Legal Officer – Protection (ACHPR)

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: Legal Officer – Protection (ACHPR)
Requisition ID: 1585
Location: Banjul, Gambia
Reports to: Senior Legal Officer – Protection 
Directorate: African Commission on Human and People’s Rights ACHPR
Division : Legal
Contract Type: Regular 
Job Grade: P2
Purpose of Job

Provide support to the Senior Legal Officers responsible for protection activities in all the stages involved in complaints handling and provide technical assistance to Commissioners in the execution of their protection mandate

Main Functions

Complain handling on assigned Communications
Contributes to the development of policies and strategies 
Coordinates the implementation of programmes and plans of special mechanism  under the ACHPR 
Liaise with stakeholders including Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), etc on relevant matters.
Provides support in the development of special mechanisms Strategies in line with the approved Strategic Plan
Undertakes monitoring activities and delivers periodic reports on time
Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes 
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.

Specific Responsibilities
Working under the Senior Legal Officer -Protection, provides support in the following areas: 

Create awareness regarding the Communications procedure;
Monitor human rights situation in Africa and provide regular feedback and updates on the human rights situation in Africa;
Undertake research into the legal issues raised in the various communications and the provisions of the Charter;
Contribute articles to the African Commission's Review and Newsletter;
Draft resolutions and recommendations on Communications, cover the sessions and meetings of the African Commission and prepare the reports;
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
Provides technical backstopping to Special Mechanisms through research and documentation
Provides interface with, and logistical support for interaction with 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
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
Performs any other relevant duties as may be directed or required.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

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


Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Law from an accredited university with a minimum of five (5) years’ relevant work experience.

Required Skills:

Analytical skills
Ability to work across business units / geographies; cultural sensitive environment 
Proficiency in one of the AU Official working Language is the Requirement  
Knowledge of any one of the other AU officials working languages will be considered as an advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

Change Management.
Managing Risk.

Core Competencies:

Teamwork and Collaboration.
Accountability awareness and Compliance.
Learning Orientation.
Communicating with Influence.

Functional Competencies:

Analytical thinking and problem solving.
Job Knowledge and information sharing.
Drive for result.
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.

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

Indicative basic salary of US$  31,073.00 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% 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.
Application Closing Date
26th 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.

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