WACSOF is looking for a dynamic PROGRAM OFFICER with a high level of integrity, self-driven and competent person, that will help pursuing the effective implementation of WACSOF activities and mandate. This position will be based at WACSOF Secretariat, located in Abuja, Nigeria. S/he will report directly to the General Secretary of WACSOF.  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 Program Officer will, alongside any other tasks assigned by the General Secretary, be responsible for:

  1. Implementing projects. Planning, organising activities as per WACSOF standards
  2. Participation in WACSOF’s Programmatic activities to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives and mandate.
  3. Work simultaneously on multiple projects and deliver on time
  4. Assisting the General Secretary in resource planning to achieve maximum impact.
  5. Attending meetings, forums, workshops, seminars
  6. Providing adequate and timely management information to the General Secretary;
  7. Preparing Activity Reports in accordance with a prescribed schedule;


  1. Develop project proposals and concept notes / papers to donors for WACSOF in line with activities under the supervision of the General Secretary.
  2. Assist in writing and/or commissioning reports and advocacy documents. This will include overseeing research and publications related to WACSOF’s work. This will also include identifying and help contracting researchers, reviewing and editing drafts, and coordinating the publication of reports;
  3. Produce reports on program activities for donors and external partners;
  4. Assist the General Secretary in fundraising to support WACSOF programs. Engage with donors and partners to specifically identify opportunities for WACSOF;
  5. Provide technical support in developing WACSOF policy and advocacy work;
  6. Monitor and support the activities of national platforms, providing strategic advice and guidance in their development;
  7. Maintain open channels of communication during each program with partners, informing them of all significant developments.


  1. Assist with the preparation of presentations for conferences / workshops / meetings;
  2. Obtain program related materials and publications.
  3. Initiate and develop publications by WACSOF on topical issues in West Africa ;
  4. Provide regular updates on program implementation for inclusion on the web site;
  5. Integrate the ECOWAS/ WACSOF organizational values into performance of duties and tasks on a daily basis and participate in in-house working groups designed to uphold the values and foster healthy inter-office communication;
  6. Ensure the reporting and minutes of WACSOF’s meetings and activities;
  7. Provide information to the Communication department to write the annual report;
  8. Establish inbound/ outbound communications flows among members of the Forum.

Perform other tasks delegated by the General Secretary


  1. Minimum of bachelor’s or master’s degree in international Relations, Political Science, Social Studies, Law, Economics, Peace and Security, or equivalent
  2. Three (3) to five (5) years of experience in program management.
  3. Working experience in the Civil Society sector, socio-economic policy formulation, research, analysis or related areas at the international level will be an asset;
  4. Fluency in at least two languages (English, French, Portuguese)
  5. High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  6. Strong leadership, oral and written communication skills.
  7. Ability to work in a team (strong task management and team leading competencies);
  8. Ability to work with a diverse group in a professional service-oriented manner. Cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  9. Good work ethic, agility, resilience, honesty, integrity and strong interpersonal skills
  10. Ability to work under pressure in cross-cultural environment and willing to travel
  11. Thorough understanding of key elements of results-based program management.
  12. Hands-on experience in managing multiple partners across geographies;


  1. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  2. Strong public speaking skills and Knowledge of WACSOF (mission, services)
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills. Exceptional networking skills.
  4. Good problem solving and decision-making skills.
  5. Result and deadline oriented. Able to prioritize, and work on multiple projects.
  6. Active listener who can take direction and integrate feedback from team members.
  7. Team player with a strong bias for action and willingness to get things done
  8. Punctuality, Highly organized, continuous improvement. work under pressure
  9. Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information


  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
  5. WACSOF web site: wacsof-foscao.org