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Announcing the Vacancy for the Secretary General of the Association of African Universities


Dear All


Following the end of term of the Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (AAU) in September 2021, the Governing Board of the AAU has approved that the position be filled.
 
The position of the Secretary-General of the AAU will therefore become vacant in October 2021 and the AAU is seeking to fill that post as expeditiously as possible.
 
Established in 1967, the AAU is a pan-African, multi-lingual, higher education association with a membership of over 400 institutions in the five major regions of Africa. The Association plays a major role in giving content and direction to the current and historic continental initiative to revitalise and transform African higher education. It draws upon its membership and collaborates with major organisations and donor partners in Africa and across the world in the design and implementation of its programmes.
 
The Association is the voice of higher education in Africa and the implementing partner of the African Union in matters relating to higher education on the continent. The Secretary-General is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, and is a key factor in enabling the association play these roles fully.
 
The Secretary-General is responsible to the Governing Board and the General Conference and should be a leader able to provide strategic direction and inspire others. He / She must identify with the aims of the Association as set out in its Constitution and Strategic Plan, and have a demonstrated commitment to the principles of integrity, excellence and fairness. 

Candidates will need to demonstrate excellence in the following:
  1. Strong academic background;
  2. Significant leadership experience at a senior management level;
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  4. Management in a transforming environment;
  5. A sound appreciation of emerging trends in higher education within Africa and globally, and the ability to represent African universities effectively in their dealings with governments and other external stakeholders.

A detailed list of criteria is indicated in this advertisement. An attractive remuneration and conditions of service will be determined by the Governing Board.
 
How to Apply
To apply, please submit the following:
  1. A letter of motivation which addresses the above criteria, including a statement of your vision for the Association’s future and your potential contribution to such a future;  
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae, as well as a one-page personal profile summary;
  3. The names and contact details (email and telephone) of three (3) referees, at least one of whom should be resident outside the applicant’s country of domicile.
Applications must be emailed to secgen@aau.org AND also submitted via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SGVacancy

Candidates may be also nominated by other persons, but the permission of the designated candidate must first be sought. Such nominations should be accompanied by a brief note explaining the motivation for the nomination and complete contact details of the candidate.
 
Deadline for applications
Applications and nominations should be sent before the closing date for receipt of applications/nominations which is 15 June, 2021. 
All applications and nominations will be treated in strict confidence.
 
The Association reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed necessary, and the right to make no appointment. The AAU is committed to equity in its employment practices.
 
CRITERIA FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
 
The Secretary-General should be a leader who is capable of providing direction and inspiring others. He / She must identify with the aims of the Association of African Universities as set out in its Constitution and Strategic Plan, and have a demonstrated commitment to the principles of integrity, excellence, fairness, diversity and social justice.
 
Candidates will need to demonstrate excellence in the following key categories. While it is recognised that the best candidate may not meet each of the individual criteria in each of the categories, the team led by the Secretary-General, must be constructed in such manner that it meets all of the key needs of the Association.
 
Ideally, the successful candidate will meet the following key criteria:
 
Leadership skills
  • Significant leadership experience at a senior level in a complex organisation
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, articulate and implement strategic institutional goals
  • Ability to lead an international non-governmental organisation in a complex and demanding, social, political and fiscal environment
  • Profile as a public leader, or the willingness and ability to develop and sustain such a profile.
  • Ability to provide leadership in the African higher education community.
  • Ability to provide leadership in the African higher education community.

The Academic Mandate of the Association
  • A person who: holds or has held the position of executive head of a member institution other than an Associate Member; or is otherwise qualified to be appointed executive head of a university; and has proven leadership, managerial and fundraising capabilities; is eligible for appointment as Secretary-General;
 
African Higher Education in the context of its Environment
  • Understanding of the social, political and economic environment in which African universities operate.
  • Ability to represent the interest of African universities effectively in their dealings with governments and other political agencies.
  • Ability to engage effectively with other external stakeholders
  • Sound appreciation of emerging trends in higher education within Africa and globally, and the ability to represent African universities effectively in the international academic community and fora.

Management in a transforming environment
  • Experience in the management of resources on an appropriate scale.
  • Record of successfully leading and managing change.
  • Ability to understand the key financial issues facing the Association, and to provide leadership on the policy implications which they raise.
  • Experience in high-level fund-raising and a commitment to providing personal leadership to the fund-raising work of the Association.

Personal Skills
  • High level communication skills in order to articulate the vision of the Association, both internally and externally.
  • Consultative and inclusive management style.
  • Ability to work well in a team, in a manner which enables others to produce their best work.
  • Be fluent in one of the AAU languages (English, French, Arabic or Portuguese), with preferably a working knowledge of one other. Good oral and communication skills in both languages will be an advantage.
This vacancy advertisement can also be viewed via the African Jobs Board Platform on this link: https://africa.edujobs.com/jobs/59142989-secretary-general-at-association-of-african-univerisities

 

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