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African Union (AU) recruitment for Senior Policy Officer, Economics, Trade and Marketing (IBAR)

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: Senior Policy Officer, Economics, Trade and Marketing (IBAR)

Reference Code: IBAR / 2020 / 003
Location: AU-IBAR Nairobi, Kenya
Post level: P3
Supervisor: Director, AU-IBAR
Contract Type: Regular (Long Duration)
Employment Fraction: Full-time
Branch: IBAR, Nairobi

Overview / Organization

  • The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a new partnership worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.
  • In seeking to achieve these objectives, the African Union intends to strengthen its capacity to deliver by, among others, the implementation of new organization structure and the filling of regular and short-term vacant posts.
  • The Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources is an African Union Institution under the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, and located in Nairobi, Kenya, which is aimed to transform the African livestock sector for enhanced contribution to socio-economic development and equitable growth.
  • The African Union Commission invites applicants who are citizens of Member States for the regular position of Senior Policy Officer, Economics, Trade and Marketing below within the African Union Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR).

Least Representative Countries:

  • Candidates from the following least represented countries at the African Union Commission are encouraged to apply: Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Central African Rep. , Comoros, Congo, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini , Ghana, Guinea, Libya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria , Saharawi Arab D.R. , Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and South Sudan.

Job Purpose

  • Under the direct supervision of the Director, AU-IBAR, the Senior Policy Officer Economics, Trade and Marketing will contribute and provide technical advice for AU- IBAR’s annual / periodic reports/publications; and, as a member or leader of multidisciplinary teams, contribute to the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of livestock development projects and programmes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to AU-IBAR technical units for integration of socio-economic analyses into animal health and, animal production support interventions.
  • Technically support AU-IBAR on matters related to the trade and marketing of animals and animal products
  • Undertake economic analyses of actors/issues and trends that impact on the development and utilization of animal resources in Africa.
  • Provide technical back-stopping and guidance to relevant personnel in the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and AU Member States in the economic analyses of regional trends in the production, processing, consumption and trade of animals and animal products.
  • Collate, analyse and synthesize -economic, trade and marketing data and information to support the development of evidence based policies to promote growth of the animal resources sector and its contribution to economic development.
  • Organise and supervise the implementation of socio-economic activities in line with AU-IBAR’s annual work program;
  • Provide support in other areas of AU-BAR’s work and undertake any other duties as maybe assigned by the Director of AU-IBAR.
  • Provide support for the implementation of the policy and capacity development initiatives at AU-IBAR.
  • Represent AU-IBAR in regional and continental livestock socio-economic networks and related fora
  • Contribute to the preparation and execution of AU-IBAR’s annual, quarterly and monthly work programmes and prepare progress reports on the socio-economic components in accordance with reporting guidelines provided by the African Union Commission and the Director AU-IBAR.

Qualification and Work Experience Requirements
Educational Qualification Requirements:

  • A Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics preferably in Livestock economics with 7 years of work experience managing a livestock economics , trade and marketing portfolio
  • A higher qualification will be an added advantage OR
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics preferably in Livestock economics economics with 10 years of work experience managing a livestock economics , trade and marketing portfolio

Additional Work Experience:

  • At least three (3) years of work experince in livestock economics in an international organisation.
  • Proven skills / publication record in areas related to trade modelling, market intelligence and using tools to monitor investments in the livestock sector

Function Skills:

  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks.
  • Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.
  • Ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.
  • Proven conscience and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

Personal Skills:

  • Excellent leadership skills and ability to empower others to translate vision into results;
  • Ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.
  • Excellent Communication skills oral and written
  • Excellent planning and organising skills and time management
  • Good and effective collaboration with same or top level stakeholders i.e. Senior Officers and Ability to persuade, guide and advise top level stakeholders.
  • Excellent Teamwork skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment

Language Requirement:

  • Proficiency in English or French. Proficiency in additional one or two other African Union official language(s) would be an added value.

Tenure of Appointment:

  • The appointment will be made on a regular fixed term contract for a period of three (3) years, of with the first twelve months will 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 USD37,453.00 (P3 step 1) per annum, plus other related entitlements such as post adjustment (42% of basic salary), housing allowance (USD18,585 per annum), education allowance (100% of tuition and other education related expenses for every eligible dependant up to USD10,000.00 per child and per annum), etc. for internationally recruited staff of the Commission.

Deadline: 9th November, 2020.

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