AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE
Addis-Ababa, ETHIOPIA P. O. Box: 3243 Telephone: 011 - 5 -
51 77 00 fax number: +(251-11) 5525840 /5510430
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: LEGAL OFFICER, INTER-AFRICAN
The African Union (AU), 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
peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a new partnerships
worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa the capital city of Ethiopia.
In seeking to achieve this objective, the African Union Commission (AUC)
intends to build its capacity to deliver, among others, the implementation of its
organizational structure by filling up vacancies.
The Commission is therefore inviting applicants who are citizens of Member
States of the African Union to apply for the position of Legal Officer, Inter
JOB TITLE : Legal Officer (Inter-African Matters)
GRADE : P2
DEPARTMENT : Office of the Legal Counsel
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Senior Legal Officer (Inter-Africa and Treaty
DUTY STATION : Addis Ababa
STATUS : Statutory Contract
QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
• A university degree in law or equivalent qualification. An advanced university
degree in Law, or a postgraduate professional qualification to practice law will
be an added advantage.
• At least five (5) years relevant experience in legal positions in government,
public or private sectors, in private practice, or in international organizations.
• He/she should have leadership and organizational abilities, capacity to work
under pressure in a multicultural environment, computer Literacy; excellent
knowledge of the workings of international organizations and proven
negotiation and arbitration skills.
• An excellent command of, and good drafting skills in, one of the AU working
languages (Arabic, English, French and Portuguese). Knowledge of any of
the other three will be an added advantage.
• To ensure that the legal interaction between the Commission and Member
States, other Organizations, individuals and other legal entities are regulated
in such a manner that the interests of the Union are safeguarded;
• To undertake research on Inter-African legal issues and provide, through the
Legal Counsel or the Deputy Legal Counsel, legal advice to the Commission
in order to ensure that there is legal compliance by the AU organs as well as
Member States with the Constitutive Act, the Abuja Treaty and other relevant
• To follow-up on the implementation of decisions of AU policy organs.
• To advise on the codification and harmonization of laws among Member
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE
a. Undertake legal research on legal issues as may be required;
b. Assist in conducting studies on some topical issues affecting OAU/AU
Conventions, Treaties and Protocols;
c. Follow-up on the work of the various Regional Economic Communities
with a view to harmonizing their treaties and protocols with the relevant
legal instruments of the Union and also deal with issues of non-
compliance with the provisions of the Constitutive Act of the African
Union and the Abuja Treaty;
d. Advise on the harmonization and coordination of legal strategies and
policies of all Member States within the framework of the Union;
e. Assist to ensure effective cooperation with the Regional Economic
Communities (RECs) as well as all relevant partners, such as UNECA,
ADB, African financial institutions, etc.;
f. Prepare contracts to which the AU may be a party and offer advice on
issues and disputes that may arise from their application;
g. Follow-up on the legal aspects of activities of the representational offices,
Specialized Technical Committees and Specialized Agencies of the AU;
h. Draft and assist in the drafting of legal texts in particular treaties,
protocols, cooperation agreements and Rules of Procedure; and
i. Perform any other work as may be assigned by supervisors.
Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages.
Knowledge of one or several other working language(s) would be an
Candidates must preferably be between 30 to 45 years of age.
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.
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified
women are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit the following:
a) A letter stating reasons for seeking employment with the Au Commission;
b) A detailed and updated CV, indicating your nationality, age and gender;
c) Names and contact details (including e -mail address) of three references;
d) Certified copies of degrees and diplomas.
12. REM UNERATION: Indicative basic salary of
US$23,243.00 per annum plus other related entitlements-
e.g. Post adjustment (40% of basic salary), Housing allowance
($12,012.00 per annum), education allowance (75% of tuition
and other education related expenses for every eligible
dependent up to a maximum of US$6,500.00 per child per
annum), etc for internationally recruited staff of the
Application must be received not later than 27 November 2007 and
should be addressed to:
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Fax: 00251 11 5525840/5510430