Program Officer, Crime and Criminality Security At Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Program Officer, Crime and Criminality Security

Job Code: 20000457
Location: Abuja
Institution: ECOWAS Commission
Grade: P2/P3
Departement: Office of the Vice President
Directorate: Early Warning
Division: Analysis
Line Supervisor: Program Officer, Crime and Criminality Security P4

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Program Officer, Crime and Criminality Security, the incumbent shall be required to monitor regional peace and security indicators with particular focus on drug/human trafficking, organized crime, cyber criminality, migration etc. and analyze and draft early warning reports with recommendations and identify options for response.

Role and Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the network of sectorial analysts contribute efficiently in enhancing the Early Warning Directorate’s capacity in the analysis of the Regional Security Situation on Crime and Criminality related events/situations;
  • Review early warning incident and situation reports submitted by the Field Monitors through the ECOWARN platform.
  • Perform quality control on the various data and information for subsequent input to the ECOWARN system.
  • Document early warning information gathered through other networks for incorporation into the early warning reports.
  • Analyse early warning information and produce different early warning reports with recommendations and options for response.
  • Prepare briefing notes and organize daily situation meetings to discuss and identify priority areas for reporting.
  • Evaluate and update the Daily Highlight with reference to security in the ECOWAS region and submit to the PPO Analysis for validation.
  • Develop and maintain networks with other experts in the Member States for information collection, verification, analysis, and reporting.
  • Perform any other task as assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) in Public Administration, International Relations, Sociology, Social Finance, or a similar field from a recognized University.
  • Three (3) years of work experience in the analysis of sectorial early warning indicators.
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS Conflict Analysis Framework, Early Warning Mechanisms of ECOWAS and those of the African Union and other Regional Economic Communities.
  • Proven experience in producing Country Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessments.

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 instil a spirit of teamwork to engage employees and achieve a well-defined set of activities.
  • Ability to respect the chain of command in an appropriate manner.
  • Ability to resolve challenges that occur with minimal direction and/or to recommend and explain solutions or alternatives for approval.
  • Ability to utilize the Code of Ethics to manage self, others, information and resources.
  • Ability to mentor others and create feedback loops with supervisors, colleagues and subordinates to build strong working relationships and improve performance.
  • Contribute to maintaining the organizational unit’s performance goals and standards.
  • Interpersonal skills with the ability to keep a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects of relevance to the timeline, quality and quantity.
  • Ability to proactively interact with clients and build strong trusting relationships based on mutual respect and regular discussions.
  • Ability to establish and sustain professional credibility with clients/stakeholders in a manner that anticipates their needs mitigates issues and carefully balances professional obligations with the need to be sensitive and responsive to their needs.
  • Ability to counsel, 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 judgment, 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 unbiased 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 organize work, set priorities, and work within timelines, giving attention to details, stakeholders, indicators and risks.
  • Ability to identify, collect and assess indicators to monitor performance and to take proactive remedial action as required.

USD67,713.70 – USD77,480.72 Annually.

Application Closing Date
6th March, 2024.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their correctly filled Application Form, Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Motivation letter to: using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

Click here to download the application form (Docx.)


  • Female applications are encouraged.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications initially submitted with only the CV remain acceptable.
  • ECOWAS does not charge a fee for recruitment and will not request for your account details.

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