Legal Officer New Vacancy  at the African Union (AU)

Legal Officer New Vacancy 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 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: Legal Officer – Special Mechanisms

Requisition ID: 851
Location: Banjul, Gambia
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Senior Legal Officer – Special  Mechanism
AU Organ: African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Job Grade: P2
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • Provides technical legal support for special mechanisms in line with the execution of the Commission’s Strategic Plan.

Main Functions

  • Contributes to the development of policies and strategies 
  • Coordinates the implementation of programmes and plans of the special mechanism under the ACHPR 
  • Liaise with stakeholders including the Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), etc on relevant matters.
  • Conducts analysis and generates accurate reports in a timely manner for the ACHPR’s internal use
  • Assists in setting the overall research direction of a relevant policy area
  • Is responsible for the delegation and execution of defined research areas
  • Participates in the organisation of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders.
  • Drafts reports and participates in the preparation of budget and work programmes related to the Unit
  • Provides technical support to internal and external stakeholders
  • Provides support in the development of special mechanisms Strategies in line with the approved Strategic Plan
  • Prepares the annual work plans for the Unit 
  • Undertakes monitoring activities and delivers periodic reports on time
  • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes 
  • Provides technical support for the development of resource mobilization
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Specific Responsibilities
Working under the Senior Legal Officer Special Mechanisms provides support in the following areas: 

  • Provides support to the Special Rapporteurs and the Working Groups in discharging their responsibilities, and follow-up on recommendations
  • Drafts urgent Appeals, Advisory notes, Guidelines, Information notes, Position/Conference/Meeting papers for the Commissioners
  • Manages requests by member states for information and support
  • Contributes to legal or policy analyses and publications
  • Promotes the integration of legal work across the regional programs and particularly in the regional offices
  • Develops and implements capacity building and training programs
  • Contributes to standard-setting, through participating in meetings, drafting work and promoting international standards
  • Participates in the organization of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders
  • Provides technical backstopping to Special Mechanisms through research and documentation
  • Provides interface with, and logistical support for interaction with the Member States, Regional Economic Communities, organs of the AU  and other stakeholders
  • Formulates  principles and rules aimed at solving human rights issues arising in the thematic areas covered by the various Special Mechanisms
  • Performs any other relevant duties as may be directed or required.
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Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Must hold Master’s Degree in Law from an accredited university with a minimum of two (2) years’ work experience


  • Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Law from an accredited university  with a minimum of five (5) years’ work experience 
  • Fluency in Arabic Language is the requirement.

Required Skills:

  • Communication ability both orally and in writing in Arabic
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to work across business units/geographies; cultural sensitive environment 
  • Proficiency in other  AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese) will be an added advantage

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Accountability awareness and Compliance
  • Learning Orientation
  • Effective Communication

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.


  • Indicative basic salary of US$ 31,073.00 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (30% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 15,897.60  (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.
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How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply

Application Deadline 29th November, 2021.


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