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[Job Vacancy] Principal Recruitment Officer at 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 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: Principal Recruitment Officer

Requisition ID: 1575Location: Addis Ababa, EthiopiaReports to: Head of Shared Services Directorate/Department: Human Resources ManagementDivision: Shared ServicesNumber of Direct Reports: 3Number of Indirect Reports: 5Contract Type: RegularJob Grade: P4

Purpose of Job

To provide technical leadership to enable the AU to find, recruit and retain African talented candidates.
To be in charge of planning, developing and implementing a new and productive Talent Acquisition strategy for our continental organization.

Main Functions

Supervises the execution of the end-to-end recruitment and the on-boarding processes as per the AU policies and manuals in a timely manner to secure effective staffing to the organization 
Provides technical and intellectual support in the management of various partnerships relevant for the Division and Directorate.
Fosters and ensures implementation of large-scale and long-term initiatives related to strategic partnerships;
Supports the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations.
Develops training materials and provides on-the-job training required on regular basis and in a systematic manner to maintain the optimum level of performance of the unit.
Provides technical resource allocation and policy guidance on matters relating to system -Implementation projects and maintenance.
Identifies best practices and monitor effectiveness of the Division/Directorate’s support to AU 
Contributes to the development of the departmental strategies and business continuity plan and participate in/ensure their implementation

Specific Responsibilities

Provides professional expertise and design, develop and implement the talent acquisition strategy inclusive of employer branding that is aligned to the Directorate’s strategy and is required to achieve organization goals and results.
Leads the implementation of the HR Recruitment Planning delivered by the HR Planning and Organizational Development Division.
Monitors the process and pace of recruitment in order to ensure transparent and timely fulfillment of targets.
Plans ahead of time, oversees short-listing and interview processes and ensures compliance to set practices and guidelines.
Develops reporting criteria, develops and delivers monthly status reports and statistics to leadership and unit.
Oversees on-boarding of recruited personnel in a timely manner, ensuring smooth and efficient processes and maintenance of a roster database of qualified professionals to rapidly respond to talent management needs.
Supervises, monitors and appraises the performance of the recruitment and on-boarding teams. 
Works closely with the ERP unit to ensure continuous recruitment services on ATS.
Ensures compliance of the recruitment processes and procedures at all level.
Oversees and ensures timely preparation of correspondences, documents required for recruitment, appointment, upgrading, promotion, transfer and other relevant requests until approval and timely committees meeting organization.
Investigates and determine staff needs trough HRBPs, prepare and update the yearly recruitment plan
Encourages employees to be brand ambassadors.
Designs and defines approaches, standard operating procedures, guidelines and up to date tools used in recruitment processes.
Reviews recruitment policies, manuals as and when required and ensure inclusion of targets set by Policy Organs.
Oversees the preparation of vacancy announcement and ensure effective and cost-efficient use of AU advertisement platforms by conduct data analysis on the impact of the use of various platforms in meeting targets.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management, Labor Law or Public Administration with ten (10) years post qualification relevant working experience in recruitment out of which 5 years at managerial level and at least 3 years at supervisory level.
Proven use of Psychometrics batteries (or certification) will be an added advantage
Proven track records in managing recruitment as well as on-boarding processes in similar international organizations.
Proven use of Application Tracking System (ATS). The knowledge of SAP SuccessFactors will be an added advantage
Professional certifications in Recruitment is an added value.
Proven use (or certification) in Competency Based Interview will be an added advantage

Required Skills:

Leadership and management skills 
Research and analytical skills 
Knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office suite and AU computer software systems 
Ability to actively seek, identify and apply appropriate technology to improve programme delivery 
Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic) and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage
Interpersonal and negotiation skills 
Planning and organizing skills 
Knowledge and working understanding of AU policies, standards and processes 
Communication, presentation and report writing skills 

Leadership Competencies:

Strategic Insight
Developing Others
Change Management
Managing Risk.

Core Competencies:

Building Relationship
Foster Accountability Culture
Learning Orientation
Communicating with Influence.

Functional Competencies:

Conceptual Thinking
Job Knowledge and information sharing
Drive for Results
Continuous Improvement Orientation.


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

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.

RemunerationIndicative basic salary of US$ 42,879.00 (P4 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



How to ApplyInterested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

Application Deadline  4th January, 2023.


Only candidates who have met all the requirements of the post and have been selected 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