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The African Union Protocol Assistants Vacancy Announcement in Addis Ababa

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 this objective, the African Union intends to strengthen its capacity to deliver by, among others, the implementation of its organizational structure and the filling of all vacant posts.
The Commission of the African Union invites applicants who are citizens of Member States for the following position.
Job Title: Protocol Assistant
No. of Post: 3
Department: Bureau of the Chairperson
Supervisor: Protocol Officers
Duty Station: Addis Ababa
Ref: PROSU1/2010-REG
Major Duties and responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the Protocol Assistant will include the following:

  • Welcome and see-off Elected Officials and guests at the Airport.
  • Welcome and present VIPs/Guests to Commissioners;
  • Obtain Visas for elected officials and staff members from all Embassies;
  • Process duty-free declarations and follow up all correspondence addressed to Customs Department, e.g. clearance of medicines, etc…
  • Assist staff members in obtaining Customs Clearance upon separation from the organization. Assist staff and their family members at the Airport on initial recruitment
  • Process requests for Special I.D. Cards (resident permits) and Visas from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration Authorities;
  • Welcome and assist delegates at the Airport on their arrival and departure during AU Meetings;
  • Liaise with Transport Officers regarding transportation for VIPs, guests and delegates from/to the Airport and hotels;
  • Welcome and usher guests during official functions and meetings/conferences;
  • Perform and follow up other duties of ceremonial nature, i.e. official cocktails, receptions, luncheons. Distribute invitation cards for official functions of the AU;
  • Service AU meetings/conferences;
  • Ensure that all name plates of AU Member States and other Organizations are sufficiently available and kept in order;
  • Follow up the printing of name plates, invitation cards, conference badges and registration forms frequently used by the Unit;
  • Process and follow up all correspondence to the Ethiopian Road Transport Authority, regarding:
    • change of driving licenses;
    • transfer of car ownership booklets;
    • obtaining of number plates for AU and staff members’ vehicles, etc.;
  • Perform duties assigned to other Protocol and Administrative Assistants during the latter’s absence;
  • Perform any other duties which may be assigned by his/her Supervisors.
Education Qualifications Required
Candidates must have minimum of Diploma in Management or Administration from a recognized educational institution. Higher relevant academic qualifications and a Certificate or Diploma in Public or International Relations/Diplomacy will be an added advantage.
Work Experience
Candidates must have a minimum of five (5) years relevant work experience in clerical or protocol/public relations duties.
Other Relevant Skill Required
  • Good knowledge and practical use of Computer;
  • Good communication, drafting and reporting skills;
Language Requirement:
  • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages.
  • Knowledge of other working languages 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 your nationality, age and gender;
  • Names and contact details (including e-mail addresses) of three references;
  • Certified copies of degrees, diplomas and other academic certificates.
Indicative basic salary of US$14,145.00 per annum plus other related entitlements-e.g. post adjustment (46% of basic salary per annum), Housing allowance ($12,006.60 per annum), education allowance (75% of tuition and other education 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 10 September 2010 and should be addressed to:
The Director of Administration and Human Resource
AU Commission
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
P.O. Box 3243
Fax: 00251-11-5525840/5510430

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