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Legal Officer- Special Mechanisms

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Date: Nov 20, 2021

Location: Gambia

Organization: African Union Commission - AUC

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: Senior Legal Officer – Special  Mechanism
AU Organ: African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P2
Contract  Type: Regular 
Location: Banjul, The Gambia

Purpose of Job

Provides technical legal support for special mechanism in line with the execution of the Commission’s Strategic Plan.

Main Functions

•    Contributes to the development of policies and strategies 
•    Coordinates the implementation of programmes and plans of special mechanism  under the ACHPR 
•    Liaise with stakeholders including Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), etc on relevant matters.
•    Provides support in the development of special mechanisms Strategies in line with the approved Strategic Plan
•    Prepares the annual work plans for the Unit 
•    Undertakes monitoring activities and delivers periodic reports on time
•    Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes 
•    Provides technical support for the development of resource mobilization
•    Conducts analysis and generates accurate reports in a timely manner for the ACHPR’s internal use
•    Assists in setting the overall research direction of a relevant policy area
•    Is responsible for the delegation and execution of defined research areas
•    Participates in the organisation of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders.
•    Drafts reports and participates in the preparation of budget and work programmes related to the Unit
•    Provides technical support to internal and external stakeholders

Specific Responsibilities

Working under the Senior Legal Officer Special Mechanisms, provides support in the following areas: 
•    Provides support to the Special Rapporteurs and the Working Groups in discharging their responsibilities, and follow-up on recommendations
•    Drafts urgent Appeals, Advisory notes, Guidelines, Information notes, Position/Conference/Meeting papers for the Commissioners
•    Provides technical backstopping to Special Mechanisms through research and documentation
•    Provides interface with, and logistical support for interaction with Member States, Regional Economic Communities, organs of the AU  and other stakeholders
•    Formulates  principles and rules aimed at solving human rights issues arising in the thematic areas covered by the various Special Mechanisms
•    Manages requests by member states for information and support
•    Contributes to legal or policy analyses and publications
•    Promotes the integration of legal work across the regional programs and particularly in the regional offices
•    Develops and implements capacity building and training programs
•    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
•    Performs any other relevant duties as may be directed or required

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

•    Must hold Master’s Degree in Law from an accredited university with a minimum of two (2) years’ work experience
•    Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Law from an accredited university  with a minimum of five (5) years’ work experience 
•    Fluency in Arabic Language is the requirement  

Required Skills

•    Communication ability both orally and in writing in Arabic
•    Analytical skills
•    Ability to work across business units / geographies; cultural sensitive environment 
•    Proficiency in other  AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese) will be an added advantage

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Insight..
Developing Others..
Change Management..
Managing Risk..

Core Competencies

Teamwork and Collaboration..
Accountability awareness and Compliance..
Learning Orientation..
Effective Communication.....

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.


Indicative basic salary of US$ 31,073.00 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (30% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 15,897.60  (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 29 November 2021.

Requisition ID: 851