Senior Country Review Officer - Democracy & Political Governance (APRM)

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Date: Feb 28, 2023

Location: SouthAfrica, SouthAfrica

Organization: African Union

AU Values    

            • Respect for Diversity and TeamWork             • Think Africa Above all                     

            • Transparency and Accountability                    • Integrity and Impartiality                       

            • Efficiency and Professionalism                       • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Organization Information

Reports to: Reginal Coordinators
Directorate/Department/Organ: African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
Division: Country Review and Assessment
Number of Direct Reports: 1
Number of Indirect Reports: 1
Job Grade: P3
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Regular
Location: Midrand, South Africa

Purpose of Job

To provide technical support in carrying out competent and credible country reviews in the areas of democracy and political governance, providing up to date, analytical data, information on countries preparing for or engaged in review processes on their situation with respect democratic rules and procedures, as well as political governance, including measures to enforce democratic principles and ensure full respect of the Rule of law as outlined under DPG thematic area

Main Functions

•    Provides technical support in the preparation and implementation of programmes developed out of the Division’s strategic plan
•    Ensures effective coordination and implementation at various levels
•    Liaises with Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and other stakeholders on relevant matters
•    Prepares and develops reports, budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Division
•     Provides technical support for the development of resource mobilization strategy with stakeholders coordination
•    Manages and supervises employees under his/her supervision with regard to organization and performance evaluation.
•    Conducts complex analysis and generate accurate reports in a timely manner for the Division and AU’s internal use.
•    Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes
•     Prepares 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 contributes to the development of strategies, policies, programmes and plans

Specific Responsibilities

•   Compiles data and information on the policies, programmes and activities in individual African countries with respect to conflict prevention and reduction; promotion of individual rights particularly those of women, children, the youth and vulnerable groups; the degree of powers between the executive, the legislative and the judiciary, and the degree of corruption particularly the behaviour of public office holders.
•    Develops appropriate indicators relevant to the measurement of Democracy and Political Governance, based on standards and codes implied in the Declaration on Political, Economic and Corporate Governance.
•    Undertakes research and analysis on the situation of Democracy and Political Governance in individuals member states of the African Union,
•    Prepares, in cooperation with Country Review Principals, country briefs, Background papers on the democratic and political situation in preparation of reviews in participating countries,
•    Undertakes research activities aimed at developing further performance indicators of Democracy and Political Governance. 
•    Participates in the selection of experts in democracy and political governance to be recruited as team members of the Country Review Mission (CRM);
•    Supports the Country Review Team in developing “Issues Paper” on DPG
•    Participates in the country review process by providing the CRM with relevant DPG thematic expertise
•    Liaises with relevant stakeholders in member states to advance political governance principles and practices.
•    Organises technical meetings with stakeholders in the area of democracy and political governance
•    Provides professional leadership and/or mentor and supervises the work of junior officers, contract staff, etc.
•    Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•    Contributes to activities related to budget funding proposals, (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports.
•    Performs other duties as required

  • Collaborer avec les parties prenantes concernées dans les États membres pour faire progresser les principes et les pratiques de gouvernance politique.
  • Organiser des réunions techniques avec les parties prenantes dans le domaine de la démocratie et de la gouvernance politique.
  • Assurer un leadership professionnel et/ou encadrer et superviser le travail des agents subalternes, du personnel contractuel, etc.
  • Apporter un appui fonctionnel aux réunions consultatives et autres, aux conférences, etc., notamment en proposant des sujets à l’ordre du jour, en identifiant les participants, en préparant les documents et les présentations (exposés), etc.
  • Contribuer aux activités liées aux propositions de dotation budgétaire (préparation et présentation de programmes/projets, rapports d’activité, etc.) et préparer les documents/rapports y afférents.
  • Effectuer d’autres tâches selon les besoins.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

•    Master’s Degree in Political sciences, Peace and security studies, International relations, Public Administration, Law or related fields with 7 years of relevant experience of which 3 years at expert level.
•    Managerial experience is an added advantage

•    OR 
•    Bachelor’s Degree in Political sciences, Peace and security studies, International relations, Public Administration, Law or related fields with 10 years’ experience of which 3 years at expert level.
•    Managerial experience is an added advantage

Required Skills

•    Ability to work in multi-cultural environments;
•    Communication, presentation, report writing skills;
•    Knowledge of Gender issues 
•    Planning and organizing skills 
•    Computer skills
•    Analytical 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 ….


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, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


Indicative basic salary of US$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (57% of basic salary), a Housing allowance of US$ 21,832.68  (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 made not later than  May 2, 2023.
Only candidates who have met all the requirements of the post and have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
Only applications registered online with a complete curriculum vitae (CV) attached will be considered. 
The Africa Union is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

 Requisition ID: 1649