Wed. Feb 1st, 2023

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Closing date :16 January 2023

African Union

Vacancy : Head of Division, Energy

            • Respect for Diversity and Team Work             • Think Africa Above all                     

            • Transparency and Accountability                    • Integrity and Impartiality                       

            • Efficiency and Professionalism                       • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Organization Information

Reports to: Director of Infrastructure and Energy

Directorate/Department : Infrastructure and Energy

Division: Energy

Number of Direct Reports: 2

Number of Indirect Reports: 0

Job Grade: P5

Number of Positions: 1

Contract Type: Regular

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose of Job

To provide overall supervision and management of the Division as well as the design of strategies and policies to achieve the strategic objectives of the Department and the AU’s overall goals in line with AU Agenda 2063.

Main Functions

•    Designs and implements policies, programmes and projects to achieve the department’s strategic objectives and relevant AU Policy Organs Decisions; 

•    Formulates strategies for implementing priority programmes under the energy sector;

•    Coordinates the implementation of continental energy policies, strategies and action plans in close collaboration with AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other continental and international organizations;

•    Coordinates and conduct research, studies and analysis of African energy sector on issues of interest to AU Member States, RECs and others regional and continental African institutions;

•    Advises the Director of Infrastructure and Energy on trends and developments in the energy sector and recommend appropriate courses of action;

•    Builds and maintains partnerships with regional and international institutions in support of the mandate of the Division including resource mobilization, developing and implementing joint regional programmes and activities for improving the African energy sector;

•    Engages stakeholders within AU Members States, RECs and other Regional Mechanisms, Pan African institutions and relevant international organisations in designing and implementing energy strategies;

•    Maintains regular working relations with stakeholders in Member States and partner institutions in the execution of the department’s mandate;

•    Coordinates the implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 flagship project under the mandate of the Division i.e. Grand Inga Dam Project

•    Represents the organisation at workshops, conferences, meetings and seminars and provide guidance on energy issues related to Africa and the department’s work;

•    Manages and supervises employees within the division, ensures the timely delivery of the department’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation;

•    Manages the work of the division and supervises direct reports to ensure the effective performance of Energy Division team and provides direction, regular feedback, coaching and mentoring paying appropriate attention to the personal and professional development of the staff in line with the organization’s performance management policy and systems;

•    Ensures the delivery of the division’s annual targets in line with the department’s overall goals and ensures robust and timely monitoring and reporting;

•    Provides technical, managerial and administrative leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all units within the division;

•    Prepares periodic reports on Energy Division’s activities and programmes and contribute to the preparation of the department’s report and other monitoring and reporting obligations;

•    Contributes to the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at division level; 

•    Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization;  

•    Manages risk within the division and recommends mitigation strategies;

•    Builds and maintains good working relations and collaboration with other Divisions;

•    Contributes to the development of the departmental business continuity plan and ensures implementation at division level;

•    Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conducive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent. 

Specific Responsibilities

•    Ensures development and implementation the Energy Division’s programmes including policies, strategies and action plans.

•    Manages the Energy Division team’ performance and provide technical and administration leadership and professional development of the staff.

•    Initiates and coordinates the work of the specialized technical committees and sub-committees on energy sector;

•    Coordinates the organization and servicing of workshops, seminars and meetings of Member States, RECs and other stakeholders on sectoral matters; 

•    Supervision of staff, work organization and performance appraisal;

•    Preparation of budget and managing budget execution;

•    Preparation of work plans, monitoring and evaluation;

•    Work in close coordination with the African Energy Commission (AFREC) to ensure synergy and complementarity on planning, conducting and implementing energy policies, strategies, and programmes and in conducting studies, researches and analysis on the issues related to energy sector development in Africa;

•    Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

Master’s Degree in the Energy field including Engineering, Energy Economics, Energy Management or related fields with twelve (12) years of relevant work experience of which seven (7) years should have been served at managerial level and five (5) years at supervisory level.

Required Skills

•    Ability to initiate and promote collaborative approaches between geographically and culturally disparate partners;

•    Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations both internally and externally;

•    Ability to develop and delegate clear program goals, plans and actions, including budgets, that are consistent with agreed strategies;

•    Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff;

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

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Perspective:

Developing Others:

Change Management:

Managing Risk ….

Core Competencies

Building Relationship…..

Foster Accountability Culture

Learning Orientation:

.Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies

Conceptual thinking:

Job Knowledge and information sharing:

Drive for result:

Fosters Innovation:


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 and deliverables.


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


Indicative basic salary of US$  50,746.00 (P5 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 26,208.00.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Applications must be made not later than   January 16, 2023

Only candidates who have met all the requirements of the post and have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Only applications registered online with a complete curriculum vitae (CV) attached will be considered. 

The Africa Union is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Requisition ID: 1487

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