Principal Legal Officer, Litigation and Internal Matters at the 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: Principal Legal Officer, Litigation and Internal MattersLocation: AbujaInstitution: ECOWAS Commission Grade: P5Status: Permanent Department: Office of the PresidentDirectorate: Legal AffairsDivision: Litigation and Internal MattersLine Supervisor: Director, Legal AffairsRole OverviewUnder the supervision of the Director, Legal Affairs, the Principal Legal Adviser, Internal Matters and Litigation will undertake legal advisory and dispute resolution roles and responsibilities and provide day-to-day legal support to the administrative functions of the ECOWAS Commission, its Agencies and Representative Offices.Supervising:Legal Officers, LitigationLegal Officers, Internal MattersRole and ResponsibilitiesPrepare legal opinions and advise on next steps in respect of internal and external claims.Carrie out thorough investigations with a view to gathering facts, other information and documents required for prosecution or defense of matters involving the Commission, its agencies and special representative offices.Prepare and Reviews Court and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes.Represent the Commission, its agencies and special representative offices in prosecution or defense of cases in court/ADR.Liaise with external counsel to ensure adequate representation of the Commission, its agencies and special representative offices in all dispute resolution proceedings.Assist the Director, Legal Affairs in the implementation of mechanisms for updating Management of progress in respect of litigation and ADR.Assist the Director, Legal Affairs in initiating and representing the Commission, its agencies and special representative offices in out-of-court settlement negotiations as required.Ensure the implementation of court decisions and the awards/outcomes of arbitration/ADR proceedings.Review, drafts and renews Service contract agreements arising from the procurement process;Provide contract management of Service Contracts in consultation with the procurement unit and the user department.Provide legal advice and support to the Human Resources directorate in respect of compliance with the ECOWAS Staff Regulations.Advise the service directorates on legal aspects of administrative and internal control policy and procedure.Represent the Director, Legal Affairs in committees where he is a statutory member or participant e.g. Recruitment Committee, Procurement Committee and staff disciplinary committee.Represent the Director, Legal Affairs performing his duties in ad-hoc committees.Prepare programs relating to legal and judicial policy harmonization of the community as conceived by the Director, Legal Affairs and assists in the monitoring of their implementation.Prepare the draft budget of the Legal Affairs directorate and assists the Director, Legal Affairs in presenting same to Management.Perform any other task assigned by his/her supervisor.

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