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African Union Commission (AUC)

African Union Commission (AUC)


Position: Senior Science Officer CPHIA (AfCDC)
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Salary: An annual lump sum of $96,921.34
Posted date: 6 months ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Purpose of Job

The Senior Science Officer CPHIA assists and supports the process of devolving ethics review to the organization by participating in discussions on current practices and procedures and assisting with the identification of and resolution of areas for improvement.

Main Functions

  • Provide technical and intellectual support in the management of various elements related to the area of expertise
  • Identify best practices and monitor the effectiveness of the Science Office’s support to Africa CDC.
  • Assist in the development of the strategies and business continuity plan and participate in/ensure their implementation
  • Foster and ensure implementation of initiatives related to area of specialization;
  • Assist in the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations.
  • Develop materials and provide necessary training and support to Africa CDC’s Units as required.
  • Provide technical guidance on matters relating to system review and implementation projects in area of specialization, as required.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Establish ethical and technical frameworks and procedures underpinning the scientific activities of the agency, advising other agency leaders on integrating these frameworks.
  • Provide advice on scientific quality assurance programs.
  • Support the Director to initiate and coordinate scientific and technical research projects in collaboration with Member States and international partners through Africa RCCs.
  • Provide advice to the Director to direct and evaluate the agency’s research and professional programs for the development of scientific personnel.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s or Bachelor's Degree with seven (7) and ten (10) years of relevant work experience in Public Health, Medicine, Epidemiology, Health Science, services research or related health discipline out of which at least three (3) years should be at expert level.
  • Ph.D. in any of the above or related fields would be an added advantage
  • Professional work experience in research and development of a wide range of communication materials for the health and development sectors.

Required Skills

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with a keen eye for detail, accuracy, and consistency.
  • Strong knowledge of the subject matter, industry trends, and best practices.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Leadership and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Creativity and innovation, with the ability to generate new ideas and approaches.

Leadership Competencies

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

Core Competencies

  • Building Relationship
  • Accountable and Complies with Rules
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies

  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous Improvement Orientation


The Appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance, and agreed 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, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Spanish) is mandatory and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump sum of US$ 96,921.34 (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 78,461.08 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.