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Senior Legal Officer Job Opportunity at African Union

Job Overview

Senior Legal Officer (AfCHPR)

African Union


Job Description

AU Values

Respect for Diversity and TeamWork
Think Africa Above all
Transparency and Accountability
Integrity and Impartiality
Efficiency and Professionalism
Information and Knowledge Sharing
Organization Information

Reports to: Registrar

Directorate/Department: Registry of the African Court

Number of Direct Reports: 0

Number of Indirect Reports: 0

Number of Positions: 1

Job Grade: P3

Contract Type: Regular

Location: Arusha, Tanzania

Purpose of Job

To provide operational leadership support to the Court on legal issues.

Main Functions

  • Is responsible for case management.
  • Reviews briefs and sources submitted by parties.
  • Monitors and reviews the Rules of the Court, practice directions and other internal instruments of the Court.
  • Is focal point for networking activities and organises meetings, seminars, workshops and other promotional activities of the Court.
  • Coordinates the work of other staff.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Carries out legal analysis of judgments and submissions.
  • Prepares the draft minutes, memoranda and decisions of the Court, and where necessary, attends Court sessions.
  • Carries out legal research and prepare presentations in international law in general, legislation and jurisprudence of international courts.
  • Provides legal opinions and makes concrete recommendations on issues concerning the Court.
  • Prepares draft concept notes, work plan, agendas, work programmes for activities of the Court.
  • Performs any other duties as required.

Academic Requirements And Relevant Experience

  • Master’s in Law with at least seven (7) years of relevant professional working experience of which three (3) should be at expert level, preferably in an international organization or in a judicial institution.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law with at least ten (10) years of relevant professional working experience of which three (3) should be at expert level, preferably in an international organization or in a judicial institution
  • Specialization in public international law will be an added advantage.
  • Perfect command of Portuguese Language is prefered.
  • Knowledge of one or several other African Union working Languages will be an added advantage.

Required Skills

Leadership skills;

  • Knowledge of the African human rights system;
  • Analytical skills and ability to prepare legal submissions, opinions and motions;
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision;
  • Public relations and communication;
  • Capacity to manage a multicultural team;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Drafting and argumentative skills in one of the African Union working languages;
  • Planning and organizational skills;

Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic Insight ….
  • Change Management….
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies

  • Building Relationships
  • Accountable and Complies with Rules..
  • Learning Orientation ….
  • Communicating with Influence ….

Functional Competencies

  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and Information Sharing ….
  • Drive for Result ….
  • Continuous improvement orientation ….


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.


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


Indicative basic salary of US$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (42% of basic salary), a Housing allowance of US$ 19,530.00 (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 26, 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: 1577


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