Job Vacancies at the African Union (AU)

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the 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 position below:

Job Title: Policy Analyst

Requisition ID: 681
Location: South Africa, South Africa
Job Grade: P2
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Location: Midrand, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa
Directorate/Department: Pan-African Parliament (PAP)
Reports to: Head of Committees, Research, Documentation & Library Division

Background
The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was established as an organ of the African Union by the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community relating to the Pan African Parliament to provide a common platform for the full participation of the African peoples, the diaspora and the grassroots organizations in discussions and decision-making on issues and challenges facing the continent. In seeking to achieve its objectives, the Pan African Parliament intends to strengthen its capacity to deliver by, among others, recruiting three (3) Policy Analysts under the African Governance Architecture Support Project (AGA-SP).

The AGA project aims to contribute to good governance, respect for human rights, justice, and the rule of law in Africa, in accordance with Aspirations of African Union Agenda 2063. The AGA program which runs from 2021 to 2023, is supporting the development of policy research, analysis and documentation for the Pan African Parliament to strengthen the oversight function and ensure accountability in terms achieving the vision behind the AGA. The Pan African Parliament is therefore inviting applications from citizens of the African Union Member States with exceptional skills, competences, and track record of capacity to deliver cutting edge policy research, analysis, and dissemination in legal, political, socio and economic governance.

Purpose of Job

  • To provide policy and strategic research support to Members, Permanent Committees and Secretariat to effectively execute its mandate as envisioned in article 3 (objectives) and 11 (powers and functions) of the Protocol establishing the PAP.
  • The Analysts will examine, produce and disseminate cutting edge research products, memoranda, and policy briefs in support of PAP’s oversight, legislative, public and international participation, and administrative functions.

Main Functions
Designation and Functional Roles

Democratic Governance Analyst:

  • Strengthen the research, analytical and documentation capacity of PAP to promote ratification, domestication and effective implementation of AU norms, policies and resolutions on democratic governance and human rights; The analyst will also support PAP in conducting relevant research and policy analysis to promote women, youth and persons with disability effective participation in democratic governance.

Legal Analyst:

  • Provide legal research, analytical and drafting support to PAP towards harmonisation and coordination of laws and policies of AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities as well as review and amendment of rules of procedure of AGA Platform Members.

Socio-Economic Analyst:

  • Undertake socio-economic research, analysis, and documentation in support of PAPs mandate of contributing to attainment of the objectives of the AU on regional integration.
  • The analyst will enhance the capacity of PAP to promote among other issues – African Continental Free Trade Area (Affair); Free Movement of Persons in Africa; Effective Governance of Natural Resources, Climate Change and the Environment.

Specific Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Committees, Research, Documentation and Library, the Policy Analysts will be responsible for the following:

  • Work with leadership of committees to agree on thematic issues to be considered by the Committees derived from AU agreed themes.
  • Liaise with the Committees unit in coordinating the work of the Committees.
  • Conduct policy research on themes of interest to the Parliamentary Committees.
  • Provide proactive and on-demand institutional research support services.
  • Review AU policies and legal instruments under consideration by the Committees and submit policy review papers to guide the Committees.
  • Analyse policy and provide policy advice and support using systematic methods.
  • Support the drafting and publication of parliamentary documents and information dissemination by the Committees.
  • Produce oversight reports and background analysis on specific issues under the guidance of the leadership of the Committees.
  • Review and improve the quality of documents presented by external stakeholders such as civil society organisations; and
  • Support the publication of articles and papers on topics of interest to the Parliament.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Political Science (Democratic Governance Analyst); Law (Legal Analyst), Economics or Sociology (Socio-Economic Analyst) or other relevant disciplines from a recognized University with two (2) years of relevant work experience or a Bachelor’s degree with five (5) years of relevant work experience preferably in a National or Regional Parliament, Public Sector or Private Sector in democratic governance, law and socio-economic policy research or analysis.
  • Evidence of at least one single authored published article or knowledge product.

Required Skills:

  • Research and analytical skills in sectoral specific policy areas.
  • Knowledge of research methods and methodologies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and report writing skills.
  • Understanding of African Union processes.
  • Understanding of Parliamentary processes.
  • Legislative drafting skills would be an added advantage.
  • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish) and fluency in another AU working language is an added advantage.
  • Ability to simplify and repurpose information for senior policy makers, technical experts and the general public.
  • Experience in designing and presenting research findings in visually appealing formats is an added advantage.
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn new technologies and communication methods.

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration..
  • Learning Orientation..
  • Communicating with Influence..
  • Foster Accountability Culture..

Functional Competencies:

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

Tenure of Appointment:

  • The appointment will be made on two (2) years fixed term contract, of which the first six (6) months be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract can be renewed subject to the duration of the project.

Gender Mainstreaming:

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

Remuneration

  • An indicative lump sum salary of US$88,381.02 (P2 Step 5) per annum plus other entitlements such as medical insurance, group life insurance among others in conformity with the rules and procedures applicable to the staff of the African Union on fixed term appointment.

Job Title: Head of Interpretation Division

Requisition ID: 683
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Job Grade: P5
Contract Type: Regular
Division: Interpretation
Number of Direct Reports: 39
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Directorate: Conference Management and Publications
Reports to: Director, Conference Management and Publications

Purpose of Job

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

Main Functions

  • Designs and implements policies, programs and projects to achieve the directorate’s strategic objectives.
  • Manages and supervises employees within the division, ensures the timely delivery of the directorate’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation;
  • Designs policies, strategies and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions;
  • Ensures the delivery of the division’s annual targets in line with the directorate’s overall goals and ensures robust and timely monitoring and reporting;
  • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Units within the Division
  • Manages the work of the Division and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system;
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/Regional Mechanisms(RMs) and relevant international organisations in designing and implementing strategies.
  • Maintains thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Division;
  • Maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member States and partner institutions in the execution of the Division’s mandate.
  • Represents the organisation and communicates its position at conferences.
  • Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level.
  • Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization;
  • Manages risk within the division and recommends mitigation strategies
  • Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures implementation at division level
  • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Formulate policies and guidelines governing interpretations and work programmes in close consultation with the Director;
  • Develop a database of reputable interpreters in AU Member States;
  • Organise and coordinate the work of regular, Short Term and freelance interpreters;
  • Assess interpreters as well as interpretation equipment technicians and submit to the Director regular reports on the performance and efficiency of interpreters and technicians;
  • Analyze interpretation services and procedures quality and develop improvements
  • Advise the Director on interpretation equipment acquisition, maintenance and development of database to ensure the availability of adequate interpretation facilities at all times:
  • Advise the Director on all matters relating to Interpretation;
  • Oversee the overall management of the Division: personnel, budget, performance, quality, discipline etc. in accordance with the relevant rules and procedure in force;
  • Ensure that activities of the Division are organized with maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
  • Develop manuals on procedures and best practices
  • Undertake any other tasks that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Conference Interpretation / Translation, or in a Language related field, with twelve (12) years of progressive responsible experience in interpretation out of which seven (7) years should be at managerial level and five (5) at supervisory level in similar international organizations;
  • Experience in facilitating intergovernmental conference processes and multicultural diplomacy is an added advantage

Required Skills:

  • A demonstrated knowledge in interpretation equipment/platforms/software
  • A demonstrated ability to initiate and promote collaborative approaches between geographically and culturally disparate partners
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations both internally and externally
  • Ability to develop and delegate clear program goals, plans and actions, including budgets, that are consistent with agreed strategies
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment;
  • Strong organizational, managerial and leadership qualities;
  • Proficiency in a minimum of two of the AU official working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish) and fluency in a third AU language(s) is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

  • Building relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

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

Tenure of Appointment:

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

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

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$50,746.00 (P5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$26,208.00(per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Job Title: Head of Translation Division

Requisition ID: 682
Location: Addis, Ababa – Ethiopia
Job Grade: P5
Contract Type: Regular
Division: Translation
Number of Direct Reports: 64
Number of Indirect Reports: 15
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Directorate: Conference Management and Publications
Reports to: Director, Conference Management and Publications

Purpose of Job

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

Main Functions

  • Designs and implements policies, programs and projects to achieve the directorate’s strategic objectives.
  • Manages and supervises employees within the division, ensures the timely delivery of the directorate’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation;
  • Designs policies, strategies and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions;
  • Ensures the delivery of the division’s annual targets in line with the directorate’s overall goals and ensures robust and timely monitoring and reporting;
  • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Units within the Division
  • Manages the work of the Division and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system;
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/Regional Mechanisms(RMs) and relevant international organisations in designing and implementing strategies.
  • Maintains thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Division;
  • Maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member States and partner institutions in the execution of the Division’s mandate.
  • Represents the organisation and communicates its position at conferences.
  • Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level.
  • Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization;
  • Manages risk within the division and recommends mitigation strategies
  • Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures implementation at division level
  • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Formulate policies and guidelines governing translations and work programmes in close consultation with the Director;
  • Develop a database of reputable translators in AU Member States;
  • Organize and coordinate the work of Revisers and Translators both regular and freelance;
  • Analyze translation services and procedures quality and develop improvements;
  • Develop manuals on procedures and best practices;
  • Responsible for advising on the recruitment of freelancers for the Division and all translation activities, both outsourcing and in-house translations;
  • Introduce modern working methods in the Division;
  • Evaluate the performance of revisers, translators and secretaries regular/Short-term and freelance within the Translation Division;
  • Ensure timeliness of translation and delivery of documents to Departments and Units of the Commission as well as Member States;
  • Advise the Director on the acquisition of required translation tools, software and reference books for the use of Revisers and translators, with the ultimate objective of having a proper reference unit and database;
  • Undertake any other tasks assigned by the supervisory.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Translation, Interpretation, Languages, or related fields from a recognized institution with twelve (12) years of progressive responsible experience in translation out of which seven (7) years at managerial level and  five (5) at supervisory level in similar international organizations;
  • Experience in facilitating intergovernmental conference processes and multicultural diplomacy is desirable.

Required Skills:

  • A demonstrated knowledge in translation software
  • A demonstrated ability to initiate and promote collaborative approaches between geographically and culturally disparate partners
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations both internally and externally
  • Ability to develop and delegate clear program goals, plans and actions, including budgets, that are consistent with agreed strategies.
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff;
  • Excellent Translation Skill;
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment;
  • Strong organizational, managerial and leadership qualities;
  • Proficiency in a minimum of two of the AU working languages, fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies:

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

Core Competencies:

  • Building relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

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

Tenure of Appointment:

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

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

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$50,746.00 (P5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$  26,208.00  (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Deadline: 9th August, 2021.

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