The African Union Commission’s specialized technical office for the promotion of agricultural research for development in semi-arid Africa (SAFGRAD) has been re-institutionalized in 2003 as one of the technical offices under the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AUC. It is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Its mission is to advance agricultural and rural development within the semi-arid zones of Africa. It has the mandate of facilitating the advancement of agricultural research, technology transfer and dissemination for the development of livelihoods in semi-arid zones of Africa. It designs and implements programmes and projects in accordance with this mandate. 

AU-SAFGRAD’s important functions include facilitation, coordination, advocacy and networking as part of the regional efforts to move the African agricultural development agenda forward. It enters into strategic partnerships with regional and/or sub-regional and international institutions with a view to collaborating for synchronised efforts and synergy so that noticeable impacts are achieved. AU-SAFGRAD is assisted by a Steering Committee whose members are drawn from Regional Economic Communities, relevant UN agencies, International Agricultural Research Centers, and regional and sub-regional institutions who have stakes in what constitutes its core business.

The Commission of the African Union invites applicants for the following position:



Post title:                               Driver

Post level:                              GSB7

Duty Station:                        Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Immediate Supervisor:          Finance and Administration Officer


2. Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Operate and      maintain official cars in a clean and serviceable condition and Perform      minor maintenance when necessary;
  • Transport      Officials of the Organization and visiting Personnel to and from all      Diplomatic Missions and/or International Organization and Government      Offices;

and make the necessary arrangements for the accommodation services;

  • Ensure the planning and preparation of trips (itineraries, travel times, schedules);
  • Drive offices’ vehicle for transportation of authorized personnel and delivery/collection of cargo, pouch and other items;
  • Make field trips in/or out out-side the country;
  • Ensure that the required steps have to be seriously taken according to the rules and regulations of AUC and host country in case of involvement in accident;
  • Ensure the respect of traffic low in the host country
  • Deliver official      documents and/or pick up and deliver light office equipment
  • Perform any      other duties as assigned



2.Educational Qualifications: Candidates must have at least CEPE. A higher educational qualification will be an added advantage.


3.Work experience requirement:

  • Candidates must have at least 10 years of appropriate experience.
  • Hodler of a valid Grade C Driving License,
  • Good knowledge of car mechanics,
  • Relevant work experience with another international organization will be an added advantage.

5. Language requirement: Ability to speak, read and write French. Knowledge of any of the other of AU languages will be an added advantage.

6. Age requirement:

Candidates must preferably be not more than 45 years old.

7. Tenure of Appointment: The appointment will be made on a fixed 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 shall be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables

8. Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.         

9. Application: To apply, please submit the following:

  • Application letter;
  • A detailed and updated CV, indicating your nationality, age and gender;
  • Names and contact details (including e-mail address) of three references;
  • Certified copies of degrees and diplomas.  

10. Remuneration: Indicative basic salary of US$ 6,536 (GSB7 step 1) per annum plus other related entitlements-e.g., education allowance (75% of tuition and other education related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$2,520 per child per annum, maximum 4 children), etc.

11. The applications must be received not later than 29 January 2016, and should be addressed to:


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

P.O. Box 01BP1783 Ouagadougou 01

Fax: +22625311586