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Senior Technical Officer, Regional Collaborating at 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: Senior Technical Officer, Regional Collaborating

Requisition ID: 842
Locations: Nairobi – Kenya, Lusaka – Zambia and Abuja – Nigeria
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Reports to: Coordinator, Regional Collaborating Center
Directorate / Department: Africa CDC
AU Organ: African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Job Grade: P3
Contract Type: Regular
Slots: 3 Openings

Purpose of Job

  • The Senior Technical Officer will be responsible for providing technical assistance for advancing African CDC strategic priorities and initiatives by working through regional implementing partners.
  • These programmes and activities are designed to improve the health of the people of Africa through prevention of infections, surveillance and response to emergencies (including outbreaks, manmade and natural disasters, and public health events of regional and international concern) and building capacity to reduce disease burden in the continent.
  • The Senior Technical Officer supports the implementation of public health pandemic preparedness and response, as well as surveillance and epidemiologic activities, workforce development, strengthening of information systems, laboratory networks, and other related health systems strengthening activities.
  • Working in close collaboration with technical staff in the Africa CDC Secretariat and other Regional Collaborating Centres (RCC), the Officer coordinates and provides technical oversight and guidance applied to specific technical policies and programmes at national and regional levels to regional integrated surveillance and laboratory networks (RISLNET), National Public Health Institutes (NPHI) and other implementing partners in the Eastern sub-region.
  • This body of work includes incident management, emergency preparedness and response, epidemiology and surveillance monitoring and reporting, health information systems, and epidemiologic and surveillance linkages to laboratory networks, public health research, workforce development, and other related health systems strengthening activities, all in alignment with Africa CDC’s vision and strategic plan.

Main Functions

  • Provide technical support in the preparation and implementation of programmes developed out of the Division’s strategic plan.
  • Ensure effective coordination and implementation at various levels.
  • Liaise with Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and other stakeholders on relevant matters.
  • Prepare and develop reports, budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Division.
  • Provide technical support for the development of resource mobilization strategy with stakeholders coordination.
  • Manage and supervise employees under his/her supervision with regard to organization and performance evaluation.
  • Conduct complex analysis and generate accurate reports in a timely manner for the Division and AU’s internal use.
  • Liaise with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes.
  • Prepare budgets for the Division in accordance with relevant frameworks. Support the promotion of the activities of the Division including preparing leaflets, guidelines and fact sheets as may be required.
  • Actively contribute in the development of strategies, policies, programmes and plans.

Specific Responsibilities
The Senior Technical Officer shall:

  • Provide technical assistance to ensure the vision, mission and guiding values of the Africa CDC are developed, communicated, and implemented by Africa CDC Regional Collaborating Centres (RCC) and implementing partners as appropriate.
  • Plan, develop, and implement Africa CDC policy and programme objectives, strategic plans, annual work plans, activity action plans, resource plans and budgets, staff performance plans and other activities as necessary to achieve core strategies, outcome-oriented goals, and objectives.  Evaluate and report on progress.
  • Provide expert advice and consultation to Member States, NPHI’s, key stakeholders and partners regarding implementation of Africa CDC emergency management and pandemic preparedness and response and other public health priorities.  This work may also involve supporting other strategic initiatives and programmes, e.g., Events Based Surveillance (EBS), strengthening disease monitoring and surveillance and laboratory systems and health information systems, workforce development and other activities through the regional integrated surveillance and laboratory networks (RISLNET).
  • Facilitate and coordinate development of standard operating procedures and monitoring and reporting mechanisms for strengthening regional and national preparedness and response systems.
  • Facilitate and coordinate development of planning tools and reference guidance for regional preparedness and response capacity strengthening, working in collaboration with the NHPIs.
  • Facilitate and coordinate the development of tools and systems for the analysis, interpretation, and use of surveillance data for public health policy making and guiding decisions on emergency response and allocation of public health resources.
  • Facilitate and coordinate crosscutting preparedness and response support for the RCC Eastern as appropriate.  Activities involve preparedness planning in testing and outbreak response, including disease surveillance, investigations, analysis, and reporting of disease threats across Africa.
  • Facilitate and coordinate, the planning and implementation of workforce capacity building training and delivery activities serving NPHIs, Ministries of Health and other public health partner organizations.
  • Facilitate and coordinate, the planning and implementation of health promotion activities for the prevention and control of diseases of public health importance serving NPHIs, Ministries of Health and other public health partner organizations.
  • Facilitate and coordinate, and lead when appropriate, the design of technical proposals/programmes and/or write, contribute and/or review proposals for implementation of agency initiatives, programs and projects;
  • Facilitate, coordinate and contribute to the development of briefing notes, strategy documents, guidelines, and standard operating guidelines. Help lead efforts to document results and lessons from projects, in white papers or journal articles. Prepare input for reports, slides, and other materials as required;
  • Under the direction of the designated Africa CDC Incident Commander, provide technical services delivery in support of Africa CDC Emergency Response activities as appropriate and assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or a related discipline such as but not limited to Epidemiology and Health-services Research with seven (7) years relevant experience, out of which three (3) years should be at expert level.


  • A Clinical Degree (e.g., M.D, MPhil, in Medicine, Nursing or PharmD) in a relevant discipline such as, but not limited to, Epidemiology, Health-services Research, Health Outcomes Research, Biostatistics, Environmental Science or Decision Sciences with ten (10) years relevant experience, out of which three (3) years should be at expert level.
  • Relevant experience in implementing public health programmes, with special emphasis on emergency management and pandemic preparedness and response.
  • Experience in epidemiology and surveillance or other public health programme and/or health sciences and outcomes research in any setting, including a governmental agency, academic institution, research organization or a life-sciences company is also desired.
  • Clear understanding of health systems on the African continent and fair knowledge of operations of the Ministry of Health in Member States.
  • Knowledge of public health programmes, health sciences research and health systems strengthening, and experience in supporting projects and programmes under government ministries and external donors.
  • Knowledge of public health issues in Africa and at least 7 years previous experience working in Africa.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise and experience in supporting and/or managing complex, public health programmes related to emergency management and pandemic preparedness and response, disease prevention and control, epidemiology and surveillance and other health information systems.
  • Familiarity with the administrative and management practices and processes typically employed by public health and other public sector programmes.

Required Skills
Functional Skills:

  • Sound technical writing skills, in addition to narrative and financial reporting skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills and a proven ability to deliver under tight deadlines and works well under pressure.
  • Excellent skills and abilities applied to translating technical information into presentations, briefings and report and funding proposals for both technical and lay audiences.
  • Knowledge of interpersonal relationship practices to meet and deal with persons of diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of oral communication techniques to make presentations, provide programme consultation, and credible response to inquiries.
  • Demonstrable technical and scientific writing skills, in addition to narrative and technical reporting skills.
  • Resourceful and skilled at collecting, analyzing and using data to recommend, make and communicate decisions of a technical nature for both technical and lay audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability with regard to computer skills, including office administration and statistical software applications and online digital information systems.

Personal Abilities:

  • Ability to work under pressure, stay on track and meet deadlines.
  • Analytical and problem solving abilities.
  • Proven ability to use clear, concise language in correspondence as well as including content fitting for the purpose and audiences when preparing written briefs and reports;
  • Able to operate in a multicultural environment.
  • High level of autonomy at work, yet with profound team-spirit.
  • Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient and flexible.
  • Pro-active and solutions oriented

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Developing others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk.

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationship
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation

Communicating with Influence

  • Functional Competencies:
  • Conceptual thinking.
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing.
  • Drive for result.
  • Continuous improvement orientation.


  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Tenure of Appointment:

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance

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