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Junior Programme Officer – GCCA at 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 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Junior Programme Officer – GCCA

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: GCCA Plus ECCAS Project Coordinator
Directorate/Department: Sustainable Environment & Blue Economy Directorate/Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment (DARBE)
Division: Sustainable Environment
Number of Direct Reports: 1
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P3
Number of Positions: 01
Contract Type: Fixed-term

Purpose of Job

The African Union Commission (AUC) has secured funding from the European Union for the implementation of the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus programme (GCCA+).
The overall objective of the programme is to build the institutional capacity and support the coordination functions of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the correspondent Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Africa. The AUC is responsible for the overall continental coordination of the programme implementation.

Main Functions

The Junior Programme Officer will be responsible for:
•    Provide support in the delivery of administrative, financial and technical aspects of the programme.
•    Have overall responsibility of providing support to the programme in the planning and execution of all administrative tasks.
•    Make necessary follow-up on administrative matters involving various AU Departments and Directorates, and other offices.
•    Provide assistance in the overall coordination and monitoring of the programme in addition to involvement in the day-to-day activities.

Specific Responsibilities

•    Analyse and maintain an overview of the work of the Project to ensure that timely and administrative support is provided in general and specialized areas;
•    Provide both technical and support services to the programme and the climate change unit;
•    Prepare and monitor the budget of the programme and supply relevant information to officers in charge of budget execution;
•    Prepare correspondence, technical reports and other documents required for Programme;
•    Prepare meetings and follow-up of related decisions for the programme;
•    Organize meetings scheduled by the project, work on logistical and travel arrangements for the officers and participants. Ensure all required documents for meetings are availed and shared in time. Perform liaison duties with partners;
•    Maintain programme database, confidential and management records;
•    Prepare and participate in project meetings and take minutes and/or notes of such meetings.
•    Serve as focal person to communicate with and follow up processes with AUC service departments, including Finance, Human Resource Management, Operations Services and Supply Chain, Protocol, Information and Communication Directorates etc as and when required.
•    Perform other duties as and when assigned by supervisor(s)

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

•    Candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, Sustainable Development or related field and preferably have two (2) years relevant work experience at a junior level with exposure to programme support and professional engagement in one or more of the following areas: project management, environmental management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, management involving multi-stakeholders such as RECs, Member States, RCCs, and Development Partners.
•    A qualification in Project Management would be an added advantage.
•    Experience/previous exposure to office management and administration would be a strong added advantage.

Required Skills

•    Excellent interpersonal and communication (both written and oral) skills
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication (both written and oral) skills
•    Sound planning and organizational skills
•    Very good drafting and report writing skills
•    Ability to negotiate diplomatically
•    Excellent capacity to use MS Office applications including but not limited to MS-Word, MS-Excel, MS-Powerpoint.
•    Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish) is required. Fluency in another AU language is an added 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..



The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.


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


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$  75,024.13  (P1 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$  56,563.87  inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Application Closing Date
11th July, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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