2023 Internship Program at African Union (AU)

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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 Organization of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).

The main objectives of the OAU were to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity amongst African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation.

Applications are invited from interested and qualified candidates to apply for the 2023 Internship Program at African Union (AU).

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Internship Program

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:

The program aims to expose participants to the workings of the AU at an early stage of their professional career and strengthen their personal and professional skills. It provides an avenue for participants to gain hands-on experience in various applicable fields, while learning in an intercultural environment.  The AU will further gain support from participants who possess adequate knowledge and skills in relevant areas and serve as a potential grooming ground for future African Leaders.

Focus Area

In general, interns assist in providing administrative and technical support for effective implementation of African Union programmes, projects and activities in its below Department/Directorates: 

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  • Cabinet of the Deputy Chairperson
  • Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (ARBE)
  • Economic Development, Trade, Industry, Mining (ETIM)
  • Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI)
  • Infrastructure and Energy (IE)
  • Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS)
  • Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS)
  • Human Resources Management (HRM)
  • Operations Support Services
  • Management Information Systems Division
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Conference Management and Publications (CMP)
  • Office for Safety and Security Services
  • Citizens and Diaspora (CIDO)
  • Medical and Health Services
  • Financial Control Unit
  • Office of Strategic Planning and Delivery
  • Office of Internal Oversight (OIO)
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Ethics, Integrity and Standards
  • Office of the Secretary to the Commission
  • Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC)
  • Office of Protocol
  • Partnership and Resource Mobilization
  • Women, Gender and Youth (WGY)
  • Information and Communication
  • Peace Fund Secretariat
  • New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Actively enrolled in at least the final year of a Bachelor’s degree program OR
  • Must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree or an advanced/ post graduate (Masters) qualification in a related academic field; 
  • Be nationals of a Member State of the African Union.
  • Be full time students currently enrolled in the final year of their Bachelors or graduate school program.
  • Be fluent in at least one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French or Portuguese).
  • Be no more than thirty-two (32) years of age at the time of selection.
  • Possess the highest standard of moral conduct and integrity.
  • Have not been convicted of any serious criminal offence excluding minor traffic offences.  
  • Prior work experience is not required for the internship positions.

Terms and Conditions

  • The AU will have no financial obligation towards interns – travel arrangements and cost of accommodation and living expenses will be the responsibility of the interns. 
  • AU will use reasonable efforts to assist the interns in obtaining their entry and residence visas.
  • Interns will not be entitled to any compensation for travel. 
  • The internship will be authorized only once for three (3) month renewable one time for any candidate
  • Interns are not entitled to medical travel or medical evacuation to and from the internship location at the expenses of the Commission. Interns shall therefore have an individual insurance coverage throughout the duration of the internship.

Required Skills

  • Proficient computer skills (MS Word, Excel and Power Point)
  • Proficiency with e-mail and internet applications, 
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Proficiency in one of the AU officials working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish, Kiswahili) and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage

Core Competencies

  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Be committed to work
  • Ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment
  • Possess the highest standard of moral conduct and integrity


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Head, Sustainable Environment Division

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Job Description:

Directs and manages the daily operations of the Sustainable Environment Division in order to achieve the strategic objectives of the directorate and the AU’s overall goals.

Main Functions

  • Manages the work of the Division and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance as per organization’s performance management policy and system;
  • Designs strategies and policies consistent with the Department’s goal in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area;
  • Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures implementation at Division level;
  • Manages risk within the Division and recommends mitigation strategies;
  • Designs and plans policy programs to achieve the strategies;
  • Develops new and review activities as components of the strategies and policies;
  • Addresses problems in arising to current approaches to relevant area;
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and RECs in designing and implementing strategies;
  • Represents the organisation and explains its position at conferences; 
  • Mobilises funding from all donors to use to execute strategies and activities;
  • Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at Division level;
  • Creates an inspiring work environment to enable staff development and professional progression.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leads the technical development of continental policies and programmes in blue economy;
  • Initiates and develops policies, strategies and programmers that contribute to the goals of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment consistent with AUC vision and mandates;
  • Provides support for the implementation of policies, strategies and programs in terms of advocacy, coordination and guidance that contribute to effective implementation of relevant AU decision on matters related Sustainable Environment; 
  • Provides overall guidance and management for the human, financial and material resources of the Sustainable Environment Division;
  • Liaises with other departments of the AU Commission as well as RECs, Member States and other relevant stakeholders to identify and promote synergies across initiatives and to ensure a coordinated development and implementation of such initiatives. 
  • Builds and strengthens strategic partnerships to harness technical and financial resources necessary for effective implementation of policies, strategies and programs on Sustainable Environment;
  • Creates and strengthens various forums for stakeholders’ consultations, exchange of experiences, lessons, and capacity building; and represent the AUC in such forums. 
  • Prepares periodic reports on implementation of programs of the Division;
  • Represents the Directorate of Sustainable Environment and Blue Economy in AU missions as well as in taskforces/committees and meetings on matters of Sustainable Environment; 
  • Provides support to the Director of Sustainable Environment and Blue Economy in preparing statements, proposals, reports and other relevant tasks on Sustainable Environment;
  • Leads the development and implementation of Strategic initiatives and programs to contribute towards the achievement of AU/ARBE mandates, roles and strategies;
  • Oversees the development of mechanisms to enhance capacity for evidence based planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Oversees strengthening capacity in terms of skills development, and streamlined/enhanced organizations, networks, and s stems;
  • Oversees and strengthens partnerships with relevant development institutions and stakeholders 
  • Leads strategy for advocacy, and broadening support for initiatives, and resources mobilization for implementation of the programs
  • Ensures effective and efficient management of human, financial and material resources at the disposal of the Division of Sustainable Environment;
  • Performs any other related duties as assigned by the Director of Sustainable Environment and Blue Economy.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in Sustainable Development, Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Fisheries Management or related fields with 12 (twelve) years of relevant work experience working in progressively responsible positions, with 7 (seven) years of at managerial level and 5 (five) years at supervisory level. 
  • Experience working in a national or an international organization dealing with relevant sub-sectors under Sustainable Environment issues.
  • Experience working in an international organization dealing with Environmental issues.

Required Skills

  • Leadership and management skills 
  • Interpersonal and Negotiation skills 
  • Analytical and research skills 
  • Planning and organizational skills 
  • Knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office suite and AU computer systems 
  • Communication, report writing and presentation skills 
  • Ability to work in teams and in a multi-cultural environment 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the policies, strategies and programmes of AU
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (English, French, Arabic and Portuguese) is a must. Knowledge of one or all of the other working languages would be an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies

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

Core Competencies

  • Building Partnership:
  • Drives Accountability Culture:
  • Learning Orientation:
  • Communicating with impact:

Functional Competencies

  • Conceptual thinking:
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing:
  • Drive for result:
  • Fosters Innovation

REMUNERATION:

Indicative basic salary of US$ 50,746.00 (P5 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.


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Senior Salary and Benefits Officer

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Job Description:

To provide technical support for the effective management of staff compensation and benefits and data validation of payroll processing to achieve the objectives of the AU. 

Main Functions

  • Provides technical support in the preparation and Implementation of programmes developed out of the Division’s strategic plan
  • Ensures effective coordination and implementation of staff compensation and benefits at various levels
  • Liaises with relevant stakeholders on staff compensation and benefits related matters
  • Prepares and develops reports, budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Division
  • Provides support to develop resource mobilization strategy with stakeholders’ coordination
  • Manages, supervises, coaches and monitors performance of Supervisees by ensuing timely performance evaluation and compliance to the appraisal phases
  • Conducts complex analysis and generates accurate reports in a timely manner for the Division and AU’s internal use.
  • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes

Specific Responsibilities

  • Implements, monitors, and updates staff pay and benefits policies to keep them competitive and legally compliant.
  • Continually reviews current wage rates and Staff regulations and rules changes, and competitor’s compensation programs.
  • Streamlines compensation policies, programs, and procedures with the AU’s HR vision and overarching objectives. 
  • Provides advice to the management on salary and compensation in line with statutory requirements as well as the AU’s philosophy and guidelines.
  • Participates in the compensation and rewards strategies that attract and retain talent.
  • Performs salary reviews based on sector specific benchmarking to submit it to policy organs and ensure competitiveness.
  • Oversees and periodically reviews the administration of benefits.
  • Participates in and/or leads projects focused on continuous improvement.
  • Ensures the timely process of the payroll
  • Coordinates the provision of staff welfare (e.g., insurance, medical services, pensions) of local and international staff
  • Provides advice and support to staff on welfare, benefits and entitlements related matters 
  • Oversees and ensures well-functioning and timely service delivery of the compensation and Benefits Unit.
  • Provides advice and support to managers and staff on welfare, entitlement and benefits matters.
  • Serves as main point of contact with external suppliers (i.e., insurance companies)  
  • Monitors the current staff compensation schemes proper application and evaluates the schemes to ensure value for money services as well as competitiveness of proposed scheme in comparison to the current market.
  • Provides support for the evaluation of pension and insurance schemes Assist in the promotion of awareness of pension and its regulations;
  • Develops or reviews the Education Allowance Policy to provide guidance while insuring adherence to the Staff Regulations and Rules.
  • Ensures timely review of salary, allowances and benefits through engagement of consultancy firm and provision of necessary information and data.
  • Provides support for the development, review and issuance of standard operating procedures and training programs.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Master’s Degree in Human Resources management, Financial Management or Accounting with at least 7 years progressively responsible experience in payroll administration out of which 3 years at supervisory role in similar international organization. or
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources management, Financial Management or accounting with at least 10 years progressively responsible experience in payroll administration out of which 3 years at supervisory role in similar international organization.  
  • Professional certification in finance related qualifications from a recognized institution will be an added value.
  • Sound knowledge of IPSAS and ability to use SAP HCM module is mandatory.
  • At least 7 years of experience in processing payroll in a large international organization with 500+ employees base is mandatory;
  • Professional certification from recognized HR institutions such as SHRM-CP, CIPD or equivalent are desirable.  
  • Professional certification from recognized accounting institutions such as ACCA or equivalent are desirable

Required Skills

  • Management and supervisory Skills 
  • Interpersonal and negotiation skills 
  • Change management and strategic thinking skills
  • Planning and organizational skills 
  • Research and analytical skills 
  • Ability to work in teams and in a multicultural environment 
  • Knowledge and working understanding of Microsoft office suite and AU software  
  • Knowledge and working understanding of AU policies, processes and standards 
  • Report writing, communication and presentation skills 
  • Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic) and  fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic Insight…
  • Developing others ….
  • Change Management….
  • Managing Risk…

Core Competencies

  • Building Relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture….
  • Learning Orientation 
  • Communicating with Influence…

Functional Competencies

  • Conceptual thinking 
  • Job Knowledge and Information Sharing 
  • Drive for result…
  • Continuous Improvement Orientation 

REMUNERATION:

Indicative basic salary of US$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$  22,932.00 (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.


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Deadline: March 15, 2023

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