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  • Posted: Jan 21, 2022
    Deadline: Feb 21, 2022
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  • The African Union is a continental union consisting of 54 countries in Africa.
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    Principal Officer, Training and Capacity Building

    Requisition ID: 821
    Location: Rabat, Morocco
    Reports to: Deputy Director
    Directorate / Department: African Migration Observatory / HHS
    Number of Direct Reports: 5
    Number of Indirect Reports: 0
    Job Grade: P4
    Contract Type: Regular

    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...

    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.

    Languages:

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

    Remuneration
    Indicative basic salary of US$42,879.00  (P4 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (48% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 23,544.00  (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.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to African Union(AU) on jobs.au.int to apply

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