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  • Posted: Jun 9, 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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    Head of Accounting Budget and Financial Management Division (AfCFTA)

    About The Job

    Purpose of Job:

    • Lead the development and implementation of accounting, budgetary and financial management policies, strategies, procedures and process within AfCFTA.

    Main Functions

    • Guides the preparation and implementation of the International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS)
    • Establish accounting, budget and financial management functions
    • Supervises and manages the division's employees in the implementation of activities and the evaluation of performance
    • Develops strategies and policies consistent with the department's objective to address relevant issues in the field
    • Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures its implementation at the divisional level
    • Ensures risk management and mitigation
    • Designs and plans policy programs to achieve strategies
    • Provide support for the development of the resource mobilization strategy with stakeholder coordination
    • Develops new activities and expands existing activities as components of strategies and policies;
    • Work with internal and external stakeholders
    • Manage the investment of AfCFTA excesses funds in accordance AU Financial Rules;
    • 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:

    • Manages a complete financial operation, encompassing a wide variety of Member States and Partner Funds, with a large volume of grants in, grants out, implementing partners, and inter-office transactions, and extensive dispersed activities
    • Manage all aspects of the monthly, quarterly and year-end closure of accounts including development and implementation of detailed closure instructions
    • Provide expert guidance and advice to management in the area of financial accounting, interpretation and operational guidance on the application of the IPSAS and African Union Financial Rules (AU FR)
    • Acts as AfCFTA focal point and responds to internal/external audit observations and liaises with clients and other relevant entities on audit issues
    • Lead the development and implementation of new accounting systems. Takes initiative to improve accounting processes and approaches
    • Coordinate and supervise all accounting transactions including the periodic production of management accounts and IPSAS compliant financial statements
    • Manage the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the budget
    • Periodically reviews program budgets to analyze trends affecting budgetary needs. Prepares comparative analyses of programs by analyzing costs and recommendations for budget revisions
    • Promote best management systems and practices, develop internal controls, as well as ensure transparency and the obligation to justify expenditure.
    • Ensure the proper application of the Financial Rules, Staff Regulations and Rules of the African Union and policies and procedures of management established by AfCFTA.
    • Oversee timely payment of transactions
    • Maintain an efficient system of policies and procedures that impose an adequate level of control over treasury activities and provide support for regulatory reporting;
    • Liaise and consult with oversight bodies such as Board of External Auditors, Office of Internal Oversight and Policy Organs to ensure implementation of their recommendations as appropriate
    • Supervises and manages the Division's staff in terms of organization and performance evaluation
    • Coordinate risk management activities across AfCFTA
    • Perform any other relevant duties assigned by the immediate Supervisor.

    Academic Requirements And Relevant Experience:

    • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field with 12 years progressive responsible experience in managing finance functions out of which 7 at managerial level and 5 years at supervisory level.
    • A professional qualification such as CPA, CA, ACCA, CIMA, Expert Comptable or equivalent is an added advantage
    • Previous experience in establishing functional Finance Function (Accounting, Budget and Disbursement/Treasury) is required
    • Working experience with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and financial statement preparation (general and special purpose) in large international organization is required
    • Demonstrate high level understanding of budgetary process, management of Development Partner’s funds and relationships
    • In-depth understanding and experience in developing financial rules/policies, managing risk and implementing effective internal controls
    • Hands-on experience working with enterprise resources management (ERP) systems, particularly SAP is an asset

    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:

    • Building Relationships
    • Foster Accountability Culture
    • Learning Orientation
    • Communicating with impact

    Functional competencies:

    • Conceptual Thinking
    • Job Knowledge and information sharing
    • Drive for Results
    • Fosters Innovation

    TENURE OF APPOINTMENT:

    • 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.

    GENDER MAINSTREAMING:

    • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

    REMUNERATION:

    • 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.

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    Director of Dispute Settlements and Legal Affairs (AfCFTA)

    About The Job

    Purpose of Job:

    • Responsible for the operations of the entire directorate/department. Plan, develop and implement strategic policies while promoting inter- directorate/department collaboration. Provide technical and strategic advice to the Secretary General and to the AfCFTA’s Institutions by providing support to all technical directorates.

    Main Functions:

    • Develop and maintain operating rules and procedures.
    • Provide technical leadership and ensure efficient functioning of all Divisions.
    • Ensure overall management of the directorate/department personnel, budget, performance, quality, discipline and training in conformity with relevant rules and procedures in force.
    • Determine and execute the overall strategy of the directorate.
    • Develop and oversee policy development guidelines.
    • Prepare and oversee integrated programmes of overall activities of the directorate.
    • Build and maintain a strategic plan to form good working relations with another directorate/department.
    • Develop and maintain regular working relations with top level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of Member States and partners.
    • Organize coordination meetings between the organization and other relevant organizations.
    • Ultimately responsible for preparing periodic financial and budget execution reports and annual financial statements and other reports.
    • Promote awareness and training of best practices in area of expertise.
    • Prepare periodic financial and budget execution reports and annual financial statements and other reports.

    Specific Responsibilities:

    • Provide legal advice on AfCFTA agreements and other issues of international law and the law of international institutions as they may arise to the Secretary General and the AfCFTA Secretariat
    • Provide legal opinions relating to the interpretation of the AfCFTA Agreement, Protocols, Rules and Regulations of the AU, as well as, other legal instruments;
    • Oversee the Division that serves as Secretary to the Dispute Settlement in, prepares reference material on AfCFTA law, and carries out technical assistance and outreach activities
    • Support different Directorates and staff by providing legal and other guidance to staff in carrying out their duties, setting objectives required, reviewing output (e.g. legal and other work) and performance of the staff, supporting the development of the knowledge and skills of staff, and ensuring appropriate staff training plans are in place and executed
    • Provide legal review of documents and advice in administrative, strategic as well as operational matters (notably in the area of conflict of interest, intellectual property, governance procedures, AfCFTA, procurement, contracts and grants, Staff Regulations and other regulations
    • Assist the AfCFTA State Parties in drafting and giving legal effect to instruments and agreements they may negotiate and conclude within the legal framework of the AfCFTA Agreement
    • Cooperate with representatives of national authorities and relevant stakeholders and provide support in development, review and implementation of various legal instruments and guidelines.
    • Liaising with AUC, AU legal institutions, other AU Organs and stakeholders to ensure implementation of best practices in legal and trade disputes settlements.
    • Assess the legal implications of the activities and decisions of all deliberative, advisory and administrative bodies related to the AfCFTA Secretariat and to participate in the meetings of these bodies as necessary.
    • Supervision of staff and management of performance appraisal for staff under supervision
    • Perform any other related duties as may be assigned.

    Academic Requirements And Relevant Experience:

    • Master’s degree in International Law (Public International Law, Private International Law, International Organizations Law) or relevant disciplines
    • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible professional work experience out of which eight (8) years of this should be at managerial level managing professional staff in a national, regional, continental, or international organization.

    Required Skills:

    • Management experience and ability to relate and facilitate interactions with others;
    • Ability to think critically and solve problems;
    • Ability to communication orally and in writing;
    • Reports writing and presentation skills;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to organize and motivate others and to work in a multi-cultural environment;
    • Planning, organizational and reporting skills;
    • Ability to negotiate diplomatically;
    • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; with regard to performance management and professional development;
    • Conscientious in observing deadlines and achieving results;
    • Familiarity with international and regional policy processes and policy analysis in the relevant area; and
    • Proficiency in one of the AU Official working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish), fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

    Leadership Competencies:
    Strategic Focus

    • Developing Organizational Capability
    • Change Leadership
    • Strategic Risk Management
    • Core Competencies

    Building Partnerships

    • Drives Accountability Culture

    Learning Orientation

    • Communicating with impact

    Functional Competencies

    • Conceptual Thinking

    Job Knowledge and information sharing

    • Drive for Results
    • Fosters Innovation

    TENURE OF APPOINTMENT:

    • 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.

    GENDER MAINSTREAMING:

    • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

    REMUNERATION:

    • Indicative basic salary of US$ 78,138 .00 (D1 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 meet all the requirements of the post and have been shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

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    Head of Communication (AfCFTA)

    About The Job
    Purpose of Job:

    • Responsible for the overall supervision and management of the Division. Leads formulation of communications strategies on priority issues and carries out campaigns to create awareness about the activities of the departments, directorate and institution to support their substantive goals

    Main Functions:

    • Manage and supervise employees within the division with regard to the department goals objectives including performance evaluation.
    • Design strategies and policies consistent with the Department’s goal in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area.
    • Contribute to the development of the departmental communication plan and ensure implementation at division level
    • Manage communication risk within the division and recommend mitigation strategies
    • Design and plan institutional and Directorate policies programs to achieve strategies.
    • Develop new and existing activities as components of the strategies and policies.
    • Address problems in arising to current approaches to relevant area.
    • Engage stakeholders within Members States and RECs in designing and implementing communication strategies.
    • Represent the organisation and explain its position at Press briefing.
    • Mobilise funding from all donors to use to execute strategies and activities.
    • Contribute to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level.
    • Ensure creation of an inspiring work environment to enable staff development and professional progression.

    Specific Responsibilities:

    • Develop and execute communications strategies - including writing communications plans and developing key messages
    • Engage with State Parties, stakeholders and partners on various issues, including handling crisis communications situations
    • Spearhead the establishment of modern data processing system for the AfCFTA Website and managing websites, internal and external
    • Determine and execute Directorate strategy on the implementation of AfCFTA and overall Agenda 2063 and coordinate the implementation of continental and regional priority programmes and projects
    • Mobilize resources and partners in support of the implementation of AfCFTA’ s priority programmes and projects
    • Devise policies and priorities of the AfCFTA’ s actions to media external audiences and the public, ensuring that AfCFTA’ s messaging reflects its policies and priorities appropriately
    • Ensure the efficient running of communication and media operations, providing guidance, advice and specialized training as needed, and responding to any emerging issues
    • Lead knowledge management, information systems, the web system, projects and programmes to develop and/or update the information, communication and knowledge management strategy based on AfCFTA overall strategic plan.
    • Advise and support AfCFTA on implementation of technology-based projects, media and public outreach activities in relation with their conferences, workshops, public events and activities and delivering media and online messages in a timely and effective manner
    • Promotes communication and engagement that encourages and build strategic partnerships with the AU specifically: Private Sector, Academia, Development Partners, African Youth Associations, Diaspora & Civil Society
    • Promotes correct use AU Brand and its identities on all communication developed for AU departments, institutions and in collaboration with partners.
    • Overseeing the editorial content and production of all publications and public information materials, public statements and other communication material from AfCFTA
    • Perform any other relevant duties assigned by the immediate Supervisor.

    Academic Requirements And Relevant Experience:

    • A Master’s in Communications, Public Relations and Advertising, Marketing or Business Administration with twelve (12) years of relevant and progressively responsible experience in the area of corporate communications of which Seven (7) years should be at senior management level and 5 (five) should involve supervisory roles.
    • Professional qualification in marketing / or public relations will be an added advantage
    • Regional / international experience managing communication for large national or regional or international organizations
    • Experience in producing high quality advertising and content creation in-house or working with media and advertising agencies
    • Experience in conceptualizing and implementing high impact digital marketing campaigns
    • Computer literacy and use of modern means of communication tools is an added advantage.

    Required Skills:

    • Corporate Marketing and Brand Strategy development and communication implementation
    • 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, including budgets, that are consistent with agreed strategies
    • Ability to manage budgets and determine financial impact
    • 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

    Leadership competencies:

    • Strategic Perspective:
    • Developing Others
    • Change Management
    • Managing Risk

    Core competencies:

    • Building Relationships
    • Foster Accountability Culture
    • Learning Orientation
    • Communicating with impact

    Functional competencies:

    • Conceptual Thinking
    • Job Knowledge and information sharing
    • Drive for Results
    • Fosters Innovation

    TENURE OF APPOINTMENT:

    • 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.

    GENDER MAINSTREAMING:

    • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

    REMUNERATION:

    • 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.

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