To provide assistance to the work of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direct supervision of the Secretary to the Peace and Security Council, the Political Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Assist in servicing meetings of the Peace and Security Council;
- Assist in preparing briefings of the Chairperson of the Peace and security Council and the Commissioner for Peace and Security on peace and security issues be it to the Peace and security Council or other entities;
- Provide all secretarial and logistical services to the Peace & Security Council, to enable it discharge its mandate effectively;
- Ensuring the timely preparation of working documents for the Peace and Security Council;
- Preparing analytical studies reports, briefings notes and background papers for the Peace and Security Council;
- On a regular basis, engage in monitoring the stream of data and information transmitted to the Secretariat from the Divisions of the PSD in an attempt to identify and propose appropriate entry point for the AU Commission or the AU Peace and Security Council;
- Assist in promoting and disseminating information through seminars, symposia and conferences, as well as the electronic media, of the work of the Peace & Security Directorate;
- Researching on issues related to peace and security and promote cooperation with African and international institutions in Africa;
- Monitoring the implementation of Decisions of the Peace and Security Council, including the enhancement of its working methods and practice;
- Designing a vision, formulate strategies and new approaches for the Secretariat;
- Assisting in supporting and secretarial services to the Council, including closed and open meetings, informal working groups and subsidiary bodies of the Council;
- Performing other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the leadership of the Secretariat of the Peace and Security Council.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & WORK EXPEREINCE REQUIRED:
University Bachelor Degree in Political Science, Law, International Relations, Government Public Relations or a related field with 3-4 years of experience in Government Service, International Organization, a University or Research Institute and Practical involvement on Peace & Security issues with an International Organization. A Masters’ degree in fields related to Peace & Security in Africa will be an added advantage.
University Diploma in Political Science, Law, International Relations, Government Public Relations or a related field with 5 years of experience in Government Service, International Organization, a University or Research Institute and Practical involvement on Peace & Security issues with an International Organization.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
- Drafting working documents and outcomes of the meetings of the Peace and Security Council;
- Excellent drafting and reporting skills;
- Excellent communication and negotiating skills;
- Good planning and organizational skills;
- Must be computer literate;
- Communication: Effective written, oral and presentation skills.
Key Results Areas/Outputs – Personal Abilities:
- Reporting function;
- Judgment and Decision-Making;
- Sound judgment in interpretation of instructions and guidelines;
- Coordination of assignments;
- Leadership and management skills and abilities;
- Ability to mediate successfully in conflict situations;
- Ability to effectively manage and direct the work of teams of professional, senior and experienced officers;
- Ability to work in a team;
- Ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity;
- Ability to draft/present information in a concise and accurate manner;
- Ability to organize and motivate others;
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
Knowledge and Understanding:
- Excellent knowledge of current political, security, socio-economic and humanitarian situations in Africa and the world;
- Demonstrated excellence in report writing, policy analysis;
- Qualitative and quantitative analysis skills;
- Teamwork and working in multi-cultural environments;
- Networking among expert groups and organisations;
- Negotiation and consensus building;
- Punctuality and working under tight time schedules;
- Diligence when unsupervised;
- Computer literacy.
Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages is mandatory; fluency in additional AU official working languages would be an added advantage.
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