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  • Posted: Feb 7, 2023
    Deadline: Mar 8, 2023
  • 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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    Senior Legal Counsel - General Legal Affairs (AfCFTA)

    Reports to: Dispute settlement and legal affairs Director

    Directorate/Department : Dispute settlement and legal affairs Directorate (AfCFTA)

    Number of Direct Reports: 10

    Number of Indirect Reports: 6

    Job Grade: P5

    Contract Type: Regular

    Location: Accra, Ghana

    Purpose of Job

    Advise on general law issues and manage the legal issues of all areas of AfCFTA Secretariat

    Main Functions

    • Provide advice to ensure the proper implementation of the AfCFTA Staff Regulations and related laws covering the working conditions of AfCFTA Secretariat staff
    • Assist in the fundraising process, prepare materials, partnership agreements, advise and document management and compensation agreements, and conclude fundraising transactions
    • Mitigate labor disputes, including assisting the General Secretary in handling administrative matters
    • Manage, monitor and provide proactive support and advice on all aspects of existing and emerging legal issues and risks
    • Advising on data protection legislation and ensuring compliance with the applicable legal framework
    • Advise the Legal Department in the performance of its duties on general legal matters.
    • Responsible for the overall supervision and management of the Division.
    • Ensure creation of an inspiring work environment to enable staff development and professional progression.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Provides strategic and tactical advice to, and working as an integral member of AfCFTA Secretariat negotiating teams on particular transactions towards:
    • negotiating a relationship;
    • drafting and/or revising and advising on the content of contractual documents setting out the terms and conditions of particular relationships;
    • negotiating on the specific terms and conditions of contractual documents,
    • advising on legal aspects of the termination or wind-down of ongoing relationships.
    • Advises on a range of current legal issues impacting AfCFTA Secretariat by reviewing issues, ascertaining applicable and appropriate legal and risk management practices, and recommending courses of action to AfCFTA management.
    • Perform any other relevant duties assigned by the immediate Supervisor.

    Academic Requirements And Relevant Experience

    • Master's degree or equivalent in international law (public international law, law of international organizations) with Twelve (12) years of relevant and progressively more responsible experience in the legal field.
    • Seven (7) of these years should be at the senior management level and five (5) should involve a supervisory role

    Required Skills

    • A demonstrated ability to initiate and promote collaborative approaches between geographically and culturally disparate partners
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations both internally and externally
    • Ability to develop and delegate clear program goals, plans and actions, that are consistent with agreed strategies
    • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development
    • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff
    • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, fluency in another AU language is an added advantage
    • high degree of independence, maturity and initiative
    • ability to handle challenging questions and difficult stakeholders
    • ability to manage time and prioritize work
    • be flexible, adaptable and open to change
    • Proficiency in one of the AU officials working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage;

    Leadership Competencies

    1. Strategic Perspective
    2. Developing Others
    3. Change Management
    4. Managing Risk

    Core Competencies

    1. Building Relationships
    2. Foster Accountability Culture
    3. Learning Orientation
    4. Communicating with impact

    Functional Competencies

    1. Conceptual Thinking
    2. Job Knowledge and information sharing
    3. Drive for Results
    4. Fosters Innovation


    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$ 50,746.00 (P5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (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.

    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.

    Applications must be made not later than March 8, 2023.

    Requisition ID : 1658

    Method of Application

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