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Organization: African Union (AU)


Website and contact information:

African Union Headquarters
P.O. Box 3243
Addis Ababa
Tel: (251)-11-551-77 00
Fax:(251)-11-551-78 44


Location of headquarters:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Year founded: 2002 (launched)


Mandate and/or mission statement:

The Objectives of the AU

  1. To achieve greater unity and solidarity between the African countries and the peoples of Africa;
  2. To defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of its Member States;
  3. To accelerate the political and socio-economic integration of the continent;
  4. To promote and defend African common positions on issues of interest to the continent and its peoples;
  5. To encourage international cooperation, taking due account of the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  6. To promote peace, security, and stability on the continent;
  7. To promote democratic principles and institutions, popular participation and good governance;
  8. To promote and protect human and peoples' rights in accordance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and other relevant human rights instruments;
  9. To establish the necessary conditions which enable the continent to play its rightful role in the global economy and in international negotiations;
  10. To promote sustainable development at the economic, social and cultural levels as well as the integration of African economies;
  11. To promote co-operation in all fields of human activity to raise the living standards of African peoples;
  12. To coordinate and harmonize the policies between the existing and future Regional Economic Communities for the gradual attainment of the objectives of the Union;
  13. To advance the development of the continent by promoting research in all fields, in particular in science and technology;
  14. To work with relevant international partners in the eradication of preventable diseases and the promotion of good health on the continent.


Relevant programs and projects:


Current head/director (and nationality):

H.E. Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare, Chairperson, Mali


Number of Member States and/or Observer States:

53 Member States


Operating budget:


Number and location of missions or field offices (if applicable):


Number of employees:


Grades descriptions:


Where does this organization advertise when there are job openings?



What is the job application process?

The Commission request all applicants from AU Member States to send detailed CVs in accordance with the format indicated.  The Commission further encourages all applicants to forward their respective application directly to the following addresses:

fax number: +(251-11) 5525840 /5510430.

Applicants who wish to have the Arabic and Portuguese version of the vacancies announcement may contact the webmaster:

Please note that applications submitted electronically should be in Word format. Indicate the vacancy number on the email or fax.


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What are the expectations, minimum requirements and application procedures for volunteers in this organization?



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