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. The Directorate of Information and Communication (DIC) of the AU which is charged with disseminating information of the activities of the AU intends to convert the vast library of audio-visual recordings and photography into digital format and invites qualified applicants for the consulting position of Digital Archivist & Librarian within the Directorate of Information & Communication. We are looking for experienced professionals with experience in digitisation of both print and audio visual material including designing standards for archiving, developing policies for data protection and establishing rules and procedures for the effective management of a digital library and preservation of analogue material for historical purposes. The successful applicants will be expected to work with the audio-visual team in the DIC and provide daily guidance and oversee the implementation of the communication material digital archive which will be located in the AU headquarters. 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 8. Must have excellent speaking and drafting skills, written and spoken English. Proficiency in in any other AU official working languages would be an added advantage.