Director Health Systems Strength & Public Health Institutes (AfCDC)

Date: Dec 18, 2023

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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: Deputy Director General 

Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC

Division: Office of the Deputy Director General 

Number of Direct Reports:

Number of Indirect Reports:

Job Grade: D1

Number of positions: 1

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Purpose of Job

The Director Health Systems Strengthening and Public Health Institutes is responsible for leading and coordinating the efforts in strengthening health systems and public health institutes across Africa, ensuring the alignment with Africa CDC’s strategic plan and regional health priorities. This role involves providing technical guidance, fostering collaboration, and enhancing capacity building in public health practice, surveillance, and emergency response. 

Main Functions

  • Facilitate the translation of Africa CDC technical reference policy, guidance, plans, and tools into Regional Collaborating Centers (RCC) contexts. 
  • Coordinate and facilitate the development of RCC work plans for regional surveillance capacity strengthening and workforce development. 
  • Facilitate public health technical assistance between RCCs and National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs), providing scientific and policy guidance. 
  • Assist Collaborating Centers in building core capacities of NPHIs in AU member states, focusing on quality improvement guidelines for public health emergencies prevention. 
  • Provide technical guidance and support to RCCs, including developing implementation, monitoring, and evaluation plans. 
  • Lead the technical design of proposals/programs and contribute to the development of briefing notes, strategy documents, and guidelines. 
  • Foster an enabling environment for research collaborations among RCCs, promoting information sharing and knowledge dissemination. 
  • Facilitate RCC linkages to Africa CDC Emergency Operations Center activities, ensuring rapid deployment of resources during outbreaks. 
  • Coordinate development of RCC preparedness and response plans and assessments in collaboration with relevant units. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Facilitate strengthening of RCC disease surveillance monitoring and reporting by adapting Africa CDC surveillance policies and tools to regional contexts. 
  • Lead efforts to document results and lessons from projects in white papers, journal articles, and other publications. 
  • Prepare input for reports, slides, and other materials as required. 
  • Represent Africa CDC at external technical events, learning forums, and conferences. 
  • Advocate for health systems strengthening and capacity building in public health at various platforms. 
  • Provide technical services delivery in support of Africa CDC Emergency Response activities as directed by the Africa CDC Incident Commander. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned, contributing to the overall objectives of Africa CDC. 

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Advanced degree (Ph.D., MD, or equivalent) in Public Health, Medical Sciences.  
  • Master’s degree in in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Systems Management.  
  • With a minimum of 15 years of experience in public health, health systems strengthening, or related field. Eight (8) of which should have been served at managerial level and five (5) years at supervisory level.  
  • Proven track record in leadership roles within public health or scientific research organizations. 
  • Experience in international organizations is preferred. 
  • Demonstrated experience in program development, policy formulation, and emergency response management. 


  • Significant experience of developing senior-level external relationships and securing the highest-level advocacy, including developing and harnessing strong networks across multiple stakeholder groups. 
  • Advance understanding of stakeholder engagement.  
  • Extensive experience of leading, motivating and managing teams with the ability to promote a culture of high performance, continuous improvement and innovation. 
  • Experience and successful track record working in a diverse complex fast paced environments and the ability to influence positive change.  
  • Strong leadership and strategic management skills. 
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement abilities. 
  • Proficient in risk management and organizational resilience. 
  • Demonstrated capability in resource mobilization and financial management. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.  


  • Experience of working in international affairs in an international organization 
  • Experience of working with external partners, funders, and media. 
  • An understanding of changing economic, political, and social environments affecting the Africa CDC. 
  • An understanding and analysis of Africa and global political space and atmosphere 
  • High level of diplomatic and communication etiquette.  
  • High level interpersonal skills. 

Required Skills

Result Oriented:  

  • Strategic thinker, capable of working at a senior level and contributing at Board/Council level  
  • Entrepreneurial with the ability to input on strategic planning from a commercial standpoint  
  • Ability to anticipate future opportunities and problems, taking strategic and pre-emptive action  
  • Ability to set and achieve comprehensive goals for performance and growth  
  • Passion for working in the developing world and creating positive change  


  • Inspire confidence and promote shared values that underpin the ethos of the African Union and Africa CDC 
  • Inspires others, is visible, adaptive, authentic and engenders trust  
  • Visible leadership, promoting collective leadership for taking teams through significant programmes of change. 
  • Passion and commitment for continuous improvement  
  • Ambitious individual who has personal drive to succeed and develop their own career, and support their teams to strive for excellence. 
  • Political and diplomatic prowess 

Building and Managing Teams:  

  • Directs and coaches’ others throughout the organisation and enables people to perform at their best.  
  • Ability to recognise and cultivate rising talent.  
  • Creates a positive team environment. 
  • Creates cohesion, developing synergies and achieves through common goals. 

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:  

  • High emotional and social intelligence.  
  • Collaborative, supportive, calm under pressure, solution focused and able to lead others effectively in such a way that encourages maximum performance and engagement. 
  • Exceptional communicator both in writing and in person to a range of audiences.  

Relationship Management:  

  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.  
  • The gravitas and credibility to influence both within and beyond the organisation  
  • Analytical Skills:  
  • Conceptual thinker, innovative and capable of complex problem solving  
  • The ability to work well under pressure and take a considered, measured position  

Results Oientated: 

  • Desire for success and the motivation to constantly seek improvement  
  • Ability and drive to manage organisational complexity  
  • A high level of resilience with the ability to initiate and drive decisions  
  • Tenacious, adaptable and the ability to get things done  
  • The highest levels of self-awareness, commitment, and integrity  
  • A proven commitment to fairness, inclusion, equality, diversity, and transparency 

Leadership Competencies

Change Management

Developing Others

Strategic Perspective:

Managing Risk:

Core Competencies

Building Relationship ….

Communicating with impact

Foster Accountability Culture

Learning Orientation:

Functional Competencies

Conceptual thinking ….

Drive for Result ….

Job Knowledge and information sharing:

Fosters Innovation:


The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables. 


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 mandatory and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$  175,640.44  (D1 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 157,586.92 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Applications must be submitted no later than January 18, 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.

Requisition ID: [[2087]]