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African Union Commission (AUC)

African Union Commission (AUC)


Position: Head of Medical Support Services
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa - Ethiopia
Salary: $50,746.00/annum
Posted date: 1 year ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Purpose of Job

To provide technical leadership for the supervision and management of the effective performance of the Radiology, Pharmacy and Laboratory Units.

Main Functions

  • Manages the work of the Division and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance as per the organization?s Performance Management policy and system;
  • Designs strategies and policies consistent with the Department?s goal in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area;
  • Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures implementation at the division level;
  • Manages risk within the division and recommends mitigation strategies
  • Designs and plans policy programs to achieve the strategies;
  • Develops new and reviews activities as components of the strategies and policies;
  • Addresses problems arising from current approaches to the relevant areas.
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and RECs in designing and implementing strategies;
  • Represents the organization and explain its position at conferences; 
  • Mobilises funding from all donors to use to execute strategies and activities.
  • Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitors budget execution at the division level.
  • Creates an inspiring work environment to enable staff development and professional progression.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Supervises and manages the employees of the Division with regard to organization and performance evaluation.
  • Design strategies and policies consistent with the AU?s goal in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area.
  • Prioritizes Medical programs and priorities, and sets the direction for Division?s activities, plans, priorities, and workflows in Radiology, Pharmacy and Laboratory Units respectively.
  • Coordinates the activities of the different Units to support the expert clinical care of MHSD clients.
  • Represents the Department in all meetings related to health issues and reports back on issues discussed and on action required to the immediate supervisor. 
  • Ensures overall management of the Division; including performance, quality assurance, staff issues and budget-related matters of all units under him/ her.
  • Provides input into the recruitment of Division/MHSD staff as required.
  • Set performance standards for self and staff, conduct performance appraisals on schedule and resolve intra-unit conflicts.
  • Produces and submits periodic reports on activities and specific missions.
  • Participates in the upgrade of the AU Medical and Health Services Directorate in respect of Equipment, Diagnostic technologies and Continuous Medical Education.
  • Oversees the continuing medical education programs for Medical Staff and training of Clinical Attaches and Interns within the Division.
  • Participates in the development and delivery of health promotion, disease prevention and occupational Health and Safety programs of the Directorate (including HIV and AIDS in the workplace).
  • Participates in programs of AU Medical Services Directorate in respect to technical advice to AU Regional Offices, Organs and AU Field Missions.
  • ? Ensures overall management of the Division; budget management, monitoring, analysis, evaluation of staff performance, grievance and progressive discipline, and fiscal needs in conformity with the relevant rules and procedures
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned by his immediate supervisor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Must have a Degree in Medicine (MD or MBBS plus BMBCh) with 12 years post-qualification relevant work experience within a government hospital or private practice, or an International organization which 7 years should be at the managerial level and 5 years at the supervisory level
  • Must have specialization in one of these specialties: Laboratory Medicine, Radiology or Clinical Pharmacology (mandatory).

a. Must be a Member/ MMED of a professional Regional Postgraduate Medical College of Pathologists, Radiologists or Pharmacologists) with Ten (10) years of work experience, including 5 years as Head of the Department. 


Fellow of a professional Regional Postgraduate Medical College of Pathologists, Radiologists or Pharmacologists) with Eight (7) years work experience in a clinical role, including 3 years as Head of Department.

b. Must be licensed to practice medicine as a specialist in Laboratory Medicine/ Radiology/ Pharmacology in his/her home country or country of residence, as at the time of application (mandatory).

c. Experience as head of a clinical unit, section, service or department will be an advantage.

2. Documented training in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Required Skills

  • A demonstrated ability to initiate and promote collaborative approaches between geographically and culturally disparate partners;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations both internally and externally;
  • Ability to develop and delegate clear program goals, plans and actions, including budgets, that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff;
  • Working knowledge of policy analysis, and program/project management; 
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to organize and motivate others and work in a multicultural environment; 
  • Report writing and presentation skills;
  • Planning and organization skills;
  • Scientific communication abilities as evidenced by scientific /other publications;
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, and 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 Sharing;
  • Drive for Results
  • Fosters Innovation:


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


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.

Applications must be made not later than 11:59 Pm (EAT) June, 8, 2023.

Only candidates who have met all the requirements of the post and have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Only applications registered online with a complete curriculum vitae (CV) attached will be considered. 

The Africa Union is an equal opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.