Director - Department of Social Affairs

Director - Department of Social Affairs

AU - African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Purpose:

The Director of Social Affairs shall play a leadership role in ensuring the overall coherence of social development programs and in promoting, monitoring and evaluating associated policies and strategies. He will lead in developing partnership relations on issues related to Health/Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Population, Labor-Employment-Migrants, Social Welfare, Vulnerable Groups, Sports, Culture, and Drug control issues.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The specific responsibilities of the Director of Social Affairs are as follows:

  • To advise the Commissioner on policy and strategy matters and assist in developing and supervising work programmes and in developing partnership relations;
  • To prepare a plan of action, organise and coordinate programmes and activities of the Department and ensure their implementation;
  • To provide quality assurance in the programmes by ensuring that they meet the overall objective of the Department;
  • To provide technical guidance and ensure efficient functioning of supervised Divisions;
  • To build and maintain good working relations with other Departments/Directorates/Offices of the African Union Commission;
  • To develop and maintain appropriate working relations with partners of the African Union, on social and development issues;
  • To promote best practices and appropriate working systems;
  • To develop and promote a rights-based approach framework for each thematic programme of work within the department;
  • To ensure overall accountability for the effective management of the Department including financial control and budgeting, quality of work, personnel, performance management, discipline and training in conformity with relevant policies and procedures;
  • To produce and submit periodic reports of activities and specific missions;
  • To perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Skills and Competencies Required:

Qualification skills:

  • Candidates must have at least a Master’s Degree in the Social Sciences or Social Development or Law or Development Studies.

Work Experience:

  • Candidates must have at least 15 years of appropriate experience of which at least 5 years should be in Senior Management position, including design and development of policies and strategies;
  • Experience in social and human development policy design and implementation will serve as an added advantage.

Functional Skills:

  • Computer literacy;
  • Management experience, and ability to organize and motivate others and to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent drafting and reporting skills.
  • Effective Leadership anchored on creativity, vision and decision making;
  • High capacity for planning and organizing and ability to plan and organize work of the team while providing in-depth understanding of the strategic direction of the Department;
  • Ability to integrate the work of the team into the Department’s work programme, including management of conflicting priorities and tight deadlines;
  • Good communication and negotiating skills;

Personal Abilities:

  • Ability to make sound Judgment and Decisions as may be required and delegated
  • Ability to work in a diversified team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Integrity driven and self-motivated high performer;

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Working knowledge of policy analysis and development and programme/project management, implementation and monitoring;
  • In-depth technical knowledge and analytical skills in aspects of Health/Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Population, Labour-Employment-Migrants, Social Welfare, Vulnerable Groups, Sports, Culture, and Drug control issues.

Language Requirement:

  • Applicants must be proficient in one of the African Union working languages. Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage.

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