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Job Opportunities at the 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 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.

Interested and qualified candidate for the job opportunities at the African Union (AU) should read the details below.

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • Provide support to the Senior Legal Officers responsible for protection activities in all the stages involved in complaints handling and provide technical assistance to Commissioners in the execution of their protection mandate

Main Functions

  • Complain handling on assigned Communications
  • Contributes to the development of policies and strategies 
  • Coordinates the implementation of programmes and plans of special mechanism  under the ACHPR 
  • Liaise with stakeholders including Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), etc on relevant matters.
  • Provides support in the development of special mechanisms Strategies in line with the approved Strategic Plan
  • Undertakes monitoring activities and delivers periodic reports on time
  • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes 
  • Conducts analysis and generates accurate reports in a timely manner for the ACHPR’s internal use
  • Assists in setting the overall research direction of a relevant policy area
  • Is responsible for the delegation and execution of defined research areas
  • Participates in the organisation of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders.
  • Drafts reports and participates in the preparation of budget and work programmes related to the Unit
  • Provides technical support to internal and external stakeholders.

Specific Responsibilities
Working under the Senior Legal Officer -Protection, provides support in the following areas: 

  • Create awareness regarding the Communications procedure;
  • Monitor human rights situation in Africa and provide regular feedback and updates on the human rights situation in Africa;
  • Undertake research into the legal issues raised in the various communications and the provisions of the Charter;
  • Contribute articles to the African Commission’s Review and Newsletter;
  • Draft resolutions and recommendations on Communications, cover the sessions and meetings of the African Commission and prepare the reports;
  • Provides support to the Special Rapporteurs and the Working Groups in discharging their responsibilities, and follow-up on recommendations
  • Drafts urgent Appeals, Advisory notes, Guidelines, Information notes, Position/Conference/Meeting papers for the Commissioners
  • Provides technical backstopping to Special Mechanisms through research and documentation
  • Provides interface with, and logistical support for interaction with Member States, Regional Economic Communities, organs of the AU  and other stakeholders
  • Formulates  principles and rules aimed at solving human rights issues arising in the thematic areas covered by the various Special Mechanisms
  • Manages requests by member states for information and support
  • Contributes to legal or policy analyses and publications
  • Promotes the integration of legal work across the regional programs and particularly in the regional offices
  • Develops and implements capacity building and training programs
  • Contributes to standard-setting, through participating in meetings, drafting work and promoting international standards
  • Participates in the organization of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders
  • Performs any other relevant duties as may be directed or required.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Must hold Master’s Degree in Law from an accredited university with a minimum of two (2) years’ relevant work experience

OR 

  • Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Law from an accredited university with a minimum of five (5) years’ relevant work experience.

Required Skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to work across business units / geographies; cultural sensitive environment 
  • Proficiency in one of the AU Official working Language is the Requirement  
  • Knowledge of any one of the other AU officials working languages will be considered as an advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Change Management.
  • Managing Risk.

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration.
  • Accountability awareness and Compliance.
  • Learning Orientation.
  • Communicating with Influence.

Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical thinking and problem solving.
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing.
  • Drive for result.
  • Continuous improvement focus.

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$  31,073.00 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$  15,897.60  (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.

Head of Division, Transport and Mobility

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • To provide overall supervision and management of the Division as well as the design of strategies and policies to achieve the strategic objectives of the Department and the AU’s overall goals.

Main Functions

  • Designs and implements policies, programmes and projects to achieve the department’s strategic objectives and relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions;
  • Formulates strategies for implementing priority programmes under the transport and mobility sector.
  • Coordinates the implementation of continental transport and mobility policies, strategies and action plans in close collaboration with AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other Continental and International organizations.
  • Coordinate and conduct research, studies and analysis of African transport and mobility sector on issues of interest to African Member States, RECs and others regional and continental African institutions.
  • Advise the Director of Infrastructure and Energy on trends and developments in the transport and mobility sector and recommend appropriate courses of action.
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States, RECs and other Regional Mechanisms, Pan African institutions and relevant international organisations in designing and implementing transport and mobility strategies;
  • Coordinates the implementation of the two AU Agenda 2063 flagship projects under the mandate of the Division i.e. Africa Integrated High Speed Rail Network (AIHSRN) and Establishment of a Single African Air-Transport Market (SAATM)
  • Supervises and manages the employees of the division with regard to organisation and performance evaluation.
  • Manages the work of the Division and supervises direct reports to ensure the effective performance of the Transport and Mobility Division team and provide direction, regular feedback, coaching and mentoring paying appropriate attention to the personal and professional development of the staff in line with the organization’s performance management policy and systems;
  • Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensure implementation at division level.
  • Ensures risk management and mitigation.
  • Represents the organisation at workshops, conferences, meetings and seminars and provide guidance on transport and mobility issues related to Africa and the department’s work.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with regional and international institutions which include fund mobilization, developing and implementing regional joint programmes and activities for improving the African transport and mobility sector.
  • Prepare periodic reports on Transport and Mobility Division’s activities and programmes and contribute to the preparation of the department’s report and other monitoring and reporting obligations.
  • Builds and maintains good working relations and collaboration with other Divisions.
  • Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level.
  • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Ensures development and implementation the Transport and Mobility Division’s programmes including policies, strategies and action plans.
  • Manage the Transport and Mobility Division team’ performance and provide technical and administration leadership and professional development of the staff.
  • Supervises and guides the work of staff working on transport and mobility division;
  • Coordinates the formulation and implementation of policies covering all aspects of intra-African and international cooperation in the transport and mobility sector within the context of decisions of the AU Policy Organs; 
  • Initiates and coordinates the work of the specialized technical committees and sub-committees on transport and mobility sector; 
  • Undertakes and monitors, supervises and evaluates projects in the transport and Mobility sectors; 
  • Establishes working relations with the RECs and other regional and international organizations in the transport and mobility industries; 
  • Coordinates the organization and servicing of workshops, seminars and meetings of Member States on sectoral matters; 
  • Designs and plans policy program on Transport and mobility sector to achieve the continental strategy: 
  • Coordinates air transport, maritime transport, road and railway planning policy program and strategies at the regional and continental level;
  • Coordinates strategic urban mobility planning in the regional and continental transport connectivity;
  • Coordinates the monitoring and preparation of periodic reports on developments in the transport and Mobility and connectivity; 
  • Coordinates and facilitates studies and research papers and policy documents on the improvement of transport and infrastructure and sustainable development on air, road, railway and maritime transport: 
  • Monitors and evaluates strategic master plans, Charters in the transport subsectors in order to determine and prioritize development projects within the framework of the AU Agenda 2063.
  • Coordinates seminars, programs, training in transport and mobility policy, in order to ensure a sustainable transport, infrastructure and services at regional and continental level taking into account rural areas;
  • Coordinates the preparation and management of the programme budget for the transport and mobility sectors;
  • Develops a continental database on air transport, road, maritime transport and railway
  • Works closely with key partners, Institutions and donors such as: AfDB EU, UNECA, GIZ, SSATP, World bank, 
  • Develops key performance indicators to ensure the implementation of transport and mobility policies;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • A Master’s Degree in Economics, Engineering in the fields of transport with twelve (12) years of relevant work experience of which seven (7) years should have been served at managerial level and five (5) years at supervisory level.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to initiate and promote collaborative approaches between geographically and culturally disparate partners.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations both internally and externally.
  • Ability to develop and delegate clear program goals, plans and actions, including budgets, that are consistent with agreed strategies.
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic, Kiswahili 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 result
  • 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.

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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Head Division of Intellectual Property Rights - IPR (AfCFTA)

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • The role would be to have oversight, set policy direction for the development of the Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights, and formulate the strategy for the subsequent implementation of the Protocol, and to provide leadership for effective management and technical efficiency within the Intellectual Property Rights Division at the AfCFTA Secretariat.

Main Functions

  • Oversight, design strategy and programme management of the development, negotiation and implementation of the AfCFTA Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights negotiations;
  • Lead the design and management of strategies and policies for the operations of the Intellectual Property Rights Division in order to align with and achieve the overall objectives of the Directorate and the AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • Ensure the Division makes inputs into policy formulation in line with Intellectual Property Rights and integration strategies of the AfCFTA;
  • Represent the AfCFTA Secretariat at meetings, conferences, seminars and etc;
  • Engage stakeholders within State Parties and RECs in designing strategies for the implementation of the Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights;
  • Lead the preparation of the annual action plan and its corresponding resources for the Division;
  • Supervise staff of the Division with regard to organisation and performance evaluation.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and direct the strategic planning, organisation and services of the AfCFTA Secretariat and Division in the area of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Supervise staff within the Division to ensure timely achievement of objectives of the Division and effective performance evaluation
  • Ensure the achievement of the Division’s annual goals in line with the Directorate’s overall objectives and goals
  • Liaise with other divisions at the AfCFTA Secretariat on issues pertinent to Intellectual Property Rights within the AfCFTA or on any issues necessary to enhance the effective and efficient functioning of the Division
  • Contribute to the preparation of periodic financial and budgetary implementation reports and monitors budget implementation at the Division level
  • Coordinate and supervise the initiation and development of policies, programmes and projects aimed at achieving the Directorate’s objectives for the negotiation and/or implementation of the Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights
  • Provide primary administrative and technical support and capacity building to State Parties and non-State Parties in the negotiation and/or implementation of the Protocol on Intellectual Property Rights and its associated legal instruments
  • Coordinate and supervise the preparation of technical reports, publications, analysis, and policy papers on issues pertaining to or affecting Intellectual Property Rights under the AfCFTA, in particular, working closely with State Parties, RECs and other key partner institutions
  • Provide policy advice, strong intellectual guidance and direction on Intellectual Property Rights issues within the AfCFTA
  • Coordinate the preparation of presentations, speeches and regular briefs on Intellectual Property Rights for the senior staff, and ensure sound and timely monitoring and reporting
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure the effective functioning and performance of officers within the Division
  • Performs any other duties that may be assigned and/or required by the Director.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Master’s Degree in Economics, International Trade, International Relations, International Law, Intellectual Property Rights related disciplines, and/or related areas with twelve (12) years of relevant experience at increasingly senior levels in trade or Intellectual Property Rights related area, five (5) of these years should be at senior management level and three (3) should involve a supervisory role.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations both internally and externally
  • Ability to develop and delegate clear program goals, plans and actions, that are consistent with agreed strategies
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development 
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff
  • High degree of independence, maturity and initiative
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize work 
  • Ability to handle challenging questions and difficult stakeholders
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize work 
  • Be flexible, adaptable and open to change
  • Proficiency in one of the AU officials 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.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$  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.

Senior Legal Officer - Special Mechanisms (ACHPR)

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • To coordinate, promote and provide technical backstopping for the activities of Special Mechanisms, and to monitor and report to the Commission on the human rights situation relating to the different Special Mechanisms.

Main Functions

  • Contributes to the development of policies and strategies
  • Coordinates the implementation of programmes and plans of special mechanism  under the ACHPR
  • Liaise with stakeholders including Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), etc on relevant matters.
  • Provides support in the development of special mechanisms Strategies in line with the approved Strategic Plan
  • Prepares the annual work plans for the Unit
  • Undertakes monitoring activities and delivers periodic reports on time
  • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes
  • Provides technical support for the development of resource mobilization strategy;
  • Conducts analysis and generates accurate reports in a timely manner for the ACHPR’s internal use
  • Assists in setting the overall research direction of a relevant policy area
  • Is responsible for the delegation and execution of defined research areas
  • Participates in the organisation of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders.
  • Drafts reports and participates in the preparation of budget and work programmes related to the Unit
  • Provides technical support to internal and external stakeholders
  • Manage and supervise employees under his/her supervision with regard to organization and performance evaluation.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Working under the Deputy Secretary, provides support in the following areas:
  • Provides support to the Special Rapporteurs and the Working Groups in discharging their responsibilities, and follow-up on recommendations
  • Drafts urgent Appeals, Advisory notes, Guidelines, Information notes, Position/Conference/Meeting papers for the Commissioners
  • Provides technical backstopping to Special Mechanisms through research and documentation
  • Provides interface with, and logistical support for interaction with Member States, Regional Economic Communities, organs of the AU  and other stakeholders
  • Formulates  principles and rules aimed at solving human rights issues arising in the thematic areas covered by the various Special Mechanisms
  • Manages requests by member states for information and support
  • Contributes to legal or policy analyses and publications
  • Promotes the integration of legal work across the regional programs and particularly in the regional offices
  • Develops and implements capacity building and training programs
  • Contributes to standard-setting, through participating in meetings, drafting work and promoting international standards
  • Participates in the organization of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders
  • Performs any other relevant duties as may be directed or required
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Must hold Master’s Degree in Law from an accredited university with seven (7) years’ experience within a human rights framework, preferably in a regional, continental or international organisation, with three (3) at  supervisory level.

    OR

  • Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from an accredited university with ten (10) years’ experience out of which three (3) years should be at supervisory level, in a similar role and within a human rights framework, preferably in a regional, continental or international organisation.
  • Any other qualification in the area of human rights law or a member of the professional body would be an advantage

Required Skills:

  • An in-depth understanding of the African human rights system and of comparative or international human rights law
  • Knowledge of the African Union policies and procedures
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to prepare legal submissions and opinions
  • Concentration, accuracy, and ability to work under minimum supervision and under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to organize and work under pressure in a multi-cultural environment
  • Good communication and planning skills
  • Respect for confidentiality and good public relations
  • Demonstrable knowledge of international organizations
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work across business units / geographies; culturally sensitive environment
  • Proficiency in Arabic Language will be preferred
  • Knowledge of any one of the other AU official working languages will be considered as an advantage (French, English, Swahili, Spanish, Portuguese).

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationships
  • Accountable and Complies with Rules
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous improvement orientation

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$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$  15,897.60   (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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Security Officer (AfCFTA)

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • Ensure the security of the AfCFTA Assets and also the security and safety of all the officials, staffs and delegates working or visiting the AfCFTA Secretariat

Main Functions

  • Coordinate with the host country all security aspects of the AfCFTA
  • Monitor the state of security at local, national and regional level and inform the management
  • Ensure the security of all assets and proprieties of the organisation
  • Manage the safety and security of the officials, staffs and delegates

Specific Responsibilities

  • Monitor and research on the state of the security.
  • Monitor the state of security preparedness.
  • Update “security information system”
  • Establish regular contacts taking reports and analyzing developments regarding security.
  • Research current collateral security information from media, from the field and other sources on a daily basis.
  • Analyze accumulated information and maintain a continuous picture of evolving local, national and regional events affecting the security of staff 
  • Monitor predictive indicators and early warning type information.
  • Identify security, crime, political and military trends that would increase risk to staff.
  • Coordinate the draft of periodic and incidental reports.
  • Supervise the draft of a daily security developments report.
  • Prepare first draft briefs, notes, reports, studies and recommendation on critical issues of interest to senior management decision-making.
  • Follow up on the accumulation of data input for period trend reports.
  • Review first draft after-action reports following all incidents.
  • Monitor security-related preparedness and compliance of the organ.
  • Monitor the security planning and preparedness.
  • Determine if the appropriate equipment and resources are on hand to implement a Security Plan, particularly vehicles and emergency communication systems.
  • Check that the information contained in Security Plan has been properly distributed to all staff and that key individuals are aware of and capable of performing all required actions.
  • Undertake or participate in security missions, as required, including high risk, to perform security assessments.
  • Perform any other duties as directed by supervisor(s)
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Security Studies or related studies and Police or Military Studies with 5 years’ relevant experience.

Or

  • Master’s Degree in Security Studies or related studies with 2 years experience.
    Supervisory experience not mandatory but an added advantage

Required Skills:

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently to meet critical and competing deadlines (multi-tasking), to produce high quality work in short timeframes.
  • Excellent interpersonal/teamwork skills.
  • Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of common computer applications and systems.
  • Excellent drafting, reporting, communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong program/project management skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizing skills.
  • Ability to liaise with a diverse range of people and stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages. Proficiency of two or more of the other working language(s) would be an added value.
  • Applicants must be proficient in one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish). Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage. 

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration..
  • Accountable and Complies with Rules..
  • Learning Orientation

Functional Competencies:

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

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$31,073.00 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 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.

Senior Public Relations and Information Officer (ACHPR)

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • To ensure that the public is properly informed of the work of the Commission and that the message and work of the Commission is properly communicated to the outside world. 

Main Functions

  • Provide strategic guidance on the communication activities of ACHPR including coordination, advocacy and communication strategies, planning and implementation 
  • Provide technical and intellectual support in the management of various elements related to the area of expertise
  • Provide advocacy, communication and social mobilization support to ACHPR projects and activities to promote Information sharing and Communication.
  • Identify best practices and monitor effectiveness of the Office’s support to AU.
  • Assist in the development of the strategies and business continuity plan and contribute to their implementation
  • Contribute to development of guidelines, policies and manuals that can guide programmes, system improvement initiatives and overall decision making by higher management in the respective area of expertise.
  • Provide support to the implementation of initiatives related to area of specialization;
  • Assist in the organization of thematic networks, make contributions during consultations and meetings 
  • Contribute in development of materials and provide necessary training and support to Organization Units as required.
  • Provide technical guidance on matters relating to system review and implementation project in area of specialization, as required.
  • Provide leadership guidance to the ICT Officer and Documentation Officer 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Working under the Executive Secretary to the Commission, Leads in the following areas: 
  • Increase awareness and raise the visibility of ACHPR in the media, thereby positioning the Organization to be recognized as the key Human Rights Organ of the African Union.
  • Position ACHPR as a central actor in national public opinion, developing a close relationship with the media, through its editors, journalists and columnists, among others, so ACHPR activities have continental and global visibility.
  • Promote the organization’s mandate and areas of work guided by the ACHPR’s Strategic Plan and Communications Strategy.
  • Foster greater information and knowledge exchange with key stakeholders, State Parties, NHRI’s and NGOs and Civil Society in the Human Rights sector.
  • Participate in workshops, meetings, trainings scheduled and conducted by the ACHPR or its stakeholders and prepare communication products on same, as appropriate
  • Ensure regular communication and updates with the National Correspondents on the continent to promote the activities of the ACHPR.
  • Reinforce the internal communication of the ACHPR, including conducting or organising communications related training for staff, as relevant
  • Prepare communication material such as press releases and social media posts on ACHPR’s work on the continent to disseminate in the media and social media platforms
  • Manage the ACHPR’s Social Media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) and develop and solicit content from Legal Officers and Commissioners as necessary to update posts in the accounts.
  • Ensure the website of the ACHPR by updating with all relevant articles and press releases generated 
  • Develop and publish monthly, quarterly or biannual newsletter covering important news, activities and updates from Commissioners activities.
  • Revise, edit texts and/or documents to be published using relevant ACHPR guidelines
  • Create visual products and design graphic products as needed for the representation using ACHPR guidelines
  • Disseminate results of programs, projects and activities undertaken by Commissioners to relevant partners as requested.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Must hold Master’s Degree in Communications, International Relations, Human Rights, Public Relations, or related field from an accredited university with seven (7) relevant years’ experience within a human rights framework, preferably in a regional, continental or international organisation, with three (3) years at supervisor level.

   OR

  • Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, International Relations, Public Relations, or Journalism from an accredited university with ten (10) years’ experience, out of which three (3) years should be at supervisory level, in a similar role preferably in a regional, continental or international organisation.

Required Skills:

  • Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of common computer applications and systems; Excellent drafting, reporting, communication and presentation skills 
  • Experience in planning and implementing campaigns/strategies, including involving digital communications is required.
  • Prior demonstrated relevant experience in strategic communication, digital content creation and information dissemination
  • Previous work with an international organization preferred
  • Knowledge of the African Union policies and procedures
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to prepare legal submissions and opinions
  • Concentration, accuracy, and ability to work under minimum supervision and under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to organize and work under pressure in a multi-cultural environment
  • Respect for confidentiality and good public relations
  • Demonstrable knowledge of international organizations
  • Ability to work across business units / geographies; culturally sensitive environment 
  • Applicants must be proficient in one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish).
  • Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationship…
  • Foster Accountability Culture…
  • Learning Orientation…
  • Communicating with Influence…

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking…
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing…
  • Drive for result…
  • 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$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 15,897.60 (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 Legal Officer (AfCHPR)

Job Specifications:

 

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Job Description:
  • To provide operational leadership support to the Court on legal issues.

Main Functions

  • Responsible for case management.
  • Reviews briefs and sources submitted by parties.
  • Monitors and reviews the Rules of the Court, practice directions and other internal instruments of the Court.
  • Is focal point for networking activities and organises meetings, seminars, workshops and other promotional activities of the Court.
  • Coordinates the work of other staff.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Carries out legal analysis of judgments and submissions.
  • Prepares the draft minutes, memoranda and decisions of the Court, and where necessary, attends Court sessions.
  • Carries out legal research and prepare presentations in international law in general, legislation and jurisprudence of international courts.
  • Provides legal opinions and makes concrete recommendations on issues concerning the Court.
  • Prepares draft concept notes, work plan, agendas, work programmes for activities of the Court.
  • Performs any other duties as required.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Master’s in Law with at least seven (7) years of relevant professional working experience of which three (3) should be at expert level, preferably in an international organization or in a judicial institution.

OR

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law with at least ten (10) years of relevant professional working experience of which three (3) should be at expert level, preferably in an international organization or in a judicial institution
  • Specialization in public international law will be an added advantage.
  • Perfect command of Portuguese Language is prefered.
  • Knowledge of one or several other African Union working Languages will be an added advantage.

Required Skills:

  • Leadership skills;
  • Knowledge of the African human rights system;
  • Analytical skills and ability to prepare legal submissions, opinions and motions;
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision;
  • Public relations and communication;
  • Capacity to manage a multicultural team;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Drafting and argumentative skills in one of the African Union working languages;
  • Planning and organizational skills;
  • Computer literacy.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationships
  • Accountable and Complies with Rules
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and Information Sharing
  • Drive for Result
  • Continuous improvement orientation

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$  37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (42% of basic salary), a Housing allowance of US$ 19,530.00 (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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