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  • Full Time
  • Lagos | Nigeria
  • UA 37,674.89 – USD 59,443.44 Annually USD / YEAR
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  • Salary: UA 37,674.89 – USD 59,443.44 Annually
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ECOWAS was set up to foster the ideal of collective self-sufficiency for its member states. As a trading union, it is also meant to create a single, large trading bloc through economic cooperation.

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Its role in promoting democracy and stability in Africa generally, and particularly in West Africa; its increasing influence on the international scene; its weight in the war against poverty; its central position in the management of migration flows; its tradition of tolerance and openness, which deserves being supported and protected.

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Legal Officer – International Instruments & Other Enforceable Means

Job Specifications:

  • Full Time
  • Required Qualifications: BA/BSC/HND
  • Location: Lagos | Nigeria.
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Job Description:

  • Under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Legal Officer, Civil Law shall be responsible for following functions:

Role and Responsibilities

  • Review relevant international AML/CFT instruments such as United Nations Security Council Resolutions and successor resolutions; FATF Standards and methodology and implications for member States; FATF Guidance and Best Practices papers; ECOWAS Treaties and Protocols; African Union Protocols; etc.
  • Develop regional uniform AML/CFT framework and implementation strategies.
  • Provide support role and/or participate (when required) in GIABA mutual evaluation exercises and draft reports on sections of the mutual evaluation reports (MERs) covering relevant FATF Recommendations and Immediate Outcomes;
  • Provide support roles in the organization of GIABA assessors training; pre-assessment training; training on FATF Standards and Methodology organized for Member States;
  • Analyze follow up reports by member States;
  • Provide inputs and participate in the assessment of money laundering and terrorist financing risks;
  • Undertake the identification, design and implementation of training and capacity building activities in the legal sector;
  • Provide support in the organization of the GIABA Evaluation and Compliance Group meetings
  • Provide inputs in the identification, design and implementation of capacity building activities in the legal sector
  • Support the organization of capacity building activities on issues in Legal area for relevant stakeholders in member States
  • Assist in the development and revision AML/CFT legal framework at national, supranational and regional levels;
  • Participate in other capacity building activities organized by other units or divisions other than legal unit
  • Provide inputs into revision of FATF Standards; Methodology; Guidance and Best Practice papers; Universal ME Procedures; and GIABA ME Processes and Procedure and other instruments for the purpose of improving the AML/CFT compliance by Member States
  • Produce draft reports for GIABA Statutory meetings (TC/Plenary; GMC and any other fora)
  • Provide the inputs into GIABA Annual reports, Strategic Plans; Annual Work Plan or any other relevant publications of GIABA and/or Members of the AML/CFT Global Network
  • Participate in the mutual evaluations and training activities by other assessment bodies either as an expert or delegate as the case may be.
  • Participate in the technical assistance needs assessments of Member States in the area of legal issues relating to AML/CFT compliance.
  • Serve as part of the in-house legal team to GIABA Secretariat
  • Perform any other functions as maybe assigned from time to time.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law (preferably Common Law), with a specialization in International, Administrative or Commercial Law from a recognized university;
  • 3 years progressively responsible experience as a lawyer in the legal office of an intergovernmental organization or private consultancy firm is desirable;
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant international instruments, including FATF Standards and FATF Methodology; ECOWAS treaties and protocols, United Nations Security Resolutions and Conventions relating to money laundering and the financing of terrorism;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the relevant aspects of money laundering, combating terrorism finance (AML/CFT), proceeds of crime, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and extradition legislation;
  • Knowledge and understanding of confiscation and provisional measures for confiscating criminal proceeds;
  • Experience in capacity building on AML/CFT at national, supranational and/or regional level;
  • Knowledge of international law; ability to apply legal expertise to analyzing a diverse range of complex and unusual legal issues and problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions;
  • Knowledge of legal issues relating to the functions, structure and activities of international organizations;
  • Knowledge of legal frameworks of Common Law jurisdictions in ECOWAS member States;
  • Proficiency in legal writing and ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions, or legal submissions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents.
  • Knowledge and understanding of programs/project management;
  • Familiarity with the conduct of AML/CFT Mutual Evaluations;
  • Excellent use of IT tools;
  • Good report writing and presentation skills.

Age Limit:

  • To be at least 24 years and less than 50 years old. This age limit does not apply to internal candidates.
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ECOWAS Key Competencies

  • Ability to get groups to work together cooperatively, by enlisting active involvement, creating a climate for respect and openness, and applying effective techniques for group facilitation, explore their potentials, motivate  and guide them;
  • Organize and lead cross-divisional work group in developing creative solutions to address problems and or lead a small group of entry level professionals and administrative support staff;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Develop on—the-job training techniques paired with excellent coaching and mentoring skills; knowledge of new staff orientation approaches to facilitate understanding of the position and organization;
  • Ability to assign work to direct reports and provide timely and consistent feedback regarding technical proficiency and effectiveness;
  • Ability to represent the organization effectively before external parties.
  • Ability to consider the impact of a shift in programmatic direction to the needs of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to promote and consider staff feedback to streamline processes in order to meet deadlines of relevance to client expectations;
  • Ability to consistently maintain composure and direction in high- pressure situations;
  • Develop problem solving, mediation and conflict resolution skills to address discrepancies, complaints, bottle necks, time constraints affecting quality and quantity of client services;
  • Ability to anticipate growing client needs and expectations to continuously improve quality, timelines, service delivery and addressing client questions in a timely manner;
  • Ability to communicate openly with clients, keeping them informed of progress and issues requiring attention/resolutions;
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to implement programmatic changes in a manner that ensures a biased-free work environment, fair and equitable application to new rules/regulations;
  • Experience and ability to adhere to policies, goals, objectives, and principles of valuing diversity in performing everyday duties and responsibilities; promoting/modeling behaviors that demonstrate tolerance and understanding of various cultures;
  • 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 to build value from leveraging diverse capabilities and inputs from various cultures, staff and clients;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to create a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths bringing together innovative practices;
  • Ability to seek out best practices to make organizational decisions of relevance to diversity management, ensuring that project and program activities identify vulnerable areas and contain systemic checks.
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS institutions and how the different organs relate to each other, particularly as it relates to own work sector/programs;
  • Knowledge of approaches to policy and program development of  an international organization as well as project management ;
  • Knowledge of the rules, processes and procedures of an international organization, of pertinence to tasks related to own position;
  • Knowledge of member states development trends, indicators, challenges and opportunities as it relates to project/programme assigned to own position.
  • Creativity and flexibility to deviate from traditional methods in developing new procedures, processes and tools, using technology to simplify methods and approaches whenever possible;
  • Ability to reevaluate current procedures and suggest improvements to ensure an effective, streamlined process;
  • Ability to gather and summarize information to predict stakeholder views on a new policy/programmes; and excellent analytical skills to assess external policies and trends when reviewing policy/programme options, pros, cons and recommendations;
  • Ability to synthesize complex information gathered from a variety of external and internal sources and disseminate it to others in a logical manner;
  • Ability to apply appropriate methodology to discover or identify policy issues and resource concerns.
  • Ability to evaluate, incorporate, and communicate the latest developments in specialty area using institution/agency guidelines and criteria;
  • Develop interpersonal, negotiation, networking and presentation skills with proven abilities to influence, explain complex information and demonstrate empathy and open-mindedness;
  • Ability to demonstrate operational proficiency in the use of computer in communicating using technology tools;
  • Ability to convey information clearly and concisely in a succinct and organized manner through both written and verbal expressions;
  • 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;
  • 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 any additional one will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of internal planning cycles and ability to contribute to the development and to implement Community-wide or institution policy by determining target audience, building coalitions with the appropriate population, and monitor progress;
  • Ability to consider external circumstances, factors and trends when organizing project activities to ensure the best outcomes;
  • Ability to review process outcomes, correspondence, reports, and policy documents to develop achievable plans;
  • Ability to conduct meetings with staff, stakeholders, colleagues and others to ascertain  organizational  program and/or project needs, making adjustments to plans and activities accordingly;
  • Ability to adjust project plans based on input from staff and stakeholders and/or ability to design and implement guidelines, tools and templates to accommodate new or revised programmes and services.
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Annual Salary

  • UA 37,674.89 – USD 59,443.44
  • UA 43,414.62 – USD 68,499.59

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidate for “Jobs at ECOWAS” should send their Applications to:  b26legoffintgiaba@ecowas.int using the Job Title as the subject of the email.

Legal Officer (French & Portuguese)

Job Specifications:

  • Full Time
  • Required Qualifications: BA/BSC/HND
  • Location: Lagos | Nigeria.

Job Description:

  • Under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Legal Officer, Civil Law shall Provide support role and/or participate (when required) in GIABA mutual evaluation exercises and draft reports on sections of the mutual evaluation reports (MERs) covering relevant FATF recommendations and immediate outcomes.
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Role and Responsibilities

  • Provide support role and/or participate (when required) in GIABA mutual evaluation exercises and draft reports on sections of the mutual evaluation reports (MERs) covering relevant FATF Recommendations and Immediate Outcomes;
  • Provide support roles in the organization of GIABA assessors training; pre-assessment training; training on FATF Standards and Methodology organized for Member States;
  • Analyze follow up reports by member States;
  • Provide inputs and participate in the assessment of money laundering and terrorist financing risks;
  • Undertake the identification, design and implementation of training and capacity building activities in the legal sector;
  • Provide support in the organization of the GIABA Evaluation and Compliance Group meetings;
  • Provide inputs in the identification, design and implementation of capacity building activities in the legal sector;;
  • Support the organization of capacity building activities on issues in Legal area for relevant stakeholders in Member States;
  • Assist in the development and revision AML/CFT legal framework at national, supranational and regional levels;
  • Participate in other capacity building activities organized by other units or divisions other than legal unit ;
  • Provide inputs into revision of FATF Standards; Methodology; Guidance and Best Practice papers; Universal Mutual Evaluation (ME) Procedures; and GIABA ME Processes and Procedure and other instruments for the purpose of improving the AML/CFT compliance by Member States;
  • Produce draft reports for GIABA Statutory meetings (TC/Plenary; GMC and any other fora)
  • Provide the inputs into GIABA Annual reports, Strategic Plans; Annual Work Plan or any other relevant publications of GIABA and/or Members of the AML/CFT Global Network
  • Participate in the mutual evaluations and training activities by other assessment bodies either as an expert or delegate as the case may be;
  • Participate in the technical assistance needs assessments of Member States in the area of legal issues relating to AML/CFT compliance;
  • Serve as part of the in-house legal team to GIABA Secretariat;
  • Perform any other functions as maybe assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law with a specialization in International, Criminal, Administrative, Civil, or Commercial Law from a recognized University.
  • 3 years of progressively responsible experience in AML/CFT and risks monitoring.
  • Knowledge of the AML/CFT strategic surveillance operational framework and FATF standards and instruments used in conducting national risk assessment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the relevant aspects of anti-money laundering, combating terrorism finance (AML/CFT), proceeds of crime, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and extradition legislation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant ECOWAS treaties, Security Resolutions and Conventions relating to money laundering and the financing of terrorism
  • Ability to foster regional and international contacts and cooperation for the continuous monitoring of risks in GIABA member states and to the effective operation of a country’s AML/CFT/financial/economic regime;
  • Familiarity with the conduct of AML/CFT Mutual Evaluation.

Age Limit:

  • To be at least 24 years and less than 50 years old. This age limit does not apply to internal candidates.
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ECOWAS Key Competencies

  • Ability to execute tasks, contact colleagues and contribute as needed towards  decision making to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to guide own work by setting and monitoring goals with strong personal initiative and commitment to ECOWAS;
  • Ability to model and advocate for compliance, good work ethics, flexibility and persistence to get job done coupled with an ability to influence positive teamwork and cooperation;
  • Ability to work in teams to carry out semi-routine work including assigning work, training and checking work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to engage with clients in positive exchanges that establishes mutual expectations, understanding and reduces uncertainties and conflicts;
  • Ability to keep clients informed on matters of relevance to expectations, establishing “bring forward” systems and introducing other procedures/techniques to ensure that service standards are maintained;
  • Ability to make decisions based on guidelines, procedures and precedents and maintain confidentiality and discretion with clients;
  • Good judgement and demonstrated ability to be assertive – rather than passive or aggressive when interacting with clients;
  • Well-developed problem-solving, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to perceive the moods and feelings of others, and to understand the attitude, interests, needs, and perspectives of others;
  • Well-developed ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds, open to understanding diverse cultural differences especially within West Africa;
  • Ability to listen attentively to people’s ideas, requests and concerns and to explain to others the need for diversity management in every day workplace practices;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to factor in diversity when providing services, responding to requests, recognizing and releasing preconceived notions and stereotypical views of certain groups and individuals.
  • Basic understanding of the ECOWAS organization mandate and its functions;
  • Ability to explain the functional area assigned to and the contributions it makes to the organization and its mandate;
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS semi-routine procedures, processes and practices as it relates to assigned responsibilities and information systems;
  • Ability to apply ECOWAS standards in emailing, reporting, correspondences, etc. and to contribute to implementing associated changes as directed.
  • Ability to carefully review and check the accuracy of information in work reports provided by management, management information systems or other individuals;
  • Good knowledge of office monitoring indicators of relevance to own work and ability to provide brief reports or updates;
  • Ability to edit, check, track and review documents prepared by others and reorganize data or information according to instructions using latest technology;
  • Efficiently retrieves, inputs, edits, formats, transmits and links electronic file data used for analysis and understands data management operations;
  • Ability to condense information and/or produce concise summary notes to help others with decision-making, problem solving and/or assessment of work.
  • Demonstrated computer skills to communicate using tools, to write and format documents appropriately for presentation, the web, proposals, reports and other documents;
  • Ability to proofread, edit and revise documents to ensure they follow standard conventions for punctuation and mechanics and formatted in accordance to ECOWAS communication standards;
  • Ability to relay/redirect complete and accurate messages to appropriate persons/departments;
  • 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 information and materials for others, solving minor problems and checking for completeness and compliance to standards and instructions;
  • Knowledge of techniques to prioritize tasks in fast paced workplace with frequent interruptions and moving deadlines and adaptability/ flexibility to meet work expectations;
  • Understanding and adherence to the policies, procedures and guidelines required to support the ECOWAS planning cycle at the individual and organizational level;
  • Good initiative with an ability to identify what needs to be done and take action in a proactive manner.
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Annual Salary

  • UA 37,674.89 – USD 59,443.44
  • UA 43,414.62 – USD 68,499.59

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidate for “Jobs at ECOWAS” should send their Applications to:  b26legoffintgiaba@ecowas.int using the Job Title as the subject of the email.

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