Principal Protocol Officer 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 Organisation 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 of:

Job Title: Principal Protocol Officer

Requisition ID: 1097
Location: Accra, Ghana
Reports to: Head of Protocol Division
Directorate/Department: Office of the Deputy Secretary General
Division :Protocol Division
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P4
Contract  Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • Performs the operation of the protocol division to ensure delivery of results within proposed budget and timeframe.

Main Functions

  • Provide technical and intellectual support in the management of various partnerships relevant for the division and directorate;
  • Identify best practices and monitor effectiveness of the division/directorate’s support to AU;
  • Contribute to the development of the departmental strategies and business continuity plan and participate in/ensure their implementation;
  • Involve in negotiations;
  • Foster and ensure implementation of large-scale and long-term initiatives related to strategic partnerships;
  • Support the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations;
  • Develop training materials and provide necessary training and support to Organization Units;
  • Provide technical resource allocation and policy guidance on matters relating to system -Implementation projects and maintenance.
  • Supervise all the audiences organized by the office of the Secretary General and AfCFTA directors when necessary
  • Prepare and supervise ceremonies and official functions
  • Develop and maintain regular working relations with top level stakeholders in appropriate agencies of Member States and partners,

Specific Responsibilities

  • Laise with concerned Ghanaian Authorities, particularly Minister of Foreign Affairs, Security, Immigration and Customs Authorities, for smooth coordination of AU Airport duties.
  • Handling processing and management of privileges and immunities of the Secretariat and its staff in accordance with the relevant provisions of host agreement
  • Advise on the appropriate souvenir/gift for the Secretariat guests during the gift exchange
  • Supervise the preparation of all the Secretariat Conferences and ensure that the necessary logistics are put in place so that meetings are conducted in a standard internationally accepted manner
  • Prepare invitation cards ensure of their dispatch for the secretariat official events, and ceremonies
  • Providing the necessary advice on protocol-related issues to the AU and its constituents in accordance with diplomatic norms, especially with regards to privileges and immunities;
  • Initiating and following up on requests for diplomatic privileges and immunities from the relevant Ghanaian authorities on behalf of the AfCFTA Secretariat and its staff members;
  • Coordinating requests for import/export permits for vehicles and other goods and personal effects for the Secretariat and its staff;
  • Facilitation of the issuance of administrative and legal documents on behalf of officials and staff (resident IDs, Visas etc.);
  • Drafting official and administrative correspondences and communications (notes verbals, memoranda…).
  • Manage workload and priorities of the official Events and Protocol team as well as ensure the necessary logistic arrangement;
  • Welcome and usher guests during official ceremonies and functions, i.e. VIPs, guests to the Secretary General; Deputy Secretary General and Directors according to the international protocol procedures/formalities
  • Service the conferences organized by the Secretariat from time to time both at the Headquarters and those out of the countries
  • Coordinate and oversee the smooth running of provision of services with respect to the Staff requests and follow-up on the systematic reporting and establishment of data (Diplomatic IDs; Work permit Customs i.e. import/export permits for vehicles; personal effects; official equipment etc…)
  • Supervise data processing of AfCFTA diplomatic (CD) plate numbers for official fleet and staff
  • Prepare and conduct the organized periodical induction arranged by the Directorate of the Administration for the Staff
  • Assist in coordination of protocol matters for efficient diplomatic engagement with Embassies and High Commissions accredited to the Republic of Ghana
  • In addition to the above, will perform any other related duties directed by the Chief of Protocol

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in International Relations, Political Science, Public Relations or Diplomacy or a related area with 10 years of relevant work experience of which six (6) years should be at managerial level and three (3) years at supervisory level within an international, regional or national organization.
  • Bachelor degree in International Relations, Political Science, Public Relations or Diplomacy or related areas with twelve (12) years of relevant work experience of which six (6) years should be at managerial level and three (3) years at supervisory level within an international, regional or national organization.

Required Skills

  • Ability to use strong managerial delegation, political tact and supervisory skills to achieve documented objectives
  • Ability to work effectively with people from various backgrounds and create an environment where diversity is respected
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with top level stakeholders
  • Ability to identify key strategic opportunities and risks
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to actively seek, identify and apply appropriate technology to improve programme delivery
  • Ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority with regard to performance management and professional development
  • Proficiency in two of the AU official working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish) and  fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage;

Leadership Competencies

  • Strategic Insight
  • Developing others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk
  • Core Competencies
  • Building Relationship
  • Foster Accountability Culture
  • Communicating with Influence
  • Functional Competencies
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous improvement orientation

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.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • 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, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


  • Indicative basic salary of US$ 42,879.00.00 (P4 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary)
  • Housing allowance US$ 27,290.88.00 (per annum)
  • 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
2nd May, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online



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