Expertise France: Recruitment of Short Term Junior Programme support Expert to support the Blue Economy Division

  • Blue Economy and Recruitment Consultancy S.L
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 29/05/2024
Office work Blue economy Management and consultancy

Job Description

Mission description

1)     General objective 

The expert will ensure that the programme meets its goals and objectives effectively and efficiently. The primary objective of hiring a Programme Support Expert is to provide comprehensive support in the implementation, monitoring, and administration of the Blue Economy division. The expert will ensure that all activities are conducted in line with our strategic goals and compliance requirements.

The position will be based at the AUC headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Major duties and responsibilities: 

The specific objectives will be to:

  • Support the implementation of the blue economy and specifically assist with the AU processes;
  • Provides day-to-day support to project and thematic activities implementation with the aim to enable conformity with expected results, outputs, objectives and work-plans;
  • Maintains working-level contacts with Head of Division, partners and stakeholders;
  • Support the program in relation to communications to ensure timely responses to internal and/or external inquiries coming through official correspondences, emails, etc.;
  • Facilitate the organization of conferences, Seminars, workshops, roundtables, including the preparation and dissemination of information, and follow-up communications;
  • Participate in intra- and inter-departmental programme activities which are related to the mandate of the Department;
  • Participate in partnership engagements for review of important documents such as concept notes, progress reports and any other important documents;

·        To liaise with relevant sectors, units and programmes of the AU Department Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment;

·        Support budget preparation and financial planning;

·        Perform any other officially assigned and related activities as requested by the supervisor. 

2)     Language requirement

Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages, knowledge of two or more other working language(s) would be an added value.

3)     Evaluation criteria

Interested candidates must provide information demonstrating that she/he has the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.  Consulting firms may propose individual consultant/s, but only the experience and qualifications of individuals shall be used in the selection process, and that his or her corporate experience shall not be considered, and the contract would be signed with the proposed individual. 

Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV together with the copies of their diploma, and possibly the references.

4)    Coordination 

Ø  The service provider shall designate a single contact person for project implementation purposes. M. Kervin Kumapley, Project Coordinator of the Expertise France AU Facility, will be the service provider’s contact persons. Name: Mr. Kervin Kumapley - E-mail:

Ø  AUC Blue Economy’ contact address: Mr. Georges H. Mba Asseko, HoD, Blue Economy - Email:

Project or context description

Expertise France is a French public international cooperation agency. It designs and implements projects which aim to contribute to the balanced development of partner countries, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda and the priorities of France’s external action. Expertise France’s mission is to meet the demand of partner countries seeking to enhance the quality of their public policies in order to address the environmental, social, economic and security challenges they are facing. The agency achieves this goal by implementing projects in the main areas of public action: 

-    Democratic, economic and financial governance;

-    Stability, international security and peace Stability, international security and peace;

-    Sustainable development, climate and agriculture;

-    Health and human development.

In order to give substance to this dialogue and to enshrine it in the long term and with a specific focus on the second theme of its declaration of intent, a total of EUR 2.75 Million in funding have been granted by the French Development Agency (AFD) to Expertise France in the form of a technical assistance and capacity-building facility to support the African Union (AU) on issues within its area of expertise.

Based on a request from different departments from the African Union Commission (AUC), the French Facility for Technical Assistance to the AU facilitated the conduct of a number of studies, strategy and policy papers aimed at supporting the AUC on topics related to economy and commerce.

The Africa Blue Economy Strategy

The Africa Blue Economy Strategy (ABES) was adopted in 2019 with the objective of allowing Africa to guide the development of an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that becomes a significant contributor to continental transformation and growth, based on SDG14: Life Below Water, and the aspirations of Agenda 2063. The strategy rests on the following thematic areas:

1.      Fisheries, aquaculture, conservation, and sustainable aquatic ecosystems;

2.      Shipping/transportation, trade, ports, maritime security, safety, and enforcement;

3.      Coastal and maritime tourism, climate change, resilience, environment, infrastructure;

4.      Sustainable energy and mineral resources and innovative industries;

5.      Policies, institutional frameworks and governance, employment, job creation and poverty eradication, innovative financing.


The implementation of the ABES will play an important role in the development of communities, AU member states, regions and Regional Economic Communities. It has the potential to drive job creation, innovation, security, and protection of key aquatic assets. However, the implementation process is complex, multi-sectoral, multi-level and encompasses a broad range of stakeholders.


(i)    Economic output: the Blue Economy must increase revenue, value addition, sustainable income, and contribute to the creation of decent, dignified jobs on the continent, especially for youth and women, while fostering value addition within the continent and the creation of knowledge-based economies;

(ii)   Environmental sustainability: the creation of the aforementioned economic outputs is in dissociable from the health of the environment. Furthermore, the Blue Economy must also achieve conservation and environmental protection aims;

(iii) Social capital: the Blue Economy must mainstream gender concerns and achieve principles of equity and access, as well as include youth in a meaningful way;

(iv) Policy outcomes:  the Blue Economy is also interlinked with safety, security and good governance measures, frameworks, instruments and strategies at continental, regional, sub-regional and national levels.

The Blue Economy encompasses a wide range of economic activities related to oceans, seas, and coastal areas, aiming to promote sustainable use of ocean resources, economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystems. The programme support expert will play a pivotal role in providing day-to-day support to the program to ensure a timely delivery of planned activities and outputs. 

In view of the above, a Program assistant is required to support the Division and take charge of administrative processes within the Commission.

Required profile

1)     Number of experts per assignment: 1


2)     Profile of the designated expert responsible for contract execution

The Junior Project Officer: 60 days

Required Qualifications and skills


·  A Master’s Degree in Administration or any other related field with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in support duties in an international organization preferably within the African Union Commission;

·    Exhibit adeptness in logistical arrangements, encompassing travel coordination, venue booking, catering, and materials preparation for events;

·      Ability to identify and address challenges swiftly, employing creative solutions to troubleshoot and mitigate potential obstacles;

·       Display of resourceful thinking in finding solutions, optimizing available resources, and adapting to constraints without compromising quality;

·  Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English with solid composition, grammar, and proofreading skills;

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Office, word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software;

·  Ability to multi-task, consistently meet deadlines, and work independently with minimal supervision;

·        Professional level of attention to detail and accuracy of work;

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment.

Required Skills:


  • At least one African Union language; knowledge of additional African Union languages would be beneficial.
  • Demonstrates focus on achieving quality results and impact.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Additional information

Ø  Implementation period: From the date the contract is awarded to latest 4 months following the signature of the contract.

Ø  Start date: from the date the contract is awarded.

Ø  Latest end date: 4 months following the signature of the contract.

Ø  Mission location: The mission is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ø  The duration of the assignment is 60 days, starting from the date of contract signing.

Career level


Career options

Non academic career