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  • Posted: Feb 18, 2021
    Deadline: Apr 13, 2021
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    Welcome to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Established on May 28 1975 via the treaty of Lagos, ECOWAS is a 15-member regional group with a mandate of promoting economic integration in all fields of activity of the constituting countries. Member countries making up ECOWAS are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’ Ivoire, Th...
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    Parliamentary Research Officer

    Grade: P2 / P3 / P4
    Status: Permanent
    Institution: ECOWAS Parliament
    Directorate: Parliamentary Affairs & 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

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

    • 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 - UA56,591.37  /  USD89,289.87

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should download the Application Form below, fill it out correctly; attach a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Motivation Letter and send using the Job Title as the subject of the email.

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