Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Director of the Peace and Security Department, the Head of the Defense and Security Division will undertake the following duties:
- Guide the development of results-based thematic programmes and projects covering the range of priority strategic security issues outlined in the African Peace and Security Architecture and the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa, and ensure that they are executed in a timely and well-coordinated manner in line with the AU principles and regulations;
- Manage statutory planning and budgeting processes and ensure full compliance with AU principles and regulations in the execution of funds and grants, and that outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards. Assume responsibility for the timely, accurate and quality reporting through the established mechanisms and grant agreements;
- Actively participate in inter/intra-departmental and AU-wide planning and review processes and provide substantive and quality inputs to different documents, including policy and strategy papers, performance assessments, and regular reports to the AU Policy Organs;
- Foster transparent, results-oriented and mutually beneficial business partnerships with the relevant international entities and foster close collaboration with regional bodies in line with the APSA principles to harmonize approaches and consolidate efforts across the spectrum of strategic security issues;
- Engage regional and international donors in line with established modalities to mobilize resources for priority programmes and projects;
- Lead and guide the division’s collaboration with the relevant divisions, departments and institutions of the AU to achieve integrated and coherent approaches and programmes in all assigned areas;
- Remain abreast of regional and global political and security developments and trends of possible impact on regional security and on the AU, and deliver written and oral briefings and advise to senior management;
- Supervise professional and general staff within the division and guide the setting and achieving annual goals by providing day-to-day guidance and coaching to ensure proper distribution of tasks and effective time management; conduct performance appraisals, and take necessary action to rectify shortcomings in line with the AU Staff Rules and Regulations;
- Performs other duties assigned by the Director.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
- University Master’s Degree in Political Sciences, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies or any related Social Sciences. Higher academic qualification will be add advantage;
- Twelve (12) years of progressive working experience in the area of International Relations, international security, development or humanitarian affairs, plus seven (7) years in a managerial position.
- University Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies or any related Social Sciences. Higher academic qualification will be add advantage;
- Fifteen (15) years of progressive working experience in the area of International Relations, international security, development or humanitarian affairs, plus five (5) years in a managerial position.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
- Ability to provide leadership in successfully managing security related issues in sensitive political environments and facilitating related processes with major stakeholders, including governments, development partners and civil society organizations;
- Excellent planning and organizational skills and ability to effectively manage and direct the work of teams of professional officers;
- Strong problem solving skills and the ability to take initiative, think creatively and work under pressure to meet tight deadlines;
- Excellent analytical, drafting and report writing skills;
- Excellent communication, planning and negotiating skills;
- Ability to build effective working relations and liaise with a diverse range of stakeholders at different levels;
- Strong knowledge of the African political and security environment and of AU structures, policies and programs.
Applicants must be proficient in at least one of the African Union working languages. Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage.
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