DIRECTOR OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY

DIRECTOR OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY

AU - African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Project

  • To advise on contributions to the acceleration of the political and socio-economic integration of Africa;
  • To advise on the coordination and harmonization of trade, industry, international negotiations, customs and mineral resources policies of African countries and Regional Economic Communities;
  • To advise on the establishment and maintenance of necessary conditions required for the continent to play its rightful role in the global economy and in international negotiations;
  • To advise on initiatives leading to the promotion and defense of African common positions on issues of common interest.

Under the overall policy guidance of the Commissioner for Trade and Industry, and within delegated authorities, the Director of Trade and Industry is responsible for directing and managing Programming in the Department including economic research and analysis on both long-term development prospects and issues related to shortterm challenges for trade and industry as well as providing effective leadership and management of the staff of the Department.

The specific responsibilities of the Director of Trade and Industry are as follows:

  • Provide strategic direction and guidance to the implementation of the work of the Department, particularly by overseeing the preparation of the reports to African Union policy oversight and legislative bodies on substantive issues under the purview of the Department;
  • Supervise the Heads of Division of Trade, Industry, Customs Cooperation and Continental Free Trade Area Unit and progressively maintain high levels of staff motivation while generating superior performance by the Department of Trade and Industry;
  • Facilitate effective dialogue on continental and global policy issues in various meetings within and outside the African Union;
  • Plan and supervise the organization of expert group meetings on major issues on trade, industry, mining, customs cooperation, continental integration on the African Union agenda, notably by overseeing the preparation and servicing of meetings; also plan and chair internal substantive discussions and seminars;
  • Coordinate the work on trade, industry, mining, customs cooperation and continental integration issues with all other relevant entities in the African Union system and with technical partners in the United Nations system in order to ensure that their activities support the key results envisaged in the AUC work programme;
  • Formulate the work programme of the Department, particularly by determining priorities, identifying implementation modalities, and allocating resources accordingly to ensure the attainment of results;
  • Lead and oversee the preparation of Departmental inputs to proposed programme budgets which are results-based and aligned to the African Union Agenda 2063;
  • Ensure that all the outputs produced by the Department comply with relevant mandates, maintain high quality standards and are results-oriented;
  • Contribute, as required, to the formulation of the Department's overall strategies and policies, particularly in the context of the development of strategic frameworks, and annual programme management planning in line with the African Union Agenda 2063;
  • Undertake or oversee the assignment of tasks in the Department and monitor and evaluate programme performance and results;
  • Lead self-evaluation of major programme activities and outputs of the Department; 
  • Direct and oversee evaluation of staff performance (PAS) and conduct appraisal of performance of staff directly reporting to him/her;
  • Represent the African Union as required, at international, regional and inter-agency meetings and conferences;
  • Ensure that adequate logistics are provided for the operations of the Department; and
  • Perform any other duties, assigned by the Commissioner for Trade and Industry.

Tasks

Educational qualifications and experience required:

Candidates must have a minimum of:

  • a University Master’s Degree in Economics and at least 12 year experience at national or international level in Requirements the areas of trade, industry, mining, customs and economic integration policy and programming, out of which 7 years at managerial level;

OR

  • a University Bachelor Degree in Economics and at least 15 year experience at national or international level in the areas of trade, industry, mining, customs and economic integration policy and programming, out of which 5 years at managerial level.

Skills and Competencies Required

Functional Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including use of software relating to trade research analysis, proficiency with spreadsheet and database applications as well as word processing, presentation programs and Internet;
  • Effective communicator, orally and written. Capacity to present information in a concise and accurate manner;
  • Effective leadership and management anchored on creativity, vision, decision making and staff motivation;
  • High capacity for planning and organizing with proven 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.

Personal Abilities:

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

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Proven expertise in economic analysis and policy research and implementation;
  • Demonstrated in-depth technical knowledge and proven analytical skills in aspects of sustainable development, particularly in the fields of trade, industry, mining and economic integration.

Language Requirements:

  • 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.

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