Thursday, April 21, 2016


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, Ethiopia.
In seeking to attain this objective, the African Union intends to build its capacity to deliver, among others, the implementation of its organizational structure. Being cognizant of the role that Earth Observation sector plays in socio-economic development, the Commission is now implementing the Global Monitoring of the Environment and Security in Africa (GMES & Africa) initiative.
In this pursuit, the commission invites applicants who are citizens of Member States to fill the position of Training Officer for GMES & Africa project in the Science and Technology Division.
1. Post:
Job Title: Training Officer
Grade: P2
Supervisor: Project Coordinator
Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2. Background
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (GMES & Africa) initiative seeks to establish a long term capacity development and partnership between the African Union Commission and the European Union with an aim of providing sustainable, reliable and timely services to the public and public policy makers related to environmental and security issues. GMES & Africa is an extension of the European Copernicus programme to Africa. Launched in Lisbon, Portugal on December 7, 2007 during the 2nd EU - Africa Summit in response to the Maputo Declaration signed in October 2006. The initiative also seeks to set-up an overall framework in Africa for Earth Observation (EO) applications with a goal to support national and regional policies through systematic exploitation of Earth Observation data, technologies and services; making use of spin-offs offered by the Copernicus programme.
An Action Plan has been developed with an objective to allow Africa to make full use of the potential of space systems for sustainable development and reinforcing Africa’s capacity and ownership in using and contributing to remote sensing applications. Nine thematic areas were identified: (1) long term management of natural resources, (2) marine and coastal management, (3) water resource management, (4) climate variability and change, (5) disaster risk reduction, (6) food security and rural development, (7) infrastructure and territorial development, (8) conflicts resolution, (9) health. Additionally, five cross-cutting sectors, namely: (a) policy and institutional framework, (b) infrastructure framework, (c) capacity building, (d) financial issues, (e) monitoring and evaluation were identified. A lot of intense hands-on trainings are expected during the implementation phase. In preparation for these activities, the Commission is seeking a competitive candidate to fill the position of the Training Officer for GMES & Africa project.
3. Major duties and responsibilities:
Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, the responsibilities and duties of the successful candidate shall include the following:
a. Working closely with the Senior Scientific Officers, Regional Implementation Centers and partners to identify the Knowledge and technical capacity gaps;
b. Develop capacity building and training strategy for the G&A programme and get it endorsed at decision making level;
c. Based on the strategy, identify competencies and skills to be developed (i) within the RIC, and (ii) within the countries in order to ensure successful implementation of the G&A programme and achievement of the expected results
d. Develop capacity building plan accordingly (this plan would include, among others,. training schedule, inter-RICs experts exchange programme, links with European or international institutions providing training or training materials, link with Pan-African university, etc.) ;
e. Contact potential training centers that could host continental training event and contact potential trainers that could deliver appropriate courses
f. Prepare Terms of Reference for training activities to be developed at continental level (common to all regions) and mobilize funds within the project (continental level or within the Grants or elsewhere) to implement these activities;
g. Contributing to the Research and Development services pertaining to the project;
h. Ensuring that the project meets international standards and local capacity is improved;
i. Working with the Regional Implementation Centers to ensure that the local technical teams and the members of the national network (e.g. focal point, mains members) are effectively trained by exploring the capacity of universities;
j. Reporting on the progress of capacity development to the Project steering Committee and partners;
k. Participating in relevant workshops, seminars and regional meetings.
l. Further identify competencies and skills to be developed more generally in Africa to strengthen use of Earth Observation and its impact on decision making processes;
m. Liaising with universities and the Pan African University Institute of Space Studies for research, capacity building and hands-on training;
4. Qualifications and experienced required:
a. A minimum of first Degree in space science, Geospatial technologies, environmental sciences or related field
b. Fluency in English and/or French. Knowledge of other official languages of the African Union will be an added advantage
c. Two years’ experience in space sciences or related disciplines
d. Experience working at an international level
5. Skills and Competencies
a. Candidate must have knowledge of Earth Observation and demonstrate the role of Earth Observation technologies as essential tools for environmental monitoring, and how they support sustainable development;
b. Familiarity with EO programmes such as AMESD and MESA will be an added advantage;
c. Experience in EO training programmes ( training plans, learning objectives, conducting training assessment, etc)
d. Experience in training logistics, i.e., specifying training requirements, arranging logistics aspects of international training courses (e.g. travel, visa, etc).
e. Ability to identify capacity gaps and draw necessary training programmes; combine with ability to conduct data collection using various methods;
f. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources;
g. Able to keep constant communication with the Regional Implementation Centres. He/she should be able to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
h. Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;
i. Sound Computer literacy is desired such as knowledge of generic software applications: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.;
j. Knowledge of the African Union system will be an added advantage.
6. Gender Mainstreaming:
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
7. Remuneration:
Indicative lump sum salary of US$ 69,044 (P2 Step 1) per annum inclusive of all other related entitlements for internationally recruited staff of the Commission.
8. Tenure of appointment
The duration of the appointment will be 2 years renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
Applications must be made through the AUC E-recruitment Website not later than 14th May 2016
Directorate of Administration and Human Resource Management
African Union Commission


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