African Union recruits 01 Director, Peace and Security
External Publication of Job Posting 50362666
Job Posting Title : Director, Peace and Security
Start Date : 09.05.2019
End Date : 10.06.2019
Reference Code : 10001105 – 03
Job Title : Director, Peace and Security
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.
In seeking to achieve these objectives, the African Union intends to strengthen its capacity to deliver by, among
others, the implementation of new organization structure and the filling of regular and short-term vacant posts.
The Commission of the African Union invites applicants who are citizens of Member States for the short-term
post of Director, Peace and Security in the Department of Peace and Security of the African Union Commission.
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.
Job Title: Director, Peace and Security
Supervisor: Commissioner for Peace and Security.
Duty Station: Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Strategic, political and operational advice and management
i. 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
ii. Contribute to the management of conflicts and crisis situations across the African Continent
iii. 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
iv. Contribute to outreach of AU’s peace and Security agenda
v. To particularly oversee and ensure effective execution of activities of the AU Agenda 2063 Flagship
projects in the field of Peace and Security
Political analysis with Peace and Security issues/challenges
i. 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
ii. 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
iii. Provide strategic guidance to the components in the Peace and Secuirty Department.
Reporting and Information Management
i. 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.
ii. Review inputs and reports of the Department to ensure synergy and complementarity in the
implementation of the Union’s mandate.
iii. 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.
Planning, Coordination and Facilitation
i. Liaising /Coordinating with the UN, RECs/RMs and other international organization on matters related to
Peace and Security in Africa.
ii. Ensure adequate support to relevant decision making organs on peace and security related matters /
Coordinate and maintain good working relations with other Departments/Directorates/Offices of the Commission
and other Agencies of the African Union;
iii. Develop and maintain appropriate working relations with partners of the African Union, in the fields of
Peace and Security.
Leadership and mamangement responsibilities
i. Ensure overall quality and timeliness of the services and solutions providesd by the Department
ii. 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;
iii. Act as Officer-in-Charge of the Department in the absence of the Commissioner, as appropriate.
iv. Any other related assignments as may be assigned the Copmmissionewr or the Leadership Team of the
General competencies required for the job
i. Professionalism – Demonstrated in-depth understanding of peacekeeping operations; Substantial and
diverse experience in all facets of the job; Strong analytical and evaluative skills combined with good judgment;
in-depth understanding of and an ability to evaluate international political situations; Excellent drafting and
presentation skills; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and
mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and
achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced
with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating
gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
ii. 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 twoway communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in
sharing information and keeping people informed.
iii. 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,
iv. 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.
v. 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.
2.Education and Work Experience
i. 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.
ii. 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
i. Budgeting and Financial Skills
ii. Communication and Supervisory Skill
iii. Policy Development and Drafting Skill
iv. Experience in resource mobilization and management of multiple partner projects
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.
4. Tenure of Appointment:
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.
5. 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
6. Gender Mainstreaming:
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Indicative basic salary of US$ 78, 138.00 (D1 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post
adjustment (46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 26,208.00 (per annum), and education allowance
(100% of tuition and other education related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$
10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum
for locally recruited staff.
How to apply
Applications must be made through the AUC E-recruitment Website
http://www.aucareers.org no later than 10 June 2019.
1. 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.
2. Copy of valid passport.
3. Certified copies of educational qualifications – degrees, diplomas and certificates, where applicable (Not
4. More than 5 Documents in PDF Format, and not exceeding 1 MB).
4. Please be aware that only complete applications will be considered.
5. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
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