Head of Division – Health Workforce Development, African Union Vacancy Announcement

Head of Division – Health Workforce Development, African Union Vacancy Announcement; February 24 2024




Organization: African Union

Position: Head of Division – Health Workforce Development

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment: Contractual

Salary: an annual lump-sum of US$ 126,440.93 (P5 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 108,357.41 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission

Date of Announcement: February 15, 2024

Deadline: March 15, 2024





Job description


Date: Feb 15, 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: Director, Centre for Health Systems Strengthening and Public Health Institutes
Directorate/Department/Organ: Centre for Health Systems Strengthening and Public Health Institutes
Division: Health Workforce Development
Number of Direct Reports: 4
Number of Indirect Reports:
Job Grade: P5
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Purpose of Job


The Head of Division for Health Workforce Development at Africa CDC shall lead and coordinate the development of the institution’s health workforce development strategy and guide the continuous skill development, retention, and career paths of staff through various programs and linkage with relevant fields and sectors.


Main Functions


  • Supervises the Health Workforce Development Division, including designing, implementing, and maintaining the division’s workplan, and oversight for all deliverables and reporting.
  • Designs strategies and policies in order to address the pertinent issues related to health workforce development.
  • Contributes to the development of the business continuity plan and ensures its implementation at the Division level.
  • Provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and oversight to the health workforce component of the Africa CDC strategic priorities.
  • Ensures a comprehensive approach to human capacity development and provides programmatic leadership to ensure seamless planning, implementation of activities, and technical support.
  • Oversees the expansion and development of new and existing activities of the Division.
  • Ensures risk management and mitigation for health workforce development related issues.
  • Engages stakeholders within Members States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in designing and implementing health workforce strategies.
  • Represents the organisation and explains its position at relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Mobilises funds from donors and allocates them towards the implementation of strategies and activities of the Division.


Specific Responsibilities


  • Lead and coordinate the development of Africa CDC public health workforce development strategy and guidance for continuous skill development, retention, and career paths.
  • Strengthen and enhance implementation of the existing health workforce programmes and ensure linkages with animal, agriculture and environmental sectors.
  • Provide direct supervision to health workforce development technical staff in the Division.
  • Lead and coordinate with other partners for standardization and accreditation of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETP) in Africa.
  • Oversee the Africa CDC Scholar, Public Health Leadership, and Fellowship programmes for Africa.
  • Supports operational and translational research capacities relevant for health workforce for public health institutions in Africa.
  • Research new technologies and methodologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health workforce trainings and capacity building.
  • Work with AU Member States that do not have FETP to explore country-specific or regional training programmes that best suit their needs.
  • Oversee the establishment of a continental health workforce database and support the strengthening of National Health Workforce Accounts.
  • Facilitate and strengthen RCCs in promoting inter-country collaboration on health workforce development.
  • Support establishment and strengthening of National Public Health Institutes to coordinate health workforce development using a multi-sectoral approach.
  • Represent Africa CDC in technical meetings, conferences or similar platforms.
  • Prepare periodic financial and budget execution reports and monitor budget execution at Division level.
  • Represent Africa CDC’s scientific interests as a member of a scientific review committee, study group and be part of developing public health scientific policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Support National Public Health Institutes capacity building on health workforce development.
  • Coordinate the delivery of technical services in support of Africa CDC Emergency Response activities as appropriate.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the supervisor.


Job requirements


Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience


  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or other closely related fields, with twelve (12) years of work experience of which a minimum of seven (7) and five (5) years of managerial and supervisory roles respectively.
  • Qualifications in leadership development, organizational development, capacity building or any such related fields is desirable.
  • Experience working at national or international public health or academic/research institutions with required, and practical experience in learning and workforce development.


Required Skills


  • Managerial skills, political tactfulness and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives.
  • Ability to initiate and promote collaborative approaches between geographically and culturally disparate partners.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations both internally and externally.
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks.
  • Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish); fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.


Leadership Competencies


Strategic Perspective
Developing Others ….
Change Management….
Managing Risk..

Core Competencies


Building Relationships ….
Communicating with impact ….
Foster Accountability Culture
Learning Orientation

Functional Competencies

Conceptual Thinking
Job Knowledge and information sharing
Fosters Innovation
Drive for Results


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.


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$   126,440.93  (P5 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 108,357.41 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.


Applications must be submitted no later than March 15, 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.

-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: 2145



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