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

The main objectives of the OAU were to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonisation 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. 

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Translator / Interpreter - Portuguese

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Requisition ID: 855
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Organization Information
Reports to: Deputy Secretary to the Commission
Directorate/Department : African Commission on Human and People’s Rights ACHPR
Division : ACHPR – Translation
Job Grade: P4
Contract  Type: Regular

Job Description:
  • Responsible for interpretation at the sessions  and meetings of the ACHPR as well as translation of documents from either Portuguese or Arabic into English

Main Functions

  • Liaises with various units of the ACHPR for coordination and alignment purposes
  • Maintain Database, records and register, of Translation and Interpretation Unit for accountability and control
  • Provides proper, clear, faithful interpretation from one or more AUC working languages into one or more AUC working language during various conferences and meetings of the African Union using the standard, clear and accurate language;
  • Translates properly documents from  Arabic or Portuguese into other AU working languages, ensuring the highest standard of accuracy and maintaining the spirit, context, quality, technical language and nuances of the original version, using precise, clear and proper terminology
  • Reads manuscripts with an editorial eye, giving attention to syntax, grammar, style and presentation, inconsistencies or missing parts in the documents and if any passages are still particularly difficult to understand, carryout some light copyediting
  • Prepares budgets for the activities of the Translation and Interpretation Unit in accordance with relevant frameworks.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provides simultaneous interpretation during the conferences, statutory sessions, meetings and audience’s discussions of the ACHPR
  • Provides consecutive, liaison and other forms of interpretation
  • Checks appropriate references to ensure exact understanding of use of AU technical terminologies
  • Ensures all documents of the ACHPR are prepared in all working languages of the African Union
  • Ensures all documents emanating from the ACHPR are of an impeccable standard in terminology, syntax, style and presentation, and provide quality translation of working documents on a wide range of subject matters in a timely manner
  • Checks working documents before and after translation to ensure contextual understanding, linguistic accuracy and conformity with established AU terminologies
  • Consults colleagues, specialised dictionaries/glossaries, data banks and references sources to ensure translation accuracy
  • Participates in the development of AU terminology database by compiling terms into glossaries for validation by the Reviser for inclusion in the ACHPR in-house terminology bank
  • Updates specific terminologies, phrases, special expressions, lexicons and acronyms in order to expand vocabulary
  • Has a good working knowledge of Computer Assisted Translation Tool (CATT)
  • Ensures quality translation of working documents on a wide range of subject matters in a timely manner and in the respective AU working languages
  • Protects the confidentiality of information; and
  • Performs any other duty relevant to their work as may be assigned
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Must hold a Master’s Degree in Translation, Modern Languages or related fields from an accredited university with 10 years’ experience as a translator out of which 6 at expert level. OR
  • Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Translation, Modern Languages or related fields from an accredited university with a minimum of 12 years of relevant work experience as translator in Arabic and Portuguese out of which 3 at expert level
  • Certification of translators’ professional member status from a recognized professional body is an added advantage
  • Have a good working knowledge of the Computer Assisted Translation Tool (CATT)
  • A degree in legal studies will be an advantage
  • A third AU working language will be an advntage

 Required Skills:

  • Functional skills and competencies:
  • Good translation and editing skills, with the ability to produce accurate and clear translations
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Good communication and interpretational skills
  • Good computer literacy (Microsoft Office)

Personal Abilities:

  • Ability to work in a multicultural and international work environment
  • Ability to work on own initiative and work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work in a proactive manner
  • Ability to work under pressure and met tight deadline

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Experience in linguistic research and development data-base
  • Knowledge of Computer Assisted Translation Tool (CATT)
  • An understanding of the confidential nature of this area of work

Language Requirements:

  • Applicants must be proficient in Portuguese anguage and Knowledge of other AU working languages would be a distinct advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking
  • Job Knowledge Sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous improvement orientation

Enure 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$ 50,746.00 (P4 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 - Promotion

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Requisition ID: 853
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Organization Information
Reports to: Deputy Secretary to the Commission
Directorate/Department: African Commission on Human and People’s Rights ACHPR
Division: Legal
Job Grade: P3
Contract  Type: Regular
Number of Direct Reports: 1
Number of Indirect Reports: 0

Job Description:
  • Provides technical legal support for the promotion of the human and people’s rights in line with the execution of the Commission’s Strategic Plan

Main Functions

  • Contributes to the development of policies and strategies
  • Coordinates the implementation of programmes and plans on promotion of human and peoples’ rights
  • Liaises with stakeholders including Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), etc on relevant matters
  • Develops a promotional strategy in line with the approved Strategic Plan
  • Prepares the annual work plans for the Unit
  • Undertakes monitoring activities and produces periodic reports
  • Manages and supervises direct reports against agreed Key Results Area (KRA) and Key Performance Indictors (KPIs.)
  • Conducts analysis and generate reports on human and peoples’ rights situation on the African continent
  • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes
  • Prepares budgets for the Unit in accordance with relevant frameworks.
  • Provides technical support for the development of resource mobilization
  • Prepares guidelines, fact sheets and other promotional activities

Specific Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Deputy Secretary, the Senior Legal Officer-Promotion shall perform the following duties:
  •  Prepares and disseminates information on the work and activities of the ACHPR
  • Assists Commissioners in their promotional activities and follow-up on the various recommendations
  • Organises meetings, seminars, symposia, workshops and conferences to inculcate and promote a culture of human rights on the continent
  • Prepares legal opinions to inform human rights policy formulation at the national, regional and continental levels
  • Analyses States Reports submitted to the Commission, in conformity with Article 62 of the African Charter
  • Prepares Summaries, Questionnaires, Concluding Observations and Recommendations on states reports for consideration by the Commissioners
  • Develops Guidelines for Promotional Missions
  • Updates reporting guidelines and formats for States Parties
  • Network and liaise with other stakeholders to build strong partnerships for human rights promotion in Africa
  • Provides advice on requests for Observers Status from NGOs, and  requests for Affiliate Status from NHRIs
  • Follows-up and report on the status of submission of Periodic Reports by Member States , in accordance with Article 62
  • Provides periodic updates on the status of submission of reports by NGOs and NHRIs
  • Provides legal technical assistance to the Deputy and Executive Secretary in their day-to-day work
  • Produces and/or contribute to key legal or policy analyses and publications
  • Promotes the integration of legal work across the regional programs and particularly in the regional offices
  • Engages with relevant mid-level stakeholders and develops relationships
  • Performs any other duties as may be directed or required
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • 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

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking…
  • Job Knowledge Sharing…
  • Drive for Results…
  • Continuous improvement orientation…

Enure 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$ 13,248.00  (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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Communication and Database Officer

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Requisition ID: 852
Location: Banjul, The Gambia
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Organization Information
Reports to: Public Relations/ Information Officer 
Directorate/Department: African Commission on Human and People’s Rights ACHPR
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P1
Number of Positions: 1
Contract  Type: Regular 

Job Description:
  • Provides technical support for the operations of the Communication and Complaints Database  in line with the ACHPR’s management information strategy

Main Functions

  • Provides technical support in the preparation and implementation of programmes developed out of the ACHPR’s Strategic plan
  • Supports the development and implementation of the ACHPR’s promotional strategy
  • Prepares draft reports and work programmes related to the functioning of the Unit
  • Generates reports in a timely manner for the Unit
  • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes
  • Prepares budgets for the Unit in accordance with relevant frameworks.
  • Provides IT support for resource mobilization activities
  • Prepares guidelines and fact sheets as may be required.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Analyzes existing data, and updates the database
  • Undertakes  monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Manages the electronic Database of communications related to ACHPR programmes
  • Updates and manages the Database of Communications considered by the Commission  with appropriate indexing, reflecting their current status
  • Maintains a proper record of all Communications submitted to the Commission
  • Develops an online system for tracking Communications
  • Uploads documents for dissemination on the ACHPR’s website
  • Manages subscriptions to other legal databases (e.g. Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw) to facilitate the research that underpins the legal work of the Commission
  • Manages multimedia and journalists database(s)
  • Develops and maintains web-based applications and databases (Oracle, SQL or MySQ)
  • Provides data processing services and specialized assistance in the use of applications and technological development;
  • Setup, Administer and Review Database backups and Archives
  • Undertakes User Security, Access Management and Audits
  • Conducts Database monitoring and Health management
  • Undertakes Database disaster recovery planning
  • Schedules and performs periodic reviews to harmonize data needs
  • Develops learning materials and trains staff members in new work methods and procedures,
  • Submits proposals for the formulation of policies related to the information management system,
  • Provides technical support (instructions and procedural manuals) for the implementation of approved work methods and procedures
  • Performs any other relevant duties as may be directed or required
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University in Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field
  • Must have professional certificates in Database Management and Development, Web Development as well as Open Source Server Administration
  • Candidates must have a minimum of two (2) years of continuous professional experience in the field of ICT
  • Must have minimum of two  (2) years working experience in Multimedia and Journalists Database Management
  • Knowledge of Database applications and Website Development is required
  • Working experience in communication and information department in multilateral, regional or international organization will also be an added advantage

Required Skills:

  • Good knowledge of the African Union policies and procedures
  • Concentration, accuracy, and ability to work under minimum supervision and under pressure
  • Demonstrable leadership abilities
  • Strong mathematical analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to organize and work under pressure in a multi-cultural environment
  • Good communication and planning skills
  • Excellent knowledge of international organizations
  • Respect for confidentiality and good public relations

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