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Principal Protocol Officer at African Union

African Union

The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion, and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African states as well as developing a new partnership worldwide.

Our Headquarters are located in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”.

At African Union, Our mission is to become “An efficient and value-adding institution driving the African integration and development process in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities, and African citizens”.

POSITION: Principal Protocol Officer

Purpose of Job

Operates the protocol division to ensure delivery of results within the proposed budget and timeframe.

Main Functions

  • Provide technical and intellectual support in the management of various partnerships relevant to the division and directorate;
  • Identify best practices and monitor the effectiveness of the division/directorate’s support to AU;
  • Contribute to the development of the departmental strategies and business continuity plan and participate in/ensure their implementation;
  • Involve in negotiations;
  • Foster and ensure implementation of large-scale and long-term initiatives related to strategic partnerships;
  • Support the organization of thematic networks, consultations, and meetings on development cooperation and international relations;
  • Develop training materials and provide necessary training and support to Organization Units;
  • Provide technical resource allocation and policy guidance on matters relating to the system -Implementation projects and maintenance.
  • Supervise all the audiences organized by the office of the Secretary-General and AfCFTA directors when necessary
  • Prepare and supervise ceremonies and official functions
  • Develop and maintain regular working relations with top-level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of the Member States and partners,

Specific Responsibilities

  • Liaise with concerned Ghanaian Authorities, particularly Minister of Foreign Affairs, Security, Immigration and Customs Authorities, for smooth coordination of AU Airport
  • Handling processing and management of privileges and immunities of the Secretariat and its staff following the relevant provisions of the host agreement
  • Advice on the appropriate souvenir/gift for the Secretariat guests during the gift exchange
  • Supervise the preparation of all the Secretariat Conferences and ensure that the necessary logistics are put in place so that meetings are conducted in a standard internationally accepted manner
  • Prepare invitation cards to ensure their dispatch for the secretariat’s official events and ceremonies
  • Providing the necessary advice on protocol-related issues to the AU and its constituents per diplomatic norms, especially with regards to privileges and immunities;
  • Initiating and following up on requests for diplomatic privileges and immunities from the relevant Ghanaian authorities on behalf of the AfCFTA Secretariat and its staff members;
  • Coordinating requests for import/export permits for vehicles and other goods and personal effects for the Secretariat and its staff;
  • Facilitation of the issuance of administrative and legal documents on behalf of officials and staff (resident IDs, Visas, etc.);
  • Drafting official and administrative correspondences and communications (notes verbals, memoranda…).
  • Manage workload and priorities of the official Events and Protocol team as well as ensure the necessary logistic arrangement;
  • Welcome and usher guests during official ceremonies and functions, i.e. VIPs, guests to the Secretary-General; Deputy Secretary-General, and Directors according to the international protocol procedures/formalities
  • Service the conferences organized by the Secretariat from time to time both at the Headquarters and those out of the countries
  • Coordinate and oversee the smooth running of provision of services concerning the Staff requests and follow-up on the systematic reporting and establishment of data (Diplomatic IDs; Work permit Customs i.e. import/export permits for vehicles; personal effects; official equipment etc…)
  • Supervise data processing of AfCFTA diplomatic (CD) plate numbers for official fleet and staff
  • Prepare and conduct the organized periodical induction arranged by the Directorate of the Administration for the Staff
  • Assist in the coordination of protocol matters for efficient diplomatic engagement with Embassies and High Commissions accredited to the Republic of Ghana
  • In addition to the above, will perform any other related duties directed by the Chief of Protocol

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in International Relations, Political Science, Public Relations, or Diplomacy or a related area with 10 years of relevant work experience of which six (6) years should be at the managerial level and three (3) years at the supervisory level within an international, regional or national organization OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, Public Relations or Diplomacy or related areas with twelve (12) years of relevant work experience of which six (6) years should be at the managerial level and three (3) years at the supervisory level within an international, regional or national organization.

Required Skills

  • Ability to use strong managerial delegation, political tact, and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives
  • Ability to work effectively with people from various backgrounds and create an environment where diversity is respected
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with top-level stakeholders
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to actively seek, identify and apply appropriate technology to improve program delivery
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability, and decision-making authority concerning performance management and professional development
  • Proficiency in two of the AU official working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Spanish) and  fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage;

Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic Insight…
  • Developing others…
  • Change Management…
  • Managing Risk…

Core Competencies

  • Building Relationship…
  • Foster Accountability Culture…
  • 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 regular term contract for three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and 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


Indicative basic salary of US$   42,879.00.00 (P4 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Method Of Application

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