Principal Political/Elections Officer - African Union

Job Title: Principal Political/Elections Officer
Grade: P4
Supervisor: Head Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit
Number of Position: One (1)
Department: Political Affairs
Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2. Job Purpose
Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit, the post holder will be responsible in general terms for the preparation and implementation of activities relating to election processes, observation and training carried out by the Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit of the AU in Member States.
3. Major duties and responsibilities:
The post holder shall:
a) Ensure that all of the activities of the DEAU relating to democracy, election observation, electoral assistance and training are implemented.
b) Make proposal and prepare projects relating to democracy, election observation and electoral assistance.
c) Provide policy and technical advice to the DEAU and DPA leadership on democracy and electoral issues.
d) Assist in the management of external partnership with international partners and donors.
e) Liaise with Strategic Planning and Resource Mobilisation Unit of the AU Commission on the implementation of the Electoral Assistance Fund (EAF) Joint Financial Agreement.
f) Assist in resource mobilization effort of the DEAU and DPA including presentation of strategic plan and programme to international partners and donors as required.
g) Prepare and submit narrative reports to the DPA/DEAU and international partners in line with the Joint Programme/Financial Agreement.
h) Represent the DEAU and DPA in meeting with international partners and others as required.
i) Support the implementation of post-election follow-up activities of the DEAU, including activities relating to recommendations of AUEOM reports.
j) Support the development and implementation of activities of the Democracy and Election Cluster of the African Governance Architecture (AGA).
k) Monitor and analyse political and socio-economic trends and their impact on the electoral and democratic processes within AU Member States;
l) Compile reports, statements, memoranda and draft decisions of meetings on elections and democracy.
m) Assist in the preparation and organization of meetings, seminars and workshops on elections and democracy.
n) Establish and maintain relations with Member States and relevant institutions.
o) Performs any other relevant functions as assigned.
4. Qualification and Experience Required
• Candidates must have at least a Master’s Degree in one of the following disciplines: Law, Political Science, International Relations, International Development, Social Sciences or any other related discipline.
• Candidates must have at least ten (10) years or more experience in handling election organisation issues or working in international organisations relating to democracy, elections and governance issues.
5. Other Relevant Skills:
• Management experience, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to organise and motivate others and work in a multi-cultural environment;
• Excellent drafting and reporting skills;
• Good communication and negotiating skills;
• Good planning and organizing skills;
• Experience working with donors and international partners; and
• Computer literacy
6. Language Requirement:
Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages (English, French, Arabic or Portuguese). Knowledge of other working languages would be an added advantage.
7. Age Requirement:
Candidates should preferably be 35 years old or above.
8. Gender Mainstreaming:
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of two (2) years, of which the first Six (6) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract could be renewed for annually subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
10. Remuneration: The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$ 95,508.24 inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 83,902.99 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff
Applications must be made through the AUC E-recruitment Website
Not later than 25th July 2016
Directorate of Administration and Human Resource Management
African Union Commission
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
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