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Program Officer, Research Applications – Academic Institutions at West African Health Organisation (WAHO)


The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) is the health institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), with a mandate to ensure the attainment of the highest possible standard and protection of the health of the people in the ECOWAS region.

Within the framework of the Regional “Reproductive Health and REV Prevention Programme in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)”, WAHO and the German Financial Cooperation (Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau / KFW) have agreed to establish a Regional Financing Mechanism for Reproductive Health Commodities.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Program Officer, Research Applications Academic Institutions

Job Code: VN96
Location: West Africa
Institution: West African Health Organisation
Grade: P3 P4
Agency: West African Health Organization
Directorate: Public Health and Research
Division: Research & Grants
Line Supervisor: PPO Research & Grants

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Principal Programme Officer Research and Grants, the incumbent shall be responsible for research and academics institutions, development and implementation of regional research programs in the region, development and the implementation of regional research capacities strengthening and the dissemination, synthesizing and translation of the research results into policy and practices.

Role and Responsibilities
The incumbent shall:

  • Assess the research needs, research develop process, research dissemination and the research environment within the research and academics institutions.
  • Advocate for collaborative research program with the research and academics institutions, develop the regional research program in collaboration with research and academics institutions, building research capacities and skills programs, constituencies and identifying resources, setting research priorities in the WAHO thematic priorities area, developing plans and policies to address research priority needs and building inter-sectoral action to support research objectives with research and academics institutions.
  • Assemble research evidence, develop and implement a knowledge transfer platform for translating evidence into policy and practices.
  • Provide regional leadership on research interventions.
  • Evaluate research programs and providing quality assurance.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health or Pharmacy or Epidemiology from a recognized university.


  • 5 to 7 years of progressive responsible experience in the implementation of public health programs involving test and research laboratories, Non epidemic diseases, neglected tropical disease
  • Knowledge of health policies and related laboratory work environment in the ECOWAS member State
  • Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of public health
  • Proficiency in working with standard office IT applications in research area; 

ECOWAS Key Competencies
P3-02-01 Leadership:

  • 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 utilize the Code of Ethics to manage self, others, information and resources;
  • Ability to mentor others and create feedback loops with supervisors, colleagues and the subordinates to build strong working relationships and improve performance;
  • Contribute to maintaining organizational unit’s performance goals and standards.
  • Ability to respect 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;

P3-03-01 Client Service Orientation:

  • Interpersonal skills with ability to keep a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects of relevance to timeline, quality and quantity;
  • Ability to proactively interact with clients and build strong trusting relationships based on mutual respect and regular discussions;
  • Advanced knowledge in health information analysis tools.
  • Excellent management capacity, including networking and alliance building.
  • Ability to work within a multinational environment and with a diverse range of people and organisations at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in team setting, group facilitation and good interpersonal skills.
  • Proven knowledge of new developments in own occupation/profession.
  • Effective organizational skills with the ability to prioritize.
  • Ability to establish and sustain professional credibility with clients/stakeholders in a manner that anticipates their need, 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
  • Proven experience in the management of Health Information system
  • Knowledge in database development and management. DHIS2 knowledge will be an advantage

P3-04-01 Multicultural Sensitivity and Advocacy:

  • 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 un-biased and transparent manner.

P3-05-01 Knowledge of ECOWAS:

  • Knowledge of ECOWAS institutions, sectors, programmes and policies;
  • 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.
  • 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;

P3-06-01 Analytical and Critical Thinking:

  • 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.

P3-07-01 Communication:

  • 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.
  • 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 (English, French & Portuguese). Knowledge of an additional one will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to convey information clearly and concisely in a succinct and organized manner through both writing and verbal means, ;

P3-08-01 Planning and Implementation:

  • Ability to develop, implement an individual action plan for achieving specific work goals;
  • Identify ,organize and monitor tasks throughout to facilitate execution;
  • 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.
  • 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;


  • Must be a citizen of an ECOWAS Member State.
  • Must not be more than 50 years of age at the time of recruitment. This does not apply to internal candidates.  



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications which must include the following below to: using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

Each application must include:

  • A Completed Job Application Form
  • A Cover Letter of not more than one page on the motivation for the post
  • A signed up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • A certified copy of Birth Certificate.


  • Shortlisting and interview processes shall be based on the ECOWAS Staff Regulations.

Application Deadline  9th April, 2022.

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