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Principal Programme Officer, Conventional Energies Jobs at ECOWAS

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional grouping with 15 Member States in West Africa (three landlocked and one island) with a population of about 300 million with an annual economic growth rate of around 6%. The ECOWAS Commission is one of the
eight Regional Economic Communities supporting the African Union to coordinate the implementation of continental and regional integration and development programmes in the West African region.

Job Title: Principal Programme Officer, Conventional Energies 

Location: Abuja
Experience: 10year(s)
Course of Study: Petroleum Engineering

Reference: ECW-COMM/REC/MinEng-P/002
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Energy and Mines
Directorate: Energy
Supervisor: Director of Energy
Grade: P5

Job Description

    The Principal program Officer, Conventional Energies Division shall be based at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja.
    He/She shall work in the Directorate of Energy under the direct supervision of the Director, Energy.
He/She shall be responsible for the implementation of all the
activities of Conventional Energies Division, under the coordination of
the Director.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Principal
program Officer Conventional Energies will be responsible for the
formulation and implementation of day-to-day activities of the ECOWAS
Conventional Energy Program, which covers the following broad areas:

    Assisting Member States to define national Energy resources development scheme and to enhance regional production capacities
    Formulate and implement Regional projects and programmes in the Power Sector, the Oil and Gas Sector.
    Centralize and oversee the implementation of the West African Power Pool projects.
Coordinate and monitor the development of the Regional Oil and Gas
sector, particularly the West African Gas Pipeline operation.
Coordinate the implementation of the regional programmes, projects and
activities for the regional the electricity sector regulation.
Ensure coordination with regional financing mechanisms and partners, and
Oversee donor coordination mechanisms in the conventional energies
    Develop partnerships and support fund mobilization for program development and implementation.
Develop the actions and provide oversight functions for the conduct of
studies relating to pertinent issues in the ECOWAS Energy program
(facilitating gas market development, oil revenues solidarity
    Ensure close coordination with the Energy Access and Renewable Energy Division.
    Providing strategic leadership to guide the work of Sectional Units.
    Assist the Director of Energy in the Coordination of the activities with other ECOWAS institutions and specialized agencies:
        The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
        The Regional Energy Regulator.
        The West Africa Gas Pipeline.
        The West Africa Power Pool.
    Perform any other related tasks that may be assigned by the Director, Energy Department.


A Bachelor’s degree in power Engineering, Petroleum Engineering,
Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from a reputable institution.
    A postgraduate degree in economics, management or finance will be an advantage


10 years post qualification professional experience (including 2 years
supervisory experience in a permanent or acting capacity), in the energy
sector working either directly in Ministries, energy institutions, or
in an international agency;
    A higher degree will reduce the required number of years of experience to eight (8) years;
    A career track record showing contribution and interaction with senior policy makers in the energy field.
    Exposure to energy sector challenges across multiple countries.
A career track record showing a deep technical understanding of issues
related to energy policy, energy perspectives and current energy issues
(sustainable energy for all initiatives, ECOWAS/UEMOA White paper,
    A deep technical knowledge of the oil and gas sector
and/or the Power sector such as power systems planning, power utility
operations and management, power sector reform, power sector regulation,
knowledge of transmission and distribution networks.
    Experience in regional or international organizations is an advantage.
    A national of an ECOWAS Member State.


A Sound knowledge and experience in the planning, preparation and
coordination of Energy Programs and projects at national and regional
    Deep technical expertise either in Energy Policy, Strategy and Institutions.
Experience in preparation and Management of donor-funded projects and
working with development partners will be an advantage.
    Ability to work in a team and establish good team spirit in a multi-national environment.
    Leadership skills and ability to work in a multicultural team.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with senior
government officials, donors, international agencies and professional
associations in the energy sector.
    Ability to use personal computers and contemporary software.
    A knowledge of Energy system planning software is an advantage


Candidates should not be over 50 years old at the point of recruitment
and must be a citizen of one of the ECOWAS member states;


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

Annual Salary
USD 52,273 – USD 59,100

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Deadline: 4th December, 2015.

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