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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.

    Programme Officer - Intellectual Property - P3/P4

     

    Ref.: ECW/HR/18041922
    Location: Abuja
    Grade: P3/P4
    Status: Permanent
    Department: Education, Science & Culture
    Directorate: Education, Science And Culture
    Division: Arts And Culture
    Line Supervisor: Ppo Arts and Culture

    Role Overview

    • The Programme Officer – Intellectual Property reports to the Arts and Culture Division but works closely with all departments involved in the management of intellectual property
    • S/he is responsible for the implementation of all tasks related to intellectual property, including literary and artistic property and industrial property
    • S/he is tasked with contributing to the development of strategies and policies relating to intellectual property and monitoring and implementation of projects in his/her area of expertise.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Plan and monitor the implementation of activities related to the development of intellectual property;
    • Ensure the implementation of projects and action plans in the area of literary and artistic property and industrial property, in accordance with the guidelines given by his/her line manager or other departments involved in intellectual property matters.
    • Monitor the implementation of resolutions and decisions of ECOWAS governing bodies in the field of intellectual property;
    • Prepare and submit progress and assessment reports to his/her line manager on the implementation of intellectual property projects;
    • Perform any other task that may be assigned Commissioners, Directors or Heads of Division in the normal course of his/her duties in the field of intellectual property
    • Prepare, plan, implement and monitor the intellectual property budget
    • Seek funding for the implementation of intellectual property projects;
    • Develop an intellectual property database;
    • Ensure the monitoring and coordination of exchanges with other ECOWAS institutions involved in intellectual property matters;
    • Ensure the visibility of initiatives in the field of intellectual property
    • Develop international cooperation in the field of intellectual property,
    • Develop, within the scope of the work, constructive and close cooperation links with other stakeholders involved in intellectual property.
    • Provide expertise in the implementation of intellectual property projects and programmes;
    • Plan and monitor possible recruitment or cooperation needs with consultants in the field of intellectual property;
    • Plan for human resources capacity building in the intellectual property sector;
    • Propose an innovative approach to programme management, taking into account scientific opportunities and new technologies
    • Perform his/her technical tasks in line with the expected outcomes in the field of intellectual property, in particular its literary and artistic property component.

    Academic Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Law, Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, or in a field related to intellectual property from a recognised university.
    • 5 years of professional experience including relevant international work;
    • Solid knowledge of ECOWAS policy on intellectual policy and related areas,
    • Good knowledge of international or regional organisations working in the field of intellectual property.

    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 lead a team of trainees/junior staff and instill a spirit of teamwork to engage employees and achieve a well-defined set of activities;
    • Ability to resolve challenges that occur with minimal direction and/or to recommend and explain solutions or alternatives for approval
    • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner.
    • Ability to proactively interact and build strong trusting relationships based on mutual respect, credibility and professionalism clients/stakeholders in a manner that anticipates their need, mitigate issues and that carefully balances professional obligations with the need to be sensitive and responsive to their needs;
    • Interpersonal skills with ability to keep a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects of relevance to timeline, quality and quantity;
    • Ability to advise, consult and guide others on matters pertaining to assigned client service responsibilities and established client service standards.
    • Demonstrate respect for cultural differences, fairness and ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds, nationality, gender, ethnicity, race and religion
    • Understanding of diverse cultural views especially within West Africa, with sensitivity to group differences; ability to challenge bias and to practice tolerance and empathy
    • Ability to listen actively, consider people’s concerns and apply judgement, tact and diplomacy;
    • Ability to work in a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths;
    • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
    • Ability to encourage, empower, and advocate for people in an unbias and transparent manner.
    • Knowledge of ECOWAS institutions, sectors, programmes and policies
    • Knowledge of ECOWAS internal operational requirements of programs, projects, services and systems required to achieve work assignments and meet performance goals;
    • Knowledge of rules and procedures of ECOWAS associated assigned responsibilities and ability to explain these clearly to others;
    • Knowledge of the ECOWAS culture, structures and performance issues and priorities impacting assigned responsibilities;
    • Knowledge of member states development trends, indicators, challenges and opportunities as it relates to project/programme assigned to own position.
    • Ability to study data/information from a variety of sources, identify anomalies, trends and issues, present findings, and make recommendations
    • 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;
    • Ability to break down problems or processes into key parts to identify and solve gaps in service, quality assurance, compliance and performance targets;
    • Knowledge of and ability to apply techniques to generate creative ideas and new approaches to meeting goals.
    • 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;
    • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate 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 organize work, set priorities, and work within timelines, giving attention to details, stakeholders, indicators and risks.
    • Ability to develop, implement an individual action plan for achieving specific work goals;
    • Identify, organize and monitor tasks throughout to facilitate execution;
    • Ability to contribute and/or lead on projects as per accepted project management standards and techniques, to co-ordinate contributions by others to set and meet deadlines;
    • Ability to identify, collect and assess indicators to monitor performance and to take proactive remedial action as required.

    Annual Salary

    • UA 39,73872; USD 62,699.75 / UA 46,539.98; USD 73,430.

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    Principal Programme Officer, Health Information

     

    Grade: P5
    Location: Bobo Dioulasso / Burkina Faso
    Status:Permanent
    Division: Health Information
    Directorate: Planning And Health Information
    Line Supervisor: Director, Planning And Health Information
    Supervising: PO, Database Management;  PO, Health Analysis
    Institution: West African Health Organisation (WAHO)

    Role Overview

    • Under the supervision of the Director, the appointee shall coordinate regional health information policy development and implementation, data collection and analysis, and information sharing and storing.
    • The appointee shall provide technical support to member countries and facilitate the creation of regional platforms for the strengthening of integrated Health Information System.

    Role and Responsibilities

    • Develop and monitor the implementation of the regional policy and advocacy tools for Health Information System (HIS);
    • Responsible for the implementation of the HIS components of WAHO projects;
    • Assess and document the technical capacity needs for efficient performance of the regional information sharing platform in West Africa;
    • Evaluate the technical support requests from member countries ministries of health;
    • Provide technical assistance to Member States on health information systems;
    • Lead and advocate for the establishment of a regional pool of experts to provide technical assistance in health informatics to Member States;
    • Support the establishment and facilitation of the HIS Partners Forum for the strengthening of integrated HIS in West Africa;
    • Provide technical support to countries in designing and implementing data quality improvement plans;
    • Support the implementation of innovative solutions to promote the integration of health data management;
    • Responsible for the collation of relevant multi-source data and the analysis of such data to provide timely relevant information to WAHO and on request to Member States
    • Liaise and work collaboratively with the relevant Lead for Epidemics information at ECOWAS RCDC
    • Perform any other duty as assigned by the supervisor.

    Academic Qualifications and Experience

    • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Health Economics, Health Information/Statistics, Information Communications Technology (ICT), or relevant related field of equal relevance to international development assistance from a recognized university;
    • 10 years professional experience in planning and health information including 5 years at a supervisory level;
    • Knowledge in designing and planning of health programs;
    • Knowledge in data base development and management in health information analysis;
    • Experience in the management of health information systems.
    • Knowledge and experience of the HIS information platform or similar international software for health systems data capture, analysis and reporting.

    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;
    • 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 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 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 international best practices, program management approaches and research techniques to lead and/or contribute to the development or assessment of programs, projects or initiatives;
    • Ability to use ECOWAS rules and procedures   to appropriately interpret and apply directive text, provide technical advice, coach others and assess performance.
    • 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;
    • 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;
    • Computer literate and proficiency in   information communication technologies (ICT) and specifically in the use of analytical databases for data capture, analysis and reporting;
    • 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 advantage.
    • 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
    UA 53,809.91 (USD 84,901.27)

    Method of Application

    Use the email(s) below to apply.

    • Programme Officer - Intellectual Property - P3/P4 - b1IntellecPropertP@ecowas.int
    • Principal Programme Officer, Health Information - b1PPOHealthInfo@ecowas.int

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