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 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: Non-Financial Entities Officer

Location: Dakar, Senegal
Institution: GIABA
Status: Permanent
Grade: P3/P4
Department: Agriculture, Environment And Natural Resources
Directorate: Evaluation & Compliance
Division: Financial Institution And Non Financial Entities
Line Supervisor: Financial Institutions And Non Financial Entities Officer

Role Overview

Under the supervision of the Principal Officer, Financial Institution and Non-Financial Entities, the incumbent shall be responsible for the following:

Role and Responsibilities

  • Participate fully in GIABA mutual evaluation exercises and draft reports on sections of the mutual evaluation reports (MERs) covering relevant FATF Recommendations and Immediate Outcomes;
  • Participate in GIABA assessors training; pre-assessment training; training on FATF Standards and Methodology organized for Member States;
  • Analyze follow up reports submitted by Member States;
  • Undertake the identification, design and implementation of capacity building activities in the financial sector;
  • Organize capacity building activities Designated Non-financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs), Nonprofit Organizations (NPOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), Self-regulatory Bodies (SRBs) and other non-state actors involved in AML/CFT in Member States
  • Assist in the development and revision of AML/CFT operational framework of Member States at national, regional and international levels for non-financial institutions;
  • Participate in other capacity building activities organized by other units or divisions;
  • 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
  • Provide inputs for the production of draft reports for GIABA Statutory meetings (TC/Plenary; GMC and any other fora)
  • Provide 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
  • Support in the liaison with relevant regulatory and supervisory institutions in Member States in carrying out the work of GIABA, including providing training and other capacity-building measures to ensure effective compliance with AML/CFT standards;
  • Establish a comprehensive/updated database of stakeholders in the non-financial sector of member States;
  • Provide technical assistance to relevant sectors in the non-financial sector at national and regional levels with a view to enhancing coordination among operators and between the Secretariat and operators in the financial sector in the implementation of preventive AML/CFT measures;
  • Participate in the technical assistance needs assessments of Member States in the area of non-financial sector issues relating to AML/CFT compliance.
  • Perform any other task as may be assigned.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, law, banking and finance or any other relevant discipline in the social sciences obtained from any recognized university;
  • 5 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 money laundering, combating terrorism finance (AML/CFT), proceeds of crime, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and extradition legislation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant international instruments, including 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.
  • 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 instill a spirit of teamwork to engage employees and achieve a well-defined set of activities;
  • Ability to respect 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 the Subordinates to build strong working relationships and improve performance.
  • Contribute to maintaining organizational unit’s performance goals and standards.

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 instill a spirit of teamwork to engage employees and achieve a well-defined set of activities;
  • Ability to respect 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 and colleagues to build strong working relationships and improve performance.
  • Contribute to maintaining organizational unit’s performance goals and standards.
  • Interpersonal skills with ability to keep a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects of relevance to 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 need, mitigates issues and that 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  customer service standards;
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • 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  judgement, 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.

Salary

  • UA43,414.62, USD68,449.59 / UA50,354.45, USD79,449.26 annually

Application Closing Date
19th November, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should download the Application Form below, fill it out correctly; attach a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Motivation Letter and send to: b17nonfinentoff@ecowas.int using the Job Title as the subject of the email.

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