Deputy Director General of the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) at the African Union (AU)

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 Organization 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 below:

Job Title: Deputy Director General of the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

Requisition ID: 1802
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Job Grade: D2
Contract Type: Regular
Reports to: Director General of Africa CDC
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC

Purpose of Job

  • To assist the Director General of the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in delivering his mandate by leading the operational coordination of the Commission’s departments and non-elected staff in order to ensure high performance, results and impact.

Main Functions

  • Facilitates the identification of top priorities for the senior leadership of the Africa CDC’s 4-year mandate.
  • Translates the senior leadership priorities into annual targets and goals and establishes a robust Commission-wide framework for monitoring and tracking progress.
  • Provides regular reports to the Director General of Africa CDC on implementation and monitoring of strategic and annual plans;
  • Supports the implementation of the New Public Health Order as the main Africa CDC Agenda by supporting initiatives across the organs;
  • Monitors and tracks progress in the delivery of the Africa CDC’s annual performance targets;
  • Ensures effective collaboration in program development and implementation with the AU organs;
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the Africa CDC’s programs and the delivery of high impact results for the continent;
  • Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer across the Africa CDC; and
  • Drives performance and delivery across the Africa CDC’s senior management and inspires high performance, teamwork, and delivery across the portfolio.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Ensure effective execution of the Africa CDC’s multi-year Strategic Plan.
  • Participate and fully share in the responsibility for planning, managing and evaluating the programmatic aspects of the Africa CDC.
  • Lead the development of long-term multi-year strategic goals and objectives for public health programs and initiatives.
  • Ensure accountability for and adherence to internal controls and external regulations, laws and policies applicable to Africa CDC programs and activities and requirements of key stakeholders and donors.
  • Ensure delivery of comprehensive and timely accountability reporting to the Director General for informing the agency Governing Board and key stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Represent Africa CDC at high level technical and strategic engagements ensuring the Vision of Africa CDC is well understood within the global public health space.
  • Lead, coordinate and ensure regular evaluation of agency programs and research activities in collaboration with the secretariat’s leadership.
  • Identify need for change in organization priorities and acts to implement such changes, communicate related outcomes, change and action plans to internal and external audiences as effectively as possible.
  • Establish, develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of the Governing and other Advisory Boards, other agency leaders, key stakeholders and other public health partners.
  • Ensures appropriate, effective and timely resolution of issues and problems regarding agency activities and programs raised to the Secretariat by Member States and other Constituents.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high performing team; empower, energize and develop overall staff capacity.
  • Perform any duties assigned by the Director General.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Degree equivalent to Doctor of Medicine or Ph.D in Relevant Medical Sciences from a recognized institute or university. In addition, to the Doctor of Medicine or a Ph.D, a Master’s degree in public health (MPH), or epidemiology or equivalent is required.
  • At least 15 years of experience in public health management, planning, or public policy development with evidence of ever-increasing levels of responsibility at the national level or above.
  • At least 15 years’ proven experience in operational management of a public health organization at country, regional or continental level, with at least ten (10) years of managerial experience involving a minimum of five (5) years supervisory exposure.
  • Preferably having a working experience in international organizations
  • Excellent organizational and leadership abilities

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership and management experience, excellent organizational human and financial management skills, very good interpersonal skills and ability to organize and motivate others and to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to Interact with a variety of stakeholders including, at a high level and excellent report writing and reporting skills to diverse audiences and at various levels;
  • Excellent strategic visioning, planning, Implementation, monitoring and evaluations and reporting skills;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency, and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity, and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous, healthy and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
  • Demonstrate clear understanding of scientific evidence and ability to translate scientific evidence into recommendations for public health policy;
  • Good grounding on regional and international policy frameworks and strategies on the African developmental agenda and specifically Agenda 2063 and the SDGs;
  • Working knowledge of research, policy development and analysis, programs development and management, and project management.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Kiswahili, Spanish, Arabic) and fluency in another AU language(s) will be an important added advantage

Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic Focus
  • Developing Organizational Capability
  • Change Leadership
  • Strategic Risk Management

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnership
  • Drives Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Result
  • Fosters Innovation

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a mandate of four (4) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the mandate shall be renewable once.

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.

Indicative basic salary of USD 100,017.00 (D2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance up to 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.

Application Closing Date
9th June, 2023; 11:59 pm (EAT) .

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Only candidates who have met all the requirements of the post and have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • The Africa Union is an equal-opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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