Principal Partnerships Officer (AfCDC)

Date: May 6, 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, Partnerships and International Cooperation
Directorate/Department/Organ: Office of the Director General, Africa CDC
Division: Division of Partnerships and International Cooperation 
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 Partnership Officer will be responsible for establishing and maintaining effective relationships with key partners, and donors to secure resources and support for Africa CDC’s programs and initiatives as well as identifying opportunities for new partnerships, and providing strategic guidance to programmatic teams on partnership activities

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 AU.
  • 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.
  • Develop materials and provide necessary training and support to Organization Units as required.
  • Provide technical guidance on matters relating to system review and implementation project in area of specialization, as required.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Work on Partnership activities for Africa CDC including but not limited to development of Africa CDC Partnership Framework.
  • Supporting the development of strategic plans, planning and implementation of partnership and resource mobilization activities of Africa CDC.
  • Provide technical expertise on partner and private sector engagement issues and manage outreach to relevant stakeholders including bilateral & multilateral donors, private sector actors, NGOs, civil society organizations, and philanthropies.
  • Coordinate and engage with Project Leads to develop grant proposals and reports.
  • Identify primary entities interested in partnering with the AU and Africa CDC and facilitate information sharing and partnership development between potential partners and the AU and Africa CDC teams.
  • Leads all Partnership and Resource mobilization activities for Africa CDC and has the overall responsibility for has overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the Partnerships team and will play a lead role in identifying potential partners and mobilizing resources for Africa CDC work. 
  • Lead the Strategic Planning and External Engagement efforts.
  • In collaboration with program teams, identify and follow up on linkages between donor strategies to Member States interests and play a key role in facilitating smooth communication between all stakeholders. 
  • Lead on identifying funding opportunities and matching them to division and program needs.
  • Will be accountable for reaching fundraising targets, ensuring the development and timely submission of high-quality project proposals as well as working in close collaboration with thematic area technical teams and other departments.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s degree in public administration, Development studies, Public Health/Health Systems Management, International Relations, Strategic Management Public Policy, International Development or a related discipline and ten (10) years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience, at least six (6) of which should at expert and (3) years of experience at supervisory role.                       


  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, Development studies, Public Health/Health Systems Management, International Relations, Strategic Management Public Policy, International Development or a related discipline or related fields and twelve (12) years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience, out of which six (6) years should be at expert level, and 3 (three) years at supervisory role.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated skills in conducting systematic literature reviews, meta-analyses, cost-effectiveness analyses, budget impact analyses, and decision analytic modeling.
  • Proficiency in using statistical software such as STATA, R, SAS, or Excel for data analysis and presentation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, with the ability to produce clear and concise reports and presentations for various audiences.
  • Knowledge of the health systems and policies of different countries and regions, especially in low- and middle-income settings.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team, manage multiple projects and deadlines, and deliver high-quality results under pressure.

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Insight

Change Management

Managing Risk:

Core Competencies

Learning Orientation

Building Relationship

Communicating with Influence

Accountable and Complies with Rules

Functional Competencies

Job Knowledge and information sharing

Drive for Results

Conceptual Thinking

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, 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 June 6, 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: [[2245]]

Closing date
6 June 2024