African Union (AU) Job Recruitment (10 Positions)

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

We are recruiting to fill the positions below:

  1. Job Title: Chief Executive Officer / AUDA-NEPAD

Reference Code: AUDA-NEPAD / CEO / 2020 / 003
Location: South Africa
Post level: SP3
Organ / Department: AUDA-NEPAD
Reporting to: Chairperson of the African Union Commission

Organization

  • The Chief Executive Officer oversees the delivery of the core functions and key set objectives of the African Union Development Agency. In this regard, the Chief Executive executes a mandate given to him/her by the Head of States and Government Orientation Committee of AUDA-NEPAD as included in the Statutes of AUDA-NEPAD and the Rules of Procedures of the AUDA-NEPAD Head of States and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) and the AUDA-NEPAD Steering Committee. The AUDA-NEPAD mandate stated in the Statutes document is as follow:
    • Coordinate and execute priority regional and continental projects to promote regional integration towards the accelerated realisation of Agenda 2063; and
    • Strengthen the capacity of Member States and regional bodies in key identified areas, advance knowledge-based advisory support and undertake the full range of resource mobilisation.
  • The Chief Executive Officer of AUDA-NEPAD shall act as the Controlling Officer of the Agency and therefore plays the role of the Accounting Officer on behalf of the African Union Commission Chairperson. He/she is responsible for the provisions for the implementation of the strategic priorities of the Agency as stated in the AUDA-NEPAD Statutes. He/she is responsible for the effective management of the relationship of the Agency with other AU Organs.

Tasks
Main Functions: The main functions and responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer of the African Union development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) are deriving from the Organization’ mandate as approved by the Assembly of Head of States and Government. The CEO of AUDA-NEPAD shall:

  • Facilitate the incubation of innovative programmes in various fields, including technology, research and development, knowledge management, and data analytics;
  • Provide technical and implementation support to RECs and Member States in the development and execution of priority projects and programmes;
  • Develop, create and manage flexible financial fund models to support Member States to implement their development agendas and Agenda 2063;
  • Assist Member States and RECs to strengthen capacity in key areas such as, food and nutrition, energy, water, infrastructure, information and communication technology and digital economy, natural resource governance, climate change and institutional and human capital development and innovation;
  • Provide advisory support in the setting up and application of norms and standards in thematic priorities of the AU to accelerate regional integration;
  • Provide technical backstopping to the AU in implementing policy recommendations at the continental, regional and national levels;
  • Monitor and assess Africa’s development trends and progress with the view to achieve key continental and global goals for the purpose of technical reporting;
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of continental development frameworks as stipulated in Agenda 2063;
  • Undertake, apply and disseminate research on policy development support for Member States;
  • Coordinate, facilitate and promote cooperation with Africa’s strategic partners and stakeholders for effective resource mobilization;
  • Coordinate and facilitate partnership with the African academia;
  • Foster the cooperation in Africa with the private sector; and
  • Coordinate between AU Specialized Agencies, Organs and other institutions to create an enabling and supportive environment for the achievement of the goals and priorities of Agenda 2063.

Others Responsibilities
Development, management and maintenance of relations with internal and external Partners:

  • The CEO shall lead the development and implementation of strategies to engage with AUDA-NEPAD partners in the region and internationally as stated by the organization’s Statutes and rules of Procedures;
  • He/she shall ensure the development and management of effective partnership aimed at supporting the regional structures such as the Regional Economic Communities and other regional mechanisms;
  • He/she shall ensure that the relationship with partners remains one in which Africans lead their own processes of change and development;
  • He/she shall lead and manage forums established to engage with partners, as delegated by and in consultation with the Steering Committee, the HSGOC and the AUC for the benefit of the continent and its structures;
  • He/she shall ensure that relations with partners leads to concrete support of African initiatives based on the Agenda 2063; and
  • He/she shall lead and manage the relations with multilateral organizations such as the UN, World Bank, IMF, WTO, etc., thus providing a single platform for engagement with these agencies.
  • He/she shall provide strategic thoughts leadership and on behalf of African Union support the coordination of the relations with Continental strategic partnerships such as TICAD, FOCAC, etc., thus providing a single platform for engagement with these platforms.

Provision of Strategic Direction in the administration of the AUDA-NEPAD:

  • He/she shall lead and provide strategic direction to the AUDA-NEPAD administration including financial matters and human resources management;
  • He/she shall lead and direct the provision of effective financial management systems and organizational accountability in accordance with the African Union Financial Rules and Regulations, the African Union Staff Regulations and Rules, the African Union Procurement Manual.
  • He/she shall lead and direct the AUDA-NEPAD team performance management against individual performance in line with the African Union Staff regulations and Rules.
  • He/she shall lead and direct the provision of Human Resources Management systems, a healthy organization and a working environment conducive for staff, in compliance with the African Union Staff Regulations and Rules.
  • He/she shall lead and direct the development and implementation of effective and efficient organizational culture, systems and best practices.

Key Relationships:

  • Head of States and Government Assembly, Annually
  • Executive Council of African Union, Twice a year
  • Steering Committee of AUDA-NEPAD, On request
  • Permanent Representatives Committee, Regularly
  • African Union Commission Chairperson, Regularly
  • African Union Commissioners, Regularly
  • Heads of AU Other Organs, Regularly
  • AUDA – NEPAD Staff, Regularly

External Relationships:

  • International Development Partners, Regularly
  • Academia and Medias, Need basis
  • Civil society, Regularly

Requirements
Academic Requirements: The candidate is required to have at least the following qualifications:

  • An advanced (post-graduate degree or Masters) University degree in Economics, Engineering, Development related studies or an equivalent discipline;
  • A relevant first-level university degree with extensive experience and the proven record may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced university degree, e.g. International and regional finance Institutions, the finance ministries or other development finance Institutions;
  • An advanced executive development programme or related qualification (shall be an advantage).

Other relevant skills:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership and management experience, excellent organizational human and financial management skills, very good interpersonal skills and ability to organize and motivate others and to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to Interact with a variety of stakeholders including, at a high level and excellent report writing and reporting skills to diverse audiences and at various levels;
  • Excellent strategic visioning, planning, Implementation, monitoring and evaluations and reporting skills;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Good grounding on regional and international policy frameworks and strategies on the African developmental agenda and specifically Agenda 2063 and the SDGs;
  • Working knowledge of research, policy development and analysis, programmes development and management, and project management.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Focus: – Determines and outlines the portfolio’s strategic priorities and connects the portfolio’s purpose to that of the broader organization vision and values. Inspires others and the organisation to achieve beyond expectations. Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  • Developing Organizational Capability: – Promotes and catalyzes organizational learning and development to ensure that the portfolio is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.
  • Change Leadership: – Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the portfolio or organization. Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms. Demonstrates an ability to adapt style when faced with myriad dimensions of culture in order to be effective across cultural contexts. Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions
  • Strategic Risk Management: – Manage the organisation’s and portfolio’s reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts.

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnerships: – Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
  • Drives Accountability Culture: – Determines objectives, sets priorities and develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement. Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.
  • Learning Agility and Resilience: – Engages in systematic and development activities aligned with the strategic needs of the organisation. Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals. Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
  • Communicating with impact: – Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision-makers to achieve substantive goals. Uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results and presents the key points of an argument persuasively. Negotiates and facilitates through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings.

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking: – Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and/or resolve problems.
  • Job Knowledge Sharing: – Fosters and enables a knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.
  • Drive for Result: – Drives high-performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement. Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.
  • Fosters Innovation: – Drives high-performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement. Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.

Relevant Experience:

  • Proven track record in conducting and leading business in highly politicized environments; travel both internationally and nationally.
  • The candidate is required to have a proven track record of delivery and leading the Implementation of large programmes and/projects
  • Substantial and proven experience working at very senior decision-making level within the public sector or similar Institutions, regional organizations/institutions, international institutions and civil society organizations.
  • The candidates is required to have at least Fifteen (15) years of appropriate experience in leading and managing comparable public sector institutions or similar organizations regionally and or Internationally (experience as an accounting officer Is added advantage);
  • Substantial experience leading and managing development programmes or projects in Africa with a view of mobilizing support and resources for the design Initiatives, development of policies, implementation of strategies, and effectively accounting for resources utilized.

Other requirements: Language requirements

  • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages and knowledge of one or several other working language(s) would be an added advantage. . Tenure The appointment shall be a fixed-term contract for a period of 4 years, of which 6 months shall be probation period.
  • Gender Mainstreaming The AUDA-NEPAD is an equal opportunity employer, and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Remuneration

  • Indicative basic salary of US$ 143,306 (SP3 Step 1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (40% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88 per annum, education allowance (100% of tuition and other education related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$10,000.00 per child per annum), etc. for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of US$ 3,300.00 per child per annum for every eligible dependent for national and locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
8th November, 2020.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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2) Job Title: AU Youth Volunteer (AUYV) – 11 Cohort

Reference Code: AUYV 11 /2020/ 03
Location: Headquaters (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Contract Type: Short Term
Employment Fraction: Full-time

Background Information

  • The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. The program aims to deepen the status of young people as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, ‘The Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.
  • Young African professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member State other than their own.

Job Description Summary

  • As an African Union Youth Volunteer you wll be deployed to serve for a period of 12 months in your respective professional field. Through the AU-YVC program, the AUC ims to achieve the following objectives:
    • Empower African youth through leadership and professional experience.
    • Mainstream youth in Pan African Organizations.
    • Promote Pan Africanism and integration through exchange.
  • As an AUYV you will play a catalytic role in supporting Africa’s Development Agenda (Agenda 2063) and bring in a youth lens in the various policies and programs you will be engaged in and play your role towards and integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its citizen – in particular its Youth. You will be deployed for a period of 12 months outside your own country which will expose you to new cultures, and societies where you will be required to adapt, learn and add value to your organization and your host community at large.

Tasks
Main Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Once selected, you will be matched with existing vacancies based on your professional background and past experience. A detailed terms of reference will be provided to you by the host organization where you will be serving.

Requirements
Qualifications and Work Experiences Required:
In order to be considered for the program, you need to satisfy ALL of the following eligibility requirements: Applicants have to meet the following criteria:

  • Citizen of an AU Member State living on the continent or the Diaspora;
  • Aged between 18 – 35 years (must be under the age of 35 when completing 12 months service)
  • Have a post-secondary certified qualification(s) (TVET, Bachelor’s, Master’s etc.)
  • Available in 2020/21 to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  • Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  • Is proficient in at least one AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  • Have at least one-year verifiable volunteering experience and one-year professional work experience. The AU-YVC is looking for motivated young leaders who embody the following qualities:
    • Embodies the spirit of Pan-Africanism;
    • Committed to Africa’s shared values of an Integration, peace and development. Embodies the spirit of service & servant leadership;
    • High degree of professionalism
    • Solution-oriented & can demonstrate results;
    • Able to work and thrive in challenging, multi cultural settings including post-conflict environments;
    • Respectful towards cultural, intellectual, religious and linguistic diversities;
    • Strong interpersonal and organising skills;
    • Flexible, independent and self-motivated;

Language Requirement:

  • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages, proficiency of two or more in other of one or several other working language(s) would be an added value.

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a Short Term Contract for a period of One (1) Year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period.

Gender Mainstreaming:

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

Remuneration
For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training and deployment. African Union Youth Volunteers are entitled to the following:

  • Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment.
  • A modest monthly stipend.
  • Health Insurance cover.
  • AU Service Passport.
  • Separation allowance on successful completion of twelve (12) Months service.

Application Closing Date
16th August, 2020.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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3) Job Title: Commissioner, Infrastructure and Energy (I & E)

Location: Headquaters (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Reports to: Chairperson of the African Union Commission Directorate / Department Infrastructure and Energy (I&E)
Number of Direct Reports: One (1) Director
Number of Directorates and Agencies: 1 Directorate and 1
Specialized Technical Agency
Job Family: Elected Official
Job Grade: SP3
Level: Six (6)

Context

  • Under the authority of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, this position is responsible for driving the implementation of Infrastructure and Energy policies, programs and strategies in line with the aspirations of Agenda 2063, the associated medium-term plans and other key continental legal and policy frameworks
  • Leads engagement with the AU Member States and strategic partners in the delivery of the portfolio’s continental priorities
  • The Commissioner shall have a high commitment to pan-African values and the guiding principles of the African Union.

Main Functions

  • Sets the overall goals of the Infrastructure and Energy portfolio in line with the AU Agenda 2063;
  • Sets annual performance targets for the Infrastructure and Energy portfolio and report on annual progress to Specialized Technical Committees and AU Policy Organs;
  • Provides regular reports to the Chairperson of the Commission on portfolio delivery;
  • Carries out effective regular engagement and collaboration with, and timely reporting to the PRC and respective subcommittees;
  • Drives the implementation of the AU Institutional Reform Agenda as part of the senior leadership team;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to Directors in the implementation of policies and programs within the portfolio;
  • Engages with Member States in order to pursue the Commission’s work to promote domestication of AU Agenda 2063 at the national level by Member States;
  • Leads partnership negotiations and resource mobilization with Strategic Partners to finance continental programmes and priorities;
  • Co-ordinates Specialized Technical Committees to promote the achievement of the departmental mandate;
  • Strengthens regional coordination, cooperation and integration initiatives and ensure an effective division of labour with Member States and Regional Economic Communities
  • Ensures effective collaboration in programme development with the AU Development Agency (AUDANEPAD);
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Commission’s programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
  • Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer within the department and with other departments across the Commission; and
  • Supervises Directors and inspires high performance and delivery across the portfolio.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leads the development, harmonization and ratification of continental infrastructure policies and programmes on interconnected infrastructure to enable the development of cross-border infrastructural projects to enhance interconnectivity;
  • Drives and promotes strategies and mechanisms for advancing integrated infrastructural development in AU Member States including resource mobilisation and technical support from Member States and development partners to ensure continental connectivity through rail, road, sea and air;
  • Drives the promotion of the acceleration of digital transformation programmes amongst Members States to ensure Africa is well equipped to adopt and benefit from emerging technologies and the dynamic global digital landscape;
  • Leads advocacy for security and safety of critical Infrastructure projects through cooperation and partnership with Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and development partners to prevent damage, pilferage and unauthorized use of infrastructure;
  • Provides leadership in the implementation and maintenance of Agenda 2063 infrastructural flagship projects such as Integrated High-Speed Network, the Grand Inga Dam project, Single African Air Transport Market and Cyber Security to ensure availability of infrastructure necessary to improve trade, boost growth and create jobs in Member States;
  • Facilitates adoption of DotAfrica (.africa), the African Geographical Top-Level Domain (gTLD) by garnering support from Member States and private sector organisations to enable African citizens, governments and organisations associate their services with Africa and her people;
  • Leads the establishment of continental accountability mechanisms to track the implementation of the AU vision on infrastructure through coordination and monitoring of results; and
  • Leads the monitoring and evaluation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) to ensure the fulfillment of action plans towards delivering infrastructure projects that integrate energy, transportation, and water development on a continental scale.

Key Relationships
Internal Relationships:

  • Executive Council of the African Union
  • Permanent Representatives Committee
  • Other AU Organs
  • Specialized Technical Committees
  • AUDA-NEPAD
  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat
  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Director General
  • Other Commissioners
  • Other Directorates.

External Relationships:

  • AU Member States
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • International development partners
  • UN Agencies and Institutions
  • African Development Bank
  • African private sector
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Research Institutions and Policy Think Tanks.

Academic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture, Land Economics, Real Estate, Urban Planning or closely related field from a recognized institution.
  • A Ph.D in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture, Land Economics, Urban Planning, or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

Relevant Experience:

  • Have not less than eighteen (18) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a senior leadership role preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government/public service, international or regional institution.
  • Language(s):
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages. Fluency in another AU working language is an added advantage

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.

Leadership Competencies
Strategic Focus:

  • Determines and outlines the portfolio’s strategic priorities and connects the portfolio’s purpose to that of the broader organization vision and values
  • Inspires others and the organisation to achieve beyond expectations
  • Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

Developing Organizational Capability:

  • Promotes and catalyzes organizational learning and development to ensure that the portfolio is well positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.

Change Leadership:

  • Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the portfolio or organization.
  • Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms.
  • Demonstrates an ability to adapt style when faced with myriad dimensions of culture in order to be effective across cultural contexts. Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions.

Strategic Risk Management:

  • Manage the organisation’s and portfolio’s reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts, etc.

Core Competencies
Building Partnerships:

  • Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders
  • Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

Drives Accountability Culture:

  • Determines objectives, sets priorities and develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement
  • Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.

Learning Agility and Resilience:

  • Engages in systematic and development activities aligned with the strategic needs of the organisation
  • Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals
  • Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

Communicating with impact:

  • Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision makers to achieve substantive goals
  • Uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results and presents the key points of an argument persuasively
  • Negotiates and facilitates through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings.

Functional Competencies
Conceptual Thinking:

  • Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and / or resolve problems.

Job Knowledge Sharing:

  • Fosters and enables a knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.

Drive for Results:

  • Drives high performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement.
  • Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.

Fosters Innovation:

  • Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes for the overall performance of the organization and the portfolio.

AU Values

  • Respect for Diversity and Teamwork
  • Think Africa Above all
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Integrity and Impartiality
  • Efficiency and Professionalism
  • Information and Knowledge Sharing.

Application Closing Date
17hrs (5 pm) Addis Ababa Time, 4th September, 2020.

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

4) Job Title: Deputy Chairperson

Location: Headquaters (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Reports to: Chairperson of the African Union Commission Directorate / Department Bureau of the Chairperson
Job Grade: SP2
Job Family: Elected Official
Level: Seven (7)

Context

  • Under the authority of the Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission is responsible for administration and finance
  • This is a dynamic and transformational leadership role with the responsibility for ensuring effective and efficient administrative functioning and financial management within a strong fiduciary, performance and accountability framework
  • The Deputy Chairperson deputizes for the Chairperson when needed and will act as the Chairperson in his or her absence
  • The Deputy Chairperson shall have a high commitment to pan-African values and the guiding principles of the African Union.

Statutory Functions

  • As Controlling Officer, and under delegated authority from the Accounting Officer of the Union (the Chairperson of the Commission), the Deputy Chairperson is responsible for the day to day finance and administrative operations of the respective Organs and institutions of the Union;
  • Chairs all Commission meetings and deliberations in the absence of the Chairperson with the aim of ensuring clear and inclusive submission of information by attendees and direct discussions towards achieving consensus and way forward;
  • Assists the Chairperson in undertaking measures aimed at promoting and popularizing the AU’s objectives and enhance its performance;
  • Assists the Chairperson in submitting reports requested by the Assembly, Executive Council, Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), committees and any other organs.
  • Assists the Chairperson, in conjunction with the PRC, in preparing AU budget and strategic planning documents that ensures optimal availability of resources required to deliver on AU’s objectives.
  • Facilitates the functioning, decision-making and reporting of all AU organ meetings, and ensure conformity and harmony with agreed AU policies, strategies, programmes and projects.
  • Assists the Chairperson to consult and coordinate with Member States’ governments, other institutions and the RECs on the AU’s activities, and carry out the AU’s diplomatic representations.
  • Assists in preparing the annual report on the AU and its organs’ activities to inform on the progress of AU projects and programmes and provide recommendations on the way forward.
  • Assists the Chairperson of the Commission and contributes towards making Africa a significant partner in the global level as well as an integrated bloc within the continent.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Drives the implementation of the AU Commission’s administrative, budgetary and financial reforms to deliver high performing effective administrative, budget and financial management services in compliance with established rules, regulations and procedures within a strong fiduciary and accountability framework;
  • Drives performance across all Commission Service Directorates to ensure high quality service delivery for the efficient and effective delivery of the Commission’s work program and the conduct of AU statutory meetings;
  • Drives efforts to ensure that decisions issued by the AU Assembly and the Executive Council relating to administration and finance operations of the AU Commission are implemented in a timely and effective manner;
  • Provides regular reports to the Chairperson, to keep him/her informed of any developments and performance in the administration and finance operations of AUC;
  • Leads the development, establishment and implementation of effective and efficient resource management policies, procedures, internal controls and systems for identifying, measuring, monitoring and controlling AUC’s operations to drive the implementation of AU strategic priorities;
  • Drives efforts to identify innovations that can be adopted to improve service delivery within the African Union Commission;
  • Drives the achievement of operational results in line with annual budgets and plans and is responsible for the, analysis and interpretation of the Commission’s performance data;
  • Promotes and maintains sound corporate governance, ethics, integrity, value for money in resource management, diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility standards of the AU Commission;
  • Leads the development of continental policy frameworks and programs on African citizens and diaspora matters; and
  • Carries out any other activities as may be determined by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Key Relationships
Internal Relationships:

  • Executive Council of the African Union
  • Permanent Representatives Committee
  • Other AU Organs
  • AUDA-NEPAD
  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat
  • Chairperson of the Commission
  • Commissioners
  • Director General
  • Directorates
  • Staff Association
  • Internal administrative bodies
  • Administrative Tribunal.

External Relationships:

  • AU Member States
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • International development partners
  • African Development Bank
  • African private sector
  • African Diaspora
  • African Civil Society Organisations
  • African Research Institutions and Policy Think Tanks

Academic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Management, Finance, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Law, or closely related field from a recognized institution.
  • A Ph.D in Public Administration, Business Administration, Management, Accounting, Finance, Human Resource
  • Management, or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

Relevant Experience:

  • Have not less than twenty (20) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a progressive senior leadership role preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government / public service, international or regional institution

Language(s):

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages. Fluency in another AU working language is highly desirable.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated transformational leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.

Drives Strategic Vision and Purpose:

  • Anticipates future trends and artfully crafting a transformational and impactful vision that inspires action and drives a collective sense of purpose
  • Able to discern when to inquire, advocate, drive, or resolve
  • Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

Developing Organizational Capability:

  • Champions organizational learning and development to ensure that the Commission is well positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.

Change Leadership:

  • Acts as a catalyst for organizational change
  • Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the Commission’s performance
  • Creates a harmonious environment that promotes a sense of belonging, creates a community of trust and enables respect, dignity and tolerance
  • Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions.

Strategic Risk Management:

  • Protects the Commission’s image and reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts.

Core Competencies
Building Partnerships:

  • Identifies and develops sustainable networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders
  • Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

Drives Accountability Culture:

  • Drives the uncompromising commitment to ethical and moral principles demonstrated by the highest standards of professionalism in reaching the highest standard of performance and achieving results in support of the Commission’s mandate, objectives and aspirations.

Learning Agility and Resilience:

  • Creates and enables a learning organisation that promotes and develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals.
  • Has resilience and ability to sustain energy levels under pressure and to cope with disruptive changes and adapt.
  • Communicating with impact:
  • Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision makers to achieve substantive goals
  • Negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions and recognizes the impact of alternative courses of action
  • Capacity to communicate authentically to maintaining trust and buy-in when responding to competing demands and volatility.

Functional Competencies
Conceptual Thinking:

  • Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and / or resolve problems.

Job Knowledge Sharing:

  • Fosters and enables a knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the Commission.

Drive for Results and Impact:

  • Drives high performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement
  • Commits significant resources and / or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions
  • Establishes clear responsibilities and processes for monitoring, communicating progress, and measuring results.

Fosters Innovation:

  • Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs / processes for the overall performance of the organization and the portfolio.

AU Values

  • Respect for Diversity and Teamwork
  • Think Africa Above all
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Integrity and Impartiality
  • Efficiency and Professionalism
  • Information and Knowledge Sharing.

Application Closing Date
17hrs (5 pm) Addis Ababa Time, 4th September, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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5) Job Title: Commissioner, Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS)

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Directorate/Department: Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS)
Number of Direct Reports: Two (2) Directors
Number of Directorates and Agencies: 2 Directorates and 4 Specialized Offices
Job Family: Elected Official
Job Grade: SP3
Level: Six (6)

AU Values

  • Respect for Diversity and Teamwork
  • Think Africa Above all
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Integrity and Impartiality
  • Efficiency and Professionalism
  • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Context:

  • Under the authority of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, this position is responsible for driving the formulation and implementation of Political Affairs, Peace and Security policies, programs and strategies in line with the aspirations of Agenda 2063, the associated medium-term plans and other key continental legal and policy frameworks. Leads engagement with the AU Member States and strategic partners in the delivery of the portfolio’s continental priorities and programs.
  • The Commissioner shall have a high commitment to pan-African values and the guiding principles of the African Union.

Main Functions

  • Sets the overall goals of the Political Affairs, Peace and Security portfolio in line with the AU Agenda 2063;
  • Drives follow up and implementation of all AU decisions relating to the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts and crises as well as peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction in Africa;
  • Drives the implementation of the Africa Peace and Security Architecture and the African Governance Architecture including related flagship programmes and projects;
  • Drives the ratification and domestication of key governance and democratization instruments in AU Member States;
  • Sets annual performance targets for the Political Affairs, Peace and Security portfolio and report on annual progress to the Peace and Security Council, Specialized Technical Committees and other AU Policy Organs;
  • Provides regular reports to the Chairperson of the Commission on portfolio delivery;
  • Carries out effective regular engagement and collaboration with, and timely reporting to the PSC, PRC and respective subcommittees;
  • Drives the implementation of the AU Institutional Reform Agenda as part of the senior leadership team;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to Directors in the implementation of policies and programs within the portfolio;
  • Leads partnership negotiations and resource mobilization with Strategic Partners to finance continental programmes and priorities;
  • Co-ordinates Specialized Technical Committees to promote the achievement of the portfolio mandate;
  • Drives coordination and cooperation with Member States, Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for the Prevention of Conflicts and Crises in Africa in promoting sustainable peace and stability in Africa;
  • Ensures effective collaboration in programme development with the AU Development Agency (AUDANEPAD);
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Commission’s programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
  • Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer within the department and with other departments across the Commission; and
  • Supervises Directors and inspires high performance and delivery across the portfolio.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leads the development of continental policy frameworks and programs that promote good governance, democracy, respect of human rights, justice, the rule of law, peace and security;
  • Leads engagement efforts in following up and in implementing all AU decisions relating to the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts and crises, as well as those relating to peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction and development in Africa;
  • Provides political and strategic advice to the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union on matters relating to the promotion of peace and security in the African Continent;
  • Leads efforts to ensure that the Peace and Security Council (PSC) Secretariat, as the repository and institutional memory of the work of the PSC, is adequately staffed to effectively and efficiently provide the required technical and logistical support for the PSC to effectively discharge its mandate;
  • Drives the coordination of the work of relevant institutions under Regional Economic Communities, Regional Mechanisms for Prevention and Management and Resolution of Conflicts and Crises in Africa to ensure harmonization and complementarity of efforts in line with the provisions in the African Peace and Security Architecture and the African Governance Architecture; 
  • Strengthens and enhance cooperation between the Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the UN Security Council, as well as with other relevant international organs in promoting peace and security in Africa in line with the Framework Agreement on the Partnership in the Area of Peace and Security;
  • Ensures effective AU election monitoring missions to independently monitor elections in Member Countries to ensure strict adherence to relevant electoral rules and regulations, reinforce confidence in electoral processes and prevent post-election violence; (ensuring the integrity of electoral process)
  • Drives the promotion of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights and rule of law amongst Member States by facilitating political integration and establishment of national and continental level governance institutions to enhance democratic practices;
  • Leads the development and ratification of relevant continental policies and programmes such as and the African Passport and freedom of movement to achieve the objectives of an integrated African continent;
  • Identifies potential conflicts affecting Member States and initiates preventive diplomacy interventions to prevent conflict or violence;
  • Strengthens cooperation with governance partners such as Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and UN on UN Security Council reforms to consolidate efforts towards achievement of good governance, democracy and conflict prevention; and
  • Promoting ratification of AU legal frameworks related to peace and security, good governance, democratization,

Key Relationships
Internal Relationships:

  • Executive Council of the African Union
  • Permanent Representatives Committee
  • Peace and Security Council (PSC)
  • Specialized Technical Committees
  • Other AU Organs
  • AUDA-NEPAD
  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat
  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Director-General
  • Other Commissioners
  • Other Directorates

External Relationships:

  • AU Member States
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • International development partners
  • UN Agencies and Institutions
  • African Development Bank
  • UN Security Council
  • African private sector
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Research Institutions and Policy Think Tanks

Academic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, Peace and Security Studies, Global Diplomacy, International Relations, Development Studies or closely related field from a recognized institution.
  • A PhD in Law, Political Science, Public Policy, Peace and Security Studies, Global Diplomacy, International Relations, Development Studies or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

Relevant Experience:

  • Have not less than eighteen (18) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a senior leadership role preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government/public service, international or regional institution.

Language(s):

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages. Fluency in another AU working language is an added advantage.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Focus: – Determines and outlines the portfolio’s strategic priorities and connects the portfolio’s purpose to that of the broader organization vision and values. Inspires others and the organisation to achieve beyond expectations. Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  • Developing Organizational Capability: – Promotes and catalyzes organizational learning and development to ensure that the portfolio is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.
  • Change Leadership: – Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the portfolio or organization. Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms.
  • Demonstrates an ability to adapt style when faced with myriad dimensions of culture in order to be effective across cultural contexts. Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions.
  • Strategic Risk Management: – Manage the organization’s and portfolio’s reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and
  • benefits, impacts.

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnerships: – Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement
  • with key stakeholders. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
  • Drives Accountability Culture: – Determines objectives, sets priorities and develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement. Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.
  • Learning Agility and Resilience: – Engages in systematic and development activities aligned with the strategic needs of the organisation. Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals. Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
  • Communicating with impact: – Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision-makers to achieve substantive goals. Uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results and presents the key points of an argument persuasively. Negotiates and facilitates through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings.

Functional Competencies

  • Conceptual Thinking: – Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and/or resolve problems.
  • Job Knowledge Sharing: – Fosters and enables knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.
  • Drive for Results: – Drives high-performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement. Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.
  • Fosters Innovation: – Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes for the overall performance of the organization and the portfolio.

Application Closing Date
17hrs (5 pm) Addis Ababa Time, 4th September, 2020.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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6) Job Title: Chairperson

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Job Grade: SP1
Level: Seven (7)
Job Family: Elected Official
Directorate / Department: Bureau of the Chairperson
Reports to: The AU Assembly of Heads of State & Government and the AU Executive Council

AU Values

  • Respect for Diversity and Teamwork
  • Think Africa Above all
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Integrity and Impartiality
  • Efficiency and Professionalism
  • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Context:

  • The Chairperson of the African Union Commission is the Chief Executive Officer, Legal Representative of the Union and the Accounting Officer of the Union. The Chairperson of the Commission is a transformative leadership role responsible for driving the performance of the AU Commission in delivering the continental vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa.
  • The Chairperson is directly responsible to the Executive Council for the discharge of his / her duties.
  • The Chairperson of the Commission shall have a high commitment to pan-African values and the guiding principles of the African Union.

Statutory Functions:

  • As Accounting Officer of the Union, is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the AU Financial Rules and Regulations across the Union and ensuring overall administrative and financial compliance;
  • Chairs all Commission meetings and deliberations to determine the order of the agenda items, ensures clear and inclusive submission of information by attendees and directs discussions towards achieving consensus and way forward;
  • Undertakes measures aimed at promoting and popularizing the Africa Union’s objectives and enhance its performance in achieving its mandate;
  • Submits reports to the Assembly, Executive Council, Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), committees and any other organs to inform effective decision-making;
  • Prepares, with the PRC, the African Union (AU) budget and strategic planning documents of the AU to ensure timely planning and acquisition of adequate resources necessary for achieving AU’s objectives;
  • Acts as a depository for all AU and OAU treaties and legal instruments;
  • Facilitates the functioning, decision-making and reporting of all AU organ meetings, and ensure conformity and harmony with agreed AU policies, strategies, programmes and projects;
  • Consults and coordinate with Member States’ governments, other institutions and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on the AU’s activities, and carry out the AU’s diplomatic representations;
  • Leads efforts in determining the size and structure of the African Union Commission through organisational reviews, staff appointments and capacity building to ensure the Commission has adequate capacity to fulfill on its mandate;
  • Assumes overall responsibility for the Commission’s administration and finances to ensure efficient and effective undertaking of the Commission’s mandate as the secretariat of the AU;
  • Prepares the annual report on the AU and its organs’ activities to inform on the progress of AU projects and programmes and provide recommendations on the way forward; and
  • Contributes towards making Africa a significant partner in the global level as well as an integrated bloc within the continent by participating in global platforms, conferences and meetings to build mutually beneficial strategic linkages with other regional, continental and global organisations.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leads the implementation of the Commission’s mandate and policies in line with the aspirations set out in Agenda 2063, the associated medium-term plans and other key continental legal and policy frameworks;
  • Drives and supervises the performance and delivery of the Commission’s senior leadership team to establish a high-performing efficient and effective organization that is able to deliver on agreed continental priorities, attract and retain the best quality staff at all levels while operating within a strong accountability and performance-based framework.
  • Drives the implementation of the AU institutional reform agenda;
  • Leads diplomatic engagements and implement tasks assigned by the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government and the Executive Council;
  • Drives the coordination and management affairs in respective portfolio departments and service departments in the AUC;
  • Liaises closely with the organs of the Union to guide, support and monitor the performance of the Union in the various areas to ensure conformity and harmony with agreed policies, strategies, programmes and projects;
  • Assesses the need for AU branches, administrative and technical offices in conjunction with the PRC as may be considered necessary for the adequate functioning of the Commission, and create or abolish them as necessary with the approval of the Assembly;
  • Drives effective co-ordination of AU strategic partnerships in support of the delivery of continental priorities;
  • Ensures the smooth and efficient functioning of AU statutory meetings; Coordinate all activities and programmes of the AUC related to gender issues and ensure gender equity in all affairs of the AUC;
  • Establishes an institutional culture that promotes integrity, strong ethical practices, accountability, good governance and strong staff performance and delivery;
  • Carry out such other functions as may be determined by the Assembly or the Executive Council.

Key Relationships
Internal Relationships:

  • The Assembly of Heads of State and Government
  • Executive Council of the African Union
  • Permanent Representatives Committee
  • Peace and Security Council
  • Other AU Organs
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Commissioners
  • Director-General
  • Directorates
  • AUDA-NEPAD
  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat

External Relationships:

  • AU Member States
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • International development partners
  • UN General Assembly
  • UN Security Council
  • UN System
  • African Development Bank
  • African private sector
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Research Institutions and Policy Think Tanks

Academic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Law, International Relations, Economics, Diplomacy, Management, Business Administration, Political Science, Social Sciences or closely related field from a recognized institution.
  • A PhD in Law, International Relations, Diplomacy, Management, Business Administration, Political Science, Social Sciences or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

Relevant Experience:

  • Have not less than twenty (20) years of relevant professional and international experience with at least ten (10) years served in progressive senior leadership role(s) preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government/public service, international or regional institution.

Language(s):

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages. Fluency in another AU working language is highly desirable.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated transformational leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk with management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Drives Strategic Vision and Purpose: Anticipates future trends and artfully crafting a transformational and impactful vision that inspires action and drives a collective sense of purpose. Able to discern when to inquire, advocate, drive, or resolve. Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  • Developing Organizational Capability: Champions organizational learning and development to ensure that the Commission is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.
  • Change Leadership: Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the Commission’s performance. Creates a harmonious environment that promotes a sense of belonging, creates a community of trust and enables respect, dignity and tolerance. Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions.
  • Strategic Risk Management: Protects the Commission’s image and reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts.

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnerships: Identifies and develops sustainable networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
  • Drives Accountability Culture: Drives the uncompromising commitment to ethical and moral principles demonstrated by the highest standards of professionalism in reaching the highest standard of performance and achieving results in support of the Commission’s mandate, objectives and aspirations.
  • Learning Agility and Resilience: – Creates and enables a learning organisation that promotes and develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals. Has resilience and ability to sustain energy levels under pressure and to cope with disruptive changes and adapt.
  • Communicating with impact: – Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision-makers to achieve substantive goals. Negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions and recognizes the impact of alternative courses of action. Capacity to communicate authentically to maintaining trust and buy-in when responding to competing demands and volatility.

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking: – Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and / or resolve problems.
  • Job Knowledge Sharing: – Fosters and enables a knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the Commission.
  • Drive for Results and Impact: Drives high-performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement. Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions. Establishes clear responsibilities and processes for monitoring, communicating progress, and measuring results.
  • Fosters Innovation: Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs / processes for the overall performance of the organization and the portfolio.

Application Closing Date
4th September, 2020. 11:59PM or 23:59 Hrs, Addis Ababa Time.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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7) Job Title: Commissioner, Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS)

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Directorate/Department: Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development(HHS)
Number of Direct: Reports Two (2) Directors
Number of Directorates and Agencies: 2 Directorates and 8 Specialised Technical Offices/Agencies
Division: N / A
Job Family: Elected Official
Level: 6
Job Grade: SP3

AU Values

  • Respect for Diversity and Teamwork
  • Think Africa Above all
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Integrity and Impartiality
  • Efficiency and Professionalism
  • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Context

  • Under the authority of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, this position is responsible for driving the formulation and implementation of Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development policies, programs and strategies in line with the aspirations of Agenda 2063, the associated medium-term plans and other key continental legal and policy frameworks.
  • Leads engagement with the AU Member States and strategic partners in the delivery of the portfolio’s continental priorities. The Commissioner shall have a high commitment to pan-African values and the guiding principles of the African Union.

Main Functions

  • Sets the overall goals of the Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development portfolio in line with the AU Agenda 2063;
  • Sets annual performance targets for the Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development portfolio and report on annual progress to Specialized Technical Committees and AU Policy Organs;
  • Provide regular reports to the Chairperson of the Commission on portfolio delivery;
  • Carry out effective regular engagement and collaboration with, and timely reporting to the PRC and respective subcommittees;
  • Drive the implementation of the AU Institutional Reform Agenda as part of the senior leadership team;
  • Provide leadership and guidance to Directors in the implementation of policies and programs within the portfolio;
  • Engage with Member States in order to pursue the Commission’s work to promote domestication of AU Agenda 2063 at the national level by Member States;
  • Lead partnership negotiations and resource mobilization with Strategic Partners to finance continental programmes and priorities;
  • Co-ordinate Specialized Technical Committees to promote the achievement of the departmental mandate;
  • Strengthen regional coordination, cooperation and integration initiatives and ensure an effective division of labour with Member States and Regional Economic Communities
  • Ensure effective collaboration in programme development with the AU Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD);
  • Collaborate with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Commission’s programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
  • Cultivate a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer within the department and with other departments across the Commission; and
  • Supervise Directors and inspire high performance and delivery across the portfolio;

Specific Responsibilities

  • Lead advocacy efforts for development of common policy principles across health-related sectors to encourage investments in healthcare by Member States;
  • Drive the establishment of continental accountability mechanisms to track the implementation of continental commitments and carry out ongoing advocacy at political levels on strategic health issues jointly affecting AU Member States;
  • Lead the facilitation of Africa-wide consensus on the key strategic actions within the context of the AU Catalytic Framework to Eliminate AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030 to intensify the implementation of the 2013 Abuja Declaration commitments to end AIDS, TB and Malaria as public health threats;
  • Drive the continental response and preparedness to emerging health threats and pandemics including medical and pharmaceutical research and development Engage with Member States on the Articles of the AU Protocol on Rights of Persons Living with Disabilities to promote, protect and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by all persons with disabilities and to ensure respect for their inherent dignity;
  • Lead the adoption of necessary measures by Member States to achieve the provisions of the African Charter on the Welfare of the Child to facilitate the recognition of the rights, freedoms and duties of children as enshrined in the Charter;
  • Champion the establishment of networks of AU Member States to leverage on synergy in the fight and control of drug abuse and prevention of crime;
  • Drive the establishment and expansion of migration centres across AU Member States to foster the fight against human trafficking and illegal migration through data-based decision-making on matters concerning migrants;
  • Lead the development of policies on diaspora matters to leverage on Africans living in the diaspora to transfer knowledge and technical know-how to Member States and reduce costs of diaspora remittances to Africa in collaboration with African central banks;
  • Promote sports and physical education amongst Member States by working closely with Member States and partners to advocate for establishment of relevant policies and programmes;
  • Lead the engagements with Member States in identifying emerging social issues such as cyber-security and online sexual exploitation of women and children to facilitate formulation and adoption of policy frameworks and programmes to address such emerging issues;
  • Foster the cultural heritage of the African people by promoting repatriation of African artefacts and establishment of African museums to store and maintain African cultural wealth; and
  • Lead advocacy efforts for resolution of labour matters such as alignment of African education with the job market, labour development and creation of new jobs by AU member States in collaboration with the Education, Science and Technology department, the International Labour Organisation and other relevant partners.

Key Relationships
Internal Relationships:

  • Executive Council of the African Union
  • Permanent Representatives Committee
  • Other AU organs
  • Specialised Technical Committees
  • AUDA-NEPAD
  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat
  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Director General
  • Other Commissioners
  • Support Service Directorates

External Relationships:

  • AU Member States
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • International development partners
  • UN agencies and African Development Bank
  • UN Security Organs;
  • African private sector
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Research Institutions and Policy Think Tanks

Academic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Medical or Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Development Studies, or closely related field from a recognized institution.
  • A PhD in Health Sciences, Public Health, Social Sciences, Development Studies, or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage

Relevant Experience:

  • Have not less than eighteen (18) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a senior leadership role preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government/public service, international or regional institution Language(s)
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages. Fluency in another AU working language is an added advantage

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Focus: – Determines and outlines the portfolio’s strategic priorities and connects the portfolio’s purpose to that of the broader organization vision and values. Inspires others and the organisation to achieve beyond expectations. Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  • Developing Organizational Capability: – Promotes and catalyzes organizational learning and development to ensure that the portfolio is well positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.
  • Change Leadership: – Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the portfolio or organization. Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms.
  • Demonstrates an ability to adapt style when faced with myriad dimensions of culture in order to be effective across cultural contexts. Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions.
  • Strategic Risk Management: – Manage the organisation’s and portfolio’s reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts.

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnerships: – Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
  • Drives Accountability Culture: – Determines objectives, sets priorities and develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement. Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.
  • Learning Agility and Resilience: – Engages in systematic and development activities aligned with the strategic needs of the organisation. Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals. Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
  • Communicating with impact: – Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision makers to achieve substantive goals. Uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results and presents the key points of an argument persuasively. Negotiates and facilitates through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings.

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking: – Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and/or resolve problems.
  • Job Knowledge Sharing: – Fosters and enables a knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.
  • Drive for Results: Drives high performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement. Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.
  • Fosters Innovation: Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes for the overall performance of the organization and the portfolio.

Application Closing Date
17hrs (5pm) Addis Ababa time, 4th September, 2020.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click Here to Start Application

8) Job Title: Commissioner, Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining (ETIM)

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Directorate / Department: Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining (ETIM)
Number of Direct Reports: Two (2) Directors
Number of Directorates and Agencies: 2 Directorates and 1 Specialised Technical Office
Job Family: Elected Official
Division: N/A
Job Grade: SP3
Level: Six (6)

AU Values

  • Respect for Diversity and Teamwork
  • Think Africa Above all
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Integrity and Impartiality
  • Efficiency and Professionalism
  • Information and Knowledge Sharing.

Context

  • Under the direct authority of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, this position is responsible for driving the implementation of Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining policies, programs and strategies in line with the aspirations of Agenda 2063, the associated medium-term plans and other key continental legal and policy frameworks.
  • Leads engagement with the AU Member States and strategic partners in the delivery of the portfolio’s continental priorities.
  • The Commissioner shall have a high commitment to pan-African values and the guiding principles of the African Union.

Main Functions

  • Sets the vision and priorities of the Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining department through translation of the aspirations of the AU Agenda 2063 into concrete implementable programmes to pursue the objectives of Member States;
  • Sets annual performance targets for the Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining portfolio and report on annual progress to Specialized Technical Committees and AU Policy Organs;
  • Provides regular reports to the Chairperson of the Commission on portfolio delivery;
  • Carries out effective regular engagement and collaboration with, and timely reporting to the PRC and respective subcommittees;
  • Drives the implementation of the AU Institutional Reform Agenda as part of the senior leadership team;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to Directors in the implementation of policies and programs within the portfolio;
  • Engages with Member States in order to pursue the Commission’s work to promote domestication of AU Agenda 2063 at the national level by Member States;
  • Leads partnership negotiations and resource mobilization with Strategic Partners to finance continental programs and priorities;
  • Co-ordinates Specialized Technical Committees to promote the achievement of the departmental mandate;
  • Strengthens regional coordination, cooperation and integration initiatives and ensure an effective division of labour with Member States and Regional Economic Communities
  • Ensures effective collaboration in programme development with the AU Development Agency (AUDANEPAD);
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Commission’s programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
  • Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer within the department and with other departments across the Commission; and
  • Supervises Directors and inspires high performance and delivery across the portfolio.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Strategic leadership in the attainment of the vision, aims and objectives of the Treaty establishing the African Economic Community;
  • Drives the development of continental policies, programmes and projects aimed at attaining rapid and inclusive sustainable development across Africa;
  • Leads the development of policies of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which aims to boost intra-African trade by providing a comprehensive and mutually beneficial trade agreement among the member states, covering trade in goods and services, investment, intellectual property rights and competition policy;
  • Leads partnership negotiations with the private sector to expand investment, manufacturing, mining, tourism, and trade across Africa;
  • Leads the production of real time, quality, harmonised statistics on Africa and ensure they meet the standards required to make them Africa’s statistics of reference;
  • Leads the coordination efforts for the establishment of Africa Union Financial Institutions provided under the Abuja Treaty and Article 19 of constitutive act of African Union namely (Africa Central Bank, Africa Investment Bank, Africa Monetary Fund and Africa Stock Exchange to promote economic integration;
  • Champions the implementation of African Mining Vision (AMV) framework to promote transparency, social responsibility and tax compliance in the extractive industry; and
  • Coordinates Member States’ efforts in eliminating illicit financial flows in Africa in collaboration with strategic

Key Relationships
Internal Relationships:

  • Executive Council of the African Union
  • Permanent Representatives Committee
  • Other AU organs
  • Specialised Technical Committees
  • AUDA-NEPAD
  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat
  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Director-General
  • Other Commissioners
  • Other Directorates.

External Relationships:

  • AU Member States
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • International development partners
  • UN Agencies and Institutions
  • International and regional trade bodies and institutions
  • African Development Bank
  • African private sector
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Research Institutions and Policy Think Tanks.

Academic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Finance, International Development, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Public Policy or closely related field from a recognized institution.
  • A PhD in Economics, Finance, International Development, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Public Policy or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

Relevant Experience:

  • Have not less than eighteen (18) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a senior leadership role preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government/public service, international or regional institution.

Language(s):

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages. Fluency in another AU working language is highly desirable.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.

Leadership Competencies:
Strategic Focus:

  • Determines and outlines the portfolio’s strategic priorities and connects the portfolio’s purpose to that of the broader organization vision and values. Inspires others and the organisation to achieve beyond expectations.
  • Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

Developing Organizational Capability:

  • Promotes and catalyzes organizational learning and development to ensure that the portfolio is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.

Change Leadership:

  • Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the portfolio or organization. Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms.
  • Demonstrates an ability to adapt style when faced with myriad dimensions of culture in order to be effective across cultural contexts.
  • Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions.

Strategic Risk Management:

  • Manage the organization’s and portfolio’s reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts.

Core Competencies:
Building Partnerships:

  • Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders.
  • Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

Drives Accountability Culture:

  • Determines objectives, sets priorities and develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement. Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.

Learning Agility and Resilience:

  • Engages in systematic and development activities aligned with the strategic needs of the organisation.
  • Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals.
  • Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity.
  • Recovers quickly from setbacks.

Communicating with impact:

  • Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision-makers to achieve substantive goals.
  • Uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results and presents the key points of an argument persuasively.
  • Negotiates and facilitates through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings.

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking: Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and/or resolve problems.
  • Job Knowledge Sharing: Fosters and enables a knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.
  • Drive for Results: Drives high-performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement. Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.
  • Fosters Innovation: Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes for the overall performance of the organization and the portfolio.

Application Closing Date
17hrs (5pm) Addis Ababa time, 4th September, 2020.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click Here to Start Application

9) Job Title: Commissioner, Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (ARBE)

Location: Headquaters (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Reports to Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Directorate / Department: Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (ARBE)
Number of Direct Reports: Two (2) Directors
Number of Directorates and Agencies: 2 Directorates and 5 Specialized Technical Offices
Job Family: Elected Official

Context

  • Under the direct authority of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, this position is responsible for driving the implementation of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment policies, programs and strategies in line with the aspirations of Agenda 2063, the associated medium-term plans and other key continental legal and policy frameworks.
  • Leads engagement with the AU Member States and strategic partners in the delivery of the portfolio’s continental priorities
  • The Commissioner shall have a high commitment to pan-African values and the guiding principles of the African Union.

Main Functions

  • Sets the overall goals of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment portfolio in line with the AU Agenda 2063;
  • Sets annual performance targets for the Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment portfolio and reports on annual progress to Specialized Technical Committees and AU Policy Organs;
  • Provides regular reports to the Chairperson of the Commission on portfolio delivery;
  • Carries out effective regular engagement and collaboration with, and timely reporting to the PRC and respective subcommittees;
  • Drives the implementation of the AU Institutional Reform Agenda by supporting reform initiatives in the department;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to Directors in the implementation of policies and programmes within the portfolio;
  • Engages with Member States in order to pursue the Commission’s work to promote domestication of AU Agenda 2063 at the national level by Member States;
  • Leads partnership negotiations and resource mobilization with Strategic Partners to finance continental programmes and priorities;
  • Co-ordinates Specialized Technical Committees to promote the achievement of the departmental mandate;
  • Strengthens regional coordination, cooperation and integration initiatives and ensure an effective division of labour with Member States and Regional Economic Communities;
  • Ensures effective collaboration in programme development with the AU Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD);
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Commission’s programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
  • Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer within the department and with other departments across the Commission; and
  • Supervises Directors and inspire high performance, teamwork and delivery across the portfolio.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leads the development of continental policy frameworks and programs that promote sustainable agriculture and food systems in order to attain food and nutrition security and consumer safety;
  • Promotes modern and sustainable agricultural practices that adapts to changes in climate, demographics and technologies for increased food productivity in the continent to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition;
  • Oversees the implementation of agribusiness strategies and programs to create job opportunities and reduce poverty levels in the continent;
  • Develops continental strategies and programs aimed at improving animal health and welfare standards in Africa;
  • Develops continental policies for rural areas and medium-sized farms to promote diversification of the rural economy with the aim to increase employment, incomes and the living space and quality of life for rural people;
  • Develops continental policies and strategies that will promote in conservation and sustainably utilization of aquatic resources, contributing to de-pollution and pollution prevention efforts in the continent;
  • Formulates continental policy frameworks and programs that promote sound environmental and natural resource management and resilience to natural disasters and climate change;
  • Develops continental strategies and programs that will support Africa combat climate change and its impacts; and
  • Oversees implementation of continental policies aimed to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss in Africa.

Key Relationships
Internal Relationships:

  • Executive Council of the African Union
  • Permanent Representatives Committee
  • Other AU organs
  • Specialized Technical Committees
  • AUDA-NEPAD
  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat
  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Director General
  • Other Commissioners
  • Other Directorates

External Relationships:

  • AU Member States
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • International development partners
  • UN Agencies
  • African Development Bank
  • African private sector
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Research Institutions and Policy Think Tanks.

Academic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences / Economics, Aquaculture, Fisheries, Maritime, Forestry, Environmental Sciences / Management, Natural Resources or a closely related field from a recognized institution.
  • A Ph.D in Agricultural Sciences / Economics, Aquaculture, Fisheries, Maritime, Forestry, Environmental Sciences / Management, Natural Resources or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

Relevant Experience:

  • Have not less than eighteen (18) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a senior leadership role preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government/public service, international or regional institution.

Language(s):

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages. Fluency in another AU working language is highly desirable.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.

Leadership Competencies
Strategic Focus:

  • Determines and outlines the portfolio’s strategic priorities and connects the portfolio’s purpose to that of the broader organization vision and values
  • Inspires others and the organisation to achieve beyond expectations
  • Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

Developing Organizational Capability:

  • Promotes and catalyzes organizational learning and development to ensure that the portfolio is well positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.

Change Leadership:

  • Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the portfolio or organization. Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms.
  • Demonstrates an ability to adapt style when faced with myriad dimensions of culture in order to be effective across cultural contexts
  • Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions.

Strategic Risk Management:

  • Manage the organisation’s and portfolio’s reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts.

Core Competencies
Building Partnerships:

  • Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders
  • Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

Drives Accountability Culture:

  • Determines objectives, sets priorities and develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement
  • Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.

Learning Agility and Resilience:

  • Engages in systematic and development activities aligned with the strategic needs of the organisation
  • Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals. Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

Communicating with impact:

  • Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision makers to achieve substantive goals
  • Uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results and presents the key points of an argument persuasively
  • Negotiates and facilitates through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings.

Functional Competencies
Conceptual Thinking:

  • Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and/or resolve problems.

Job Knowledge Sharing:

  • Fosters and enables a knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.

Drive for Results:

  • Drives high performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement.
  • Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.

Fosters Innovation:

  • Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes for the overall performance of the organization and the portfolio.

AU Values

  • Respect for Diversity and Teamwork
  • Think Africa Above all
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Integrity and Impartiality
  • Efficiency and Professionalism
  • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Application Closing Date
4th September, 2020.

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

10) Job Title: Commissioner, Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI)

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Directorate/Department: Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI)
Number of Direct: Reports One (1) Director
Number of Directorates and Agencies: 1 Directorate, 4 Specialised Technical Offices and the Pan African University
Job Family: Elected Official
Job Grade: SP3
Level: Six (6)

AU Values

  • Respect for Diversity and Teamwork
  • Think Africa Above all
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Integrity and Impartiality
  • Efficiency and Professionalism
  • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Context:

  • Under the direct authority of the Chairperson of the Commission, this position is responsible for driving the implementation of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation policies, programs and strategies in line with the aspirations of Agenda 2063, the associated medium-term plans and other key continental legal and policy frameworks. Leads engagement with the AU Member States and strategic partners in the delivery of the portfolio’s continental priorities.
  • The Commissioner shall have a high commitment to pan-African values and the guiding principles of the African Union.

Main Functions

  • Sets the overall goals of the Education, Science, Technology and Innovation portfolio in line with the AU Agenda 2063;
  • Sets annual performance targets for the Education, Science, Technology and Innovation portfolio and report on annual progress to Specialized Technical Committees and AU Policy Organs;
  • Provides regular reports to the Chairperson of the Commission on portfolio delivery;
  • Carries out effective regular engagement and collaboration with, and timely reporting to the PRC and respective subcommittees;
  • Drives the implementation of the AU Institutional Reform Agenda as part of the senior leadership team;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to Directors in the implementation of policies and programs within the portfolio;
  • Engages with Member States in order to pursue the Commission’s work to promote domestication of AU Agenda 2063 at the national level by Member States;
  • Leads partnership negotiations and resource mobilization with Strategic Partners to finance continental programmes and priorities;
  • Co-ordinates Specialized Technical Committees to promote the achievement of the departmental mandate;
  • Strengthens regional coordination, cooperation and integration initiatives and ensure an effective division of labour with Member States and Regional Economic Communities
  • Ensures effective collaboration in programme development with the AU Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD);
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Commission’s programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
  • Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer within the department and with other departments across the Commission; and
  • Supervises Directors and inspires high performance and delivery across the portfolio.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leads the implementation of AU Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) aimed at aligning Africa’s education and training systems to meet the knowledge, competencies, skills, innovation and creativity required to nurture African core values and promote sustainable development at the national, regional and continental levels;
  • Drives the development of continental policy frameworks and programs that contribute towards revitalized, quality, relevant, and harmonized education systems responsive to the needs of Africa;
  • Leads the implementation of enabling policies aimed at accelerating Africa’s transition to an innovative-led, knowledge-based economy to achieve food security, prevention and control of diseases, peace and harmony in the society and wealth creation in the continent;
  • Leads the development of policies and strategies to address the challenges of education, technical and vocational training to support economic development, creation of national wealth and contribute to poverty reduction through youth entrepreneurship, innovation and employment;
  • Spearheads the implementation of an African Virtual and E-University that aims to make use ICT based programmes to develop relevant and high quality Open, Distance and eLearning (ODeL) resources to offer students guaranteed access to the University from anywhere in the continent and the world;
  • Leads continental advocacy for an inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all in the Member States;
  • Leads engagements with Member States to secure the adoption of Pan-African University standards in all other universities within Member States to strengthen African higher education and research, address quality of education, promote intra-African collaboration, innovation and establish links with industry and social sector; and
  • Drives the African Union’s education and scientific scholarships and awards initiative and oversee the work of specialist Africa Union institutions; and
  • Drives strategic partnerships and resource mobilization for continental Research and Development;

Key Relationships
Internal Relationships:

  • Executive Council of the African Union
  • Permanent Representatives Committee
  • Other AU organs
  • Specialised Technical Committees
  • AUDA-NEPAD
  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat
  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Director-General
  • Other Commissioners
  • Other Directorates

External Relationships:

  • AU Member States
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • International development partners
  • UN agencies and African Development Bank
  • UN Security Organs;
  • African private sector
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Research Institutions and Policy Think Tanks

Academic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Education, Science and Technology, Social Sciences or closely related field from a recognized institution.
  • A PhD in Education, Science and Technology, Social Sciences or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

Relevant Experience:

  • Have not less than eighteen (18) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a senior leadership role preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government/public service, international or regional institution.

Language(s):

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages. Fluency in another AU working language is highly desirable.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Focus: Determines and outlines the portfolio’s strategic priorities and connects the portfolio’s purpose to that of the broader organization vision and values. Inspires others and the organisation to achieve beyond expectations. Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  • Developing Organizational Capability: Promotes and catalyzes organizational learning and development to ensure that the portfolio is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.
  • Change Leadership: Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the portfolio or organization. Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms. Demonstrates an ability to adapt style when faced with myriad dimensions of culture in order to be effective across cultural contexts. Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions.
  • Strategic Risk Management: Manage the organisation’s and portfolio’s reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts, etc.

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnerships: Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
  • Drives Accountability Culture: Determines objectives, sets priorities and develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement. Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.
  • Learning Agility and Resilience:  Engages in systematic and development activities aligned with the strategic needs of the organisation. Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals. Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
  • Communicating with impact: Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision-makers to achieve substantive goals. Uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results and presents the key points of an argument persuasively. Negotiates and facilitates through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings.

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking: Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and/or resolve problems.
  • Job Knowledge Sharing: Fosters and enables a knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.
  • Drive for Results: Drives high performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement. Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.
  • Fosters Innovation: – Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes for the overall performance of the organization and the portfolio.

Application Closing Date
17hrs (5 pm) Addis Ababa Time, 4th September, 2020.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click Here to Start Application

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