Job Opportunities at the 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.

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

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Job Description:

Purpose of Job

  • The Head of Division for Health Workforce Development at Africa CDC shall lead and coordinate the development of the institution’s health workforce development strategy and guide the continuous skill development, retention, and career paths of staff through various programs and linkage with relevant fields and sectors.

Main Functions

  • Supervises the Health Workforce Development Division, including designing, implementing, and maintaining the division’s workplan, and oversight for all deliverables and reporting.
  • Designs strategies and policies in order to address the pertinent issues related to health workforce development.
  • Contributes to the development of the business continuity plan and ensures its implementation at the Division level.
  • Provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and oversight to the health workforce component of the Africa CDC strategic priorities.
  • Ensures a comprehensive approach to human capacity development and provides programmatic leadership to ensure seamless planning, implementation of activities, and technical support.
  • Oversees the expansion and development of new and existing activities of the Division.
  • Ensures risk management and mitigation for health workforce development related issues.
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in designing and implementing health workforce strategies.
  • Represents the organisation and explains its position at relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Mobilises funds from donors and allocates them towards the implementation of strategies and activities of the Division.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Lead and coordinate the development of Africa CDC public health workforce development strategy and guidance for continuous skill development, retention, and career paths.
  • Strengthen and enhance implementation of the existing health workforce programmes and ensure linkages with animal, agriculture and environmental sectors.
  • Provide direct supervision to health workforce development technical staff in the Division.
  • Lead and coordinate with other partners for standardization and accreditation of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETP) in Africa.
  • Oversee the Africa CDC Scholar, Public Health Leadership, and Fellowship programmes for Africa.
  • Supports operational and translational research capacities relevant for health workforce for public health institutions in Africa.
  • Research new technologies and methodologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health workforce trainings and capacity building.
  • Work with AU Member States that do not have FETP to explore country-specific or regional training programmes that best suit their needs.
  • Oversee the establishment of a continental health workforce database and support the strengthening of National Health Workforce Accounts.
  • Facilitate and strengthen RCCs in promoting inter-country collaboration on health workforce development.
  • Support establishment and strengthening of National Public Health Institutes to coordinate health workforce development using a multi-sectoral approach.
  • Represent Africa CDC in technical meetings, conferences or similar platforms.
  • Prepare periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at Division level.
  • Represent Africa CDC’s scientific interests as a member of a scientific review committee, study group and be part of developing public health scientific policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Support National Public Health Institutes capacity building on health workforce development.
  • Coordinate the delivery of technical services in support of Africa CDC Emergency Response activities as appropriate.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the supervisor.  
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or other closely related fields, with twelve (12) years of work experience of which a minimum of seven (7) and five (5) years of managerial and supervisory roles respectively.
  • Qualifications in leadership development, organizational development, capacity building or any such related fields is desirable.
  • Experience working at national or international public health or academic/research institutions with required, and practical experience in learning and workforce development.

Required Skills:

  • Managerial skills, political tactfulness and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives.
  • 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 identify key strategic opportunities and risks.
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish); fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

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

Tenure of Appointment

  • The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period.
  • Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.

Remuneration
The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of USD126,440.93  (P5 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 108,357.41 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

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Head of Health Economics and Financing (AfCDC)

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Job Description:

Requisition ID: 2156

Purpose of Job

  • The Head of Health Economics and Financing, Africa CDC shall direct and manage the daily operations of the Health Economics and Financing in order to achieve the strategic objectives of the Division and the Africa CDC’s overall goals

Main Functions

  • Supervises staff and manages the work of the Division to ensure their effectiveness in addressing Africa CDC and Member State health economics and financing evidence, capacity and policy needs.
  • Designs strategies and policies to address health economics and financing technical issues relating to the overall work of Africa CDC.
  • Contributes to the development of the business continuity plan and ensures its implementation at division level.
  • Ensures risk management and mitigation.
  • Oversees the expansion and development of new and existing activities of the Division.
  • Addresses challenges relating to current practices in related field or relevant area.
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and RECs in designing and implementing health economics and financing strategies to support decision-making at Member State and regional levels.
  • Represents the organisation and explains its position at conferences.
  • Mobilises funds from donors and allocates them towards the implementation of strategies and activities of the Division.
  • Oversees the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitors budget execution at division level.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Lead the implementation of the Division’s strategy and priority areas of work in alignment with the overall organizational strategy and health economics and financing needs of Member States.
  • Lead and coordinate efforts to support evidence-informed policies by Africa CDC and Member States through evidence generation tailored to the health economics needs of Africa CDC and Member States.
  • Initiate, lead and coordinate relevant activities to establish and promote health economics capacity at all units of Africa CDC and Member States.
  • Initiate, lead and facilitate the use of health economics tools and methods to deliver technical analyses that support priority setting at Africa CDC and Member States.
  • Coordinate delivery of technical assistance to Member States in leveraging health economics evidence for prioritization decisions.  
  • Lead and coordinate engagements with stakeholders (such as academic and research institutions and professional networks) to strengthen capacity for health economics in Member States and across regional levels.
  • Lead and facilitate the identification of health economics needs of Member States and provision of technical assistance for institutionalization of priority setting in Member States.
  • Lead the development of appropriate materials to promote evidence use in policies by Africa CDC and Member States.
  • Identify synergies with other units within the African Union with a focus on health economics and financing and provide technical support where needed.
  • Oversee engagement with partners to mobilize resources to support implementation of strategic roadmap of the Division.
  • Lead and coordinate dissemination of outputs from technical analyses through scientific and policy avenues.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Master’s degree in Health Economics, Health Financing, Public Health, Public Policy, or other closely related fields, with twelve (12) years of work experience of which a minimum of seven (7) and five (5) years of managerial and supervisory exposure.
  • A doctoral degree in the relevant area would be an advantage.
  • Experience working at national or international public health institution is required.
  • Experience in engaging stakeholders and influencing policies, brokering informed consensus, and managing complex bargains among institutions or stakeholders with divergent interests.
  • Experience in conceptualizing and conducting health economics research, evidenced by policy-relevant publications in health economics and financing.
  • Experience in mobilizing resources to support defined evidence generation, capacity strengthening and policy activities

Required Skills:

  • Managerial skills, political tactfulness and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives.
  • 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 identify key strategic opportunities and risks.
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish); fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

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

Tenure of Appointment

  • The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period.
  • Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.

Remuneration
The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of USD126,440.93  (P5 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 108,357.41 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

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Head, Internal Oversight (AfCDC)

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Job Description:

Requisition ID: 2148

Purpose of Job

  • The incumbent is responsible for the overall planning and coordination of activities/projects/programs of the Internal Oversight.
  • He/She shall direct and manage the daily operations of the internal oversight functions of the Africa CDC to achieve the strategic objectives of the Office and the Africa CDC’s overall goals.
  • This includes planning, developing and implementing strategic policies so as to enhance and protect organizational values by providing risk-based and objective assurance, investigations, advice, and insights.

Main Functions

  • Develop and implement the IO’s medium and long-term goals and objectives, and related annual audit and work plans.
  • Define the broad objectives and scope for each audit project / review.
  • Provide guidance and on-the-job trainings to audit staff on technical and administrative matters.
  • Analyze guidelines and standards for internal oversight activities in the course of ensuring consistency of approach and adequacy of practice of subordinate auditors.
  • Evaluate internal control systems and make solid recommendations to promote operational effectiveness and efficiency, reliable financial reporting, and compliance with AU rules, policies and procedures.
  • Present major audit results and recommendations to management.
  • Provide expert advice on financial, administrative, operational matters and/or control systems, procedures and activities as well as key management initiatives.
  • Assist to ensure that IO’s investigation activities are in conformity with the best practices and “Uniform Principles and Guidelines for Investigations” that are periodically endorsed by the Conference of International Investigators.
  • Monitor the status of audit recommendations.
  • Designs strategies and policies in order to address the pertinent issues in risk management and mitigation.
  • Assesses the effectiveness of the Africa CDC business continuity plan and monitor its implementation in the Organisation.
  • Assesses the risk management systems put in place and monitors the mitigation measures across the institution.
  • Oversees the expansion and development of new and existing activities of the Office.
  • Assesses the programmes on engagement of stakeholders within Members States, RECs and partners in designing and implementing risk management and mitigation strategies.
  • Prepares periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitors 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; Develop and maintain operating rules and procedures.
  • Review developed policies and guidelines in accordance with the organizations’ legal framework and monitor their implementation.
  • Manages and supervises employees within the division, to ensure effectiveness and efficiency and timely delivery of the Division’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the activities of multiple teams and resources of the Office of Internal Oversight.
  • Determine the adequacy and effectiveness of established internal control to prevent and/or detect errors and irregularities and determine compliance / conformance with existing controls, best practices and international standards.
  • Provide direction and leadership with respect to all phases of each audit/review.
  • Lead audits/reviews of a sensitive and complex nature;
  • Provide technical updates to the audit teams on new developments in the audit profession.
  • Review working papers and related audit/review communications (e.g., OIO audit reports, investigation reports, activity reports etc.);
  • Liaise on IO audit/investigation matters with Africa CDC directorates, institutions, senior management and operational staff as appropriate.
  • Assist in coordinating with external auditors and establish a data base for all audit recommendations.
  • Assesses and monitor the achievement of organizational objectives, identify and assess risks to ensure achievement of those objectives and recommend mitigation strategies.
  • Assess compliance with policies, laws and regulations.
  • Assists management in the effective discharge of their responsibilities by furnishing them with analyses, appraisal, counsel and audit recommendations on the activities reviewed/audited.
  • Ascertain the integrity and reliability of financial, management and other information provided to Africa CDC leadership and stakeholders, including that used in decision making.
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure efficient functioning of internal oversight function
  • Direct the implementation of the approved annual work plan and the provision of complete, timely, fair, objective, and accurate internal audit and investigation engagement reports to the Director General and other senior managers as appropriate.
  • Develop a risk-based annual audit plan for the Office of Internal Oversight that is flexible and adaptable to the emerging trends and issues in the Africa CDC.
  • Oversee Africa CDC’s portfolio that focuses on key risks and opportunities to strengthen the institution’s governance, risk management, internal controls and value-for-money, using modern internal audit practices in accordance with professional standards, and ensure that the division operates as an innovative, dynamic, diverse and high-performing office that respects diversity, ethics and integrity, and has a strong focus on results.
  • Ascertain that systems of internal control are laid down and operate effectively to promote the economic, efficient, and effective use of resources and to safeguard assets.
  • Assist the organization to accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.
  • Provides an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve the organ’s operations.  
  • Promote awareness and training of best practices in risk management and mitigation.
  • Provide advisory services on various areas related to audit, risk management, effectiveness of internal, operations and administrative controls
  • Ensure that internal audit activities are in conformity with the International Internal Audit Standards
  • Direct performance/value for money audits in order to improve the relevance, impact, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and performance of Africa CDC programmes, projects and methods of operation.
  • Provides secretarial and logistical services for the Audit Committees, as appropriate.
  • Leads an investigation function which examines cases of alleged fraud, misconduct, malfeasance, mismanagement, waste of resources, or other violations of AU’s regulatory framework, directs the operation of secure and confidential channels for receiving reports of alleged misconduct, and ensure that the division’s investigation activities are in conformity with the best practices and principles of investigations;
  • Establish a quality assurance and improvement program that covers all aspects of internal oversight activities, and continuously monitors its effectiveness, including periodic internal and external review and ongoing self-assessments, such as tracking time taken to produce reports.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Master’s degree in Auditing or Accounting or Financial Management or relevant disciplines with twelve (12) years of work experience of which a minimum of seven (7) years must have been served at a managerial level, out of which five need to involve direct supervisory responsibilities.
  • Experience in audit, value for money assurance and investigation in similar international organizations, government or private sector entities, or non-governmental organizations
  • Professional qualifications and certifications such as CIA, CPA, CA, CFE, CISA, ACCA, or equivalent are mandatory.
  • Proven track record in managing programmes, people and resources, and technical leadership.
  • Sound knowledge of general management practices and techniques, including results-based management principles, governance and accountability, use of information and communications technology, and techniques of quality assurance analytics
  • Membership in a relevant professional organization will be an added advantage.

Required Skills:

  • Managerial skills, political tactfulness, and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives.
  • 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 identify key strategic opportunities and risks.
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
  • Strong working knowledge of information technology and its implications for business commerce and managing and controlling business operations.
  • Depth knowledge in generally accepted finance and accounting policies, principles and controls
  • Depth knowledge of accounting theory, auditing standards, investigation guidelines, procedures and related techniques.
  • Knowledge of auditing & investigation information systems and systems designs.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish); fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.
  • Strong business performance management abilities– monitoring the progress of work against schedules, budgets, quality standards, and achieving/exceeding planned economic benefits in a dynamic operating environment.

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

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

Tenure of Appointment

  • The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period.
  • Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.

Head, Institute of Genomics (AfCDC)

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Job Description:

Requisition ID: 2146

Purpose of Job

  • The Head of the Institute of Genomics shall direct and manages the daily operations of the Africa CDC Institute of Genomics to achieve the strategic objectives of the Division and the Africa CDC’s overall goals.
  • The head will provide strategic leadership and guidance for strengthening genome sequencing and bioinformatics capacities and capabilities of Member states and promote the application of genome sequencing for public health decision making.

Main Functions

  • Leads Africa CDC’s effort of strengthening foundational capacities of Member States for the routine application of genomics data for diseases control and prevention, disease surveillance, outbreak investigation and emergency response
  • Supervises and manages the work of the  Institute of Genomics to ensure  effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Designs strategies and policies in order to address challenges for routine application of genomics for public health decision making
  • Contributes to the development of the business continuity or sustainability plan for wider application of genome sequencing for improved health outcomes
  • Provide strategic guidance for the establishment of capacity for Africa owned genomics data analysis and archiving platforms and systems
  • Oversees the expansion of use cases of genomics data to address priority disease conditions of Africa
  • Lead Africa CDC’s effort in developing and supporting the implementation of legal frameworks by Member States to institute genomic surveillance as part of national laboratory strategic plan and health sector plan
  • Addresses challenges relating to current practices in related field or relevant area.
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and RECs in designing and implementing strategies that promote the application of genome sequencing for improved health outcomes .
  • Represents the organisation and explains its position at conferences.
  • Mobilises funds from donors and allocates them towards the implementation of strategies and activities of the institute.
  • Prepares periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitors budget execution at Unit level.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Drive and implement the vision and strategy of the Africa CDC on the implementation of genome sequencing, bioinformatics and data translation to improve public health outcomes
  • Shape the strategy for working with the different divisions, Member States, partners and stakeholders to improve the utility of genomics data for public health actions.
  • Coordinate and interface and work with National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs), national reference laboratories and MOHs to strengthen collaboration under the Africa PGI network and strengthen capacities and enhance efficiencies of existing public health assets.
  • Coordinate the cross-division collaboration to support integration of genomics sequencing in all relevant and key activities of the Africa CDC.
  • Devise sustainable training and mentoring strategies to improve human resources for genome sequencing, bioinformatics, genomic epidemiology and data translation for public health decision making
  • Advice on the introduction of appropriate technologies and promote technology transfer  
  • Ensure internal and external milestones, deliverables, and obligations for the Institute of Genomics  are met.
  • Drive and implement strategy for integration of pathogen genomics into public health surveillance systems.
  • Ensure reports, policy briefs and communiques are timely prepared and released, communicated with Members.
  • Performs any other related duties as assigned.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Master’s degree in Laboratory Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Biology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Genomic Epidemiology, or relevant disciplines with twelve (12) years of work experience of which a minimum of seven (7) managerial experience involving five (5) years supervisory exposure.
  • Experience working in a national or international institution is required.

Required Skills:

  • Managerial skills, political tactfulness and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives.
  • 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 identify key strategic opportunities and risks.
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish); fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

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

Tenure of Appointment

  • The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period.
  • Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.

Remuneration
The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of USD126,440.93  (P5 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 108,357.41 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Director of Centres for Public Health Emergency Management (AfCDC)

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Job Description:

Requisition ID: 2125

Purpose of Job

  • The Director of Centres for Public Health Emergency Management is responsible for leading and strategically managing the Centres, aligning with the overarching goals of the Africa CDC.
  • This includes strategic planning, program development, emergency response coordination, and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • The individual in this role plays a crucial part in ensuring the center’s preparedness and effectiveness in managing public health emergencies.

Main Functions

  • Develop and implement strategic policies aligned with the department’s goals to address key issues in disease control, prevention, and health promotion.
  • Design comprehensive policy programs to effectively achieve strategic objectives.
  • Contribute to the development and ensure the implementation of the departmental business continuity plan at the division level.
  • Oversee and supervise employees within the division, fostering a productive and collaborative work environment.
  • Manage divisional risk and recommend appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Contribute to the creation of an inspiring work environment conducive to staff development and professional progression.
  • Engage with stakeholders within Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the design and implementation of strategies.
  • Represent the organization at conferences and other public forums, articulating its position and fostering partnerships.
  • Mobilize funding from donors to execute strategies and activities effectively.
  • Oversee the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports, monitoring budget execution at the divisional level.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in shaping policies and strategies related to public health emergency management.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate programs aimed at enhancing public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts to develop and update protocols for different types of emergencies.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for public health emergencies, coordinating responses and ensuring effective communication among relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local, regional, and national emergency response agencies.
  • Manage the center’s budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and resource allocation for emergency preparedness initiatives.
  • Identify and secure funding opportunities through grants, partnerships, and other means.
  • Oversee the development and delivery of training programs for staff, healthcare professionals, and community partners to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities.
  • Collaborate with public health agencies, government entities, healthcare organizations, and community groups to foster a coordinated and effective response to public health emergencies.
  • Communicate effectively with the media, public, and other stakeholders during emergencies.
  • Engage with stakeholders within Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the design and implementation of strategies.
  • Oversee the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports, monitoring budget execution at the divisional level.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Advanced degree (Ph.D., MD, or equivalent) in Public Health, Medical Sciences or equivalent.
  • Master’s degree in public health, Epidemiology or equivalentt with a minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in public health management. Eight (8) of which should have been served at managerial level and five (5) years at supervisory level.
  • Proven track record in leadership roles within public health or scientific research organizations.
  • Experience in international organizations is preferred.

Essential:

  • Academic and Experience Requirements
  • Significant experience of developing senior-level external relationships and securing the highest-level advocacy, including developing and harnessing strong networks across multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Advance understanding of stakeholder engagement.
  • Extensive experience of leading, motivating and managing teams with the ability to promote a culture of high performance, continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Experience and successful track record working in a diverse complex fast paced environments and the ability to influence positive change.
  • Strong leadership and strategic management skills.
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement abilities.
  • Proficient in risk management and organizational resilience.
  • Demonstrated capability in resource mobilization and financial management.
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in international affairs in an international organization
  • Experience of working with external partners, funders, and media.
  • An understanding of changing economic, political, and social environments affecting the Africa CDC.
  • An understanding and analysis of Africa and global political space and atmosphere
  • High level of diplomatic and communication etiquette.
  • High level interpersonal skills.

Required Skills:
Result Oriented:

  • Strategic thinker, capable of working at a senior level and contributing at Board/Council level
  • Entrepreneurial with the ability to input on strategic planning from a commercial standpoint
  • Ability to anticipate future opportunities and problems, taking strategic and pre-emptive action
  • Ability to set and achieve comprehensive goals for performance and growth
  • Passion for working in the developing world and creating positive change

Leadership:

  • Inspire confidence and promote shared values that underpin the ethos of the African Union and Africa CDC
  • Inspires others, is visible, adaptive, authentic and engenders trust
  • Visible leadership, promoting collective leadership for taking teams through significant programmes of change.
  • Passion and commitment for continuous improvement
  • Ambitious individual who has personal drive to succeed and develop their own career, and support their teams to strive for excellence.
  • Political and diplomatic prowess
  • Building and Managing Teams:
  • Directs and coaches’ others throughout the organisation and enables people to perform at their best.
  • Ability to recognise and cultivate rising talent.
  • Creates a positive team environment.
  • Creates cohesion, developing synergies and achieves through common goals.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  • High emotional and social intelligence.
  • Collaborative, supportive, calm under pressure, solution focused and able to lead others effectively in such a way that encourages maximum performance and engagement.
  • Exceptional communicator both in writing and in person to a range of audiences.

Relationship Management:

  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
  • The gravitas and credibility to influence both within and beyond the organisation

Analytical Skills:

  • Conceptual thinker, innovative and capable of complex problem solving
  • The ability to work well under pressure and take a considered, measured position.

Results Orientated:

  • Desire for success and the motivation to constantly seek improvement
  • Ability and drive to manage organisational complexity
  • A high level of resilience with the ability to initiate and drive decisions
  • Tenacious, adaptable and the ability to get things done
  • The highest levels of self-awareness, commitment, and integrity
  • A proven commitment to fairness, inclusion, equality, diversity, and transparency
  • Values: A strong commitment to the African Union and Africa CDC values

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Perspective:
  • Developing others ….
  • Change Management:
  • Managing Risk….

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

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

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.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of USD78,138.00 (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.

Director of Centres for Disease Control, Prevention, and Health Promotion (AfCDC)

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Job Description:

Requisition ID: 2124

Purpose of Job

  • The Director of Centres for Disease Control, Prevention, and Health Promotion is responsible for leading and strategically managing the Department of Disease Control, Prevention, and Health Promotion, aligning with the overarching goals of the Africa CDC.
  • This role involves overseeing the development and implementation of policies and strategies, managing risk, and fostering stakeholder engagement to promote public health initiatives across the continent.

Main Functions

  • Develop and implement strategic policies aligned with the department’s goals to address key issues in disease control, prevention, and health promotion.
  • Design comprehensive policy programs to effectively achieve strategic objectives.
  • Contribute to the development and ensure the implementation of the departmental business continuity plan at the division level.
  • Oversee and supervise employees within the division, fostering a productive and collaborative work environment.
  • Manage divisional risk and recommend appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Contribute to the creation of an inspiring work environment conducive to staff development and professional progression.
  • Engage with stakeholders within Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the design and implementation of strategies.
  • Represent the organization at conferences and other public forums, articulating its position and fostering partnerships.
  • Mobilize funding from donors to execute strategies and activities effectively.
  • Oversee the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports, monitoring budget execution at the divisional level.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement strategic policies aligned with the department’s goals to address key issues in disease control, prevention, and health promotion.
  • Design comprehensive policy programs to effectively achieve strategic objectives.
  • Contribute to the development and ensure the implementation of the departmental business continuity plan at the division level.
  • Oversee and supervise employees within the division, fostering a productive and collaborative work environment.
  • Manage divisional risk and recommend appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Contribute to the creation of an inspiring work environment conducive to staff development and professional progression.
  • Engage with stakeholders within Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the design and implementation of strategies.
  • Represent the organization at conferences and other public forums, articulating its position and fostering partnerships.
  • Mobilize funding from donors to execute strategies and activities effectively.
  • Oversee the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports, monitoring budget execution at the divisional level.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Advanced Degree (Ph.D., MD, or equivalent) in Public Health, Medical Sciences. With a minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in public health management. Eight (8) of which should have been served at managerial level and five (5) years at supervisory level.
  • Master degree in Laboratory Sciences, Public Health or Epidemiology.
  • Proven track record in leadership roles within public health or scientific research organizations.
  • Experience in international organizations is preferred.

Essential:

  • Significant experience of developing senior-level external relationships and securing the highest-level advocacy, including developing and harnessing strong networks across multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Advance understanding of stakeholder engagement.
  • Extensive experience of leading, motivating and managing teams with the ability to promote a culture of high performance, continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Experience and successful track record working in a diverse complex fast paced environments and the ability to influence positive change.
  • Strong leadership and strategic management skills.
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement abilities.
  • Proficient in risk management and organizational resilience.
  • Demonstrated capability in resource mobilization and financial management.
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in international affairs in an international organization
  • Experience of working with external partners, funders, and media.
  • An understanding of changing economic, political, and social environments affecting the Africa CDC.
  • An understanding and analysis of Africa and global political space and atmosphere
  • High level of diplomatic and communication etiquette.
  • High level interpersonal skills.

Required Skills:
Result Oriented:

  • Strategic thinker, capable of working at a senior level and contributing at Board/Council level
  • Entrepreneurial with the ability to input on strategic planning from a commercial standpoint
  • Ability to anticipate future opportunities and problems, taking strategic and pre-emptive action
  • Ability to set and achieve comprehensive goals for performance and growth
  • Passion for working in the developing world and creating positive change

Leadership:

  • Inspire confidence and promote shared values that underpin the ethos of the African Union and Africa CDC
  • Inspires others, is visible, adaptive, authentic and engenders trust
  • Visible leadership, promoting collective leadership for taking teams through significant programmes of change.
  • Passion and commitment for continuous improvement
  • Ambitious individual who has personal drive to succeed and develop their own career, and support their teams to strive for excellence.
  • Political and diplomatic prowess

Building and Managing Teams:

  • Directs and coaches’ others throughout the organisation and enables people to perform at their best.
  • Ability to recognise and cultivate rising talent.
  • Creates a positive team environment.
  • Creates cohesion, developing synergies and achieves through common goals.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  • High emotional and social intelligence.
  • Collaborative, supportive, calm under pressure, solution focused and able to lead others effectively in such a way that encourages maximum performance and engagement.
  • Exceptional communicator both in writing and in person to a range of audiences.

Relationship Management:

  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
  • The gravitas and credibility to influence both within and beyond the organisation

Analytical Skills:

  • Conceptual thinker, innovative and capable of complex problem solving
  • The ability to work well under pressure and take a considered, measured position.

Results Orientated:

  • Desire for success and the motivation to constantly seek improvement
  • Ability and drive to manage organisational complexity
  • A high level of resilience with the ability to initiate and drive decisions
  • Tenacious, adaptable and the ability to get things done
  • The highest levels of self-awareness, commitment, and integrity
  • A proven commitment to fairness, inclusion, equality, diversity, and transparency
  • Values: A strong commitment to the African Union and Africa CDC values

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Perspective:
  • Developing others ….
  • Change Management:
  • Managing Risk….

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

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

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.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of USD78,138.00 (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.

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Director, Center for Laboratory Diagnostics and Systems (AfCDC)

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Job Description:

Requisition ID: 2123

Purpose of Job

  • The Director Center for Laboratory Diagnostics and Systems is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight for the enhancement of laboratory systems and networks across Africa, focusing on improving infrastructure, introducing advanced technologies, and strengthening laboratory capacity in response to diseases of public health importance.

Main Functions

  • Provide strategic direction to Africa CDC/AU on continental efforts to strengthen laboratory systems and networks.
  • Lead the development and implementation of initiatives to improve laboratory infrastructure and technologies.
  • Oversee and coordinate the development of national laboratory strategic plans and policies, addressing dangerous pathogens.
  • Promote comprehensive laboratory quality management systems, including laboratory accreditation.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate programs and projects aimed at enhancing laboratory capacities.
  • Lead efforts to improve systems, standards, biosafety, and networks linked to disease surveillance and clinical care.
  • Guide research and laboratory investigations for new or improved diagnostic and preventive tools and technologies.
  • Develop the capacity of RISLNET for modern advanced molecular technologies and surveillance networks.
  • Manage strain banks as repositories for diagnostic and vaccine development against emerging and re-emerging pathogens.
  • Establish partnerships with public and private sector organizations, including professional associations, universities, and research organizations.
  • Represent Africa CDC at relevant meetings, conferences, and committees in the field of laboratory science.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Oversee, mentor, and guide the development of peer-reviewed research publications in laboratory science.
  • Promote and support innovative laboratory practices to enhance patient care, treatment, and strengthen disease surveillance.
  • Directly prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication in scientific journals.
  • Oversee the translation of program needs into research projects and new research findings into programmatic changes.
  • Coordinate the delivery of laboratory services in support of Africa CDC Emergency Response activities as assigned.
  • Maintain communication with key stakeholders in laboratory science, fostering a collaborative approach to public health challenges.
  • Advocate for the advancement of laboratory diagnostics and systems within the continental public health framework.
Qualification and Requirement:
  • Advanced degree (Ph.D., MD, or equivalent) on Clinical Laboratory Science, Pathology, Molecular Biology
  • Master degree in Laboratory Sciences, Public Health or Epidemiology.
  • With a minimum of 15 years of experience in laboratory management. Eight (8) of which should have been served at managerial level and five (5) years at supervisory level.
  • Proven track record in leadership roles within public health or scientific research organizations.
  • Experience in international organizations is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, program implementation, and research in a laboratory or public health setting.

Essential:

  • Significant experience of developing senior-level external relationships and securing the highest-level advocacy, including developing and harnessing strong networks across multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Advance understanding of stakeholder engagement.
  • Extensive experience of leading, motivating and managing teams with the ability to promote a culture of high performance, continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Experience and successful track record working in a diverse complex fast paced environments and the ability to influence positive change.
  • Academic and Experience Requirements
  • Strong leadership and strategic management skills.
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement abilities.
  • Proficient in risk management and organizational resilience.
  • Demonstrated capability in resource mobilization and financial management.
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in international affairs in an international organization
  • Experience of working with external partners, funders, and media.
  • An understanding of changing economic, political, and social environments affecting the Africa CDC.
  • An understanding and analysis of Africa and global political space and atmosphere
  • High level of diplomatic and communication etiquette.
  • High level interpersonal skills.

Required Skills:
Result Oriented:

  • Strategic thinker, capable of working at a senior level and contributing at Board/Council level
  • Entrepreneurial with the ability to input on strategic planning from a commercial standpoint
  • Ability to anticipate future opportunities and problems, taking strategic and pre-emptive action
  • Ability to set and achieve comprehensive goals for performance and growth
  • Passion for working in the developing world and creating positive change

Leadership:

  • Inspire confidence and promote shared values that underpin the ethos of the African Union and Africa CDC
  • Inspires others, is visible, adaptive, authentic and engenders trust
  • Visible leadership, promoting collective leadership for taking teams through significant programmes of change.
  • Passion and commitment for continuous improvement
  • Ambitious individual who has personal drive to succeed and develop their own career, and support their teams to strive for excellence.
  • Political and diplomatic prowess

Building and Managing Teams:

  • Directs and coaches’ others throughout the organisation and enables people to perform at their best.
  • Ability to recognise and cultivate rising talent.
  • Creates a positive team environment.
  • Creates cohesion, developing synergies and achieves through common goals.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  • High emotional and social intelligence.
  • Collaborative, supportive, calm under pressure, solution focused and able to lead others effectively in such a way that encourages maximum performance and engagement.
  • Exceptional communicator both in writing and in person to a range of audiences.

Relationship Management:

  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
  • The gravitas and credibility to influence both within and beyond the organisation

Analytical Skills:

  • Conceptual thinker, innovative and capable of complex problem solving
  • The ability to work well under pressure and take a considered, measured position.

Results Orientated:

  • Desire for success and the motivation to constantly seek improvement
  • Ability and drive to manage organisational complexity
  • A high level of resilience with the ability to initiate and drive decisions
  • Tenacious, adaptable and the ability to get things done
  • The highest levels of self-awareness, commitment, and integrity
  • A proven commitment to fairness, inclusion, equality, diversity, and transparency
  • Values: A strong commitment to the African Union and Africa CDC values

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Perspective:
  • Developing others ….
  • Change Management:
  • Managing Risk….

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

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

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.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of USD78,138.00 (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.

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Director, Health Systems Strengthening & Public Health Institutes (AfCDC)

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Job Description:

Requisition ID: 2123

Purpose of Job

  • The Director Health Systems Strengthening and Public Health Institutes is responsible for leading and coordinating the efforts in strengthening health systems and public health institutes across Africa, ensuring the alignment with Africa CDC’s strategic plan and regional health priorities.
  • This role involves providing technical guidance, fostering collaboration, and enhancing capacity building in public health practice, surveillance, and emergency response. 

Main Functions

  • Facilitate the translation of Africa CDC technical reference policy, guidance, plans, and tools into Regional Collaborating Centers (RCC) contexts. 
  • Coordinate and facilitate the development of RCC work plans for regional surveillance capacity strengthening and workforce development. 
  • Facilitate public health technical assistance between RCCs and National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs), providing scientific and policy guidance. 
  • Assist Collaborating Centers in building core capacities of NPHIs in AU member states, focusing on quality improvement guidelines for public health emergencies prevention. 
  • Provide technical guidance and support to RCCs, including developing implementation, monitoring, and evaluation plans. 
  • Lead the technical design of proposals/programs and contribute to the development of briefing notes, strategy documents, and guidelines. 
  • Foster an enabling environment for research collaborations among RCCs, promoting information sharing and knowledge dissemination. 
  • Facilitate RCC linkages to Africa CDC Emergency Operations Center activities, ensuring rapid deployment of resources during outbreaks. 
  • Coordinate development of RCC preparedness and response plans and assessments in collaboration with relevant units. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Facilitate strengthening of RCC disease surveillance monitoring and reporting by adapting Africa CDC surveillance policies and tools to regional contexts. 
  • Lead efforts to document results and lessons from projects in white papers, journal articles, and other publications. 
  • Prepare input for reports, slides, and other materials as required. 
  • Represent Africa CDC at external technical events, learning forums, and conferences. 
  • Advocate for health systems strengthening and capacity building in public health at various platforms. 
  • Provide technical services delivery in support of Africa CDC Emergency Response activities as directed by the Africa CDC Incident Commander. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned, contributing to the overall objectives of Africa CDC. 
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Advanced degree (Ph.D., MD, or equivalent) in Public Health, Medical Sciences.
  • Master’s degree in in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Systems Management.
  • With a minimum of 15 years of experience in public health, health systems strengthening, or related field. Eight (8) of which should have been served at managerial level and five (5) years at supervisory level.  
  • Proven track record in leadership roles within public health or scientific research organizations. 
  • Experience in international organizations is preferred. 
  • Demonstrated experience in program development, policy formulation, and emergency response management. 

Essential:

  • Significant experience of developing senior-level external relationships and securing the highest-level advocacy, including developing and harnessing strong networks across multiple stakeholder groups. 
  • Advance understanding of stakeholder engagement.  
  • Extensive experience of leading, motivating and managing teams with the ability to promote a culture of high performance, continuous improvement and innovation. 
  • Experience and successful track record working in a diverse complex fast paced environments and the ability to influence positive change.  
  • Strong leadership and strategic management skills. 
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement abilities. 
  • Proficient in risk management and organizational resilience. 
  • Demonstrated capability in resource mobilization and financial management. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.  

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in international affairs in an international organization 
  • Experience of working with external partners, funders, and media. 
  • An understanding of changing economic, political, and social environments affecting the Africa CDC. 
  • An understanding and analysis of Africa and global political space and atmosphere 
  • High level of diplomatic and communication etiquette.  
  • High level interpersonal skills.

Required Skills:
Result Oriented:

  • Strategic thinker, capable of working at a senior level and contributing at Board/Council level
  • Entrepreneurial with the ability to input on strategic planning from a commercial standpoint
  • Ability to anticipate future opportunities and problems, taking strategic and pre-emptive action
  • Ability to set and achieve comprehensive goals for performance and growth
  • Passion for working in the developing world and creating positive change

Leadership:

  • Inspire confidence and promote shared values that underpin the ethos of the African Union and Africa CDC
  • Inspires others, is visible, adaptive, authentic and engenders trust
  • Visible leadership, promoting collective leadership for taking teams through significant programmes of change.
  • Passion and commitment for continuous improvement
  • Ambitious individual who has personal drive to succeed and develop their own career, and support their teams to strive for excellence.
  • Political and diplomatic prowess

Building and Managing Teams:

  • Directs and coaches’ others throughout the organisation and enables people to perform at their best.
  • Ability to recognise and cultivate rising talent.
  • Creates a positive team environment.
  • Creates cohesion, developing synergies and achieves through common goals.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  • High emotional and social intelligence.
  • Collaborative, supportive, calm under pressure, solution focused and able to lead others effectively in such a way that encourages maximum performance and engagement.
  • Exceptional communicator both in writing and in person to a range of audiences.

Relationship Management:

  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
  • The gravitas and credibility to influence both within and beyond the organisation

Analytical Skills:

  • Conceptual thinker, innovative and capable of complex problem solving
  • The ability to work well under pressure and take a considered, measured position.

Results Orientated:

  • Desire for success and the motivation to constantly seek improvement
  • Ability and drive to manage organisational complexity
  • A high level of resilience with the ability to initiate and drive decisions
  • Tenacious, adaptable and the ability to get things done
  • The highest levels of self-awareness, commitment, and integrity
  • A proven commitment to fairness, inclusion, equality, diversity, and transparency
  • Values: A strong commitment to the African Union and Africa CDC values

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Perspective:
  • Developing others ….
  • Change Management:
  • Managing Risk….

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

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

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.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of USD78,138.00 (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.

Senior Science Officer, CPHIA (AfCDC)

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Job Description:

Requisition ID: 2103

Purpose of Job

  • The Senior Science Officer CPHIA  will work primarily on the International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) which is the annual scientific conference of the Africa CDC.
  • This annual scientific conference provides a unique African-led platform for leaders across the continent to reflect on lessons learned in health and science and align on a way forward for creating more resilient health systems in Africa. Each year, CPHIA will be co-hosted by a selected African Union Member State.

Main Functions

  • Under the guidance of the CPHIA Co-Chairs and Africa CDC Senior Leadership, coordinate the CPHIA Secretariat activities including the planning and implementation of the conference each year
  • Support the activities of the CPHIA Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) throughout each year
  • Ensure the scientific relevance of CPHIA each year, as well as production and publication of the conference report and abstract book each year
  • Publish relevant manuscripts and articles relating to the conference
  • Support and facilitate the publication of accepted conference abstracts as full manuscripts in the Journal of Public Health in Africa (or other scientific journals)
  • Assist in drafting reports and participate in the preparation of budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Directorate of Science and Innovation.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with the CPHIA Host Country each year, as well with the event planners hired to support the conference
  • Coordinate the work of various conference workstreams including – scientific programme, abstracts, side events, exhibitions, communications and media
  • Manage assigned aspects of the conference planning, meeting strict deadlines and ensuring compliance with allocated budget
  • Nurture and build relationships with partners, vendors, venues, and other industry contacts while crafting and implementing the creative and logistical aspects of the conference
  • Remain current (or ahead of the curve) with trends in large convenings, design, and production, and proactively identify and solve operational challenges
  • Establish standard operating procedures and train staff to execute them
  • Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Master’s  or Bachelor Degree with seven (7) and ten (10) years relevant work experience in Public Health, Medicine, Epidemiology, Health Science, Health-services Research or related health discipline.
  • PhD in any of the above or related field would be an added advantage
  • Professional work experience in research and development of a wide range of communication materials for the health and development sectors.
  • Proven experience with managing large convenings with a focus on science and/or public health.

Required Skills:

  • Excellent organizational skills, including multitasking, time management, and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with a keen eye for detail, accuracy, and consistency.
  • Strong knowledge of the subject matter, industry trends, and best practices.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Leadership and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Creativity and innovation, with the ability to generate new ideas and approaches.
  • Experience in building and maintaining positive business relationships

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight…
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationship
  • 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

Tenure of Appointment

  • The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period.
  • Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.

Languages:

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

Remuneration
The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of USD96,921.34  (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and USD78,461.08 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

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Director, External Relations & Strategic Engagement (AfCDC)

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Job Description:

Requisition ID: 2126

Purpose of Job

  • The Director of External Engagement will enhance the Africa CDC reputation, status and impact, ensuring the organisation has outstanding relations with African Union Member States, Governments, international organisations, Partners, funding organisations, relevant media and other stakeholders by providing dynamic and inspirational strategic leadership for the Resource Mobilisation, Communication and Public Information and Policy and Health Diplomacy Divisions, setting a strategic direction coherent with the overall Africa CDC strategic plan and the new public health order. 
  • He/She will drive high-performance by developing and mentoring team members whilst holding them accountable for the delivery of the operating plan’s ambitious targets and encouraging cross-team working by driving the successful delivery of Africa CDC strategic plan through strategic engagements and communication. 
  • As a member of the Senior Executive Team (SET), the Director of External Engagement supports the Director General in setting the strategic direction of the Africa CDC and providing strategic leadership and management across the organisation, enabling the SET to drive and deliver the implementation of the Africa CDC ambitious strategic and operational plans. 
  • He/She will lead long-term strategic planning, overseeing daily operations, delegating tasks to staff and managing the general operations of the Directorate.

Main Functions
The main duties will include, but not limited to:

  •  Establish strategic communication, advocacy and stakeholder engagement, and resource mobilisation targets, developing policies, and strategies.
  •  Provide leadership and thoughtful strategic advice on multi-pronged approaches of Africa CDC External Engagement, Advocacy, Communications and Partnership’s strategy, ensure appropriate action plans for each area are designed and implemented.
  •  Guide and position the Africa CDC to develop strong partnerships with AU Member states, media and partners.
  •  Develop and execute the overall strategy for the directorate and ensures alignment with overall organizational strategy;
  • Manage and supervise employees within the directorate, ensures the timely delivery of the directorate’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation;
  • Drive the implementation and monitring of policies, strategies and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions;
  • Ensure the delivery of the directorate’s annual targets in line with the organization’s overall goals and maintains robust departmental monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Provide technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Divisions within the directorate; 
  • Manage the work of the Directorate and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system; 
  • Lead the directorate and ensures effective management of programme implementation such as communication and stakeholder engagement strategy, health policies and diplomacy initiatives and resource mobilisation strategies in accordance with relevant rules, policies and procedures;
  • Build and maintain good working relations and collaboration with other directorates/departments; 
  • Develop and maintain regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member State, media and partner institutions; 
  • Provide strategic support, guidance and training to the team, to ensure effective delivery on the directorate and division’s priorities. 
  • Facilitate public and stakeholder input to inform the development and implementation of an impactful strategic communication, stakeholder engagement and resource mobilisation strategy
  • Measure and communicating performance and impact strategic communication, marketing and resource mobilisation initiative, including regular reporting to the public.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Support the DG to drive and deliver the Africa CDC vision, mission and the ‘New Public Health Order’ strategy on Africa, with overall accountability for the achievement of assigned strategic priorities. 
  • Work in shaping Africa CDC by increasing effectiveness, innovation, building capacity and creating a high-performance culture across the organisation. 
  • Champion cross-functional working and integration through matrix management, knowledge exchange, collaboration and inclusion. 
  • Coach and mentor functional leads, to continue to build strong, capable, confident and autonomous team leaders. 
  • Develop and implement an external engagement strategy that advances the purpose, strategy and priorities of the Africa CDC by developing and nurturing relationships and partnerships of influence, enhancing the reputation of the Africa CDC and its members, and communicating how our work in public health is impacting Africa and building a better world.
  • Provide inspirational and strategic leadership to the Communications and Public Information, Resource mobilisation and Fundraising functions, and Policy and Health Diplomacy ensuring the leads in these areas achieve their goals and deliver the operating plan objectives to support the ambitions of the organisation. 
  • Develop, implement and grow a new resource mobilisation & fundraising function to achieve our ambitious targets for Africa CDC to be financial sufficient and independent. 
  • Assume overall responsibility for the external engagement budget, assisting with the development and oversight of financial management for the Africa CDC.
  • Support the Director General and Senior Leadership Team messaging, providing technical and policy advice on highly complex public information, diplomatic and communications issues providing diverse materials (briefings, speeches, questions and answers) for use by senior officials, develop or overall see development of high-profile multi-media communications campaigns; set quality and production standards for information dissemination.
  • Design and implement campaigns to ensure constant dissemination of Africa CDC flagship publication findings and key project.
  • Support Executive Leadership’s relationship management efforts with donors and high-level government official.
  • Support the Director General and Senior Leadership Team messaging, providing technical and policy advice on highly complex public information, diplomatic and communications issues providing diverse materials (briefings, speeches, questions and answers) for use by senior officials, develop or overall see development of high-profile multi-media communications campaigns; set quality and production standards for information dissemination.
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with external stakeholders, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups, and industry partners.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for external inquiries and collaborations.
  • Develop and implement strategic engagement plans aligned with the Africa CDC’s mission, goals, and public health priorities.
  • Collaborate with internal teams to integrate external relations strategies into overall organizational planning.
  • Lead advocacy efforts to influence public health policies, legislation, and regulations.
  • Develop and implement community outreach initiatives to raise awareness of public health issues and the organization’s programs.
  • Collaborate with community leaders and organizations to address local health needs.
  • Collaborate with the development team to identify and pursue funding opportunities from government agencies, foundations, and corporate partners.
  • Cultivate relationships with potential donors and sponsors.
  • Plan and execute events to promote the organization’s mission and engage with stakeholders.
  • Work closely with internal teams, including program managers, researchers, and communications specialists, to ensure coordinated external engagement efforts.
  • Exercise judgement to prioritize Executive Leadership’s media opportunities, and prepare talking points, Op-eds, speeches, presentations and other supporting materials, as needed.
  • Be responsible for the execution of resource mobilization activities, including proposals, relationship management with current and prospective donors.
  • Ensure resource mobilization strategy is closely coordinated with Africa CDC communications and Diplomacy activities.
  • Assess the overall effectiveness of Africa CDC communication, stakeholder engagement and resource mobilisation strategy and programmes, and ensures the success of needed changes in approach and technique.
  • Perform any other duties.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in strategic / organizational, communication, Marketing, international relations, public policy, or related field with at least Fifteen (15) years of experience out of which eight (8) years should be at managerial level, and five (5) in direct supervisory role is required. 
  • Additional experience and training in Diplomacy, fundraising, marketing and advocacy efforts is an added advantage.
  • Experience in Public Health area will be an asset
  •  Demonstrated understanding of the latest communications and marketing trends.
  • A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in public information and communication, international relations, public policy, or related area is required.

Essential:

  • Proven experience of leading a highly effective and successful Marketing and Communications or External Affairs department, with responsibility for directing, marketing and communications, and a number of other relevant functions, which could include policy, public affairs, resource mobilisation and partnerships.
  • Advanced knowledge of Strategic communications, marketing and partnership principles.
  • Significant experience of developing senior-level external relationships and securing the highest-level advocacy, including developing and harnessing strong networks across multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Advance understanding of stakeholder engagement. 
  • Extensive experience of leading, motivating and managing teams with the ability to promote a culture of high performance, continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Experience and successful track record working in a diverse complex fast paced environments and the ability to influence positive change. 
  • Knowledge and passion for data and insights.
  • Senior level experience in Corporate strategic policy, frameworks, project management and planning
  • Knowledge of financial management 
  • Commercially astute 
  • Proven success of transformational change management and implementing process change through people and capacity building. Ability to address a range of issues in the context of political developments, public attitudes and local conditions. 
  • Ability to advise on and develop concrete solutions to high profile and sensitive communication challenges. Ability to assess world-wide communication environments, develop communication strategies and manage implementation of public information campaigns with various promotional and publicity techniques. 

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in international affairs in an international organisation
  • International experience in a professional, educational or voluntary capacity 
  • Experience of working with external partners, funders and media.
  •  A well-developed understanding of the fundraising, strategic communications, marketing and public policy, governance and diplomacy.
  • An understanding of changing economic, political, and social environments affecting the Africa CDC.
  • An understanding and analysis of Africa and global political space and atmosphere
  •  High level of diplomatic and communication etiquette. 
  • High level interpersonal skills.
  • Membership or an internationally recognized professional communication body (e.g., PR, MPR) is mandatory.

Required Skills:
Result Oriented:

  • Strategic thinker, capable of working at a senior level and contributing at Board/Council level
  • Entrepreneurial with the ability to input on strategic planning from a commercial standpoint
  • Ability to anticipate future opportunities and problems, taking strategic and pre-emptive action
  • Ability to set and achieve comprehensive goals for performance and growth
  • Passion for working in the developing world and creating positive change

Leadership:

  • Inspire confidence and promote shared values that underpin the ethos of the African Union and Africa CDC
  • Inspires others, is visible, adaptive, authentic and engenders trust
  • Visible leadership, promoting collective leadership for taking teams through significant programmes of change.
  • Passion and commitment for continuous improvement
  • Ambitious individual who has personal drive to succeed and develop their own career, and support their teams to strive for excellence.
  • Political and diplomatic prowess

Building and Managing Teams:

  • Directs and coaches’ others throughout the organisation and enables people to perform at their best.
  • Ability to recognise and cultivate rising talent.
  • Creates a positive team environment.
  • Creates cohesion, developing synergies and achieves through common goals.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  • High emotional and social intelligence.
  • Collaborative, supportive, calm under pressure, solution focused and able to lead others effectively in such a way that encourages maximum performance and engagement.
  • Exceptional communicator both in writing and in person to a range of audiences.

Relationship Management:

  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
  • The gravitas and credibility to influence both within and beyond the organisation

Analytical Skills:

  • Conceptual thinker, innovative and capable of complex problem solving
  • The ability to work well under pressure and take a considered, measured position.

Results Orientated:

  • Desire for success and the motivation to constantly seek improvement
  • Ability and drive to manage organisational complexity
  • A high level of resilience with the ability to initiate and drive decisions
  • Tenacious, adaptable and the ability to get things done
  • The highest levels of self-awareness, commitment, and integrity
  • A proven commitment to fairness, inclusion, equality, diversity, and transparency
  • Values: A strong commitment to the African Union and Africa CDC values

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Perspective:
  • Developing others ….
  • Change Management:
  • Managing Risk….

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

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

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.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of USD78,138.00 (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.

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Note

  • Only candidates who meet all job requirements and are selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • Consideration will be given only to those candidates who have submitted a fully completed online application with a curriculum vitae (CV), an African passport, and the required academic qualifications, such as Diplomas, Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and any relevant certificate in line with the area of expertise.
  • The African Union is an equal opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: March 15, 2024

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