African Union Commission (AUC)

African Union Commission (AUC)


Position: Director of Citizens and Diaspora Organizations
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Salary: Basic salary of $78,138.00 per annum
Posted date: 2 weeks ago
Deadline: June, 29/2024 (12 days left)

Purpose of Job

To provide strategic direction and leadership in managing the operations of the Citizens and Diaspora Organizations Directorate.

Main Functions

  • Develops and executes the overall strategy for the department and ensures alignment with overall organizational strategy;
  • Manages and supervises employees within the directorate, ensures the timely delivery of the directorate’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation;
  • Drives the implementation and monitoring of policies, strategies, and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Decisions;
  • Ensures the delivery of the directorate’s annual targets in line with the organization’s overall goals and maintains robust departmental monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Divisions within the department/directorate;
  • Manages the work of the Department/Directorate and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system;
  • Leads the directorate/department and ensures effective management of personnel, budget, performance, quality, employee relations matters, and training in conformity with relevant rules, policies, and procedures;
  • Develops and maintains operating rules and procedures;
  • Ensures business continuity to address unforeseen circumstances;
  • Builds and maintains good working relations and collaboration with other directorates/departments;
  • Develops and maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member States and partner institutions;
  • Coordinates meetings between the organization and relevant partners;
  • Ensures the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and other reports;
  • Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization;
  • Implements thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Directorate;
  • Develops and oversees policy development and guidelines in line with the organization’s legal framework;
  • Design policies consistent with the AU’s goals and mandate to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area;
  • Manages risks and recommends mitigation strategies;
  • Prepares and oversees integrated programs, projects, and overall activities of the directorate.

Specific Responsibilities

The Director of CIDO manages the directorate and two divisions focusing on three major areas:

a) Policy matters:

  • Provides support to the Deputy Chairperson in close consultation with Cabinet, Departments, AU Organs and Member States, African Civil Society, Diaspora communities worldwide, diplomatic missions accredited to Member States, International Organizations, Donor Communities, regional organizations, and other relevant bodies in the mainstreaming of civil society and the African Diaspora in the affairs of the AU and the conceptualization and development of new initiatives as well as in the implementation of coherent policies relating to the substantive AU agenda.

b) Staff direction and management:

  • Supervises and coordinates the activities of the civil society and Diaspora Divisions, including staff and program activities, effective follow-up on decisions and recommendations, coordination and liaison with other Directorates, and relationships with partners and donors.

c) Financial and program management matters:

  • As Principal Programme Manager, he/she will also be responsible for the preparation of budgets and implementation of programs, liaising, as appropriate, with the Cabinet and Finance Department on the planning, monitoring, and reporting of the Commission’s budget and supervising donor relationships, and monitoring the Commission’s funding mechanism.
  • Exercises overall management responsibility to ensure timely production of reports, analyses, briefing notes, background papers, and talking points for the Chairperson of the Commission and other relevant political functionaries.
  • Acts as a focal point for organizing relevant meetings and planning and supporting civil society programs and activities in general and the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC) in particular;
  • Promotes relations within the African Diaspora and the implementation of the AU’s Diaspora Initiative;
  • Initiates actions and participates in activities to raise extra-budgetary funds;
  • Develops and proposes modalities for the involvement of Member States in the implementation of the AU’s Diaspora Initiative and civil society agenda;
  • Promotes advocacy of the decisions of AU Policy Organs in this area of competence;
  • Seeks and expands cooperation with civil society and Diaspora networks, research institutions, intergovernmental organizations, and other relevant agencies that will support these objectives.
  • Ensures the coordination and implementation of AU decisions in the various organs.
  • Ensures the management of the Directorate: personnel, budget, performance, quality, discipline, and training, in conformity with relevant rules and procedures in force;

Key Relationships

Internal Relationships

Who Frequency Why

  • Directors, Weekly Share the vision of CIDO and the projects
  • Heads of division Daily Guide the divisions and the implementation and rollout of the vision
  • Officer Weekly Weekly Meeting check-in
  • AU Organs and Depts As the need arises Ensure the coordination and collaboration on cross-cutting matters, i.e. migration, governance, Remittances, and Development.
  • AU MS As the need arises Provide technical and advisory support on all matters related to non-state actors vis-à-vis the strategy of CIDO and Agenda2063

External Relationships

Who Frequency Why

  • AU Partners (international Organizations, donors, etc) Bi-annual Collaboration and support to the vision of CIDO
  • Non-state Actors (Civil Society and diaspora) Quarterly Provide leadership to the engagement with CIDO

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • A Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Law, Public Administration Diplomacy, Strategic Studies, or Social Sciences, with 15 years of relevant experience of which 8 years should be at the managerial level, and 5 years in a supervisory role
  • Experience in the areas of civil society organizations, diplomacy, democracy, good governance, and human rights preferably in a regional or international working environment.

Required Skills

  • Leadership and innovation skills
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from various backgrounds and create an environment where diversity is respected
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Planning, budgeting, and organization skills
  • Computing skills
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Focus …..

  • Developing Organizational Capability
  • Strategic Risk Management

Core Competencies

  • Building Partnerships
  • Drives Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Impact

Functional Competencies

  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge Sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Fosters Innovation


The requirements and responsibilities contained in this job description do not create a contract of employment and are not meant to be all-inclusive. It may be changed by the role manager during employment on an as-needed basis.

Only candidates who have met all the requirements of the post and have been selected for 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.


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.


Indicative basic salary of US$ 78,138.00 (D1 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.

How to apply

Only candidates who meet all job requirements and are selected for interviews will be contacted.

Consideration will be given only to those candidates who have submitted a fully completed online application with a curriculum vitae (CV), an African passport, and the required academic qualifications, such as Diplomas (Bac+2), Bachelor's degrees (Bac+3), Master's degrees (Bac+5) and any relevant certificate in line with the area of expertise.

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

Candidates from less-represented countries within the African Union are strongly encouraged to apply for positions that fit their profiles. These countries include Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Sahrawi D.R., Sao Tome and Principe., Seychelles, Somalia and Tunisia.