Job Vacancy For Legal Officer (GIABA) At Ecowas Commission (Dakar, Senegal)

•   Department: Specialised Institution
•   Directorate: Programmes & Projects
•   Grade: P3/P4
•   Annual Salary: USD 36,901 - USD 51,637
•   Supervisor: Principal Programme Officer, Programmes & Projects
•   Reference: ECW-GIABA/LO-P/006 /2015
•   Duration: Permanent

Under the direct supervision of the Principal Programmes Officer, the Legal Officer shall, among other things, carry out the under listed responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

•   Review legislation and recommend most relevant improvements as and when necessary;
•   Coordinate and participate fully in Mutual Evaluation exercises;
•   Coordinate, manage and support the Working Group on Mutual Evaluation;
•   Examine, analyze and provide legal opinion on documents relating to the conduct and implementation of AML/CFT policies;
•   Contribute to the production of reports on programmes implementation performance or any other related issues;
•   Rigorously ensure high quality of reports particularly with regard to the accuracy, consistency and comprehensiveness of their contents.

Qualification Required & Experience

•   A Bachelor’s Degree in Law or related field.


•   Five (5) to seven (7) years professional experience preferably in legal practice or international law practice. Entry point will depend on the level of experience of the candidate. A post-graduate degree will reduce the number of years of experience required by two (2) years.
•   Relevant knowledge acquired within an international organization would be an advantage.

Competencies (Skills, Knowledge and Abilities)

•   Knowledge of or thorough familiarity with economic and financial crimes, including money laundering, financing of terrorism and law enforcement, would be an advantage;
•   Good social and communication experience in working effectively with government officials as well as multilateral and bilateral agencies;
•   Proven ability to plan and organize work, review and edit the work of others, produce reports and papers on technical issues in concise, clear, objective and professional format;
•   Possess sound interpersonal skills, sound judgement and decision making skills;
•   Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, respect for diversity, build trust amongst staff and maintain effective relationships with development partners, stakeholders and civil society;
•   Good knowledge of the international instruments, standards and good practice, including the 40 FATF Recommendations and GIABA’s mandate;
•   Sound negotiation skills and ability to convince Member States to take ownership of programmes allocated to them.


•   Applicants must be fluent in one of the official languages of ECOWAS: English, French and Portuguese. A working knowledge of another would be an advantage.


•   Applicants must not be over 50 years of age at the point of recruitment and must be a citizen of an ECOWAS Member State.

Location: Dakar, Senegal

How To Apply For The Job

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Closing Date: 04 December, 2015