Senior Research, Ethics & Regulations Officer (AfCDC)

Date: Nov 29, 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 Shari

Organization Information

Reports to: Director Science Office
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Division: Science Office
Number of Direct Reports: –
Number of Indirect Reports: –
Job Grade: P3
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Location: Adddis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose of Job

The Senior Research, Ethics and Regulations Officer assists and supports the process of devolving ethics review to the organization by participating in discussions on current practice and procedures, and assisting with the identification and resolution of areas for improvement.

Main Functions

·    Provide technical and intellectual support in the management of various elements related to the area of expertise
·    Identify best practices and monitor effectiveness of the Science Office’s support to Africa CDC.
·    Assist 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;
·    Assist in the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations.
·    Develop materials and provide necessary training and support to Africa CDC’s Units as required.
·    Provide technical guidance on matters relating to system review and implementation project in area of specialization, as required.

Specific Responsibilities

•    Develop and define standard templates for research proposals, manuscripts and abstracts. 
•    Support diverse teams to develop research protocols, manuscripts and abstracts by ensuring alignment with institutional templates and policies.
•    Develop and foster implementation of an internal review mechanism of research proposals, manuscripts and abstracts from diverse teams. 
•    Provides technical support and packages document needed to submit proposed research studies to relevant ethics committees for review and approval.
•    Performs any other relevant functions as assigned by the Supervisor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

•    Master’s degree  or Bachelor Degree  in Public Health, Medicine, Epidemiology, Health Science, Health-Services Research or related health discipline;
•    Seven (7) and ten (10) years of relevant experience for Masters and Bachelor Degree respectively, including three (3) years at expert level in editing academic books, journals, or magazines, with a proven track record of quality and impact.
•    Background training in the sciences or work experience in science writing and editing.
•    PhD in any of the above or related fields would be an added advantage

Required Skills

•    Excellent writing and editing skills, with a keen eye for detail, accuracy, and consistency.
•    Strong knowledge of the subject matter, industry trends, and best practices.
•    Ability to work under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
•    Leadership and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
•    Creativity and innovation, with the ability to generate new ideas and approaches.

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Insight

Change Management

Managing Risk

Core Competencies

Building Relationship

Accountable and Complies with Rules

Learning Orientation

Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies

Conceptual Thinking

Job Knowledge and information sharing

Drive for Results

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) 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$  96,921.34  (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 78,461.08 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Applications must be submitted no later than December 29, 2023 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: 2045