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PROJECT: Professionalize African Union staff for Rule of Law Initiatives Activity: Training in Employment law and policy

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PROJECT: Professionalize African Union staff for Rule of Law Initiatives
Activity: Training in Employment law and policy
Background
On the 28th of September 2017, the Government of the United States of America and the African Union
Commission signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) on Rule of Law and Criminal Justice Assistance. The
agreement provided for, inter alia, training, mentorship, capacity building and material support to the
AUC staff to develop their skills and to promote good governance and successfully implement rule of law
projects. In September 2018, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative was contracted by the
United States Government to implement the program with the African Union.
Project Goal: To strengthen AUC staff’s capacity to advise on issues of governance, transnational crime,
and peace and security, to propose effective approaches to advancing these AU priorities, and to
successfully oversee and implement mechanisms addressing these issues.
Project Objectives:
1) AUC staff possess increased knowledge and skills for handling matters related to governance, rule
of law, criminal justice, transnational crime, and other legal and rule of law topics requested by
AUC officials;
2) AUC staff and offices have enhanced capabilities to develop and manage implementing
mechanisms related to the topics identified in #1;
3) AUC staff possess improved skills to measure and analyze the effectiveness of mechanisms
implemented to promote rule of law, good governance, an improved law enforcement and
judiciary, and human rights;
4) AUC staff have a strong knowledge of open source resources to facilitate their work.
Project approach:
ABA ROLI will in consultation with the AUC draw on a mix of internal experts and its global network of
members and contacts to identify qualified individuals to develop curricula for training programs,
administer the trainings, and develop reference materials on the topics prioritized by the AUC. ABA ROLI
will develop additional trainings and reference materials over the course of the program in response to
emerging issues facing the AUC. The project also offers AUC staff the opportunity to participate in a
tailored mentorship program in which AUC staff will propose change plans that will serve as the basis for
the mentorship.
Professionalize African Union staff for Rule of Law Initiatives. Funded by the Government of the United States of America,
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law enforcement affairs, implemented by ABA ROLI)
The Training
The African Union (AU) is an International organization with its own set of rules and regulations (SRR)
which include provisions for the handling of staff claims and grievances within the Organization. The SRR
are intended to provide a neutral and fair forum which aim to provide staff members with access to
justice, equal treatment, and fairness including the opportunity to have a fair hearing by neutral panel
which operates under procedures established by the SRR and is empowered to issue binding decisions.
These Regulations and Rules are to be interpreted and applied alongside AU relevant Treaties, Decisions,
Protocols, Regulations, Rules and Procedures as well as international principles.
The main objective of the training is to facilitate capacity strengthening, mentoring and coaching of
Human Resources staff and other staff on employment law and policy and selected employee relations
issues. The specific topic to be covered include Collective Bargaining & Negotiation; Prevention,
management and conflict/dispute resolution; How to handle Disciplinary cases and grievance; How to
handle sexual harassment cases legally at the workplace; Managing poor performance and probation in a
legal manner; Policy development; Unfair labor practices and coaching both Employers and Employees
about their legal rights and promoting access to justice on the following subject area: Promotion;
Demotion; Non-allocation of tasks; Benefits and training; Suspension; Managing probation and Managing
poor performance.
The training will strengthen staff knowledge in handling employee’s related matters while improving
capacity on other skills required in managing staff matters. It will enlighten both staff and employees on
the rights and the procedures to be followed to ensure timely intervention on staff matters. It will also
promote the use of internal systems that are trust-worthy, transparent, accountable and robust.
The training will target the following groups of staff at the African Union:

  • Human Resources Staff
  • AU Leadership and staff
  • Staff Association
  • Ethics Office
  • Administrative tribunal
  • Grievance Panel
    Scope of work
    The project seeks to engage an expert to facilitate the training. The selected expert will design and
    administer online training for staff of the AU.
    Professionalize African Union staff for Rule of Law Initiatives. Funded by the Government of the United States of America,
    Bureau of International Narcotics and Law enforcement affairs, implemented by ABA ROLI)
    The specific deliverables include the following: -
  • Develop curriculum and course content for an online knowledge and skills training of AU staff in
    employment law and policy
  • Conduct knowledge and skills online trainings for AU staff to strengthen their capacity in
    employment law and policy
  • Develop reference and guidance materials, manuals and forms for AU staff to consult and learn
    about additional sources of information that can facilitate their work.
  • To provide mentorship to staff of the AU in selected areas
    The trainings will be participatory in nature, incorporating practical application of skills that are directly
    relevant to the AU operations. They will be designed to suit a mixed audience including youth and older
    participants as well as more knowledgeable and less experienced staff.
    The expert will be expected to research and incorporate both international and context specific examples
    in the training.
    Experience required: Expert in trial advocacy and litigation skills training
  • The expert will be a qualified legal practitioner with over 10 years’ experience in curriculum
    development and training in employment law and policy.
  • The expert will also have practical experience with institutional policy and procedures in
    employment law, labor dispute settlement and performance management.
    Proposed activity dates and location:
    Virtual training 26th
  • 28th April 2021 (3-4 hours per day)
    Applications: Send CV with brief cover letter explaining relevant qualifications and experience for the
    position; Deadline: 9 April 2021. Send to: Danielle.Schmitz@americanbar.org

How to apply

Applications: Send CV with brief cover letter explaining relevant qualifications and experience for the
position; Deadline: 9 April 2021. Send to: Danielle.Schmitz@americanbar.org