The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999). We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Legal Officer – Special Mechanisms
Requisition ID: 851
Location: Banjul, Gambia
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Senior Legal Officer – Special Mechanism
AU Organ: African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Job Grade: P2
Contract Type: Regular
Purpose of Job
- Provides technical legal support for special mechanisms in line with the execution of the Commission’s Strategic Plan.
- Contributes to the development of policies and strategies
- Coordinates the implementation of programmes and plans of the special mechanism under the ACHPR
- Liaise with stakeholders including the 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
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 the 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.
- 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
- Strategic Insight
- Developing Others
- Change Management
- Managing Risk
- Teamwork and Collaboration
- Accountability awareness and Compliance
- Learning Orientation
- Effective Communication
- Analytical thinking and problem-solving
- Job Knowledge and information sharing
- Drive for Results
- Continuous improvement focus
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.
- 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.
Application Closing Date
29th November, 2021.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.