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Contribute to the realisation of the mandate of the ECOWAS Representative’s Office in Brussels through in particular, strengthening partnerships between ECOWAS and the different ACP-EU cooperation stakeholders – EU, ACP, Member States’ diplomatic missions, etc. He/She will also provide technical support for the Office’s mission and participate, under the supervision of the Representative, in activities for coordinating and monitoring commitments.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
§ Assist the Representative and represent him, as the need arises
§ Participate in the coordination of activities of the Office and in daily administration
- Design and put in place strategies for enhancing cooperation and mechanisms for effective coordination with cooperation stakeholders
§ Contribute to the meetings of the Group of Ambassadors of West Africa, by providing technical support for the formulation and consideration of the region’s interests and positions in the partnerships
- Monitor the implementation of the different EU financial commitments and instruments for West Africa including the monitoring of intra-ACP cooperation, institutional relations with the ACP Group
- Establish functional relations with Member States’ representations in Brussels, as well as stakeholders of the EU Commission and the ACP Secretariat
- Ensure functional relations and channels of information exchange between the Representation and the Commission’s technical departments
- Organise and implement, under the authority of the Representative, any activity aimed at promoting ECOWAS’s visibility in Brussels
- Contribute to the production of analysis and summary documents regarding issues under his/her purview
- Contribute to the preparation and organisation of the Commission’s working visits to Brussels
- Any other task that may be assigned by the Representative.
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s in Economics, International Relations or any related field from a recognized University.
- 10 years’ progressive professional experience, in related areas of development cooperation/trade cooperation/multilateralism, of which two years in a supervisory and managerial position
- Good knowledge of institutional and functional environment of international organisations such as EU, the ACP, AU, WTO, etc.
- Knowledge of instruments of development cooperation and multilateral rules
- Good knowledge of diplomatic rules
- Proven professional technical expertise in monitoring, coordination, data collection and analysis
- Organisational and project/programme management skills, experience in programming would be an advantage
- A certification in International Trade & Developing Economy will be an advantage
Be below 50 years old. This provision does not apply to internal candidates.
ECOWAS KEY COMPETENCIES
- Ability to conduct activities by bringing necessary operational competences in use to properly accomplish the mandate of the Representation
- Good self-management skills, ethical conduct, integrity, confidentiality, transparency and compliance with rules and procedures
- Ability to respect to the chain of command
- Ability to represent ECOWAS before stakeholders
- Proactiveness, ability to respond to the expectations of stakeholders for continued and improved quality of cooperation relations
- Ability to network using well developed interpersonal relations, for the attainment of the goals of the Representative’s Office.
- Ability to manage and coordinate the initiatives of cooperation stakeholders and make recommendations
- Diplomatic skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment and transform vast opportunities, for achieving the goals of the Representative’s Office.
- Good understanding of ECOWAS organisational structure and functional relations, associated dynamics and expectations for effective collaboration, participation, contribution to the realisation of the Representation’s mandate
- Good knowledge of ECOWAS rules and procedures
- Good knowledge of the regional integration process, particularly ECOWAS strategic priority programmes as well as Member States’ socio-economic and development policy.
- Ability to gather, analyse and summarise information from different sources, logical dissemination thereof and making of appropriate recommendations to the stakeholders
- Proven analytical, drafting, summarising skills
- Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and organised manner, to give credibility and inspire confidence with presentations, identification of expectations and explanation of complex problems
- Good oral and written skills in one of the official languages of ECOWAS (English, French, and Portuguese).
- Proven technical skills in drafting and editing
- Knowledge of computer software and information technology and communication tools.
- Ability to define goals and targets for the attainment of the objectives of the Representation and adjust priorities in the light of the changing circumstances
- Ability to use monitoring and evaluation instruments and produce regular monitoring reports of Representation’s activities.