African Development Bank (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: Principal Development Economist – RDNG
Position N°: 50093716
- The Vice-Presidency for ‘Regional Development, Integration and Business DeliveryÊ¼ is 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 Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department, within the Agriculture, Human and Social Development Complex will spearhead the achievement of the High 5s on “Improving the Quality of Life of People in Africa” and contribute to the other High 5s. The Department has two divisions Education, Human Capital and Skills Development Division which focuses on scaling-up of Bank’s support to education, human capital and employment/livelihoods; and Public Health, Security and Nutrition Division focusing on strengthening health systems and nutrition for human wellbeing. It also hosts various pertinent initiatives and trust funds.
The African Development Bank adopted in May 2016, the “Jobs for Youth in Africa” (JfYA) Strategy for the period of 2016 – 2025. This Strategy responds to the priorities in Bank’s Ten Year Strategy and the New Corporate Priorities (High-Five). Creating productive jobs for the youth would improve their living conditions and enhance their engagement in Africa’s growth and economic transformation.
The Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy was launched during the Bank’s annual meetings in May, 2016, in Lusaka to commence its operationalization. The Development Economist will be part of the team responsible of the day to day management of the implementation of the Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy in the Bank’s Nigeria Office to:
- Support sector departments and task managers in projects in operations in field offices to hold high level policy dialogue on youth and employability;
- Lead the design and manage projects as which are high impact for youth employability and may have key underlying strategies to reduce the impact of migration;
- Deliver knowledge exchange on drivers of development and Youth Employment;
- Support governments in reforms and dialogue on addressing the youth unemployment and migration issues;
- Contribute to Country Strategic Papers and Regional Integration Strategic Papers to implement the strategic vision of jobs for youth in Africa strategy;
- Contribute to resources mobilization for targeted activities in the Bank’s work.
Duties and Responsibilities
With strategic and technical support from the Coordinator Jobs for Youth in Africa and under the supervision of the Senior Director, for the Nigeria Country Office, the incumbent shall:
- Conduct the Bank’s assessment of social and macroeconomic developments, monitoring of structural reforms and policy dialogue that impact national and regional jobs creation for youth and women, and also seek to address migration and refugees issues.
- Specifically, provide socio-economic and macroeconomic and reform advice; conduct and facilitate policy dialogue in close coordination with country economists in the Nigeria Country Office and other Bank departments; and interact with country authorities, the private sector, local think tanks, academia, clients and other International Financial Institutions.
- Provide input to country strategies and other related country strategy instruments related to ensuring the conducive eco-system to foster entrepreneurship, enhance employability and job creation for youth.
- Support and develop innovative and timely solutions to mitigate the youth employment crisis including migration and regional refugee’s issues through the Jobs for Youth in Africa agenda.
- Carry out analyses of labor issues, unemployment, underemployment and youth migration issue, and propose operations to address these challenges.
- Support the Bank staff and departments to identify priority areas and potential projects with high jobs impact; help interface project design with private sector, and contribute to related Additionality and Development Outcomes Assessment together with sector economists and provide input to the assessment phase of major projects.
- Conduct the “Jobs for Youth in Africa dialogue” dialogue at the country and regional level for (i) the achievement of country policy dialogue objectives; and (ii) leading and coordinating contributions to country diagnostics study; and contributing to improvements in country and regional results measurements on Jobs for Youth.
- Provide technical expertise and identify opportunities to engage the private sector and propose innovative public-private partnerships for jobs creation for youth.
- Oversee the drafting of Bank’s economic reports, including inputs for Nigeria for periodic forecasting exercise, country assessments, African Economic Outlook, Country Strategic Papers and related products, Regional Integration Strategic Papers and briefing notes for senior management.
- Manage or lead selected top priority “Jobs for Youth in Africa dialogue” projects especially those which have a high Jobs Impact and those which address long term policy reforms.
- Carry out other technical tasks and coordination as required by the “Jobs for Youth in Africa dialogue” coordinator or the Senior Director.
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:
- Hold at least a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Labour Economics, Economic Development, Business Administration, Finance, Social Sciences, or related field.
- Have a minimum of six (6) years professional experience with relevant experience in jobs for youth, social protection, safety nets, financing for jobs, with at least in Africa, preferably in an international organization, government agency, think tank or other policy environment.
- Strong knowledge of jobs creation, migration issues, good governance reforms and economic policy issues in Africa with at least six years focusing on Africa.
- Ability to build partnerships with a broad range of clients and deliver results that meet the needs and long-term interests of clients within and outside the Bank.
- Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
- Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous and shifting demands/ priorities under tight deadlines and coordinate the work of others.
- Results-oriented, accountable, proactive, self-motivated and able to work both with autonomy and with a team in diverse national and cultural contexts.
- Flexibility and the ability to work across divisions and departments of the ‘Agriculture Human, and Social Development’ Sector Complex.
- Client Orientation to understand, and when appropriate, anticipate client needs, to ensure the clients receive the best possible service from the Bank.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Regional Power Systems Officer – RDGS1
Location: South Africa
Position N°: 50078321
- The Vice Presidency for ‘Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery is responsible for operational relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programs, and activities.
- This will ensure that the Bank operates successfully across its Regional Member Countries and oversee the full implementation of all aspects of the Bank’s Regional Directorates
The Hiring Department
- Within the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery (RDVP) Complex, the Bank has five (5) Regional Hubs, one in each region of Africa: North, South, East, West, and Central. Each Regional Hub is headed by a Director General (DG) and is staffed with the relevant sectoral functions and administrative capabilities for rapid delivery of services to client countries.
- The Regional Hubs provide overall strategic direction to country offices within the regions and are responsible for the Bank’s sovereign operations, business development, project management and overall effective delivery of the Bank’s High 5s, notably ‘Industrialize Africa’, ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Light up and Power Africa’, ‘Integrate Africa’ and ‘Improve the Quality of Life of the people of Africa’.
- The Regional Power Systems Officer is responsible for providing leadership in the origination, processing, supervision and general portfolio management of Sovereign energy sector projects.
- In this work, the incumbent works closely with the following complexes; Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization; Agriculture, Human and Social Development; and Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth; and supports their efforts to identify business opportunities and manage non-sovereign operations.
- The incumbent is directly involved in the development cycle from identification of opportunities in line with the High 5s to their approval by the Bank’s Boards of Directors.
- As part of the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery (RDVP) Complex, the incumbent contributes to the delivery of the ‘Power and Light Up Africa’, ‘Integrate Africa’, ‘Improve the Quality of Life of the People of Africa’ and the ‘Industrialize Africa’ Strategies.
Duties and Responsibilities
Business Development and Pipeline Management:
- Provide guidance to the Regional Member Countries (RMC) and Bank teams in the origination, preparation, structuring and implementation of complex and innovative projects.
- Coordinate with Region / Hub-based staff and relevant governance / risk / compliance units, in the process of identification, preparation and execution of Sovereign operations, as well as in conducting policy / result based operations and technical assistance related to the above topics;
- Lead the provision of expert advice on issues related to energy sector development including advice to RMCs for promoting policies conducive to strong growth/development of the energy sector as well as other areas of activity of the Division (creation of an enabling environment for private sector investments in energy projects, corporate governance);
- Provide the required technical skills to design national and multinational projects that respond to the needs of the RMCs and regional economic communities based on their priorities and selectivity;
- Lead, co-ordinate and oversee the identification, appraisal, negotiations, supervision and ex-post reviews of Bank operations, involving RMCs’ governments, private sponsor – when relevant – and other development partners or concerned parties;
- Lead discussions with other development partners in order to identify opportunities for co-financing and other partnerships;
- Develop and manage a diversified pipeline and lending programme of investments in the sector across the region, to meet the Bank’s impact and profitability targets.
- Provide sector expertise for quality assurance in: preparation of terms of reference (TORs), requests for proposals (RFPs), tender documents to procure goods and/or services in line with the Bank’s procurement rules: e.g. Recruitment and supervision of expert advisors (and Bank staff) regarding execution of socio-techno-economic (pre-) – feasibility studies and utility performance diagnostics;`
- Oversee and carry out effective management of the assigned portfolio, including sector policy based operations and institutional support projects;
- Ensure timely procurement and disbursement of active power projects in the Bank’s portfolio, liaising with Government departments and project implementation units to address blockages in project execution, using the Bank Portfolio Dashboard as main monitoring tool.
Knowledge Production and Coordination:
- Lead the preparation of energy sector assessments and other upstream analytical and diagnostic work to inform Country Strategy Papers; provide support to country/regional departments on policy dialogue with RMCs relating to energy sector and related issues; and provide back-up to country offices to ensure provision of quality advisory service to RMCs ;
- Lead and coordinate the preparation of policy statements, papers, briefs and various reports on energy sector issues and other relevant areas;
- Represent the Bank in national and regional partnerships, networks, conferences, workshops, and training seminars on issues related to energy sector development and related issues;
- Undertake any other tasks as assigned by the Manager
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:
- Hold at least Master’s degree (or its university equivalent) in Business Administration, Economics, Social Sciences, Engineering or any other relevant field
- Have a minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in energy and infrastructure.
- Experience implementing projects with public sector institutions and / or bilateral and multilateral development finance institutions; will be an added advantage for this position.
- Proven ability to interact competently with the staff of government and donor agencies on issues relating to aid coordination, as well as with the private sector;
- Proven ability to build and lead a team of professional staff, and utilize talent and expertise of team members in a productive way;
- Good listener with demonstrated ability to present and win support for ideas as well as make effective and timely decisions;
- Capacity to initiate and manage innovations and change.
- Familiarity with project management and project identification procedures in Development Finance Institutions multilateral organizations, and in particular of the African Development Bank, an added advantage.
- Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, with a working knowledge of the other.
- Good command of standard Bank commonly used software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite for word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations)
- Knowledge of IT tools; knowledge of SAP is desirable.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Note: This position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment
Deadline: 5th October, 2018.