Recruitment for Coordinator, Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa (CISSA) at the African Union (AU)

Application Closing date
7th March, 2022.
The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).  We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Coordinator, Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa (CISSA)
Requisition ID: 984
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Chairperson
Directorate / Department: CISSA Liaison Unit
Division: Programme and Research
Job Grade: P6
Contract Type: Regular
Number of Direct Reports: 4
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Purpose of Job

  • To provide strategic leadership for the management, supervision and coordination of activities of the Unit

Main Function

  • Coordinates activities, supervises and manages employees with regard to organisation and performance evaluation.
  • Designs strategies and policies consistent with the Unit’s work plans in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area.
  • Plans, coordinates and supervises the design, plans and execution of the Unit’s activities of the unit
  • Develops new and expands on existing activities as components of the strategies and policies designed for the unit.
  • Addresses problems arising in current approaches to relevant area.
  • Supervises the engagement of stakeholders in designing and implementing strategies.
  • Represents the Organisation in activities related to the Unit’s mandate, as and when required.
  • Mobilizes funding to allow execution of planned activities.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Ensures the preparation of Intelligence and security reports and analytical papers on developments that could impact on Africa and other regions.
  • Liaises between the AUC and the CISSA Secretariat and fosters cooperation with CISSA.
  • Receives, processes and analyzes intelligence and security reports from the CISSA Secretariat for the Chairperson.
  • Coordinates with CISSA to identify better ways to facilitate and promote cooperation in information and Intelligence sharing within member states as well as improve capacity-building mechanisms for intelligence production.
  • Coordinates with CISSA and relevant departments of AUC to combat trans- national border crimes as well support member states to develop policy and capacity to deal with these crimes.
  • Liaises and Fosters Cooperation with INTERPOL, UNODC and other related partners in areas of sharing Intelligence to combat transnational organized crimes as they affect the African continent. Some of the crimes are terrorism, cybercrime, trafficking in drugs, small arms and persons; Environmental crimes, money laundering; etc.
  • Ensures the building of capacity of member states services to combat these crimes.
  • Monitors and follows emerging threats and ongoing conflicts to advice the Chairperson as well as ensure the unit’s participation in African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) activities and it’s strengthening.
  • Coordinates with CISSA and Department of political Affairs to promote good governance as well as provide timely Intelligence and analyses of pre and post electoral situations of African countries holding elections.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Conflict Management, Law, Intelligence and Security Studies or related field from a recognized Institution
  • 14 years of proven experience in Intelligence & Security operations, with at least 7 years in a managerial and/or expert position and have at least 5 (five) years’ experience in a supervisory role.
  • Experience in the field of Prevention, Management and Resolution of Conflicts in Africa are key requirements.

Required Skills:

  • Leadership and innovation skills
  • Interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Communication, presentation and report writing skills
  • Computing skills
  • Planning, budgeting and organizational skills
  • Knowledge in various doctrines of Intelligence Services and their modus operandi shall be an added advantage0
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Perspective
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk
  • Core Competencies
  • Building Relationships
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact
  • Functional Competencies
  • Conceptual Thinking

Job Knowledge and Information Sharing:

  • Drive for Results
  • Fosters Innovation

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • 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

Tenure of Appointment:

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

  • Indicative basic salary of US$ 61,023.00 (P6 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$  26,208.00 (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.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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