Today: Thursday 20 November 2014
Head of Division, PPO Mediation Facilitation
Internationally recruited position
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director of Political Affairs, the officer’s main tasks and responsibilities will be to: Lead the implementation of the ECOWAS Vision for the Mediation Facilitation Division. Oversee the Mediation Facilitation Division, in line with the provisions of ECOWAS extant Protocols and Decisions, in particular, the 1999 Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Peacekeeping and Regional Security, the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the 2008 ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework. He/she will design, develop and lead the implementation of strategies aimed at supporting the coordination and monitoring of mediation efforts by ECOWAS Institutions and Organs, by Member States and non-state actors and by joint initiatives.
He/she will ensure the implementation of the mandate of the Division through the following means:
Professionalism – Sound knowledge of the political, social, governance, economic, cultural and security environment/ developments in West Africa. Sound Knowledge and exposure to a range of mediation facilitation issues, to include approaches and techniques to address Track I, Track II and other forms of community-based conflicts. Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to conflict prevention and mediation. Ability to identify, evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the conflict management in the region.
Management & Coordination – Ability to apply the ECOWAS administrative rules, regulations, policies and guidelines. Takes ownership of all responsibilities and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results within prescribed time, cost, and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational rules and regulations; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; demonstrates initiative, imagination, resourcefulness, energy and tact; able to work under pressure; capable of working in a multicultural environment.
Leadership – Identifies and make in-depth analysis on strategic issues, opportunities and risks and is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; drives for change and improvement; demonstrates courage and resilience.
Judgment/ Decision Making – Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, gathers all available and relevant information, checks assumptions against facts and comes to the heart of the problem quickly and make tough decisions when necessary.
Communication – Strong communication (spoken, written and presentation) skills, including the ability to produce a variety of written reports in a clear, concise style, to deliver training presentations to external audiences, to build/maintain effective partnerships, to manage information and public information activities.
Planning and Organizing – Ability to establish priorities and to plan work assignments, juggle competing demands and supervisory tasks, and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines.
Technology Awareness – Good computer skills, including proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, other and relevant software packages.
Teamwork – Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Qualification and Experience:
Candidate should not be 50 years old or over at the point of recruitment and must be a citizen of one of the ECOWAS member states.
Fluency in oral and written expression in any one of the ECOWAS working languages : English, French and Portuguese. Knowledge of a second official language (preferably French) would be an advantage.