Coordinator - DDG Office at the African Union (AU)

Posted on: Thu 02-05-2024

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organization of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999). We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Coordinator - DDG Office

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Reports to: Deputy Director General

Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC

Division: Office of the Deputy Director General

Job Grade: P5

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Purpose of Job

The Coordinator in the Office of the Deputy Director General supports the DDG to ensure the smooth and efficient coordination of the Centers and programmes, including business continuity for the achievement of the goals of the Africa CDC.

Main Functions

  • Provide organizational, technical and coordination support in the Office of the DDG.
  • Identify best approaches and practices and monitor effectiveness of the Centers and Programmes of the Africa CDC.
  • Contribute to the development of the strategies and business continuity plan for the Office of the DDG and Africa CDC in general.
  • Foster and ensure implementation of initiatives across all Centers and Programmes of Africa CDC.
  • Support the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations to further the objectives of the Africa CDC.
  • Develop materials and provide necessary training and support to the Centers and Programmes as required.
  • Provide guidance relating to programme review and implementation, as required.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provides technical support to the Deputy Director General, in coordinating the operations of the centers and programmes of the Africa CDC.
  • Oversees the daily activities and agenda of the Deputy Director General and follows up on actions.
  • Assists the Deputy Director General with directing, managing and motivating staff in the core office of the DDG.
  • Proactively identifies and recommends new policies and procedures related to operational programme issues and assists in the implementation of all processes and procedures.
  • Contributes to the development of strategies and business continuity plans of the Centres and Programmes reporting to the Office of the DDG and supports their implementation.
  • Fosters and ensures implementation of relevant initiatives by all centres and programmes reporting to the Office of the DDG.
  • Supports Centers and Programmes reporting to the DDG in determining programme objectives and priorities.
  • Provides support in resolution of issues that go across Center and Programme lines.
  • Supports seamless coordination among Centers and Programmes under the oversight of the DDG.
  • Supports the Deputy Director General to monitor adherence to policies and processes throughout the Africa CDC centers.
  • Any other duties that may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

Master’s Degree in Public Health, Health Sciences or related fields, with additional qualifications or experience in Management and Administration; with twelve (12) years’ experience in public, bilateral and/or international organizations preferably working in the public health sector. Seven (7) years out of total experience needs to involve strong expert and/or coordination exposure, with five (5) years exposure to supervisory responsibilities.  

Additional qualifications in Project Management, planning etc. will be considered as an advantage.

Required Skills:

  • Strong organizing skills, political tactfulness, and capacity to effectively supervise the operations of the Office of the DDG to ensure effectiveness.
  • 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.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks.
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
  • Strong working knowledge of information technology and its implications for business commerce and managing and controlling business operations.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish); fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Perspective
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk
  • Developing Others
  • Core Competencies
  • Learning Orientation
  • Building Relationship
  • Communicating with impact
  • Foster Accountability Culture

Functional Competencies:

  • Fosters Innovation
  • Drive for Results
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$   126,440.93  (P5 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 108,357.41 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:

Click here to apply online


  • 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, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees 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.
  • Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.