Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA     P. O. Box 3243 Telephone   517 700, Fax no.  (251-1) 51 04 30  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, Ethiopia.

In seeking to achieve this objective, the African Union intends to strengthen its capacity to deliver by, among others, the implementation of a new 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 post of Senior Economist


Job title : Senior Economist

Post level : P3

Duty Station : Brussels, Belgium.

Supervisor : Permanent Observer –AU/Brussels

Major duties and responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Permanent Observer, the Senior Economist will undertake rigorous analytical economic research and recommend policy proposals in the area of macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy, development and planning, capital markets development and resource mobilization for financing development. The incumbent will accordingly carry out the following tasks:

•  Participate in inter-government and inter-agency consultations, meetings, seminars and workshops related to economic policies in Africa;

•  Represent the AU in various forums and collaborate with various regional and international institutions;

•  Participate in negotiations relating to Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and report thereon to the Commission ;

•  Contribute to the understanding of economic issues at the level of the African Group and assist it in its negotiations with the EU Commission ;

•  Examine all economic issues within the ACP-EU negotiations and facilitate their understanding;

•  Elaborate appropriate strategies or policies to enable African countries to implement the projects or programmes contained in the Cotonou Accords;

•  Develop strategies to mobilise resources from European and other partners resident in Brussels;

•  Contribute in the economic domain to the promotion of the AU to Africa's development partners.

Education Qualifications and Experience Required

The candidate for this post should:

•  Hold a Masters Degree in economics (particularly development economics, monetary economics, or international economics), with at least 6 years of work experience, or a PhD Degree in economics (particularly development economics, monetary economics or international economics);

•  Have experience at a managerial level in economic policy analysis and have knowledge of topical development issues;

•  Have strong skills in research methodology and quantitative methods;

•  Have work experience in national and international institutions;

•  Be able to work in multicultural setting, in good team spirit;

•  Be proficient in one of the African Union's working languages (English, French, Arabic or Portuguese). Knowledge of other working languages would be an added advantage;

•  Must be computer literate.

Age Requirement : Candidates must preferably be between 35-50 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.

Application : 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 addresses) of three referees;

•  Certified copies of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates.

Remuneration : Indicative basic salary of US$23,880.00 per annum plus other related entitlements (e.g post adjustment, housing allowance, education allowance, etc.) in accordance with the Rules and Regulations governing International Civil Servants of the Commission. These allowances, however, do not apply to locally recruited candidates.

Applications must be received not later than 25 August 2005 , and should be addressed to:

AU Commission

P.O Box 3243

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Fax: 00251-1-525840/510430