ECOWAS Recruitment 2020/2021: Principal Officer, General Admin & Conference

ECOWAS Recruitment Principal Officer, General Admin & Conference

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Principal Officer, General Admin & Conference Job Description and Application Details

Job Title:Principal Officer, General Admin & Conference
Recruitment AgencyEconomic Commision of West African States (ECOWAS)
Job Location:Abuja, Nigeria
Annual SalaryUA66, 123.98, USD104, 330.42
Academic RequirementsMaster’s degree (or equivalent) in Management, Business Administration or Social Science from a recognized University.
Work Experience10 years of progressively responsible experience in general administration, conference logistics, procurement or related field, of which at least 2 years relevant international work and 2 years at a supervisory level
How to Apply Send CV, completely filled application form and other required documents by email
Application Deadline:31 October, 2020

Institution: ECOWAS Parliament

Grade: P5

Status: Permanent

Directorate: Directorate of Administration & Finance

Division: General Administration  & Conference

Line Supervisor: Director, Administration. & Finance


  • Administrative Officer
  • Conference Officer
  • Procurement Officer
ECOWAS Recruitment Principal Officer, General Admin & Conference


Under the supervision of the Director, Administration. & Finance, the incumbent will supervise the general administrative services, procurement, and conference services to ensure effective and efficient administrative support for the Parliament.


  • Plan, co-ordinate and supervise the work and the staff of the Division;
  • Supervise the administration of the procurement process of the institution in line with the Community Procurement Code to ensure the availability of working tools and logistics for the institution;
  • Serve as Secretary to the Tender Committee;
  • Assist in supervising all conference related logistical arrangements for all meetings of the Parliament to ensure smooth and successful meetings;
  • Supervise the management of official correspondence between the Parliament and other institutions; provide guidance in defining a filing system to help build institutional memory.
  • Assist in the formulation, implementation and review of administrative policies and decisions;
  • Maintain an inventory as well as keep custody of all policy files of the institution;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Management, Business Administration or Social Science from a recognized University.
  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience in general administration, conference logistics, procurement or related field, of which at least 2 years relevant international work and 2 years at a supervisory level;
  • knowledge of international Procurement laws, codes and standards;
  • extensive experience applying budgeting and procurement policies and practices;
  • ability to lead on large scale initiatives, organize various components, mobilize people towards a single objective and monitor results.


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


  • 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;
  • 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 respectful 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 or 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 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 for Principal Officer, General Admin & Conference

The annual salary for the position of Principal Officer, General Admin & Conference is about UA66, 123.98, USD104, 330.42.

Application Closing Date

All interested and qualified candidates should send their applications on or before 31 October, 2020.

How to apply for the position of Principal Officer, General Admin & Conference

To apply for this job opening, download this application form, fill it and send alongside your CV to

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Learn more about this job opening from the ECOWAS official website.