AU Director, Peace and Security - Jobs in Ethiopia

AU Director, Peace and Security - Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Title

The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among
the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a new partnership worldwide.

Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.

Least Representative Countries:

Candidates from the following least represented countries at the African Union Commission are encouraged to apply: Angola, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo (DRC), Eretria Equatorial Guinea, Guinea (Rep), Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Sahrawi Arab Republic, Sao Tome and Principe,
Seychelles , Somalia and South Sudan.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Strategic, political and operational advice and management
  • Provide strategic advice on peace and security matters in Africa to the Commissioner for Peace and Security and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission
  • Contribute to the management of conflicts and crisis situations across the African Continent
  • Develop overarching strategies and provide political and strategic direction to African Union-led operations, including substantive guidance to those operations on policy and operational issues
  • Contribute to outreach of AU’s peace and Security agenda
  • To particularly oversee and ensure effective execution of activities of the AU Agenda 2063 Flagship projects in the field of Peace and Security
  • Identify, analyze and monitor developments and emerging issues with respect to the implementation of African Peace and Security Architecture and others African Union peace Instruments
  • Assess implications, make recommendations to the Commissioner for Peace and Seccurity and to the African Union Leadership as well as Members of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union on possible strategies, policies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated and assigned objectives.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the components in the Peace and Secuirty Department.
  • Ensure regular, timely and high quality reporting to the African Union Leadership and the Peace and Security Council on developments and issues pertaining to the mandate.
  • Review inputs and reports of the Department to ensure synergy and complementarity in the
    implementation of the Union’s mandate.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all stakeholders involving in peace and security matters in Africa including the UN DPKO, DFS and other national and international partners on coordination and peace and security policy matters.
  • Liaising /Coordinating with the UN, RECs/RMs and other international organization on matters related to Peace and Security in Africa.
  • Ensure adequate support to relevant decision making organs on peace and security related matters /Coordinate and maintain good working relations with other
  • Develop and maintain appropriate working relations with partners of the African Union, in the fields of Peace and Security.
  • Ensure overall quality and timeliness of the services and solutions providesd by the Department
  • Manage the Department, set goals and determine priorities, ensure a cohesive effort, reallocate
    resources as needed, appraise performance, promote and facilitate staff development and training, including ensuring compliance with mandatory training;
  • Any other related assignments as may be assigned the Copmmissionewr or the Leadership Team of the African Union.

  • Professionalism - Demonstrated in-depth understanding of peacekeeping operations;
  • Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in
    sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments;
  • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards, operates in compliance with organizational rules and regulations, supports subordinates,
    provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments;
  • Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of work unit,
    where applicable.
  • Judgement/Decision-making - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly;
  • Gathers relevant information before making a decision;
  • Considers positive and negative
    impact on others and on the Organization;
  • Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts;
  • Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision;
  • Makes tough decisions when necessary.
  • Managing Performance – Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority;
  • Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member;
  • Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills;
  • Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff;
  • Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative;
  • Actively supports the
    development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

    Education and Work Experience
  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Law or a related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Work Experience - At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in peace and security matters and operations, political affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field is required.
  • Extensive experience in political outreach, analysis, reporting and negotiation in an international setting is required.
  • Experience managing a large team or office is required.
  • Experience working in an international public system handling peace related field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) -or similar international organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict or postconflict
    setting is required.
  • Experience working in Africa on conflict-related issues is a must.

    Functional competencies required for the job
  • Budgeting and Financial Skills
  • Communication and Supervisory Skill
  • Policy Development and Drafting Skill
  • Experience in resource mobilization and management of multiple partner projects

    Language Requirements:
  • Proficiency in at least one of the African Union working languages (English, French, Arabic, Portuguese);
  • knowledge of other working languages would be an added advantage.

  • The appointment will be made on 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.

    Least Represented Countries:

  • Candidates from the following least represented countries within the AU are encouraged to apply: Algeria, South
    Africa, Morocco, Angola, Ghana, Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan, Namibia, Mali, Madagascar, Guinea-Conakry, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Seychelles, Somalia, Guinea Bissau, Saharawi Arab D.R., Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe.
  • Candidates from the following least represented countries are encouraged to

    How to Apply
  • Applications must be made through the AUC E-recruitment Website no later than 10th June 2019.
  • Attach detailed and updated curriculum vitae/resume including three (3) referees with good knowledge.
  • Of candidate’s work, please, provide referees’ contact details – telephone and e-mail addresses.
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • Certified copies of educational qualifications – degrees, diplomas and certificates, where applicable (Not
  • More than 5 Documents in PDF Format, and not exceeding 1 MB).
  • Please be aware that only complete applications will be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • Directorate of Administration and Human Resource Management
  • African Union Commission
  • For more information and job application details, see; AU Director, Peace and Security - Jobs in Ethiopia

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