Job: Training & Capacity Building Expert at African Union(AU)

Job: Training & Capacity Building Expert at African Union(AU)

Requisition ID: 983
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Contract Type: Regular 
Reports to: Principal Officer, Training and Capacity Building 
Directorate/Department : African Migration Observatory/ HHS
Division: Office of the Deputy Director
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P3
Number of Positions: 5

Purpose of Job

  • Reporting to the Principal Officer, Training & Capacity Building, the Training & Capacity Building  Expert responsible for providing training/capacity building to Member States and RECs on migration data collection and management.

Main Functions

  • Develop strategic and annual activity work-plans for his/her assigned region in line with the Observatory’s strategic goals, objectives and priorities.
  • Present and defend resource requirements needed to carry out the annual regional work-plan.
  • Develop technical proposals and budgets on training/capacity building in accordance with the Observatory’s strategic priorities.
  • Identify, facilitate, coordinate and conduct training/capacity building and technical assistance to Member States and RECs on migration data collection and management.
  • Conduct training/capacity building needs assessments of Member States/RECs on migration data collection.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Participate in developing syllabi/curricula on data collection/management based on identified training/capacity building needs of Member States/RECs.
  • Identify and supervise consultants commissioned to undertake assignments for the Observatory.
  • Monitor performance and prepare progress reports against annual work-plans and recommends changes to activities, projects and individual/team performance as appropriate to achieve and programme objectives.
  • Design monitoring and evaluation systems and participate in the monitoring and evaluation of activities under his/her purview.
  • Contribute to the compilation of briefing notes, strategy documents, regular regional/continental reports and white papers on migration.
  • Design monitoring and evaluation systems and participate in the monitoring and evaluation of activities under his/her purview. Organize regional and continental workshops, seminars and conferences;  
  • Participate in relevant regional/continental working groups to ensure coordination of work plan development, implementation strategies and evaluation plans for applicable activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal Officer, Training & Capacity Building

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • A Master’s Degree in a numerate discipline such as Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or Survey Methodology


  • Bachelor Degree in similar fields or other related disciplines coupled with seven (7) and ten (10) years of progressive and relevant work experience respectively.
  • Three years out of this total needs to be at expert/specialist level.
  • A professional qualification or certificate in training/capacity building.
  • The candidate needs to have continuous and combined experience in the following areas:
  • Working with survey data and secondary data.
  • Planning and implementing large-scale statistical surveys.
  • Documented experience in teaching statistics or a related field at certificate or diploma level.
  • Considerable expertise and experience in providing technical assistance/training/capacity building to governments/government agencies in the area of statistics/statistical surveys.  
  • Comprehensive knowledge of curriculum development and training methods.
  • Demonstrable experience in providing training/technical assistance to governments in the area of statistics/statistical surveys.
  • Experience with statistical applications and methods for social research.
  • Knowledge and advanced use of at least two of the following tools: R, Sawtooth CBC/HB, Stata, SAS, SPSS, Matlab, Python, XLStat
  • Advanced Excel skills and/or VBA experience.
  • An understanding of the African migration landscape.
  • Proven experience interacting with international and regional public partner agencies.
  • Proven track-record of working and liaising with high-level government and donor officials.
  • Demonstrable experience in supervising and leading teams of consultants, and delegating tasks and authority.
  • Demonstrable experience in drafting technical documents for executive level consumption and/or peer review.
  • An understanding of the African Union way of working and managing associated relationships with Member States/RECs and partners is preferred.

Required Skills:

  • Excellent project planning and management skills for organizing, planning and executing projects from conception through implementation
  • Excellent organizational skills and a proven ability to deliver under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to conceptualize, plan, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate programmes.
  •  Inter-personal skills, including experience in interacting with stakeholders and decision-makers in order to build strong collaborative relationships with governments and partners.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, in particular proven ability to write clear and concise reports;
  • Demonstrated ability with regard to computer skills, including excellent word-processing capabilities, proficiency with e-mail and internet applications and experience in using office software applications such as MS Excel, Power Point and Word.
  • Ability to work under pressure, stay on track and meet deadlines
  • Analytical and problem solving abilities.
  • Personal commitment, goal oriented and drive for results, flexibility and respect for diversity.    
  • Ability to operate in a multicultural environment.
  • High level of autonomy at work, yet with profound team-spirit
  • Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient and flexible
  • Pro-active and solutions oriented
  • Proficiency in at least one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish). Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationship
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for result
  • Continuous improvement orientation

Tenure of Appointment

  • 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.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • 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 (48% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 18,547.00 (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.

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