Principal International Relations Officer - East African Community

Principal International Relations Officer 

(REF: EAC/HR/2015-2016/020)

The East African Community is a regional intergovernmental organisation comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
The EAC mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.
This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and result-driven professional who is a citizen of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) to apply for the following position tenable at East African Community - Secretariat:
Organ / Institution: The Secretariat
Duty Station: Arusha, Tanzania
Job Grade: P3
Job reports to: Deputy Secretary General (Political Federation)

Job Purpose:

To provide advice and guidance on the international relations of the Community and the relationship between the Community and other regional and international organisations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate activities of the Community under cooperation in respect to international relations;
  2. Initiate measures aimed at harmonisation of Partner States’ foreign and security policies and their implementation;
  3. Promote and coordinate among Partner States cooperation at international fora for such coordinated actions with international organizations and conferences;
  4. Develop policies and strategies that will assist the Community in establishing systematic cooperation between Partner States;
  5. Identify actions contrary to the interests of the Community or likely to impair the effectiveness of the Community as a cohesive force in international relations;
  6. Promote and facilitate peaceful resolution of disputes and conflicts that may arise between and within Partner States and initiate projects and strategies aimed at promoting peace and security within the Community;
  7. Coordinate harmonization of policies in peace and security while safeguarding the common values and fundamental interests of the Community;
  8. Facilitate and coordinate the development and implementation of a regional mechanism on Conflict prevention management and resolution;
  9. Coordinate and facilitate meetings of working groups and Task Forces under cooperation in International Affairs;
  10. Prepare progress and annual reports for presentation to policy organs of the Community and development Partners where applicable.

Qualifications and Experience:

Masters Degree in Political Science, Law, International Relations or an equivalent degree from a recognised University/Institution.
10 years relevant experience, with 5 years at Senior level.

Skills and Competencies:

Good communication, negotiation, presentation, analytical and organizational skills. Have the ability to work independently in a diverse environment, research skills, diplomatic and computer skills and excellent drafting and reporting skills.
Have the ability to work independently in a diverse environment, research skills, diplomatic and computer skills and excellent drafting and reporting skills.

Education Qualifications and Relevant Working Experience:

Education Qualifications:
All candidates applying must have qualifications that are recognized by the relevant national accreditation body in their respective Partner State. This condition is applicable for locally and internationally attained qualifications.
All professions that require registration with the specific professional bodies will be expected to do so in compliance with the requirements of their respective Partner States.
Relevant Work Experience:
Internship, training and apprenticeship will not be considered as relevant work experience.


Applicants from all five (5) Partner States are eligible to apply for this position.

Terms and Conditions of Service:

The above position is tenable for a contract of five (5) years renewable once and is subject to the application of the EAC Quota System.

Fringe Benefits:

This post offers attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.

Equal Opportunity:

The EAC is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. EAC will only respond to those candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned position are advised to send their applications, detailed curriculum vitae, photocopies of academic certificates, names and contact details of three (3) referees, and a copy of National Identity Card, Birth Certificate or Passport showing the date of birth.
Please quote the respective reference number on both the application letter and the envelope. For electronic submissions, please quote the respective reference number on the subject of the email and forward to the address given below.
Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than Monday 15th August 2016, 17:00Hrs.

Please note:
  1. You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.
  2. Applications which do not: indicate nationality and age; the reference number; an application letter attached; have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional Certificates; or fail to provide three referees shall be disqualified.
  3. Only qualified candidates will be contacted
  4. EAC Staff Rules and Regulations prevent consideration of applicants above 55 years of age.
Please note that EAC does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process. All invitations for interviews shall be done in writing
The Director, 
Executive Selection Division
Deloitte Consulting Limited
10th Floor PPF Tower
Cnr of Ohio Street & Garden Avenue
P O Box 1559 Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
Fax +255(22) 2116379
E-mail: esd@deloitte.co.tz

Application Deadline:

Monday, 15 August 2016 - 5:00pm
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