Desk Officer (Crisis Management) - African Union

Job title: Desk Officer (Crisis Management)
Post level: P2
Department: Peace and Security Department
Supervisor: Secretary to the Peace & Security Council
Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Number of Positions: Three (3)
3. Job Purpose
To provide assistance to the work of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.
4. Major duties and responsibilities:
- Under the direct supervision of the Secretary to the Peace and Security Council, the Political Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Assist in servicing meetings of the Peace and Security Council;
- Assist in preparing briefings of the Chairperson of the Peace and security Council and the Commissioner for Peace and Security on peace and security issues be it to the Peace and security Council or other entities;
- Provide all secretarial and logistical services to the Peace & Security Council, to enable it discharge its mandate effectively;
- Assist in preparing periodic administrative and programme reports of the PSC;
- On a regular basis, engage in monitoring the stream of data and information transmitted to the Secretariat from the Divisions of the PSD in an attempt to identify and propose appropriate entry point for the AU Commission or the AU Peace and Security Council;
- Assist in promoting and disseminating information through seminars, symposia and conferences, as well as the electronic media, of the work of the Peace & Security Directorate;
- Research on issues related to peace and security and promote cooperation with African and international institutions in Africa;
- Monitor and report on the implementation of Decisions of the Peace and Security Council;
- Perform other tasks as may be assigned by supervisors.
5. Required Skills and Competencies
A. Functional Skills
- Drafting working documents of the Peace and Security Council;
- Excellent drafting and reporting skills;
- Good communication and negotiating skills;
- Good planning and organizational skills;
- Must be computer literate;
- Communication: Effective written, oral and presentation skills.
B. Key Results Areas/Outputs – Personal Abilities
- Reporting function;
- Judgment and Decision-Making;
- Sound judgment in interpretation of instructions and guidelines;
- Coordination of assignments;
- Leadership and management skills and abilities;
- Ability to mediate successfully in conflict situations;
- Ability to effectively manage and direct the work of teams of professional, senior and experienced officers;
- Ability to work in a team;
- Ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity;
- Ability to draft/present information in a concise and accurate manner;
- Ability to organize and motivate others;
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
C. Knowledge and understanding
Excellent knowledge of current political, social and economic developments in Africa and the world;
Demonstrated excellence in report writing, policy analysis;
Qualitative and quantitative analysis skills;
Teamwork and working in multi-cultural environments;
Networking among expert groups and organisations;
Negotiation and consensus building;
Punctuality and working under tight time schedules;
Diligence when unsupervised;
Computer literacy.
6. Education Qualification Required
• A minimum university degree either in Political Science, International Relations, Government Public Relations or Law;
• Masters’ degree in fields related to peace and security in Africa;
• At least five (5) years’ experience working in government service, international organization, a university or research institute. Practical involvement on peace and security issues in Africa will be an advantage.
7. Work Experience Required:
• At least seven (5) years working experience in government service, international organization, a university or research institute in Africa;
• Experience working in international organization will be an added advantage.
8. Language Requirement:
Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages is mandatory; fluency in additional AU official working languages would be an added advantage.
9. Tenure of Appointment:
The appointment will be made for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve (12) months will be considered as approbatory period. Thereafter, the contract could be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.
10. Gender Mainstreaming:
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
11. Remuneration:
Indicative basic salary of US$ 29,287.00 per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. post adjustment (46% of basic salary), housing allowance (US$14,414.40 per annum), and education allowance (75% of tuition and other education related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$7,800.00 per child per annum) for internationally recruited staff of the Commission.
The applications must be made through the AUC E-recruitment Website not later than 1st August 2016
Directorate of Administration and Human Resource Management
African Union Commission
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
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