African Union Director Sustainable Environment & Blue Economy Jobs in Ethiopia

African Union Director Sustainable Environment & Blue Economy Jobs in Ethiopia


Purpose of Job

  • To provide strategic direction and leadership in managing the operations of the Sustainable Environment and Blue Economy Department in order to achieve the AU strategic objectives and goals.

    Main Functions

    • Develops and executes the overall strategy for the Department and ensures alignment with overall organizational strategy;

    • Manages and supervises employees within the Department, ensures the timely delivery of the directorate’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation;

    • Drives the implementation and monitoring of policies, strategies, and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions;

    • Ensures the delivery of the Department’s annual targets in line with the organization’s overall goals and maintains robust departmental monitoring and evaluation systems;

    • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Divisions within the Department;

    • Manages the work of the Department and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system;

    • Leads the Department and ensures effective management of personnel, budget, performance, program quality, employee relations matters, and training in conformity with relevant rules, policies, and procedures;

    • Builds and maintains good working relations and collaboration with other Directorates/Departments;

    • Develops and maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member State and partner institution;

    • Coordinates meetings between the organization and relevant partners;

    • Ensures the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and other reports;

    • Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization, attributed to the Department;

    • Implements and maintains thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Department;

    • Develops and oversees policy development and guidelines in line with the organization’s legal framework;

    • Designs policies consistent with the AU’s strategic goals and mandate in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area;

    • Prepares and oversees integrated programs, projects, and overall activities of the organization.

    • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent.

    • Develops and maintains standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for the Department.
    • Manages risks, develops mitigation measures, and ensures business continuity of the Department.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent..

    • Initiates and manages the development of policies, strategies and programs that contribute to the goals of DARBE consistent with AUC vision and mandates.

    • Liaises /Coordinates with the UN, RECs/RMs and other international organization on matters related to Sustainable
    Environment and Blue Economy in Africa;

    • Oversees and ensures effective execution of activities of the AU Agenda 2063 Flagship projects in the field of sustainable environment and blue economy, ensuring complementarity and synergy with AUDA-NEPAD, Regional Economic Communities and other continental institutions;

    • Oversees and coordinates the work of the divisions of Sustainable Environment and Blue Economy

    • Maintains liaison with other Departments of the AUC as well as AUDA-NEPAD, RECs and other relevant stakeholders to identify and promote synergies across initiatives and to ensure a coordinated development and implementation of such initiatives.

    • Initiates and strengthens forums for stakeholders’ consultations, lesson and experiences sharing as well as capacity strengthening.

    • Prepares periodic reports on the implementation of the Department’s programs and operations.

    • Provides strategic advice and support to the Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment in preparing statements, proposals, briefs, reports and other relevant tasks

    • Any other related assignments as may be assigned by the supervisor.

    Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s degree in Sustainable Development, Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management, Ocean Governance, Marine Biology, Fisheries Management, Oceanography or related fields with a minimum of 15 years experience with 8 years at managerial level and 5 years at supervisory level.

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant field and membership of relevant professional bodies are an added advantage.

  • Relevant national, regional and international experience in a sustainable environment and blue economy or relevant sub-sectors is required.

    Required Skills

  • Leadership and managerial skills

  • Interpersonal and negotiation skills

  • Communication, report writing, and presentation skills

  • Ability to use Microsoft office suite

  • Knowledge and working understanding of AU policies, strategies, and programmes.

  • Research and analytical skills

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

    Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic Perspective

  • Developing Others

  • Driving Change

  • Managing Risk

  • Core Competencies

  • Building Relationships

  • Responsibility

  • Learning Orientation

  • Communicating with impact

    Functional Competencies

  • Conceptual Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Job Knowledge

  • Drive for Results

  • Innovation and taking initiative

    How to apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; African Union Director Sustainable Environment & Blue Economy Jobs in Ethiopia


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