Director - Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR)
AU - African Union
Develop strategic initiatives and programs which are effectively implemented to contribute towards the achievement of AU mandates, roles and strategies;
Develop and facilitate mechanisms to enhance capacity for evidence based planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
Strengthen capacity in terms of skills development, and streamlining/enhancement of organizations, networks, and systems;
Develop and strengthen effective partnerships with relevant development institutions and stakeholders;
Develop an effective strategy for advocacy, broaden support for developed initiatives, and mobilize resources for implementation of programs;
Ensure that the human, financial and material resources at the disposal of the division are efficiently and effectively managed to deliver the intended results.
Major Duties and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Director-DREA, the responsibilities and duties of the incumbent shall include as follows:
Provide scientific, technical leadership and vision to IBAR in execution of its mandate;
Lead the development of policies, strategies and programmes consistent with AUC vision and mandates, the AU Agenda 2063 and its flagships programmes namely the CAADP;
Provide support for the implementation of policies, strategies and programmes in terms of advocacy, coordination and guidance that contribute to effective implementation of relevant AU decisions;
Liaise with other departments of the AU Commission as well as RECs, Member States and other relevant stakeholders to identify and promote synergies across initiatives and to ensure a coordinated development and implementation of such programmes;
Provide leadership and oversee effective management of human, financial and materiel resources of the institution;
Build and strengthen strategic partnerships to harness technical and financial resources necessary for effective implementation of policies, strategies and programmes;
Create and strengthen various forums for stakeholders consultations', exchange of experiences and lessons;
Oversee the publication and dissemination of scientific and technical papers to inform formulation and implementation of evidence based and coherent policies strategies and programmes;
Represent the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture in AU missions as well as in taskforces/ committees and meetings.
Educational qualifications and experience required
Candidates must have a minimum of a University Master’s Degree in veterinary medicine or animal science with specialized post-graduate training in livestock or agricultural policy analysis and at least 12 year relevant experience, out of which 7 years at managerial level;
PhD in veterinary medicine or animal science will be an added advantage. Additional qualifications in projects/programme management in the rural development sector will also be an added advantage;
Candidates with a University Bachelor Degree in the relevant field must have at least 15 year relevant experience, out of which 5 years at managerial level.
Candidates must have at least 12 years of relevant experience in an International Organization, of which at least 7 years at managerial level;
Candidates with a University Bachelor Degree in the relevant field must have at least 15 year experience in an International Organization out of which 5 years at a managerial level.
Skills and competencies required
Effective leadership and decision making skills;
Excellent strategic management skills including planning and organizing;
Excellent communication skills.
Excellent report writing and presentation skills;
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to organize and motivate others and to work in a multi-cultural environment;
Ability to manage change with integrity, trustworthiness and confidence;
Ability to work in a diversified team;
Commitment to personal performance and self-development.
Knowledge and Understanding
Working knowledge of policy analysis and development;
Knowledge of programme/project management, implementation and monitoring.
Proficiency in at least one of the African Union working languages (English, French, Arabic, Portuguese);
knowledge of other working languages would be an added advantage.