Senior Program Officer, AVoHC Program Management (AfCDC)

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Date: May 14, 2024

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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: Head of Division Emergency Preparedness and Response
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Division: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Number of Direct Reports: 2
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P3
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed-Term
Location: Addis-Ababa


Purpose of Job

Under the supervision and guidance of the Head of EPR Division, the Senior Program Officer for AVoHC Program Management shall, overall, provide technical and administrative oversight for implementation activities of AVoHC and coordinate with other units/divisions on AVoHC related activities. 

Main Functions

  • Provide technical support in the preparation and implementation of programmes developed out of the Division’s strategic plan.
  • Ensure effective coordination and implementation at various levels.
  • Liaise with Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and other stakeholders on relevant matters.
  • Prepare and develop reports, budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Division.
  • Provide technical support for the development of resource mobilization strategy with stakeholders coordination.
  • Manage and supervise employees under his/her supervision regarding organization and performance evaluation.
  • Conduct complex analysis and generate accurate reports in a timely manner for the Division and AU’s internal use.
  • Liaise with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes.
  • Prepare budgets for the Division in accordance with relevant frameworks. Support the promotion of the activities of the Division including preparing leaflets, guidelines and fact sheets as may be required.
  • Actively contribute in the development of strategies, policies, programmes and plans

Specific Responsibilities

  • Lead the AVoHC Emergency Response Team (ERT) recruitment process for all direct and indirect requests for support from Member States,
  • Support Member States, through Ministries and NPHIs, in responding to disease outbreak and other public health emergencies by supporting the coordination and deployment of rapid response teams
  • Organize, coordinate and lead the implementation of (AVoHC/ERT) capacity building trainings in Member States.
  • Develop and implement a capacity building plan for all AVoHC Members including AVoHC core management team 
  • Organize, coordinate and lead conduct trainings in Member States on AVoHC Net platform
  • Conduct regular evaluations of staff performance and provide feedback to foster their professional development and improve the overall performance of the AVoHC management team. 
  • Develop the drafts and ensure the final budget is ready by addressing all comments of concerned parties, and manage AVoHC’s annual budget following the AU and Africa CDC guidelines
  • Proactively work with partners to advance AVoHC’s mission and maintain healthy strategic partnerships. 
  • Support EPR Division Head to advocate for the work AVoHC does
  • Develop drafts and final versions addressing all the comments by relevant parties of standard operations procedures and guidelines for effective implementation of AVoHC Program

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience


  • Master’s degree in public health or a related field from an accredited academic institution with at least 7 years of relevant professional experience with demonstrated involvement in the successful development and management of emergency preparedness and response programs, out of which three (3) years should be at the supervisory level. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health or a related field from an accredited academic institution with at least 10 years of relevant professional experience with demonstrated involvement in the successful development and management of emergency preparedness and response programs, out of which three (3) years should be at the supervisory level.

Required Skills

  • Ability to work under pressure, stay on track and meet deadlines
  • Analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Proven ability to produce precise and intelligible reports and office briefs in line with the requirements of the African Union.
  •  Able to operate in a multicultural environment
  • High level of autonomy at work, yet with profound team-spirit
  • Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient and flexible
  • Pro-active and solutions oriented
  • Knowledge of results-based management
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Kiswahili and Portuguese) is mandatory. Speaking another language from the above 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 Results
Continuous Improvement Orientation


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. 


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


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.


Applications must be submitted no later than June 14, 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: [[2257]]

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