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Confronted with the growing number of requests from prospective Partners to establish new arrangements for cooperation with Africa through the AU, the Executive Council, at its 12th Ordinary Session held in Addis Ababa in January 2007, and further to a report submitted by the Commission, adopted decision EX.CL/Dec.397(XII) which, among other things, requested the AU Commission to deploy necessary efforts to develop a new type of partnership in order to maximize mutual benefits.

Accordingly, the African Union Commission in implementing this di rective has developed relations with different international Partners in different regions of the world, particularly with India; China; South Korea; Countries of South America, the European Union; Turkey; League of Arab States; the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC); Organization of American States (OAS); Commonwealth, la Francophonie, etc.

With the large number of existing Partnerships already in existence, and the growing number of those under consideration, as well those to be initiated, the Executive Council, at its 19th Ordinary Session held in Malabo in June 2011, adopted decision EX.CL/Dec.646(XIX) on Structural reforms. This decision requested the creation of the Division of Strategic Partnerships in the Office of the Chairperson of the Commission.


Job Title: Principal Policy Officer

Grade: P4

Department: Bureau of the Chairperson

Supervisor: Chief of Staff, Bureau of the Chairperson

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2. Major duties and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Head of Division, the job-holder will specifically perform thefollowing duties:

  • To provide technical, managerial and intellectual support in the management of various partnerships;
  • To provide supervision of the implementation of projects related to Africa’s
  • Strategic Partnership;
  • To ensure that the overall Partners programmes and funds are well managed,with the effective and efficient control of the utilization of funds for the intended purpose;
  • To identify areas of concern and make recommendations to the Head of Division for corrective or further future actions.
  • To serve as a central source of Partners Funds information for the Division with regular oral and written reports.
  • To ensure Partnerships’ information data update and related information through the AUC website, in a close collaboration with the Communication and Information Department.
  • To review the effectiveness of the Partners’ support provided to the AU and identify good practices to strengthen the AU cooperation with Partners.
  • To identify and promote potential areas of multilateral cooperation with new Partnerships
  • To assist in the negotiation of Partnerships including review of Plan of Action;
  • To foster and ensure implementation of large-scale, long-term initiatives related to Strategic Partnerships;
  • To support the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations.
  • To participate in all the relevant coordination meetings related to Africa’s
  • Strategic Partnership and submit reports.
  • To perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor.


  • A least a Master’s degree (or its equivalent) in International Finance, International Economics, International Business Administration or any other relevant discipline.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant and practical experience in International Cooperation and/or Programme Development, of which five years should have in a managerial position.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Programme Management Cycle (PMC).
  • Ability to work as a team player with excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft office application (Word, Excel andPowerPoint).
  • Mastery (spoken and written) of at least two AU working languages.
  • Knowledge of more than one AU working language will be an added advantage.


  • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages.
  • Knowledge of one or several other working languages would be an added advantage.


The appointmentwill be made on a fixed term contract for a period of One (1) years, of which the first twelve months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewable for an additional subject to satisfactory performance and fund availability..


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum ofUS$ 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 20th January 2014.

Directorate of Administration and Human Resource Management African Union Commission Addis

Applications must be made through the AUC E-recruitment Website not later than 20th January 2014.

Directorate of Administration and Human Resource Management African Union Commission Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

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