Senior Country Review Officer – Democracy & Political Governance (APRM)

March 1, 2023

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: Senior Country Review Officer – Democracy & Political Governance (APRM)
Requisition ID: 1649
Location: Midrand, South Africa 
Reports to: Reginal Coordinators
Directorate/Department/Organ: African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
Division: Country Review and Assessment
Number of Direct Reports: 1
Number of Indirect Reports: 1
Job Grade: P3
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Regular
Purpose of Job

To provide technical support in carrying out competent and credible country reviews in the areas of democracy and political governance, providing up to date, analytical data, information on countries preparing for or engaged in review processes on their situation with respect democratic rules and procedures, as well as political governance, including measures to enforce democratic principles and ensure full respect of the Rule of law as outlined under DPG thematic area

Main Functions

Provides technical support in the preparation and implementation of programmes developed out of the Division’s strategic plan
Ensures effective coordination and implementation at various levels
Liaises with Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and other stakeholders on relevant matters
Prepares and develops reports, budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Division
Provides technical support for the development of resource mobilization strategy with stakeholders coordination
Manages and supervises employees under his/her supervision with regard to organization and performance evaluation.
Conducts complex analysis and generate accurate reports in a timely manner for the Division and AU’s internal use.
Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes
Prepares budgets for the Division in accordance with relevant frameworks. Support the promotion of the activities of the Division including preparing leaflets, guidelines and fact sheets as may be required.
Actively contributes to the development of strategies, policies, programmes and plans

Specific Responsibilities

Compiles data and information on the policies, programmes and activities in individual African countries with respect to conflict prevention and reduction; promotion of individual rights particularly those of women, children, the youth and vulnerable groups; the degree of powers between the executive, the legislative and the judiciary, and the degree of corruption particularly the behaviour of public office holders.
Develops appropriate indicators relevant to the measurement of Democracy and Political Governance, based on standards and codes implied in the Declaration on Political, Economic and Corporate Governance.
Undertakes research and analysis on the situation of Democracy and Political Governance in individuals member states of the African Union,
Prepares, in cooperation with Country Review Principals, country briefs, Background papers on the democratic and political situation in preparation of reviews in participating countries,
Undertakes research activities aimed at developing further performance indicators of Democracy and Political Governance.
Participates in the selection of experts in democracy and political governance to be recruited as team members of the Country Review Mission (CRM);
Supports the Country Review Team in developing “Issues Paper” on DPG
Participates in the country review process by providing the CRM with relevant DPG thematic expertise
Liaises with relevant stakeholders in member states to advance political governance principles and practices.
Organises technical meetings with stakeholders in the area of democracy and political governance
Provides professional leadership and/or mentor and supervises the work of junior officers, contract staff, etc.
Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
Contributes to activities related to budget funding proposals, (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports.
Performs other duties as required

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

Master’s Degree in Political sciences, Peace and security studies, International relations, Public Administration, Law or related fields with 7 years of relevant experience of which 3 years at expert level.
Managerial experience is an added advantage


Bachelor’s Degree in Political sciences, Peace and security studies, International relations, Public Administration, Law or related fields with 10 years experience of which 3 years at expert level.
Managerial experience is an added advantage

Required Skills:

Ability to work in multi-cultural environments;
Communication, presentation, report writing skills;
Knowledge of Gender issues
Planning and organizing skills
Computer skills
Analytical 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 Result
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.

Indicative basic salary of US$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (57% of basic salary), a Housing allowance of US$ 21,832.68  (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
28th March, 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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