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Recent Job Openings at African Development Bank Group (AfDB) March, 2018

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Chief Agricultural Economist

Reference: ADB/17/523/2
Location: West Africa
Grade: PL3
Position N°: 50001023

The Complex

  • The Vice Presidency for ‘Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery ‘responsible for operational relevancy, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programs, and activities.
  • The Vice Presidency Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery will ensure that the Bank operates successfully across its Regional Members Countries and will oversee the full implementation of all aspects of the Bank’s Regional Directorates.

The Hiring Department/Division

  • Within the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex, the Bank has five (5) Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Directorates, one in each region of Africa: North, South, East, West, and Central.
  • Each Regional Directorate is headed by a Director General and is staffed with the relevant sectoral functions and administrative capabilities for rapid delivery of services to client countries.
  • The Regional Directorates provide overall strategic direction to country offices within the regions and are responsible for the Bank’s operations, business development, project management and overall effective delivery of the Bank’s High 5s :‘Light Up and Power Africa’, ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Industrialize Africa,’ ‘Integrate Africa,’ and ‘Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.’
  • The mission of the Agriculture, Human & Social Development Division is to contribute to the Bank’s efforts to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development in Regional Member Countries. It does so by contributing to development of country and regional strategies and building sector knowledge and focusing on project/programme origination and delivery for approval of operations defined under the High 5 priorities.
  • The Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department provides support for the delivery of Feed Africa: Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa, 2016-2025.
  • The strategy aims to end hunger and rural poverty in the next decade through self-sufficiency in 18 priority commodity value chains specific to the continent’s agro-ecological zones.
  • Realizing the objectives set forth in the strategy requires increased productivity; value addition; investment in infrastructure; an enabling agribusiness environment; capital flows; and inclusivity, sustainability, and effective nutrition.
  • The Department leads the effort to transform agricultural systems for greater competitiveness, inclusivity and sustainability, and for enhanced job creation and poverty reduction.

The Position

  • The Chief Agricultural Economist will participate in the implementation of the Agenda for the Transformation of Agriculture in Africa; provide technical support to the Bank Group’s operational activities in the field of agriculture and rural development, technical studies and institutional mechanisms for agricultural projects/ programs proposed for Bank financing, as well as the feasibility study of their current and future impact and benefits.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Division Manager RDGW.2, in collaboration with the Project Coordinators, the Chief Agricultural Economist is responsible for execution of the following activities with the associated deliveries:

  • Undertake and conduct field missions to identify, prepare, evaluate and / or oversee the implementation and monitoring of Bank-financed projects, programmes and sector studies, follow procurement, disbursement and reporting procedures to ensure that they comply with Bank’s Rules and Procedures; or to bring partners to carry out these missions;
  • Provide assistance to borrowers in understanding and implementing Bank Group policies and procedures as well as issues related of projects and programmes and resource use;
  • Provide technical input to the preparation of Country Strategy Papers and portfolio reviews, with particular emphasis on the agriculture and rural development sector;
  • Facilitate, direct, as necessary, reviews of the agricultural sector, preparation of agricultural and rural development projects, mid-term reviews and missions, and processing of project completion procedures;
  • Prepare terms of reference (TORs) for studies proposed for Bank financing and participate in the evaluation and processing of agricultural and rural development projects;
  • Prepare terms of reference and select consultants for missions and oversee the technical aspects of their work;
  • Review procurement documents from Regional Member Countries to ensure that they are in line with the Bank Group’s Rules and Procedures for procurement and make proposals for actions to be taken by the Bank and relevant implementation entities;
  • Review feasibility studies and progress reports on projects and make proposals for actions to be taken by the Bank and the executing agencies;
  • Provide technical advice to the Disbursement Division of the Bank on the eligibility of project expenditures;
  • Participate in or coordinate the preparation of internal reports and documents of the Department; provide expert advice and contribute to working groups inside and outside the Division;
  • Negotiate projects with representatives from Regional Member Countries and support projects in the Board;
  • Represent the Bank at coordination meetings with other institutions, in regional and international meetings;
  • Manage agricultural projects financed by the Bank; Communicating – giving / exchanging ideas, advising, explaining – with the head of division, division staff, project managers, various donors and counterparts from other multilateral institutions;
  • Monitor recruitment and performance of external auditors;
  • Contribute to the mandate of the Division, taking initiative and providing support as needed;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • At least a Master’s Degree in Development, an Agricultural Engineer (or related discipline), with a specialization in agricultural economics or agro economics.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience, with particular expertise in designing and supporting projects implementation in international financial Institutions.
  • Experience in supporting private sector operations would be an added advantage.
  • Proven ability to implement country or sector level agriculture analytical and capacity building initiatives;
  • A good understanding of cross-cutting issues beyond agriculture and social development (e.g. procurement, governance, donors’ practices) at sector/country level;
  • Good knowledge of strategy to deliver transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty;
  • Good knowledge of key aid effectiveness issues especially harmonization of donors’ practices and alignment to borrowers systems.
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate sector specific knowledge with broader operational strategy and research objectives;
  • Good networking skills and judgment which are required in the management of professional relationship with external partners working in Africa.
  • Client Orientation to understand, and when appropriate, anticipate client needs, to ensure the clients receive the best possible service from the Bank.
  • Ability to apply innovative approaches and change working methods while remaining effective in changing working conditions.
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is desirable.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Deadline: 8th March, 2018.

Job Title: Principal Climate Change and Green Growth Officer

Reference: ADB/18/023
Location: Africa
Grade: PL4
Position N°: 50093788

The Complex

  • The Vice Presidency for ‘Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth’ is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten Years Strategy, High 5s priority of “Light up and Power Africa”.
  • The complex’s objectives are:
    • To develop policy and strategy;
    • To provide deep sector technical expertise to the Regions by gathering a pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted for their expertise on complicated transactions;
    • To develop new financing instruments;
    • To act as spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on all aspects of “Light Up and Power Africa”.
  • The Complex will focus on areas of Power systems, policy and regulation, renewable energy; and, Climate and Green Growth.

The Hiring Department
The Climate Change and Green Growth Department has broad objectives of:

  • Mainstreaming climate change and green growth into Bank’s High 5s’ operations;
  • Monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Bank’s climate change interventions through the Bank’s Climate Change Action Plan and the Bank’s Green Growth Framework;
  • Managing access to the growing number of sources of Green and Climate Finance for all Operational Vice Presidencies within the Bank;
  • Assisting African countries to develop and implement their NDCs as well as to increase their access to global climate finance; and
  • Leading all efforts within the Bank focused on minimizing and reversing the effects of Climate Change on the continent.
  • The Department consists of two divisions, Climate and Green Growth Division, and Climate Finance Division.

The Hiring Division

  • The Climate and Green Growth Division is responsible for ensuring that all efforts within the Bank are focused on minimizing and reversing the effects of Climate Change on the continent, including advising Regional Member Countries on climate and green growth policies and strategies (including the Nationally Determined Contributions), mainstreaming climate change and green growth in Bank-wide implementation activities and providing support to the High 5s to meet their objectives.

The Position

  • The position holder will work under the functional supervision and guidance of the Manager, Green Growth and Climate Adaptation and in close collaboration with regional climate change and green growth officers based in the Regional Hubs, and the climate finance officers in the Climate Finance Division at the HQ.
  • The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the Bank’s Climate Change Action Plan and Green Growth Framework and related policies, procedures, and guidelines into the Bank’s operations both for private and public sectors.
  • The job serves all of the Operational Vice Presidencies and regions in order to ensure that climate change and green growth considerations are mainstreamed in all operations (strategies, policies, plans, programmes and projects).
  • The holder of the position will also assist in ensuring that the Bank’s commitments as captured in the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP2) including the allocation 40% of project approvals by 2020 as climate finance are met.
  • Specifically, she/he will work with Task Managers and Investment Officers to ensure that all projects are based on climate-informed design and that climate change opportunities are identified and tracked in each project.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision and general guidance of the Division Manager, the incumbent will perform the following:
Climate change and green growth policy:

  • Support the mainstreaming of climate change into Country Strategy Papers (CSPs) and Regional Integration Strategy Papers (RISPs) in collaboration with Country/Regional Economists;
  • Support the preparation of climate change/green growth action plans, documents, reports, operational guidelines, tools as requested by senior management, taking into account RMCs and Bank’s commitments including the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Assist and advise RMCs on preparation and implementation of climate change and green growth strategies, policies and measures taking into account commitments to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Support the monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) and the Green Growth Framework and related policies and strategies;
  • Support the tracking and reporting on climate finance;

Mainstreaming climate change and green growth in projects and programmes:

  • Support the mainstreaming, implementation and monitoring of climate change and green growth considerations/elements in Bank’s operations during the identification, preparation, appraisal, supervision and project completion stages as appropriate;
  • Support preparation of the climate change technical sections required in the Project Concept Notes (PCNs) and the Project Appraisal Reports (PAR) and any other project related reports as appropriate in close collaboration with project teams;
  • Support the implementation of the climate risk screening and Adaptation Review and Evaluation Procedures (AREP) functions of the Climate Safeguards System (CSS), and the Bank’s Green House Gas Accounting tool for projects, as well as the joint MDB climate finance tracking methodology;
  • Support Bank’s task managers and investment officers to access climate finance from both internal and external trust funds for the implementation of eligible project components and activities in close collaboration with Climate Finance Officers, including participation in Trust Fund cluster meetings;
  • Contribute to other climate change and green growth initiatives and activities carried out by the Department such as the Africa NDC Hub, and
  • Liaise with other lenders to ensure consistency in the mainstreaming of climate change and green growth concerns throughout all aspects of the documentation for projects;

Capacity Building and Knowledge Management:

  • Identify, assess, and monitor capacity building needs on climate change and green growth in the regional hub, including relevant RMCs;
  • Support the design and organisation of training sessions for Bank staff and their counterparts in RMCs in the assessment and analysis of climate change and green growth issues in projects and programs (including the understanding of stakeholder needs; institutional and organization issues; and impact monitoring and evaluation of outcomes);
  • Participate in and contribute to internal and external trainings and conferences on climate change and green growth as well as in other activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building;
  • Develop and/or contribute to the development of innovative knowledge products on sustainability, climate change and green growth; and
  • Develop Economic and Sector Works (ESWs) on climate change and green growth;
  • Undertake any other tasks as assigned by the Division Manager, Green Growth and Climate Adaptation.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • At least a Master’s Degree in Climate Change, Environment and Development, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Development, Engineering, Energy Economics and Policy, Environmental Policy or related discipline;
  • A minimum of Six (6) Years’ experience in a combination of climate change related areas, including: national and international climate policy; project development and management; environment and climate safeguard policy and enforcement; renewable energy policy and project implementation; climate change; climate risk management – adaptation/mitigation; green growth; trust fund management;
  • An excellent knowledge and practice of mainstreaming climate change and green growth considerations in projects and programmes and good understanding of project operations of multilateral development banks or equivalent institutions;
  • Experience in mobilizing climate finance for project implementation, climate risk management, and project management;
  • Field operational experience in the area of implementing environmental policies, climate change adaptation and mitigation and green growth;
  • Well-rounded understanding of critical issues in sustainable development, emerging climate change issues, green growth and sustainability concerns;
  • Experience in Climate policies and measures, green and inclusive growth, greenhouse gas and climate risk assessment and management,
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills and established track record in operational and policy work on climate change, green growth and climate finance matters;
  • Strong knowledge in supporting the mainstreaming of climate change and green growth into major development investments within the continent;
  • Knowledge of climate change, green growth and climate finance issues facing regional member countries (RMCs);
  • Strong practical experience in applying tools and instruments for mainstreaming climate change, green growth and climate finance into development concerns in Bank operations.
  • Experience in the private sector will be an added advantage
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing effectively in French, with a working knowledge of English.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Knowledge of SAP and Bank-Wide Program Processing Schedule (BPPS) is desirable.

Deadline:15th March, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Senior Occupational Health and Safety Officer

Reference: ADB/17/517/2
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: PL5
Position N°: 5000052

The Complex

  • The Vice-Presidency, Human Resources and Corporate Services (CHVP) ensures the delivery of efficient, people-centered, client-oriented, corporate services to ensure overall institutional effectiveness in all aspects of the Bank’s corporate services.
  • The complex leads efforts to ensure the competitiveness of the Bank as the employer of choice and is responsible for providing leadership in the formulation and implementation of Bank’s strategies on people, IT, general services and institutional procurements, language services, business continuity and, health and safety strategies.

The Hiring Department/Division
The overall objective of the CHMH Unit is to make the Bank an employer of choice by providing staff members with the most conducive and healthy working environment. Its mission is to drive the transformation of the Medical and Occupational Health Services offered by the Bank and enhancing health promotion, prevention strategies and comprehensive interventions in an effort to protect, preserve and promote the health and well-being of all Staff members – healthy lifestyles for all.

Specifically, the Unit seeks to ensure proper application of the Bank’s policies, instructions and procedures on matters of staff health and well-being; formulate health and welfare policies that are consistent with best practices in healthcare in the workplace; and ensure the administration and provision of quality medical care to Bank’s staff and their dependents; facilitate a healthy working environment for staff through the observance of best practices in health and well-being.

The Position

  • The role of Occupational health and safety (OHS) Officer is to ensure the overall improvement of working conditions, and the well-being of employees in order to contribute positively to Bank’s productivity.
  • The primary purpose of the Bank’s OHS framework is to ensure that the Bank provides staff with highest standards for a conducive, safe and healthy working environment. This includes the inspection and regular monitoring of the buildings and equipment (ergonomic chairs, and key board, computer screens, noise and light hazards, etc.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Unit Head of Medical & Occupational Health Services, the Senior Occupational health and safety (OHS) Officer will undertake the following Key Responsibilities:
Employee relations:

  • Establishes and maintains good relationships between Managers and staff
  • Assists in the resolution of specific disciplinary or grievance cases, including acting as an arbiter between the staff and the Manager
  • Ensures that grievance handling and disciplinary proceedings are carried out in line with Bank rules
  • Liaises with recourse mechanisms such as: Ombudsman, Appeal Committee, Ethics and Staff Council
  • Builds employee relations capacity and enables management effectiveness through the execution of proactive employee relations initiatives and the delivery of targeted training programs.
  • Implements proactive employee relations initiatives and responds to Staff Council organizing activity

Handling Workplace Harassment, Conflict resolution and investigation:

  • Interviews staff members and discusses with them human relations and work related problems that adversely affect morale, health and productivity.
  • Evaluates and resolves human relations and work related problems and meets with management to determine appropriate action.
  • Investigates problems such as working conditions, disciplinary actions, and employee and applicant appeals and grievances. According to circumstances, provides guidance and recommendations for problem resolution to departmental officials and individuals.
  • Assists in the resolution of specific disciplinary or grievance cases, including acting as an arbiter between the staff and the Division Manager
  • Ensures that all employee matters are handled with consistency and fairness without discrimination
  • Ensures that grievance handling and disciplinary proceedings are carried out in line with the Bank policy and national legislation
  • Helps employees, supervisors and departmental heads to settle work related conflict through advice and recommendation
  • Explains and provides advice to staff about the Bank and governing rules, regulations and procedures and need for compliance.
  • Provides counsel and advice to Managers and staff regarding Bank policies and procedures.
  • Responds to and resolves all types of discrimination charges and grievance
  • Develops, schedules, and conducts technical, management and interpersonal skills training to improve employee performance
  • Prepares Newsletters and other reports to communicate information about employee concerns and comments and organisational actions undertaken
  • Conducts exit interviews with staff to determine if corrective action may retain valued staff
  • Handles case management.

Health and Safety Services:

  • Ensure a safe workplace environment without risk to health.
  • Develop Bank policies, guidelines and procedures relating to health and safety work environment
  • Ensure that all Health & Safety policies, procedures, rules and regulations are adhered to and are regularly reviewed, updated and communicated.
  • Ensure the Bank meets its statutory obligations in all areas pertaining to health, safety and welfare at work, including statutory training and reporting
  • Ensure the completion and regular review of risk assessments for all work equipment and operations.
  • Work with General Service Department (CHGS) and arrange for the purchase of suitable equipment and accessories for staff
  • Ensure that all accidents are documented, investigated and recommended improvements implemented.
  • Ensure that safety inspections are carried out, fire drills and fire alarms are correctly reported, safety inspections, risk assessments and lone working procedures are managed and employees are aware of their responsibilities.
  • Establish a full programme of documented health & safety inspections, audits and checks.
  • Establish a structured programme of health & safety training throughout the Bank. Liaise with external health & safety consultants in the provision of training programmes and health and safety services.
  • Keep up to date with all aspects of relevant health, safety & welfare at work legislation and communicate relevant changes to the Bank.
  • Provide regular reports to the Head of Unit, Human Resources Manager, and Board of Directors/Senior Management Team on relevant health and safety activities.
  • Liaise with suppliers i.e. Insurers, solicitors etc. Any other reasonable duties which may be required by management from time to time

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Human Resources Management, Social Sciences, Business Administration or other related disciplines.
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant practical working experience of formulating, implementing and revising H&S policies and procedures.
  • NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) (General Certificate) qualified or working towards NEBOSH certificate accreditation or NEBOSH Environmental Certificate.
  • Experience in handling of H&S investigations
  • Ability to initiate and manage innovations and changes.
  • Active participation in a staff motivation programs.
  • Private sector experience is advantageous
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Client Orientation
  • Team working and relations
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French languages, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications. Knowledge of SAP is advantageous.

Deadline: 15th March, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


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