Assistant/consultant to the African Union Commission

GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) is looking for a:
ASC Rostering Assistant/consultant to the African Union Commission (African nationals only)
1.   Background
Since 2008, the African Union Commission (AUC) sought to commence with the development of a continental civilian stand-by roster for the African Standby Force (ASF) designed to ensure that a sufficiently large pool of trained and experienced civilian personnel is available for deployment to Peace Support Operations (PSOs). Recognizing that civilian expertise is required for a range of PSOs undertaken by the AUC, the Peace and Security Department (PSD) decided to establish the African Union Peace and Security Civilian Stand-by Roster in late 2010.
Since then, the AUC has been developing a roster management system that will serve the needs of all civilian deployments in Peace and Security Missions, including the areas of Mediation and Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) and taking into account the RECs/ RMs.
By the end of 2014, the development of a new human resource policy and the database management system for managing rostering processes were completed. In addition, also selection criteria and standards for recruitment of civilian personnel for the ASF on AUC and RECs/RM level and for capacity development had been developed. The roster was named the African Standby Capacity (ASC) and the official launch took place at the AUC in June 2015. After one and a half years of processing the first applications, the AUC plans to launch its first call for roster applications for multiple job families beginning of 2017.
2   Project Description & Scope of the consultancy
2.1 Job description
The ASC Rostering Assistant will assist with the rostering efforts of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) with regards to its first open call for applications for its AU-led Peace Support Operations. The Assistant Rostering Officer will reside within the Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) and will provide support to other PSD Divisions and other AUC Departments using the ASC roster platform. She/he will report to the AUC Senior Rostering Officer. The appointment will be for a 8-month period (120 working days), commencing in February/March 2017.
2.2 Responsibilities and tasks of the consultancy
The Rostering Assistant will be tasked as follows.
  • Assist in the ASC call for applications which include
  1. Processing of registration applicants, be the focal person for applications processing within PSOD, and provide support to other ASC partners
  2. Screen applications in collaboration with the Senior Rostering Officer and the AHRM focal point. The Assistant Rostering Officer will work with Roster Focal Points from other divisions and departments for a similar purpose. Screening will include paper screening, interviewing, reference checks as set in the ASC selection guidelines
  3. Attending training courses offered by TCE’s/TIs for ASC recruitment purposes. This will include conducting interviews and follow on registration processes
  • Providing backstopping support to the RECs/RMs Roster Focal Points in their recruitment efforts
  • Maintain regular communication and interaction with rostered members to ensure that their interest to the roster is maintained, as well ensuring that roster members availability status is known at all times
  • Assist the Senior Rostering Officer and AHRM ASC Focal point in nominating suitable roster members for identified mission positions. This included sending calls for nominations to RECs/RMs focal points once vacancy announcements are issued
  • Assist the Senior Rostering Officer in analysis, drafting of documents, strategy papers, technical reports, training programs and other areas as required related to the ASC roster
  • Draft generic job descriptions for all ASC roster positions in line with the job families. He or she will take lead in reviewing existing job descriptions and making editions as required
  • Assist in awareness raising activities to ensure relevant stakeholders are aware of the ASC roster and its processes and requirements
3 Required Expertise
In order to achieve the above-specified objectives, GIZ expects the consultant to provide the following criteria, expertise and qualifications:
  • First-level university degree in  human resources management, business or public administration, international relations, political science, social sciences, management,  or a related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years working experience in rostering or related field. Experience in recruitment and selection is highlight desired.
  • The candidate should also be familiar with matters pertaining to peace and security, in particular peace support operations, knowledge of civilian capacities in peace support operations is an advantage
  • English language proficiency (other AU languages, specifically French is an asset)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Working or cooperation experience with the AU, RECs/RMs or AU missions as an advantage;
  • Please note that only applicants holding an African nationality will be considered.
4  Location & travel
The consultant shall work from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where the AUC HQ is based. Willingness for travels on the African Continent (incl. PSO mission areas) and/or Europe is expected.
If you are interested in this position, please send your complete application before 29th January 2017 preferably by e-mail to Ms. Katharina Mathias (Katharina.Mathias@giz.de) stating your name and the Job-ID GIZ AU/Mission Support in the subject line. Alternatively, applications can also be sent via post to the GIZ African Union Office, P.O. Box 100009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,.
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