Head of Diaspora Division at the African Union (AU)

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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 Organization 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: Head of Diaspora Division
Requisition ID: 1328
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Director CIDO Directorate/Department : Citizens and Diaspora Organizations Directorate (CIDO)
Division : Diaspora Division 
Number of Direct Reports: 3
Job Grade: P5
Contract Type: Regular 

Purpose of Job

  • Directs and manages the daily operations of the Diaspora Division in order to achieve the strategic objectives of the directorate and the AU’s overall goals. 

Main Functions

  • Designs and implements policies, programs and projects to achieve the directorate’s strategic objectives. 
  • Manages and supervises employees within the division, ensures the timely delivery of the directorate’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation; 
  • Designs policies, strategies and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions; 
  • Ensures the delivery of the division’s annual targets in line with the directorate’s overall goals and ensures robust and timely monitoring and reporting;
  • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Units within the Division
  • Manages the work of the Division and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system;
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/Regional Mechanisms(RMs) and relevant international organisations in designing and implementing strategies. 
  • Maintains thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Division;  
  • Maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member States and partner institutions in the execution of the Division’s mandate.  
  • Represents the organisation and communicates its position at conferences. 
  • Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level. 
  • Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization;  
  • Manages risk within the division and recommends mitigation strategies 
  • Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures implementation at division level 
  • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manages all the resources of the Division (human, financial, and otherwise) through planning, budgeting, programming, Project monitoring and evaluation processes with the overall objective of implementing the African Union Diaspora Initiative. 
  • Provides support to the Director with the task of supervising and coordinating the inputs of all staff within the Division; directing and delegating responsibilities with regard to activities carried out by respective staff members in this regard.
  • Leads the development of appropriate policies, programs, project proposals, and strategies at the continental level relating to the effective participation of the African diaspora at the level of the African Union and within Member States. 
  • Leads the provision of technical support and advice to Member States in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of diaspora engagement policies, programs and initiatives. 
  • Conducts research, studies and analyses in the area of diaspora engagement, with particular reference to policies and programs of Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and other specialized agencies in order to identify areas of intervention.
  • Oversees the resource development efforts of the Division by leading the development of project concepts and proposals for funding by donors, and the development of project implementation reports in accordance with donor requirements. 
  • Leads and coordinates the organization of continental and international technical meetings, conferences and workshops on diaspora-for-development issues including the preparation of background documents and the reporting of related outcomes. •
  • Provides support to the Director in ensuring overall management of the work of the Division: personnel, budget, performance, quality, and training in conformity with relevant rules and procedures.
  • Provides support to the Director in the management of stakeholder relations with external partners and ensure functional coordination within the AU Commission and other AU Organs and institutions. 
  • Provides support to the Director in the implementation and follow-up of policy decisions and keep appropriate authorities informed of all relevant developments for consideration and appropriate action. 

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • University / Master’s Degree in Political Science, Public Law, International Relations, Economics or a related field in the Social Sciences with twelve (12) years qualification relevant experiences out of which seven (7) years should be at managerial level and five (5) in a supervisory role. 
  • Experience in design & implementation of diaspora-for development programs or projects including in the areas of diaspora volunteering

Required Skills:

  • Leadership and innovative skills 
  • Interpersonal and negotiation skills 
  • Communication and presentation skills 
  • Planning and budgeting skills 
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (English, French, Arabic, Portuguese or Spanish), 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 result
  • 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.


  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Indicative basic salary of US$  50,746.00 (P5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$  26,208.00   (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.

Application Closing Date
26th September, 2022.

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.


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