Head of Education Division at the African Union (AU)

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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 Organisation 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: Head of Education Division
Requisition ID: 701Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Job Grade: P5
Contract Type: Regular
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Director, Education, Science, Technology and Innovation
Directorate/Department: Education, Science, Technology and Innovation
Division: Education
Number of Direct Reports: 2
Number of Indirect Reports: 3

Purpose of Job
Directs and manages the daily operations of the Education Division in order to achieve the strategic objectives of the directorate and the AU’s overall goals.
Main Functions
Designs and implements policies, programs and projects to achieve the directorate’s strategic objectives.
Manages and supervises employees within the division, ensures the timely delivery of the directorate’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation;
Designs policies, strategies and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions;
Ensures the delivery of the division’s annual targets in line with the directorate’s overall goals and ensures robust and timely monitoring and reporting;
Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Units within the Division
Manages the work of the Division and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system;
Engages stakeholders within Members States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/Regional Mechanisms(RMs) and relevant international organisations in designing and implementing strategies.
Maintains thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Division;
Maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member States and partner institutions in the execution of the Division’s mandate.
Represents the organisation and communicates its position at conferences.
Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level.
Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization;
Manages risk within the division and recommends mitigation strategies
Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures implementation at division level
Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent.
Specific Responsibilities
Designs and plans policy programmes to achieve CESA 16-24 and related strategies.
Advices the Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Space Directorate on matters of education policy, curricula, and standards.
Coordinates the work of African Union technical agencies in the area of education, and ensures internal coherence and adherence to continental policies.
Spearheads the development of institutional linkages and policy mechanisms to promote regional collaboration and integration in the areas of education, research and training;
Provides technical advice and reports to Member States on realization of their continental and global commitments in education.
Develops and oversees the implementation of mechanisms to enhance education quality, relevance and responsiveness;
Liaises with other relevant stakeholders to encourage harmonization and quality assurance of all programme activities in education, training and research;
Provides policy support to strengthen alignment of regional education protocols;
Promotes the development of high caliber human resources on the continent, including women, especially in science, technology, mathematics and engineering;
Promotes knowledge networks and expert mobility in Africa and the diaspora;
Manages relationships with development partners and mobilises financial and technical support to execute strategies and activities.
Ensures the production and submission of periodic reports on the activities of the Division;
Ensures production of working documents and draft decision in education for the STC-EST;
Provides capacity building and mentorship for Education staff, especially youth;
Performs any other duties that may be assigned by the supervisor.
Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
Master’s Degree in Education, Science, or other closely related fields, with twelve (12) years of postgraduate work experience of which a minimum of seven (7) years must have been served at a managerial level and five (5) years at supervisory level.
Proven experience in classroom teaching or lecturing will be an added advantage.
Required Skills:
Leadership and management skills
Communication, report writing and presentation skills
Research and analytical skills
Interpersonal and negotiation skills
Ability to work in teams and in a multi-cultural environment
Knowledge in international educational reforms and strategies
Knowledge and working understanding of AU policies, systems and standards
Planning, Budgeting and Organization skills.
Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic); fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage.
Leadership Competencies:
Strategic Perspective
Developing Others
Change Management
Managing Risk
Core Competencies:
Building relationships
Foster Accountability Culture
Learning Orientation
Communicating with impact
Functional Competencies:
Conceptual thinking
Job Knowledge and information sharing
Drive for result
Fosters Innovation
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.
Gender Mainstreaming:
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$50,746.00 (P5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$  26,208.00  (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 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 August, 2021.

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