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NCID PhD Fellowships At University Of Michigan in USA 2018

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NCID’s Statement on
Diversity Research & Scholarship

Scholars who have furthered our understanding of historical and contemporary social issues related to identity, difference, culture, representation, power, oppression, and inequality — as they occur and affect individuals, groups, communities, and institutions — have played a key role in supporting positive social change.
                                               

In keeping with NCID’s commitment to social change, we promote and support diversity research and scholarship. Our framework for diversity scholarship is not limited to particular disciplines, topics, populations, or methodologies. Instead, we articulate guiding principles, defining diversity research and scholarship as work that broadly seeks to:

inform understanding of historical and contemporary issues of social inequality across societal contexts and life domains (e.g., in education, arts and culture, health and mental health, economic and occupational attainment and mobility, infrastructure and community development)
illuminate the challenges and opportunities that arise when individuals from different backgrounds and frames of reference come together in significant societal contexts, such as schools and colleges, neighborhoods and communities, work teams in organizations
inform our understanding of systems of power and privilege and their interactions with groups historically underrepresented and marginalized based on identities including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, social/economic class, culture, sexual identity, ability status, and religion
highlight the experiences of disenfranchised populations, whose narratives have traditionally been relegated to the outer periphery of intellectual inquiry and academic scholarship, made invisible through epistemologies and research methods that privilege dominant social groups
foreground the knowledge systems, assets and resources, and cultural strengths of members of historically marginalized communities in order to promote empowerment of individuals and groups from these communities

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) invites applications from Interested applicants who are looking to pursue a fellowship program in USA.

This is a one-year (12 month) fellowship that is aimed at promoting and supporting the work of outstanding early career diversity scholars.

Course Level: Post-doctorate Fellowships

Eligibility Criteria: Applications are welcome from scholars engaging in diversity scholarship, in any field or department represented in the University of Michigan’s schools and colleges. Applicants’ doctoral degrees should be completed between January 1, 2016 and July 1, 2019.

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Method of Application: The application for the NCID Postdoctoral Fellowship will require the submission of:

CV;
Statement of proposed scholarship and writing to be conducted during the fellowship year (2-3 pages in pdf format; references, citations, formulas, and graphics do not count toward the page limit);
Statement of contribution explaining how the applicant’s scholarship and demonstrated diversity commitments will contribute to both NCID and a related U-M academic or research unit (1-3 pages in pdf format);
Dissertation abstract;
Writing sample (should be no more than 35 pages in pdf format e.g., sample publication or research paper in progress, journal article, dissertation chapter; references, citations, formulas, and graphics do not count toward the page limit); and
At least two letters of recommendation (maximum of three).
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Scholarship Application Deadline: December 3, 2018

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Tele-sales / Marketing Representative Job at Kaiglo Stores

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Kaiglo is Nigeria’s No. 1 Local Fashion Shopping Destination. We bring sellers across Nigeria.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Position: Tele-sales / Marketing Representative
Job Location:
 Lagos

Job Description
Tele-sales/Marketing Representative Responsibilities but not limited to the following:

  • Contacting potential or existing customers to inform them about a product or service using scripts
  • Answering questions about products or the company
  • Asking questions to understand customer requirements and close sales
  • Always strive towards meeting sales quota
  • Track and document calls and sales
  • Update client & vendors’ records
  • Initiating sales with potential customers over the phone or physical meeting
  • Asking questions to engage customers and keep the conversation going
  • Listening to the customers’ needs to generate repeat sales
  • Gathering and documenting customer information, payment methods, purchases, and reactions to products
  • Keeping up to date on all products and informing customers of new products.
  • Answering customers’ questions on the products.
  • Meeting sales quotas
  • Reach out to existing and potential customers to present our product and service offering
  • Learn details about our product and service offerings
  • Address any questions or issues customers may have
  • Communicate with customers to understand their requirements and need
  • Offer solutions based on clients’ needs and capabilities
  • Direct prospects and leads to the sales team
  • Keep an updated customer database
  • Measure identified KPIs
  • Generating and qualifying leads from cold calling
  • Managing, tracking and following up on leads by calling them
  • Conducting sales presentations through the phone and screen sharing
  • Meeting monthly and quarterly sales goals in accordance with goals
  • Creating and updating activity reports
  • Other added duties

Qualifications

  • SSCE, OND, B.Sc candidates are open to apply.
  • You must have at least 1year experience in the related field.

Requirements:

  • A successful Tele-sales Representative has excellent communication skills as well as sales ability
  • You should be meticulous in keeping records, and able to handle all aspects of making sales.
  • Creative thinking skills
  • The patience and ability to engage customers in conversation.
  • Good sales ability
  • Working knowledge of relevant computer software
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to handle rejection and stress in soliciting customers
  • Ability to meet monthly targets is very crucial.

Salary Range
N30,000 – N50,000 monthly grosspay.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV in PDF format only to: [email protected] using the “Job Title” as the subject of the mail.

Note: PDF format CV shall only be considered for review. Candidates within Ikeja environs is strongly advised to apply.

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Preschool and Elementary Teacher at Cindy Oaks School

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Cindy Oaks School was established with the purpose of providing quality and affordability to Nigerian homes. We provide the highest standard of care, education and learning opportunities as we understand that your child’s education and care is priority and that choosing the right centre is a big decision.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Preschool and Elementary Teacher

Location: Lagos

Job Description
  • Are you an innovative and creative educator? Come and join our team!

Requirements

  • Applicant should have a good smartphone
  • Applicant must have a vibrant and can-do attitude.
  • Applicant should be creative and innovative
  • Applicant must have content creation skills
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Ongoing recruitment at The African Union (AU)

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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.

Applications are invited for the positions below:

 

 

 

Job Title: Commissioner, Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI)

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Directorate/Department: Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI)
Number of Direct: Reports One (1) Director
Number of Directorates and Agencies: 1 Directorate, 4 Specialised Technical Offices and the Pan African University
Job Family: Elected Official
Job Grade: SP3
Level: Six (6)

AU Values

  • Respect for Diversity and Teamwork
  • Think Africa Above all
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Integrity and Impartiality
  • Efficiency and Professionalism
  • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Context:

  • Under the direct authority of the Chairperson of the Commission, this position is responsible for driving the implementation of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation policies, programs and strategies in line with the aspirations of Agenda 2063, the associated medium-term plans and other key continental legal and policy frameworks. Leads engagement with the AU Member States and strategic partners in the delivery of the portfolio’s continental priorities.
  • The Commissioner shall have a high commitment to pan-African values and the guiding principles of the African Union.

Main Functions

  • Sets the overall goals of the Education, Science, Technology and Innovation portfolio in line with the AU Agenda 2063;
  • Sets annual performance targets for the Education, Science, Technology and Innovation portfolio and report on annual progress to Specialized Technical Committees and AU Policy Organs;
  • Provides regular reports to the Chairperson of the Commission on portfolio delivery;
  • Carries out effective regular engagement and collaboration with, and timely reporting to the PRC and respective subcommittees;
  • Drives the implementation of the AU Institutional Reform Agenda as part of the senior leadership team;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to Directors in the implementation of policies and programs within the portfolio;
  • Engages with Member States in order to pursue the Commission’s work to promote domestication of AU Agenda 2063 at the national level by Member States;
  • Leads partnership negotiations and resource mobilization with Strategic Partners to finance continental programmes and priorities;
  • Co-ordinates Specialized Technical Committees to promote the achievement of the departmental mandate;
  • Strengthens regional coordination, cooperation and integration initiatives and ensure an effective division of labour with Member States and Regional Economic Communities
  • Ensures effective collaboration in programme development with the AU Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD);
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Commission’s programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
  • Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer within the department and with other departments across the Commission; and
  • Supervises Directors and inspires high performance and delivery across the portfolio.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leads the implementation of AU Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) aimed at aligning Africa’s education and training systems to meet the knowledge, competencies, skills, innovation and creativity required to nurture African core values and promote sustainable development at the national, regional and continental levels;
  • Drives the development of continental policy frameworks and programs that contribute towards revitalized, quality, relevant, and harmonized education systems responsive to the needs of Africa;
  • Leads the implementation of enabling policies aimed at accelerating Africa’s transition to an innovative-led, knowledge-based economy to achieve food security, prevention and control of diseases, peace and harmony in the society and wealth creation in the continent;
  • Leads the development of policies and strategies to address the challenges of education, technical and vocational training to support economic development, creation of national wealth and contribute to poverty reduction through youth entrepreneurship, innovation and employment;
  • Spearheads the implementation of an African Virtual and E-University that aims to make use ICT based programmes to develop relevant and high quality Open, Distance and eLearning (ODeL) resources to offer students guaranteed access to the University from anywhere in the continent and the world;
  • Leads continental advocacy for an inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all in the Member States;
  • Leads engagements with Member States to secure the adoption of Pan-African University standards in all other universities within Member States to strengthen African higher education and research, address quality of education, promote intra-African collaboration, innovation and establish links with industry and social sector; and
  • Drives the African Union’s education and scientific scholarships and awards initiative and oversee the work of specialist Africa Union institutions; and
  • Drives strategic partnerships and resource mobilization for continental Research and Development;

Key Relationships
Internal Relationships:

  • Executive Council of the African Union
  • Permanent Representatives Committee
  • Other AU organs
  • Specialised Technical Committees
  • AUDA-NEPAD
  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat
  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Director-General
  • Other Commissioners
  • Other Directorates

External Relationships:

  • AU Member States
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • International development partners
  • UN agencies and African Development Bank
  • UN Security Organs;
  • African private sector
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Research Institutions and Policy Think Tanks

Academic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Education, Science and Technology, Social Sciences or closely related field from a recognized institution.
  • A PhD in Education, Science and Technology, Social Sciences or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

Relevant Experience:

  • Have not less than eighteen (18) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a senior leadership role preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government/public service, international or regional institution.

Language(s):

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages. Fluency in another AU working language is highly desirable.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Focus: Determines and outlines the portfolio’s strategic priorities and connects the portfolio’s purpose to that of the broader organization vision and values. Inspires others and the organisation to achieve beyond expectations. Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  • Developing Organizational Capability: Promotes and catalyzes organizational learning and development to ensure that the portfolio is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.
  • Change Leadership: Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the portfolio or organization. Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms. Demonstrates an ability to adapt style when faced with myriad dimensions of culture in order to be effective across cultural contexts. Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions.
  • Strategic Risk Management: Manage the organisation’s and portfolio’s reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts, etc.

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnerships: Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
  • Drives Accountability Culture: Determines objectives, sets priorities and develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement. Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.
  • Learning Agility and Resilience:  Engages in systematic and development activities aligned with the strategic needs of the organisation. Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals. Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
  • Communicating with impact: Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision-makers to achieve substantive goals. Uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results and presents the key points of an argument persuasively. Negotiates and facilitates through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings.

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking: Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and/or resolve problems.
  • Job Knowledge Sharing: Fosters and enables a knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.
  • Drive for Results: Drives high performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement. Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.
  • Fosters Innovation: – Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes for the overall performance of the organization and the portfolio.

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title: AU Youth Volunteer (AUYV) – 11 Cohort

Reference Code: AUYV 11 /2020/ 03
Location: Headquaters (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Contract Type: Short Term
Employment Fraction: Full-time

Background Information

  • The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. The program aims to deepen the status of young people as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, ‘The Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.
  • Young African professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member State other than their own.

Job Description Summary

  • As an African Union Youth Volunteer you wll be deployed to serve for a period of 12 months in your respective professional field. Through the AU-YVC program, the AUC ims to achieve the following objectives:
    • Empower African youth through leadership and professional experience.
    • Mainstream youth in Pan African Organizations.
    • Promote Pan Africanism and integration through exchange.
  • As an AUYV you will play a catalytic role in supporting Africa’s Development Agenda (Agenda 2063) and bring in a youth lens in the various policies and programs you will be engaged in and play your role towards and integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its citizen – in particular its Youth. You will be deployed for a period of 12 months outside your own country which will expose you to new cultures, and societies where you will be required to adapt, learn and add value to your organization and your host community at large.

Tasks
Main Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Once selected, you will be matched with existing vacancies based on your professional background and past experience. A detailed terms of reference will be provided to you by the host organization where you will be serving.

Requirements
Qualifications and Work Experiences Required:
In order to be considered for the program, you need to satisfy ALL of the following eligibility requirements: Applicants have to meet the following criteria:

  • Citizen of an AU Member State living on the continent or the Diaspora;
  • Aged between 18 – 35 years (must be under the age of 35 when completing 12 months service)
  • Have a post-secondary certified qualification(s) (TVET, Bachelor’s, Master’s etc.)
  • Available in 2020/21 to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  • Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  • Is proficient in at least one AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  • Have at least one-year verifiable volunteering experience and one-year professional work experience. The AU-YVC is looking for motivated young leaders who embody the following qualities:
    • Embodies the spirit of Pan-Africanism;
    • Committed to Africa’s shared values of an Integration, peace and development. Embodies the spirit of service & servant leadership;
    • High degree of professionalism
    • Solution-oriented & can demonstrate results;
    • Able to work and thrive in challenging, multi cultural settings including post-conflict environments;
    • Respectful towards cultural, intellectual, religious and linguistic diversities;
    • Strong interpersonal and organising skills;
    • Flexible, independent and self-motivated;

Language Requirement:

  • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages, proficiency of two or more in other of one or several other working language(s) would be an added value.

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a Short Term Contract for a period of One (1) Year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period.

Gender Mainstreaming:

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

Remuneration
For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training and deployment. African Union Youth Volunteers are entitled to the following:

  • Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment.
  • A modest monthly stipend.
  • Health Insurance cover.
  • AU Service Passport.
  • Separation allowance on successful completion of twelve (12) Months service.

Job Title: Director Trade in Goods and Competition

Reference Code: AFCFTA/D1/04/003
Location: Accra, Ghana
Post level: D1
Employment Fraction: Full-time
Contract Type: Regular (Long Duration)
Organ / Department: The AfCFTA Secretariat
Reporting to: Secretary General – AfCFTA

The Organisation

  • 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. The African Union Heads of State and Government decided through Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.394 (XVIII) of January 2012 to fast-track the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area. Negotiations were launched in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa and all 55 African countries have been participating in the process. The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was concluded on 21 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda and came into force on 30 May 2019.
  • Article 3 of the AfCFTA Agreement provides that the general objectives of the Agreement are to create a single market for goods and services facilitated by movement of persons to deepen economic integration of the African continent in accordance with the vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa” enshrined in Agenda 2063. The AfCFTA will deliver an integrated continental market of 1.3 billion consumers with aggregate GDP of USD 3.4 trillion. The specific objectives of the AfCFTA are outlined in Article 4 of the Agreement. The operational phase of the AfCFTA was launched on 07th July 2019 during the 12th Extraordinary Summit of AU Heads of State and Government in Niamey, Niger. During that same Summit, AU Heads of State and Government agreed that the headquarters of the AfCFTA shall be in Accra, Ghana and also set the date of 1 July 2020 as the start of trading under the AfCFTA. The Heads of State and Government also agreed that the Secretariat shall be established by March 2020.
  • In view of the above background, the AfCFTA Secretariat through the African Union Commission invites qualified and competent applicants who are citizens of the Member States of the African Union with relevant skills, competencies and experiences to submit their applications for the position of the Director Trade in Goods and Competition based at its headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

Job Purpose

  • Reporting to the Secretary-General, the Director: Trade in Goods and Competition shall be responsible for all matters related to Trade in Goods, Trade Facilitation and Competition of the AfCFTA to facilitate the implementation of the AfCFTA Agreement. Providing technical leadership and ensure efficient functioning of all Divisions and ensure overall management of directorate human resources, budget, performance, quality and training in conformity with relevant AU rules and regulations.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities
General management responsibilities:

  • Determine and execute the directorate’s strategy and align to the AfCFTA Secretariat’s overall strategy;
  • Prepare and oversee integrated programmes and related activities of the department;
  • Provide support in the development of policies and oversee policy development guidelines;
  • Build and maintain a strategic plan to form good working relations with other directorate / department;
  • Build staff capacity and continually improve the cost-effectiveness in the delivery of the directorate’s mandate;
  • Develop and maintain regular working relations with top-level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of the Member States and partners; and
  • Prepare periodic financial, budget execution and programme delivery reports.

Specific Responsibilities
Trade-in Goods:

  • Responsible for assisting state parties in implementing the Protocols on Trade in Goods and Competition, including their subsidiary instruments;
  • Assist the state parties in enhancing cooperation in the areas of Customs Procedures, Trade Facilitation and Transit;
  • Assist the state parties in enhancing cooperation in the areas of Technical Barriers to Trade, Non-Tariff Barriers and Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures;
  • Act as a secretariat to the Committee on Trade in Goods and the Committee on Competition and their subsidiary bodies, to ensure their smooth functioning;
  • Provide high-quality factual reports, technical advisory notes and other relevant information notes to enable the smooth functioning of the Committee on Trade in Goods, the Committee on Competition and their subsidiary bodies;
  • Develop formats and working procedures for receipt of notifications and their circulation to state parties;
  • Lead technical assistance and capacity building initiatives to enable state parties to implement the Protocols on Trade in Goods and Competition, including their subsidiary instruments;
  • Design and maintain a comprehensive database of each state party’s tariff schedule, including the tariff schedules of customs unions;
  • Conduct research and assist other directorates of the Secretariat on all matters related to the Protocols on Trade in Goods and Competition whenever expertise on these topics is required, for instance in the context of dispute settlement cases and of technical assistance activities;
  • Lead collaboration and develop good working relations and partnerships with relevant organisations such as UN Economic Commission for Africa, the World Trade Organisation, the World Customs Organisation amongst others.

Competition:

  • Oversee the implementation of the Competition Policy Protocol;
  • Provide policy guidelines and facilitation of the implementation of continental competition policy;
  • Establish and operationalise the African Competition Network of national and regional competition authorities to promote cooperation and harmonisation of competition regulation in the continent;
  • Assist State Parties to develop competition policies and implement competition laws in conformity with the goals of the AfCFTA;
  • Provide appropriate technical and other AfCFTA-related advice and required documentation to Member State representatives participating in meetings and ensure the timely production and dissemination of minutes of technical meetings;
  • Coordinate and facilitate technical assistance programs, policy dialogue on competition policy, studies and advocacy to advance competition policy that addresses challenges in the continent;
  • Ensure cooperation with regional bodies responsible for competition regulation;
  • Identify competition policy challenges in Africa and propose activities or initiatives to address these; and
  • Advance and place the competition policy agenda for Africa in international organisations such as the WTO and UNCTAD.

Required Qualifications and Work Experience
Education Qualification:

  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree in the fields of International Trade, Economics, International Relations, International Development Policy, Law, Business Administration or other relevant disciplines.

Professional Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 12-years working experience in a profession related to International Trade, Economics, International Relations, International Development Policy, Law, Business Administration or other relevant disciplines. This experience should include at least 7-years work at a managerial level position.
  • Established record of implementation and monitoring of multilateral or regional or bilateral trade agreements, particularly SPS, NTBs, TBT, Customs Procedures and trade defense measures.
  • Experience in leading the formulation and implementation of trade policies at national or regional levels, including proven ability to achieve a consensus of domestic or regional stakeholders;
  • Experience in working with and advising governments at a senior management/executive level; Previous managerial experience in leading an organization and/or a team of professionals; and
  • Experience in project management and leading change in an organization.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Competences
Functional:

  • In-depth knowledge of and / or past involvement in relevant regional trade framework agreements and negotiations in the region;
  • Strong leadership, managerial, analytical, people and team skills;
  • Proven track record of working collaboratively with commercial drivers of trade and investment in Africa;
  • A strong commitment to the values of impartiality, honesty, integrity and objectivity;
  • International experience, with a personal reputation of the highest order among global and African trade professionals; and
  • Experience in working in a multicultural environment.
  • Conceptual Thinking: Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others and are not learned from previous education or experience, to think through issues and / or resolve problems.
  • Job Knowledge Sharing: Fosters and enables knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.
  • Drive for Result: Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.
  • Fosters Innovation: Encourages creativity on the part of others by highlighting the benefits of innovation and change on the overall performance of the organization and/or the performance department/ directorate.

Leadership Skills and Competencies:

  • Strategic Focus: – Creates a compelling vision for the future state of the department / directorate and or organization. Establishes a comprehensive course of action to achieve the vision.
  • Developing Organizational Capability: Promotes organizational learning and development to ensure that the department is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentor others to enhance their development.
  • Change Leadership: Leads and champions organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the Department / directorate or organization.
  • Strategic Risk Management: Uses sound judgement to make risky decisions in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts, etc

Personal Abilities:

  • Ability to use strong managerial delegation, political tact and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives
  • Evidence of ability to lead, motivate and guide a team of professionals;
  • Ability to work effectively with people from various backgrounds and create an environment where diversity is respected
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development
  • Ability to initiate and cultivate strategic internal and external networking relationships, builds alliances and collaborates across boundaries to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders.
  • Develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement.
  • Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals.
  • Ability to communicate with impact, uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results.

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA, its Protocols and its subsidiary legal instruments;
  • A good working knowledge of African countries capacity needs in terms of implementing trade agreements and policies;
  • Detailed knowledge of regional trade relations between developed and developing countries and relevant WTO agreements.
  • Demonstrable extensive knowledge of the functioning and decision making processes of the African regional trade and economic integration and/or multilateral trading system;
  • Experience in public communication and dealing with the media.

Language Requirement:

  • Applicants must be proficient in one of the following African Union working languages; Arabic, English, French or Portuguese. Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage.

Tenure of Appointment and Assumption of Duty:

  • 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 Representative Countries:

  • Angola, Algeria, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Egypt, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Libya, Morocco, Namibia, Saharawi Arab D.R., Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa

Gender Mainstreaming:

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

Remuneration and Benefits

  • Indicative basic salary of US$78,138 (D1 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (per annum), 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), etc. for internationally recruited staff of the Commission.

Job Title: Director of Finance – AFCFTA Secretariat

Reference Code: AFCFTA/D1/03/003
Location: Accra, Ghana
Organ / Department: The AfCFTA Secretariat
Post level: D1
Reporting to: Secretary General – AfCFTA
Contract Type: Regular (Long Duration)
Employment Fraction: Full-time
Branch: The AfCFTA Secretariat

The Organization

  • 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.
  • The African Union Heads of State and Government decided through Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.394 (XVIII) of January 2012 to fast-track the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area. Negotiations were launched in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa and all 55 African countries have been participating in the process. The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was concluded on 21 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda and came into force on 30 May 2019.
  • Article 3 of the AfCFTA Agreement provides that the general objectives of the Agreement are to create a single market for goods and services facilitated by movement of persons to deepen economic integration of the African continent in accordance with the vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa” enshrined in Agenda 2063. The AfCFTA will deliver an integrated continental market of 1.3 billion consumers with aggregate GDP of USD 3.4 trillion. The specific objectives of the AfCFTA are outlined in Article 4 of the Agreement. The operational phase of the AfCFTA was launched on 07th July 2019 during the 12th Extraordinary Summit of AU Heads of State and Government in Niamey, Niger. During that same Summit, AU Heads of State and Government agreed that the headquarters of the AfCFTA shall be in Accra, Ghana and also set the date of 1 July 2020 as the start of trading under the AfCFTA. The Heads of State and Government also agreed that the Secretariat shall be established by March 2020.
  • In view of the above background, the AfCFTA Secretariat through the African Union commission invites qualified and competent applicants who are citizens of Member States of the African Union with relevant skills, competencies and experiences to submit their applications for the position of the Director of Finance based at its headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

Job Purpose

  • Reporting to the Secretary-General, the Director of Finance shall be responsible for all matters related to financial management, accounting planning and budgeting affairs of the AfCFTA to facilitate the implementation of the AfCFTA Agreement.
  • Providing technical leadership in development and implementation of Financial Accounting Policies, Procedures, Rules and Regulations to ensure efficient functioning of the directorate, responsible for the overall management of directorate’s human resources, budget, performance, quality and training in conformity with relevant AU rules and regulations.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities
General management responsibilities:

  • Determine and execute the directorate’s strategy and align to the AfCFTA Secretariat’s overall strategy;
  • Promote sound financial management practices by ensuring adherence and compliance with International Public Sector accounting standards (IPSAS), the AU Financial Rules and Regulations, Systems and Procedures;
  • Build staff capacity and continually improve the cost effectiveness in the delivery of the directorate’s mandate; – Develop and oversee policy development guidelines;
  • Build and maintain a strategic plan to form good working relations with other directorate/department;
  • Develop and maintain regular working relations with top level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of Member States and partners; and
  • Prepare periodic financial and budget execution reports and annual financial statements and other reports.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Establish funding structures and mobilize funds from State Parties and partners in accordance with the African Union Regulations and Rules to support the implementation of the AfCFTA;
  • Prepare the Annual Budget of the Secretariat for the approval of the Council of Ministers Responsible for Trade;
  • Propose draft decisions relating to financial and budgetary matters for the AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • Make representations to the States Parties with respect to the functioning of the budget;
  • Coordinate and take lead on the annual audit processes both internal and external;
  • Oversee the annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the senior management team, administer and review all financial plans and budgets, monitor progress and changes and regularly update the Secretary-General on the AfCFTA Secretariat’s financial status;
  • Advise the Secretary-General on financial strategy matters and provide the Secretariat with financial policy, programming guidelines, accounting system, budgeting guidelines and assets safeguard systems;
  • Ensure effective implementation and compliance with Financial Rules and Regulations;
  • Ensure annual “bulk” approvals e.g. procurement plan, meetings and conference calendars for Secretariat’s Directorates are up to date and in line with approved budget;
  • Develop processes for identifying intra-departmental overlaps and provide advice to the Secretary-General on handling of inter-departmental overlaps;
  • Initiate and take necessary actions to collect funds of and for the AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • Invest excess liquidity as authorized and guided by the Financial Rules and Regulations;
  • Ensure safe custody of all liquid Assets of the AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • Ensure prompt recovery of all receivables owed to the AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • Produce periodic financial and budget execution reports and annual financial statements and other specific mission reports, in accordance with Financial Rules and Regulations;
  • Responsible and accountable for managing the human resources component of the Directorate of Finance of the AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • Propose training programmes relating to integrated budget-programme design, collaborative implementation, monitoring and reporting;
  • Promote awareness of best practices in financial management and internal financial control systems; – Provide technical guidance and ensure efficient functioning of supervised Divisions;
  • Build and maintain good working relations with other Directorates and Organs of the African Union including the AU Commission;
  • Effectively Organize coordination meetings on programming and budgeting;
  • Ensure overall management of the Directorate: personnel, budget, performance, quality, discipline and training in conformity with relevant rules and procedures in force;
  • Perform any other related functions as may be determined from time to time by the Secretary-General.

Requirements
Required Qualifications And Experience – Applicants must have:

Education Qualification:

  • A minimum of a Master’s university degree in the fields of Accounting; Finance or related discipline and membership of an internationally recognized professional accounting body (CA, CPA, ACCA, CIMA, Exper- Comptables and so on)

Professional Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 12 years extensive and relevant work experience in positions dealing with financial planning, budgeting, accounting and management in an international organization; This experience should include at least 7-years work at managerial level position.

Required Skills, Knowledge And Competences
Functional:

  • Strong leadership, managerial, analytical, people and team skills;
  • Strong financial management, planning, budgeting, accounting and organizing skills;
  • A strong commitment to the values of impartiality, honesty, integrity and objectivity;
  • International experience, with a personal reputation of the highest order among global and/or African finance professionals;
  • Experience in working in a multicultural environment;
  • Conceptual Thinking: Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others and are not learned from previous education or experience, to think through issues and/or resolve problems.
  • Job Knowledge Sharing: Fosters and enables knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.
  • Drive for Result: Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.
  • Fosters Innovation: Encourages creativity on the part of others by highlighting the benefits of innovation and change on the overall performance of the organization and/or the performance department/ directorate.

Leadership and Personal Abilities:

  • Strategic Focus: Creates a compelling vision for the future state of the department / directorate and or organization. Establishes a comprehensive course of action to achieve the vision;
  • Developing Organizational Capability: – Promotes organizational learning and development to ensure that the department is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentor others to enhance their development;
  • Change Leadership: – Leads and champions organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the Department / directorate or organization;
  • Strategic Risk Management: – Uses sound judgement to make risky decisions in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts, etc;
  • Ability to use strong managerial delegation, political tact and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives;
  • Evidence of ability to lead, motivate and guide a team of professionals;
  • Ability to work effectively with people from various backgrounds and create an environment where diversity is respected;
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks;
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development;
  • Ability to initiate and cultivate strategic internal and external networking relationships, builds alliances and collaborates across boundaries to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders;
  • Develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement;
  • Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals; and
  • Ability to communicate with impact, uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results.

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA, its Protocols and its subsidiary legal instruments; and
  • Demonstrable extensive knowledge of the functioning and decision making processes of the African regional trade and economic integration and/or multilateral trading system.

Language Requirement:

  • Applicants must be proficient in one of the following African Union working languages; Arabic, English, French or Portuguese. Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage.

Tenure of Appointment And Assumption of Duty:

  • 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 Representative Countries:

  • Angola, Algeria, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Egypt, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Libya, Morocco, Namibia, Saharawi Arab D.R. , Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa

Gender Mainstreaming:

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

Remuneration and Benefits

  • Indicative basic salary of US$78,138 (D1 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (per annum), 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), etc. for internationally recruited staff of the Commission.

Job Title: Director of Administration and Human Resources Management – AFCFTA Secretariat

Reference Code: AFCFTA/D1/02/003
Location: Accra, Ghana
Organization / Department: The AfCFTA Secretariat
Post Level: D1
Reporting to: Secretary General – AfCFTA
Contract Type: Regular (Long Duration)
Employment Fraction: Full-time

Organization

  • 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.
  • The African Union Heads of State and Government decided through Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.394 (XVIII) of January 2012 to fast-track the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area. Negotiations were launched in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa and all 55 African countries have been participating in the process.
  • The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was concluded on 21 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda and came into force on 30 May 2019. Article 3 of the AfCFTA Agreement provides that the general objectives of the Agreement are to create a single market for goods and services facilitated by movement of persons to deepen economic integration of the African continent in accordance with the vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa” enshrined in Agenda 2063.
  • The AfCFTA will deliver an integrated continental market of 1.3 billion consumers with aggregate GDP of USD 3.4 trillion. The specific objectives of the AfCFTA are outlined in Article 4 of the Agreement. The operational phase of the AfCFTA was launched on 07th July 2019 during the 12th Extraordinary Summit of AU Heads of State and Government in Niamey, Niger. During that same Summit, AU Heads of State and Government agreed that the headquarters of the AfCFTA shall be in Accra, Ghana and also set the date of 1 July 2020 as the start of trading under the AfCFTA. The Heads of State and Government also agreed that the Secretariat shall be established by March 2020.
  • In view of the above background, the AfCFTA Secretariat through the African Union commission invites qualified and competent applicants who are citizens of Member States of the African Union with relevant skills, competencies and experiences to submit their applications for the position of Director of Administration and Human Resources Management based at its headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

Job Purpose

  • Reporting to the Secretary General, the Director of Administration and Human Resources Management shall be responsible for leading the development and implementation of effective, responsive and efficient administrative and human resource strategies, policies and management systems that are aligned to organizational needs and best practice and responsible for the overall management of directorate’s human resources, budget, performance, quality and training in conformity with relevant AU rules and regulations.

Tasks
Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities
General management responsibilities:

  • Determine and execute the directorate’s strategy and align to the AfCFTA Secretariat’s overall strategy;
  • Promote sound people and administrative management practices by ensuring adherence and compliance with the AU Staff Regulations and Rules, code of ethics and conduct as well as systems, policies and procedures;
  • Build staff capacity and continually improve the cost effectiveness in the delivery of the directorate’s mandate;
  • Develop and oversee policy development guidelines;
  • Build and maintain a strategic plan to form good working relations with another directorate/department;
  • Develop and maintain regular working relations with top level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of Member States and partners; and
  • Prepare periodic financial, budget execution, staff and administrative related reports.

Specific Responsibilities
Human Resources Management:

  • Oversee the overall strategic direction, planning, coordination, administration and evaluation of the human resources functions of the AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • Ensure the effective development, implementation and review of plans, systems, policies and processes for human resources planning, talent acquisition, management and development, employee engagement, legalmcompliance, employee relations, compensation and benefits; and payroll;
  • Monitor, revise, and lead in institutionalizing Human Resources policies, philosophy, values and practices that embrace and drive the Commission’s core values and objectives;
  • Partner with the AfCFTA leadership team to develop, implement and evaluate a HR and Talent Management Strategies to ensure the AfCFTA is equipped with staff needed for the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement;
  • Establish mechanisms to implement strategies that will enforce departmental accountabilities around recruitment and staffing, employment processing, compensation, health benefits, training and development, records management, employee relations and retention within the AfCFTA;
  • Lead the effective and efficient administration of the performance management process, making sure that the organization’s managers are equipped to engage in constructive and continuous feedback and coaching, and encourage staff to actively participate in identifying and addressing performance gaps;
  • Maintain current knowledge and application of the AU staff regulations and rules (SRR) and ensure AfCFTA compliance. This includes guiding and advising directors, managers and staff on legal matters and ensure alignment of HR initiatives and practices to SRR;
  • Develop a comprehensive Human Resource planning system aligned with the program planning and budgeting cycles, and oversee the provision of support to other Departments’ Human Resource planning, resourcing and deployment;
  • Conduct Human Resource risks analysis and make recommendations to the Secretary General and senior management team of the Secretariat;
  • Lead and deliver a continuous successful change management process that responds to changing delivery expectations on the Secretariat;
  • Manage relations with the staff representatives and promote good employee relations through dialogue, consultation and continuous staff engagement on Human Resources issues;
  • Co-ordinate diagnostic surveys, Human Resource audits, stakeholder and employee surveys as needed in order to monitor and evaluate organizational culture and climate;
  • Oversee and participate in recruitment of staff consistent with the diversity of the Secretariat’s membership, operational needs and priorities;
  • Monitor, manage and explore ways of reducing the cost of recruitment, practices and procedures and identify areas for specific improvement;
  • In collaboration with the Office of Legal Counsel, ensure that Human Resources policies and management is consistent with international administrative law requirements;
  • Manage relations with partners and external Human Resource service providers, etc.
  • Supervise HR line management responsibilities performed under his/her direct supervision.

Administration Services – Key Accountabilities

  • Establish and continually review the Secretariat’s policies, procedures, practices, standards and tools that deliver services effectively, including on supply chain management and security of the Secretariat, etc.
  • Formulate appropriate solutions to incorporate ICT and administrative service matters and ensure appropriate use of ICT to provide streamlined cost-effective business processes;
  • Prepare and present timely and effective management reports and statutory reports to the Leadership, Management, and other governing bodies;
  • Oversee the preparation and management of the annual budget of the Directorate and its execution while ensuring compliance with established Rules, Regulations, Procedures as well as AU Assembly Decisions;
  • Provide leadership in the development and application of appropriate Safety & Security policies.
  • Supervise Administrative line managers responsible for the various segments of the Directorate;
  • Responsible for the overall administrative functions for the efficient and consistent operations of the AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • Developing administrative policies and manage relationship with service providers; manage the AfCFTA premises and its facilities;
  • Ensuring compliance with all agreements and contracts entered into by the AfCFTA secretariat; and
  • Ensure that the Secretariat assets and staff have insurance coverage to meet the changing needs of the organization.
  • Performs any other related duties as may be assigned.

Requirements
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Applicants must have:

Educations Qualification:

  • A minimum of a master’s university degree in the fields of Human Resources Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, Corporate Management, Industrial Psychology, Law or other related Social Sciences.

Professional Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 12 years extensive and relevant work experience in positions dealing with Human Resources Management functions and/or Administration in a national or an international organization; This experience should include at least 7-years work at a managerial level position.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Competences:
Functional:

  • Strong leadership, managerial, analytical, people and team skills;
  • A strong commitment to the values of impartiality, honesty, integrity and objectivity;
  • International experience, with a personal reputation of the highest order among global and African trade professionals; and
  • Experience in working in a multicultural environment.
  • Conceptual Thinking: – Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others and are not learned from previous education or experience, to think through issues and/or resolve problems.
  • Job Knowledge Sharing: – Fosters and enables knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.
  • Drive for Result: – Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.
  • Fosters Innovation: – Encourages creativity on the part of others by highlighting the benefits of innovation and change on the overall performance of the organization and/or the performance department/ directorate.
  • Utilizes strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Leadership Skills and personal abilities:

  • Strategic Focus: – Creates a compelling vision for the future state of the department / directorate and or organization. Establishes a comprehensive course of action to achieve the vision.
  • Developing Organizational Capability: – Promotes organizational learning and development to ensure that the department is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentor others to enhance their development.
  • Change Leadership: – Leads and champions organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the Department / directorate or organization.
  • Strategic Risk Management: – Uses sound judgement to make risky decisions in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts, etc
  • Ability to use strong managerial delegation, political tact and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives
  • Evidence of ability to lead, motivate and guide a team of professionals;
  • Ability to work effectively with people from various backgrounds and create an environment where diversity is respected
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development
  • Ability to initiate and cultivate strategic internal and external networking relationships, builds alliances and collaborates across boundaries to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders.
  • Develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement.
  • Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals.
  • Ability to communicate with impact, uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results.

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Knowledge of the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA, its Protocols and its subsidiary legal instruments
  • Demonstrable extensive knowledge of the functioning and decision making processes of the African Union and African regional trade and economic integration and/or multilateral trading system;
  • Experience in public communication and dealing with the media

Language Requirements:

  • Applicants must be proficient in one of the following African Union working languages; Arabic, English, French or Portuguese. Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage.

Tenure of Appointment and Assumption Of Duty:

  • 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 Representative Countries:

  • Angola, Algeria, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Egypt, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Libya, Morocco, Namibia, Saharawi Arab D.R., Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa.

Remuneration and Benefits

  • Indicative basic salary of US$78,138 (D1 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27, 290.88.00 (per annum), 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), etc. for internationally recruited staff of the Commission.

JOB TITLE: COMMISSIONER, INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENERGY (I & E)

Location: Headquaters (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Reports to: Chairperson of the African Union Commission Directorate / Department Infrastructure and Energy (I&E)
Number of Direct Reports: One (1) Director
Number of Directorates and Agencies: 1 Directorate and 1
Specialized Technical Agency
Job Family: Elected Official
Job Grade: SP3
Level: Six (6)

Context

  • Under the authority of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, this position is responsible for driving the implementation of Infrastructure and Energy policies, programs and strategies in line with the aspirations of Agenda 2063, the associated medium-term plans and other key continental legal and policy frameworks
  • Leads engagement with the AU Member States and strategic partners in the delivery of the portfolio’s continental priorities
  • The Commissioner shall have a high commitment to pan-African values and the guiding principles of the African Union.

Main Functions

  • Sets the overall goals of the Infrastructure and Energy portfolio in line with the AU Agenda 2063;
  • Sets annual performance targets for the Infrastructure and Energy portfolio and report on annual progress to Specialized Technical Committees and AU Policy Organs;
  • Provides regular reports to the Chairperson of the Commission on portfolio delivery;
  • Carries out effective regular engagement and collaboration with, and timely reporting to the PRC and respective subcommittees;
  • Drives the implementation of the AU Institutional Reform Agenda as part of the senior leadership team;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to Directors in the implementation of policies and programs within the portfolio;
  • Engages with Member States in order to pursue the Commission’s work to promote domestication of AU Agenda 2063 at the national level by Member States;
  • Leads partnership negotiations and resource mobilization with Strategic Partners to finance continental programmes and priorities;
  • Co-ordinates Specialized Technical Committees to promote the achievement of the departmental mandate;
  • Strengthens regional coordination, cooperation and integration initiatives and ensure an effective division of labour with Member States and Regional Economic Communities
  • Ensures effective collaboration in programme development with the AU Development Agency (AUDANEPAD);
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Commission’s programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
  • Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer within the department and with other departments across the Commission; and
  • Supervises Directors and inspires high performance and delivery across the portfolio.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leads the development, harmonization and ratification of continental infrastructure policies and programmes on interconnected infrastructure to enable the development of cross-border infrastructural projects to enhance interconnectivity;
  • Drives and promotes strategies and mechanisms for advancing integrated infrastructural development in AU Member States including resource mobilisation and technical support from Member States and development partners to ensure continental connectivity through rail, road, sea and air;
  • Drives the promotion of the acceleration of digital transformation programmes amongst Members States to ensure Africa is well equipped to adopt and benefit from emerging technologies and the dynamic global digital landscape;
  • Leads advocacy for security and safety of critical Infrastructure projects through cooperation and partnership with Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and development partners to prevent damage, pilferage and unauthorized use of infrastructure;
  • Provides leadership in the implementation and maintenance of Agenda 2063 infrastructural flagship projects such as Integrated High-Speed Network, the Grand Inga Dam project, Single African Air Transport Market and Cyber Security to ensure availability of infrastructure necessary to improve trade, boost growth and create jobs in Member States;
  • Facilitates adoption of DotAfrica (.africa), the African Geographical Top-Level Domain (gTLD) by garnering support from Member States and private sector organisations to enable African citizens, governments and organisations associate their services with Africa and her people;
  • Leads the establishment of continental accountability mechanisms to track the implementation of the AU vision on infrastructure through coordination and monitoring of results; and
  • Leads the monitoring and evaluation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) to ensure the fulfillment of action plans towards delivering infrastructure projects that integrate energy, transportation, and water development on a continental scale.

Key Relationships
Internal Relationships:

  • Executive Council of the African Union
  • Permanent Representatives Committee
  • Other AU Organs
  • Specialized Technical Committees
  • AUDA-NEPAD
  • Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat
  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Director General
  • Other Commissioners
  • Other Directorates.

External Relationships:

  • AU Member States
  • Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • International development partners
  • UN Agencies and Institutions
  • African Development Bank
  • African private sector
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • Research Institutions and Policy Think Tanks.

Academic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture, Land Economics, Real Estate, Urban Planning or closely related field from a recognized institution.
  • A Ph.D in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture, Land Economics, Urban Planning, or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

Relevant Experience:

  • Have not less than eighteen (18) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a senior leadership role preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government/public service, international or regional institution.
  • Language(s):
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages. Fluency in another AU working language is an added advantage

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.

Leadership Competencies
Strategic Focus:

  • Determines and outlines the portfolio’s strategic priorities and connects the portfolio’s purpose to that of the broader organization vision and values
  • Inspires others and the organisation to achieve beyond expectations
  • Proactively identifies and prioritizes the key issues involved to facilitate executive decision-making and makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited, or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

Developing Organizational Capability:

  • Promotes and catalyzes organizational learning and development to ensure that the portfolio is well positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.

Change Leadership:

  • Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action and identifies change opportunities and champion organizational change initiatives – consistently looks for ways to improve the portfolio or organization.
  • Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms.
  • Demonstrates an ability to adapt style when faced with myriad dimensions of culture in order to be effective across cultural contexts. Able to resolve conflicts arising to competing objectives, limited resources, or differing perspectives and seeks amicable solutions.

Strategic Risk Management:

  • Manage the organisation’s and portfolio’s reputation by making risk-intelligent decisions and using sound judgement in highly complex situations based on an assessment of the risks and benefits, impacts, etc.

Core Competencies
Building Partnerships:

  • Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals to foster organizational goals through proactive engagement with key stakeholders
  • Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

Drives Accountability Culture:

  • Determines objectives, sets priorities and develops longer-term goals and proactively influences how resources, services, etc. are re-organized to achieve goals and offering recommendations on issues of accountability for improvement
  • Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.

Learning Agility and Resilience:

  • Engages in systematic and development activities aligned with the strategic needs of the organisation
  • Promotes ongoing learning and development across the organization, develops personal and professional goals and makes insightful career planning decisions to achieve (or alter) these goals
  • Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

Communicating with impact:

  • Projects authority, credibility and influences external executive decision makers to achieve substantive goals
  • Uses personal rather than positional power to influence and motivate others to achieve results and presents the key points of an argument persuasively
  • Negotiates and facilitates through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings.

Functional Competencies
Conceptual Thinking:

  • Creates new concepts that are not obvious to others to think through issues and / or resolve problems.

Job Knowledge Sharing:

  • Fosters and enables a knowledge and information-rich culture through engaging with thought leaders within and outside the organization.

Drive for Results:

  • Drives high performance standards from goal creation to continuous improvement.
  • Commits significant resources and/or time (in the face of uncertainty) to improve performance, reach a challenging goal and implements innovative solutions.

Fosters Innovation:

  • Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes for the overall performance of the organization and the portfolio.

AU Values

  • Respect for Diversity and Teamwork
  • Think Africa Above all
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Integrity and Impartiality
  • Efficiency and Professionalism
  • Information and Knowledge Sharing.

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Note

  • The requirements and responsibilities contained in this job description do not create a contract of employment and are not meant to be all-inclusive. It may be changed by the role manager during employment on an as-needed basis.
  • The regional nominations shall be received by the Commission (Office of the Legal Counsel) hand-delivered in sealed envelopes on or before 17hrs (5 pm) Addis Ababa Time of 4th September, 2020.
  • The requirements and responsibilities contained in this job description do not create a contract of employment and are not meant to be all-inclusive. It may be changed by the role manager during employment on an as-needed basis.
  • Please use this link to get Senior Leadership Position Curriculum Vitae (CV) Template: https://au.int/en/documents/20200707/senior-leadership-position-cv-template

Application Deadline  17hrs (5 pm) Addis Ababa Time, 4th September, 2020.

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