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Director General

Date: Mar 30, 2021

Location: Addis Ababa

Organization: African Union Commission - AUC

AU Values

•             Respect for Diversity and Teamwork         •             Integrity and Impartiality

•             Think Africa Above all                                •             Efficiency and Professionalism

•             Transparency and Accountability               •             Information and Knowledge Sharing

Organization Information

Reports to: Chairperson of the African Union

Directorate/Department: Bureau of the Chairperson

Number of Direct Reports: 4

Number of Indirect Reports: 5

Job Grade: D2

Location: Addis Ababa

Purpose of Job

To assist the Deputy Chairperson in delivering his/her mandate by leading the operational co-ordination of the Commission’s departments and non-elected staff in order to ensure high performance, results and impact.

Main Functions

  • Facilitates the identification of top priorities for the senior leadership of the Commission’s 4-year mandate.
  • Translates the senior leadership priorities into annual targets and goals and establishes a robust Commission-wide framework for monitoring and tracking progress.
  • Provides regular reports to the Chairperson of the Commission on portfolio delivery;
  • Provides regular reports to the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission on service delivery;
  • Supports the implementation of the AU Institutional Reform Agenda by supporting reform initiatives across the Commission;
  • Monitors and tracks progress in the delivery of the Commission’s annual performance targets;
  • Ensures effective collaboration in programme development with the AU Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD);
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Commission’s programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
  • Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer across the Commission; and
  • Drives performance and delivery across the Commission’s senior management and inspires high performance, teamwork and delivery across the portfolio.

Specific Responsibilities

•    Assists the Chairperson and the Commission to drive the delivery of the annual goals and targets that the Chairperson will present to the Executive Council each year in line with Assembly Decision;

•    Establishes annual performance targets for the Commission;

•    Co-ordinates the preparation of the Chairperson of the Commission’s annual performance report for consideration by the Executive Council reflecting the overall Commission Performance in its different directorates, in terms of budget, programme’s execution and conformity to plans;

•    Convenes portfolio director’s meetings in order to monitor and track progress in the delivery of the Commission’s annual work plan performance targets;

•    Convenes service directors meetings in order to monitor and track progress in the delivery of the Commission’s annual work plan performance targets;

•    Reports to the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson on progress and challenges in the implementation of the annual work plan; 

•    Assists the Chairperson in co-ordinating the work of Directorates and Offices that fall under his/her responsibility and acts as second supervisor to Directors and Heads of autonomous Units that report to the Chairperson of the Commission; 

•    Perform any other duties assigned by their supervisor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Law, Finance, Management, International Relations or in a related field from a recognized institution plus fifteen (15) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a senior management role preferably in an inter-governmental organization or national government/public service, international or regional institution, and a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience

Required Skills

  • Ability to lead and manage complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;  
  • Ability to set clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management
  • Ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Interpersonal and negotiation skills 
  • Planning and organizing skills 
  • Knowledge and working understanding of AU policies, standards and processes 
  • Communication, presentation and report writing skills 
  • Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic & Spanish) and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Focus
Developing Organisational Capability
Change Leadership
Strategic Risk Management

Core Competencies

Building Partnerships
Drives Accountability Culture
Learning Orientation
Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies

Conceptual Thinking
Job Knowledge and information sharing
Drive for Results
Fosters Innovation


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



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.



Indicative basic salary of US$  100,017.00  (D2 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.


Requisition ID: 242