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Vacancies at African Development Bank Group (AfDB), 21st Aug., 2019

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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: Team Assistant, AHFR.1

Reference: ADB/19/157
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: GS7
Position N°: 50000236
Reporting to: The Division Manager – AHFR1

The Complex

  • The Vice-Presidency for ‘Agriculture, Human, and Social Development’ is a Sector Complex focusing on two of the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy High 5s priority of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.
  • The complex objectives are:
    • To develop, policy and strategy;
    • Provide deep sector expertise to the Regions by gathering pools of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions;
    • Develop new financing instruments;
    • The Vice President will act as the spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on aspects of “Feed Africa” and Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.

The Hiring Department/Division

  • The Agriculture Finance and Rural Development 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 15 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 mobilize the required finance to implement Feed Africa and provides support for the implementation of all rural development activities in regional member’s countries.

The Position

  • Under the general supervision of the Division Manager – Agriculture and Rural Finance (AHFR1), the Team Assistant will play a supportive role in the coordination and delivery of the unit.
  • He/She will lead on the establishment and maintenance of all information management systems and databases (e.g. SAP) to enable the effective result-based management.
  • He/She will generate information and reports to inform on the progress, achievements and outcomes of the AHFR1 funded projects and the AHFR as a whole.
  • He/She will oversee the smooth operation of the offices’ support work and related systems by assuming responsibility for the organisation and coordination of work flow as well as reviewing, processing and executing a variety of accounting and resource management transactions.

Duties and Responsibilities
Resources Management:

  • Manage systems; create and process expense reports in SAP.
  • Assist the management in issues concerning resources such as the administrative budget; monitor and review expenses and bring issues to the attention of Manager.
  • Participate in the preparation of the annual and mid-year budget review by inputting data and the monitoring thereof.

Analytical Work:

  • Produce documents, briefing papers, reports, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Take notes at meetings, write letters, and prepare minutes as requested.
  • Assist where applicable with the programming of operational activities by using the appropriate software, entering project information and producing the Department’s various status reports i.e. Active Projects, Pipe Line Projects, Project Status Reports, etc.

Problem Solving:

  • Respond to inquiries on operational matters from Bank executives; liaise with member countries and other staff; coordinate with other members of management and partners; work with other operations assistants, secretaries and groups in different locations.
  • Carry out background research in field of competence and present in a logical manner.
  • Perform any other duties reasonably requested by management.

Workflow management:

  • Devise and maintain efficient office systems.
  • Track and follow up on documents; deal with incoming email, faxes and general mail.

Office Administration:

  • Organize and attend to multiple meetings, appointments and events to ensure that responsible management are well prepared.
  • Arrange travel, visa and accommodation; travel occasionally with management to provide general assistance.
  • Initiate and prepare various administrative documents and forms, such as staff list, staff travels, staff absence (annual leave, home leave, excused absence and maternity leave) as well as statistical data when required on staff;
  • Assist Investment Officers / Task Managers in the preparation of reports.
  • Create contracts for hiring consultants in DACON.
  • Create contracts from projects in SAP.
  • SAP entry of project information
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree / Maîtrise or equivalent diploma, higher education in Business Administration, Economics and / or Statistics would be an asset;
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of professional work experience in project management, work programme and budget preparation, and information management.
  • Good understanding of the functions, organization and procedures of the Bank; leadership; strong research capabilities and problem solving;
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritization in its own program of work, ability to perform the tasks in a timely and effective manner;
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multicultural environment;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing 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, SAP and/or other integrated document management system).


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Chief Regional Financial Management Coordinator, SNFI4

Reference: ADB/19/166
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: PL3
Position N°: 50071211

The Complex

  • The Senior Vice-Presidency (SNVP) is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve it strategic objective, and drive performance culture that will align all processes and systems to deliver high impact results.
  • The Senior Vice-Presidency provides leadership and exceptional coordination to ensure implementation and monitoring of key corporate decisions as well as the identification of necessary corrective measures and actions.
  • The Senior Vice-Presidency leads senior management discussions, decision-making processes, and the implementation of key Board and Management decisions.

The Hiring Department

  • The SNVP supervises the Fiduciary and Inspection Department (SNFI), which acts as the custodian of Procurement, Financial Management, and Inspection functions. SNFI has the following responsibilities:
    • Developing and interpreting fiduciary policy, strategy and related guidance notes and manuals;
    • Providing fiduciary advisory services and support to operations throughout the project cycle;
    • Preparing annual post review reports on the Bank’s Financial Management and Procurement Operations for the Board;
    • Developing a training strategy for internal and external clients;
    • Dialoguing with global partners with a view to building partnerships and fostering harmonization;
    • Providing the secretariat for the Procurement Review Committee (PRC); and
    • Inspecting and reporting on the performance of Procurement and Financial Management activities undertaken by the regions.

The Position

  • The Chief Regional Financial Management Coordinator (RFMC) will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, and will functionally report to the Manager, Financial Management Division, and administratively to the Regional Implementation Support Manager.
  • He/she is expected to lead a team of Country Office based Financial Management Specialists (FMSs) within the East Africa Region in conducting:
    • National or sector level fiduciary diagnostic work;
    • Operational support missions at the request of Project Team Leaders (PTL) throughout the project cycle; and
    • Technical support activities to improve borrowers’ financial management systems, including support for designing operations that focus on FM reform/development.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Division Manager, Financial Management, the Chief Regional Financial Management Coordinator will perform the following duties:

  • Providing technical guidance at the Country Offices in the financial management activities of projects and programs within the framework of the Bank’s policies and guidelines throughout the project life cycle;
  • Attending negotiations and ensuring FM issues are appropriately taken into account in the financing agreement and other associated documentations;
  • Participating in project/program launching missions to assist the project/program team and building the capacity of executing agencies in the area of financial management;
  • Undertaking on-site and desk supervision missions based on assessed risk, and providing inputs to the aide memoires and FM performance ratings;
  • Carrying out supervision work to ensure that project financial management systems are functioning appropriately, including the periodic review of project financial management reports for adequacy of financial performance;
  • Ensuring compliance with the Bank’s audit and other FM requirements;
  • Providing advice and support to borrowers and the Bank Project Teams on matters affecting financial management and disbursement;
  • Providing financial management guidance for the development of technical assistance programs and evaluating and monitoring their implementation;
  • Assessing the selection and engagement of external independent auditors, ensuring their suitability including their independence, and competence to perform;
  • Taking a proactive role to ensure ‘Quality at Entry’ in assessing the adequacy of the Borrower’s project financial management systems and the Borrower’s ability to manage and monitor Bank financed projects. This includes budgeting, internal control, treasury management, accounting, financial reporting and external auditing;
  • Undertaking Country Fiduciary Risk Assessment (CFRA) during the preparation of Country Strategy Paper (CSP) orlatest at appraisal stage for consideration in eligibility criteria for the use of Country Public Financial management Systems;
  • Overseeing the review of and provision of comments on financial management aspects of assigned projects and programs as documented in concept notes, feasibility studies, appraisal reports and other relevant documents to ensure consistency and enhance the quality of projects/program from the financial management perspective;
  • Applying remedial actions in case of non-compliance with financial management requirements in accordance with Bank policy;
  • Ensuring the quality of the Bank portfolio at country level and at regional level through agreed portfolio KPIs;
  • Participating in PEFA, SAI-PMF, and ROSC-AA assessments and on that basis, providing inputs to Bank operations and other initiatives in the countries concerned;
  • Playing a leading role in CPPRs from the financial management perspective and drafting the FM part of the CPPR report;
  • Undertaking Capacity building on FM issues in the countries and in sector departments in the Bank;
  • Participating in donor coordination meetings within the country or region (if applicable) and in country dialogue platforms between the country and the donors on the basis of the Bank’s overallstrategy to support aid effectiveness;
  • Supporting the accountability institutions (PAO, SAIs, Parliaments) in the Country or Region on the basis of the Bank’s overall strategy to support aid effectiveness; and
  • Supervising and coaching of country FMSs.

Selection Criteria

  • A minimum of a professional accounting qualification (such as CPA, CA, ACCA, or equivalent) plus a Master’s Degree or its university equivalent in Accounting, Business, Finance, Economic or related subject;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience, preferably with a donor organization working on public sector financial management;
  • Knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards, International Public Sector Accounting Standards and International Standards on Auditing;
  • Sound knowledge of the African Development Bank’s FM Policy and Procedures or other multi-lateral development Banks’ FM Policy and Procedures or other similar International Financial Institutions;
  • Experience in designing and assessing internal control systems and procedures using internationally accepted control frameworks such as COSO with the ability to assess such systems and recommend remedial action where necessary;
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, design and monitor the implementation of country or sector level financial management capacity building initiatives;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cross-cutting issues beyond financial management (e.g. procurement, governance, public sector management) at sector/country level;
  • Ability to develop and implement complex and multiple tasks and to recommend decisive action under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently in the region;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English and a working knowledge of French; and
  • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (SAP, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).

Deadline: 19th September, 2019.

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.
  • To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.
  • Applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted. Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered. The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever.
  • Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and/or a screenshot showing the problem, to: HR Direct HRDirect@AFDB.ORG

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