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 counter-terrorism, preventing violent extremism and transnational organized crime prevention and response.
MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Conceptualize, plan and execute regional and national terrorism and crime prevention activities, including legislative assistance workshops, implementation of the AU and universal counter-terrorism instruments, capacity building workshops, as well as other relevant initiatives in related aspects of terrorism and crime prevention;
- Follow up on developments taking place at the regional and international level in relation to counterterrorism and crime prevention, including resolutions by the UN Security Council, Peace and Security Council, UN meetings and other relevant forums, assess trends which might affect political situations, and recommend possible action by the AU;
- Prepare press releases, briefing notes, talking points and statements on terrorism and crime prevention related matters for senior staff and officials as requested 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 technical and administrative backstopping to the African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) and coordinate briefings to the Peace and Security Council as requested;
- Maintain regular communication with RECs, the United Nations, international partners, and other entities involved in terrorism and crime prevention issues to ensure sharing of information and harmonization of plans and activities where appropriate;
- Contribute to departmental and Commission-wide exercises, including the development, reporting and review of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) Roadmaps, 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 terrorism and crime prevention;
- 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.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- University Bachelor Degree in Political Science, International Relations, Criminal Law, International Law, or a related field with 3-4 years of experience in Quality Assurance, Database Query & Reporting tools. Professional
certification in applicable area of study such as Accounting, Audit, Quality Assurance, Lean process implementation, or Purchasing is an added advantage;
University Diploma in Political Science, International Relations, Criminal Law, International Law, or a related field with 5 years of experience in Quality Assurance, Database Query & Reporting tools. Professional certification in applicable area of study such as Accounting, Audit, Quality Assurance, Lean process implementation, or Purchasing is an added advantage.
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;
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.
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