Job Title: ECONOMIST
The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is
charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable
development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the
people of Africa and African States as well as developing a new partnership
worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.
In seeking to achieve this objective, the African Union intends to strengthen its
capacity to deliver through, among others, the implementation of a new
organizational structure and the filling of all vacant posts.
The Commission of the African Union invites applicants who are citizens of
Member States for a position at the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources,
Post title: ECONOMIST (livestock)
Post level: P2
Duty Station: AU/IBAR Nairobi, Kenya
Supervisor: Senior Policy officer, Economics, Trade and
2. Major duties and responsibilities:
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Policy Officer Economics, Trade and
Marketing, the Economist (livestock) will provide technical advice; develop and
prepare IBAR’s annual/periodic reports/publications; and, as a member or leader
of multidisciplinary teams, contribute to the formulation, implementation,
monitoring and evaluation of livestock development projects and programmes. In
particular he/she will:
- Formulate project proposals and solicit fund in the area related to trade and
marketing of animal resources and animal products;
- Develop a system for efficient exchange of economic, trade and marketing
information between and among AU Member States and RECs.
- Assist in collecting and analyzing animal resources economic, trade and
marketing data and information from AU Member States.
- Prepare, review and revise sections of the planned annual publication “The
State of livestock in Africa” and its associated documents;
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Addis-Ababa (ETHIOPIA) P. O. Box 3243 Telephone 5517 700
Fax: 551 78 44
Website : www.africa-union.org
- Formulate, conduct and integrate analytical studies and assessments of issues
and trends in African animal resources development with a specific aim of
recommending policies and strategies for improvement of livestock production,
marketing and support services in Africa, as well for promoting intra-regional
- Prepare policy papers and technical reports on sustainable animal resources
development issues in Africa;
- Analyze livestock production systems; formulate development and livelihood
options; and assess their likely impact and adoption;
- Provide technical assistance to members states, RECs and development
partners in the design, appraisal and implementation support in the fields of
animal resources development with particular focus on livestock trade and
marketing within the context of IBAR’ strategic objectives;
- Establish and maintain contacts with other AUC departments and NPCA
international organizations, including the public, private sector and nongovernmental
organizations with the aim of fostering collaboration and
exchange of information;
- Prepare, assist, advise, and participate as required, in the formulation, and
monitoring of development/emergency projects supporting national livestock
development strategies and provide technical backstopping;
- Undertake technical backstopping missions for IBAR’ emergency and
development projects to support regional/national personnel in delivery of
projects and programmes in the livestock sector;
- Plan and organise workshops and represent IBAR on issues related to
livestock trade and development in Africa;
- Participate in IBAR’ regular monitoring and evaluation exercises and reports,
and contribute to the preparation of IBAR’s annual work programme;
- Provide technical backstopping to IBAR’ different strategic programmes ,
- Provide support in other areas of IBAR’s work and undertake other activities as
may be required by the Director
3. Educational Qualifications:
Candidates must have a Bachelors Degree in Economics or Agricultural
Economics. A Masters is an added advantage.
4. Work experience:
Candidates must have at least eight (8) years of professional experience in
livestock development, including project design, implementation and monitoring
with at least four (4) years of international experience.
5. Other relevant skills
- Professionalism - Proven expertise in animal production science, policy
formulation and advocacy related to animal production and sustainable
development; demonstrated in-depth technical knowledge and proven
analytical skills on issues related to animal production and sustainable
- Planning and organizing - Proven ability to plan and organize work within
a project; ability to make timely decisions;
- Communication - Effective written and oral presentation skills, particularly
ability to present information in a concise and accurate manner; ability to
develop consensus among people with varying points of view.
- Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively
across organisational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain
effective working relations with people of different national and cultural
backgrounds with respect for diversity.
- Judgement/Decision-making - Good judgement and initiative, imagination
and resourcefulness, energy and tact, ability to ensure an effective work
structure to maximise productivity and achieve institutional goals.
- Self motivated and able to work under pressure
6. Language requirement:
Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages. Knowledge of one or
several other working languages would be an added advantage.
7. Age requirement: Candidates between the age of 30 and 45 years would
8. Tenure of Appointment: The appointment will be made on a fixed term
contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months will be
considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period
of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance.
9. Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity
employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
11. Remuneration: Indicative basic salary of US$27,892.00 per annum
plus other related entitlements- e.g. Post adjustment (42% of basic salary),
Housing allowance ($17,222.40 per annum), education allowance (75% of
tuition and other education related expenses for every eligible dependent
up to a maximum of US$7,800.00 per child per annum), etc for
internationally recruited staff of the Commission.
Applications must be made through the AUC E-recruitment Website
http://www.aucareers.org not later than 26th March 2012.
Directorate of Administration and Human Resource Management
African Union Commission
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Friday, 10 February 2012
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