Current Vacancies at the African Union (AU)

African Union (AU): The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).  We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.

We are recruiting to fill the positions of:

Job Title: Director for Institutional Matters and Programme Coordination

Requisition ID: 1095
Location: Accra, Ghana
Reports to: Secretary General
Directorate / Department: Institutional Matters and Programme Coordination
Division: Institutional Matters and Programme Coordination
Number of Direct Reports: 5
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: D1
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • Responsible for the operations of the entire directorate/department. Plan, develop and implement strategic policies while promoting inter- directorate/department collaboration.
  • Provide technical and strategic advice to the Secretary General and to the AfCFTA Institutions by providing support to all technical directorates.

Main Functions

  • Develop and oversee policy development guidelines.
  • Prepare and oversee integrated programmes of overall activities of the organisation.
  • Build and maintain a strategic plan to form good working relations with other directorate/department.
  • Develop and maintain regular working relations with top level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of Member States and partners.
  • Organise coordination meetings between the organisation and other relevant organisations.
  • Ultimately responsible for preparing periodic financial and budget execution reports and annual financial statements and other reports.
  • Oversee the collection of contributed funds to the organisation.
  • Initiate and take necessary actions to collect funds of and for the African Union as a whole.
  • Propose training programmes relating to programme designing and coordination.
  • Promote awareness and training of best practices in area of expertise.
  • Prepare periodic financial and budget execution reports and annual financial statements and other reports.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide technical and strategic advice to the Secretary General and to the AfCFTA Institutions by providing support to all technical directorates.

In addition, given the strategic importance of this position in carrying out the remaining AfCFTA negotiations, the Director shall have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide technical and strategic advice to the Secretary General and to the AfCFTA Institutions;
  • Advise the Secretary General on AfCFTA technical matters
  • Design and develop innovative programs and projects to assist the State Parties & non-State Parties in the negotiation of outstanding issues.
  • Provide independent and objective appraisals and reviews of State Parties’ policies vis a- vis the AfCFTA Agreement.
  • Support the Secretary General in Development and Management of Programs;
  • Ensure Projects Execution
  • Contribute to Capacity Development of the Institutions of AfCFTA
  • Ensure daily management of the Activities of AfCFTA Institutions.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Economics, International Development Policy, International Trade, International Trade Law or another appropriate related discipline. A higher qualification or an additional professional diploma will be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible professional work experience out of which eight (8) years of this should be at managerial level managing professional staff in support of – or within – a national, regional, continental, or international organization.
  • Experience as a negotiator or technical advisor in regional integration or trade negotiations is desirable.
  • Experience with Trade capacity building or project management will be an added advantage.

Required Skills:

  • Management experience and ability to relate and facilitate interactions with others;
  • Ability to think critically and solve problems;
  • Ability to communication orally and in writing;
  • Reports writing and presentation skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to organize and motivate others and to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Planning, organisational and reporting skills;
  • Ability to negotiate diplomatically;
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; with regard to performance management and professional development;
  • Conscientious in observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Familiarity with international and regional policy processes and policy analysis in the relevant area; and
  • Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish ), fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Focus
  • Developing Organizational Capability
  • Change Leadership
  • Strategic Risk Management

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnerships
  • Drives Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

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  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Fosters Innovation

Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. .

Remuneration

  • Indicative basic salary of US$ 78,138 .00 (D1 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff

Application Closing Date
2nd May, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

 

 

Job Title: Principal Protocol Officer

Requisition ID: 1097
Location: Accra, Ghana
Reports to: Head of Protocol Division
Directorate/Department: Office of the Deputy Secretary General
Division :Protocol Division
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P4
Contract  Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • Performs the operation of the protocol division to ensure delivery of results within proposed budget and timeframe.

Main Functions

  • Provide technical and intellectual support in the management of various partnerships relevant for the division and directorate;
  • Identify best practices and monitor effectiveness of the division/directorate’s support to AU;
  • Contribute to the development of the departmental strategies and business continuity plan and participate in/ensure their implementation;
  • Involve in negotiations;
  • Foster and ensure implementation of large-scale and long-term initiatives related to strategic partnerships;
  • Support the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations;
  • Develop training materials and provide necessary training and support to Organization Units;
  • Provide technical resource allocation and policy guidance on matters relating to system -Implementation projects and maintenance.
  • Supervise all the audiences organized by the office of the Secretary General and AfCFTA directors when necessary
  • Prepare and supervise ceremonies and official functions
  • Develop and maintain regular working relations with top level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of Member States and partners,

Specific Responsibilities

  • Laise with concerned Ghanaian Authorities, particularly Minister of Foreign Affairs, Security, Immigration and Customs Authorities, for smooth coordination of AU Airport duties.
  • Handling processing and management of privileges and immunities of the Secretariat and its staff in accordance with the relevant provisions of host agreement
  • Advise on the appropriate souvenir/gift for the Secretariat guests during the gift exchange
  • Supervise the preparation of all the Secretariat Conferences and ensure that the necessary logistics are put in place so that meetings are conducted in a standard internationally accepted manner
  • Prepare invitation cards ensure of their dispatch for the secretariat official events, and ceremonies
  • Providing the necessary advice on protocol-related issues to the AU and its constituents in accordance with diplomatic norms, especially with regards to privileges and immunities;
  • Initiating and following up on requests for diplomatic privileges and immunities from the relevant Ghanaian authorities on behalf of the AfCFTA Secretariat and its staff members;
  • Coordinating requests for import/export permits for vehicles and other goods and personal effects for the Secretariat and its staff;
  • Facilitation of the issuance of administrative and legal documents on behalf of officials and staff (resident IDs, Visas etc.);
  • Drafting official and administrative correspondences and communications (notes verbals, memoranda…).
  • Manage workload and priorities of the official Events and Protocol team as well as ensure the necessary logistic arrangement;
  • Welcome and usher guests during official ceremonies and functions, i.e. VIPs, guests to the Secretary General; Deputy Secretary General and Directors according to the international protocol procedures/formalities
  • Service the conferences organized by the Secretariat from time to time both at the Headquarters and those out of the countries
  • Coordinate and oversee the smooth running of provision of services with respect to the Staff requests and follow-up on the systematic reporting and establishment of data (Diplomatic IDs; Work permit Customs i.e. import/export permits for vehicles; personal effects; official equipment etc…)
  • Supervise data processing of AfCFTA diplomatic (CD) plate numbers for official fleet and staff
  • Prepare and conduct the organized periodical induction arranged by the Directorate of the Administration for the Staff
  • Assist in coordination of protocol matters for efficient diplomatic engagement with Embassies and High Commissions accredited to the Republic of Ghana
  • In addition to the above, will perform any other related duties directed by the Chief of Protocol

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in International Relations, Political Science, Public Relations or Diplomacy or a related area with 10 years of relevant work experience of which six (6) years should be at managerial level and three (3) years at supervisory level within an international, regional or national organization.
    Or
  • Bachelor degree in International Relations, Political Science, Public Relations or Diplomacy or related areas with twelve (12) years of relevant work experience of which six (6) years should be at managerial level and three (3) years at supervisory level within an international, regional or national organization.

Required Skills

  • Ability to use strong managerial delegation, political tact and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives
  • Ability to work effectively with people from various backgrounds and create an environment where diversity is respected
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with top level stakeholders
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to actively seek, identify and apply appropriate technology to improve programme delivery
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development
  • Proficiency in two of the AU official working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish) and  fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage;

Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic Insight
  • Developing others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk
  • Core Competencies
  • Building Relationship
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Communicating with Influence
  • Functional Competencies
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous improvement orientation

Tenure Of Appointment:

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period.
  • Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Remuneration

  • Indicative basic salary of US$ 42,879.00.00 (P4 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary)
  • Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (per annum)
  • Education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
2nd May, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Director – IBAR

Requisition ID: 1085
Location: Nairobi – IBAR, Kenya
Job Grade: P6
Division: AU-IBAR
Contract Type: Regular
Number of Direct Reports: 9
Number of Indirect Reports: 16
Reports to: Commissioner ARBE
Directorate/Department: ARBE
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC

Purpose of Job

  • The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a New Partnership worldwide. Its Headquarters are located in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.
  • In seeking to achieve these objectives, the African Union intends to strengthen its capacity to deliver by, amongst others, the implementation of its organizational structure and the filling of all vacant posts by African Nationals from its Member States.
  • The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical office of the Department Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (DARBE) of the African Union Commission (AUC). The vision of AU-IBAR is: “An Africa in which animal resources contribute significantly to integration, prosperity and peace”. Its Mission is: to provide leadership and integrated support services for the development of animal resources in Africa.
  • AU-IBAR’s mandate is to support and coordinate the sustainable development and utilization of animal resources (livestock, fisheries and wildlife) to enhance nutrition and food security and contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of the people in the Member States of the AU.
  • AU-IBAR is the main vehicle for the AU to develop appropriate and independent expertise to support and coordinate the sustainable development and utilization of animal resources to enhance food and nutrition security and contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of the people in the AU Member States.
  • The Commission of the African Union invites applicants who are citizens of Member States to compete for the position of Director, AU-IBAR, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Main Functions

  • Provide leadership and vision to AU-IBAR in execution of its mandate;
  • Coordinate AU-IBAR activities and ensure timely delivery of goals and objectives;
  • Supervise and manage employees to ensure successful performance;
  • Design strategies and policies consistent with AU-IBAR’s goals in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area;
  • Lead and supervise the design and plan policy programs to achieve these strategies;
  • Develop new programmes review activities as components of these strategies and policies;
  • Represent the Department  and explain its position at conferences;
  • Mobilize resources for execution of programmes and activities of AU-IBAR.

Specific Responsibilities
The Director’s duties and responsibilities shall include, among others, the following:

  • Maintain the role of co-ordination and strategy development of the Animal Resources (livestock, fisheries, aquaculture, apiculture and wildlife) sector for the continent through a three level framework – continental, regional and national;
  • Provide leadership on the coordination of sanitary and zoo sanitary issues as they relate to animal and public health, food safety, their application to the facilitation of intra-African trade in animals and animal products within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the international trade in animals and animal products;
  • Provide leadership in coordinating and enhancing the capacity of AU Member States to manage food safety.
  • Oversee programmes development and execution to ensure impact on livelihoods and economic development. Encourage and ensure coordination and alignment of goals, strategies and activities with overall strategic frameworks;
  • Lead in planning and coordinating the implementation of overall programme activities;
  • Promote the effective implementation of relevant global and continental instruments for sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture resources;
  • Provide leadership in enhancing the capacity of AU Member States and regional institutions for transitioning to blue economy growth, including the effective participation in global and continental initiatives relating to fisheries and aquaculture sector;
  • Initiate projects of regional or continental interest relating to the animal resources sector including projects relating to Fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, wildlife health and ecosystems management and the One Health Approach;
  • Strengthen and diversify the institutional and technical partnerships with international organizations, donors/development partners, Regional Economic Communities, Member States, civil society and private sector organizations;
  • Identify the strategic direction for resource mobilization efforts and lead in donor relations and proposal development as well as monitoring and evaluation of projects/programmes;
  • Deal with high-ranking official from AU Member States, including ministries responsible for animal resources development and related issues and the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (STC-ARDWE)
  • Administration of the AU-IBAR Mission, which entails budgeting, human resource management including performance assessment of staff, quality assurance of the work of heads of units, in-house training/induction of new staff, production of required documents, reports for participation in the PRC (Permanent Representatives’ Committee), the STC-ARDWE, Executive Council, Summit of Heads of State and Government;
  • Manage relationships with the host country and ensure the representation of AU in Kenya;
  • Other duties as may be directed by the Department of ARBE.
  • Identify strategic direction for resource mobilization, play a lead role in donor relations and proposal development, as well as project/programme monitoring and evaluation;
  • Work with senior officials in AU Member States, including ministries responsible for animal resources development and related issues and the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (STC- ADREE);
  • Ensure the administration of the IBAR-AU mission, including budgeting, human resources management, which includes the evaluation of staff performance, quality assurance of the activities of heads of unit, internal training and taking on new staff, producing required documents, writing reports for presentation to COREP (Committee of Permanent Representatives), STC-ADREE, Executive Council and CEO Summit state and government;
  • Manage relations with the host country and ensure the representation of the AU in Kenya;
  • Perform any other task that may be entrusted to it by the ARBE Department.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Post-graduate University Degree (Master’s Degree) in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science or any other related area.
  • A minimum of fourteen (14) years of progressive relevant work experience with Member States or international organizations, out of which seven (7) years must be at a senior managerial level in a reputable organization and five (5) years at supervisory level.
  • Preference shall be accorded to candidates with PhD in Veterinary Medicine or Animal Science with specialized post-graduate training in livestock or agricultural policy analysis.
  • Further qualifications in projects/programme management and/or rural development will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in formulating strategies, developing programmes, guiding preparation of work plans and budgets as well as management of human and financial resources and decision-making
  • A deep understanding of aquatic and terrestrial animal health and welfare standards governing international trade in animals and animal products, food safety standards and institutions and processes for the development and review of the standards.

Required Skills:

  • Diplomacy and good interactive  skills necessary for dealing with senior officials in Government, Regional Organizations, and donor/development organizations;
  • Good networking skills and ability to maintain positive and constructive dialogue and relationships with key institutions operating in the regions;
  • Self-starter with the ability to strategically plan own work and follow-up on implementation;
  • Sector related project development, management and implementation skills at national, regional and continental levels;
  • Very strong writing, analytical and communication skills are necessary;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership and foster team environment is required

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Perspective
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Fosters Innovation

Tenure of Appointment:

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$ 61,023.00 (P6 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (42% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 21,196.80 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
2nd May, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Head of Protocol Division

Requisition ID: 1096
Location: Accra, Ghana
Reports to: Deputy Secretary General
Directorate / Department: Office of the Deputy Secretary General
Division: Protocol Division
Number of Direct Reports: 5
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P5
Number of Positions: 01
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • Responsible for the overall supervision and management of the Protocol Division, design of strategies and policies relevant to the Division and engagement of relevant stakeholders.

Main Functions

  • Supervise and manage the employees of the division with regard to organisation and performance evaluation;
  • Design strategies and policies consistent with the Department’s goal in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area;
  • Contribute to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensure implementation at division level;
  • Ensure risk management and mitigation;
  • Design and plan policy programs to achieve the strategies;
  • Develop new and expand on existing activities as components of the strategies and policies;
  • Address problems in arising to current approaches to relevant area;
  • Engage stakeholders within Members States and RECs in designing and implementing strategies;
  • Represent the organisation and explain its position at conferences. Mobilise funding from all donors to use to execute strategies and activities;
  • Contribute to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain rules and procedures relating to practices to all protocol-related matters, resources and activities
  • Ensure the full implementation of the headquarters agreement by the host government
  • Oversee the implementation of Protocol manual, protocol rules and procedures
  • Ensure that mast flags and desk flags of Member States are properly procured and correctly used
  • Undertake Airport duties of welcoming/and seeing-off Council of Ministers, Senior Trade Officials, other VIPs and personalities at the airport, VIP lounge etc…
  • Ensure high standard logistical organization of meetings and other conferences held at or outside the headquarters
  • Build and maintain a strategic plan to form good working relations with other Organizations;
  • Develop and maintain rules and procedures relating to practices and services, including the issuance of Certificates of Merit for departing Official Diplomatic Members;
  • Manage all protocol related matters, resources and activities of the Secretariat;
  • Overall supervision of the Protocol Division and dealing with policy matters with host government, foreign embassies and international Organizations;
  • Advise Secretariat on all matters of protocol and ensure that existing international practices regarding diplomatic protocol at ceremonies and public functions as well as forms of communication are adhered to;
  • Continuously keep the Secretariat and staff informed of protocol rules and procedures;
  • Supervise the preparation and organization of official functions and ensure that the conduct of ceremonies, official programmes, and functions are appropriately carried out;
  • Coordinate and follow up appointments of the AfCFTA Secretary General for all public functions and ceremonies such as visits of Dignitaries;
  • Ensure that necessary arrangements for settlements of newly recruited staff members are made and assistance provided for securing accommodation and completing all residence formalities with host country authorities and institutions;
  • Periodic review of the Protocol Procedures;
  • In link with AU Protocol Directorate, oversee and approve issuance of AU Passport for AfCFTA Staff;
  • Prepare the Programme Budget of the Division and oversee programme implementation and budget execution;
  • Ensure the full implementation of the Headquarters Agreement by the Host Government, or entice re-negotiations in case of obsolete articles of these Agreement;
  • Ensure the use of high diplomatic standards in the Organisation’s interaction with Dignitaries and other International Organisation;
  • Ensure high standard logistical organisation of summits and other conferences held at or outside the Headquarters;
  • Conduct all activities related to visits of dignitaries, functions, and programmes;

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • A Master’s Degree in International Relations, Political Science, Public Relations or Diplomacy or a related area.
  • Twelve (12) years of relevant experience in management of protocol services or related services of which Seven (7) years at managerial level and three (3) years at supervisory level.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to use strong managerial delegation, political tact and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives
  • Ability to work effectively with people from various backgrounds and create an environment where diversity is respected
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with top level stakeholders
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to actively seek, identify and apply appropriate technology to improve programme delivery
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development
  • Proficiency in two of the AU official working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish) and  fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage;

Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic Perspective
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact
  • Functional Competencies
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Fosters Innovation

Tenure of Appointment:

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of USD 50,746.00 (P5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
2nd May, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

 

 

Job Title: Executive Secretary (AOSTI)

Requisition ID: 1086
Location: AOSTI, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Director
Directorate/Department: ESTI
Division: Science, Technology and Space
Job Grade: P6
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • Manages the operations, functions, and implementation of the African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI), and provides strategic direction of programme development and implementation for the organization to realize its mission.

Main Functions

  • Coordinates Division activities and ensure timely delivery of goals and objectives;
  • Supervise and manage employees to ensure successful performance;
  • Designs strategies and policies consistent with the department’s goal in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area;
  • Leads and supervise the design and plan policy programs to achieve Division strategies;
  • Develops new and review activities as components of these strategies and policies;
  • Represents the Organisation and explain its position at conferences;
  • Mobilizes resources for execution of programmes and activities of the department;
  • Manages risk and recommend mitigation strategies.

Specific Responsibilities
AOSTI Administration and Management:

  • Oversee and take responsibility of all administrative, managerial, technical, financial, and program management of the AOSTI;
  • Provide decisions and directions on budget management under the AUC’s Financial Rules of Regulation and manage the financial implications of program implementation;
  • Manage all aspects of AOSTI using a team-based approach, with full responsibilities for staffing, financial and administrative matters under the purview of AOSTI and take charge on the recruitment and management of the AOSTI’s staff;
  • Work to ensure that capacity is built within the AOSTI ’s staff, through mentoring staff performance and seek innovative ways of transferring skills to the AOSTIs clients;
  • Direct and manage the AOSTI resources (human, finance, physical) and activities;
  • Ensure that the AOSTI accounts are audited in accordance with the African Union policies and procedures;
  • Manage liaisons with the Host Country in accordance with the Host Country Agreement;
  • Manage, administer and further the vision, mission and objectives of the AOSTI;

Program Development and Implementation:

  • Establish/implement the governance structure of the AOSTI;
  • Develop and implement strategy and programmes of AOSTI;
  • Manage the implementation of the AOSTI work plans as well as undertake strategic marketing of the AOSTI;
  • Develop proposals and mobilise financial resources for the implementation of the AOSTI programmes and related follow-up activities;
  • Direct and provide leadership for the:
  • Development of guidelines and procedures for the organisation and conduct of national and regional STI surveys
  • Organisation of regional workshops on Sciences, Technology and Innovation (STI) indicators and surveys
  • Review of STI national surveys and the preparation of regional comparative analysis thereof
  • Preparation of relevant STI manuals, training materials and background studies
  • Network of STI indicators designated competent national authorities
  • Prepare and submit to AUC-HRST comprehensive annually work plans and progress, financial reports and budgets;
  • Mobilize from governments, foundations, the private sector, and other donors the financial and human resources needed to execute the programs and their constituent activities;

 Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • A University Master’s Degree in Science, Technology and Innovation studies (such as Economics of Innovation, technology / Innovation Management, Science and Technology Policy Studies, Mathematics, Statistics or Physics), a PhD is an added advantage, with fourteen (14) years of experience in in the relevant fields (innovation for development, science and technology) out of which seven (7) years in managing a research institution and conducting researches and studies related to Science, Technology and Innovation and five (5) years at supervisory level.
  • Experience in evidence-based policy development, public engagement, project management or related fields;
  • Experience in assessing, monitoring, and evaluating development programmes, related to Science, Technology and Innovation.
  • Experience working at the AU, UN or similar regional or international organizations will be and add advantage.

Required Skills:

  • Sound organisational planning and management skills
  • Strong research and conceptualisation skills
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate diplomatically, establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity.
  • Creativity and drive to innovate.
  • Well-developed ICT skills including word processing, spread sheets, data analysis, visualization tools, big data ecosystems and other important computer applications;
  • Ability to effectively represent the AOSTI and to negotiate for potential partnerships or collaboration.
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic Perspective
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous Improvement Focus
  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period.
  • Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$  61,023.00 (P6 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 48% of basic salary), a Housing allowance of US$ 21,832.68 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
2nd May, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Legal Counsel

Requisition ID: 1098
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: H.E. Chairperson of the Commission
Directorate: Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC)
Number of Direct Reports: 7
Number of Indirect Reports: 46
Job Grade: D1
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • To provide strategic direction and legal counsel to the African Union (AU) Commission.

Main Functions

  • Acts as a focal point for legal related issues of AU.
  • Develops and maintains operating rules and procedures.
  • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Divisions of the OLC.
  • Ensures overall management of the Directorate/department personnel, budget, performance, quality, discipline and training in conformity with relevant rules and procedures in force.
  • Determines and executes the overall strategy of the directorate/department.
  • Develops and oversees policy development guidelines.
  • Prepares and oversees integrated programmes of overall activities of the Directorate.
  • Builds and maintains a strategic plan to form good working relations with other Directorate/department.
  • Develops and maintains regular working relations with top level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of Member States and partners.
  • Ensures the organization of coordination meetings between the organisation and other relevant directorate/department.
  • Ensures the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and annual financial statements and other reports.
  • Oversees the collection of contributed funds to the Directorate/department.
  • Initiates and takes necessary actions to collect funds of and for the African Union as a whole.
  • Proposes training programmes relating to programme designing and coordination.
  • Promotes awareness and training of best practices in area of expertise.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Advises the Commission and AU Organs on legal matters;
  • Provides legal opinions relating to the interpretation of all Protocols, Rules and Regulations of the AU, as well as, other legal instruments;
  • Provides legal counsel to the Chairperson of the Commission, in discharging his/her functions as Depository of all the treaties as well as all other legal instruments of the Union and in keeping copies of international agreements signed between Member States
  • Assesses the legal implications of the activities and decisions of all deliberative, advisory and administrative bodies, and to participate in the meetings of these bodies;
  • Oversees the drafting of contracts; host agreements, cooperation agreements and Rules of Procedure of the various organs, treaties, and other legal instruments as well as the preparation of election documents including materials for elections at the level of the Executive Council and the Assembly;
  • Represents the Commission and all organs of the AU in judicial proceedings, negotiations or other procedures for the conclusion of agreements or the settlement of disputes;
  • Ensures the smooth functioning of, and represents the Chairperson in the Administrative Tribunal;
  • Conducts follow up on issues concerning the implementation of Headquarters and Host Agreements;
  • Ensures that the privileges and immunities of the Commission and its staff and representatives accredited to it are assured, respected and protected as provided for in the Headquarters Agreements and the General Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the AU;
  • Follows-up on issues relating to international legal matters;
  • Ensures that the legal interaction between the Organs of the Union and Member States, other Organisations, individuals and other legal entities are regulated in such a manner that the interests of the AU are safeguarded;
  • Oversees investigations and preparation of reports on special legal problems;
  • Ensures the overall management of the Office including the preparation of programmes and budgets and their effective implementation,
  • Manages and supervises the performance of subordinate staff
  • Coordinates all the legal officers deployed in AU organs and Institutions
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Public or Private International Law and / or the Law of International organizations with 15 years of postgraduate work experience of which a minimum of 8 years is expected to be from managerial level.
  • Experience within International and/or multilateral organisations is required, and dealing with international negotiation and diplomatic matters will be an added advantage.

Required Skills:

  • Leadership and management skills
  • Communication, report writing and presentation skills
  • Inter personal and negotiation skills
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Knowledge in the international laws and practices
  • Knowledge and operational understanding of the policies, systems and programmes of the AU
  • Knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, and Arabic); fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage).

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Focus
  • Developing Organizational Capability
  • Change Leadership
  • Strategic Risk Management

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnerships
  • Drives Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Effective Communication

Functional Competencies:

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  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Fosters Innovation

Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Remuneration

  • Indicative basic salary of US$ 78,138.00 (D1 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 26,208.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
2nd May, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Director – Peace Fund Secretariat

Requisition ID: 1088
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Chairperson of the Commission
Directorate: Peace Fund Secretariat
Number of Direct Reports: 9
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: D1
Contract  Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • To provide strategic and technical leadership for the effective management and operations of the Peace Fund secretariat at the African Union.

Main Functions

  • Ensures that the work programme and annual budget of the Peace Fund are developed and submits to the Executive Management Committee for review prior to submission to the Board of Trustees.
  • Ensures the provision of a secretarial function for the Peace Fund Board of Trustees.
  • Ensures that the operating rules and procedures of the Secretariat and the Peace Fund are developed and maintained.
  • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all divisions.
  • Leads the Secretariat and ensures effective      management of personnel, budget, performance, quality, employees relations matters and training in conformity with relevant applicable rules and procedures.
  • Determines, develops and executes the overall strategy of the Peace Fund and ensures alignment with Commission-wide approach.
  • Consults with the relevant Peace and Security AU organs to ensure alignment with Peace Fund projects and priorities.
  • Designs and develops a business continuity plan to address unforeseen circumstances.
  • Develops and oversees policy development and guidelines according to the AU’s legal framework and goals.
  • Manages risks and recommends mitigation strategies.
  • Prepares and oversees integrated programmes projects of overall activities of the Peace Fund.
  • Builds and maintains a strategic plan to form good working relations with other directorates/departments.
  • Develops and maintains regular working relations with top level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of Member States and partners.
  • Ensures the organisation of meetings between the Peace Fund stakeholders and other relevant partners.
  • Ensures the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and other reports.
  • Oversees the collection of contributed funds to the Peace Fund.
  • Initiates and takes necessary actions to collect funds of and for the Peace Fund.
  • Proposes training programmes relating to programme designing and coordination.
  • Promotes awareness and training of best practices in area of expertise.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Sets the vision and priorities of the Peace Fund through translation of the aspirations of the AU Agenda 2063 into concrete implementable programmes.
  • Determines annual performance targets for the Peace Fund and reports on progress to the Board of Trustees and the Executive Management Committee.
  • Provides regular reports to the Chairperson of the Commission on portfolio delivery.
  • Conducts regular engagement and collaboration with, and timely reporting to the PRC and respective subcommittees.
  • Drives the implementation of the AU Institutional Reform Agenda as part of the senior leadership team.
  • Leads partnership negotiations and resource mobilisation with Strategic Partners to finance the Peace Fund’s programmes and priorities.
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Commission’s programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent.
  • Supervises Peace Fund staff and inspires high performance and delivery across the portfolio.
  • Develops and implements strategies that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Peace Fund.
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships between the Secretariat and the Fund’s stakeholders, namely other departments and organs of the African Union, the Executive Management Committee, Advisory Panel, Board of Trustees, AU Member States, International Co-operating Partners and any other contributors to the Peace Fund.
  • Ensures that the Independent Evaluation Group receives the requisite support from the Peace Fund and its stakeholders to fulfil its mandate without undue hindrance.
  • Promotes collaboration and co-operation between the Peace Fund’s stakeholders and ensures that their interests, aims and expectations are embraced in decision-making processes.
  • Leads the Secretariat’s efforts to support the governing structures of the Peace Fund.
  • Isolates and resolves administrative bottlenecks in progress reports from officers, managers and other governance structures of the Peace Fund.
  • Co-ordinates the Secretariat’s interactions with the Fund Manager and oversees      implementation of accountability mechanisms for the Fund Manager.
  • Recruits and retains professional staff for the Secretariat, ensuring that selection is open, transparent and based on merit, taking into account geographic and gender balance, in accordance with the organisational structure and administrative budget approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Leads the Secretariat’s team of professionals, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Peace Fund to ensure effective and efficient financial management, sustainable resource mobilisation, and effective monitoring and evaluation.
  • Manages and develops staff to maximise performance and promote an inclusive and healthy working environment by: (i) providing regular and structured performance feedback to Secretariat staff, (ii) identifying capacity development needs and supporting interventions for improving Secretariat staff’s capacity to deliver on the Peace Fund’s objectives.
  • Oversees the preparation of the Peace Fund’s annual work plans and budgets.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Conflict Studies, Public Policy, Masters in Business Administration, Finance, Management, or closely related fields from a recognised institution.
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years of relevant professional experience with at least eight (8) years served in a managerial role and five (5) years at supervisory level, preferably in global or regional multilateral institutions, or within national governments.

Required Skills:

  • Leadership and management skills
  • Negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Research and Analytical skills
  • Communication, report writing and presentation skills
  • Knowledge in the use of Microsoft office suite
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Focus
  • Developing Organizational Capability
  • Change Leadership
  • Strategic Risk Management

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnerships
  • Drives Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Fosters Innovation

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period.
  • Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$78,138.00 (D1 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 26,208.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
2nd May, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Note: Only shortlisted candidate will be invited for interview

 

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