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Job Vacancies at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), 10th October, 2019

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: Senior Fragility and Resilience Assistant (RDTS)

Reference: ADB/19/191
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: GS8
Position N°: 50068818

The Complex

  • Within the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex (RDVP), the Bank has five (5) Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery (RDIBD) Directorates, one in each region of Africa: North, South, East, West, and Central.
  • Each Regional Directorate 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 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 of ‘Light up and Power Africa,’ ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Industrialize Africa,’ ‘Integrate Africa,’ ‘Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.

The Hiring Department

  • The Transition States Coordination Office (RDTS) is responsible for leading and implementing African Development Bank Group (the Bank) Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in its Regional Member Countries.
  • It coordinates the Bank’s work on addressing fragility and building resilience, including activities of all fragility and resilience professionals stationed in the various Regional Hubs or Country Offices. Over the past decade, Africa has seen enormous growth and transformation that has expanded opportunities and improved living conditions for millions of people. More than two-thirds of African countries have strengthened their quality of governance, improved basic services, and expanded economic opportunities.
  • Yet, there are significant risks that this momentum could be undermined by important pressures-continuing patterns of exclusion and poverty, unemployment, high migration, rapid urbanization, climate change and poor management of natural resources—that threaten to overwhelm existing institutional capacities for managing political, economic, social and environmental challenges.
  • These pressures are making every single African country more vulnerable. RDTS aims to place the Bank at the center of Africa’s efforts to address fragility and pave the way for a more resilient and inclusive development trajectory.
  • A major part of RDTS’ activities involves the identification of the main drivers of fragility, including economic, social, political and environmental dimensions, and how the Bank’s programs and projects can contribute to equity and inclusive development.
  • Central to RDTS engagement is the systematic application of a fragility lens to identify, respond to and prevent fragility and to build resilience and focus the Bank’s engagement in the areas where it can have the biggest impact.

The Position

  • The Senior Fragility and Resilience Assistant is required to work with a high degree of tact and sensitivity for confidential and strategic issues. The incumbent will be required to assist the Department on communication issues related to fragility and resilience. Specific tasks would include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Provide a wide range of assistance to Fragility and Resilience team in implementing its work program.
  • Act as focal point for the Department and follow up on matters related to dissemination of the Bank’s work on Fragility and Resilience.
  • Coordinate and conduct all communication related exchanges between institution, entities and the team to ensure that all requests are timeously taken into account.
  • Maintaining records of the Department’s communication activities.
  • Perform any other duties reasonably requested by management.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Director of the transition states coordination office, the Fragility and Resilience Assistant is expected to perform the following duties:

  • Support the analytical work undertaken by the Fragility and Resilience team;
  • Assist with background research to support drafting of ESW and project proposals;
  • Support the experts in discussions and negotiations with potential partners in order to foster business relationships with the Bank;
  • Assist in preparing communication and presentation documents through drafting of elaborate memos, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, etc…
  • Manage the Transition States Coordination Office webpage and share drive and contribute to the dissemination of reports related to the Bank’s activities in addressing fragility and building resilience;
  • Ensure the quality of exchanges (oral and written) within the department, communication with other departments of the AfDB, liaison with partner institutions.
  • Participate in the preparation of multiple events involving the Transition States Coordination Office and propose the activities and derived budget related to communication, and also ensure that these activities are well covered by the media and adequate reports are made;
  • Support in the organization and coordination of meetings with other Departments and Complexes and with external clients and partners;
  • Assist with the procurement of services and supplies for events through requests for quotations and their assessment;
  • Support in reviewing the quality of documentation for the Department and making recommendations for improvement and ensuring adherence to Bank formats and standards;
  • Perform any other reasonably justified task requested by management.

Selection Criteria

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Administration, Projects Management, Communication or other related disciplines;
  • Have a minimum of a six (6) years of experience in a relevant area, with a minimum of two years in a senior position;
  • Good planning skills, with excellent levels of initiative, organization and leadership.

Ability Behavioral Competencies:

  • Communication and Intercultural sensitivity;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Client orientation;
  • Team work;

Technical Competencies:

  • Ability to understand and follow instructions from Management;
  • Ability to provide support to Management and Task Managers;
  • Organizational skills, ability to multitask, and attention to detail;
  • Coaching skills;
  • Knowledge of administrative processes;
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively in English, with a good working knowledge of French;
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access and Power Point); knowledge of SAP;

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

Job Title: Monitoring & Implementation Officer, SNDI

Reference: ADB/19/190
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: PL6
Position N°: 50093575

The Complex

  • The Senior Vice-Presidency (SNVP) under the leadership of the Senior Vice President (SVP) is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve its strategic objective and for driving a performance culture that will align all processes and systems to deliver high impact results.
  • The SVP is also responsible for providing effective leadership for Senior Management.
  • The incumbent is responsible for the seamless coordination of the implementation and monitoring of key corporate decisions and the identification of institutional and managerial weaknesses and the proffering of necessary corrective measures and actions.
  • The SVP chairs the Senior Management Coordination Committee (SMCC) and Operations Committee (OpsCom) meetings, leads senior management discussions, decision-making processes, and ensures the implementation of key Board and Management decisions, including internal audit and independent evaluation recommendations.
  • The incumbent also oversees and ensures compliance of the Bank with the dictates of its policies and strategies, including fiduciary, environmental, and social safeguards, risk management functions, etc.

The Hiring Department

  • The SNVP and SMCC Directorate (SNDI) coordinates and supports the SVP in the execution of responsibilities related to: (i) coordinating the implementation of Bank-wide activities; (ii) monitoring corporate performance and results; (iii) ensuring organizational/institutional effectiveness and efficiency; and (iv) overseeing organizational units reporting directly to the SVP.
  • The SNDI Director also plays the role of secretary to the Senior Management Coordination Committee (SMCC) secretariat and supports the SVP in Board and Board Committee meetings.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Director, Office of the SVP, the incumbent will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Attend and participate in all internal audit exit meetings;
  • Analyze, synthesize/prioritise information collated and prepare reports required to facilitate substantiated decisions on implementation or serve as input to Board Documents;
  • Collate and prepare technical reports and briefing notes on implementation status’ of internal audit and other risk mitigation reports for presentation to senior management as well as the Board Committee on Audit and Finance (AUFI) and the Board;
  • Monitor the implementation of recommendations of recourse mechanisms and report on anticipated delays or progress made as well as the way forward;
  • In liaison with CHIS, lead the development of an automated centralized reporting system on implementation status of internal audit and evaluations recommendations;
  • Maintain close links and collaboration with management, audit focal points Bank-wide and the audit department in the process of collating internal audit recommendations;
  • Coordinate the periodic follow-up on Management implementation of internal audit recommendations: collect complex-level inputs; consolidate, review and validate prior to submission to the Internal Audit department (PAGL); and coordinate the Management response note to PAGL’s follow-up report with the Director, SNDI;
  • Monitor and follow-up on implementation progress of internal audit, Board and Board Committee recommendations;
  • Participate in the execution of special corporate assignments, such as assisting in the preparation of SMCC meetings (scheduling, review of documents, and drafting of summary notes)
  • Undertake ad hoc assignments as may be requested by the Director, the SVP or their delegated authorities.

Selection Criteria

  • At least a Master’s or its equivalent in Business Administration, Development Economics, or any other discipline that is relevant to the operations of the Bank; strong knowledge of socio-economic development issues and policies of African countries;
  • A minimum of four (4) years of relevant professional experience in the business administration, audit, law, business management, or in a related discipline;
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills and an established track record in working effectively with senior management teams
  • Demonstrable knowledge and practice in the monitoring and implementation of strategic management decisions;
  • Ability to identify and create meaningful linkages across complexes to drive data management across the Bank;
  • Ability to anticipate/assess problems and develop realistic solutions quickly, and possess the proven ability to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to issues
  • Knowledge and experience in preparing and managing the implementation of strategic management decisions;
  • Experience in the preparation of reports for senior management and the Boards;
  • Experience in working with development institutions and good understanding of development challenges, in particular in Africa
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills and an established track record in working effectively with senior management teams;
  • Strong knowledge in assessing, preparing and/or managing the implementation of strategic decisions;
  • Knowledge of the Bank’s policies and programs;
  • Strong practical experience in assessing, mainstreaming, and monitoring the implementation of the strategic decisions;
  • Good mastery or familiarity with tools that allow the collection and treatment data such as Excel organizational, analytical, coordination and communication skills;
  • Ability to work accurately, methodically and to meet deadlines;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French;
  • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, SAP and/or other integrated document management system).

Deadline: 22nd October, 2019.

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

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