Current Vacancies at the African Union (AU)

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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Management Expert

Requisition ID: 641
Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Senior Fisheries Officer
Directorate: DARBE
Division: AU-IBAR
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P3

Purpose of Job

  • The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a specialized technical office of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment (DARBE) of the African Union Commission, is mandated to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the Member States of the African Union.
  • The Vision of the AU-IBAR Strategic Plan 2018-2023 is an Africa in which animal resources contribute significantly to integration, prosperity and peace. Within the framework of the African Union 2063, the Africa Blue Economy Strategy environed an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that significantly contributes to Africa’s transformation and growth.
  • The first continent-wide intervention in the African fisheries and aquaculture was framed to address the following challenges:  poor coordination among actors, lack of coherence in governance instruments and approaches, increasing incidences of IUU fishing due to weak capacity in the AU member states, weak evidence to foster reform, generally weak capacity and poor infrastructure, and lack of inclusive governance.
  • Towards the implementation of the Policy framework and reform strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa (PFRS), the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) implemented the EU funded Project ‘Strengthening institutional capacity to enhance governance of the fisheries sector in Africa, commonly called Fisheries Governance Project (FishGov 1)’ between 2014 to 2018.
  • The FishGOV 1 facilitated development of synergies and coherence in fisheries management and aquaculture practices by aligning national and regional polices with PFRS; enhanced the profile of the sector as well as fostered coordination in the governance of the sector, among other achievements.
  • As a follow up of First phase of Fisheries Governance project (FISHGOV1), the second phase, also with EU support, “Enhancing sustainable fisheries management and aquaculture development in Africa: A programme for accelerated reform of the sector (FISHGOV2)’ is aimed at enhancing the contribution of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture to the achievement of the AU Agenda 2063’s objectives, notably in terms of food security, livelihoods and wealth creation.
  • The specific objectives are as follows: i. African Union decisions on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture policies are evidence based; ii. Fisheries and aquaculture policies in Africa are coherent with the PFRS and other AU priorities and coordinated at continental, regional and national levels and iii. Africa is adequately represented and effectively participates in international fisheries and aquaculture fora and ably domesticates relevant global instruments. For the implementation of this second phase, AU-IBAR seeks the services of a Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Management Expert to support the implementation of the activities of the project.

Main Functions

  • Provide technical support in the preparation and implementation of the programme
  • Contribute to development of guidelines, policies and manuals that can guide the programme, and decision making by higher management
  • Strengthen capacity for advocacy development  for  evidence-based, rational fisheries management and aquaculture development
  • Strengthen capacity for data collection and utilization for rational fisheries management and responsible aquaculture development
  • Facilitate rationalization for effective operationalization of fisheries and aquaculture stakeholders’ based platforms, networks and centres of excellence
  • Support mechanism for effective stakeholders consultations and modalities to engage and document stakeholder contributions at national and RECs’ levels
  • Promote uptake and implementation of knowledge, innovations and best practices to inform policy change at national and regional levels

Specific Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision of the Project Team Leader (Senior Fisheries Officer) at AU-IBAR, and the overall oversight of the Senior Animal Production Officer, the incumbent will provide general technical support to the Project. He/ she shall perform the following tasks:
  • Provide support to initiatives for promoting  institutional collaboration and coherence in the governance of fisheries and aquaculture sector for increased contribution to food security, livelihoods and wealth
  • Develop and implement mechanisms to support AU member states, regional fisheries and aquaculture organizations (RFBs, RSC) and RECs for effective and sustainable transboundary management of shared aquatic ecosystems and ABNJ
  • Support to strengthen mechanisms for enhanced coordination so that Africa can speak in one voice in fisheries and aquaculture fora;
  • Support AU member states and RECs for increased implementation of regional and global instruments and initiatives related to sustainable fisheries and responsible aquaculture development (noting in particular initiative/instruments relating to implementation of SDGs, VG-SSF etc, CCRF, PSMA, combating IUU fishing, biodiversity and environmental governance)
  • Support to enhancing implementation of continental initiatives (e.g. Africa Blue Economy Strategy, PFRS)
  • Perform all other duties as requested by the supervisors

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
The incumbent should have:

  • Post-graduate University Degree (Master’s degree) in Fisheries Sciences, Aquaculture or related aquatic sciences. PhD qualification in relevant disciplines would be an added advantage;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in aquaculture in the African fisheries sector and of which at least three (3) years should at supervisory level;

Or:

  • Bachelor University Degree in Fisheries Sciences, Aquaculture or related aquatic sciences;
  • Qualification(s) in related Aquatic Sciences would be an added advantage;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience in aquaculture in African Fisheries out of which at least three (3) years should at supervisory level.

The incumbent should also have:

  • Proven working experience in the African fisheries sector
  • Proven experience in promoting regional cooperation  and coherence in the sector and  knowledge on the activities and roles of  RECs and RFOs in fisheries and aquaculture sector
  • Record of  capacity building for management of shared and transboundary fisheries and aquaculture resources
  • Proven Knowledge  of regional and global instruments and initiatives relevant to African fisheries management and aquaculture  development
  • Record of formulating  and publication of knowledge  products in  fisheries management approaches and aquaculture development practices
  • Proven knowledge on co-management practices and working experience with fishing and fish farming communities and other non-state actors in African fisheries and aquaculture sector
  • Sound knowledge on issues of high seas fisheries and  governance of large marine ecosystems

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with senior government officials and development partners;
  • Good networking skills and ability to maintain positive and constructive dialogue and relationships with key institutions operating in the regions;
  • Self-starter with the ability to strategically plan own work;
  • Very strong writing, analytical and communication skills

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Developing others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationship
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for result
  • Continuous improvement orientation

Tenure of Appointment

  • The Appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.

Remuneration

  • The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$   89,989.42   (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 75,028.50 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Job Title: Director, Health and Humanitarian Affairs

Requisition ID:  541
Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Commissioner Health, Humanitarian Affairs & Social Development
Directorate: Health, Humanitarian Affairs & Social Development
Number of Direct Reports: 2
Number of Indirect Reports: 14
Grade: D1

Purpose of Job

  • To provide strategic direction and leadership in managing the operations of the Health and Humanitarian Affairs Directorate in order to achieve the AU strategic objectives and goals

 Main Functions

  • Develops and executes the overall strategy for the department and ensures alignment with overall organizational strategy;
  • Manages and supervises employees within the directorate, ensures the timely delivery of the directorate’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation;
  • Drives the implementation and monitoring of policies, strategies and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions;
  • Ensures the delivery of the directorate’s annual targets in line with the organization’s overall goals and maintains robust departmental monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Divisions within the department/directorate;
  • Manages the work of the Department/Directorate and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system;
  • Leads the directorate/department and ensures effective management of personnel, budget, performance, program quality, employee relations matters and training in conformity with relevant rules, policies and procedures;
  • Builds and maintains good working relations and collaboration with other directorates/departments;
  • Develops and maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member State and partner institution;
  • Coordinates meetings between the organization and relevant partners;
  • Ensures the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and other reports;
  • Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization, attributed to the directorate/department;
  • Implements and Maintains thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Directorate;
  • Develops and oversees policy development and guidelines in line with the organization’s legal framework;
  • Designs policies consistent with the AU’s strategic goals and mandate in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area;
  • Prepares and oversees integrated programs, projects and overall activities of the organization.
  • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent.
  • Develops and maintains standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for the department
  • Manages risks, develops mitigation measures and ensures business continuity of the department/directorate.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical guidance and supervise the preparation and formulation of appropriate programs, policies and strategies related to Health, population, nutrition and Humanitarian Affairs at the continental level and follow up on their implementation within Member States;
  • Supervises the activities of the Specialized Agencies and Institutions of the African Union within the Department working in the areas of Health, nutrition, population and Humanitarian Affairs;
  • Supervises the preparation and management of Ministerial Conferences and other relevant high-level meetings and engagements in the areas Health and Humanitarian Affairs;
  • Reviews and provides strategic guidance regarding the key continental health and humanitarian policies and frameworks;
  • Liaises /Coordinates with the UN, and other international organization on matters related to Health and Humanitarian Affairs in Africa;
  • Oversees and ensures effective execution of activities of relevant the AU Agenda 2063 Flagship projects in the field of health and humanitarian affairs, ensuring complementarity and synergy with AUDA-NEPAD, Regional Economic Communities and other continental institutions;Plans, promotes, and develops projects and programs in areas of public health, humanitarian, nutrition and population by stimulating their activities and providing leadership;
  • Manages Department’s responses, defining the strategy, partnerships, as well as resourcing needed to implement responses in an efficient, effective and accountable manner;
  • Promotes a continuous learning environment within the department, through dissemination of trends and up-to-date thinking on health and humanitarian issues, in particular early warning information, emergency preparedness and good practice in resilience-building approaches in disasters and emergency management;
  • Coordinates timely engagement of AUC and relevant AU Decision making bodies, relevant AU Organs, RECs, Government authorities, Partners, national, regional, continental and global networks, UN Agencies and UN-led initiatives as well as established national structures;
  • Builds and leads an effective team dedicated to fulfilling the department’s mandate through highly successful program implementation, stakeholder engagement, and donor relations;
  • Develops and implements plans and objectives for the department in an effective and innovative fashion as well as Assess and report progress in meeting department objectives; and
  • Supervises, guides, and delegates Heads of Divisions in their duties, ensuring Department’s policies and guidelines are clearly communicated while assessing, managing, and resolving problematic developments and situations.
  • Provides strategic advice and technical support to the Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development in preparing statements, proposals, briefs, reports and other relevant tasks;
  • Any other related assignments as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Public Administration, International Development, HHumanitarian Services or relevant Medical Sciences or social science studies with a minimum of fifteen (15) years of relevant experience of which eight (8) should be at managerial level and five (5) years at the supervisory level.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to use strong managerial delegation, political tact and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives
  • Ability to work effectively with people from various backgrounds and create an environment where diversity is respected
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with top-level stakeholders
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks
  • Ability to actively seek, identify and apply appropriate technology to improve programme delivery
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight.
  • Developing others.
  • Change Management.
  • Managing Risk.

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationship.
  • Foster Accountability Culture.
  • Learning Orientation.
  • Communicating with Influence.

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking.
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing.
  • Drive for the result.
  • Continuous improvement orientation.

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a 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.

Remuneration

  • 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.

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Job Title: Fisheries and Aquaculture Trade and Investment Officer

Requisition ID: 642
Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Senior Fisheries Officer
Directorate: DARBE
Division: AU-IBAR
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P2

Purpose of Job

  • The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a specialized technical office of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment (DARBE) of the African Union Commission, is mandated to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the Member States of the African Union.
  • The Vision of the AU-IBAR Strategic Plan 2018-2023 is an Africa in which animal resources contribute significantly to integration, prosperity and peace. Within the framework of the African Union 2063, the Africa Blue Economy Strategy environed an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that significantly contributes to Africa’s transformation and growth.
  • The first continent-wide intervention in the African fisheries and aquaculture was framed to address the following challenges:  poor coordination among actors, lack of coherence in governance instruments and approaches, increasing incidences of IUU fishing due to weak capacity in the AU member states, weak evidence to foster reform, generally weak capacity and poor infrastructure, and lack of inclusive governance.
  • Towards the implementation of the Policy framework and reform strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa (PFRS), the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) implemented the EU funded Project ‘Strengthening institutional capacity to enhance governance of the fisheries sector in Africa, commonly called Fisheries Governance Project (FishGov 1)’ between 2014 to 2018. The FishGOV 1 facilitated development of synergies and coherence in fisheries management and aquaculture practices by aligning national and regional polices with PFRS; enhanced the profile of the sector as well as fostered coordination in the governance of the sector, among other achievements.
  • As a follow up of First phase of Fisheries Governance project (FISHGOV1), the second phase, also with EU support, “Enhancing sustainable fisheries management and aquaculture development in Africa: A programme for accelerated reform of the sector (FISHGOV2)’ is aimed at enhancing the contribution of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture to the achievement of the AU Agenda 2063’s objectives, notably in terms of food security, livelihoods and wealth creation.
  • The specific objectives are as follows: i. African Union decisions on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture policies are evidence based; ii. Fisheries and aquaculture policies in Africa are coherent with the PFRS and other AU priorities and coordinated at continental, regional and national levels and iii. Africa is adequately represented and effectively participates in international fisheries and aquaculture fora and ably domesticates relevant global instruments.
  • For the implementation of this second phase, AU-IBAR seeks the services of a Fisheries and Aquaculture Trade and Investment Officer to assist in the implementation of the activities of the project, mainly related to trade, marketing and investment activities.

Main Functions

  • Provide support in the following up on the activities of the project, including monitoring and evaluating progress made in line with a predefined strategic plan
  • Contribute in conducting analysis and generate accurate reports in a timely manner
  • Participate in the organisation of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders.
  • Engage with relevant mid-level stakeholders and develop working relationships.
  • Assist in setting the overall research direction, and in executing studies on a relevant policy area.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision of the Project Team Leader (Senior Fisheries Officer) at AU-IBAR, and overall oversight of the Senior Animal Production Officer, the incumbent will provide general technical support to the Project.  He/ she shall perform the following tasks:
  • Assist in the implementation of trade, market and investment related activities of the project
  • Create awareness among relevant non-fisheries and aquaculture decision makers to stimulate in-country investments in fisheries and aquaculture and support mainstreaming of fisheries and aquaculture in NAIPs and RAIPs
  • Facilitate identification of strategic regional value chains for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and support RECs and AU Member States in reviewing their trade and SPS policies to facilitate fish trade along strategic regional value chains;
  • Develop programmes  to empower and strengthen the capacity of fisheries and aquaculture traders (with due consideration for small scale traders and women engaged in fish trade and processing) along fisheries and aquaculture the value chain
  • Support to enhancing effective participation of AU member states in related regional and global fora of  standard-setting organizations
  • Support initiatives to facilitate intra and inter-regional fish trade development in line with the regional integration trade agenda and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area
  • Support harmonization of fisheries trade policies, regulations, traceability and certification mechanisms
  • Develop mechanisms for  the establishment of regional reference laboratories and diagnostic networks for fish and fish products
  • Support the operationalization of aquatic animal health networks, women and youth trade and market organizations
  • Assist in building capacity of competent authorities for accredited certification and compliance with regional and international fish import requirements
  • Perform all other duties as requested by the supervisors

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
The incumbent should have:

  • Bachelor university degree in Marketing and Trade in Agriculture Products (Preferably with specialization in fish and fisheries products) or Economics (preferably in Natural Sciences). Qualification(s) in related Natural Sciences would be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in marketing and trade of agricultural products in Africa. Experience at supervisory level will be an added advantage.

Or:

  • A Post-graduate University degree (Master’s degree) in Marketing and Trade in Agriculture Products (Preferably with specialization in fish and fisheries products) or Economics (preferably in Natural Sciences). Qualification(s) in related Natural Sciences would be an added advantage
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience in marketing and trade of agricultural products in Africa. Experience at supervisory level will be an added advantage.

The incumbent should also have:

  • Record of familiarization of African fisheries and aquaculture sector;
  • Sound knowledge on challenges and trade issues in fisheries and aquaculture of Africa;
  • Proven knowledge on international trade  and marketing issues in fish and fisheries products, including familiarization with standard-setting organizations;
  • Experience in capacity building of stakeholders along value chains (with specific regards to post-harvest activities) in fisheries and aquaculture sector;
  • Knowledge of regional and international instruments, strategies, frameworks, guidelines, tools etc. for agricultural commodity trade facilitation etc.;
  • Sound knowledge on roles of regional organizations (RECs, RFBs etc.) in fisheries and aquaculture development.

Required Skills:

  • Good networking skills and ability to maintain positive and constructive dialogue and relationships with key institutions;
  • Experience in dealing with senior government officials and international development partners;
  • Self-starter with the ability to plan own work with reference to defined strategies;
  • Very strong writing, analytical and communication skills are necessary.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Change Management…
  • Managing Risk L2

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration L2
  • Accountability awareness and Compliance..
  • Learning Orientation L2
  • Communicating with Influence..

Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving..
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing L1
  • Drive for Results L2
  • Continuous Improvement Focus L2

Tenure of Appointment

  • The Appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.

Remuneration

  • The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$  78,600.96 (P2 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$  63,640.03   inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Job Title: Senior Policy Officer – Fisheries and Aquaculture

Requisition ID:  643
Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Senior Fisheries Officer
Directorate: DARBE
Division: AU-IBAR
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Grade: P3

Purpose of Job

  • The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a specialized technical office of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment (DARBE) of the African Union Commission, is mandated to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the Member States of the African Union. The Vision of the AU-IBAR Strategic Plan 2018-2023 is an Africa in which animal resources contribute significantly to integration, prosperity and peace. Within the framework of the African Union 2063, the Africa Blue Economy Strategy environed an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that significantly contributes to Africa’s transformation and growth.
  • The first continent-wide intervention in the African fisheries and aquaculture was framed to address the following challenges:  poor coordination among actors, lack of coherence in governance instruments and approaches, increasing incidences of IUU fishing due to weak capacity in the AU member states, weak evidence to foster reform, generally weak capacity and poor infrastructure, and lack of inclusive governance.
  • Towards the implementation of the Policy framework and reform strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa (PFRS), the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) implemented the EU funded Project ‘Strengthening institutional capacity to enhance governance of the fisheries sector in Africa, commonly called Fisheries Governance Project (FishGov 1)’ between 2014 to 2018. The FishGOV 1 facilitated development of synergies and coherence in fisheries management and aquaculture practices by aligning national and regional policies with PFRS; enhanced the profile of the sector as well as fostered coordination in the governance of the sector, among other achievements.
  • As a follow up of the First phase of the Fisheries Governance project (FISHGOV1), the second phase, also with EU support, “Enhancing sustainable fisheries management and aquaculture development in Africa: A programme for accelerated reform of the sector (FISHGOV2)’ is aimed at enhancing the contribution of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture to the achievement of the AU Agenda 2063’s objectives, notably in terms of food security, livelihoods and wealth creation.
  • The specific objectives are as follows: i. African Union decisions on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture policies are evidence-based; ii. Fisheries and aquaculture policies in Africa are coherent with the PFRS and other AU priorities and coordinated at continental, regional, and national levels and iii. Africa is adequately represented and effectively participates in international fisheries and aquaculture fora and ably domesticates relevant global instruments. For the implementation of this second phase, AU-IBAR seeks the services of a Senior Policy Officer – Fisheries and Aquaculture to support the implementation of the activities of the project.

Main Functions

  • Provide technical support in the preparation and implementation of the programme
  • Contribute to the development of guidelines, policies and manuals that can guide the programme, and decision making by higher management
  • Contribute to the elaboration of documents for the meetings of relevant STC and its Bureau
  • Support the organization of biennial African ministerial dialogue on fisheries and aquaculture
  • Facilitate the generation of synergies among ongoing and planned initiatives relating to fisheries and aquaculture between various departments of the African Union Commission
  • Facilitate adequate mainstreaming of project outcomes into the AU fora and policy processes
  • Support the harmonization and coordinated, synergistic implementation of Africa Blue Economy Strategy with other related AU and partners’  instruments

Specific Responsibilities
Working under the direct supervision of the Project Team Leader (Senior Fisheries Officer) at AU-IBAR and the overall oversight of the Director of Agriculture and Rural Development. He/she shall perform the following tasks:

  • Strengthen  the integration of  fisheries and aquaculture in the biennial CAADP report on Malabo Goals and Targets
  • Support identification and preparation of issues for Africa Voice in global processes and frameworks (e.g. Ocean governance, climate change, Trade)
  • Support mechanisms for enhancing strategic partnerships in Africa fisheries and aquaculture, especially support to EU-Africa dialogue
  • Perform all other duties as requested by the Director of AU-IBAR

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
The incumbent should have a:

  • Post-graduate University degree (Master’s degree) in fisheries sciences, fisheries socio-economics, related equivalent disciplines in policy and planning. A PhD degree in relevant fields will be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in the fisheries and aquaculture development in Africa of which at least three (3) years should at the supervisory level;

OR:

  • Bachelor university degree in fisheries sciences, fisheries socio-economics, related equivalent disciplines in policy and planning.
  • Qualification(s) in related Aquatic Sciences would be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience in aquaculture in African Fisheries of which at least three (3) years should be at supervisory level.

The incumbent should also have:

  • Sound experience of institutions set up at national and regional levels for fisheries and aquaculture management and development;
  • Extensive experience in formulation of policies, strategies relating to fisheries and aquaculture at national, regional or continental levels;
  • Familiarization with African Union policy processes, institutions  and initiatives relevant to fisheries and aquaculture;
  • Sound knowledge of CAADP process;
  • Familiarization with AU instruments supporting ocean governance, fisheries and aquaculture sector;
  • Sound knowledge of global instruments and processes relevant to fisheries and aquaculture;
  • Record of working experience externally funded relevant development projects and/or knowledge of partners’ interventions in fisheries and aquaculture sector in Africa.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with senior government officials and development partners
  • Good networking skills and ability to maintain positive and constructive dialogue and relationships with key institutions operating in the regions;
  • Self-starter with the ability to strategically plan own work;
  • Very strong writing, analytical and communication skills are necessary.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight.
  • Developing others.
  • Change Management.
  • Managing Risk.

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationship.
  • Foster Accountability Culture.
  • Learning Orientation.
  • Communicating with Influence.

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking.
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing.
  • Drive for the result.
  • Continuous improvement orientation.

Tenure of Appointment

  • The Appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.

Remuneration

  • The salary attached to the position is an annual lump sum of US$  96,921.34  (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$  78,461.08  inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Deadline: 19th July, 2021.

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

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