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  • Posted: Feb 7, 2023
    Deadline: Mar 8, 2023
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    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 - Dispute Settlement (AfCFTA)

    Reports to: Dispute settlement and legal affairs Director

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

    Number of Direct Reports: 6

    Number of Indirect Reports: 0

    Number of Positions: 1

    Job Grade: P5

    Purpose of Job

    Provides to resolve disputes in a professional, effective and efficient way, having regard for the law, policies, procedures and good practice.

    Main Functions

    • Manage end to end case work and new matters involving different kind of disputes
    • Assist with the effective management of variable complaint demand by being flexible using a range of dispute resolution processes for high productivity output
    • Provide independent information about how to go about resolving their disputes
    • Accurately record the details of a dispute and case manage according to AU processes
    • Identify key issues arising from a dispute, gather and analyze relevant information (both verbal and written) and decide whether a proposed outcome is in accordance with the law, good practice, and what is fair and reasonable given all the circumstances of the dispute
    • Apply dispute resolution frameworks including conciliations and employ negotiation and problem-solving skills to facilitate the appropriate resolution of disputes
    • Work with internal and external stakeholders
    • Actively contribute to the responsive management of complaint demand and undertake other duties and tasks as and when require
    • 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

    • Serve as secretary to dispute settlement panels and arbitrators in the resolution of trade disputes between AfCFTA States Parties
    • Ensure a dispute settlement process that is transparent, accountable, fair, predictable and consistent with the provisions of the AfCFTA Agreement
    • Facilitate the resolution of disputes through conciliation, good offices, mediation and arbitration
    • Plan and organise the work of the Division
    • Assist and support dispute resolution panels and arbitrators, or members of the Appellate Body considering an appeal
    • Provide substantive legal advice and research on legal, technical or procedural issues in dispute resolution or appeal proceedings
    • Advise the Legal Directorate in the exercise of its functions on dispute resolution issues Perform any other relevant duties assigned by the immediate Supervisor.

    Academic Requirements And Relevant Experience

    • A 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 field of legal.
    • Seven (7) of these years should be at 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

    Strategic Perspective

    Developing Others

    Change Management

    Managing Risk

    Core Competencies

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

    Functional Competencies

    Conceptual Thinking

    Job Knowledge and information sharing

    Drive for Results

    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 : 1659

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to African Union on to apply

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