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Bella Shmurda’s long road to fame is paved with experiences from real life. The young Nigerian superstar from the shanty town of Okokomaiko breaks down his path from his education at Lagos State University to the slew of hit singles working up to his debut album. 

There are many ways to make a statement in the Nigerian music scene. While some artists move from total obscurity to overnight sensation, artists like Bella Shmurda garner celebrity and reverence brick by brick, i.e. one release at a time. Citing King Wasiu Ayinde, Oritsefemi, Olamide as influences, the singer started gravitating towards music while growing up at Okokomaiko, a popular shanty town in Lagos.

Like Burna Boy, Sound Sultan or Olamide, Shmurda’s experiences in those periods would catalyze his penchant for shedding light on the murky realities of average Nigerians. The bonding power of shared suffering will see his credibility manifest amongst residents of these areas, which includes students of Lagos State University (LASU), where he also schooled. “It’s one of the hardest things I’d have to do,” he says of juggling music and schooling.

Shmurda’s steady rise took a different turn after the release and eventual virality of “Vision 2020” which encapsulates failed promises of the government and yearnings of the people to survive a system that stifles them. Olamide would later opt for a remix of the record, which according to the singer born Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed, “is a cumulation of personal stories and happenings around me”.

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In 2020, Shmurda, alongside his crony, Lincoln and Zlatan, upped the ante with “Cash App”, a boisterous number themed around Nigeria’s cyber-crime culture. It quickly became one of the hottest records in Nigeria and elevated Shmurda to a pedestal where he goes head to head with Tems and Omah Lay for the highly coveted Next Rated bestowal at Nigeria’s apex award event, The Headies. This also follows his appearance on albums of Afrobeats dignitaries like Olamide, Davido and most recently, Wizkid. In July, Bella Shmurda was announced as the only African artist among the annual Youtube Music Foundry program whose past alumni include Dua Lipa, Dave, Rema, Tems among others.

Recently, we caught up with the singer to discuss his formative years, the significance of his voice and recent project, High Tension 2.0.

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How did your penchant for making music come about?

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Music has always been my escape. I’ve been recording and doing major work all the way from Okokomaiko, Lagos. I had huge support from the people there, and also from my schoolmates in Lagos State University, including my lecturers.

Before the big break, you were bubbling under, especially within Lagos State University (LASU) environs. What was it like being hands-on with music and school simultaneously?

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Honestly, it’s one of the hardest things I’d have to do. I’m grateful to my lecturers for understanding that I had to work to make ends meet and my classmates who helped me through tests and examinations. Many people like me made music as students but couldn’t balance it and for that, I’m thankful for grace to have aced that period.

With your mom being an Academic, it must’ve been difficult convincing her that you could juggle both.

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Oh, definitely. I even had to leave home eventually as we couldn’t meet at a common point due to my insistence to do music. I moved in with my friend and had to start doing things myself. I had to pay school fees myself because my mom had resolved to not be a part of what I was doing. However, I’m happy she’s getting a hang of things and we’re good now.

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Are there artists that influenced your sonic direction?

While growing up, I listened to a lot of Fuji and Contemporary African music from Pasuma, King Wasiu Ayinde to Oritsefemi, Olamide etc. I gravitated towards them because they’re somewhat conscious and I’m a representative of them. These music, to an extent, influenced my sound and vision.

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Speaking of that, tell us about “Vision 2020” and what you aimed to evoke with it?

In “Vision 2020”, I was just trying to do conscious music. It was mostly a cumulation of personal stories and happenings around me. In that period, my longtime friend Poco Lee thought it was fantastic and suggested we do a viral video. Olamide saw it, called me and we did a remix while he sorted everything – including paying the producers, director etc.

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“Cash App” became the record that catapulted you to mainstream consciousness. Did you have a hint it would do that?

No, I didn’t. I never believed in the song that’s why I released it four months after recording it. I thought it’s not exactly my style and was too noisy. Eventually, I reached out to Zlatan and my friend from the hood, Lincoln, to make some additions but I definitely didn’t expect the outcome. It didn’t cross my mind at any point.

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Your collaboration with Olamide on “Triumphant” explores the subject of mental health. How do you ensure your mental wellness per time?

Importantly, I try to maintain a good relationship with other artists while keeping my energy. Also, I’m averse to stress, so on some days, I run away from the media. 

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Bella Shmurda is perceivably a spiritual person. How relevant is spirituality to your artistry or the kind of music you make?

I don’t go the extra mile to evoke spirituality in my music because it’s a part of me. I try to inspire and motivate people with my music. Like I said, I do conscious sound and that has been a part of me. Spirituality is a part of Bella Shmurda and all that the brand embodies. I’ll say it’s one of the things I’m doing that I know how to do best.

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Also, your music almost always mirrors the reality of the average Nigerian

Of course, mostly because where I come from is the dungeon; a place where people hardly survive. That experience made me – from childhood to the artist that I am now. My inspiration is a combination of the situation of the country and what I see other people experience etc.

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Verily. Does this have anything to do with the meaning of “Dangbana”, as you’re fondly called?

Probably [Laughs]. Dangbana is a Yoruba term for someone that is strong-willed and stubborn towards whatever he wants to achieve. Dangbana also connotes being assertive, crazy and not easy to convince. 

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You do a lot of giving back through your record label “Dangbana Republic”. How important is it to your legacy?

It means a lot to me, especially being from the street where there’s nothing. I see myself as a representative of these places and take responsibility in changing things by actions rather than mere words.  Changing the lives of these people is personal to me because I never had that opportunity while growing up, so it’s important that I do it for others.

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What statement were you aiming to make with High Tension 1.0 EP?

It’s about Bella Shmurda coming through and penetrating, against all odds. Regardless of whatever happens, it is a statement that Bella is still coming through. I’m high tension and we know high tension is lighting that strikes and penetrates anywhere. Hence, I’m a light in the industry and anyone should know that. 

How would you describe the segue into High Tension 2.0?

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The difference is that this is a different, better and definitely more experienced Bella Shmurda.

What was the creative process of High Tension 2.0 like?

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I was actually working on my album, before deciding to pull High Tension 2.0 off it. I worked on it for over six months. From recording to mixing, masterin;, I learnt, broke down, was disturbed but here we are, thankfully.

What’s the primary intention of going this route before your debut album?

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I’ve been doing a lot of features lately but with this project, I want people to enjoy Bella Shmurda – without interruption. Also, I wanted to reach out to my people in all ramifications. Everyone has a song for them in the project; from lovers to people who need motivation, people in the street and everyone else. I want people to experience Bella Shmurda without any attachment.

Brilliant! Which of the records is most personal to you?

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“Out There” is one of those songs I love so much because it’s a motivation for people in the street. There are some songs I like to enjoy on my own and “One There” is one of them. It inspires and motivates me.

Did any of the records give you a tougher time?

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That would be “Soldier Go, Soldier Come”It was somehow challenging trying to put myself in other people’s shoes and making a love song.

How would you define the Bella Shmurda brand in a nutshell?

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Basically, the Bella Shmurda brand is a representative of the street, it’s the voice of the voiceless and it’s one ready for bigger things.

High Tension 2.0, still available on all platforms.

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www.immigrationrecruitment.org | NIS Recruitment Application Form Portal 2023/2024 – The portal for Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Recruitment is open and out for all interested persons to apply or register using the guidelines provided in this article. Kindly use the application link immigrationrecruitment.org to apply successfully.

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Applications are hereby invited from suitable qualified persons for full time appointments to the following positions in the Nigeria Immigration Service:

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Positions available for recruitment in Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Recruitment Application Form 2022

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Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment 2023 portal is currently open for online application. The NIS recruitment form can be accessed via the Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment website.

The Nigeria Immigration Service is set to recruit 5000 personnel and you can be among the recruited persons if you have all the necessary credentials.

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The Nigeria Immigration Service has announced its 2023 recruitment exercise. Applications are hereby invited from eligible Nigerians for commission into the Nigeria Immigration Service, the application is open to all civilians.

However, serving military or paramilitary personnel sponsored by any of the Services of the Nigerian Armed Forces to civil institutions shall be considered.

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In this article, we will reveal all you need to know about the starting and NIS recruitment closing date. We have provided detailed information and guidelines that will assist you in your application process.

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These include the available job vacancies for graduates and non-graduates, qualifications, entry requirements for interested and experienced applicants, as well as steps on how to apply for the Nigeria Immigration Service 2023 recruitment exercise via the www.immigrationrecruitment.org.ng portal without any hindrance. So read on to see how to apply and fill out the NIS registration form 2023 below.

The NIS recruitment 2023/2024 has commenced. This web page covers vital areas regarding the Nigeria Immigration recruitment process and how to login and fill the Nigeria Immigration application form online through the official NIS recruitment website 2023.

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The Nigeria Immigration Service is one of the best federal government jobs in Nigeria. Before applying for the ongoing Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment, please make sure that you are what you said you are. Have all the necessary credentials.

Please note that TopNigerianJobs doesn’t have any influence on the ongoing Nigeria Immigration recruitment process. What we provide is the necessary information you need to be selected. We have outlined the steps, requirements, and guidelines that will guide you to a successful application.

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We wish to inform the general public that the Nigeria Immigration recruitment portal 2023 is currently open for application. The Nigeria Immigration Service invites interested and qualified persons who wish to build and advance their careers at the Nigeria Immigration Service to submit an application.

The Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment form 2023 can be accessed via the official recruitment portal. Interested applicants are advised to apply for the recruitment only through the official NIS registration portal.

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Job vacancies at the Nigeria Immigration Service are for degree and non-degree holders. All you need to apply is an active email account and your phone number alongside relevant qualifications.

We will show you everything you need to know about the recruitment process and how to apply and fill the NIS recruitment form successfully without any hindrance.

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So whether you are a degree holder or not, there are lots of opportunities to join the Nigeria Immigration Service. If you are interested in the ongoing 2023 Nigeria Immigration recruitment, then this is the time to take action.

But before submitting an application, there are certain requirements you must meet to prove you are fit and ready to be put through the NIS screening exercise thereby increasing your chances of being recruited. Below are the requirements. Note that job title varies and not all vacant positions require having a degree.

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  • Strong team spirit and excellent analytical skills
  • Free from debt and no form of financial embarrassment
  • Computer literacy is an added advantage
  • Must pass drugs test
  • NYSC Discharge Certificate/ Exemption letter
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  • The candidate’s height must not be less than 1.65m for males and 1.60m for females.
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  • HND, B.Sc, NCE, or an OND certificate in any related field, and from a recognized University
  • All candidates must have a valid means of identification such as a valid driver license, National Identification Card, International passport, Voters card
  • Must be willing to work in a new environment
  • Interested applicants must be physically, mentally fit
  • Interested applicants must not be over 35 years

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  • Access the Jobs and Careers section on the website
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Candidates are advised to print out referees and security Clarence and complete it for submission during screening. Once successful, your name will appear on the NIS shortlist and you will be contacted via your registered e-mail address and be scheduled for the next phase of the recruitment process, leading eventually to an exciting career with the agency.

The deadline for the Nigeria Immigration Service Recruitment 2023/2024 registration has not been officially announced. We will let you know once it is disclosed. Keep visiting this website regularly if you want to be notified regarding the latest update.

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The African Union (AU) Recent Job Openings: 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:

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Job Title: Legal Officer – Protection (ACHPR)

Requisition ID: 1585
Location: Banjul, Gambia
Reports to: Senior Legal Officer – Protection
Directorate: African Commission on Human and People’s Rights ACHPR
Division : Legal
Contract Type: Regular
Job Grade: P2

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Purpose of Job

  • Provide support to the Senior Legal Officers responsible for protection activities in all the stages involved in complaints handling and provide technical assistance to Commissioners in the execution of their protection mandate

Main Functions

  • Complain handling on assigned Communications
  • Contributes to the development of policies and strategies
  • Coordinates the implementation of programmes and plans of special mechanism  under the ACHPR
  • Liaise with stakeholders including Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), etc on relevant matters.
  • Conducts analysis and generates accurate reports in a timely manner for the ACHPR’s internal use
  • Assists in setting the overall research direction of a relevant policy area
  • Is responsible for the delegation and execution of defined research areas
  • Participates in the organisation of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders.
  • Drafts reports and participates in the preparation of budget and work programmes related to the Unit
  • Provides technical support to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provides support in the development of special mechanisms Strategies in line with the approved Strategic Plan
  • Undertakes monitoring activities and delivers periodic reports on time
  • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes

Specific Responsibilities
Working under the Senior Legal Officer -Protection, provides support in the following areas:

  • Create awareness regarding the Communications procedure;
  • Monitor human rights situation in Africa and provide regular feedback and updates on the human rights situation in Africa;
  • Undertake research into the legal issues raised in the various communications and the provisions of the Charter;
  • Contribute articles to the African Commission’s Review and Newsletter;
  • Draft resolutions and recommendations on Communications, cover the sessions and meetings of the African Commission and prepare the reports;
  • Formulates  principles and rules aimed at solving human rights issues arising in the thematic areas covered by the various Special Mechanisms
  • Manages requests by member states for information and support
  • Contributes to legal or policy analyses and publications
  • Promotes the integration of legal work across the regional programs and particularly in the regional offices
  • Develops and implements capacity building and training programs
  • Contributes to standard-setting, through participating in meetings, drafting work and promoting international standards
  • Participates in the organization of relevant meetings, congresses and conferences with stakeholders
  • Provides support to the Special Rapporteurs and the Working Groups in discharging their responsibilities, and follow-up on recommendations
  • Drafts urgent Appeals, Advisory notes, Guidelines, Information notes, Position/Conference/Meeting papers for the Commissioners
  • Provides technical backstopping to Special Mechanisms through research and documentation
  • Provides interface with, and logistical support for interaction with Member States, Regional Economic Communities, organs of the AU  and other stakeholders
  • Performs any other relevant duties as may be directed or required.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Must hold Master’s Degree in Law from an accredited university with a minimum of two (2) years’ relevant work experience

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  • Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Law from an accredited university with a minimum of five (5) years’ relevant work experience.

Required Skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to work across business units / geographies; cultural sensitive environment
  • Proficiency in one of the AU Official working Language is the Requirement
  • Knowledge of any one of the other AU officials working languages will be considered as an advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Change Management.
  • Managing Risk.

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration.
  • Accountability awareness and Compliance.
  • Learning Orientation.
  • Communicating with Influence.

Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical thinking and problem solving.
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing.
  • Drive for result.
  • Continuous improvement focus.

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.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$  31,073.00 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$  15,897.60  (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.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline  26th January, 2023.

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  • 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.
  • The Africa Union is an equal-opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Job Title: Security Officer (AfCFTA)

Requisition ID: 1605
Location: Accra, Ghana
Contract Type: Regular
Job Grade: P2
Division: Administration and Human Resources Management
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Reports to: Head of Administration and Human Resources Management Division
Directorate/Department: Administration and Human Resources Management (AfCFTA)

Purpose of Job

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  • Ensure the security of the AfCFTA Assets and also the security and safety of all the officials, staffs and delegates working or visiting the AfCFTA Secretariat

Main Functions

  • Coordinate with the host country all security aspects of the AfCFTA
  • Monitor the state of security at local, national and regional level and inform the management
  • Ensure the security of all assets and proprieties of the organisation
  • Manage the safety and security of the officials, staffs and delegates

Specific Responsibilities

  • Monitor and research on the state of the security.
  • Monitor the state of security preparedness.
  • Update “security information system”
  • Establish regular contacts taking reports and analyzing developments regarding security.
  • Research current collateral security information from media, from the field and other sources on a daily basis.
  • Analyze accumulated information and maintain a continuous picture of evolving local, national and regional events affecting the security of staff
  • Monitor predictive indicators and early warning type information.
  • Identify security, crime, political and military trends that would increase risk to staff.
  • Coordinate the draft of periodic and incidental reports.
  • Supervise the draft of a daily security developments report.
  • Prepare first draft briefs, notes, reports, studies and recommendation on critical issues of interest to senior management decision-making.
  • Follow up on the accumulation of data input for period trend reports.
  • Review first draft after-action reports following all incidents.
  • Monitor security-related preparedness and compliance of the organ.
  • Monitor the security planning and preparedness.
  • Determine if the appropriate equipment and resources are on hand to implement a Security Plan, particularly vehicles and emergency communication systems.
  • Check that the information contained in Security Plan has been properly distributed to all staff and that key individuals are aware of and capable of performing all required actions.
  • Undertake or participate in security missions, as required, including high risk, to perform security assessments.
  • Perform any other duties as directed by supervisor(s)

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Security Studies or related studies and Police or Military Studies with 5 years’ relevant experience.

Or

  • Master’s Degree in Security Studies or related studies with 2 years experience.
    Supervisory experience not mandatory but an added advantage

Required Skills:

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to work independently to meet critical and competing deadlines (multi-tasking), to produce high quality work in short timeframes.
  • Excellent interpersonal/teamwork skills.
  • Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of common computer applications and systems.
  • Excellent drafting, reporting, communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong program/project management skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizing skills.
  • Ability to liaise with a diverse range of people and stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages. Proficiency of two or more of the other working language(s) would be an added value.
  • Applicants must be proficient in one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish). Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk

Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration..
  • Accountable and Complies with Rules..
  • Learning Orientation

Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous Improvement Focus

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.

Remuneration

  • Indicative basic salary of US$31,073.00 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 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.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline  26th January, 2023.

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  • 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.
  • The Africa Union is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Job Title: Senior Public Relations and Information Officer (ACHPR)

Requisition ID: 1583
Location: Banjul, Gambia
Reports to: Executive Secretary to the Commission
Directorate: African Commission on Human and People’s Rights ACHPR
Number of Direct Reports: 2
Number of Indirect Reports: 1
Contract Type: Regular
Job Grade: P3

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Purpose of Job

  • To ensure that the public is properly informed of the work of the Commission and that the message and work of the Commission is properly communicated to the outside world.

Main Functions

  • Provide strategic guidance on the communication activities of ACHPR including coordination, advocacy and communication strategies, planning and implementation
  • Provide technical and intellectual support in the management of various elements related to the area of expertise
  • Provide support to the implementation of initiatives related to area of specialization;
  • Assist in the organization of thematic networks, make contributions during consultations and meetings
  • Contribute in development of materials and provide necessary training and support to Organization Units as required.
  • Provide technical guidance on matters relating to system review and implementation project in area of specialization, as required.
  • Provide leadership guidance to the ICT Officer and Documentation Officer
  • Provide advocacy, communication and social mobilization support to ACHPR projects and activities to promote Information sharing and Communication.
  • Identify best practices and monitor effectiveness of the Office’s support to AU.
  • Assist in the development of the strategies and business continuity plan and contribute to their implementation
  • Contribute to development of guidelines, policies and manuals that can guide programmes, system improvement initiatives and overall decision making by higher management in the respective area of expertise.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Working under the Executive Secretary to the Commission, Leads in the following areas:
  • Increase awareness and raise the visibility of ACHPR in the media, thereby positioning the Organization to be recognized as the key Human Rights Organ of the African Union.
  • Position ACHPR as a central actor in national public opinion, developing a close relationship with the media, through its editors, journalists and columnists, among others, so ACHPR activities have continental and global visibility.
  • Promote the organization’s mandate and areas of work guided by the ACHPR’s Strategic Plan and Communications Strategy.
  • Foster greater information and knowledge exchange with key stakeholders, State Parties, NHRI’s and NGOs and Civil Society in the Human Rights sector.
  • Participate in workshops, meetings, trainings scheduled and conducted by the ACHPR or its stakeholders and prepare communication products on same, as appropriate
  • Manage the ACHPR’s Social Media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) and develop and solicit content from Legal Officers and Commissioners as necessary to update posts in the accounts.
  • Ensure the website of the ACHPR by updating with all relevant articles and press releases generated
  • Develop and publish monthly, quarterly or biannual newsletter covering important news, activities and updates from Commissioners activities.
  • Revise, edit texts and/or documents to be published using relevant ACHPR guidelines
  • Create visual products and design graphic products as needed for the representation using ACHPR guidelines
  • Disseminate results of programs, projects and activities undertaken by Commissioners to relevant partners as requested
  • Ensure regular communication and updates with the National Correspondents on the continent to promote the activities of the ACHPR.
  • Reinforce the internal communication of the ACHPR, including conducting or organising communications related training for staff, as relevant
  • Prepare communication material such as press releases and social media posts on ACHPR’s work on the continent to disseminate in the media and social media platforms

The African Union (AU) Recent Job Openings
The African Union (AU) Recent Job Openings

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Must hold Master’s Degree in Communications, International Relations, Human Rights, Public Relations, or related field from an accredited university with seven (7) relevant years’ experience within a human rights framework, preferably in a regional, continental or international organisation, with three (3) years at supervisor level.

OR

  • Must hold Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, International Relations, Public Relations, or Journalism from an accredited university with ten (10) years’ experience, out of which three (3) years should be at supervisory level, in a similar role preferably in a regional, continental or international organisation.

Required Skills:

  • Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of common computer applications and systems; Excellent drafting, reporting, communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in planning and implementing campaigns/strategies, including involving digital communications is required.
  • Concentration, accuracy, and ability to work under minimum supervision and under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to organize and work under pressure in a multi-cultural environment
  • Respect for confidentiality and good public relations
  • Demonstrable knowledge of international organizations
  • Ability to work across business units / geographies; culturally sensitive environment
  • Applicants must be proficient in one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish).
  • Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage
  • Prior demonstrated relevant experience in strategic communication, digital content creation and information dissemination
  • Previous work with an international organization preferred
  • Knowledge of the African Union policies and procedures
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to prepare legal submissions and opinions

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight..
  • Developing Others..
  • Change Management..
  • Managing Risk…

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationship…
  • Foster Accountability Culture…
  • Learning Orientation…
  • Communicating with Influence…

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking…
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing…
  • Drive for result…
  • 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.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Remuneration

  • Indicative basic salary of US$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 15,897.60 (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.

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

Application Deadline  26th January, 2023.

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Note

  • 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.
  • The Africa Union is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Job Title: Deputy Secretary General (AfCFTA)

Requisition ID: 1603
Location: Accra, Ghana
Reports to: Secretary General – AfCFTA
Directorate / Department: Office of the Deputy Secretary General (AfCFTA)
Number of Direct Reports: 8
Number of Indirect Reports: 4
Job Grade: D2
Contract Type: Regular

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Purpose of Job

  • To coordinate the performance and delivery of the AfCFTA Secretariat programmes and ensure high performance results and impact.
  • The Deputy Secretary general will assist and deputize the Secretary General in delivering his/her mandate.

Main Functions

  • Advise and support the Secretary General in the management of the Secretariat
  • Provide practical management and visionary leadership.
  • Facilitates the identification of top priorities for the senior leadership of the AfCFTA’s mandate.
  • Translates the senior leadership priorities into annual targets and goals and establishes a robust organization-wide framework for monitoring and tracking progress.
  • Provides regular reports to the Secretary General on portfolio and Service delivery.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Monitors and tracks progress in the delivery of the AfCFTA’s annual goals.
  • Ensure effective collaboration in program development with AfCFTA institutions, AU Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), African Union Commission (AUC).
  • Cultivates a knowledge management culture through promotion of research and publications that will ensure knowledge sharing and transfer across the Commission; and;
  • Drives performance and delivery across the AfCFTA ’s senior management and inspires high performance, teamwork and delivery across the portfolio.
  • Collaborates with other members of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic coherence and overall synergy in the implementation of the AfCFTA programme and the delivery of high impact results for the continent.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in International Trade, Public Administration, Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Law, Finance, Management. International Relations or a related field from a recognized institution with Fifteen (15) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a senior management role preferably in an inter-governmental organization or national government/public service, international or regional institution, and a minimum of five (5) years of direct supervisory experience.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations at the national, regional or international level;
  • Demonstrated record of setting clear standards for accountability, probity, value for money and risk management and zero tolerance to fraud and corruption; for ensuring sound and transparent financial management; and delivering continuous improvement, impact, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-cultural team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability to inspire, encourage, build trust and confidence and build consensus, stimulate effective campaigns and drive collective action among a broad spectrum of people and organizations.
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership, creativity and proven ability to propose new ideas and lead on new ways of working across silos in a complementary and synergistic way for a prosperous and peaceful Africa;
  • Proven track record of change management and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;

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Leadership Competencies:

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  • Strategic Focus
  • Developing Organizational Capability
  • Change Leadership
  • Strategic Risk Management

Core Competencies:

  • Building Partnerships
  • Drives Accountability Culture
  • .Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Job Knowledge and information sharing
  • Drive for Results
  • Fosters Innovation

 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.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of USD100,017.00 (D2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary), Housing allowance USD27,290.88.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of USD10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

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

Application Deadline  26th Janauary, 2023.

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Note

  • Only candidates who have meet all the requirements of the post and have been shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.
  • Only applications registered online with a complete curriculum vitae (CV) attached will be considered.
  • The Africa Union is an equal-opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply
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