CONSULTING SERVICES INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT Consulting Services- Digital Archivist & Librarian within the Directorate of Information & Communication
The African Union (AU) is a Pan African continental body consisting of 55 African countries. The AU was launched in 2002, replacing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The AU is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing strategic partnerships worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Over the 55 years of its existence, Africa’s only pan-African institution has amassed a large library of material documenting the activities of the Union. The library consists of film / video and audio recordings as well as photographs. Whereas a large portion of the material documented in the past 15 years is in easy digital or easy convertible formats, a large portion of the AU library from pre-independence (OAU period) is in traditional analogue formats.To provide consultative services as relates to the development of a digital library for the African Union Commissions audio, video, photography and print communication material as well as support the development of a data/ document protection and disaster recovery policy. AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA The ideal candidate or firm should have strong background in designing digital archival collection and retrieval systems and establishment of procedures to ensure the maintenance, preservation and protection of data and documentation. They must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience preferably in data conversion and preservation within reputable data digitisation and protection firms, national archives or library services, or national or regional media houses with extensive digital archival systems (ideally resulting from conversion of their analogue material to digital using modern technology
1. Education requirement: Undergraduate degree in Library Science or Masters in Archives or History or a related field 2. Licenses or certifications: Certified Archivist and/or Digital Archives Specialist training or certification from professional body. 3. Proven experience in senior role preferably as lead digital librarian / archivist in a national, regional or international organisation with sizeable digital archives 4. Hands-on experience in designing data preservation and protection policies 5. Experience of developing content for digital platforms 6. Working knowledge of software such as Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc.) 7. Experience operating state of the art archiving equipment