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Policy Officer - Mediation (PAPS)

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Date: Jan 13, 2023

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 Mediation Support Officer 
Directorate/Department: PAPS 
Division: Conflict Management 
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Number of Positions: 1
Job Grade: P2
Contract Type: Regular 
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Purpose of Job

To support the execution of the division’s operations, including carrying out research, developing Policy and providing administrative oversight, while assisting in ensuring that its predefined strategies and policies are implemented effectively and supporting the organization mission.

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 expands on existing policy areas for planned research.
•    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. Supports 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

Specific Responsibilities

•    Assists in the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the AU-MSU work plans and annual Program Budgets;
•    Assists the Unit in the preparation of correspondences, reports and working documents relating to the implementation of the KMF and overall programs activities of the Division;
•    Assists in developing mediation policies, strategies, operational plans, strategic plans and work plans for the Division;
•    Assists in developing and establishing the MSU as well as coordinating operational support to ongoing mediation efforts by the AU and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs). 
•    Assists the policies, SOPs and  other guidance documents are regularly reviewed, and implemented;
•    Assists on implementing capacity enhancement seminars, conferences and other familiarization sessions to assist mediators, their collaborators and AU staff; 
•    Supports the development of expert capacity, standby and/or rosters to be deployed in support of AU-mediation and dialogue efforts; 
•    Assists in the drafting of strategic documents on AU mediation efforts, as requested.
•    Assists in Establishing and promoting collaborative partnerships with the  RECs/RMs and other relevant external partners, most notably, the UN, the EU and civil society;

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

•    Bachelor’s Degree in political science, international relations, mediation, peace and conflict studies, international economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences studies, with 5 years relevant experience. Or  
•    Master’s Degree in similar studies with 2 years relevant experience.

Required Skills

•    Strong oral and written communication skills
•    Strong analytical skills
•    Strong drafting skill 
•    Strong negotiation skills
•    Ability to work under pressure 
•    Ability to work across business units / geographies; cultural sensitive environment 
Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic) and  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 impact

Functional Competencies

Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
Job Knowledge and information sharing...
Drive for Results
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$ 18,547.20 (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 February 13, 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: 1576