Data Manager for Agriculture and Environment at Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

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: Data Manager for Agriculture and Environment

Job Code: 20000569
Location: Abuja
Grade: P2/P3
Department: Economics Affairs and Agriculture
Directorate: Research and Statistics
Division: Statistical Harmonization and Data Management
Line Supervisor: Programme Officer Data Management
Supervising: N/A

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Program Officer, Data Management, the incumbent will oversee the management of data collection on Agriculture and Environment Statistics in ECOWAS Region.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for organizing, designing, and planning of collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation, and dissemination of statistical data relevant to Agriculture and Environment.
  • Work with National, Regional, and International Institutions in issues relating to Agriculture and Environment Statistics.
  • Collaborate with National, Regional, and International Institutions to develop database for the monitoring and evaluation of Agriculture and Environment indicators.
  • Play a leading role in the development of regional database on Agriculture and Environment indicators.
  • Work with other directorates in the ECOWAS Commission on data management in Agriculture and Environment.
  • Participate in Directorate activities like statistical publications and dissemination in relevant areas of regional integration like economic, trade surveillance, and monitoring of regional and international development agendas.
  • Perform data quality and consistency control on statistics and contributing to statistical harmonisation on Energy and Infrastructure in the region.
  • Advise ECOWAS Member States on data quality issues in relation to Agriculture and Environment data.
  • Any other responsibility that may be assigned to him/her by the President of the ECOWAS Commission and his/her supervisors.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, or any related field.
  • A firm grasp of statistics, socio-economic and development indicators with Agriculture and Environment issues particularly in the sub-region.
  • A minimum of 3 years progressively experience in a statistical institution.
  • Ability to build a partnership with other institution and deliver results that meet the community needs and long-term interests within and outside the institution.
  • Ability to build, lead motivated and committed teams across functional boundaries, and utilize the talent and expertise of team members in a productive way.
  • Demonstrated ability to present and win support to ideals.
  • Good listener and cultural sensitivity, commitment to diversify and capacity to initiate and manage innovations or change.
  • Knowledge of economic theories and their application.
  • Must be computer literate.
  • Policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area.
  • Strategic mindset, a strong capacity to analyses action from the perspectives of stakeholders and translate strategic thinking into a compelling plan of action.
  • Technical ability to undertake research, analyze data, make recommendations, and write reports.

Age Limit:

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

ECOWAS Key Competencies:

  • 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 the 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 subordinates to build strong working relationships and improve performance.
  • Contribute to maintaining organizational unit’s performance goals and standards.
  • Interpersonal skills with the ability to keep a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects of relevance to the 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 needs, 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 unbiased 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 and 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.

USD67,713.70 – USD77,480.72 Annually.

Application Closing Date
15th May, 2024.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their correctly filled Application Form, Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Motivation letter to: using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

Click here to download the application form (Docx.)


  • Female applications are encouraged.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Applications initially submitted with only the CV remain acceptable.
  • ECOWAS does not charge a fee for recruitment and will not request for your account details.
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