Deputy Director General of the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

Date: Dec 16, 2023

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9000043

Organization: African Union

AU Values  

            • Respect for Diversity and Team Work             • Think Africa Above all                     

            • Transparency and Accountability                    • Integrity and Impartiality                       

            • Efficiency and Professionalism                       • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Organization Information

Reports to: Director General of Africa CDC
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: D2
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Regular
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose of Job

To assist the Director General of the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in delivering his mandate by leading the operational coordination of the Commission’s departments and non-elected staff in order to ensure high performance, results and impact. 

Main Functions

a)    Facilitates the identification of top priorities for the senior leadership of the Africa CDC’s 4-year mandate.
b)    Translates the senior leadership priorities into annual targets and goals and establishes a robust Commission-wide framework for monitoring and tracking progress.
c)    Provides regular reports to the Director General of Africa CDC on implementation and monitoring of strategic and annual plans;
d)    Supports the implementation of the New Public Health Order as the main Africa CDC Agenda by supporting initiatives across the organs;
e)    Monitors and tracks progress in the delivery of the Africa CDC’s annual performance targets; 
f)    Ensures effective collaboration in program development and implementation with the AU organs;
g)    Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Africa CDC’s programs and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
h)    Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer across the Africa CDC; and 
i)    Drives performance and delivery across the Africa CDC’s senior management and inspires high performance, teamwork and delivery across the portfolio.

Specific Responsibilities

a)    Ensure effective execution of the Africa CDC’s multi-year Strategic Plan.
b)    Participate and fully share in the responsibility for planning, managing and evaluating the programmatic aspects of the Africa CDC.
c)    Lead the development of long-term multi-year strategic goals and objectives for public health programs and initiatives.
d)    Ensure accountability for and adherence to internal controls and external regulations, laws and policies applicable to Africa CDC programs and activities and requirements of key stakeholders and donors.
e)    Ensure delivery of comprehensive and timely accountability reporting to the Director General for informing the agency Governing Board and key stakeholders as appropriate.
f)    Represent Africa CDC at high level technical and strategic engagements ensuring the Vision of Africa CDC is well understood within the global public health space.
g)    Lead, coordinate and ensure regular evaluation of agency programs and research activities in collaboration with the secretariat’s leadership.
h)    Identify need for change in organization priorities and acts to implement such changes, communicate related outcomes, change and action plans to internal and external audiences as effectively as possible.
i)    Establish, develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of the Governing and other Advisory Boards, other agency leaders, key stakeholders and other public health partners.
j)    Ensures appropriate, effective and timely resolution of issues and problems regarding agency activities and programs raised to the Secretariat by Member States and other Constituents.
k)    Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high performing team; empower, energize and develop overall staff capacity.
l)    Perform any duties assigned by the Director General.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

a)    Degree equivalent to Doctor of Medicine or Ph.D in Relevant Medical Sciences from a recognized institute or university. In addition, to the Doctor of Medicine or a Ph.D, a Master’s degree in public health (MPH), or epidemiology or equivalent is required.
b)    At least 15 years of experience in public health management, planning, or public policy development with evidence of ever-increasing levels of responsibility at the national level or above.
c)    At least 15 years’ proven experience in operational management of a public health organization at country, regional or continental level, with at least ten (10) years of managerial experience involving a minimum of five (5) years supervisory exposure.
d)    Preferably having a working experience in international organizations
e)    Excellent organizational and leadership abilities 

Required Skills

a)    Demonstrate strong leadership and management experience, excellent organizational human and financial management skills, very good interpersonal skills and ability to organize and motivate others and to work in a multi-cultural environment;
b)    Excellent communication skills and ability to Interact with a variety of stakeholders including, at a high level and excellent report writing and reporting skills to diverse audiences and at various levels;
c)    Excellent strategic visioning, planning, Implementation, monitoring and evaluations and reporting skills;
d)    Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
e)    Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous, healthy and peaceful Africa;
f)    Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
g)    Demonstrate clear understanding of scientific evidence and ability to translate scientific evidence into recommendations for public health policy;
h)    Good grounding on regional and international policy frameworks and strategies on the African developmental agenda and specifically Agenda 2063 and the SDGs;
i)    Working knowledge of research, policy development and analysis, programs development and management, and project management. 
j)    Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Kiswahili, Spanish, Arabic) and fluency in another AU language(s) will be an important added advantage


The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a mandate of four (4) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the mandate shall be renewable once.


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, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Spanish) is madatory and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


Indicative basic salary of US$ 100,017.00 (D2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance up to US$  26,208.00  (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.

Applications must be submitted no later than January 16, 2024 11h59 p.m. EAT.
-Only candidates who meet all job requirements and are selected for interviews will be contacted.
-Consideration will be given only to those candidates who have submitted a fully completed online application with a curriculum vitae (CV), an African passport, and the required academic qualifications, such as Diplomas, Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and any relevant certificate in line with the area of expertise.
-The African Union is an equal opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
-Candidates from less represented countries within the African Union are strongly encouraged to apply for positions that fit their profiles. These countries include Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Sahrawi D.R., Sao Tome and Principe., Seychelles, Somalia and Tunisia.

-As per the AU Staff Regulations and Rules under Regulation 6.3 the age requirement for this position is between the ages of eighteen (18) and fifty-five (55) (external applicants), on the date of application.

Requisition ID: 2084