Policy Officer – Mediation (PAPS) at the African Union (AU)

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: Policy Officer – Mediation (PAPS)

Requisition ID: 1576
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Division: Conflict Management
Reports to: Principal Mediation Support Officer
Directorate / Department: PAPS
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P2
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • To support the execution of the division’s operations, including carrying out research, developing Policy and providing administrative oversight, while assisting in ensuring that its predefined strategies and policies are implemented effectively and supporting the organization mission.

Main Functions

  • Assists in the following up on the activities of the division, including monitoring and evaluating progress made in line with a predefined strategic plan
  • Suggests new and expands on existing policy areas for planned research
  • Assists in setting the overall research direction of a relevant policy area
  • Responsible for the delegation and execution of defined research areas
  • Participates in the organisation of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders
  • Engages with relevant mid-level stakeholders and develop working relationships Supports the promotion of the activities of the Division including preparing leaflets, guidelines and fact sheets
  • Assists in drafting reports and participate in the preparation of budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Unit/Division.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assists in the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the AU-MSU work plans and annual Program Budgets;
  • Assists the Unit in the preparation of correspondences, reports and working documents relating to the implementation of the KMF and overall programs activities of the Division;
  • Assists in developing mediation policies, strategies, operational plans, strategic plans and work plans for the Division;
  • Assists in developing and establishing the MSU as well as coordinating operational support to ongoing mediation efforts by the AU and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs)
  • Assists the policies, SOPs and  other guidance documents are regularly reviewed, and implemented;
  • Assists on implementing capacity enhancement seminars, conferences and other familiarization sessions to assist mediators, their collaborators and AU staff;
  • Supports the development of expert capacity, standby and/or rosters to be deployed in support of AU-mediation and dialogue efforts;
  • Assists in the drafting of strategic documents on AU mediation efforts, as requested
  • Assists in Establishing and promoting collaborative partnerships with the  RECs/RMs and other relevant external partners, most notably, the UN, the EU and civil society.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in political science, international relations, mediation, peace and conflict studies, international economics, law, public administration, or other related social sciences studies, with 5 years relevant experience Or
  • Master’s Degree in similar studies with 2 years relevant experience.

Required Skills:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong drafting skill
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work across business units / geographies; cultural sensitive environment
  • Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic) and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk:

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Accountability awareness and Compliance;
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous Improvement Focus.

Tenure of Appointment

  • 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


  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Indicative basic salary of USD31,07300 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements eg Post adjustment (46% of basic salary), a Housing allowance of USD18,54720 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,00000 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
13th February, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Only candidates who have meet all the requirements of the post and have been shortlisted for an 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.
  • Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
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