terminology and best translation practices;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience
Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Translation or equivalent from a recognized Institute or University.

Experience:

  •  5 years of experience in translation and revision and technical writing;
  • Proven knowledge with computer-assisted translation tools, machine translation tools and on-screen editing tools;
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, grammar, and history.

Ecowas Key Competencies
Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade / influence others to consider a certain point of view, adopt a new idea or implement new methods and practices;
  • Ability to lead a team of trainees/junior staff and instill a spirit of teamwork to engage employees and achieve a well-defined set of activities;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to resolve challenges that occur with minimal direction and/or to recommend and explain solutions or alternatives for approval;
  • Ability to utilize the  Code of Ethics to manage self, others, information and resources;
  • Ability to mentor others and create feedback loops with supervisors, colleagues and the subordinates to build strong working relationships and improve performance.
  • Contribute to maintaining organizational unit’s performance goals and standards.

Client Service Orientation:

  • Interpersonal skills with ability to keep a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects of relevance to timeline, quality and quantity;
  •  Ability to proactively interact with clients and build strong trusting relationships based on mutual respect and regular discussions;
  • Ability to establish and sustain professional credibility with clients/stakeholders in a manner that anticipates their need, mitigates issues and that carefully balances professional obligations with the need to be sensitive and responsive to their needs;
  • Ability to counsel, advise, consult and guide others on matters pertaining to assigned client service responsibilities and established  client service standards;

Multicultural Sensitivity And Advocacy:

  • Demonstrate respect for cultural differences, fairness and ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds, nationality, gender, ethnicity, race and religion;
  • Understanding of diverse cultural views especially within West Africa, with sensitivity to group differences; ability to challenge bias and to practice tolerance and empathy;
  • Ability to listen actively, consider people’s concerns and apply  judgement, tact and diplomacy;
  • Ability to work in a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to encourage, empower, and advocate for people in an unbias and transparent manner.

Knowledge of ECOWAS:

  • Knowledge of ECOWAS institutions, sectors, programmes and policies;
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS internal operational requirements of programs, projects, services and systems required to achieve work assignments and meet performance goals;
  • Knowledge of rules and procedures of ECOWAS associated assigned responsibilities and ability to explain these clearly to others;
  • Knowledge of the ECOWAS culture, structures and performance issues and priorities impacting assigned responsibilities;
  • Knowledge of member states development trends, indicators, challenges and opportunities as it relates to project / programme assigned to own position.

Analytical And Critical Thinking:

  • Ability to study data / information from a variety of sources, identify anomalies, trends and issues, present findings, and make  recommendations;
  • Ability to break down problems or processes into key parts to identify and solve gaps in service, quality assurance, compliance and performance targets;
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply techniques to generate creative ideas and new approaches to meeting goals;
  • Ability to use evidence and research to inform  policies and programs and identify relevant and appropriate sources of information, including stakeholders, regional institutions and/or internal committees.

Communication:

  • Demonstrate operational computer proficiency  using appropriate tools;
  • Ability to make sound use of graphics and tables to effectively present numerical data to write semi-complex technical reports / proposals and edit / check templates, letters, etc.
  • Ability to convey information clearly and concisely in a succinct and organized manner through both writing and verbal means, ;
  • Exhibit interpersonal skills, make presentations, express opinions and debate ideas with others in a constructive manner;
  • 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.

Planning And Implemenation:

  • Ability to develop,  implement an individual action plan for achieving specific work  goals;
  •  Identify ,organize and monitor tasks throughout to facilitate execution;
  • Ability to contribute and/or lead on projects as per accepted project management standards and techniques, to co-ordinate contributions by others  to set and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to organize work, set priorities, and work within timelines, giving attention to details, stakeholders, indicators and risks;
  • Ability to identify, collect and assess indicators to monitor performance and to take proactive remedial action as required.

Age Limit:

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

Annual Salary

  • The position is on Grade P3-1 with an Annual Salary of UA23,724, equivalent to US$37,432.

Job Title: Accountant

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Institution: ECOWAS Parliament
Grade: P2 / P3
Division: Finance
Slot: 2 Openings
Directorate: Adminsitration & Finance
Line Supervisor: Accountant, Financial Reporting & Treasury

Role Overview

  • Under the supervison of the Accountant, the incumbent shall assist in delivering financial services to the Parliament.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Check balances under the budget head to ensure sufficiency of funds before inputting transactions;
  • Cast and cross-casts the arithmetical accuracy of input and output data;
  • Prepare payment vouchers for payment of goods and services;
  • Prepare on a monthly basis payment vouchers for staff salaries;
  • File appropriately all authorized payment vouchers and commitment orders;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience
Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Accounting or Finance from a recognized University.

Experience:

  • 2 years progressive experience in Accounting, Finance, Budget, Business Administration or related area is required;
  • Familiarity with administrative and financial policies and procedures with a basic practical understanding of broad theories, concepts and approaches;
  • Ability to provide support services in collecting and analyzing data for anomalies, trends, errors, and answers using various methods and techniques.

ECOWAS Key Competencies
Leadership

  • Ability to motivate self and / or others to engage in and successfully complete tasks at hand;
  • Demonstrated experience leading conversations that will either provide participants with new information, ideas or awareness or elicit feedback;
  • Ability to positively influence co-workers when faced with challenges and work problems to help trigger solutions and build confidence;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to lead in the management of own career and performance and to seek assistance / coaching when required.

Client Service Orientation:

  • Well-developed client service skills including a positive  attitude, creative thinking skills, good work ethic, teamwork experience, time management skills, flexibility;
  • Ability to take initiative to resolve problems and improve quality and / or quantity of work by identifying alternative solutions and discussing appropriateness / approach with supervisor;
  • strong desire to help others and capacity to empathize to generate mutual understanding;
  • Ability to work as part of a team in supporting and addressing the needs of clients and stakeholders;
  • Ability to multitask and to meet client service / stakeholder management standards and objectives of pertinence to assigned responsibilities.

Multicultural Sensitivity & Advocacy:

  • Ability to perceive the moods and feelings of others from various cultural backgrounds, and to understand interests, needs, and perspectives so as to prevent / address misunderstandings and complaints;
  • Well-developed ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds and sound understanding of diverse cultural differences especially within west Africa;
  • Ability to listen attentively to people’s ideas, requests and concerns and to understand and internalize the need for diversity management in everyday 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.

Knowledge of ECOWAS:

  • Basic understanding of the ECOWAS organization mandate and its functions;
  • Ability to explain the ECOWAS programs and projects relevant to tasks and demonstrated understanding of data used by the department/institution/agency, including knowing where data resides in the system, the ability to see how the data in the system interrelate and how data entries and changes may impact data in other parts of the system.
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS routine procedures and practices as it relates to assigned responsibilities;
  • Ability to apply ECOWAS standards in emailing, reporting, correspondence, etc. and to accept and implement changes as directed.

Analytical & Critical Thinking:

  • Excellent numeracy skills with the ability to collect, collate, classify and summarize data systematically.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in conducting primary and secondary research activities in accordance with instructions and / or best practices in research techniques (e.g. interviews, tests, desk research);
  • Ability to identify inconsistencies in reasoning and to articulate findings clearly;
  • Ability to use creativity and initiative in the generation of alternative solutions to a problem;
  • Ability to gather, analyze and arrange information in a logical sequence.

Communication:

  • Ability to provide useful feedback when asked and to use feedback constructively when given;
  • Demonstrated ability to use computers with superior word-processing skills and proficiency in the use of database (e.g. access), spreadsheets (e.g. excel), inter/intranet, email and social media;
  • Tact, diplomacy and well-developed interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to write accurate, clear and well-organized text;
  • 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.

Planning & Implementation:

  • Well established time management skills with the ability to make well considered/reasoned decisions regarding own work and to follow them through;
  • Ability to use action planning skills, set priorities, develop work goals and identify the steps needed to achieve goals of relevance to own work area;
  • Ability to work well and meet objectives of tasks when under pressure or when exposed to uncertainties, challenges and / or changing work environments;
  • Ability to understand and contribute to team / work unit goals and plans as well as to collective decision-making.

Age Limit:

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

Annual Salary
The position is on Grade P2-1 with an Annual Salary of UA19,769, equivalent to US$31,191.

Job Title: Accountant, Financial Reporting & Treasury

Location: Abuja
Institution: ECOWAS Parliament
Grade: P3 / P4
Directorate: Adminsitration & Finance
Division: Finance
Line Supervisor: Head, Finance Division
Supervising: Accountants Accounting Assistant

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Principal Accountant, the incumbent shall assist the Division in managing the financial resources of the Parliament in accordance with accounting principles and the financial regulations of the Community.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Supervise and review the work of the Accounting team under his supervision;
  • Supervise the daily input of accounting data into the accounting system;
  • Check and reconcile output data on payment vouchers to commitment orders;
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliation statements;
  • Check the arithmetical accuracy of accounting data on payment vouchers;
  • Supervise preparation of cheques and cash pay-outs;
  • Assist the Head of Division in the preparation of final accounts for external audit;
  • Prepare financial and any other related memoranda for administrative purposes;
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience
Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Accounting, Finance from a recognized University.

Experience:

  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in finance, accounting and budget;
  • Knowledge and technical competence in  financial statements consolidation and ability to respond to internal/external audit queries;
  • Knowledge of cash management practices, policies and procedures, and the ability to make appropriate recommendations to improve their accuracy, security timeliness and efficiency;
  • Knowledge of various payments systems, banking terminologies, pension fund practices and relevant financial management processes and policies.

Age Limit:

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

ECOWAS Key Competencies
Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade/influence others to consider a certain point of view, adopt a new idea or implement new methods and practices;
  • Ability to lead a team of trainees/junior staff and instill a spirit of teamwork to engage employees and achieve a well-defined set of activities;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to resolve challenges that occur with minimal direction and/or to recommend and explain solutions or alternatives for approval;
  • Ability to utilize the  Code of Ethics to manage self, others, information and resources;
  • Ability to mentor others and create feedback loops with supervisors, colleagues and the subordinates to build strong working relationships and improve performance.
  • Contribute to maintaining organizational unit’s performance goals and standards.

Client Service Orientation:

  • Interpersonal skills with ability to keep a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects of relevance to timeline, quality and quantity;
  • Ability to proactively interact with clients and build strong trusting relationships based on mutual respect and regular discussions;
  • Ability to establish and sustain professional credibility with clients/stakeholders in a manner that anticipates their need, mitigates issues and that carefully balances professional obligations with the need to be sensitive and responsive to their needs;
  • Ability to counsel, advise, consult and guide others on matters pertaining to assigned client service responsibilities and established  client service standards;

Multicultural Sensitivity and Advocacy:

  • Demonstrate respect for cultural differences, fairness and ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds, nationality, gender, ethnicity, race and religion;
  • Understanding of diverse cultural views especially within West Africa, with sensitivity to group differences; ability to challenge bias and to practice tolerance and empathy;
  • Ability to listen actively, consider people’s concerns and apply  judgement, tact and diplomacy;
  • Ability to work in a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to encourage, empower, and advocate for people in an unbias and transparent manner.

Knowledge of Ecowas:

  • Knowledge of ECOWAS institutions, sectors, programmes and policies;
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS internal operational requirements of programs, projects, services and systems required to achieve work assignments and meet performance goals;
  • Knowledge of rules and procedures of ECOWAS associated assigned responsibilities and ability to explain these clearly to others;
  • Knowledge of the ECOWAS culture, structures and performance issues and priorities impacting assigned responsibilities;
  • Knowledge of member states development trends, indicators, challenges and opportunities as it relates to project/programme assigned to own position.

Analytical and Critical Thinking:

  • Ability to study data/information from a variety of sources, identify anomalies, trends and issues, present findings, and make  recommendations;
  • Ability to break down problems or processes into key parts to identify and solve gaps in service, quality assurance, compliance and performance targets;
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply techniques to generate creative ideas and new approaches to meeting goals;
  • Ability to use evidence and research to inform policies and programs and identify relevant and appropriate sources of information, including stakeholders, regional institutions and/or internal committees.

Communication:

  • Demonstrate operational computer proficiency  using appropriate tools;
  • Ability to make sound use of graphics and tables to effectively present numerical data to write semi-complex technical reports/proposals and edit/check templates, letters, etc.
  • Ability to convey information clearly and concisely in a succinct and organized manner through both writing and verbal means, ;
  • Exhibit interpersonal skills, make presentations, express opinions and debate ideas with others in a constructive manner;
  • 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.

Planning and Implementation:

  • Ability to develop,  implement an individual action plan for achieving specific work  goals;
  • Identify, organize and monitor tasks throughout to facilitate execution;
  • Ability to contribute and/or lead on projects as per accepted project management standards and techniques, to co-ordinate contributions by others  to set and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to organize work, set priorities, and work within timelines, giving attention to details, stakeholders, indicators and risks;
  • Ability to identify, collect and assess indicators to monitor performance and to take proactive remedial action as required.

Annual Salary
The position is on Grade P3-1 with an Annual Salary of UA23,724, equivalent to US$37,432.

Job Title: Inter-Institutional Liaison Officer

Location: Abuja
Institution: ECOWAS Parliament
Grade: P2 / P3
Directorate: Office of Secretary General
Division: Office of Secretary General
Line Supervisor: Secretary General

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Secretary General, the incumbent shall  assist in monitoring developments in sister Parliamentary Institutions, maintain relations with them and help develop the international Parliamentary fraternity.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Monitor developments in the National Assemblies of Member States and bring issues to the attention of the Secretary General for action;
  • Monitor developments in other Regional Parliaments and bring lessons to the attention of the Secretary General;
  • Monitor developments in inter-Parliamentary unions and bring needed actions to the attention of the Secretary General;
  • Keep a calendar of the activities of Parliament’s associate bodies and draw attention of the Parliament’s involvement long in advance;
  • Keep records of Parliament’s relations with all National Assemblies, Regional Parliaments and inter-Parliamentary bodies.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned.

Academic Qualifications and Experience
Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration or a related field from a recognized University.

Experience:

  • 2 years of progressively responsible professional working experience in political science, political affairs, international relations, law, mediation, conflict resolution, or related area is required;
  • knowledge and understanding of ECOWAS agency or institutional mandate, international theories, concepts and developments and ECOWAS strategies, including cooperation with Member-States and international organizations;
  • knowledge and understanding of ECOWAS agency/institution’s relations with national and regional agencies, International organizations and other international and diplomatic institutions;
  • Ability to liaise between ECOWAS members and Staff with the government of the country of residence, in focus areas.

Age Limit:

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

ECOWAS Key Competencies
Leadership:

  • Ability to motivate self and/or others to engage in and successfully complete tasks at hand;
  • Demonstrated experience leading conversations that will either provide participants with new information, ideas or awareness or elicit feedback;
  • Ability to positively influence co-workers when faced with challenges and work problems to help trigger solutions and build confidence;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to lead in the management of own career and performance and to seek assistance/coaching when required.

Client Service Orientation:

  • Well-developed client service skills including a positive  attitude, creative thinking skills, good work ethic, teamwork experience, time management skills, flexibility;
  • Ability to take initiative to resolve problems and improve quality and/or quantity of work by identifying alternative solutions and discussing appropriateness/approach with supervisor;
  • Strong desire to help others and capacity to empathize to generate mutual understanding;
  • Ability to work as part of a team in supporting and addressing the needs of clients and stakeholders;
  • Ability to multitask and to meet client service/stakeholder management standards and objectives of pertinence to assigned responsibilities.

Multicultural Sensitivity & Advocacy:

  • Ability to perceive the moods and feelings of others from various cultural backgrounds, and to understand interests, needs, and perspectives so as to prevent/address misunderstandings and complaints;
  • Well-developed ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds and sound understanding of diverse cultural differences especially within west Africa;
  • Ability to listen attentively to people’s ideas, requests and concerns and to understand and internalize 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.

Knowledge of ECOWAS:

  • Basic understanding of the ECOWAS organization mandate and its functions;
  • Ability to explain the ECOWAS programs and projects relevant to tasks and demonstrated understanding of data used by the department/institution/agency, including knowing where data resides in the system, the ability to see how the data in the system interrelates and how data entries and changes may impact data in other parts of the system.
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS routine procedures and practices as it relates to assigned responsibilities;
  • Ability to apply ECOWAS standards in emailing, reporting, correspondence, etc. and to accept and implement changes as directed.

Analytical & Critical Thinking:

  • Excellent numeracy skills with the ability to collect, collate, classify and summarize data systematically.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in conducting primary and secondary research activities in accordance with instructions and/or best practices in research techniques (e.g. interviews, tests, desk research);
  • Ability to identify inconsistencies in reasoning and to articulate findings clearly;
  • Ability to use creativity and initiative in the generation of alternative solutions to a problem;
  • Ability to gather, analyze and arrange information in a logical sequence.

Communication:

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