Economic Community of West African States, also known as ECOWAS, was Established on May 28, 1975, via the treaty of Lagos, ECOWAS has 15-member regional group with a mandate of promoting economic integration in all fields of activity of the constituting countries. There Headquarter is currently located at Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
JOB TITLE: Legal Officer – International Instruments & Other Enforceable Means
JOB LOCATION: Dakar, Senegal
Directorate: Evaluation And Compliance
Unit: Common Law
Line Supervisor: Senior Legal Officer, Common Law
- 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.
Academic Qualifications and Experience
- 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.
- To be at least 24 years and less than 50 years old. This age limit does not apply to internal candidates.
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.
UA 37,674.89 – USD 59,443.44
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HOW TO APPLY
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