Principal Officer, Training and Capacity Building at the African Union (AU)

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African Union is seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals to fill the position of Principal Officer


Purpose of Job

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Principal Officer, Training & Capacity Building oversees and provides advice and guidance to senior management on the strategic direction of the training and capacity building functions of the Observatory. S/he also supervises and coordinates the day-to-day activities of staff in the Training & Capacity Building Unit. The incumbent also monitors the activities of the unit and resolves issues affecting quality and timeliness.

Main Functions
• Provide overall leadership to the training and capacity building functions of the Observatory.
• Coordinate the development of strategic and annual activity work-plans of the Training & Capacity Building Unit in line with the Observatory’s strategic goals, objectives and priorities.
• Present and defend resource requirements needed to carry out the annual work-plans of the Training & Capacity Building Unit.
• Assist management in mobilizing resources for the training and capacity building activities of the Observatory.
• Represent the Observatory at relevant regional/continental/international seminars and conferences.

Specific Responsibilities
• Coordinate training/capacity building needs assessments of Member States/RECs on migration data collection/management.
• Develop syllabi/curricula on data collection based on identified training/capacity building needs of Member States/RECs.
• Coordinate the development of technical proposals and budgets for the training and capacity building activities in accordance with the Observatory’s strategic priorities.
• Monitor performance and prepares progress reports on the training and capacity building activities of the Observatory.
• Coordinate the design of monitoring and evaluation systems for programmes under the Training & Capacity Building Unit.
• Compile briefing notes, strategy documents, regular regional/continental reports and white papers on migration.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
• A Master’s degree in a numerate discipline such as Statistics, Demography, Mathematics, Computer Science or Survey Methodology or other related disciplines with a total of ten (10) years of continuous and combined relevant experience with six (6) and three (3) expert and supervisory level. Areas of experience should be in:
• Working with survey data and secondary data.
• Planning and implementing large-scale statistical surveys.
• Documented experience in teaching statistics or a related field at certificate or diploma level.
• A professional qualification or certificate in training/capacity building will be highly desirable.
• Demonstrable experience in supervising and leading teams of consultants, and delegating tasks and authority.
• Demonstrable experience in drafting technical documents for executive level consumption and/or peer review.
• Experience with statistical applications and methods for social research.
• Knowledge and advanced use of at least two of the following tools: R, Sawtooth CBC/HB, Stata, SAS, SPSS, Matlab, Python, XLStat
• Advanced Excel skills and/or VBA experience.
• An understanding of the African migration landscape.
• Proven experience interacting with international and regional public partner agencies.
• Proven track-record of working and liaising with high-level government and donor officials.
• An understanding of the African Union way of working and managing associated relationships with Member States/RECs and partners is preferred.

Required Skills
• Excellent project planning and management skills for organizing, planning and executing projects from conception through implementation.
• Excellent analytical skills to respond to trends in emerging issues, and to develop, apply and adjust programme strategies to further the Observatory’s mission, goals and objectives.
• Excellent organisation, interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to motivate staff, work under pressure, stay on track and meet deadlines
• Excellent diplomatic, representational, inter-personal skills, including experience in interacting with stakeholders and decision-makers in order to build strong collaborative relationships with governments and partners.
• Excellent problem solving abilities Strong written and oral communication skills, in particular proven ability to write clear and concise reports;
• Personal commitment, goal oriented and drive for results, flexibility and respect for diversity.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Ability to operate in a multicultural environment.
• High level of autonomy at work, yet with profound team-spirit
• Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient and flexible
• Pro-active and solutions oriented
• Demonstrated ability with regard to computer skills, including excellent word-processing capabilities, proficiency with e-mail and internet applications and experience in using office software applications such as MS Excel, Power Point and Word.
• Proficiency in at least one of the African Union working languages. 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

  • Building Relationships…
  • Foster Accountability Culture…
  • Learning Orientation…
  • Communicating with Influence…


Functional Competencies

  • Conceptual thinking…
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing…
  • Drive for Results…
  • Continuous improvement orientation…


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


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CLOSING DATE: 21st February 2022.

Thank you for your interest in working with African Union. Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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