Communication and Database Officer at the African Union (AU)


The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).  We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Communication and Database Officer

Requisition ID: 852
Location: Banjul, The Gambia
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC
Organization Information
Reports to: Public Relations/ Information Officer
Directorate/Department: African Commission on Human and People’s Rights ACHPR
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P1
Number of Positions: 1
Contract  Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • Provides technical support for the operations of the Communication and Complaints Database  in line with the ACHPR’s management information strategy

Main Functions

  • Provides technical support in the preparation and implementation of programmes developed out of the ACHPR’s Strategic plan
  • Supports the development and implementation of the ACHPR’s promotional strategy
  • Prepares draft reports and work programmes related to the functioning of the Unit
  • Generates reports in a timely manner for the Unit
  • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes
  • Prepares budgets for the Unit in accordance with relevant frameworks.
  • Provides IT support for resource mobilization activities
  • Prepares guidelines and fact sheets as may be required.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Analyzes existing data, and updates the database
  • Undertakes  monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Manages the electronic Database of communications related to ACHPR programmes
  • Updates and manages the Database of Communications considered by the Commission  with appropriate indexing, reflecting their current status
  • Maintains a proper record of all Communications submitted to the Commission
  • Develops an online system for tracking Communications
  • Uploads documents for dissemination on the ACHPR’s website
  • Manages subscriptions to other legal databases (e.g. Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw) to facilitate the research that underpins the legal work of the Commission
  • Manages multimedia and journalists database(s)
  • Develops and maintains web-based applications and databases (Oracle, SQL or MySQ)
  • Provides data processing services and specialized assistance in the use of applications and technological development;
  • Setup, Administer and Review Database backups and Archives
  • Undertakes User Security, Access Management and Audits
  • Conducts Database monitoring and Health management
  • Undertakes Database disaster recovery planning
  • Schedules and performs periodic reviews to harmonize data needs
  • Develops learning materials and trains staff members in new work methods and procedures,
  • Submits proposals for the formulation of policies related to the information management system,
  • Provides technical support (instructions and procedural manuals) for the implementation of approved work methods and procedures
  • Performs any other relevant duties as may be directed or required

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University in Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field
  • Must have professional certificates in Database Management and Development, Web Development as well as Open Source Server Administration
  • Candidates must have a minimum of two (2) years of continuous professional experience in the field of ICT
  • Must have minimum of two  (2) years working experience in Multimedia and Journalists Database Management
  • Knowledge of Database applications and Website Development is required
  • Working experience in communication and information department in multilateral, regional or international organization will also be an added advantage

Required Skills:

  • Good knowledge of the African Union policies and procedures
  • Concentration, accuracy, and ability to work under minimum supervision and under pressure
  • Demonstrable leadership abilities
  • Strong mathematical analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to organize and work under pressure in a multi-cultural environment
  • Good communication and planning skills
  • Excellent knowledge of international organizations
  • Respect for confidentiality and good public relations

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 Sharing…
  • Drive for Results…
  • Continuous improvement orientation…

Enure 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$ 25,523.00 (P11 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 13,248.00 (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.

Application Closing Date
20th December, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


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