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The Program Manager shall support Embassy Abuja programmatic engagement with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), residing within the Political Section and coordinating primarily with the Political Military Officer. The PM shall also advise and assist ECOWAS in fully operationalizing the Early Warning and Response Network (ECOWARN) center and the establishment of National Early Warning (NERCs) in each ECOWAS Member State. Finally, the PM will report on the use and effectiveness of U.S. provided property to ECOWARN and the NERCs. Periodic travel to ECOWAS member states may be required to support ECOWAS’s project design and implementation of regional and national early warning and reporting networks.
The Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs’ Office of Security Affairs (AF/SA) supports the Early Warning and Response Partnership (EWARP), a projected five-year US government program to assist the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) strengthen its early warning and response capacity. To meet the objectives of this initiative, AF/SA currently has contractors providing training, equipment, and advisory services in Africa.
ECOWAS is a regional economic community with a surface area of 3.8 million square miles, which encompasses 17 percent of the African continent. The fifteen (15) member states are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. The ECOWAS Treaty established the community when it was signed in Lagos, Nigeria, on May 28, 1975.
Numerous West African leaders requested assistance to enable early warning capabilities that address myriad sources of conflict and transnational threats, including terrorism, illicit trafficking, piracy, poaching and infectious diseases.
Duties and Responsibilities.
- The Program Manager (PM) is responsible for directing all aspects of task order services that allow the organization to successfully operate the planning, supervision, and execution of the AF/SA’s complex, multifaceted EWARP related activities.
- The PM is responsible for Operations, Logistics, Plans, Management and Security of Information Systems, all matters associated with Safety and Risk Assessments of ECOWAS tasks and activities, Security and Accountabilities of Equipment, and Quality Assurance.
- The PM shall act as the principal point of contact regarding task order and operational activities and shall ensure all contact with the ECOWAS POCs have been coordinated with the AF/SA.
- The PM shall assess ECOWAS’ needs in the area of conflict early warning and response; identify existing and planned funding resources; pinpoint gaps, constraints, and opportunities; and suggest appropriate interventions and approaches for the USG.
- The PM shall coordinate and collaborate with ECOWAS’ planners, officials and leaders as well as with AF/SA members. The PM is responsible for maintaining a coherent, integrated, and sustained program capability that fosters program continuity, continuous improvement, relevance and innovation of EWARP activities.
- The PM shall provide guidance to ECOWAS on EWARP. Additionally, the PM shall coordinate efforts between ECOWAS and with the U.S. Embassies in ECOWAS member state countries where the contract the EWARP activities are to take place.
- The PM shall provide a report of all EWARP related meetings and communication, and provide to the COR for contract administration files. All government furnished property inventories and inspections shall be documented. All significant meetings, inspections, inventories, and communications shall be documented within seven (7) days of the specific task completion and also be provided to the COR.
- The PM shall provide, at a minimum, weekly situation reports (SITREPs) and shall be available for weekly tele-communication with respective to the U.S. Embassies, USAID, COR, and CO.
- The PM shall serve as the on-site coordinator for EWARP activities. The primary function of the PM shall be to assist the COR in the planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and performance measurement impacting the State’s EWARP programs.
- The PM is responsible for reporting to U.S. Embassy Abuja and COR on the status of EWARP funds expenditures, the operational status of equipment deployed to support EWARP activities and instances where contractor performance fails to meet a stated performance standard, so that COR and Embassy Abuja can take appropriate follow-up actions.
- The PM shall collaborate and coordinate regularly with USAID and AF/SA personnel providing assistance to EWARP implementation. Program coordination, advising, and reporting work will not be restricted to Nigeria and may be required throughout Africa.
- The PM shall also work with the COR and other AF/SA members to gather data, analyze Bureau mission results, and provide policy input as requested as a member of the AF/SA team to facilitate the accomplishment of United States Government goals and objectives