Director Ethics, Integrity & Standards

Full Time

African Union

Purpose of Job

To provide strategic direction and leadership in managing the operations for the effective management of ethical matters and issues through confidential ethical advice.

Main Functions

  • Develops and executes the overall strategy for the department and ensures alignment with overall organizational strategy;
  • Manages and supervises employees within the directorate, ensures the timely delivery of the directorate’s goals and effective staff performance evaluation;
  • Drives the implementation and monitoring of policies, strategies, and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of relevant AU Decisions;
  • Ensures the delivery of the directorate’s annual targets in line with the organization’s overall goals and maintains robust departmental monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Provides technical leadership and ensures efficient functioning of all Divisions within the department/directorate;
  • Manages the work of the Department/Directorate and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance in line with the organization’s performance management policy and system;
  • Leads the directorate/department and ensures effective management of personnel, budget, performance, quality, employee relations matters, and training in conformity with relevant rules, policies, and procedures;
  • Develops and maintains operating rules and procedures;
  • Ensures business continuity to address unforeseen circumstances;
  • Builds and maintains good working relations and collaboration with other directorates/departments;
  • Develops and maintains regular working relations with senior stakeholders in Member States and partner institutions;
  • Coordinates meetings between the organization and relevant partners;
  • Ensures the preparation of periodic financial and budget execution reports and other reports;
  • Ensures the effective management of funds contributed to the organization;
  • Implements thematic partnerships in support of the mandate of the Directorate;
  • Develops and oversees policy development and guidelines in line with the organization’s legal framework;
  • Design policies consistent with the AU’s goals and mandate in order to address the pertinent issues in the relevant area;
  • Manages risks and recommends mitigation strategies;
  • Prepares and oversees integrated programs, projects, and overall activities of the directorate.

Specific Responsibilities

The Director’s duties will include:

  • Provides ethical advice to Staff and Management on a confidential basis in line with the Organization’s values, Code of Conduct, Regulations, and Rules
  • Manages the implementation of ethical policies and guidelines in all Union Organs and offices through awareness sessions and sensitization of Staff members and Senior Management
  • Provide Ethical Leadership training to Management
  • Coordinates the provision of administrative and budgetary support to autonomous offices within the Directorate – the Administrative Tribunal, Ombudsman, and Disciplinary Board.
  • Develops and implements relevant rules, policies, and procedures for the Ethics office
  • Ensures the management of the Ethics Office personnel, budget, performance, quality, and training in conformity with the Code of Ethics and Conduct and other relevant rules and procedures in force.
  • Determines and executes in collaboration with the Heads of the Autonomous Offices within the Directorate an overall strategy for the administration of justice in all Union Organs.
  • Leads and directs compliance issues and the proper implementation of policies approved by the Commission.
  • Prepares and supports integrated programs of overall activities of the Directorate.
  • Builds and maintains a strategic plan to foster good working relations with the Administrative Tribunal, Ombudsman, and Disciplinary Board as well as other Directorates and offices.
  • Maintains and respects the independent technical functioning of the Administrative Tribunal, Ombudsman, and Disciplinary Board;
  • Develops and maintains regular working relations with top-level stakeholders in all Union Organs, Offices, and partners.
  • Organizes the coordination of meetings between the AUC and other Organs, agencies, and relevant offices in its area of operation.
  • Prepares periodic financial and budget execution reports and annual financial statements for the Ethics Office and provides support and guidance to the Administrative Tribunal, Disciplinary Board, and Ombudsman in doing the same.
  • Initiates and takes necessary actions to ensure the availability of funds for the operation of the Directorate. Proposes relevant training programs for staff to enhance their efficiency.
  • Promotes awareness and training programs of policies approved by the Commission.
  • Ensures the preparation and submission of annual reports of the Ethics office to the PRC through the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
  • Conducts goal setting and periodic performance evaluation of ethics staff members and supervises the other offices to do the same on time.

The Director’s specific responsibilities will cover the following:

  • Promotes ethical compliance and standards of AU Values within the Union Organs.
  • Advises the Chairperson and Heads of all organs and offices on ethical matters
  • Develops, initiates, maintains, and revises policies and procedures for the general operation of the Ethics Program and its related activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct.
  • Manages the day-to-day operation of the Ethics Office
  • Collaborates with other departments (e.g., Legal Counsel, Internal Audit, Administration and Human Resources, etc.) in ensuring compliance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct, regulations and rules.
  • Promotes confidentiality and executes responsibilities in a prudent and judicious manner
  • Manages the implementation of the Code of Ethics and Conduct, and the core values of the Commission, as specified in the Code
  • Cooperates with the Office of the Legal Counsel and other concerned units of the African Union to draft relevant policies
  • Manages and implements the Harassment policy and system
  • Receives, inquires, and addresses ethics-related complaints from all Union Organs
  • Guides AUC management, and management of other AU organs in ensuring that rules, policies, procedures, and practices are implemented and adhered to with the highest standards of integrity
  • Provides confidential advice and guidance to staff and Elected Officials on ethical issues, (e.g., conflicts of interest)
  • Supports services in the assessment of organizational risk related to misconduct and non-compliance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct
  • Monitors program performance and supports periodic measurements of program effectiveness
  • Ensures confidentiality and protection of staff against retaliation for reporting misconduct and for cooperating with duly authorized audits or investigations
  • Participates in management meetings and provides ethical advice
  • Supports services in the execution of the mandatory ethics training program
  • Manages the yearly ethics training certification by staff and Elected Officials and reports to the Chairperson accordingly
  • Promotes staff awareness of ethical standards and behavior
  • Manages the implementation of the program including the gift and financial disclosure program
  • Prepares periodic reports on the status of implementation of the Code of Ethics and Conduct and relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Manages the performance of staff in the Ethics Office.
  • Prepares and submits Annual Ethics Report to the PRC through the Chairperson
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • A Master’s Degree in Law, Public Policy, or Public Administration with 15 years of relevant work experience out of which 8 years should be at a managerial level and 5 years need to be in a supervisory role.

Required Skills

  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to achieve documented objectives and meet timelines
  • Interpersonal and negotiation skills: Ability to work effectively with people from various backgrounds and create an environment where diversity is respected
  • Communication, presentation, and report writing skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic) and fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies

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

Core Competencies

  • Building Relationships
  • Drives Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Impact

Functional Competencies

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


The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as 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, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Spanish) is mandatory, and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


Indicative basic salary of US$ 78,138.00 (D1 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

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 (Bac+2), Bachelor’s degrees (Bac+3), Master’s degrees (Bac+5) and any relevant certificate in line with the area of expertise.

The African Union is an equal-opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

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Deadline: June 28, 2024

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