Senior Media and Communications Officer (PAP) at the African Union (AU)


Senior Media and Communications Officer (PAP) 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 Media and Communications Officer (PAP)

Requisition ID: 1401
Location: South Africa
Reports to: Head of Administration and Human Resources
Directorate/Department : Finance, Administration and Human Resources (FAHR)
Division: Communication and IT Unit
Job Grade: P3
Contract  Type: Regular 

Purpose of Job

  • To provide strategic communication guidance to build a good image of the Pan-African Parliament and promote increased visibility of its objectives and activities.

Main Functions

  • Develops, reviews and implements the PAP communication and branding strategies. 
  • Manages the Communication and Media Unit’s Work Programme and Budget. 
  • Builds and promotes a good image of the Pan-African Parliament in alignment to the AU Agenda 2063.
  • Spearheads advocacy and public campaigns continent-wide in favor of the PAP’s vision, mission and strategic plan and for the purpose of popularizing the PAP within Africa and in the world.
  • Organizes and presides over media briefings and other speaking engagements at local and international events. 
  • Organizes media interviews for the Bureau, Members of the Pan African Parliament, and occasionally for the Clerk of Parliament. 
  • Develops and maintains networks with National and International partners, all National Parliaments of the African Union Member States and Heads of media institutions, etc. 
  • Regularly monitors communication efforts to ensure maximum return on investment. 
  • Manages the PAP website. 
  • Develops and supervises the implementation of the PAP social media strategy. 
  • Drafts speeches and position papers for the PAP Secretariat Management. 
  • Produces Media Plans and Press Releases. 
  • Manages the Broadcasting facility and supervises the Broadcast Team. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Implements and manages a communication strategy to advance PAP objectives and initiatives.
  • Provides strategic guidance on the communication activities of PAP including coordination, advocacy and communication strategies, planning and implementation.
  • Develops and disseminates holistic messages targeted to different stakeholders.
  • Works closely with the Bureau Office, Information Technology, AU Directorate of Information & Communication, the PAP Webmaster and Committee Clerks to develop and/or update the information, communication and knowledge management strategy based on PAP’s strategic plan.
  • Develops materials to compellingly communicate evidence and lead new approaches to creates and distributes multi-media content including the use of social media;
  • Drafts all external communications and keeps the PAP website updated. 
  • Initiates and/or sustains professional relationship with key stakeholders/constituencies.
  • Drafts development partner engagement plan including development of communication materials and a relationship development plan to meet with and engage development partners.
  • Participates in the Crisis Management Group as the media expert and contributes to developing media strategies in response to crises that have a potential to impact our brand and reputation.
  • Works with Committee Clerks, Goodwill Ambassadors, PAP International Relations Office and the Policy Officer, Resource Mobilization Officer to identify highest-priority areas requiring funding support to communicate to development partners
  • Works with Regional and National Parliaments to develop materials to compellingly communicate the work and achievements of the PAP.
  • Provides communications support to PAP statutory and non-statutory meetings including special events/workshops/meetings and conferences.
  • Provides editorial advice, statements and replies to frequently asked questions for Senior Management and Parliamentarians.
  • Monitors events and analyzes documents to identify trends, opportunities and risks and prepare appropriate PAP action plans or responses.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • A Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Communications, Journalism, Broadcasting, Public and Media Relations or related field, with a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience in the area of corporate communication, journalism, advocacy with at least three (3) years at a supervisory level in an international organisation. 


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the above mentioned fields with ten (10) years of experience and at least three (3) at a supervisory level in an international organisation. 

Required Skills:

  • The successful candidate is expected to be creative and have the ability to interact harmoniously and effectively in a multi-cultural environment with colleagues from diverse disciplines, perspectives, countries and cultures. 
  • Possess excellent interpersonal, networking, negotiation and communication skills. 
  • He/she must have the ability to make objective decisions and resolve problems, exercising the highest sense of responsibility in the handling of confidential and sensitive issues. 
  • Ability to contribute to strategic thinking with a view to improving media and communication services to all PAP stakeholders. 
  • Ability to work under pressure, setting priorities and managing multiple tasks simultaneously. 
  • Have skills and experience in the production and distribution of printed publications as well as audio-visual and e-content development. 
  • High ethical standards, integrity and a deep sense of fairness. 
  • Good knowledge of the African Union system. 

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk
  • Core Competencies
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing..
  • Drive for Results

Tenure of Appointment:

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


  • 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 US$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 21,832.68 (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

  • 24th October, 2022.

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

Gender Mainstreaming

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


  • Only candidates who have met all the requirements of the post and have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Only applications registered online with a complete curriculum vitae (CV) attached will be considered. 

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