Deadline: 25 October, 2021

Location: Yaounde, Cameroon

The African Union Commission (AUC) is seeking to fill the position of Rector.
The AU is a continental body that consists of 55 member states. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
  • Represent the Pan-African University (PAU), Cameroon, in all forums
  • Facilitate the signing of MoUs with host universities, host countries, and lead thematic partners and African Union Commission
  • Conclude agreements, contracts or other arrangements between the PAU and other competent bodies for pedagogic, research, management and funding purposes with the approval of the PAU council
  • Coordinate the development of a corporate plan for the operationalisation of the PAU and ensure it is translated into appropriate and realistic goals and objectives that are delivered harmoniously and successfully
  • Prepare and present the PAU annual activity report to the PAU council
  • Ensure the implementation of the decisions of the African Union summit of heads of state and government with regard to PAU
  • Facilitate the required coordination between directors of PAU institutes and coordinators of programme departments and centres
  • Coordinate the selection of the PAU satellites centres
  • Liaison with the African Union Commission, vice chancellors of host institutions, and lead thematic partners
  • Manage the personnel of the PAU
  • Coordinate the establishment of rectorate and recruitment of rectorate staff
  • Coordinate the student recruitment process, award of scholarships, and smooth relocation to respective institutes
  • Ensure the recruitment of academic staff for PAU institutes
  • Provide oversight for all PAU academic programmes
  • Ensure the implementation and the periodic monitoring of the PAU’s multi-annual strategic development plan as approved by the PAU council
  • Perform all other functions as are necessary for the proper administration, smooth operation and development of the PAU


  • PhD and a full professor of a recognised university, with 20 years of postgraduate experience in one of the thematic fields of the PAU, with ten years in a senior academic leadership position and four years, minimum, in the role of vice rector/deputy vice chancellor in a recognised university
  • Two years, minimum, of experience in continental or international organisations
  • Recognition from peers (be a recipient of at least one award from national/continental/ body or professional association or research/development organsation) for outstanding academic leadership or research/development contribution

To apply and for more information, click here.

Photo source: Paul Kagame


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