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The African Union Alert & Prevention Analyst Vacancy Announcement in Algiers, Algeria

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.
The Commission of the African Union invites applications from citizens of Member States for a position of Alert and Prevention Analyst in the Department of Peace and Security.
Post title: Alert and Prevention Analyst
Post level:
Unit: African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT)
Supervisor: Director, ACSRT
Duty Station: Algiers, Algeria
Ref: ACSRT 01/2010REG
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assess developments related to terrorism in African and worldwide

  • Monitor and assess the leadership, motivations, plans and intentions of terrorist groups and their sponsors.
  • Monitor political and socio-economic developments in Member States;
  • Produce a range of current and longer-term intelligence products, brief key AU Decision Makers and provide tactical analytic support to law enforcement and intelligence operations.
  • Process information, particularly strategic, political and security information
  • Real-time monitoring and interpretation of Terrorism Indicators
  • Assist in conducting research on the terrorism phenomenon
  • Follow-up multidisciplinary action plan for preventing combating of terrorism and Crisis Management
  • Assist in the preparation of research studies in relation to the prevention and combating of terrorism
  • Geographical marking of the terrorist phenomenon (Use and or preparation of GIS products)
  • Populate and maintain counterterrorism databases and work in conjunction with other Divisions and the Early Warning Unit to ensure data integrity.
  • Conduct audits and evaluations of systems for prevention and combating terrorism in Africa
  • Assist in the preparation of recommendation reports and follow up on their  implementation
  • Analysis of Threat and trends
  • Development and Monitoring the implementation and updating the African list of Terrorist Groups and Individuals
  • Gather Counterterrorism Lessons Learned  and identify Best Practices
  • Conduct Risk Analysis and Critical Assets Analysis
  • Assist in the simplification of processes already in place
  • Analysis of surveys and research on the terrorist phenomenon
  • Analysis of audits and assessment of prevention and protection systems existing within member States of the African Union
  • Assistance in the development of multidisciplinary action plans for preventing and combating of terrorism
  • Assistance in the Interpretation of national, regional and African Legal Instruments for the prevention and combating of terrorism to determine needs, gaps and identify best in class and to assist in the implementation of recommendations at the National, Regional and African level.
  • Analysis of the development, implementation and improvement of National and Regional CT mechanism compliance with the African and International Norms and Standards.
  • Follow-up on the implementation of Measures, Mechanisms, Procedures and Policies produced by the center.
  • Embedding Lessons Learned/Best Practices and trends in the Centers performance excellence cycle
  • Development and monitoring of a technical assistance needs Matrix and develop relevant reports to share with the Training and Equipment Division to develop appropriate Programs.
  • Gathering, processing, evaluating and communicating security compliance ratings/status
  • Assist in development and documentation of risk management products, including risk registers, risk scoring templates, risk mitigation plans, and contingency plans using tools (such as Monte Carlo analysis, including Crystal Ball)
Educational Qualifications:
Candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor Degree in international affairs, national security studies or related subjects, preferably with a strong African focus or other regional expertise, with a background in research and analysis.
Work Experience:
Candidates must have five (5) years of relevant experience in legal positions in government, public or private sectors.
Other Relevant Skills Required:
  • Ability to planning, organizing, directing, developing and implementing Projects
  • demonstrated ability to write concise prose
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Experience with quantitative analysis tools and tools for Data Treatment and Processing (Data Where Housing and Data Mining)
  • Effective verbal and written communications, including active listening skills and skill in presenting findings and recommendations
  • Knowledge of scheduling software and Electronic Planning tools such as Microsoft Project and Primavera Project Planner
  • Excellent ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • An eye for detail and a sharp, enquiring mind
  • Excellent ability to get to grips with new databases/applications in a limited time frame
  • Backgrounds in business, government, the diplomatic service, International affairs, the armed forces, journalism and the academic world.
  • Excellent knowledge of physical security principles, equipment and applications
  • Excellent skills in information processing
  • Command on computer, particularly decision-making tools and Geographical Information Systems
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
Language Requirement:
Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French and Portuguese). Knowledge of one or several other working language(s) would be an added advantage.

Age Requirement:
Candidates must preferably be between 25 and 35 years old.
Tenure of Appointment:
The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance.
Gender Mainstreaming:
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit the following:
  • A letter stating reasons for seeking employment with the AU Commission;
  • A detailed and updated CV, indicating nationality, age and gender;
  • Names and contact details (including e-mail address) of three references;
  • Certified copies of degrees and diplomas.
Indicative basic salary of US$27,892.00 per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. post adjustment (48% of basic salary), housing allowance (US$17,222.40 per annum), education allowance (75% of tuition and other related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$7,800.00 per child per annum), etc for internationally recruited staff of the Commission.
Applications must be received not later than 23 August 2010 and should be addressed to:
The Director of Administration and Human Resource Development
AU Commission
P.O. Box 3243
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Fax: 00251-11-5525840/5510430

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