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  • Posted: Mar 11, 2023
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa's rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African states as well as developing a new partnership worldwide. Our Headquarters are located in Addis Aba...
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    Programme Officer- Customs (AfCFTA)

    Reports to: Head of Division of Customs Enforcements

    Directorate/Department/Organ: Customs Administration (AfCFTA)

    Number of Direct Reports: 0

    Number of Indirect Reports: 0

    Job Grade: P2

    Number of Positions: 1

    Contract Type: Regular

    Location: Accra, Ghana

    Purpose of Job

    The Program Officer Customs will be responsible for the preparation, coordination and assisting on implementation of the AfCFTA Customs Cooperation

    Main Functions

    • Assist the Head of Division and the Director in implementing projects with Regional Economic Communities, State Parties and private Sector to guarantee custom enforcement;
    • Support the Head of Division and the Director in developing sensitisation and outreach programmes and proposing corrective measures wherever necessary based on feedback received through the outreach programme
    • Prepare documentation for meetings of the Sub -Committee on Trade Facilitation, Customs Cooperation and Transit
    • Participate in meetings, seminars to enhance effective Customs enforcement and write minutes and reports of such meetings;
    • Maintain and Update list of Customs focal points in Member State
    • Monitor and Collate information on Customs modernization and new tools from international organisations that deal with Customs related issues
    • Circulate documentation related to Customs Cooperation and Mutual Administrative Assistance to Member States
    • Assist the Head of Division and the Director in monitoring the implementation of Annex 3 of the AfCFTA Agreement at national level;
    • Prepare concept notes and annual work plans for the Division’s work/activities on Customs Cooperation

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Develop and/or finalize project work plan, proper documentation and reporting of all activities including any other relevant issues during execution of activities
    • Assist in the development of a plan for project related monitoring and evaluation and baseline data required for impact evaluation
    • Support and regularly monitor, evaluate, and report on implementation of international Customs related Conventions
    • Ensure secretarial services are provided to concerned State Parties, partners, relevant Stakeholders and maintain regular communications
    • Coordinate with team members including administration and finance, in planning and execution of activities
    • Participate in different meetings, trainings, workshop and seminars as required for the organization of projects/meetings
    • Prepare timely updates, and regular progress reports (project status & activity report, and other reports)
    • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Director

    Academic Requirements And Relevant Experience

    University Master’s degree in Business management, Customs international trade, development economics, international relations, international business, international law, political science or relevant disciplines with two (2) years of relevant work experience. Supervisory experience not mandatory but an added advantage


    Bachelor's degree in Business management, Customs international trade, development economics, international relations, international business, international law, political science or relevant disciplines with five (5) years of relevant work experience. Supervisory experience not mandatory but an added advantage

    Required Skills

    • Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
    • Ability to work independently to meet critical and competing deadlines (multi-tasking), to produce high quality work in short timeframes;
    • Excellent interpersonal/teamwork skills,
    • Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of common computer applications and systems;
    • Excellent drafting, reporting, communication and presentation skills.
    • Strong program/project management skills
    • Strong analytical skills
    • Excellent planning and organizing skills
    • Ability to liaise with a diverse range of people and stakeholders;
    • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages. Proficiency of two or more of the other working language(s) would be an added value.
    • Applicants must be proficient in one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish). Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage.

    Leadership Competencies

    Strategic Insight..

    Developing Others:

    Change Management..

    Managing Risk

    Core Competencies

    Teamwork and Collaboration..

    Accountable and Complies with Rules..

    • Learning Orientation

    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 (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 April 10, 2023

    Only candidates who have met all the requirements of the post and have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

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