Principal Officer, Legal And Law Enforcement – P5

JOB TITLE Principal Officer, Legal And Law Enforcement – P5
ANNUAL SALARY UA 57,772.51 USD 91,153.46


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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.



o  Supervise the Legal and Law Enforcement Division

o  Supervise the coordination of mutual evaluations and participate fully in mutual evaluations of member States

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

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

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

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

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

o  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

o  Participate in other capacity building activities organized by other units or divisions of the Secretariat

o  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

o  Participate in FATF working group and plenary meetings as part of GIABA delegation where necessary

o  Represent the Secretariat in different relevant fora as maybe assigned

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

o  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

o  Participate in the mutual evaluations and training activities of other assessment bodies, either as an expert or delegate.

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

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

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

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

o  Undertake annual performance evaluation of staff of the division

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



o  Master’s degree in law, criminology or relevant related field from a recognised University

o  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.

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

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

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

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

o  Experience in conducting AML/CFT mutual evaluations is desirable


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



o  ability to lead in assigned programmes and projects by providing the necessary managerial and operational expertise required for the fulfilment of the organization’s mandate;

o  ability to lead by example and organize teamwork to encourage cooperation to achieve targeted results, champion and build momentum for change and to bring about employee engagement; develops and implements internal controls for pilot program to manage potential barriers to implementation;

o  ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;

o  excellent self-management skills, demonstrating ethics and integrity, confidentiality and displaying due regards for internal controls of rules, delegations and transparency;

o  knowledge of program management at the level usually acquired from a certification in program management.

o  ability to research benchmarks and trends to bring about the best recommendations for the development and improvement of programs/projects that will best serve the community/organization;

o  well-developed networking and interpersonal skills to seek feedback, information and data from a network of professionals from multiple countries/sectors/organizations and to identify and prioritize the most critical community requirements;

o  ability to develop and implement best practices in client services;

o  ability to develop and implement stakeholder management plans, programs and initiatives to obtain buy-in on new initiatives, to better understand dissenting views, to obtain resources and to increase perceptions of success.

o   ability to be diplomatic, tactful and respect of other people from varied backgrounds, understanding diverse cultural views especially within West Africa with the ability to convert diversity into opportunities to improve program/operational outcomes;

o   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;

o   ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;

o   ability to serve the interest of culturally diverse multinational teams/organizations/communities and persons with disability without prejudice and bias.

o   understanding of the ECOWAS organizational structure, associated dynamics and expectations as required to collaborate, participate, contribute and lead effectively;

o   knowledge of the ECOWAS mandate, strategic plan/priorities as well as the economic, political and social situation and trends in member states, as pertains to own scope of work;

o   knowledge of international best practices, program management approaches and research techniques to lead and/or contribute to the development or assessment of programs, projects or initiatives;

o   ability to use ECOWAS rules and procedures to appropriately interpret and apply directive text, provide technical advice, coach others and assess performance.

o   ability to pull together information from different sources to identify the cause of problems, consequences of alternative causes of action, potential obstacles and ways to avoid the problem in the future;

o   ability to break down very complex situations/information into simple terms to explain recommendations and conclusions aimed at solving problems or improving operations/programs/projects;

o   ability to develop new insights into situations, apply innovative solutions to problems and to design new methods of addressing issues or disconnects where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or no longer effective.

o   ability to communicate with impact, clearly and concisely in a succinct and organized manner conveying credibility & confidence when making presentations, setting expectations and explaining complex issues;

o   accomplished technical writing and editing skills;

o   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;

o   ability to give constructive feedback, provide recognition, address shortcomings and motivate direct reports to work at peak performance;

o   computer literate and proficiency in   information communication technologies (ICT), including the use of analytical databases;

o   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.

o   ability to set effective goals and targets for self, others, and the work unit and adjusting work or project priorities in response to changing circumstances;

o   ability to use participatory approach in project planning and identify gaps affecting the achievement of program/project expectations and to design and implement intervention plans required to build the desired task;

o   ability to implement rigorous monitoring and evaluation practices and to set in place regular reporting schedules relevant to key outputs;

o   ability to plan, organize, control resources, and to comply with policies, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.




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