Technical Expert (Civil Engineer) 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 invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position below:Job Title: Technical Expert (Civil Engineer) - Support to the Department of Infrastructure of the Ecowas Commission with Project Preparation, Contract Management and Development Partner CoordinationLocation: AbujaInfrastructure Department: Recruitment of a Technical Expert (Civil Engineer)Sector: TransportSource of Financing: ECOWAS CommissionDescriptionThe ECOWAS Commission through its Infrastructure Department is coordinating the implementation of major regional transport infrastructure projects including the 6-Lane Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project and the Praia-Dakar-Abidjan Multimodal Corridor with components covering road, railway and maritime transportation with a global objective of reducing the cost of transportation to enhance intra-community trade and free movement.The ECOWAS Commission is also collaborating with respective Member States to implement some Development Partner financed multinational projects including the Mano River Union Multinational Highway and Transport Facilitation Project and the Nigeria-Cameroon Highway and Transport Facilitation Project for the Enugu-Bamenda Corridor, which involves the construction of the Mfum Joint Border Post (JBP) and Border Bride over the cross-river between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Republic of Cameroon. These major projects require a sustained staff capacity to ensure timely implementation. The Commission is also working with concerned Member States to operationalize the Seme/Krake and Akanu/Noepe Joint Border Posts (JBPs) between Nigeria and Benin and Togo and Ghana.In order to expedite procurement, project preparatory and project management activities and to speed up the implementation of these Projects, the Infrastructure Department intends to use part of the budget allocation for the Infrastructure Department to cover the cost of the service contract of Technical Expert (Civil Engineer) with requisite knowledge and experience in regional transportation to provide urgent support to the Commission.The services under this contract mainly concern the Transport Infrastructure projects preparation and implementation activities. The activities include:Prepare project documents including concept notes, draft Terms of References, Implementation & Procurement Schedules and all related correspondence.Develop project planning and support effective implementation of all activities on schedule;Support procurement activities covering preparation of Expression of Interest, Request for Proposals (Tender Dossiers), correspondence with Consultants, and evaluation activities towards the selection of Consultants, Suppliers or Contractors;Support program coordination activities such as organizing and handling experts and high-level meetings, following-up with stakeholders in keeping up with their respective implementation schedules. It also involves drafting correspondences including meeting reports and other related documentation for the project. The Consultant will also provide support to ensure with other partners and established structures;Support monitoring and evaluation of projects against anticipated project milestones; andAny other Project related activities that may be assigned by the Commissioner for Infrastructure or respective Project Managers.The overall duration of the Consultancy Services is estimated at twelve (12) months. 

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