Program Officer Disarmament

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

  • Location Abuja, Nigeria
  • Sector Non Profit
  • Experience Mid Career


Under the supervision of Principal Programme Officer Small Arms, the incumbent shall support the implementation of disarmament programs/activities by providing adequate capacity to Member States in Arms and Ammunition Stockpile Management including Weapons Marking, Tracing, Collection & Destruction. The Officer will also undertake the collection of relevant information/data on the status of arms and ammunition administration and management in the region.



  • Support elaboration of programs and projects related to disarmament  based on emerging threats in the region;
  • Support coordination of disarmament programs in Member States by carrying out the following activities:

–      Providing sustainable capacity building on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM), including training and equipment support;

–      Planning and execution of collection and destruction of Arms and Ammunition exercises in Member States;

–      Support the implementation of Weapons Marking & Tracing in Member States;

–      Support in building a regional Database/Roster of Experts in PSSM, Marking & Tracing;

–      Support implementation of programs/projects on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR);

  • Support Mobilization of Resources for the implementation of the Convention on SALW ;
  • Perform any other task as assigned by the supervisor.



  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Computer Science, or any Social Science  or Security related field from a recognized University.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in Political Affairs, Governance, Diplomacy, conflict resolution, information management security or related field;
  • Understanding of political, governance and security dynamics, conflict prevention management and resolution;
  • Technical competence to conduct information gathering, research and analysis with modern technology.
  • Ability to understand and apply approaches, techniques and tools that draw on a wide range of inputs and improve the quality and pace of mediation in the coordination of Reginal Political Affairs.
  • Experience working in an international organization or at a multi-country level highly desirable;
  • Experience in supporting development of regional and national security policies/strategies will be an advantage;
  • Strong knowledge of ECOWAS , AU and UN policies, strategies and approached in Small Arms is required;
  • Knowledge of relevant instruments of peace and security will be an added advantage;
  • Knowledge of project management, monitoring and evaluation of projects;
  • Knowledge of the life-cycle approaches in the management of SALW, practical disarmament measures such as physical security and stockpiling of weapons, arms marking and destruction
  • Field experience in weapons management;
  • Knowledge of regional, continental and international small arms control obligations and programs on disarmament and non – proliferation;


Be below 50 years old. This provision does not apply to internal candidates.



  • 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.
  • 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  client service standards;
  • 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 unbias 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.

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