Principal Officer, Strategy, Manpower Planning & Recruitment

JOB TITLE Principal Officer, Strategy, Manpower Planning & Recruitment



ANNUAL SALARY UA 66,123.98 USD 104,330.42
DEPARTMENT Human Resources
DIRECTORATE Human Resources
DIVISION Strategy, Manpower Planning & Recruitment
LINE SUPERVISOR Director, Human Resources
  • Planning & Recruitment Officer
  • Recruitment Officers
JD_Eng_HRD PO Strategy, Manpower Planning & Recruitment P5

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He/she oversees the strategy, manpower planning and recruitment of staff members at the Commission to achieve the recruitment targets plans set and supports the institutions and agencies in the selection and recruitment of talents to ensure best fits are taken onboard. He/she Works closely with recruiting managers in other Institutions to share best practices, provide assistance on critical needs and coordinate initiatives.



•      Evaluate and develop HR strategy in co-operation with the Director, Human Resources;

•      Assist in developing the recruitment strategy and manpower plan/targets in line with the recruitment procedures and in line with the strategy of the Commission;

•      Develop and implement a recruitment policy framework for the commission;

•      Develop and implement a functional recruitment strategy for the Commission;

•      Develop Policies, Procedures and Processes (PPP) for manpower panning and recruitment for the Commission;

•      review and refine the recruitment process to ensure levels of efficiency and effectiveness are being achieved;

•      Design and deliver appropriate methods and means of short listing of candidates and constantly review the interview and selection process with the Director;

•      Develop a functional contract-offer-acceptance policy and procedure for the Commission;

•      Develop and implement advertorial policies in the Commission;

•      Develop procedures of evaluating the re-staffing of departments of the Commission;

•      Develop and implement an effective means of staffing on contract/ temporary basis;

•      Support managers to ensure that their sectors are developed in terms of recruitment to the highest standard;

•      Plan and conduct new employee orientations to foster positive attitude toward organizational objectives;

•      Develop and implement in conjunction with the director an induction process for the Commission;

•      Support timely and proper onboarding of new staff members;

•      Perform any other tasks that may be assigned by the Director Human Resources.



•      Masters degree in Human resources or Social Sciences is required;

•      10 Years’ experience in Strategy, Manpower Planning and Recruitment;

•      In-depth knowledge of HR Management best practices;

•      Practical Knowledge of ERPs;

•      Practical knowledge of SAP/HCM is an advantage;



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



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

•         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;

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

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

•         ability to bring together complementary skills/expertise, assess individual contributions and recognize/address accomplishments and shortcomings in a manner that brings continued success to the organization;

•         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;

•         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;

•         ability to manage and co-ordinate client management initiatives and make recommendations;

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

•         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;

•         diplomacy, tact 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;

•         ability to create a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths bringing together innovative practices;

•         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;

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

•         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;

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

•         knowledge of the ECOWAS rules and procedures in order to appropriately interpret and apply directive text, provide technical advice, coach others and assess performance;

•         ability to analyze a situation by way of indicators to assess the costs, benefits, risks, and chances for success, in making decisions;

•         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;

•         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;

•         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;

•         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;

•         ability to listen intently and correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately;

•         accomplished technical writing and editing skills;

•         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;

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

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

•   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;

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

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



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