Head of Division, Transport and Mobility

December 27, 2022

Job Description

  • Lagos

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 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: Head of Division, Transport and Mobility
Requisition ID: 1542
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Contract Type: Regular
Job Grade: P5
Division: Transport and Mobility
Number of Direct Reports: 5
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Reports to: Director
Directorate/Department: Infrastructure and Energy
Purpose of Job

To provide overall supervision and management of the Division as well as the design of strategies and policies to achieve the strategic objectives of the Department and the AU’s overall goals.

Main Functions

Designs and implements policies, programmes and projects to achieve the department’s strategic objectives and relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions;
Formulates strategies for implementing priority programmes under the transport and mobility sector.
Coordinates the implementation of continental transport and mobility policies, strategies and action plans in close collaboration with AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other Continental and International organizations.
Coordinate and conduct research, studies and analysis of African transport and mobility sector on issues of interest to African Member States, RECs and others regional and continental African institutions.
Advise the Director of Infrastructure and Energy on trends and developments in the transport and mobility sector and recommend appropriate courses of action.
Engages stakeholders within Members States, RECs and other Regional Mechanisms, Pan African institutions and relevant international organisations in designing and implementing transport and mobility strategies;
Coordinates the implementation of the two AU Agenda 2063 flagship projects under the mandate of the Division i.e. Africa Integrated High Speed Rail Network (AIHSRN) and Establishment of a Single African Air-Transport Market (SAATM)
Supervises and manages the employees of the division with regard to organisation and performance evaluation.
Manages the work of the Division and supervises direct reports to ensure the effective performance of the Transport and Mobility Division team and provide direction, regular feedback, coaching and mentoring paying appropriate attention to the personal and professional development of the staff in line with the organization’s performance management policy and systems;
Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensure implementation at division level.
Ensures risk management and mitigation.
Represents the organisation at workshops, conferences, meetings and seminars and provide guidance on transport and mobility issues related to Africa and the department’s work.
Build and maintain partnerships with regional and international institutions which include fund mobilization, developing and implementing regional joint programmes and activities for improving the African transport and mobility sector.
Prepare periodic reports on Transport and Mobility Division’s activities and programmes and contribute to the preparation of the department’s report and other monitoring and reporting obligations.
Builds and maintains good working relations and collaboration with other Divisions.
Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution 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

Ensures development and implementation the Transport and Mobility Division’s programmes including policies, strategies and action plans.
Manage the Transport and Mobility Division team’ performance and provide technical and administration leadership and professional development of the staff.
Supervises and guides the work of staff working on transport and mobility division;
Coordinates the formulation and implementation of policies covering all aspects of intra-African and international cooperation in the transport and mobility sector within the context of decisions of the AU Policy Organs; 
Initiates and coordinates the work of the specialized technical committees and sub-committees on transport and mobility sector; 
Undertakes and monitors, supervises and evaluates projects in the transport and Mobility sectors; 
Establishes working relations with the RECs and other regional and international organizations in the transport and mobility industries; 
Coordinates the organization and servicing of workshops, seminars and meetings of Member States on sectoral matters; 
Designs and plans policy program on Transport and mobility sector to achieve the continental strategy: 
Coordinates air transport, maritime transport, road and railway planning policy program and strategies at the regional and continental level;
Coordinates strategic urban mobility planning in the regional and continental transport connectivity;
Coordinates the monitoring and preparation of periodic reports on developments in the transport and Mobility and connectivity; 
Coordinates and facilitates studies and research papers and policy documents on the improvement of transport and infrastructure and sustainable development on air, road, railway and maritime transport: 
Monitors and evaluates strategic master plans, Charters in the transport subsectors in order to determine and prioritize development projects within the framework of the AU Agenda 2063.
Coordinates seminars, programs, training in transport and mobility policy, in order to ensure a sustainable transport, infrastructure and services at regional and continental level taking into account rural areas;
Coordinates the preparation and management of the programme budget for the transport and mobility sectors;
Develops a continental database on air transport, road, maritime transport and railway
Works closely with key partners, Institutions and donors such as: AfDB EU, UNECA, GIZ, SSATP, World bank, 
Develops key performance indicators to ensure the implementation of transport and mobility policies;
Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

A Master’s Degree in Economics, Engineering in the fields of transport with twelve (12) years of relevant work experience of which seven (7) years should have been served at managerial level and five (5) years at supervisory level.

Required Skills:

Ability to initiate and promote collaborative approaches between geographically and culturally disparate partners.
Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations both internally and externally.
Ability to develop and delegate clear program goals, plans and actions, including budgets, that are consistent with agreed strategies.
Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic, Kiswahili and Spanish) and 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.


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
16th January, 2023.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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

To apply for this job please visit jobs.au.int.


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