The African Union (AU) Current Employment Opportunities

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: Head, Diseases Surveillance & Intelligence Requisition ID: 726 Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Organization: African Union Commission – AUC Reports to: Director Directorate/Department: Africa CDC Division: Disease Surveillance and Intelligence Number of Direct Reports: 4 Number of Indirect Reports: 0 Job Grade: P5 Contract  Type: Regular Purpose of Job
  • The Head of Division, Disease Surveillance and Intelligence reports to the Director, Africa CDC and is responsible for leading and coordinating the agency public health infectious disease monitoring and surveillance programmes.
  • The Head oversees multi-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out specific technical work in developing, implementing, maintaining and evaluating the systems and tools employed by Africa CDC to carry out the disease surveillance framework and implementation platform outlined in the agency’s strategic plan.  The Division’s work will be implemented through a variety of initiatives including Africa CDC’s Regional Integrated Surveillance and Laboratory Networks (RISLNET) in collaboration with Member States, National Public Health Institutes, and other technical partners to strengthen capacities and enhance efficiencies of existing public health assets in the region to effectively prevent, rapidly detect, and resolutely respond to current and emerging public health threats.
  • The Division’s activities will also build on existing public health disease surveillance systems and activities to generate data and reporting against targeted diseases to yield routine and events-based surveillance information for use by the Africa CDC, including its Regional Collaborating Centres (RCC) and Member State constituencies, and its core public health partners.
  • The Division will also build related technical capacity of its constituent base through training and delivery of technical assistance.
Main Functions
  • Manage and supervise employees within of the division with regard to the department goals objectives including performance evaluation.
  • Design strategies and policies consistent with the Department’s goal in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area.
  • Address problems in arising to current approaches to relevant area.
  • Engage stakeholders within Members States and RECs in designing and implementing strategies.
  • Represent the organisation and explain its position at conferences.
  • Mobilise funding from all donors to use to execute strategies and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level.
    • Manage risk within the division and recommend mitigation strategies
    • Design and plan policy programs to achieve the strategies.
    • Develop new and existing activities as components of the strategies and policies.
    Specific Responsibilities The Head of Division, Disease Surveillance and Intelligence shall:
    • Establish events-based surveillance (EBS) as an important mechanism for early warning, risk assessment, disease predictions and response;
    • Strengthen and enhance implementation of the existing surveillance systems such as IDSR within member states and ensure linkages with animal, agriculture, environmental and other relevant sectors;
    • Support countries to strengthen disease-specific surveillance systems for priority diseases (e.g. HIV, TB, Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Malaria, etc.) appropriate for the African context;
    • Oversee and guide development of peer review research publications in epidemiology, surveillance or related health science. Also directly prepare manuscripts for peer review publication in scientific journals.
    • Represent the agency on behalf of the Director in technical meetings, conferences or similar venues where the agency seeks to be recognized to advance its mission and strategic goals.
    • Represent the agencies scientific interests as a member of a scientific review committee, study group, public health task group, or comparable groups, delegated responsibility for reviewing and developing public health scientific policies, procedures and guidelines.
    • Under the direction of the designated Africa CDC Incident Manager, coordinate the delivery of technical services in support of Africa CDC Emergency Response activities as appropriate and assigned.
    • Facilitate and strengthen RCCs in promoting inter-country collaboration on surveillance monitoring and reporting, including data sharing and use, as well as engagement of countries in RISLNET;
    • Strengthen quality of data collection, management, analysis and reporting;
    • Improve Africa CDC’s access to health-related data through coordination, collaboration and technical assistance with/to Member States and partners;
    • Support establishment and strengthening of National Public Health Institutes to coordinate
      • surveillance systems in a multi-sectorial approach and to ensure surveillance data informs national policy and public health action;
      • Support strengthening of capacity on data analysis for action in Africa particularly by National Public Health Institutes;
      • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director.
      Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
      • Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline such as, but not limited to, Public Health, basic Health Science (e.g., Biology, Chemistry), Epidemiology, Health-Services Research and related fields.
      Experience and Knowledge Requirements:
      • A minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant experience* in public health practice, with emphasis on infectious disease epidemiology, monitoring and surveillance, and operational research, with at least seven (7) years at managerial level out of which five (5) years should be in a supervisory role, and with wide responsibilities to lead and manage national, regional or global public health programmes;
      • At least ten (10) years of the total experiences should be in public health infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance programmes at national, regional or continental public health organizations in either private or public sector domains;
      • Scientific, technical and managerial expertise and leadership in the development and enhancement of epidemiology and surveillance programmes and workforce capacity building in Africa, across different geographic regions;
      • Experience in leading public health programmes;
      • Broad experience in collaborating with research and programme partners and in managing multiple tasks and complex projects is expected;
      • Record of high-quality, peer-reviewed epidemiology and/or outcomes research publications;
      • Strong scientific leadership with proven skills in facilitation and coordination of research and public health epidemiology and surveillance programme and research activities, and motivating and developing people.
Required Skills Functional Skills:
  • Mastery of the theories, concepts, principles, practices, methods and techniques of public health programme administration and other aspects of the field of public health.
  • Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of programme effectiveness or the improvement of complex public health management processes and systems.
  • Skills in the analysis and subsequent response to scientific trends in emerging infectious diseases, and to develop, apply and adjust disease surveillance strategies and policies to further agency mission, goals and objectives.
  • Expertise in planning, organizing, and leading teams of scientific and technical experts, senior programme representatives, and extramural consultants in complex projects including programmatic analyses, evaluation, and policy, programme and tools development and implementation.
  • Highest level of interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written), tact, and sensitivity in the performance of duties.
  • Outstanding representational skills and experience to interact effectively with senior-level officials within the organization in other key stakeholders in both public and private-sector organizations.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of strategic planning, assessment and evaluation processes.
  • Demonstrated ability with regard to computer skills, including office administration and statistical software applications and online digital information systems.
  • Skills and abilities to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • Strong leadership skills and presence at the executive level, with a proven ability to problem solve, communicate complex issues orally and in writing, and to work cooperatively and diplomatically with diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent technical expertise and experience in the management of complex, public health programmes.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and expert skill in application of planning, budgeting, assessment, and evaluation techniques.
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.
Languages:
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage
Remuneration Indicative basic salary of US$  50,746.00 (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.     How to Apply Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply   Application Deadline  1st November, 2021. Job Title: Chief Science Officer Requisition ID: 722 Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Organization: African Union Commission – AUC Reports to: Director Division: Office of the Director Directorate/Department : Africa CDC Number of Direct Reports: 0 Number of Indirect Reports: 0 Job Grade: P5 Contract  Type: Regular Purpose of Job
  • The Chief Science Officer serves as the principal scientific advisor to the Director on policies, activities and operations in the technical management of agency activities and programs. The Chief Science Officer participates with the Director and fully shares the responsibility of planning, monitoring and evaluating agency scientific activities.
  • The Chief Science Officer is responsible for establishing the ethical and technical frameworks and procedures under-pinning the scientific activities of the agency, advising other agency leaders on integrating these frameworks and processes into activities and programmes, and facilitating related staff training and compliance to established scientific protocols.
Main Functions
  • Provide technical and intellectual support in the management of various elements related to the area of expertise
  • Identify best practices and monitor effectiveness of the division/directorate’s support to AU.
  • Contribute to the development of the strategies and business continuity plan and participate in/ensure their implementation
  • Foster and ensure implementation of initiatives related to area of specialization;
  • Support the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations.
  • Develop materials and provide necessary training and support to Organization Units as required.
  • Provide technical guidance on matters relating to system review and implementation project in area of specialization, as required.
Specific Responsibilities The Chief Science Officer shall:
  • Draw on personal knowledge and expertise in the technical management of public health medical/scientific programs to establish overall guidelines and policies and to develop basic recommendations for research studies and analyses. Consult on, monitor, and measure the outcome of these programs through studies which evaluate the effectiveness of
  • project activities in meeting the needs of Africa CDC;
  • Provide the Director and Deputy Director with recommendations to improve and/or overcome shortfalls and deficiencies, and formulate alternative courses of action for the solution of complex cross-cutting scientific and technical issues;
  • Provide medical/scientific advice on critical problems in public health issues, especially those affecting African populations;
  • Serve as a leading authority and integrate knowledge and experience of public health medical/scientific programs and policies to provide guidance on cross-cutting procedural and multi-layered and multi-faceted policy issues. Resolve problems, modify procedures, develop and interpret complex policies to meet new and novel conditions and defend public health policies before representatives of other public health partners, including governmental and non-governmental agencies, private industry, academia and the scientific community;
  • Provide medical/scientific advice and assistance in the development and implementation of procedures, methods and strategies for partnering with other nations and global institutions to create health systems that gather information and provide rapid response to infectious and non-infectious health threats;
  • Oversee the implementation of, and provides guidance for, cross-cutting operational, translational, and capacity-development research that is linked to outcomes and outputs. Facilitate examples, methods, training, advice, guidance as well as scientific and editorial support for such research;
  • Serve on review committees, study groups, public health task groups, or comparable groups and develop public health medical/scientific policies, procedures and guidelines as they relate to programs;
  • Participate in project and program evaluations and assuring that periodic agency reviews are accurate. Develop, recommend and/or approve modifications to project activities. Work closely with Secretariat leadership, Division and RCCs to redirect the program when adjustments or definition of agency goals change;
  • Independently review reports, scientific papers, memoranda, and other similar materials for the purposes of providing written recommendations concerning these scientific issues. Provide the Office of the Director with replies to inquiries received for information on specific issues and programs of the agency.
  • Provide expert medical, technical, and scientific advice to the professional and technical staff of the agency in the planning, conduct, implementation, analysis, and publication of applied scientific projects, including those measuring population impact, improving population impact, best practices, and program evaluation of public health programs;
  • Establish the Africa CDC Institutional Review Board (IRB) and facilitate staff training and related compliance to international IRB standards. Facilitate linkages to other IRB’s for mentorship and information-seeking purposes. Provide advice on human subject protection and links to the agency institutional review board as well as other appropriate institutional review boards;
  • Identify and respond to ethical issues in both the scientific and programmatic aspects of the agency and to understand ethical challenges and to provide frameworks and tools for resolving them;
  • Develop, coordinate and collaborate on the development and implementation of remote-learning and sharing of health-related educational or informational materials to promote scientific research and sharing of medical/scientific advice and assistance across Africa CDC public health networks;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.
  • Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
    • Candidates must have at least a University Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline such as, but not limited to Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Health Outcomes Research,  Biostatistics, Environmental Science or Decision Sciences. A Doctoral Degree (e.g.  Ph.D., Sc.D. or D.PH.) is highly preferred.
    • Candidates must have at least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible, relevant and practical experience in public health research and epidemiology, out of which seven (7) years must be at expert/specialist level with five (5) years supervisory exposure.
    • Experience in leading public health, epidemiology and outcomes research in different geographic regions, particularly in Africa, is highly desirable;
    • Broad experience in collaborating with research and program partners and in managing multiple tasks and complex projects is expected;
    • Demonstrated experience and proven ability to effectively serve and represent organizational scientific interests as a member of a scientific review committee, study group, public health task group, or comparable groups delegated responsibility for reviewing and developing public health scientific policies, procedures and guidelines;
    • Familiarity and practical experience in implementing public health research and programs linked to One Health strategies.
    • Practical experience in performing Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Sciences and outcomes research is required, with exposure to scientific administration and/or senior management of a national public health epidemiology or research programme in any setting, including a governmental agency, academic institution, research organization or a life-sciences company.
    • Further experience requirements are as follows:
    • Strong scientific management and technical expertise related to all applicable functional areas;
    • Expert knowledge and relevant experience in management of epidemiology, health services or outcomes research within a government agency or academic institution or research organization within a public health context.  Applicable and relevant private-sector experience within a research organization or life-sciences company will also be considered;
    • Demonstrated expertise in public health and/or clinical outcomes research (such as, but not limited to, retrospective or prospective case-control and cohort studies, observational studies, clinical-economic modeling and analysis, /meta-analysis), including interpreting statistical analysis and reporting of research outcomes is required;
Required Skills Functional Skills:
  • Mastery of the theories, concepts, principles, practices, methods and techniques of public health program administration and other aspects of the field of public health in order to resolve especially difficult and critical questions, problems and issues that may not be resolved by traditional methods;
  • Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and by writing, program goals, and objectives, including scientific justification of research and programs and specific requirements;
  • Demonstrated ability with regard to computer skills, including office administration and statistical software applications and online digital information systems.
  • 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.
  • Expert knowledge of the principles, concepts, methods and techniques used in the field of international/national public health in order to analyze, evaluate and provide expert advice and consultation in planning, developing and enhancing scientific research and program delivery;
  • Record of high-quality, peer-reviewed epidemiology and/or outcomes research publications is required.
  • Experience in training and mentoring staff in the peer-review publication process is highly desirable;
  • Ability to identify and quantify requirements to support public health initiatives;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of strategic planning and evaluation processes;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and lead effectively in a multicultural and cross -functional team environment;
Leadership Competencies:
  • Building relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence
Core Competencies:
  • Building relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence
Functional Competencies:
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for result
  • Continuous Improvement Orientation
Enure of Appointment:
  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.
Gender Mainstreaming:
  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Languages:
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage
Remuneration Indicative basic salary of US$  50,746.00 (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.     How to Apply Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply   Application Deadline  1st November 2021.

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