Head, Finance and Administration Division at the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights


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Job title: Head, Finance and Administration Division,

Start date: December 10, 2021

End date: January 9, 2022

Reference code: N° AFCHPR/2021/08

Location: Arusha, Tanzania

Organization: African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The African Court was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, adopted on 9 June 1998 and came into force on 25 January 2004.  It is the first continental judicial body charged with the responsibility of ensuring the protection of human and peoples’ rights. The Court became operational in 2006 and its seat is in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania.

•  Reports to: Registrar of the Court

•  Directorate: Registry of the Court

•  Number of Direct Reports: 08

•  Number of Indirect Reports: 10

•  Job grade: P5

•  Contract type: Regular

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.

Job Purpose

Ensure the development and implementation of financial, accounting, budgetary and administrative management policies, strategies, procedures and optimize the use of human resources of the Court.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the President of the Court, and under the direct supervision of the Registrar, the Head, Finance and Administration Division will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop management policies, strategies and procedures, monitor their implementation, review their relevance and take appropriate measures to optimize management of resources of the Court.
  • Coordinate and supervise the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the budget of the Court.
  • Coordinate and supervise all accounting transactions, the periodic production of management accounts and financial statements, activity reports and programme management reports.
  • Promote best management systems and practices, develop internal controls, as well as ensure transparency and the obligation to justify expenditure.
  • Ensure the proper application of the Financial Rules and Regulations, Staff Regulations and Rules of the African Union and policies and procedures of management established by the Court.
  • Oversee the timely payment of salaries, allowances, entitlements to members and Staff of the Court, payments to suppliers and other service providers, leveraging suitable technology and simplifying accounting processes.
  • Liaise  and  consult  with  oversight  bodies  (the  Board  of  External  Auditors, African Union Commission and the Court’s Offices of Internal Audit Services), ensure implementation of their recommendations as appropriate through recommendations for changes in policy and/or work procedures.
  • Ensure and guarantee the optimal management of human resources of the Court, among others, organize efficient actions of recruitment, training, annual performance evaluation and administrative staff, in order to have continuously competent and motivated staff.
  • Coordinate and oversee the management of procurement, stores, travel and transport services of the Court in accordance with AU procedures, financial rules and regulations.
  • Oversee and coordinate the activities of administrative services in order to provide required services to the Court.
  • Oversee the delivery of the required IT services to the Court.
  •  Coordinate and direct the day-to-day work and activities of the entire Division. m. Perform any other duties as required.

Required qualifications and relevant work experience

Applicants must have: Education qualification

  University Master’s degree in Accounting or in Finance or in Management or in related fields.

•  A   relevant   qualification   in   Human   Resource   Management   or   in Administration or in related fields, or a relevant professional qualification in Finance or in Accounting will be an added advantage. Work experience

•  A minimum of ten (10) years relevant professional experience in a similar position, preferably in an international organization.

•  Having experience in public relations, procurement and transport issues will be an added advantage.

Work experience

A minimum of twelve (12) years relevant professional experience, eight (8) of  which  shall  be  in  senior  management  level,  preferably  with  an international organization in judicial or other relevant legal functions with regard to the above defined duties and responsibilities.

Required skills and knowledge

•  Demonstrate leadership abilities;

•  Good knowledge of the African human rights system;

•  Strong analytical skills and ability to prepare legal submissions, opinions and motions;

•  Respect for confidentiality and good public relations;

•  Capacity to manage a multicultural team;

•  Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure in a multi- cultural environment;

•  Excellent  drafting  and  argumentative  skills  in  one  of  the  African  Union working languages;

•  Good planning, managing and organizational skills;

•  Computer literacy.

•  Proficiency in one of the AU Official working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish). Good knowledge of at least one other language above-mentioned will be an added advantage.


Leadership Competencies

•  Strategic Perspective

•  Developing Others

•  Driving Change

•  Managing Risk

Core Competencies

•  Building Relationships

•  Responsibility

•  Learning Orientation

•  Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies

•  Conceptual Thinking and Problem Solving

•  Job Knowledge

•  Drive for Results

•  Innovation and Taking Initiative

Tenure of Appointment

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

Gender Mainstreaming

The African Court is an equal opportunity employer. For this position, qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.


Indicative basic salary of US$54,338.00 per annum (grade P5 step 3) plus other related entitlements e.g. post adjustment (42% of basic salary), housing allowance (1,860.00 US$ per month), education allowance (100% of school fees up to a maximum of US$10,000.00 per child per annum to a maximum of four children aged 21 years maximum), spouse allowance (5% of the basic salary), child allowance (US$250 per annum per child up to four children aged 21 years maximum), etc in accordance with the Rules and Regulations governing International Civil Servants of the African Union.


All applications must be submitted through the African Union Commission’s website https://careers.au.int and be made not later than January 9, 2022.

NB: Candidates who previously applied for this position are encouraged to reapply through the aforementioned website


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