Principal Officer, Fellowship and Leaders Programme (AfCDC)

Date: May 1, 2024

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: Head of Division Health Workforce Development 
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Division:Health Workforce Development 
Number of Direct Reports: 
Number of Indirect Reports:
Job Grade: P4
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose of Job

The Principal Officer – Fellowship & Leadership Programmes is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Africa CDC’s fellowship and leadership programmes. This includes developing and implementing new programmes, managing the day-to-day operations of existing programmes, and evaluating the impact of the programmes. The Principal Officer will also work to build partnerships with the AUC and other organizations to support the development of fellowship and leadership programmes.

Main Functions

  • Take technical and intellectual lead in the management of various elements related to the area of expertise.
  • Identify best practices and monitor effectiveness of the Office’s support to Africa CDC.
  • Provide support in the development of the strategies and business continuity plan and participate in/ensure their implementation.
  • Foster and ensure implementation of initiatives related to area of specialization.
  • Provide support in the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations.
  • Provide technical guidance on matters relating to system review and implementation project in area of specialization, as required

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement new fellowship and leadership programmes and initiatives in line with the Africa CDC’s strategic plan.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of existing fellowship and leadership programmes.
  • Build partnerships with other like-minded organizations to support the development of fellowship and leadership programmes for Africa CDC.
  • Publish articles and reports on the fellowship and leadership programmes.
  • Represent the Africa CDC at regional and international meetings and events related to fellowship and leadership programmes.
  • Develop materials and provide necessary training and support to fellows as required.
  • Evaluate the impact of the fellowship and leadership programmes.
  • Perform other related duties, as may be assigned. 

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, health policy, or related fields or a related discipline and ten (10) years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience with a focus on fellowship and leadership development out of which six (6) of which should at expert and (3) years of experience at supervisory role.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, health policy, or related fields or a related discipline and twelve (12) years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience with a focus on fellowship and leadership development out of which six (6) years should be at expert level, and 3 (three) years at supervisory role.
  • PhD in public health or a related field is a plus.
  • At least 10 years of experience in the field of public health, with a focus on fellowship and leadership development.

Required Skills

  • Proven ability to manage and coordinate complex projects.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as official working languages.

Leadership Competencies

Change Management

Managing Risk:

Strategic Insight

Core Competencies

Accountable and Complies with Rules

Learning Orientation

Building Relationship

Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies

Conceptual Thinking

Drive for Results

Job Knowledge and information sharing

Continuous Improvement Orientation ….


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) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$ 110,951.49  (P4 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$  92,867.97 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Applications must be submitted no later than  Jun 3, 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: [[2249]]