Head of Division – Strategy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 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: Head of Division – Strategy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Requisition ID:  684
Duty Station:  Accra, Ghana
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Secretary-General
Directorate / Department: Office of the Secretary-General
Division: Office of the Secretary-General
Contract TypeRegular
Number of Direct Reports: 3
Number of Indirect Reports: 1
Grade: P5

Purpose of Job

  • To provide strategic direction and leadership in managing the Division of Strategy Planning, Monitoring Evaluation in order to achieve the AfCFTA Secretariat’s strategic objectives and mandate.

Main Functions

  • Provide technical leadership and ensure efficient functioning of the Division;
  • Facilitate the formulation and ensure execution of AfCFTA Secretariat overall strategy;
  • Promote awareness and training of best practices in area of expertise;
  • Analyse and address problems arising from current approaches to strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Develop and maintain regular working relations with top level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of Member States and partners;
  • Engage stakeholders within Members States and RECs in designing and implementing strategies;
  • Ensure overall management of the Division’s personnel, budget, performance, quality, discipline and training in conformity with relevant rules and procedures in force.
  • Facilitate the preparation of periodic programme performance reports and other relevant reports;
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of programme related capacity building initiatives;
  • Mobilise funding from external stakeholders to execute AfCFTA Secretariat’s strategies and activities; and
  • Ensure creation of an inspiring work environment to enable staff development and professional progression.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the development, implementation and delivery of AfCFTA Secretariat’s long term and medium term strategic plan, consistent with the African Union Agenda 2063;
  • Foster institutionalization of Results oriented culture within the AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Directorates within the AfCFTA Secretariat and the formulation of the directorates action plans and budget;
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the strategy across the AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • Produce the required periodic reports of the activities of the AfCFTA Secretariat and ensure that agreed deadlines for these reports are strictly adhered to;
  • Manage the Division’s staff performance in accordance with rules and regulations of the African Union.
  • Manage risk within the division and recommend mitigation strategies;
  • Build continental and global partnerships relevant to AfCFTA Secretariat’s mandate;
  • Contribute to the overall work of the AfCFTA Secretariat by playing an effective role in the Senior Management Team;
  • Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation tool on AfCFTA implementation by State Parties;
  • Ensure the preparation of mid-year and annual reports on the status of the implementation of AfCFTA within the Secretariat, Regional Economic Communities and State Parties;
  • Facilitate the mid and end-term evaluation the AfCFTA strategic plan;
  • Lead in the consultancy and feasibility studies of AfCFTA Secretariat’s projects;
  • Attend technical and strategic meetings of the AfCFTA Secretariat; and
  • Perform any other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor or the Secretary-General.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • A University Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Finance, Project Management, Strategic Management or any related field of study with twelve (12) years of relevant progressively responsible work experience in Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation functions out of which seven (7) years should be at managerial level.
  • Membership of relevant professional body is an added advantage.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to initiate and promote collaborative approaches between geographically and culturally disparate partners;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations both internally and externally;
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks;
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff;
  • Excellent IT skills;
  • Ability to work independently and under tight deadlines;
  • A high level of attention to detail; and
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic); fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Perspective
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Building relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking
  • Job Knowledge Sharing
  • Drive for result
  • Fosters Innovation

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.

Gender Mainstreaming:

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

Remuneration

  • Indicative basic salary of US$  50,746.00 (P5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (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.

Deadline: 16th August, 2021.

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