In furtherance of a new strategic thinking to expand its newly organised work around thematic issues, and the need to advance its visibility and policy influence across national and sub-regional spaces, WACSOF seeks applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of PROGRAM ASSOCIATE EXTRACTIVE RESOURCE GOVERNANCE with a high level of integrity, self-driven and competent person, that will help pursuing the effective implementation of WACSOF activities and mandate.

The successful candidate should have an intimate understanding of NGO, Civil Society, and project management best practices.  We work in a fast-paced environment, so the ideal candidate will be able to hit the ground running as soon as he/she starts.


The preferred candidate for this position shall work under the shadow guide of a Consultant Team Lead and ensure effective coordination of the extractive resource governance thematic area and maintain seamless interface with colleagues on other work streams. S/he shall coordinate programme schedules, meetings with partners local/international partners, travels on extractive-related work as may be directed by the General Secretary of WACSOF. The candidate must be skilful in listening and efficient in note-taking as well as exhibits uncommon capability for relationship management with leadership teams, including officials of ECOWAS and development partners. S/he shall support innovation and effective project management, always demonstrate diplomacy and creativity in problem-solving and capacity to read complex inter-personal and political dynamics as well as bring integrity to work.  S/he must also demonstrate capacity to draft policy briefs and occasional papers for review by Consultant Team Lead and/or General Secretary. Where required, s/he shall draft extractive resources governance-related speeches for the General Secretary as well as support programme communications ad hoc meetings, including handling pre- and post-meeting reminders.


  1. A first degree in any relevant field with a minimum of five years’ work experience, three of which must be in extractive resource governance. An advanced degree shall be an added advantage
  2. A good understanding of political, socio-economic and environmental developments in West African sub-region
  3. A good knowledge of the extractive sector and demonstrable interest in the national, sub-regional and continental frameworks for their transformation
  4. Excellent research and analytical skills that contextualise problems, design and implement solutions through building of supports that shapes and influence results
  5. Ability to work with less supervision, including the one to identify opportunities and come up with innovative ‘concept notes’ for review by the Consultant Team Lead/General Secretary
  6. Appreciable and demonstrable experience in programme design and management
  7. Ability to facilitate and manage multi-stakeholders and coalitions of actors and institutions
  8. Ability to multi-task and manage tight schedules, including establishing and maintaining relationships with a wide range of contacts and networks within government, civil society, private sector and international partners/donors on issues of extractive resources
  9. A knack for achieving tangible results under compelling deadlines, including having to work extra hours as occasions may demand
  10. Excellent skills and experience in basic documentation and accountability to donors
  11. Ability to coordinate and communicate programme implementation results, reflecting perspectives of gender inclusiveness and cultural divergence
  12. Good inter-personal skills and proven integrity, probity and professional discretion
  13. English language is compulsory, while proficiency in any of French and/or Portuguese – will be an added advantage
  14. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to employ diplomacy and tact in engaging diverse audiences
  15. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including capacity to establish, influence and sustain partnerships/networking
  16. Proven track record of managing complex projects as well as individual & institutional partnerships
  17. Ability to deliver tangible results with high integrity, probity and professional discretion
  18. Excellent organisational, leadership and team-building skills and careful attention to details that matter
  19. Flexibility and ability to multi-task and respond to competing priorities
  20. Prowess in preparation of policy pitches (blogs, briefs and occasional papers) and use of same to generate national and sub-regional debates around extractive sector governance and reforms, including their links to revenue management
  21. Substantial experience in leading strategy development practice and project management as well as reporting to donors/development partners
  22. High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  23. Ability to work in a team (strong task management and team leading competencies);
  24. Good work ethic, agility, resilience, honesty, integrity and strong interpersonal skills
  25. Ability to work under pressure in cross-cultural environment and willing to travel
  26. Thorough understanding of key elements of results-based program management.


  1. Please send your resume and letter of motivation to hr@Wacsof-foscao.org
  2. Only selected candidates will be contacted Work location is Abuja, Nigeria
  3. The remuneration for this position will be based on the candidate’s experience.
  4. WACSOF is an equal opportunity employer

WACSOF web site: www.wacsof-foscao.org