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 Organization of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).
In May 1963, 32 Heads of independent African States met in Addis Ababa Ethiopia to sign the Charter creating Africa’s first post-independence continental institution, The Organization of African Unity (OAU). The OAU was the manifestation of the pan-African vision for an Africa that was united, free and in control of its own destiny and this was solemnized in the AU Charter in which the founding fathers recognized that freedom, equality, justice and dignity were essential objectives for the achievement of the legitimate aspirations of the African peoples and that there was a need to promote understanding among Africa’s peoples and foster cooperation among African states in response to the aspirations of Africans for brother-hood and solidarity, in a larger unity transcending ethnic and national Differences.
Purpose of Job
Coordinate and deliver marketing and communications across a variety of platforms, collecting, collating and sharing information, generating PR for activity delivering the Culture Plan and promoting the local arts and culture community, follow up relations with the media outlet and informing on all activities of the Africa-Arab Partnership.
• Responsible for external messaging, overall image and reputation of the Division.
• Create and disseminates key messages describing AU.
• Ensure communications deliverables adhere to AU standards.
• Secure and supports high-visibility speaking opportunities for leaders.
• Work with staff across the organization to support the communications needs of multiple program areas; help align messages and coordinate the release of deliverables across programs.
• Engage with relevant mid-level stakeholders and develop relationships.
• Contribute to the day-to-day administrative management of the Division.
• Assist in following up on the activities of the Division, including monitoring and evaluating progress made in line with a predefined strategic plan.
• Develop the basic documents of social and cultural activities planned under the office of the Permanent Delegation
• Handle tasks related to ongoing projects within the League of Arab states, on the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting phases;
• Follow up on all Africa Arab Cultural Institute (AACI) activities and advise the Institute on measures to be taken
• Implementing joint Africa–Arab social and cultural action plan and decisions emanating from Africa–Arab Cultural Ministerial Conferences.
• Responsible for handling activities with the media and press outlets in Cairo.
• Responsible for the continuous work with civil societies, the youth and women
• Participate in the preparation of the monthly meetings for the African Group of Ambassadors in Cairo
• Organizing Africa Day celebrations and other related events.
• Perform all other related tasks as assigned by the Head of the mission
Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience
• A Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Communication, International Relations, Social Sciences or any other related field with five (5) years of relevant work experience is required.
• Experience in NGO or similar multilateral, regional or international institutions will be a good advantage.
• A diplomatic work environment, public institutions, or similar organizations, with very good exposure to Africa-Arab cooperation, is required
• Excellent knowledge of the areas of cooperation between African and Arab countries.
• Knowledge of existing cultural diversity and knowledge of media and communication management is an advantage.
• Masters’ degree in similar fields with a minimum of 2 (two) years of relevant work experience, in the work environments stated above.
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Strong analytical skills
• Ability to work across business units/geographies; culturally sensitive environment
• Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic) and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage