Library Assistant at African Union(AU) Arusha, Tanzania -Reports to: Librarian – Legal Division

Requisition ID: 990
Location: Arusha, Tanzania
Job grade: GSA5
Contract type: Regular
Directorate: Registry of the Court
Reports to: Librarian – Legal Division
Organization: African Union Commission – AUC

Purpose of Job

  • Assist the Librarian in the provision of library services.

Main Functions

  • Assist in processing library information materials, including cataloguing, classification, indexing.
  • Conducting information searching and retrieval for library clients.
  • Maintenance of library catalogues
  • Circulation duties of the library.
  • Library reference services
  • Working closely with the librarian to search, identify and select materials in all formats for possible purchase and integration into the library’s collection.
  • Assisting in the audio-visual and serials services of the library;

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assisting in library events such as Library weeks,
  • Assist in library training and user education programmes
  • Conduct various library surveys,
  • General ergonomics and shelving of library items
  • Assist in the preparation of current awareness services and selective dissemination activities such as bibliographies and general information services to users;
  • Perform any other duties as required.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education and a Diploma in Library and Information Studies or Information Sciences or related disciplines or an equivalent.
  • A higher qualification in the requested field will be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of five (5) years relevant professional experience in a similar position, preferably in an international organization

Required Skills:

  • A grasp of modern library systems and practices
  • Knowledge of standard library organization systems especially Library of Congress Classification system, MARC and Resource Description and Access (RDA) protocols.
  • Literacy in modern computer applications especially use of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and conferencing programs.
  • Good communication skills and respect for confidentiality
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work under pressure in a multi-cultural environment and under minimum supervision;
  • Knowledge of the African human rights system;
  • Knowledge of international organizations and their functions;
  • Knowledge of AU policies, systems and standards
  • Proficiency in one of the AU Official working languages. Good knowledge of at least one other language will be an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies:
Core Competencies:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Responsibility
  • Learning Orientation
  • Communicating with impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Job Knowledge
  • Drive for Results
  • Innovation and taking initiative

Tenure of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular 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 will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming:

  • The African Court is an equal opportunity employer; qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage.

Indicative basic salary of US$ 15,758.00 per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. post adjustment (42% of basic salary), housing allowance (US$1,401.12  per month), education allowance (100% of the school fees up to a maximum of US$10,000.00 per child per annum to  a maximum of four (4) children of up to 21 years maximum),spouse allowance (5% of the basic salary, child Allowance (US$ 250 per annum per child up to four (4) children aged 21years maximum, etc. in accordance with the Rules and Regulations governing International Civil Servants of the African Union.