The governance organs of the PIU shall be:

  • The Steering Committee and
  • The Directorate.


The Steering Committee shall perform the following functions:

  1. Propose from time to time for adoption by ECOWAS Statutory Authorities the overall mandate and management policy of the PIU;
  2. Approve the operating strategy of the PIU;
  3. Appoint External Auditors and review and approve the annual audited financial accounts;
  4. Approve the annual operating plan and budget submitted by the PIU Management;
  5. Approve the organisational structure of the PIU;
  6. Appoint the Director, evaluate his/her performance and, if need be, terminate his/her appointment;
  7. Approve the appointment proposal for the senior management staff of the PIU;
  8. Approve the applications for the Advisory Facility (AF) and the Infrastructure Developer Challenge Fund (IDCF);
  9. Approve PIU Management submissions in respect of distribution/allocation of AF and IDCF;
  10. Approve the commitments and expenditures of the AF and the IDCF;
  11. Approve the risk management plan, financial audit and control procedures of the PIU;
  12. Approve the Rules of Procedure and the Manuals of Accounting, Financial, Administrative and Human Resource Management Procedures of the PIU;
  13. Monitor the performance of the PIU in relation to its mandate;
  14. Review the performance of the PIU from time to time and make appropriate recommendations to the statutory authorities of ECOWAS. The periodicity for review shall be specified in the Manual of Procedure.


The Director shall:

  1. Act as the principal representative of the PIU in its dealings with all the key stakeholders;
  2. Implement the decisions of the Steering Committee;
  3. Represent the PIU in all contractual transactions and act as its legal representative.
  4. Initiate and conduct staff recruitment in conformity with the organizational structure and the relevant procedures, as adopted by the Steering Committee;
  5. Organise and coordinate all activities of the PIU;
  6. Manage the assets of the Unit;
  7. Sign contracts within the limits set by the Steering Committee;
  8. Authorize expenditure within the limits set by the Steering Committee;
  9. Recruit experts and consultants to render services relating to the effective running of the Unit, depending on the workload of the relevant staff;
  10. Manage and supervise the staff of the PIU in the execution of their day-to-day activities and report to the Steering Committee;
  11. Build a good image for the Unit by the quality of the projects presented ;
  12. Perform such other functions as may be assigned to him/her by the Steering Committee.