Senior Legal Officer – Promotion at the African Union Recruitment

African Union Recruitment

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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. Join African Union careers team today, and be part of our success story.


African Union Recruitment
African Union Recruitment is to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Legal Officer – Promotion
Requisition ID: 853
Location: Banjul, The Gambia
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Organization Information
Reports to: Deputy Secretary to the Commission
Directorate/Department: African Commission on Human and People’s Rights ACHPR
Division: Legal
Job Grade: P3
Contract  Type: Regular
Number of Direct Reports: 1
Number of Indirect Reports: 0

Purpose of Job for African Union Recruitment

  • Provides technical legal support for the promotion of the human and people’s rights in line with the execution of the Commission’s Strategic Plan

Main Functions for African Union Recruitment

  • Contributes to the development of policies and strategies
  • Coordinates the implementation of programmes and plans on promotion of human and peoples’ rights
  • Liaises with stakeholders including Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), etc on relevant matters
  • Develops a promotional strategy in line with the approved Strategic Plan
  • Prepares the annual work plans for the Unit
  • Undertakes monitoring activities and produces periodic reports
  • Manages and supervises direct reports against agreed Key Results Area (KRA) and Key Performance Indictors (KPIs.)
  • Conducts analysis and generate reports on human and peoples’ rights situation on the African continent
  • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes
  • Prepares budgets for the Unit in accordance with relevant frameworks.
  • Provides technical support for the development of resource mobilization
  • Prepares guidelines, fact sheets and other promotional activities

Specific Responsibilities for African Union Recruitment

  • Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Deputy Secretary, the Senior Legal Officer-Promotion shall perform the following duties:
  • Prepares and disseminates information on the work and activities of the ACHPR
  • Assists Commissioners in their promotional activities and follow-up on the various recommendations
  • Organises meetings, seminars, symposia, workshops and conferences to inculcate and promote a culture of human rights on the continent
  • Prepares legal opinions to inform human rights policy formulation at the national, regional and continental levels
  • Analyses States Reports submitted to the Commission, in conformity with Article 62 of the African Charter
  • Prepares Summaries, Questionnaires, Concluding Observations and Recommendations on states reports for consideration by the Commissioners
  • Develops Guidelines for Promotional Missions
  • Updates reporting guidelines and formats for States Parties
  • Network and liaise with other stakeholders to build strong partnerships for human rights promotion in Africa
  • Provides advice on requests for Observers Status from NGOs, and  requests for Affiliate Status from NHRIs
  • Follows-up and report on the status of submission of Periodic Reports by Member States , in accordance with Article 62
  • Provides periodic updates on the status of submission of reports by NGOs and NHRIs
  • Provides legal technical assistance to the Deputy and Executive Secretary in their day-to-day work
  • Produces and/or contribute to key legal or policy analyses and publications
  • Promotes the integration of legal work across the regional programs and particularly in the regional offices
  • Engages with relevant mid-level stakeholders and develops relationships
  • Performs any other duties as may be directed or required

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience for African Union Recruitment

  • Must hold  Master’s Degree in Law from an accredited university with seven (7) years’ experience within a human rights framework, preferably in a regional, continental or international organisation, with three (3) at supervisory level.


  • Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from an accredited university with ten (10) years’ experience out of which three (3) years should be at supervisory level, in a similar role and within a human rights framework, preferably in a regional, continental or international organisation.
  • Any other qualification in the area of human rights law or a member of the professional body  would be an advantage

Required Skills for African Union Recruitment:

  • An in-depth understanding of the African human rights system and of comparative or international human rights law
  • Knowledge of the African Union policies and procedures
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to prepare legal submissions and opinions
  • Concentration, accuracy, and ability to work under minimum supervision and under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to organize and work under pressure in a multi-cultural environment
  • Good communication and planning skills
  • Respect for confidentiality and good public relations
  • Demonstrable knowledge of international organizations
  • Computer literacy

Leadership Competencies for African Union Recruitment:

  • Change Management….
  • Managing Risk…
  • Strategic Insight…

Core Competencies for African Union Recruitment:

  • Building Relationships…
  • Accountable and Complies with Rules…
  • Learning Orientation…
  • Communicating with Influence…

Functional Competencies for African Union Recruitment:

  • Conceptual thinking…
  • Job Knowledge Sharing…
  • Drive for Results…
  • Continuous improvement orientation…

Enure 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.


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

Remuneration for African Union Recruitment
Indicative basic salary of US$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 13,248.00  (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 for African Union Recruitment
20th December, 2021.

How to Apply for African Union Recruitment
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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