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  • Posted on: 18 June, 2015 Deadline: 30 July, 2015
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  • 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. Considered one of the pillars of the African Economic Community, the organization was founded in order to achieve collective self-sufficiency for its member states by creating a single large trading bloc through an economic and trading union. It also serves as a peacekeeping force in the region. The organization operates officially in three co-equal languages French, English, and Portuguese.

    We are currently recruiting to fill the following vacant positions below:

    Employee Relations Officer

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/HR-P/001/2015
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Department: Human Resources
    Directorate: Human Resources
    Grade: P3
    Duration: Permanent
    Supervisor: Head of Divisions, HR Operations

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Monitor and track all employee relations cases.
    • Collate employee relations information including investigation reports, disciplinary notes of the Commission.
    • Investigate and prepare documents for all ER cases and procedures.
    • Monitor and track all long term absences, leave, maternity etc…
    • Attend where necessary grievance, disciplinary, or any other employee relations meeting when required.
    • Any other duty as may be assigned by the Principal Programme Officer HR Operations and the Director, Human Resources

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills
    Qualifications:

    • A Degree in Human Resources or the Social Sciences is preferable but any other with the relevant professional experience would be considered.

    Experience:

    • 5 years professional work experience.
    • Possession of a higher degree would reduce the required professional experience to three (3) years;

    Competencies:

    • Membership of a related affiliate body would be an advantage.
    • Ability to establish credibility with managers across the Commission.
    • Excellent networking, oral and communication skills.
    • Ability to tolerate and manage heavy work loads.
    • Must have a flexible work approach.
    • Must be totally computer literate.

    Age:

    • The officer should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment.

    Language:

    • Must be fluent in one of the official working languages of the Community: English, French, and Portuguese. 
    • A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

    Remuneration
    USD 36,901 - USD 44,469(Annual Salary)

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    Director, Financial Control

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/FC-D/001
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Department: Office of the Financial Controller
    Directorate: Financial Control
    Grade: D1
    Supervisor: Financial Controller
    Duration: Permanent

    Job Description

    • A Directorate in ECOWAS Community Institutions is a subset of Departments headed by Statutory Appointees or D2 level Officers. Directorates are headed by Directors or Officers holding Director level positions.
    • Directors or Director level Officers are responsible for providing the expertise in particular areas for the design and implementation of technical projects in line with ECOWAS objectives.
    • Directors in ECOWAS provide leadership and management to major sector(s) of technical activities which are substantively important to the accomplishment of the Institution’s mandate.
    • They are responsible for interpreting governing bodies, the President's and the Commissioner's broad visions and policy guidelines, and for developing and managing goals and objectives to meet that mandate. D1 positions typically supervise 10 or more professionals some of who may be Division Chiefs at the P5 level and thus supervise other professional staff.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Leadership Tasks:

    • Directors or Director level Officers report directly to Departmental Heads. As the principal link between the Directorate and the wider beyond, the Director is responsible for:
    • Clearly communicating the Department’s vision to staff, explain how the Directorate’s activities aligns with them as well as ways of carrying out set tasks on it;
    • Staying on top of fast-moving technical, political, social or economic changes;
    • Remaining in frequent contact with the other Directors in the Institution to ensure that the work is harmonized with that of other Directorates as needed.

    Managerial Tasks:

    • The Director will supervise staff of the Directorate including Professional and General staff.
    • He or she will utilize a range of transactional managerial skills to ensure that staff of the Directorate performs efficiently and effectively, and that they deliver the regular outputs needed at sufficient quality and in a timely manner.

    Managerial tasks will include:

    • Plan annual goals, objectives, activities and budget tied to the Department’s overall plans; and create measure and monitor goal achievement; negotiate suitable adjustments to goals and budgets;
    • Implement performance-based budgeting within the Directorate;
    • Organize the Directorate in an efficient way with clear reporting lines, minimal bureaucracy and optimal delegation of responsibilities and authority;
    • Work with the relevant Directorate to ensure efficient and effective services such as recruitment, action on performance decisions, promotions and related matters;
    • Set standards of work mechanisms to monitor staff output and ensure that standards are maintained and deadlines met without compromising quality of work;
    • Manage the system of setting individual performance planning and standards through available Performance Planning and Evaluation systems;
    • Provide regular and prompt performance feedback to direct reporting;
    • Actively engaged in the development of staff to ensure skills are built to match plans, goals and existing structures;
    • Create productive working atmosphere within the Directorate to encourages staff participation.

    Use of Personal Expertise
    While the Director will have a reserve of skilled professionals to draw upon, he or she may at times be called upon to apply his or her personal expertise directly in the relevant technical field in any of the following ways:

    • Direct technical guidance on programme design or implementation in an area where he or she has high-level technical expertise;
    • Represent ECOWAS in professional meetings or working groups; make speeches, negotiate agreements, mediate disputes;
    • Lead or participate in technical missions to develop projects and programmes;
    • Advise on issues relating to his or her area of technical expertise;
    • Work with the relevant specialized Parliamentary Committee on regional legislation, as needed.

    Technical Tasks:

    • The ideal candidate reports to the Financial Controller of Community Institutions and will be responsible for overseeing the pre-audit functions of the Office of the Financial Controller, while also providing organisational and administrative leadership;
    • In harmony with colleagues, the Director Financial Control will supervise control functions and ensure the regularity of financial commitments in line with laid down rules and regulations;
    • Ensures that expenditures in the Community Institutions are in line with their approved budgets and proper implementation of budgetary and accounting control.
    • Supervises endorsement of commitment orders, contracts, payment vouchers and exercise fiduciary duty on behalf of the Financial Controller.
    • Prepares and submit timely periodic reports on the financial position and other related data of Community Institutions to the Financial Controller.
    • Ensures compliance with Community texts, regulations, and policies.
    • Maintains high job results through coaching, counselling, and timely appraisals of reporting staff.
    • Proposes policy matters as input towards the improvement of Community's management and financial performance.
    • Handles any other responsibility assigned by the Financial Controller.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills
    Educational Qualification

    • Master's Degree (in Accounting or Finance) with membership of a Professional Accounting body recognised by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).
    • A higher Degree in Accounting or Finance may substitute for two years of professional experience.

    Experience:

    • Twelve (12) years professional experience including six (6) years relevant international experience and five (5) years in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
    • Possession of higher degree would reduce the required professional experience to ten (10) years with five (5) years in a supervisory or managerial capacity.

    Competencies (Skills, Knowledge and Abilities):

    • Excellent flare and aptitude for technical report writing;
    • Excellent command of Microsoft Office tools. Exposure to Enterprise Financial Management System, particularly SAP environment is an advantage;
    • Good knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Public Sector Standards (IPSAS).
    • Good communication skills for influencing groups of peers and stakeholders outside the organization (public speaking, writing, persuasiveness, credibility, negotiation, problem-solving).
    • Good interpersonal social skills for working with peers and subordinate staff (listening ability, approachability, clear oral expression).
    • Able team-player with peers (creates solutions to problems, creates ideas, takes on share of the work, reliable). Ability to align self and Directorate to the Community;
    • Drive and energy;
    • Demonstrates fairness;
    • Self-control and stress management methods;
    • Good personal organization with ability to prioritize comfortably, adjust to rapidly changing priorities and to manage time well;
    • Ability to delegate authority clearly and effectively to staff. In particular, ability to use support staff available to the Directorate.

    Age:

    • Candidates should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment and must be citizens of one of the ECOWAS member states;

    Language:

    • Candidates must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Community; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

    Remuneration
    USD 60,372 - USD 75,005

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    Principal Programme Officer, Petroleum Mining Development

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/Min-Eng-P/001/2015
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Department: Energy and Mines
    Directorate: Mining & Geo-Extractive Development
    Grade: P5
    Supervisor: Director, Mining & Geo-Extractive Development
    Duration: Permanent

    Job Description

    • Responsible for the implemetation of 'ECOWAS Guiding Framework on Regional Cooperation for Integrated Industrial Development of Hydrocarbons’ and its Implementation Matrix.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Lead in the design and execution of related programmes/projects and activities outlined in ECOWAS Guiding Framework on Regional Cooperation for Integrated Industrial Development of Hydrocarbons/Implementation Matrix.
    • Liaise with relevant stakeholder ECOWAS Commission Directorates to promote the design and execution of other specialized programmes/projects areas outlined in the Guiding Framework.
    • Assist the Director to promote the design and implementation by Member States of policy options that will encourage all stakeholder institutions and operating entities adopt relevant quality standards to enhance the competitiveness of the mineral sector.
    • Promote activities that generally enhance the realization of optimal benefits for the Community, along the value chain of the petroleum sector.
    • Assist the Director to establish a functional ECOWAS Mineral Resources Observatory.
    • Participate in the preparation of the Directorate’s Budgets and M & E Activities and assist the Director to create a conducive working environment.
    • Supervise the work of the Programme Officers in his/her line of command.
    • Participate in specialized technical meetings and conferences.
    • Participate in preparation of periodic Reports of the Directorate.
    • Carry-out any other legitimate task as may be assigned by his/her immediate superiors.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills
    Educational Qualification:

    • A Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent in Geo-Sciences or Engineering, Petroleum Sciences or Engineering, and Materials Sciences or Engineering, or any related field.
    • Additional qualification in Project Planning & Management could be an advantage.

    Experience:

    • Ten (10) years professional working experience, two of which should be at a supervisory or managerial level;
    • Possession of a higher degree would reduce the number of years experience to eight (8) years.

    Competencies (Skills, Knowledge and Abilities):

    • Demonstrate ability to work in a team within a multi-cultural environment, continuous favourable disposition to learning, innovativeness, proficiency in basic MS Office tools, conceptualizing projects, and preparation of reports.

    Age:

    • Candidates should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment and must be citizens of one of the ECOWAS Member States;

    Language:

    • Candidates must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Community; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

    Remuneration
    USD 52,273 - USD 59,100

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    Director, Mining & Geo-Extractive Development

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/Min-Eng-D/001/2015
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Department: Energy and Mines
    Directorate: Mining & Geo-Extractive Development
    Grade: D1
    Supervisor: Commissioner, Mines & Energy
    Duration: Permanent

    Job Description

    • A Directorate in ECOWAS Community Institutions is a subset of Departments headed by Statutory Appointees or D2 level Officers. Directorates are headed by Directors or Officers holding Director level positions.
    • Directors or Director level Officers are responsible for providing the expertise in particular areas for the design and implementation of technical projects in line with ECOWAS objectives.
    • Directors in ECOWAS provide leadership and management to major sector(s) of technical activities which are substantively important to the accomplishment of the Institution’s mandate.
    • They are responsible for interpreting governing bodies’, the President’s and the Commissioner’s broad visions and policy guidelines, and for developing and managing goals and objectives to meet that mandate.
    • D1 positions typically supervise 10 or more professionals some of who may be Division Chiefs at the P5 level and thus supervise other professional staff.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Leadership Tasks
    Directors or Director level Officers report directly to Departmental Heads. As the principal link between the Directorate and the wider beyond, the Director is responsible for:

    • Clearly communicating the Department’s vision to staff, explain how the Directorate’s activities aligns with them as well as ways of carrying out set tasks on it;
    • Staying on top of fast-moving technical, political, social or economic changes;
    • Remaining in frequent contact with the other Directors in the Institution to ensure that the work is harmonized with that of other Directorates as needed.

    Managerial Tasks
    The Director will supervise staff of the Directorate including Professional and General staff. He or she will utilize a range of transactional managerial skills to ensure that staff of the Directorate performs efficiently and effectively, and that they deliver the regular outputs needed at sufficient quality and in a timely manner.

    Managerial tasks will include:

    • Plan annual goals, objectives, activities and budget tied to the Department's overall plans; measure and monitor goal achievement; negotiate suitable adjustments to goals and budgets;
    • Implement performance-based budgeting within the Directorate;
    • Organize the Directorate in an efficient way with clear reporting lines, minimal bureaucracy and optimal delegation of responsibilities and authority;
    • Work with the relevant Directorate to ensure efficient and effective services such as recruitment, action on performance decisions, promotions and related matters;
    • Set standards of work and create mechanisms to monitor staff output and ensure that standards are maintained and deadlines met without compromising quality of work;
    • Manage the system of setting individual performance planning and standards through available Performance Planning and Evaluation systems;
    • Provide regular and prompt performance feedback to direct reports;
    • Actively engaged in the development of staff to ensure skills are built to match plans, goals and existing structures;
    • Create productive working atmosphere within the Directorate to encourages staff participation.

    Use of Personal Expertise
    While the Director will have a reserve of skilled professionals to draw upon, he or she may at times be called upon to apply his or her personal expertise directly in the relevant technical field in any of the following ways:

    • Direct technical guidance on programme design or implementation in an area where he or she has high-level technical expertise;
    • Represent ECOWAS in professional meetings or working groups; make speeches, negotiate agreements, mediate disputes;
    • Lead or participate in technical missions to develop projects and programmes;
    • Advise on issues relating to his or her area of technical expertise;
    • Work with the relevant specialized Parliamentary Committee on regional legislation, as needed.

    Technical Tasks:

    • Coordinate, supervise, and assist in the design and execution of programmes/projects and all other activities, and personnel of the Directorate.
    • Assist the Principal Programme Officers in regional projects identification for the mineral resources sector.
    • Promote the implementation of ‘ECOWAS Mineral Sector Integrated Framework on Corporate Social Responsibility, Localization & Local Content Development.
    • Identify and develop policy issues of currency for the attention of Member States and key stakeholders, availing to the Statutory Organs of ECOWAS Commission, timely priority decisions for implementation in the mineral resources sector.
    • Identify and develop intra- and inter-regional, and other international relationships between ECOWAS Commission and other key stakeholders for the development of the Community's mineral resources sector.
    • Develop sustainable relationships for programmes/projects design and execution with other stakeholder-Directorates within ECOWAS Commission.
    • Promote capacity enhancement initiatives within the Community’s mineral resources sector.
    • Promote towards institutionalizing the philosophy of achieving the desired results, ahead of schedule and within budget, in the Directorate.
    • Participate in specialized technical meetings and conferences.
    • Prepare Budgets and issue relevant and timely periodic Reports of the Directorate.
    • Carry-out any other legitimate task as may be assigned by his/her immediate superiors.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills
    Educational Qualification:

    • Masters Degree or its equivalent in the Geo-sciences or Engineering, Petroleum Sciences or Engineering, and Materials Sciences or Engineering, or any related field. Additional qualification in Development Management Sciences could be an advantage.

    Experience:

    • Twelve (12) years professional experience including six (6) years relevant international experience and five (5) years in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
    • Possession of higher degree would reduce the required professional experience to ten (10) years with five (5) years in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
    • Policy-making experience would be an advantage

    Competencies (Skills, Knowledge and Abilities):

    • Leadership skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural team;
    • Ability to build partnership with other institutions;
    • Good communication skills for influencing groups of peers and stakeholders outside the organization (public speaking, writing, persuasiveness, credibility, negotiation, problem-solving)
    • Good interpersonal social skills for working with peers and subordinate staff (listening ability, approachability, clear oral expression)
    • Able team-player with peers (creates solutions to problems, creates ideas, takes on share of the work, reliable).
    • Drive and energy;
    • Demonstrates fairness;
    • Self-control and stress management methods;
    • Good personal organization with ability to prioritize comfortably, adjust to rapidly changing priorities and to manage time well;
    • Ability to delegate authority clearly and effectively to staff. In particular, ability to use support staff available to the Directorate
    • Must be Computer Literate

    Age:

    • Candidates should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment and must be citizens of one of the ECOWAS Member States;

    Language:

    • Candidates must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Community; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

    Remuneration
    Annual Salary: USD 60,372 - USD 75,005

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    Bilingual Secretary

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/HR-G/001/2015
    Grade: G5
    Location: Abuja
    Department: Human Resources
    Directorate: Human Resources
    Supervisor: Director, Human Resources
    Duration: Permanent

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Management of the Supervisor&'s schedule: receive and welcome visitors; organise and manage appointments; keep the Supervisor's timetable; make telephone calls; verify in-coming calls to ensure their importance and possibility to respond; manage the Experts diary and schedule;
    • Administrative management: organise meetings; receive, draft, type and make follow-up on administrative letters; meeting room bookings; provide supplies to the office;
    • Management of mail: create a recording system of in-coming and out-going mails; ensure archiving and filing of documents; manage documents (in-coming and out-going, filing of letters); ensure follow-up on documents submitted to the Director for signature;
    • Undertake any other duty assigned by the superiors.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills

    • Vocational Training/Diploma or equivalent in Secretarial work or Administration;
    • At least 6 years experience in a similar position;
    • Excellent command of computer applications: MS-Office (Windows, Word, Excel, Internet);
    • Document and database management skills;
    • Sense of confidentiality;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Able to work under pressure in a multicultural environment;
    • Organised and high sense of responsibility and relations;

    Age:

    • The officer should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment.

    Language:

    • Fluency (written and oral) in two of the official languages of ECOWAS: French, English and Portuguese. A working knowledge of a third ECOWAS language would be an advantage.

    Remuneration
    Annual Salary: USD 19,388 - USD 25,781

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    Payroll Officer

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/HR-P/002/2015
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Department: Human Resources
    Directorate: Human Resources
    Grade: P3
    Supervisor: Head of Divisions, HR Operations
    Duration: Permanent

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Responsible for yearly salary reviews process in terms of annual increments etc…
    • Responsible for developing, and maintaining a payroll pensions, benefits, allowances database.
    • Oversee the preparation of staff salaries and other emoluments on a monthly basis.
    • Review and approve for processing, expenditures such as medical refunds, educational expense refunds and other staff related expenses.
    • Prepare, analyze and evaluate information from the financial records and provide data and assistance to superiors on issues relevant to improvement of the financial operation.
    • Supervise the preparation of payroll returns such as provident deductions and other payroll deductions and ensure the prompt payments of such returns.
    • Implement budgetary control procedures and ensure that expenditures approved for payments have been provided for in the budget.
    • Ensure the safe keeping of all payroll records including those relating to personnel records of officers within the organization.
    • Review, certify and refer for further action, financial documents such as invoices, memorandum on expenditure request, request for payment on contract, giving appropriate explanation as applicable.
    • Supervise support staff and decide on the correctness of documents processed; propose improvement and train staff on the correct applications of the financial regulations.
    • Ensure the preparation of all employee contracts, temporary staff salaries in compliance with the contract agreements.
    • Perform other related duties as required.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills
    Qualifications:

    • A Bachelor's Degree in the Financial Sector.

    Experience/Skills:

    • 5 years professional work experience;
    • Possession of a higher degree would reduce the required professional experience to three (3) years;
    • Membership of a related affiliate body would be an advantage.

    Competencies:

    • Ability to establish credibility with managers across the Commission.
    • Excellent networking, oral and communication skills.
    • Ability to tolerate and manage heavy work loads.
    • Must have a flexible work approach.
    • Must be computer literate

    Age:

    • The officer should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment.

    Language:

    • Must be fluent in one of the official working languages of the Community: English, French, and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

    Remuneration
    USD 36,901 - USD 44,469.

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    Director, HR Operations

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/HR-D /001/2015
    Grade: D1
    Location: Abuja
    Department: Human Resources
    Directorate: Human Resources
    Supervisor: Commissioner, Human Resources
    Duration: Permanent

    Job Description

    • A Directorate in ECOWAS Community Institutions is a subset of Departments headed by Statutory Appointees or D2 level Officers. Directorates are headed by Directors or Officers holding Director level positions.
    • Directors or Director level Officers are responsible for providing the expertise in particular areas for the design and implementation of technical projects in line with ECOWAS objectives.
    • Directors in ECOWAS provide leadership and management to major sector(s) of technical activities which are substantively important to the accomplishment of the Institution's mandate.
    • They are responsible for interpreting governing bodies', the President's and the Commissioner's broad visions and policy guidelines, and for developing and managing goals and objectives to meet that mandate. D1 positions typically supervise 10 or more professionals some of who may be Division Chiefs at the P5 level and thus supervise other professional staff

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Leadership Tasks:

    • Directors or Director level Officers report directly to Departmental Heads. As the principal link between the Directorate and the wider beyond, the Director is responsible for:
    • Clearly communicating the Department's vision to staff, explain how the Directorate's activities aligns with them as well as ways of carrying out set tasks on it;
    • Staying on top of fast-moving technical, political, social or economic changes;
    • Remaining in frequent contact with the other Directors in the Institution to ensure that the work is harmonized with that of other Directorates as needed.

    Managerial Tasks:

    • The Director will supervise staff of the Directorate including Professional and General staff.
    • He or she will utilize a range of transactional managerial skills to ensure that staff of the Directorate performs efficiently and effectively, and that they deliver the regular outputs needed at sufficient quality and in a timely manner.

    Managerial tasks will include:

    • Plan annual goals, objectives, activities and budget tied to the Department's overall plans; measure and monitor goal achievement; negotiate suitable adjustments to goals and budgets;
    • Implement performance-based budgeting within the Directorate;
    • Organize the Directorate in an efficient way with clear reporting lines, minimal bureaucracy and optimal delegation of responsibilities and authority;
    • Work with the relevant Directorate to ensure efficient and effective services such as recruitment, action on performance decisions, promotions and related matters;
    • Set standards of work and create mechanisms to monitor staff output and ensure that standards are maintained and deadlines met without compromising quality of work;
    • Manage the system of setting individual performance planning and standards through available Performance Planning and Evaluation systems;
    • Provide regular and prompt performance feedback to direct reports;
    • Actively engaged in the development of staff to ensure skills are built to match plans, goals and existing structures;
    • Create productive working atmosphere within the Directorate to encourages staff participation.

    Use of Personal Expertise
    While the Director will have a reserve of skilled professionals to draw upon, he or she may at times be called upon to apply his or her personal expertise directly in the relevant technical field in any of the following ways:

    • Direct technical guidance on programme design or implementation in an area where he or she has high-level technical expertise;
    • Represent ECOWAS in professional meetings or working groups; make speeches, negotiate agreements, mediate disputes;
    • Lead or participate in technical missions to develop projects and programmes;
    • Advise on issues relating to his or her area of technical expertise;
    • Work with the relevant specialized Parliamentary Committee on regional legislation, as needed.

    Technical Tasks:

    • The strategic and core component of this role is providing advice, leadership and operational support across the Commission, under the supervision of the Commissioner, Human Resources.

    Duties

    • Develop the employee relations policies and procedures.
    • Develop and regularly review the Commission's HR guidelines in terms of sickness, leave, absence, lateness.
    • Develop, plan, organize, and supervise the Commissions database in terms of Human Resources operational functions (salaries, benefits, etc).
    • Develop and regularly review the job evaluation policies and procedures.
    • Responsible for the education of the staff of the Commission in line with the Staff Rules and Regulations.
    • Develops and regularly reviews the employee life cycle in the Commission.
    • Ensures that the HR Operations policies are clearly defined, regularly reviewed, and constantly updated.
    • Responsible for driving process efficiency, continuous improvement and key performance measures within the Commission.
    • Any other functions assigned by the Commissioner.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills

    Qualifications:

    • A Master's in the Social Sciences or Humanities is desirable but any other with the relevant work experience would be considered.

    Experience:

    • Twelve (12) years professional experience including six (6) years relevant international experience and five (5) years in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
    • Possession of higher degree would reduce the required professional experience to ten (10) years with five (5) years in a supervisory or managerial capacity;
    • Membership of any affiliate professional bodies would be an advantage.

    Competencies (Skills, Knowledge and Abilities)

    • Must be good a good negotiator and highly analytical.
    • Good stress management skills.
    • Should be emotionally resilient and good in complaint handling.
    • Should have excellent people management skills.
    • Grievance and discipline management.
    • Good communication skills for influencing groups of peers and stakeholders outside the organization (public speaking, writing, persuasiveness, credibility, negotiation, problem-solving).
    • Good interpersonal social skills for working with peers and subordinate staff (listening ability, approachability, clear oral expression).
    • Able team-player with peers (creates solutions to problems, creates ideas, takes on share of the work, reliable).
    • Ability to align self and Directorate to the Community;
    • Drive and energy;
    • Demonstrates fairness;
    • Self-control and stress management methods;
    • Good personal organization with ability to prioritize comfortably, adjust to rapidly changing priorities and to manage time well;
    • Ability to delegate authority clearly and effectively to staff. In particular, ability to use support staff available to the Directorate.

    Age:

    • Candidates should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment and must be citizens of one of the ECOWAS member states.

    Language:

    • Candidates must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Community; English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

    Remuneration
    Annual Salary: USD 60,372 - USD 75,005.

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    Lift Operator/Mail Dispatcher

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/ADM-G/001
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Department: General Administration and Conference
    Directorate: General Administration
    Grade: G1
    Supervisor: Administrative Officer
    Duration: Permanent

    Duties and Responsibilities

    As a Lift Operator, the officer’s primary role is to ensure the safe and smooth use of the lifts installed at the Headquarters of the ECOWAS Commission. Duties of the Lift Operator include the following:

    • Follow all standard operating procedures for maintaining safe conditions in the lift.
    • Assist and educate/inform users on the proper use of lifts, whenever necessary.
    • Maintain lift huts in a clean and fresh condition.
    • Assist occupants of the lift during emergency evacuations.
    • Maintain record on any incidents that might occur in the lift and report same to superiors.
    • Promptly submit reports on technical defects observed on any of the lifts for immediate action.
    • Remind superiors to ensure that lift maintenance schedules are adhered to.
    • Responsible for courier services when not on lift operation duties.
    • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by Supervisor.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills
    Requirements:

    • Minimum of SSCE/WASCE.
    • Must be able to work with people of different backgrounds.
    • Must be a safety oriented person.
    • Ability to work with people in a cheerful and courteous manner.
    • Must be ready and willing to perform duties which are not necessarily lift operation function, such as assisting with mail dispatch.
    • Must be punctual at all times.
    • Must be available at all times, even on week-ends and holidays as may be required.
    • Must have strong communication skills.

    Age:

    • Candidates must not be over fifty (50) years of age at the point of recruitment.

    Language:

    • Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Community: English, French and Portuguese.
    • A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

    Remuneration
    USD 3,959 - USD 5,895

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    Translator

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/CON-P/002
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Department: General Administration and Conference
    Directorate: Conference and Protocol
    Grade: P4
    Supervisor: Director, Conferences and Protocol
    Duration: Permanent
    Slot: 5

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Description of duties:

    • Under the Authority of the Commissioner for General Administration and Conference and the supervision of the Language Coordinator, the incumbent shall be responsible for, among others, the following assigned duties:
    • Translates a wide variety of texts documents for ECOWAS conferences and meetings, working papers, scientific articles, speeches, programme statements, web materials, reports, correspondence, etc;
    • Performs 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;
    • Performs other related duties, as required.
    • Competencies Technical Expertise and Professionalism

    IT Skills

    • A high degree of specialization in Translation in A language in particular;
    • Full command of all the skills involved in preparing technical translations, including the use of terminology databases, electronic dictionaries, research tools, and post editing of raw machine-translated output;
    • Ability to acquire knowledge and information about a wide range of subjects and apply it to translation tasks;
    • Ability to respect deadlines without sacrificing quality;
    • Ability to work under pressure in order to meet tight deadlines;
    • Familiarity with the principles and practices of documentary translation;
    • Excellent organizational and analytical skills, complemented by excellent communication and interpersonal skills combined with the ability to write, speak, and present in a clear and concise, diplomatic, tactful, and courteous manner.
    • Ability to perform on sight translation and liaison interpretation.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and SharePoint.
    • Experience with computer assisted translation tools, translation memory and other computer-aided translation software would be highly desirable.
    • Receptive to review by Revisor and imbibes lessons learnt.
    • Works collaboratively with colleagues on large translation projects, fulfilling responsibilities so as not to undermine group effort;.
    • Upholds team coherence.
    • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise;
    • Is willing to learn from others.
    • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
    • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
    • Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession;
    • Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally.
    • Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates;
    • Shows willingness to learn from others.
    • Seeks feedback to learn and improve.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills
    Essential:

    • A bachelor's degree in Translation from an accredited university

    Desirable:

    • A master's degree in Translation

    Work Experience:

    • Three years of translation experience, in particular with international organisations

    Desirable:

    • To have at least three years translation experience in the ECOWAS System

    Age:

    • Candidates must not be over fifty (50) years of age at the point of recruitment.

    Languages:

    • Excellent command of A language;
    • Ability to work into other languages of working combination would be an asset
    • Assessment Method
    • Candidates must pass the ECOWAS Competitive Examination for Staff Translators (eliminatory), which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

    Remuneration
    USD 44,328 - USD 51,637

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    Conference Interpreter (French A/English B or C/Port B or C)

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/CON-P/001B
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Department: General Administration and Conference
    Directorate: Conference and Protocol
    Grade: P5
    Supervisor: Director, Conferences and Protocol
    Duration: Permanent

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Under the Authority of the Commissioner for General Administration and Conference and the supervision of the Director Conference and Protocol, the Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:

    • Services all meetings as assigned by Language Coordinator and Management; Provides interpretation in relevant language combination, (simultaneous, consecutive, whispering, liaison) of speeches or statements;
    • Routinely assigned to sensitive meetings;
    • May be required to function as language team leader when assigned to a given meeting;
    • Assists the Head of Language Division, as appropriate, in the screening, training and examining of prospective interpreters;
    • Participates in establishment of terminology database, glossaries, etc.
    • Ma perform other related duties as required.

    Competencies
    Technical Expertise and Professionalism:

    • Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration;
    • Split-second accuracy;
    • Ability to work under continuous stress and deliver clear interpretation on an exceedingly broad range of subjects;
    • Understands how to prepare meetings and work with meeting documents.
    • Understands how to ‘weigh’ interpretation teams;
    • Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
    • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, confidentiality and achieving results;
    • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
    • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
    • Remains calm in stressful situations and ability to travel at short notice.

    Teamwork:

    • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
    • Demonstrates booth manners and upholds team coherence;
    • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise;
    • Is willing to learn from others;
    • Places team agenda before personal agenda.
    • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
    • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
    • Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession;
    • Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
    • Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates;
    • Shows willingness to learn from others.
    • Seeks feedback to learn and improve.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills
    Education:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Conference Interpretation.

    Work Experience:

    • At least 4 years of professional interpreting experience;
    • Experience with international organizations would be an advantage.

    Age:

    • Candidates must not be over fifty (50) years of age at the point of recruitment.

    Languages:

    • French A/English B or C/Port B or C
    • Assessment Method
    • Candidates must pass the ECOWAS Competitive Examination for Conference Interpreters (eliminatory), which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

    Remuneration
    USD 52,273 - USD 59,100

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    Conference Interpreter (English A/French B or C)

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/CON-P/001A
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Department: General Administration and Conference
    Directorate: Conference and Protocol
    Grade: P5
    Supervisor: Director, Conferences and Protocol
    Duration: Permanent

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Under the Authority of the Commissioner for General Administration and Conference and the supervision of the Director Conference and Protocol, the Interpreter will be responsible for the following duties:

    • Services all meetings as assigned by Language Coordinator and Management; Provides interpretation in relevant language combination, (simultaneous, consecutive, whispering, liaison) of speeches or statements;
    • Routinely assigned to sensitive meetings;
    • May be required to function as language team leader when assigned to a given meeting;
    • Assists the Head of Language Division, as appropriate, in the screening, training and examining of prospective interpreters;
    • Participates in establishment of terminology database, glossaries, etc.
    • May perform other related duties as required.

    Competencies
    Technical Expertise and Professionalism:

    • Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration;
    • Split-second accuracy;
    • Ability to work under continuous stress and deliver clear interpretation on an exceedingly broad range of subjects;
    • Understands how to prepare meetings and work with meeting documents.
    • Understands how to 'weigh' interpretation teams;
    • Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
    • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, confidentiality and achieving results;
    • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
    • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
    • Remains calm in stressful situations and ability to travel at short notice.

    Teamwork:

    • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
    • Demonstrates booth manners and upholds team coherence;
    • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise;
    • Is willing to learn from others;
    • Places team agenda before personal agenda.
    • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
    • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
    • Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession;
    • Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
    • Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates;
    • Shows willingness to learn from others.
    • Seeks feedback to learn and improve.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills
    Education:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Conference Interpretation

    Work Experience:

    • At least 4 years of professional interpreting experience;
    • Experience with international organizations would be an advantage.

    Age:

    • Candidates must not be over fifty (50) years of age at the point of recruitment.

    Languages:

    • English A/French B or C
    • Assessment Method
    • Candidates must pass the ECOWAS Competitive Examination for Conference Interpreters (eliminatory), which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

    Remuneration
    USD 52,273 - USD 59,100

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    Procurement Officer

     

    Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/ADMIN-P001/2015
    Location:
    Abuja, Nigeria
    Department: General Administration and Conference
    Directorate: General Administration
    Grade: P3
    Supervisor: Principal Officer Procurement
    Duration: Permanent

    Job Description

    Under the supervision of the Head of the procurement Division, the Procurement Officer has the responsibility for the management of the daily procurement activities in the division from the request to the delivery of goods, works and services.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Executes procurement plans to support business and operational needs based on requirements stated in the business plans and budgets of departments.
    • Prepare bidding documents, terms of reference, purchase orders, proposed contracts, suppliers’ bills and other procurement documents, as directed by the Head of Procurement.
    • Ensures the needs of requestors are proactively identified and met, taking appropriate actions by handling request orders, supporting tendering/bid management processes, price management, service delivery, vendor management and communication efforts with suppliers.
    • Keep track of the status of each procurement - from request to delivery or receipt by the requester - ensuring that priorities are met.
    • In liaison with Finance, ensure timely funding, and/or resolution of any funding issues in relation to procurement activities.
    • Develop a detailed level of material knowledge for designated ranges of products within allocated groups of products/materials.
    • Maintain awareness of market conditions, including source lists, price availability and competitiveness, and ensure that costs are fair and reasonable prior to approving any purchase.
    • Check specifications for goods and Terms of reference for services ensuring compliance with set standards, regulations, procedures and process requisition in accordance with related ECOWAS and donor policies and procedures for Goods, Works and Intellectual Services.
    • Maintains adequate vendor documentation and/or specifications on sources of supply, costs, delivery, vendor performance ratings, and quality requirements.
    • Analyse all material requisitions for proper material descriptions, budget authorisations and cost centres, which the purchases are being charged.
    • Produce/provide periodic updates and required management reports covering service ordering, order tracking, purchase orders and contracts, service order delivery scheduling and costs.
    • Maintain a central register of main contracts to accurately record the status of contracts with suppliers, develop appropriate database for key suppliers, main contractors and Consultants and track service level agreements with vendors, Contractors and Consultants.

    Qualifications/Experience/Skills

    • A Bachelor's degree in Business Management, Purchasing & Supplies, Supply Chain Management, Economics, Social Sciences or equivalent.
    • At least five (5) years experience in Procurement with experience of procurement procedures of development partners (World bank, AFDB, European Union).
    • Must have good writing and computer application skills;
    • Possession of a higher degree will reduce the number of years’ experience to three (3).

    Competencies

    • A good knowledge and understanding of the procurement process, sourcing, tendering methods and tender documents;
    • Understands negotiation principles and techniques;
    • Ability to develop strategic relationships with key suppliers and to maintain supplier development techniques;
    • Ability to plan and organise the procurement process;
    • Understanding of the importance of Audit and financial compliance and its impact on the procurement process;
    • A good knowledge of inventory, Logistics and Supply Chain processes;
    • A good understanding of Costing Methods;
    • Knowledge of World Bank, EU and other donor procurement processes and principles would be an advantage.

    Age:

    • The officer should not over 50 years old at the point of recruitment and must be a citizen of one of the ECOWAS member states.

    Language:

    • Must be fluent in one of the official languages of the Community: English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.

    Remuneration
    USD 36,901 - USD 44,469

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click here to apply online.

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