Political Officer – Disarmament Affairs

African Union
  • Location
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 01

Position description

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of DSD, plan, execute and follow-up on AU projects and initiatives in the areas of illicit small arms control, mine action and weapons of mass destruction disarmament and non-proliferation.

Tasks

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Execute, in a timely manner, all set targets and outputs under ongoing project, including Organization of workshops, national-level assessment and assistance missions, and oversee substantive and administrative preparations;
  • Follow up on developments taking place at the regional and international level in relation to arms control, including resolutions by the UN Security Council, Peace and Security Council, UN intergovernmental meetings on small arms and other relevant forums, assess trends which might affect political situations, and recommend possible action by the AU;
  • Prepare inputs for briefing notes, talking points and statements on disarmament related matters for senior staff and officials and prepare website and social media updates;
  • Formulate project proposals and actively undertake fund-raising efforts in order to support the AU’s activities;
  • Provide secretarial support to the AU-Regions Steering Committee on SALW and DDR, including preparing agendas, talking points, and reports;
  • Maintain regular communication with RECs, the United Nations, international partners, and other entities involved in disarmament issues to ensure sharing of information and harmonization of plans and activities where appropriate;
  • Contribute to departmental and Commission-wide exercises, including the development and review of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) Roadmap, the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020 (Lusaka Roadmap), and Agenda 2063;
  • Participate, as instructed, in regional or international conferences, symposia and seminars that are related to enhancing the effectiveness and impact of the AU disarmament programs;
  • Perform any other peace and security related duties as may be assigned by the Head of Division, Director – Peace and Security Department or by the Commissioner for Peace and Security.

Qualifications

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • University Bachelor Degree in political science, international relations, international law, or a related field with 3-4 years of experience in specific area of disarmament affairs, mine action, Disarmament, demobilization, Reintegration (DDR), Conflict Management. Experience in programme/project management at the international level is desirable;

OR

  • University Diploma in political science, international relations, international law, or a related field with 5 years of experience in specific area of disarmament affairs, mine action, Disarmament, demobilization, Reintegration (DDR), Conflict Management. Experience in programme/project management at the international level is desirable.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Excellent analytical, drafting and report writing skills;
  • Good communication, planning and negotiating skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work autonomously and in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to build effective working relations and liaise with a diverse range of stakeholders at different levels;
  • Good planning and organizational skills and ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:

Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French and Portuguese) is required. Knowledge of one or more of the other AU working languages would be an added advantage.

Application instructions

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