Principal Officer – P5 at (ECOWAS)

Principal Officer – P5 at (ECOWAS)

Principal Officer – P5 at (ECOWAS). As a matter of fact, 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: Principal Officer, Legal and Law Enforcement – P5

Institution: GIABA
Directorate: Directorate of Evaluation and Compliance
Division: Legal And Law Enforcement
Line Supervisor: Director Evaluation And Compliance
Status: Permanent
Grade: P5

Role Overview

  • Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Director of Evaluation and Compliance, the Principal Officer, Legal and Law Enforcement Division shall oversee the implementation of AML/CFT measures in GIABA member States relating to legal and law enforcement issues, coordinate the development and revision AML/CFT framework of member States in relation to legal; coordinate engagements with relevant stakeholders in GIABA member States on AML/CFT matters; coordinate mutual evaluations exercise independently or in collaboration with other staff of the Secretariat.


  • Legal Officers (3)

  • Law Enforcement Officer

Role And Responsibilities

  • First of all, Supervise the Legal and Law Enforcement Division

  • Also, Supervise the coordination of mutual evaluations and participate fully in mutual evaluations of member States

  • Also, Supervise the organization of assessors training; pre-assessment training; training on FATF Standards and Methodology.

  • Manage the activities (submission of Follow Up Reports; analyses of FURs ; etc.) of the GIABA Evaluation and Compliance Group meetings

  • Coordinate the identification, design and implementation of capacity building activities in the legal and law enforcement sectors for member States

  • Also, Supervise the organization of capacity building activities on issues in Legal and law enforcement for relevant stakeholders in member States

  • Also, Coordinate the development and revision AML/CFT legal framework of member States at national, supra-national and regional levels;

  • Liaise with counterparts at Secretariats of the FATF and other members of the Global AML/CFT Network on new developments with respect to AML/CFT compliance issues

  • Also, Participate in other capacity building activities organized by other units or divisions of the Secretariat

  • Also, Coordinate GIABA inputs into revision of FATF Standards; Methodology; Guidance and Best Practice papers; policy papers ; Universal Mutual Evaluation Procedures; and GIABA Mutual Evaluation Processes and Procedure and other instruments for the purpose of improving AML/CFT compliance by member States

  • Also, Participate in FATF working group and plenary meetings as part of GIABA delegation where necessary

  • Represent the Secretariat in different relevant fora as maybe assigned

  • Support the Director of Evaluation and Compliance in the organization of GIABA Statutory meetings (TC/Plenary; GMC and any other fora)

  • Also, Coordinate the inputs from the Legal and Law Enforcement Units into 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 of other assessment bodies, either as an expert or delegate.

  • Also, Liaise and coordinate with National Correspondents in determining areas of collaboration that would facilitate implementation of effective AML/CFT measures in the member States


  • Support the Director of Evaluation and Compliance in engaging with member States on issues relating to the effective implementation of AML/CFT measures

  • Serve as a member of the in-house legal counsel to GIABA Secretariat

  • Serve as a member of designated committees of GIABA Secretariat as maybe specified by ECOWAS regulations

  • Undertake annual performance evaluation of staff of the division

  • Perform any other functions as may be assigned by the Director of Compliance and Evaluation.

Academic Qualifications And Experience

  • Master’s degree in Law, Criminology or relevant related field from a recognised University

  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience in Law including at least 5 years of international work experience in AML/CFT and 3 years at a supervisory level.

  • Also, Practical knowledge and experience of AML/CFT legal and institutional frameworks in member States at national, supra-national and regional level

  • Also, Indepth knowledge on Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Financing of Terrorism issues (FATF Standards; FATF methodology; etc.) especially compliance related functions

  • Considerable experience in conducting AML/CFT mutual evaluations and follow-up actions

  • Also, Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of relevant international instruments, including the UN Security Resolutions and Conventions relating to AML and the financing of terrorism

  • Finally, Experience in conducting AML/CFT mutual evaluations is desirable

Age Limit:

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

Annual Salary
UA 57,772.51 USD 91,153.46.

Application Closing Date
19th November, 2019.

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:

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