Human Resource Management Division (Recruitment Unit)

Employment Categories

AUC recognizes that its prime resources are its employees and it depends on their commitment and efforts for its continued prosperity and growth. AUC shall recruit, appoint, upgrade and develop those persons who best meet the requirements of a vacant position and who are able to contribute to the success of the Organisation through a comprehensive, pro-active and positive concept. The African Union Commission is an equal opportunity employer which upholds the rights of all candidates who apply and in the spirit of equal opportunity strongly encourages qualified African women as well as citizens of least represented countries to apply.

Internationally Recruited Positions

For Internationally recruited positions AUC will always post such jobs on the careers website as well as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Please follow our pages on these social media so as to be notified if such positions are available.

Headquarters Internship Programme

AUC provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate programme to undertake an Internship at its Headquarters in Addis Ababa. Only applicants with a minimum First Degree will be considered. Please note that Internship within the Commission do not attract any form of remuneration. To apply for Internship please follow this link Apply for Internship.

Locally recruited positions

For jobs in the General Service and related categories that offers local contracts, including those in the security and safety, secretarial and other support positions, please check the AU career website and also contact the local office of the AUC in your country directly.

Strategic directions

The Vision

The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena”.

The Mission

The mission of Commission 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” .

The values of the African Union Commission that guide and govern its functioning and operations are

  1. Respect for diversity and team work.

  2. Think Africa above all.

  3. Transparency and accountability.

  4. Integrity and Impartiality.

  5. Efficiency and Professionalism.

  6. Information and Knwoledge sharing.

Who are we looking for to join African Union Commision

The people we are looking for should

  1. Demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge.

  2. Be motivated and have a strong commitment to the policies and programmes of AUC.

  3. Be able to work well in a multicultural Environment.

  4. Have working experience at national and/or international level.

  5. Be proficient in at least one of the official languages of the Organization (Arabic, English, French, and Portuguese) and have a working knowledge of a second. It is not mandatory to know more than one language however an additional languages are an asset.

Recruitment Principles

  1. We do not discriminate on any ground (race, creed or sex).

  2. We are committed to promoting diversity in our workforce.

  3. We aim to achieve a broad representation of member country nationals.

  4. We strive to provide an environment where the contribution of each individual is valued.

  5. Selection of staff is normally made on a competitive basis.

What are the various employment profiles of our staff

AUC recruits staff on fixed-term, temporary basis or on a regular basis as when the need arises. Staff are grouped into two broad categories, Professional and General Service staff categories.

  1. Elected Officials (Group 1)

  2. Professional Staff (Group II)

  3. This category constitutes staff members responsible, among other things, for conceiving, planning, managing, supervising, monitoring, drafting and evaluating departmental activities. These comprise of technical staff who are responsible for, among other things, developing, implementing and supervising programme activities and staff members with specialized functions, such as revising, translating, interpreting, proof-reading, précis-writing and evaluating materials.

  1. Political and Special Appointees

  2. General Service Staff (Group IV)

    • The General Service Staff category comprises of two groups

    • First Category (GSA)

    • Administrative, Clerical, Maintenance and Paramedical.

    • Second Category (GSB)

    • An Auxiliary to the first category and includes general service staff members responsible among other things for performing routine duties of maintenance.

  1. Other category

  2. Staff members on Short-term Contracts, Field Mission, Project and consultants.

What are the various types of appointments that we offer

  1. Regular Appointments
  2. These are appointments made in the first instance on a fixed-term contract for a period of three (3) years, the first twelve (12) months of which shall be considered probationary period and thereafter for renewable periods every two years subject to performance.

  3. Continuing Regular Appointments
  4. These are appointments made by the Organization to Staff Members who have satisfactorily completed five (5) years of service as Regular Staff. The Organization shall ensure that the number of Continuing Staff Members shall not exceed fifty-one percent (51%) of the total number of regular staff of the Organization for each staff category taking into account the Staff Member country quotas.

  5. Fixed-term Appointments
  6. These are appointments made for a period not exceeding two years but not less than a year with terms and conditions of service specified in their contracts in accordance with AU Polity on recruitment.

  7. Short-term Appointment
  8. These are appointments made for a period not exceeding one year but less than three (3) months with terms and conditions of service specified in the contract in accordance with AU Policy on recruitment.

  9. Consultancy
  10. These are contracts for a period not exceeding three (3) months with terms and conditions of service specified in the contracts in accordance with AU Policy on recruitment.

  11. Special Services Appointment
  12. These are contracts of a limited duration and are renewable as and when necessary but not conferring on a staff member any full time commitment during its duration. The terms and conditions of service specified in the contracts in accordance with AU Policy on recruitment.

  13. Political and Special Appointments
  14. These are appointments made by Elected Officials for a duration not exceeding their term of office. The Political Appointee shall possess adequate knowledge of the working of the Union.

  15. General Service Categories
    • First Category (GSA), these include Administrative, clerical, maintenance and paramedical staff.

    • Second Category (GSB),This is an auxiliary to the First category. They are responsible for performing routine duties of maintenance.

You are strongly encouraged to apply only to an advertised vacancy notice for which you consider you are qualified and ensure you send the application before the deadline. Upon completion of the personal history form, online applications will be acknowledged via e-mail. To start the online application process, applicants are required to register online for a personal account. After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the AUC personal history form provided. Once the personal history form has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The personal history form may be modified as necessary for future applications.

Please check your qualifications against the requirements displayed in the position description since only those applicants that meet the requirements will be considered. The Commission requests all applicants from AU Member States to always apply whenever their exists vacancies that they believe they are qualified for.

By creating an online profile in our E-recruitment system you wil be able to

  1. Create your own personal account for future visits.

  2. Return to view and update your personal history form at any time.

  3. Apply to more than one vacancy notice.

  4. Monitor the status of vacancy notices for which you have applied.

  5. Receive e-mail correspondence (notifications) about vacancy notices for which you have applied.

Receipt of online applications will be confirmed via the email address you have provided. The email is not official confirmation of your application, only the vacancy appearing in your list of applications is proof and confirmation.

  1. Access the E-recruitment application by clicking the following link Create Profile

  2. Click Register here.

  3. Enter all the required information, note use your personal E-mail address for which you have access to since any system generated E-mails will be sent to this E-mail.

  4. Choose a good Username and Password that you can easily remember.

  5. Confirm that you accept our data privacy statement by checking the Yes, I have read the data privacy statement and I accept it.

  6. Click Register button, if their are no errors an E-mail will be sent to you asking you to confirm your registration. Please click the link and your registration will be confirmed, you can then now procede in creating your profile.

  1. Access the E-recruitment application by using the username and password you created.

  2. Select Employment Oppurtunities on the top of the page.

  3. Start your search, please do not change anything in the search criteria.

  4. Select the job you want to apply for.

  5. Complete the application wizard, note the cover letter and Questionaires are mandatory so please ensure that you provide them.

  6. Complete and Send the application.

  7. An Email will be sent to the registered E-mail address confirming the recipt of your application.

  1. Access the E-recruitment application by using the username and password you created.

  2. Select Employment Oppurtunities on the top of the page.

  3. Select my applications. A list of all applications you have succesfully applied for will be listed

No you can use the same profile to apply for multiple positions. However note if you update the profile the lastest information you will be the one used to shortlist.

  1. From the logon page select Forgot password.

  2. Provide the E-mail you used to register and click Send Password

  3. Access your E-mail the password will be sent to you via E-mail, Copy and paste the new password you will then be prompted to provide the new password.

AU Careers is African Union Commision main vacancy application portal, in order to be able to apply for a position all potential applicants will need to create a PHP database Record where they will enter among others your personal information, current and previous education and employment details.

From the provided information AUC recruitment team will match the data against the currently applied for position to see if you meet the requirements. It is advised that you completely enter your data as partial data may lead to disqualification. In addition you can always track the status of your applications by clicking on my applications in your cockpit.

Once an application has been successfully submitted you should receive an Email, in addition you can view a history of all your applications from the My Applications Cockpit.

Please use the following links to access the E-recruitment System to access your PHP records, note in the Legacy System you cannot update your data. In addition you can access the User Manuals from the links below if you are having problems applying for a position or creating your profile.

ALL JOB ADVERTISEMENTS EXPIRE AT 11:59 PM OR 23:59 HRS, ADDIS ABABA TIME


TOUTES LES VACANCES DE POSTE PUBLIEES EXPIRERONT A 11:59pm OU 23h59mns, HEURES D’ADDIS ABEBA.

If you are experiencing problems during either applying for a job or creating a PHP record in the E-recruitment System, please contact the African Union Recruitment by logging a ticket through the link below.
Online Help

African Union Commision does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process if you are requested to send any form of money in regards to a job advert please contact au-recruits@africa-union.org.

If you are experiencing problems during either applying for a job or creating a PHF record in the E-recruitment System, please contact the African Union Recruitment at au-recruits@africa-union.org and elaborate on the exact problem you are facing.

  • I want to work for the AUC. Where can I send my application ?

  • To apply, please visit our online recruitment database E-recruitment page where you can then create your Profile and submit your application online. The Commission request all applicants from AU Member States to send online detailed CVs in accordance with the format indicated. The Commission further encourages all applicants to forward their respective application directly to the address specified above.

  • I have dual nationality status, which nationality will be considered for employment ?

  • In the application form, specify preferred nationality as the nationality you want to be considered for, however you should have supporting papers notably a passport confirming your citizenship of the preferred nationality country.

  • Can I apply for an internship ?

  • The African Union provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate programme to undertake an internship at its Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. To apply for internship please follow this link.

  • As an Intern, Can I receive financial assistance from the AUC ?

  • Financial aid is not available to interns through the AUC.

  • How can I contribute to the work of the AUC ?

  • The Organization accepts voluntary financial contributions if consistent with its aims and activities.

  • I have a project to advance the goals of the African Union. Does the AUC offer financial, logistical or legal assistance ?

  • No. Being an Organization of sovereign states, its resources are allocated only to programmes which have been officially approved by its members. However, there are several ways Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) can collaborate with the AU on its activities.

    • I have a school assignment about the AUC. Where can I find more information ?

    • Please visit our website for more information about the AUC.

    • Does the AUC offer scholarships ?

    • The AU offers no general scholarship or student exchange programme.

    • What countries does the African Union Consider applications of it’s citizens ?

    • Based on it’s mandate African Union will only consider applications from nationals of the following countries.

    • I received an email from a AUC organization and/or a AUC official. Could this be a scam ?

    • Some electronic messages may falsely state that they are issued by, or in association with, the African Union. See Official Warning from the AUC. Please be aware that the AUC does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.

      If you are in doubt please address your concerns to AUC Recruitment and we will confirm the authenticity of the communication.

    • What are the minimum requirements for each job category ?

    • Please before you apply for a vacancy ensure you meet the minimum requirements any application that does not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.

    Grade Educational Qualification Minimum Work Experience in Relevant Field Age Preference
    D1 Masters 10 years of which 5 is at senior management level 35-50
    P6 Masters 10 years of which 3 is at senior management level 35-50
    P5 Masters 10 years of which 5 is at senior management level 35-50
    P4 Masters 10 years 35-50
    P3 Masters 6 or 8 years depending on Educational qualification 30-45
    P2 Bachelors 5 years 25-35
    P1 Bachelors 3 years 25-35
    GSA6 Diploma 10 years 30-50
    GSA5 Diploma 5 years 25-35

    Member States

    The Commission will only consider applications for vaccancies from citizens of AU Member States listed below.

    African Union Member State Capital City
    People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Algiers
    Republic of Angola Luanda
    Republic of Benin Porto-Novo
    Republic of Botswana Gaborone
    Burkina Faso Ouagadougou
    Republic of Burundi Bujumbura
    Republic of Cabo Verde Praia
    Republic of Cameroon Yaounde
    Central African Republic Bangui
    The Republic of Chad N’Djamena
    Union of the Comoros Moroni
    Republic of the Congo Brazzaville
    Republic of Cote d’Ivoire Yamoussoukro
    Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa
    Republic of Djibouti Djibouti
    Arab Republic of Egypt Cairo
    Republic of Equatorial Guinea Malabo
    State of Eritrea Asmara
    Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Addis Ababa
    Gabonese Republic Libreville
    Republic of the Gambia Banjul
    Republic of Ghana Accra
    Republic of Guinea Conakry
    Republic of Guinea-Bissau Bissau
    Republic of Kenya Nairobi
    Kingdom of Lesotho Maseru
    Republic of Liberia Monrovia
    Libya Tripoli
    Republic of Madagascar Antananarivo
    Republic of Malawi Lilongwe
    Republic of Mali Bamako
    Republic of Mauritania Nouakchott
    Republic of Mauritius Port Louis
    Republic of Mozambique Maputo
    Republic of Namibia Windhoek
    Republic of Niger Niamey
    Federal Republic of Nigeria Abuja
    Republic of Rwanda Kigali
    Republic Arab Saharawi Democratic Aauin
    Democratic Republic of sao Tome and Principe Sao Tome
    Republic of Senegal Dakar
    Republic of Seychelles Victoria
    Republic of Sierra Leone Freetown
    Somali Republic Mogadishu
    Republic of South Africa Pretoria(Executive) Bloemfontein (Judical) CapeTown(Legislative)
    Republic of South Sudan Juba
    Republic of The Sudan Khartoum
    Kingdom of Swaziland Lobamba(royal and legislative) Mbabane (Administrative)
    United Republic of Tanzania Dar es Salaam(traditional capital) Dodoma (Location of legislature)
    Togolese Republic Lome
    Tunisian Republic Tunis
    Republic of Uganda Kampala
    Republic of Zambia Lusaka
    Republic of Zimbabwe Harare

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