Extended Title: 
Provision of consultancy services on legal and mandate issues

Tender Summary
African Union (AU)
Tender reference: 
No reference number
Legal Services
Research, Consultancy and Professional Services
Closing Date: 
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 15:00
Issue Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 16:00
Eastern Cape
KwaZulu Natal
North West
Northern Cape
Western Cape
Free State

Tender Description

Provision of consultancy services on legal and mandate issues

Tender number: No reference number

Closing date and time: 18th January 2019 at 15:00

AU Institutional Reform Agenda

1. The January 2017 AU Assembly Decision, Assembly/AU/Dec.635(XXVIII), on the Institutional Reform of the African Union (AU) sets out a comprehensive AU reform agenda. It is aimed at fundamentally re-positioning the organization to meet the evolving needs of its Member States and the continent and identifies the following core reform priorities:

  • Focus on key priorities with continental scope;
  • Realign African Union institutions in order to deliver against those priorities;
  • Connect the African Union to its citizens;
  • Manage the business of the African Union efficiently and effectively at both the political and operational levels;
  • Finance the African Union sustainably and with the full ownership of the Member States.

Realigning AU Institutions
2. The January 2017 Building a More Relevant African Union Report identified four major challenges facing the African Union (AU):

  • The AU is highly fragmented with too many focus areas;
  • The AU’s complicated structure and limited managerial capacity lead to inefficient working methods, poor decision-making and a lack of accountability;
  • The AU is neither financially independent nor self-sustaining, relying instead on partner funding for much of its financing;
  • Coordination between the African Union and the RECs is limited.

3. In order to address the above challenges the Report made two key recommendations that were adopted by the AU Assembly:

  • First, that the AU’s agenda should be focused on a fewer number of priority areas, which are by nature continental in scope, such as political affairs, peace and security, economic integration (including the Continental Free Trade Area), and Africa’s global representation and voice.
  • Second that the division of labour between the African Union, RECs, regional mechanisms, the Member States and continental institutions should be clarified.

4. Based on the above, the Assembly also decided to realign AU institutions in order to deliver against those priorities and undertook to review and update the mandate and structure of key organs and institutions. As part of this process the reform of the AU Commission will be a central part of the reform agenda this will focus on improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the AU Commission; ensuring the Commission is staffed by Africa’s top talent and developing recommendations for the selection of the AU Senior Leadership in order to strengthen the overall framework for accountability, results and impact at the leadership level.

The consultant is required to work within the Reform Implementation Unit to advise on legal and mandate issues arising from the AU reform implementation process.

  • Advise on legal and mandate related aspects of reform related proposals and recommendations;
  • Support the preparation of reform proposals and recommendations;
  • Work with the AU Commission’s Secretary General and Legal Counsel to develop draft Decisions where required; and
  • Provide analysis and advice on reform related implementation issues with respect to the AU Constitutive Act and Rules of Procedure and Statutes of relevant AU Policy Organs.

III. Deliverables:
The consultant is expected to provide report/document on the following activities;

  • legal and mandate related reform proposals and recommendations;
  • Inputs into draft Decisions to assist the AU Commission’s Secretary General and Legal Counsel
  • AU Constitutive Act and Rules of Procedure and Statutes of relevant AU Policy Organs, with due analysis and advice on reform related implementation

V. Qualifications

Consultant selection will be made based on the following minimum educational and experience criteria:

  • Education: Advanced University degree/Masters University Degree in Law, with a minimum of 12 years (post-qualification) experience, or a PhD Degree with a minimum of 10 years (post-qualification) experience.
  • At least 7 years’ experience working as a lawyer/legal expert/within inter-governmental organisations;
  • Proof of extensive knowledge of international legal norms and inter-governmental systems in particular the African Union and African regional economic communities;
  • Proven record of working in intergovernmental legal systems, including with the African Union and the United Nations;
  • Proof of engagement with/membership of, prominent professional bodies/advisory boards and governing councils of organizations working on public international law in Africa and internationally.

VI. Competencies
The following key competencies will be crucial for this post:

  • Delivery: Innovation and ability to drive delivery within agreed timelines in line with guidance and with minimal supervision;
  • Team working: Ability to work in a multicultural environment and maintain productive team working relations;
  • Organisation and Prioritisation: Ability to deliver high quality work against tight timelines and under pressure;
  • Responsibility: fostering an accountability culture

The duration of the consultancy is 3 months at US$10,536.74 per month on submission and acceptance of reports on deliverables listed under section IV.

For evaluation of the expressions of interest the following criteria will be applied:
a) General Education Qualification and Relevant Training (30 points);
b) Experience Related to the Assignment (60 points)
c) Language (10 points);

Interested candidates are requested to submit the following documents related to personal capacity assessment for AUC’s consideration:

  • Relevant experience related to the assignment
  • Contacts of organizations previously worked for
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Consultant

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 8:00-13:00hrs and 14:00-17:00 hours Local Time.

Application must be delivered in a written form to the address below not later than 1500 hours local time, 18th January 2019

African Union Commission,
Head of Procurement Travel and Store Division
P.O. Box 3243, Roosevelt Street Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 (0) 11 551 7700 – Ext 4305, Fax: +251 11-551-7844
E-mail: tender@africa-union.org

see: https://au.int/sites/default/files/bids/35415-reoi-individual_consultant...

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