Job Recruitment at The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)


  2020-06-10
  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 positions below:

Job Title: Communication Officer

Location: Praia, Cape Verde
Institution: ECOWAS
Grade: P3/ P4
Status: Permanent
AGENCY: ECOWAS Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
Department: Energy & Mines
Directorate: Administration, Finance and ICT
Division: ICT
Line Supervisor: Principal Program Officer, Administration & Finance
Supervising: Language Assistant

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Principal Program Officer, Administration and Finance, the incumbent shall coordinate all activities related to the Communication and visibility of ECREEE.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Provide support in development and implementation of all Information and Communications programs and projects of ECREEE, including but not limited to capacity building, training, knowledge management, etc.; mobilize support from development partners and other stakeholders;
  • Contribute to the identification and implementation of innovation and continuous improvement in support of organizational excellence and world-class performance;
  • Update the Head of Division, on a regular basis, on the progress and challenges faced by the Communication Unit in the implementation of the programs and projects as well as on technical, policy or strategic issues;
  • Carry out all activities aiming to enhance the image of the Centre; in charge of presenting the positive image of the centre in the public by ensuring permanent dissemination of information on the centre through the relevant communication media;
  • Create and coordinate the Newsletter of the centre in order to make its activities more accessible to the public, donors and development partners;
  • Ensure that the ECREEE website is functioning in a proper manner and all information and data are regularly updated in collaboration with the ICT officer;
  • Define the requirements of the centre communication equipment;
  • Liaise regularly with the program managers and project teams to enrich the web site and determine communication requirements for the Centre;
  • Cover all activities related to workshops, seminars, conferences, forums, events, etc.. organized by the Centre;
  • Serve as information focal point of the centre and its corporate image;
  • Develop, implement and oversee monitoring of the long-term Communication and Public Relation Strategy of ECREEE ;
  • Develop and implement actions to promote the visibility of ECREEE and acknowledgement of its policy positions and activities in regional and international policy processes and debates;
  • Review projects presented to ECREEE for funding and recommend communications and capacity building actions in their support to the Head of Division;
  • Undertake activities related to the communication strategy and policy of the center;
  • Undertake advocacy, public information and communication activities in coordination with the other Units of ECREEE. Support the implementation of on-the-job training for Energy Ministries, Electricity Utilities, Regulatory Agencies, Private Sector and Civil Society on the design, implementation, oversight and operation of RE, EE and Energy Access projects. Support the preparation of training material, training programs and awareness-raising materials for stakeholders (including the general population, academia, NGOs and CSOs, etc.);
  • Identify, publish and disseminate best practices and lessons learned to build capacity and knowledge;
  • Undertake any duty assigned to him/her relating to the general communications framework.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, mass communication or related field from a recognized university.
  • 5 years’ experience in journalism, communications and public relations;
  • Knowledge in developing communication strategies and plans for, internal and external communication;
  • Ability to coordinate and manage complex communication campaigns and events;
  • Ability to conceptualize and contribute to the design of communication campaigns that target multilateral audiences;
  • Proven knowledge of communication and the ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships.

Age Limit:

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

ECOWAS Key Competencies

  • Ability to persuade/influence others to consider a certain point of view, adopt a new idea or implement new methods and practices;
  • Ability to resolve challenges that occur with minimal direction and/or to recommend and explain solutions or alternatives for approval;
  • Ability to mentor others and create feedback loops with supervisors, colleagues and the subordinates to build strong working relationships and improve performance.
  • Interpersonal skills with ability to keep a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects of relevance to timeline, quality and quantity;
  • 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.
  • 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 work in a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths.
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS institutions, sectors, programs and policies;
  • 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/program assigned to own position.
  • Ability to study data/information from a variety of sources, identify anomalies, trends and issues, present findings, and make  recommendations;
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability to develop,  implement an individual action plan for achieving specific work goals;
  •  Identify ,organize and monitor tasks throughout to facilitate execution;
  • 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
UA37,651.28, USD59,406.19/ UA44,032.04, USD69,473.75

Application Deadline  8th August, 2020.

Job Title: Principal Officer, Capacity Building & Best Practices

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

Role Overview

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

Role and Responsibilities

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

Academic Qualifications and Experience

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

Age Limit:

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

Ecowas Key Competencies:

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

Annual Salary

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

Application Deadline  8th August, 2020.

Job Title: Principal Officer, Administration, and Finance

Location: Praia, Cape Verde
Institution: ECOWAS Commission
Grade: P5
Status: Permanent
Agency: ECOWAS Centre Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
Department: Energy & Mines
Directorate: ECOWAS Centre Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
Division: Administration and Finance
Line Supervisor: Director, Administration, Finance & ICT

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Director Administration, Finance and ICT, the incumbent will coordinate, lead and supervise all activities related to administration, finance and communication at ECREEE.

Supervising:

  • Admin Officer
  • Finance Officer
  • Communication Officer

Role and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and ensure compliance with financial procedures of the various financing agreements of the Centre  and the manual of procedures;
  • Assist in the implementation of ECOWAS financial regulations and procedures;
  • Supervise the accountant to operate and keep the special accounts up-to-date:
  • Set up a recording and filing system of the vouchers and financial documents of the Centre;
  • Create and implement a management control system;
  • Manage the organization of the postage and postal services of the organization;
  • Ensure the preparation of the budget of the organization;
  • Ensure donor fund management and reporting;
  • Prepare and present monthly financial statements, especially quarterly management and financial reports for the ECOWAS Finance Department, donors and Board reviews;
  • Ensure smooth operation of the ongoing administrative functions including work environment, space, equipment and information retrieval system;
  • Assist in identifying the operational needs and develop and support the implementation of the organisation’s Annual Procurement Plan;
  • Supervise the bookkeeping and cash management of the Centre;
  • Coordinate and prepare data and information necessary for internal and external audit missions;
  • Participate in drafting the mid-term and annual reports on the activities of the Centre;
  • Support the management in creating financial data relating to the project Cycle;
  • Prepare and monitor the implementation of the Centre budgets and analyze implementation variations;
  • Supervise preparation of monthly financial statements, especially quarterly management and financial reports for the annual donor reviews;
  • Participate to the  establishment Administrative, Financial and Accounting Manuals of Procedures and/or Operations for negotiated projects or grants of the Centre;
  • Ensure compliance with financial procedures of the various financing agreements of the Centre, the manual of procedures and the manuals of operations;
  • Ensure the management of special accounts and follow up the direct payments;
  • Follow up the invoices of the suppliers and prepare for payments;
  • Oversee the preparation of periodic reports on the status of the accounts and bank reconciliations;
  • Ensure the management of special accounts and follow up the direct payments;
  • Supervise administration and human resources management activities such as: keep personal files, subscription to health insurance contracts, payment of social contributions and pension, follow-up documents with social organizations, monitor staff retirement, performance appraisals, training, recruitment, salaries and other benefits, staff welfare, etc.
  • Supervise activities related to Communication and visibility within the Centre;
  • Ensure  the induction  of new recruits, trainees and interns;
  • Manage staff travels and missions;
  • Undertake any other official mission assigned to him/her by the superiors.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

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

Age Limit:

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

ECOWAS Key Competencies:

  • Ability to lead in assigned programmes and projects by providing the necessary managerial and operational expertise required for the fulfilment of the organization’s mandate;
  • Ability to lead by example and organize teamwork to encourage cooperation to achieve targeted results, champion and build momentum for change and to bring about employee engagement; develops and implements internal controls for pilot program to manage potential barriers to implementation;
  • Excellent self-management skills, demonstrating ethics and integrity, confidentiality and displaying due regards for internal controls of rules, delegations and transparency;
  • 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 develop and implement stakeholder management plans, programs and initiatives to obtain buy-in on new initiatives, to better understand dissenting views, to obtain resources and to increase perceptions of success.
  • Ability to be diplomatic, tactful and respect of other people from varied backgrounds, understanding diverse cultural views especially within West Africa with the ability to convert diversity into opportunities to improve program/operational outcomes;
  • Ability to create a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths bringing together innovative practices;
  • Ability to remain objective in managing conflict regardless of cultural differences /positions, gender differences, and encourage other staff to overcome cultural and gender bias and  differences;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to serve the interest of culturally diverse multinational teams/organizations/communities and persons with disability without prejudice and bias.
  • Understanding of the ECOWAS organizational structure, associated dynamics and expectations as required to collaborate, participate, contribute and lead effectively;
  • Knowledge of the ECOWAS mandate, strategic plan/priorities as well as the economic, political and social situation and trends in member states, as pertains to own scope of work;
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS best practices, program management approaches and research techniques to lead and/or contribute to the development or assessment of programs, projects or initiatives;
  • Knowledge of the  ECOWAS rules and procedures in order to appropriately interpret and apply directive text, provide technical advice, coach others and assess performance.
  • Ability to analyze a situation by using indicators to assess the costs, benefits, risks, and chances for success, in making  decisions;
  • Ability to pull together information from different sources to identify the cause of problems, consequences of alternative causes of action, potential obstacles and ways to avoid the problem in the future;
  • Ability to 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;
  • Exhibit active listening skills to encourage stronger communication amongst  team members, to show care and make them feel valued and to  drive employee engagement in all institutions and agencies;
  • 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 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 plan, organize, control resources, and to comply with  policies, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Annual Salary
UA50, 852.49, USD80, 235.06

Application Deadline  8th August, 2020.

Job Title: Principal Officer, Institutional Framework

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

Role Overview

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

Duties and Responsibilities

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

Academic Qualifications and Experience

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

Age Limit

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

ECOWAS Key Competencies:

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

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

Application Deadline  8th August, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should download the Application Form below, fill it out correctly; attach a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Motivation Letter and send to: b10Pinstframework@ecowas.int using the “Job Title” as the subject of the email.

Job Title: Principal Accountant, Community Levy

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

Role Overview

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

Role and Responsibilities

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

Academic Qualifications and Experience

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

Age Limit:

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

ECOWAS Key Competencies:

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

Annual Salary
UA66, 123.98, USD104, 330.42

Application Deadline  8th August, 2020.

Job Title: Principal Officer, Archiving and Documentation

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

Role Overview

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

Role and Responsibilities

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

Academic Qualifications and Experience

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

Age Limit:

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

ECOWAS Key Competencies

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

Annual Salary
UA66, 123.98, USD104, 330.42

Application Deadline  8th August, 2020.

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

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

Role Overview

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

Supervising:

  • HR & Administration Officer
  • Finance & Accounting Officer

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