ECOWA Recruiting Principal Officer, Human Resources Development for Health

ECOWA Recruiting Principal Officer, Human Resources Development for Health – Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) recruitment follows  ECOWAS recruitment process which include obtaining ECOWAS recruitment application form and applying through ECOWAS recruitment portal.
Would you like to work for ECOWAs as a Principal Officer, Human Resources Development for Health? Do you have the required academic qualification and cognate experience. If your answer is yes, then read on.


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional grouping with 15 Member States in West Africa  with a population of about 300million and an annual economic growth rate of around 6%.
Consequently, the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) is seeking applications from suitably qualified ECOWAS candidates to fill the position below.

ECOWA Recruiting Principal Officer, Human Resources Development for Health


Title Of Job: Principal Officer, Human Resources Development for Health
Reference: VN 86
Location: WAHO, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Grade: P5/01
Office/Unit: Primary Health Care
Nature of Appointment: Permanent
Salary: 33.607 UA per annum.
Immediate Supervisor: Director, Primary Health Care

ECOWA Recruiting Principal Officer, Human Resources Development for Health

ECOWA Recruiting Principal Officer, Human Resources Development for Health

Brief of post and assigned duties

  • The officer will work under the supervision of the Director of Primary Health Care
  • He/she will carry out a range of activities in support of Human Resource Development for Health,
  • He/she will be working  in collaboration with appropriate professional groups, training institutions, and other key partners.
  • This is to  ensure the identification of gaps in the training needs of Member States and putting in place mechanisms to provide these trainings.

Routine Duties and Responsibilities

Principal Officer, Human Resources will:
  • Put in place measures that will facilitate and support basic, post basic and post-graduate training of all categories of medical and allied health professionals and where necessary obtain sponsorship for such training.
  • Ensure the promotion of  exchange of personnel and health technology among Member States.
  • Work towards Identifying  and facilitating the accreditation of Institutions in the region that can be used for training of all categories of health professionals at all levels.
  • Facilitates the  harmonization of  post-graduate programmes, certificates and diplomas in the region
  • He/she will ensure that the harmonized curricula are adapted to meet health service needs of the ECOWAS region.
  • Ensures that he/she Facilitates and supports the strengthening of training institutions to meet the accreditation criteria based on the harmonized curricula.
  • Evolve networks with health funding organisations to facilitate sponsorships for health programmes.
  • Structure organized courses, seminars and workshops for dissemination of information and updating the health personnel knowledge at all levels based on identified training needs of Member states and current trends.
  • Enhances  the exchange of trainers and trainees amongst Institutions in the region.
  • Ensure mutual recognition of Health Professionals qualifications in the ECOWAS region.
  • Engineers the development of innovative learning strategies such as distance learning, continuing professional development.
  • Ensure the development and implementation of Human Resources for Health Policies and Plans for Member States.
  • Call for  meetings of the Technical Committee for Human Resources Development for Health.
  • Promotes the efficient and effective use of such resources in compliance with ECOWAS financial, regulations, and procedures.

ECOWA Recruiting Principal Officer, Human Resources Development for Health

Education and Professional Profile


  • Shall possess at least a First Degree from a recognised university in any of the following specialization:  Medicine, Environmental Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Education, Public Health, Human Resource Management or relevant area.
  • Recognised certificate or higher post-graduate and professional qualification in Human Resources Management will be an advantage.


  • A minimum of  10 years of relevant professional experience after basic training in any of the major components of Human Resources Development for Health or Human Resources Management.
  •  Experience working with regional/international health organizations.
  • A higher qualification in the relevant (Master’s Doctorate) field will reduce the number of years of experience by 2 years

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ECOWA Recruiting Principal Officer, Human Resources Development for Health

Key Competencies:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Leadership ability, cognitive and psychomotor skills.
  • Effective organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work load, set and meet deadlines, handle multiple tasks simultaneously and attend to details.
  • Ability to work within a multinational environment and with a diverse range of people and organisations at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Skills in the use of modern applications in information technology.
Age and Citizenship of Candidate:
  • Must not be more than 50 years of age at the time of recruitment
  • Must be an ECOWAS citizen.
Language proficiency:
  • Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of one of the official languages of ECOWAS (English, French or Portuguese) and a working knowledge of one other would be an advantage.

ECOWA Recruiting Principal Officer, Human Resources Development for Health

Application Closing Date

2nd April, 2022.
Method of Application
  • Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications to:

The qualifications listed in this advertisement are the minimum requirements for eligibility. Applications falling below these prerequisites will not be considered.

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