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Senior Research, Ethics & Regulations Officer (AfCDC) 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: Senior Research, Ethics & Regulations Officer (AfCDC)

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Reports to: Director Science Office
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Division: Science Office


Purpose of Job

  • The Senior Research, Ethics and Regulations Officer assists and supports the process of devolving ethics review to the organization by participating in discussions on current practice and procedures, and assisting with the identification and resolution of areas for improvement.

Main Functions

  • Provide technical and intellectual support in the management of various elements related to the area of expertise
  • Identify best practices and monitor effectiveness of the Science Office’s support to Africa CDC.
  • Assist in the development of the strategies and business continuity plan and participate in/ensure their implementation
  • Foster and ensure implementation of initiatives related to area of specialization;
  • Assist in the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations.
  • Develop materials and provide necessary training and support to Africa CDC’s Units as required.
  • Provide technical guidance on matters relating to system review and implementation project in area of specialization, as required.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and define standard templates for research proposals, manuscripts and abstracts.
  • Support diverse teams to develop research protocols, manuscripts and abstracts by ensuring alignment with institutional templates and policies.
  • Develop and foster implementation of an internal review mechanism of research proposals, manuscripts and abstracts from diverse teams.
  • Provides technical support and packages document needed to submit proposed research studies to relevant ethics committees for review and approval.
  • Performs any other relevant functions as assigned by the Supervisor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree  or Bachelor’s Degree  in Public Health, Medicine, Epidemiology, Health Science, Health-Services Research or related health discipline;
  • Seven (7) and ten (10) years of relevant experience for Masters and Bachelor Degree respectively, including three (3) years at expert level in editing academic books, journals, or magazines, with a proven track record of quality and impact.
  • Background training in the sciences or work experience in science writing and editing.
  • PhD in any of the above or related fields would be an added advantage

Required Skills:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with a keen eye for detail, accuracy, and consistency.
  • Strong knowledge of the subject matter, industry trends, and best practices.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Leadership and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Creativity and innovation, with the ability to generate new ideas and approaches.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk
  • Core Competencies
  • Building Relationship
  • Accountable and Complies with Rules
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence
  • Functional Competencies
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous Improvement Orientation


  • 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.

Tenure of Appointment

  • The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period.
  • Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$96,921.34  (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$78,461.08 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Application Closing Date
29th December, 2023 11h59 p.m. EAT.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online