Ethiopia: Communication Officer

Organization: African Union
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 18 May 2018

Job Posting Title Communication Officer
Start Date **17.04.2018
End Date **18.05.2018
Reference Code **COIBAR03


The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a new partnership worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.

In seeking to achieve these objectives, the African Union intends to strengthen its capacity to deliver by, among others, the implementation of new organization structure and the filling of regular and short-term vacant posts.

The Commission of the African Union invites applicants who are citizens of Member States for the short-term post of Communication Officer below within the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources – AU-IBAR (Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission).



Job Title: Communication Officer
Grade: P2
Supervisor: Director, AU-IBAR
Duty Station: AU-IBAR, Nairobi, Kenya
Number of Position: 1


Job Description Summary

The Communication Officer under the supervision of the Director AU-IBAR shall be responsible for providing strategic guidance on the Communications activities of AU-IBAR.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the incumbent shall include the following:

  • Provide strategic guidance on the communication activities of AU-IBAR including coordination, advocacy and communication strategies, planning and implementation.
  • Work closely with the knowledge management officer, information systems officer, the webmaster and Projects and Programmes Unit (PPU) to develop and/or update the information, communication and knowledge management strategy based on AU-IBAR’s strategic plan.
  • Provide advocacy, communication and social mobilization support to AU-IBAR projects and activities to promote Information sharing and Communication: and assure maximum visibility of AU-IBAR through
    • Working with Project coordinators to bring out, package and promote AU-IBAR achievements
    • Guide programme activities needing communication support and proactively seek out achievements and disseminate such in the best communication approach
    • Establish strong linkages with relevant Media/News/Communication outlets, organisations and Institutions to enhance AU-IBAR Communication activities
    • Develop and roll-out mechanisms for wide sharing of outputs of AU-IBAR achievements
    • Contribute to the development and management of the Animal Resources Knowledge Portal
  • Contribute to the promotion of collaborative tools that facilitate sharing of ideas, information and knowledge such as the Intranet, outlook etc.
  • Establish a viable media relationship between AU-IBAR and relevant media organisations at continental, regional and national levels;
  • Facilitate the sharing of experiences and knowledge on development and communication in general as well as learning through nurturing and training activities.
  • Help to capture and document information and knowledge on animal resources in Africa such as the documenting of lessons learnt and best practices and success stories.
  • Work closely with Project Coordinators to document outputs and provide content for publishing of bulletins, policy papers and scholarly articles for wide dissemination.
  • Disseminate information widely among AU-IBAR’s target groups through publications, knowledge fairs and exhibitions; organization of Radio and TV programmes; Development of Communication materials etc.
  • Work closely with the Webmaster and the Communication Expert to maintain and improve the AU-IBAR news and information dissemination facilities including the website.
  • Support AU Member States in advancing good communication practices to enhance visibility of animal resource development activities across the continent.
  • Develop and roll out cost-effective training on evidence-based advocacy for increased public and private investment in the animal resources sector.


Qualification and Work Experience Required

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, or other related field. An advanced degree preferably in knowledge management and/or development Communication will be an advantage. Knowledge of relevant computer applications including Communication IT tools is mandatory.

Work Experience

Experience in Development communication activities, media relation, advocacy management, organization of focus groups, public communication and social mobilization

  • Familiarity with developing and delivering development Communication and knowledge management programmes.
  • Experience in developing and delivering Communication programmes and packages with and for different stakeholders and partner organisations.
  • Experience in the animal resources sector would be an added advantage.
  • At least five years of progressive experience in areas of communication preferably within an International or continental organization.

Other Relevant Skills

  • Professionalism: Demonstrated technical knowledge and analytical skills related to communication management.
  • Leadership: Ability to influence a team of professionals from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds.
  • Planning and organizing: Ability to plan and organize work within a project and ability to make timely decisions.
  • Communication: Effective written, oral and presentation skills, particularly the ability to present information in a concise yet accurate manner; ability to develop consensus among people with varying points of view.
  • Teamwork: excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity.
  • Computer literacy: Working knowledge of data analysis; SAP ERP System, etc

Language Requirement

Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages is a must. Knowledge of one or several other working languages is an added advantage.

Tenure of Appointment

The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of two years, of with one will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance, deliverables and funding availability.

Gender Mainstreaming

The AU- IBAR is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US 85,212.07 inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US 66,751.81 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff.

How to apply:

Applications must be made through the AUC E-recruitment Website AU Careers not later than 18th May 2018.

Directorate of Administration and Human Resource Management
African Union
Commission Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Employment Fraction
IBAR, Nairobi