Technical Officer CPHIA (AfCDC)

Date: Jan 19, 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 Shari

Organization Information

Reports to: Senior Science Officer
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Division: Science and Innovation
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P2
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose of Job

The Technical Officer – CPHIA will work primarily to support the activities of the International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) which is the annual scientific conference of the Africa CDC. This annual scientific conference provides a unique African-led platform for leaders across the continent to reflect on lessons learned in health and science and align on a way forward for creating more resilient health systems in Africa. Each year, CPHIA will be co-hosted by a selected African Union Member State

Main Functions

  • Support the activities of the CPHIA Secretariat including the various conference workstreams
  • Assist with the production and publication of the conference report and abstract book each year
  • Support the organisation of any other relevant scientific meetings, congresses and conferences for the Directorate of Science and Innovation.
  • Assist in drafting reports and participate in the preparation of budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Directorate of Science and Innovation
  • Assist in the following up on the activities of the division, including monitoring and evaluating progress made in line with a predefined strategic plan.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Support the activities of the CPHIA Secretariat as guided by the Senior Science Officer – CPHIA 
  • Manage assigned aspects of the conference planning, meeting strict deadlines and ensuring compliance with allocated budget
  • Schedule, plan and prepare for CPHIA Secretariat and Scientific Programme Committee Meetings throughout the year
  • Support the work of various conference workstreams including – scientific programme, abstracts, side events, exhibitions, communications and media
  • Support the publication of accepted conference abstracts as full manuscripts in the Journal of Public Health in Africa (or other scientific journals)
  • Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor. 

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s degree or Bachelors Degree in Public Health, Medicine, Epidemiology, Health Science, Health-services Research or related health discipline with at least two (2) and five (5) years relevant work experience for Masters and Bachelor degree holders respectively. 
  • Experience in research and development of a wide range of communication materials for the health and development sectors.
  • Experience with managing large convenings will 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

Change Management..

Managing Risk…

Core Competencies

Teamwork and Collaboration..

Accountability awareness and Compliance..

Learning Orientation..

Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies

Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving

Job Knowledge and information sharing..

Drive for result..

Continuous Improvement Focus


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$ 85,212.07 (P2 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$  66,751.81  inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Applications must be submitted no later than  February 19, 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: 2060