African Union Job Recruitment – [2 Openings]

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: 1. Youth Envoy to the Chairperson Job Title: Youth Envoy to the Chairperson Requisition ID: 723 Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Job Grade: P3 Contract Type: Fixed Term Reports to: Cabinet of the Chairperson Division: Youth Division Number of Direct Reports: 0 Number of Indirect Reports: 0 Organization: African Union Commission – AUC Directorate / Department: Women, Gender and Youth – WGYD
Purpose of Job
  • The Youth Envoy will work under the guidance of the AUC Chairperson, through the Cabinet, in close collaboration with the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (WGYD).
  • The Youth Envoy will work closely with the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (WGYD) to Champion AU’s youth policies,
  • Promote policy and partnership for youth engagement, and
  • Mobilize political commitments on youth issues.
Main Functions
  • Advocate for the development and implementation of AU youth development and engagement frameworks, policies, strategies and programmes
  • Champion and promote best practices on youth development and engagement
  • Consult and mobilize youth networks, to dialogue and engage in the development and implementation of AU Youth Frameworks
  • Work closely with the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate to ensure alignment in content and priorities for youth Development and engagement the office of the Youth Envoy
  • Represent African youth voices in AU policy processes
  • Undertake additional tasks as requested by the AUC Chairperson
Specific Responsibilities The AU Chairperson’s Youth Envoy will be responsible for the following functions, among others:
  • To Champion AU’s Youth policies and priorities as articulated in the African Youth Charter, the Africa Plan of Action on Youth Empowerment (APAYE) Guided by Agenda 2063
  • Work with key partners – including governments, academic institutions, media and civil society, financial institutions and the private and non-governmental sectors
  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships in the implementation of the African Youth Charter, APAYE and other AU policies with a bearing on youth.
  • To Promote regional, continental and global partnership to support youth engagement and bring youth into AUC policy dialogues and decision making processes
  • Promote the systematic and meaningful engagement of African young people, including those from marginalized communities, in areas affected by conflict and humanitarian emergencies.
  • Mainstream and promote the engagement of young people through other creative and non-traditional avenues including the use of social media.
  • Play a key role in the organization of special youth events comprising among others; Africa Youth Day, International Youth Day, and Intergenerational Dialogues, mobilizing voices of youth in the planning, implementation and evaluation of these events, platforms and frameworks; and increase regional, continental and global awareness and attention to youth issues.
  • Promote youth leadership at member state and continental levels including through advocacy for enhanced youth participation in the work of the AUC, with a special focus on the most marginalized and vulnerable youth.
  • Advocate for expanded investments and resources for youth development and policies.
  • Work with relevant AUC Departments to advocate and expand the space for youth in the work of the AUC, including the parity agenda on achieving 35% quotas for young people at the AUC.
  • Work with the relevant AU Department to mobilize resources, according to the AU financial rules and regulations for programmes, related to her work.
  • Prepare periodic work plan duly reviewed and approved by the CCP in collaboration with WGDY
  • Work closely with the Cabinet of the Chairperson on any matters related to the area of involvement, as assigned by the respective authorities.
Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
  • Candidates must have Master’s Degree in Development Studies or any related field with a Minimum progressive work experience of 3 years in public policy, public engagement, youth development, project management or related fields;
  • Experience working on youth development issues
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies or any related field with a Minimum progressive work experience 5 years in public policy, public engagement, youth development, project management or related fields;
Required Skills:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sound planning and organizational skills
  • Creativity and drive to innovate
  • Ability to negotiate diplomatically
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development
Leadership Competencies:
  • Strategic Insight..
  • Developing others…
  • Change Management…
  • Managing Risk…
Core Competencies:
  • Building Relationships…
  • Foster Accountability Culture…
  • Learning Orientation…
  • Communicating with Influence…
Functional Competencies:
  • Conceptual thinking…
  • Job Knowledge Sharing…
  • Drive for Results…
  • Continuous improvement orientation…
Tenure of Appointment
  • The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.
Gender Mainstreaming:
  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Remuneration The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$  96,921.34  (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 78,461.08 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.
Application Closing Date 8th October, 2021.
How to Apply Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply online 2. Rector
Job Title: Rector Requisition ID: 721 Location: Yaounde, Cameroon Reports to: Commissioner (ESTI) Directorate / Department : ESTI Number of Direct Reports: 10 Number of Indirect Reports: 20 Job Grade: D1 Contract  Type: Regular
Purpose of Job
  • This is the position of the Chief Executive and chief academic Officer of the Pan African University’s Management structure and shall exercise general superintendence and control over the university.
  • The holder of this position will be responsible for formulating and implementing appropriate operating policies and decisions related to the establishment of the PAU, and in accordance with the PAU strategic plan.
  • He /she shall be responsible for implementing innovative programs and adopt new cutting-edge technologies for the University, to make it globally competitive.
  • He/she shall be responsible for developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with, educational, research, governmental, business, industrial, professional, social, civil society and cultural institutions regionally and internationally. The PAU Rector will be supported in his/her functions by Vice Rector (Research, Development and Cooperation) and other staff.
Main Functions
  • Develop and maintain operating rules and procedures;
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure efficient functioning of rectorate the PAU Institutes and the PAVEU;
  • Ensure overall management of the PAU personnel, budget, performance, quality, discipline and training in conformity with relevant rules and procedures in force;
  • Determine and execute the overall strategy of the PAU in alignment with PAU rules and procedures;
  • Design and develop business continuity plan to address unforeseen circumstances;
  • Design operational policies consistent with the AU’s goal in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area;
  • Ensure risk management and mitigation Prepare and oversee integrated programs of overall activities of the organization;
  • Build and maintain a strategic plan to form good working relations with ESTI and other departments of the Commission;
  • Develop and maintain regular working relations with top level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of Member States and partners;
  • Organize coordination meetings between PAU and other similar and relevant organizations;
  • Ultimately responsible for preparing periodic financial and budget execution reports and other reports;
  • Oversee the collection of contributed funds to the PAU;
  • Initiate and take necessary actions to collect funds of and for the African Union as a whole;
  • Propose training programmes relating to program designing and coordination;
  • Promote awareness and training of best practices in area of expertise.
Specific Responsibilities
  • Representing the University in all forums as its Chief Executive;
  • Facilitate the signing of MOUs with Host Universities, Host Countries, and Lead Thematic Partners and African Union Commission;
  • Concluding agreements, contracts or other arrangements between the PAU and other competent bodies for pedagogic, research, management and funding purposes with the approval of the PAU Council;
  • Coordinate the development of a corporate plan for the operationalization of the PAU and ensure it is translated into appropriate, and realistic goals and objectives that are delivered harmoniously and successfully;
  • Prepare and present the PAU annual activity report to the PAU council;
  • Ensure the implementation of the decisions of the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government with regard to PAU;
  • Facilitate the required co-ordination between Directors of PAU Institutes and Coordinators of Programme Departments and Centers;
  • Coordinate the selection of the PAU Satellites centers;
  • Liaison with the African Union Commission, Vice chancellors of Host Institutions, and Lead Thematic Partners;
  • Managing the personnel of the PAU;
  • Coordinate the establishment of Rectorate and recruitment of Rectorate staff;
  • Coordinate the student recruitment process, award of scholarships, and smooth relocation to respective Institutes;
  • Ensure the recruitment of academic staff for PAU Institutes;
  • Provide oversight for all PAU academic programs;
  • Ensuring the implementation and the periodic monitoring of the PAU’s multi-annual strategic development plan as approved by the PAU Council
  • Performing all other functions as are necessary for the proper administration, smooth operation and development of the PAU.
  • Serve as secretariat to the PAU Council and chair the PAU senate
  • Any other responsibilities assigned by ESTI Commissioner.
Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
  • PhD and a full professor of a recognized university, with twenty (20) years of post-graduate experience in one of the thematic fields of the PAU of which ten (10) years at a senior academic leadership position and a minimum of 4 years as a Vice Rector / Deputy Vice Chancellor in a recognized university;
  • Having held the administrative positions of Rector or Vice Chancellor within a recognized university will be an added advantage.
  • Have at least two years of work experience in continental or international organizations
  • Have recognition from peers (be a recipient of at least one award from national/continental/ body or professional association or research/development organization) for outstanding academic leadership or research/development contribution.
Required Skills: Professional Skills:
  • Highly conversant in the cultures and changing landscapes of higher education internationally;
  • Working knowledge of policy analysis and development and programme/project management, implementation and monitoring;
  • Strong background of research and publications, a prominent profile in the relevant academic community and a proven record of effective leadership and management experience at a senior level in an academic/research institution;
  • Successful track record of fund-raising for international projects.
  • Uses strong managerial and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives;
  • Engages in effective delegation and follow up to ensure results;
  • Uses tact and political savvy in negotiating;
  • Makes informed decisions and communicates decisions effectively;
  • Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to collaborate with others to achieve outcomes;
  • Utilizes strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Respect for Diversity:
  • Works effectively with people from various backgrounds;
  • Treats all people with dignity and respect. Treats men and women equally;
  • Shows respect and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates it in decision-making;
  • Examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical responses and does not discriminate against any individual or group;
  • Creates an environment where respect for diversity is embedded in behaviors, systems and processes;
  • Performs and relates effectively across organizational boundaries in a diverse multi-national and multicultural setting.
Working with Others:
  • Collaborates effectively with top level stakeholders i.e. the Commission and Senior Management Group. Able to persuade, guide and advise top level stakeholders;
  • Able to effectively collaborate with stakeholders and partners;
  • Leads discussions and negotiations on behalf of the Commission on human resources issues;
  • Creates a culture where knowledge sharing and effective collaboration is encouraged;
  • Creates conducive environment for Students and teachers.
Vision and Strategic Thinking:
  • Identifies key strategic issues, opportunities and risks;
  • Clearly communicates links between the organization’s strategy and the Directorate’s goals;
  • Establishes/identifies and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction;
  • Identifies clients’ needs and appropriate solutions;
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships.
  • Communicates orally with strong interpersonal skills;
  • Expresses ideas and formulates plans by means of clear and effective writing and oral presentations;
  • Drafts conceptual and detailed reports/papers and reviews/edits the work of others;
  • Prepares rationale with respect to key financial and administrative decisions;
  • Negotiates effectively.
  • Leads and gains the assistance and cooperation of others in a team endeavor;
  • Builds trust through integrity, transparency and creating an open and positive environment;
  • Fosters harmonious and effective teamwork in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Technology Awareness:
  • Keeps abreast of available technology and understands its applicability to the work of the Organization;
  • Actively seeks, identifies and applies appropriate technology to improve programme delivery.
Performance Management:
  • Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority;
  • Establishes clear roles and reporting lines for staff;
  • Monitors progress against establish milestones;
  • Discuss performance and provide feedback and appraise performance fairly.
Leadership Competencies:
  • Strategic Focus
  • Strategic Risk Management
Core Competencies:
  • Building Partnerships
  • Drives Accountability Culture
Functional Competencies:
  • 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.
Language Requirements:
  • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish) is required.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the other AU working languages would be an added advantage.
  • Indicative basic salary of US$ 78,138.00 (D1 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (48% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 21,832.68 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.
Application Closing Date 25th October, 2021.
How to Apply Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply online Gender Mainstreaming
  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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