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Legal Officer - International Mechanism (OLC)

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Date: Nov 14, 2022

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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: Principal  Legal Officer - Institutional and General Legal Affairs
Directorate/Department: Office of the Legal Counsel 
Division: Institutional and General Legal Affairs Section
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P2
Number of Positions: 2
Contract Type: Regular
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Purpose of Job

To provide technical support for the Institutional and General Legal Affairs Division of the African Union Commission.

Main Functions

•    Assists in the following up on the activities of the division, including monitoring and evaluating progress made in line with a predefined strategic plan.
•    Suggests new and expand on existing policy areas for planned research.
•    Contributes in conducting analysis and generate accurate reports in a timely manner for the respective Unit/Division and AU’s internal use.
•    Assists in setting the overall research direction of a relevant policy area.
•    Responsible for the delegation and execution of defined research areas.
•    Participates in the organisation of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders.
•    Engages with relevant mid-level stakeholders and develop working relationships. Support the promotion of the activities of the Division including preparing leaflets, guidelines and fact sheets.
•    Assists in drafting reports and participate in the preparation of budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Unit/Division
•    Provides technical support to internal and external stakeholders.

Specific Responsibilities

•    Provides legal advice to senior Officers, teams within OLC, the LC, and to stakeholders
•    Contributes to legal or policy analyses and publications.
•    Assists in developing and implementing capacity building and training programmes.
•    Contributes to standard-setting, through participating in meetings, drafting work and promoting international standards.
•    Participates in the organization of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders
•    Engages with relevant mid-level stakeholders and develop relationships
•    Contributes to the day-to-day administrative management of the Division
•    Assists in following up on the activities of the Division, including monitoring and evaluating progress made in line with a predefined strategic plan. 
•    Assists senior colleagues in servicing Policy Organs.
•    Assists with the preparation of seminars and symposia, and presentations on various legal issues at such events. 
•    Provides guidance to more junior staff.
•    Performs other ad hoc duties as assigned.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Law with a minimum of five (5) years postgraduate releavant work experience. 
•    Master’s Degree in Law with a minimum of two (2) years relevant work experience. 

Required Skills

•    Communication ability both orally and in writing.
•    Analytical skills.
•    Ability to work across business units / geographies; cultural sensitivity
•    Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic);  fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage;

Leadership Competencies

Change Management..
Managing Risk..

Core Competencies

Teamwork and Collaboration..
Accountability awareness and Compliance..
Learning Orientation...
Communicating with Influence:

Functional Competencies

Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
Job Knowledge and information sharing:
Drive for result..
Continuous Improvement Focus


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$ 31,073.00 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (46% of basic salary), a Housing allowance of US$ 22,932.00 (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 made not later than  December 14th 2022
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: 1549