Poor remuneration, quota system hamper AU Commission staff recruitment

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The uncompetitive remuneration package offered by the African Union (AU) Commission and limitation imposed by its quota system have hampered efforts to recruit competent staffers for the Commission, sources at the Commission told PANA Friday.
Consequently, the Commission, which has not been able to fill all the available vacancies in the establishment, has made a proposal on fresh "compensation package", details of which were not made available.
The Commission has also stressed the need for member states that have yet to fill their quota to encourage their nationals to apply for professional posts that are being advertised.
It also called for the provision of the necessary financial resources to enable the Commission to complete the recruitment process.
The AU Commission currently has 651 staff members, including 42 who have just been recruited and are yet to start work.
The number represents a big leap from the Commission's 284 staffers in 2003, but falls short of the overall total of 912 staff distributed into 10 elected officials, 454 professional staff and 448 General Service staff.
Indications are that the current meeting of the Executive Council (foreign ministers) in Accra, which is preparing the agenda for the 9th ordinary summit of the AU 1-3 July, will give the go ahead for the Commission to take the necessary measures to address the morale and motivation problems among the staff, which the council believes are also obstacles to attracting and retaining competent staff.
Already, the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC), which met in the Ghanaian capital 25-26 June, has challenged the Commission on the question of gender balance, with most of the staff members still males; the status of the staff inherited from the defunct OAU and the use of services of consultants.
The PRC has also tasked the Commission on the need to freeze the recruitment in the General Services, where the approved establishment had been exceeded; the need to advertise vacancies in member states and the need to consider the confirmation of staff acting for a long period on a vacant position, among others.

29 june 2007 13:39:00




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