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  • Posted: Nov 18, 2021
    Deadline: Dec 20, 2021
  • The African Union is a continental union consisting of 54 countries in Africa.
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    Senior Legal Officer - Promotion

    Requisition ID: 853
    Location: Banjul, The Gambia
    Organization: African Union Commission - AUC
    Organization Information
    Reports to: Deputy Secretary to the Commission
    Directorate/Department: African Commission on Human and People’s Rights ACHPR
    Division: Legal
    Job Grade: P3
    Contract  Type: Regular
    Number of Direct Reports: 1
    Number of Indirect Reports: 0

    Purpose of Job

    • Provides technical legal support for the promotion of the human and people’s rights in line with the execution of the Commission’s Strategic Plan

    Main Functions

    • Contributes to the development of policies and strategies
    • Coordinates the implementation of programmes and plans on promotion of human and peoples’ rights
    • Liaises with stakeholders including Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), etc on relevant matters
    • Develops a promotional strategy in line with the approved Strategic Plan
    • Prepares the annual work plans for the Unit
    • Undertakes monitoring activities and produces periodic reports
    • Manages and supervises direct reports against agreed Key Results Area (KRA) and Key Performance Indictors (KPIs.)
    • Conducts analysis and generate reports on human and peoples’ rights situation on the African continent
    • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes
    • Prepares budgets for the Unit in accordance with relevant frameworks.
    • Provides technical support for the development of resource mobilization
    • Prepares guidelines, fact sheets and other promotional activities

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Deputy Secretary, the Senior Legal Officer-Promotion shall perform the following duties:
    •  Prepares and disseminates information on the work and activities of the ACHPR
    • Assists Commissioners in their promotional activities and follow-up on the various recommendations
    • Organises meetings, seminars, symposia, workshops and conferences to inculcate and promote a culture of human rights on the continent
    • Prepares legal opinions to inform human rights policy formulation at the national, regional and continental levels
    • Analyses States Reports submitted to the Commission, in conformity with Article 62 of the African Charter
    • Prepares Summaries, Questionnaires, Concluding Observations and Recommendations on states reports for consideration by the Commissioners
    • Develops Guidelines for Promotional Missions
    • Updates reporting guidelines and formats for States Parties
    • Network and liaise with other stakeholders to build strong partnerships for human rights promotion in Africa
    • Provides advice on requests for Observers Status from NGOs, and  requests for Affiliate Status from NHRIs
    • Follows-up and report on the status of submission of Periodic Reports by Member States , in accordance with Article 62
    • Provides periodic updates on the status of submission of reports by NGOs and NHRIs
    • Provides legal technical assistance to the Deputy and Executive Secretary in their day-to-day work
    • Produces and/or contribute to key legal or policy analyses and publications
    • Promotes the integration of legal work across the regional programs and particularly in the regional offices
    • Engages with relevant mid-level stakeholders and develops relationships
    • Performs any other duties as may be directed or required

    Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

    • Must hold  Master’s Degree in Law  from an accredited university with seven (7) years’ experience within a human rights framework, preferably in a regional, continental or international organisation, with three (3) at supervisory level.


    • Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from an accredited university with ten (10) years’ experience out of which three (3) years should be at supervisory level, in a similar role and within a human rights framework, preferably in a regional, continental or international organisation.
    • Any other qualification in the area of human rights law or a member of the professional body  would be an advantage

    Required Skills:

    • An in-depth understanding of the African human rights system and of comparative or international human rights law
    • Knowledge of the African Union policies and procedures
    • Strong analytical skills and ability to prepare legal submissions and opinions
    • Concentration, accuracy, and ability to work under minimum supervision and under pressure
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to organize and work under pressure in a multi-cultural environment
    • Good communication and planning skills
    • Respect for confidentiality and good public relations
    • Demonstrable knowledge of international organizations
    • Computer literacy

    Leadership Competencies:

    • Change Management....
    • Managing Risk...
    • Strategic Insight...

    Core Competencies:

    • Building Relationships...
    • Accountable and Complies with Rules...
    • Learning Orientation...
    • Communicating with Influence...

    Functional Competencies:

    • Conceptual thinking...
    • Job Knowledge Sharing...
    • Drive for Results...
    • Continuous improvement orientation...

    Enure 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.


    • 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$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 13,248.00  (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 to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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