Head of Division, One Health(AfCDC)

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Date: May 7, 2024

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9000043

Organization: African Union

AU Values  

            • Respect for Diversity and Team Work             • Think Africa Above all                     

            • Transparency and Accountability                    • Integrity and Impartiality                       

            • Efficiency and Professionalism                       • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Organization Information

Reports to: Deputy Director General
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Division: One Health Division  
Number of Direct Reports: 
Number of Indirect Reports:
Job Grade: P5
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Regular
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose of Job

The head of One Health shall direct and manages the daily operations of the One Health  division of the Africa CDC to achieve the strategic objectives of the Division and the Africa CDC’s overall goals.

Main Functions

  • Supervises and manages the work of the Division to ensure their effectiveness.
  • Designs strategies and policies in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area.
  • Contributes to the development of the business continuity plan and ensures its implementation at division level.
  • Ensures risk management and mitigation.
  • Oversees the expansion and development of new and existing activities of the Division.
  • Addresses challenges relating to current practices in related field or relevant area.
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and RECs in designing and implementing strategies.
  • Represents the organisation and explains its position at conferences. 
  • Mobilises funds from donors and allocates them towards the implementation of strategies and activities of the Division.
  • Prepares periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitors budget execution at division level.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic direction for the Antimicrobial Resistance Programme and coordinate OH activities on the continent.
  • Provide strategic leadership for the One Health programme in Africa CDC, and One Health activities in the African Union and Member States.
  • Coordinate with other AU agencies on development and implementation of African Union wide AMR control efforts and One Health programs.
  • Collaborate with international organizations, such as WHO, FAO, and OIE, to coordinate AMR control efforts in Africa.
  • Lead the implementation of African Union Framework for AMR Control and Africa CDC Framework for One Health Practice in NPHIs in Regional Economic Communities and Member States.
  • Provide leadership to the African Union Task Force on AMR and other regional/continental activities.
  • Coordinate technical assistance from partners on the development of policies, programs, and guidance to support AMR control in Africa.
  • Provides technical guidance and works closely with counterparts in technical departments across the organization and liaises with counterparts in partner AU Agencies, donors and other stakeholders to harmonize recommendations on policies and strategies related to public health and the facilitation of successful implementation of national and/or continental health programmes.
  • Ensure a working environment that promotes staff development and professional progression.
  • Identify potential funding partners and developing funding proposals for Africa CDC, Member States, and partner as needed.
  • Represent the programme and share its vision and position at continental and global meetings and conferences.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the supervisor. 

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Public Health, Humanitarian studies or relevant disciplines with twelve (12) years of work experience of which a minimum of five (5) years must have been served at a managerial level.
  • Experience working in a national or international institution is required.
  • Experience in developing and implementing capacity building programs is required

Required Skills

  • Managerial skills, political tactfulness and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish); fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Risk Management
.Developing Organizational Capability
Change Management....

Core Competencies

Foster Accountability Culture
Learning Orientation
Building Relationship
Effective Communication

Functional Competencies

.Conceptual Thinking
Drive for Results
Fosters Innovation


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.


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


Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Spanish) is mandatory and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


Indicative basic salary of US$  50,746.00 (P5 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.


Applications must be submitted no later than  June 7, 2024 11h59 p.m. EAT.
-Only candidates who meet all job requirements and are selected for interviews will be contacted.
-Consideration will be given only to those candidates who have submitted a fully completed online application with a curriculum vitae (CV), an African passport, and the required academic qualifications, such as Diplomas, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees and any relevant certificate in line with the area of expertise. -The African Union is an equal opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
-Candidates from less represented countries within the African Union are strongly encouraged to apply for positions that fit their profiles. These countries include Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Sahrawi D.R., Sao Tome and Principe., Seychelles, Somalia and Tunisia.

Requisition ID: [[2229]]

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