Career Opportunities at The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
Career Opportunities at The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Bilingual Secretary (WAHO) Job at the Economic Community of West African States

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. Considered one of the pillars of the African Economic Community, the organization was founded in order to achieve collective self-sufficiency for its member states by creating a single large trading bloc through an economic and trading union. It also serves as a peacekeeping force in the region. The organization operates officially in three co-equal languages French, English, and Portuguese.

The West African Health Organisation is seeking applications from suitably qualified ECOWAS Citizens candidates to fill the position below:

Job Title: Bilingual Secretary (WAHO)

Location: Bobodioulasso, Burkina Faso
Grade: G5
Nature of Appointment: Permanent
Supervisor: The Director Primary Health, WAHO

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Book and schedule appointments for the Director;
  • Make telephone calls, verify incoming calls to ensure their importance and possibility to respond
  • Receive and guide visitors to the office of the Director;
  • Create a recording system of in-coming and out-going mails; ensure archiving and filing of documents;
  • Keep records of important files and documents for the Director and make them available for reference as and when needed;
  • Ensure follow-up on documents submitted to the Director for signature;
  • Drafts, prepares, types letters, reports, memos and general correspondence for Director
  • Organise and take minutes of Meetings;
  • Performs any other relevant duties as may be assigned


  • A minimum of Higher National Diploma or equivalent in Secretarial Administration or related field.

Experience And Skills:

  • Six (6) years work experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Sense of confidentiality
  • Excellent operational and administrative skills
  • Must be computer literate and possess excellent command of computer applications: MS-office (word, Excel, powerpoint, Access)
  • Document and database management skills
  • Experience in electronic and physical filing of documents
  • Ability to work under pressure in a multicultural environment

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency (written and oral) in two of the official languages of ECOWAS: French, English and Portuguese. A
  • Working knowledge of the third ECOWAS language would be an advantage

UA 12,465 – UA 16,575.

Application Closing Date
9th March, 2018.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications to:

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