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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: Fragility and Resilience Officer, RDTS

Reference: ADB/19/185
Location: Niamey, Niger
Grade: LP5
Position N°: 50079242

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

  • Under the supervision of Lead Coordinator/Fragility Expert, the Fragility and Resilience Officer facilitates the work of RDTS Experts in drafting policy documents as well as designing the interventions to enhance client countries resilience and capacity.
  • The Fragility and Resilience Officer assists RDTS background research and data gathering as inputs into drafting Economic and Sector Works and the development of sustainable project interventions in Transition Countries. This includes assisting with origination, appraisal and approval of projects
  • It also includes promoting and showcasing the Bank’s development impact achievements in transition countries in Africa, and projecting the Bank’s image as a leader in transition countries, through representation in various fora, publications, and networking with key stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Lead Coordinator/Fragility Expert, the Fragility and Resilience Officer is expected to perform the following duties:

  • Carry out regular and periodic analytical and research work on drivers of fragility and resilience in and on countries and regions of assignment for internal decision making and programming (e.g. situation briefs, country overviews and fragility assessments) and/or for publication/dissemination within or outside the Bank; Clients/Stakeholders Support the experts in discussions and negotiations with potential partners in order to foster business relationships with the Bank;
  • Conduct/contribute to fragility assessment of the bank’s projects, programs, policies and strategic documents (e.g. Country Strategy Papers) in countries of assignment or at the request of the Lead Coordinator/Fragility Expert;
  • Carry out economic policy and strategic analysis work in and on countries of assignment using the fragility lens;
  • Contribute to the department’s research work related to fragility and dissemination of knowledge products such as discussion/research papers and publications;
  • Conduct/participate in the advisory work carried out by the Transition States Coordination Office;
  • Contribute to the development and constant improvement of the Bank’s tools and methodologies for economic growth diagnostic and forecast (trend analysis) using the fragility perspective;
  • Conduct economic growth diagnostic and trend analysis in countries of assignment applying the fragility lens;
  • Contribute to the department’s work in arrears clearance, revenues’ management and public goods and services delivery from the fragility perspective;
  • Contribute to the analyses and support the work of the department in addressing the spillover effect of the fragility in the region;
  • Actively support the dissemination and implementation of the Bank’s strategy for engagement in fragile situations, including the Transition Support Facility in countries/regions of assignment;
  • Provide quality enhancement services (as commentator or peer reviewer) to analytical work of the department as well as provide comments and inputs to relevant reports and publications initiated by other units of the Bank;
  • Build partnerships in countries of assignment, with a view to implement the Bank’s Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience;
  • Attend/represent the Bank in external events (conferences, seminars, workshops) related to fragility;
  • Attend and contribute to the activities of the Public Finance Working Groups (group of donors providing direct budget support) in countries of assignment;
  • Perform any other assignments and tasks as requested by the Lead Coordinator/Fragility Expert and/or the Director of RDTS

Selection Criteria

  • A minimum of Master’s Degree (or its university equivalent) in Development Economics, Macroeconomics, Public Finance, Public Sector Accounting or Auditing;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in public policy, economic policy, or government financial management, as well as experience in development policy and operations as well as project management, preferably in a bilateral or multilateral development finance institution, at least three (3) years of which should be focused on developing countries;
  • Experience in conducting of economic and policy analysis;
  • Ability to carry out independent research and to manage outsourced research activities;
  • Sound understanding of public finance issues in developing countries is a plus;
  • Ability to apply innovative approaches, work independently and apply new methods to solve problems, while remaining efficient in a fast-paced, changing and challenging institutional environment;
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively in English, with a good working knowledge of French;
  • Competence in the use of Microsoft standard software (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, MS Projects); knowledge of SAP desirable.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Document Control Officer, CHLS0

Reference: ADB/19/186
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: PL6
Position N°: 50098900

The Complex

  • The Vice-Presidency, Human Resources and Corporate Services Complex ensures the delivery of efficient, people-centered, client-oriented, corporate services to guarantee 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 the Bank’s people, IT, general services and institutional procurements, language services, business continuity, and health and safety strategies.

The Hiring Department

  • The primary role of the Language Services Department is to ensure the accessibility in the two working languages of the Bank (English and French, and on occasion Arabic and Portuguese) of all issues and documents submitted to the Senior Management and governing bodies of the Bank, for efficient decision-making aimed at the achievement of the Bank’s mission.
  • In this regard, the Department seeks to ensure an accurate and effective flow of communication within the Bank, and also between the Bank, its shareholders, development partners and the public, by providing the highest quality of translation, interpretation and terminological services to the Institution.

The Position

  • The Document Control Officer coordinates document control activities in the Language Services Department, sets up and runs a document control system aimed at facilitating the management of the workflow and preventing non conformity with Bank procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Director of the Language Services Department, the Document Control Officer will ensure the conformity of translation requests with Bank rules and procedures and maintain control and traceability of documents from reception to delivery. In particular, he/she shall:

Technical advisory role:

  • Ensure technical supervision of the document control section
  • Advise colleagues on new developments in document control activities
  • Coordinate all document control initiatives in the Department
  • Keep abreast of developments in document control and translation project coordination.

Operational role:

  • Set up and run an efficient document control system in the Department
  • Ensure established rules are followed and that documents are in accordance with agreement conditions; identify processing problem and recommend corrective actions
  • Supervise all stages of document control of a translation project, from receipt of a job request to delivery of the completed job, including negotiating with the requesting unit, ensuring the conformity of the request with corporate rules, consulting with internal and external services providers, preparing files, resolving complex issues relating to language combinations, and providing quality assurance at exit
  • Receive and review client requests for quality and completeness of submissions, clarify client expectations and resolve coordination and operational issues
  • Run and regularly monitor the translation workflow (Hermès)
  • Manage workflows of documents either in electronic form or on paper support
  • Advise clients on full range of services, production techniques and technology options and responds orally or in writing to routine and complex inquiries
  • Collect information and analyze any trends related to the document processing and present the related report to management
  • Track and monitor requests against service standard turnaround times, handle client requests for changes and communicate impact on budget and timeline
  • Provide detailed time and cost estimates to clients and negotiate mutually beneficial cost and delivery details
  • Monitor translation progress in cooperation with clients and service providers and report on the progress of translation projects
  • Ensure all documents and reference materials are correctly identified and distributed
  • Undertake translation-related assignments at the request of Management
  • Produce monthly reports and prepare input for the Department’s KPIs.

Partnership:

  • Engage with requesting units to agree on deliverables, key expectations and service level agreements
  • Engage with internal and external service providers to monitor progress, identify issues and resolve them
  • Drive innovation, by introducing and promoting new approaches to document control and management activities across the Department
  • Engage with the Office of the Secretary General to meet Board expectations on document distribution.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold at least a least a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Translation, Languages, Linguistics or related discipline. Qualifications in any other discipline relevant to the Bank’s activities such as business administration, management or accounting would be an added advantage.
  • Have a minimum of four (4) years of practical experience in document control or translation related activities, at least 2 of which (for external candidates) should have been spent working in or with an international organization.
  • Ability to set up and run an efficient document control system at Departmental level.
  • Ability to run the language workflow and generate relevant statistical data
  • Sound knowledge of emerging document control systems and language workflow software
  • Ability to use translation tools and other language software
  • Proven ability to work independently, while displaying team spirit.
  • Good negotiation skills and capacity to secure stakeholder buy-in.
  • Ability to work with standard Microsoft software used in the Bank including SAP.
  • Ability to communicate excellently (written and oral) in English and French.

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

Job Title: Chief Accountability Officer, Corporate Performance and Accountability Division, SNDR1

Reference: ADB/19/183
Location: Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire
Grade: PL3
Position N°: 50093606

The Complex

  • The Senior Vice-Presidency is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve its strategic objective and drive performance culture that will align all processes and systems to deliver high impact results.
  • The SNVP will provide effective 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 SNVP will lead Senior Management discussions, decision-making processes and the implementation of key Board and Management decisions.

The Hiring Department/Division
Located within the Senior Vice-Presidency Complex, the Department for Delivery, Performance Management and Results supports Senior Management in meeting AfDB’s development mandate, improving operational and corporate performance, accelerating the pace of delivery and increasing the Bank’s impact on development. As part of its mandate, it also works to strengthen the Bank’s external and internal accountability for results and promotes a performance-oriented culture across the organisation.

The Department’s activities will be undertaken by the following Divisions:

  • Corporate Performance and Accountability
  • Delivery Support

The Corporate Performance and Accountability Division is responsible for establishing and maintaining corporate frameworks for assessing and tracking the Bank’s development effectiveness and performance. As part of this mandate, it seeks to strengthen the Bank’s internal and external accountability and promote a performance-oriented culture.

The Division undertakes the following activities:

  • Establish corporate metrics for tracking performance & results- It ensures that accountabilities are clear, key performance indicators and scorecards are balanced and measure both outcome and performance and metrics cascade where appropriate. It also establishes an effective system of incentives by designing Key Performance Indicators that are aligned with the Bank’s Results Measurement Framework and corporate priorities.
  • Strengthen accountability, promote a performance culture and extend outreach – It promotes greater accountability as one of the key drivers of a performance-oriented culture. As part of this, the Division focuses on internal accountability by engaging with the Board of Directors and external accountability by providing stakeholders with an assessment of the Bank’s performance in meeting its development objectives and through communication and outreach.
  • Draw lessons from independent and external evaluations – It assesses Independent and External Evaluations with a view to improving the Bank’s performance, addressing critical issues, removing bottlenecks and improving business processes.

The Position

  • The Chief Accountability Officer position requires a high level of interaction with the Independent Evaluation Department, Senior Management and the Board. It will involve a blend of technical, institutional and people management skills, with ample scope for creativity, problem-solving, analytical work, capacity building and coaching.
  • The incumbent is responsible for reviewing internal and external evaluations, and for working with Management to coordinate and prepare these responses including clear actions in response to recommendations made by the evaluations.
  • This is with the view to improving the Bank’s performance, addressing critical issues, removing bottlenecks and improving business processes.
  • He/she will be responsible for following up and tracking implementation of commitments made by Management in response to these evaluations, as well as managing the Management Action Record System. The incumbent will also be the Bank’s focal point for external evaluations, such as evaluation of multilateral banks by partners.
  • Finally, the Chief Accountability Officer will also provide effective intellectual and strategic leadership on key issues and draw lessons concerning the improvement of Bank’s corporate performance measurement using the Bank’s Results Measurement Framework.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Manager, Corporate Performance and Accountability, the Chief Accountability Officer will:

  • Develop and implement an efficient process to coordinate quality and timely management responses to evaluations.
  • Develop, update and disseminate specific guidelines to produce quality and timely management responses.
  • Review independent and external evaluations; coordinate with Management, Sector Departments and the Independent Evaluation Department, to prepare the Management’s responses to these evaluations.
  • Coordinate and provide inputs, on behalf of Management to the Board Agenda.
  • Provide guidance and extensive inputs in the preparation of Management responses.
  • Manage and coordinate the Management Action Record System.
  • Produce an annual report to the Board on the implementation of commitments made by Management in response to these evaluations.
  • Contribute to the Bank-wide work for consolidating and updating the Bank Group’s Results Measurement Framework and including the development of appropriate metrics;
  • Regularly engage with the Board of Directors on progress in implementing the Bank’s mandate and addressing challenges and corporate priorities.
  • Proactively respond to emerging performance or strategic issues affecting the Bank and coordinate the development of a corporate response;
  • Lead analytical work to formulate recommendation and policy advice for addressing operational challenges in improving the Bank’s performance and accountability.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with other Bank Departments and build networks with professionals from other development organisations to learn their practices and processes.
  • Participate in relevant internal and external meetings and promote the work of the Bank through presentations and papers.
  • Contribute to the Division’s and Department’s work programme as required.
  • Commission and supervise work of consultants or contractors as required.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent, it would be desirable to hold a Master’s degree in International Relations, Development Studies, Public Administration, Economics or Political Science;
  • Have a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience; experience working in an international organization will be an added advantage;
  • Knowledge of results based management, managing for development results (MfDR) and evaluation;
  • Good understanding of global development policy debates and major development issues related to Regional Members Countries and Multilateral Development Banks;
  • Having private sector experience will be an added advantage;
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills and an operational track record of achieving results;
  • Strong conceptual abilities and the capacity to produce high-quality analytical work; good judgment in dealing with complex and sensitive policy issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and synthesize complex issues;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to work in and adapt to a multicultural environment;
  • Strong ability to exercise good judgment in dealing with complex and sensitive policy issues;
  • Ability to manage and supervise support staff and to recruit and manage consultants as required;
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other language;
  • Competence in the use of standard MS office applications: Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Ability to use SAP or equivalent corporate financial tools and/or MS Project or equivalent project management tools.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Head of Cyber Risk Unit, CHSA

Reference: ADB/16/189
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: PL1
Position N°: 50101122

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 digitalize and transform the Bank into a knowledge-driven workforce, promote human resources policies that enhance talent, drive a performance -driven culture, and ensure the competitiveness of the Bank as the employer of choice.
  • The complex ensures that all Human Resources and Corporate Services are re-aligned to drive greater corporate performance and execution of the Bank’s strategic vision and priorities.
  • The complex 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 Head of Cyber Risk will create a new Unit within the Bank to provide expertise and assistance to ensure the Bank’s infrastructure and information assets are appropriately protected.
  • The Cyber Risk Unit will be responsible for the safeguarding of all bank’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) assets across all platforms, locations, and stakeholders.
  • The Cyber Risk Unit will be part of Bank’s ICT lifecycle management to provide secure ICT solutions to the Bank.
  • The Cyber Risk Unit will lead and provide cyber security technology solutions at the Bank, such activities include but are not limited to Security Operation Center (SOC), Cyber Incident Response, Threat Intelligence, Zero-day attack and defence, cloud security, mobile security, data security and application security.
  • The Cyber Risk Unit will focus on developing and driving information risk strategies, policies/standards, ensuring the effectiveness solutions, ensuring appropriate risk policies and procedures such as user log-on and authentication rules, security breach, escalation procedures, and security assessment procedures.
  • The Cyber Risk Unit will enforce information security policies and procedures, monitor data security profiles on all platforms and investigate risk scenarios.

The Position
The objective of this position are to:

  • Be responsible for the safeguarding of all Bank’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) assets across all platforms, locations and stakeholders. Additionally, the incumbent will play a central role in refining the broader information technology risk program across the bank, and will be responsible for ensuring compliance of all third-party providers with the information security standards.
  • Establish a complete vision for cybersecurity practices for the Bank and management of security policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards. This includes roadmaps for evolving the ICT security architecture, associated toolsets, security processes, etc.
  • Lead Cyber Security innovation at the Bank and provide innovative ICT security solutions to address business and technology challenges
  • Provide solutions to Bank’s ICT and business project team ensuring information and technology security requirements, including confidentiality, integrity, and availability are managed and the project objectives are achieved.
  • Plan, execute, and manage multi-faceted projects related to cyber risk management, mitigation and response, compliance, control assurance, and user awareness.
  • Update, maintain and document information controls and provide direct support to the Bank internal IT structures.
  • Be responsible for leading and coordinating, articulating, and tracking actions related to developing and driving the implementation of a new Cyber Risk Unit ensuring effective cyber security risk management practices, risk based planning and engaging with business Departments on a wide range of cyber risk matters to achieve the overall business objectives of the Bank.
  • Oversee activities as assigned, primarily within risk management, and lead technical projects across all technical areas to mitigate cyber risks.

Duties and Responsibilities
The areas of responsibility for the head of the unit are the following categories:

  • Governance & strategy: Making sure all of the above initiatives run smoothly and get the funding they need – and that corporate leadership understands their importance
  • Security operations: Real-time analysis of immediate threats, and triage when something goes wrong
  • Cyber risk and cyber intelligence: Keeping abreast of developing security threats, and helping the board understand potential security problems that might arise from acquisitions or other big business moves
  • Data loss and fraud prevention: Making sure internal staff doesn’t misuse or steal data
  • Security architecture: Planning, buying, and rolling out security hardware and software, and making sure IT and network infrastructure is designed with best security practices in mind
  • Identity and access management: Ensuring that only authorized people have access to restricted data and systems
  • Program management: Keeping ahead of security needs by implementing programs or projects that mitigate risks
  • Investigations and forensics: Determining what went wrong in a breach, dealing with those responsible if they’re internal, and planning to avoid repeats of the same crisis.

The incumbent’s duties will include the following:

  • Ownership of the information security compliance vision, strategy and assurance including:
    • Strategic planning for Cyber Security Risk Management at the Bank, including situation assessment, vision and mission, objectives, road maps for short, medium, and long terms.
    • Evaluation and interpretation for AFDB of industry best practices (NIST, ISO, SANS, COBIT, CERT) and compliance requirements (Legislative, Regulatory).
    • As appropriate – ownership, sponsorship, management, support and supervision of information security assessments, audits and ongoing monitoring.
    • Information security threat and vulnerability management, incident reporting, event management, event investigation and analysis.
    • Ownership of the information security project portfolio, including developing new or improved capabilities and addressing areas for needed remediation.
    • Overall stewardship and sponsorship for AfDB Enterprise IT Risk management strategy.
  • Strategic planning, Risk management plan and actions:
    • Develop enterprise cyber security risk management strategy to address short term, medium term, and long term needs.
    • Design, develop and maintain Enterprise Information Security Architecture (EISA) by aligning business processes, IT software and hardware, local and wide area networks, people, operations, and projects with the organization’s overall security strategy
    • Perform external analysis of the organization (e.g., analysis of customers, competitors, markets and industry environment) and internal analysis (risk management, organizational capabilities, performance measurement etc.) and utilize them to align information security program with organization’s objectives
    • Identify and consult with key stakeholders to ensure understanding of organization’s objectives
    • Define a forward-looking, visionary and innovative strategic plan for the role of the information security program with clear goals, objectives and targets that support the operational needs of the organization
  • Business Engagement:
    • Engage with business leaders on risk matters ranging from policy and governance to security risk operations.
    • Provide active expert level support to bank’s ICT and business project team to ensure on target, on time and on budget delivery of the projects to meet business needs.
    • AFDB has adopted a “Cloud first” strategy. Cloud-based platforms and software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) are widely used by IT and business units at the Bank. The incumbent will lead the unit to develop a cloud security strategy and be accountable for the implementation of the strategy.
    • Provide administrative and tracking actions to the Vice President CHVP, while interfacing with the Business Continuity Unit, the Physical Security Unit, the Information Technology Department, the Operational Risk Team and the Group Chief Risk Officer.
    • Lead and ensure coordination and consensus with other Bank teams to align processes and procedures to ensure a common approach to cyber risk management activities.
  • Lead Cyber Security Technology innovation at the Bank and provider highest level expertise advisory services to the senior management
  • Ensure all processes and access are in line with Bank policies.
  • Support internal and external audits.
  • Manage multiple projects with broad scope, ambiguity, and high degree of difficulty.
  • Maintain an advanced knowledge of all cyber risk principles, technologies and elements.
  • Understand the Bank global program structure, operations and support the High 5 strategy.

Selection Criteria

  • A Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Security and Risk Management or equivalent.
  • 8+ years’ work experience in relevant Information Security Risk position and 2+ years’ experience in a management role or a similar position or having equivalent skills and experience is highly desired. Practical experience with ISO 27000 is required. 3+ years’ experience in conducting or leading risk based information security assessments would be an added advantage.
  • Expert level experience in two or more CISO domains
  • Mandatory Certifications in ICT security (unless demonstrate the same level of knowledge):
    • CISSP
    • CISM and/or CISA
  • Desired Security Certifications and experience (one or more):
    • Certified Ethical Hacker
    • CCIE security
    • SANS cyber defence
    • Threat Intelligence
    • Kali penetration testing
  • Structured project management experience in deploying cyber risk related initiatives.
  • Broad experience in computer and network systems focused on IT and cyber risks.
  • Experience leading teams.
  • Knowledge of regulatory compliance, standards, and frameworks such as ISO, NIST, COBIT and PCI DSS.
  • Proven understanding of information security risk assessment and risk management procedures and methodologies.
  • Ability to correlate enterprise risk with appropriate administrative and technical security risk controls.
  • Knowledge and experience with diverse architectures, large-scale transaction processing environments, external hosted services, and cloud computing environments.
  • Functional understanding and knowledge of information technology risk principles, standards, and processes, such as authentication and access control, infrastructure hardening, network traffic analysis, endpoint security, platform architecture, application security, encryption and key management, cloud security, etc.).
  • Working knowledge of all operating systems
  • Dynamic and self-motivated to provide excellent services to the users
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills coupled with a collaborative style
  • Strong communication skills to enable effective engagement of team members and external providers.
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to advise senior management on complex systems development and related matters of significant importance to the institution; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand information system and business operational issues so as to thoroughly analyze and evaluate critical systems matters.
  • Demonstrable experience in improving processes and approaches; demonstrable adaptability to changing priorities.
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/ profession; good understanding of the new technology and industry trend.
  • Excellent team spirit, communication skill, both verbal and writing
  • Fluency in English and/or French with good working knowledge of other language.

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

Job Title: Director, Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development (AHHD)

Reference: ADB/19/187
Location: Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire
Grade: EL5
Position N°: 50092710

The Complex
The Vice Presidency for ‘Agriculture, Human, and Social Development’ is a Sector Complex focusing on 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 pool 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

  • The Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department, within the Agriculture, Human and Social Development Vice Presidency will spearhead the achievement of the High 5 on “Improving the Quality of Life for People in Africa” and contribute to the other High 5s.
  • The Department has two divisions:
    • Education, Human Capital and Employment Division; and
    • Public Health, Security and Nutrition Division focussing on strengthening health systems and nutrition for human wellbeing
  • It also hosts various pertinent initiatives and trust funds
  • The Department leads the Bank’s support to Africa’s economic transformation by:
    • Developing and promoting the adoption of relevant policies and strategies;
    • Providing deep multi-sector expertise to the regional hubs by gathering pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide technical advice on complex transactions (Communities of Practice);
    • Developing new financing instruments; and
    • Fostering strategic partnerships to leverage resources into the human and social development sectors.

The Position

  • The Director of the Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department reports to the Vice President for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development
  • He/She is responsible for providing leadership and supervising the staff and activities of the two Divisions as well as the special initiatives and trust funds hosted in the Department

The main work objectives are:

  • Lead the Bank’s policy and strategic work on human and social development to ensure operations which are identified, developed and executed by regional hubs effectively implement the Bank’s relevant sector policies and strategies.
  • Lead the execution of the Bank’s Jobs for Africa’s Youth strategy to build skills and entrepreneurship and implement innovative financing systems to deliver on massive job creation for youths across regional member countries.
  • Forge strong strategic partnerships with multilateral and bilateral organizations and regional organizations to leverage resources and support the growth of the Bank’s portfolio in the human and social development sectors, and to support the Vice President’s role as the Bank’s spokesperson to external audiences.
  • Support the development and implementation of innovative financing mechanisms, as well as technical and management approaches to promote access to social services across regional member countries, including through public-private partnerships and improvement of the overall governance of these sectors.
  • Strengthen Africa’s scientific research and innovation capacity.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of action plans to reduce malnutrition and stunting across regional member countries and building political support and strategic partnerships.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of the Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department, under the oversight of the Vice-President for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development Complex, manages staff of the Department and plans, organizes, supervises and directs the work to ensure efficient and effective Bank Group assistance. Specifically, the Director:

  • Leads, supervises and carries out the strategic direction of the two Divisions as well as the initiatives hosted within the Department; evaluates their performance; and promotes and organizes team work among them to achieve the objectives of the Department.
  • Determines and manages the human and financial resource requirements of the Department; participates in the selection of staff, allocates and provides management support to the staff and facilitates their full performance in technical work; determines the staff’s training and career development needs; approves their annual performance evaluation; and resolves serious staff disputes/complaints.
  • Oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Department, including preparation of budgets, reporting on the Department’s performance, evaluation of staff performance; recruits staff, taking due account institutional values; and manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
  • Leads and coordinates the work programme of the Department, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the timely delivery of outputs; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Department and across organizational boundaries; implements the work programme of the Department; Oversees the management of activities undertaken; and ensures that the key performance indicators set for the Department are met.
  • Participates in and/or chairs meetings for the Departmental Management Team, Inter-Departmental Working Groups, donor and partner meetings related to the initiatives and trust funds under the Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department and other meetings related to the work of the Department.
  • Provides expertise and leadership in the development and review of Bank Group’s policies, rules, regulations, norms and standards especially related to human and social development; and ensures their implementation in the Department; promotes and ensures the professional quality of the documents produced by the staff of the Department.
  • Provides advice to the Vice President and the President of the Bank on Jobs for Youth, human capital development and health matters and defends before the Board papers originating from the Department.
  • Develops and maintains cooperation and co-financing relations with the other development agencies and organizations; Leads important and sensitive missions to the member countries and partner organizations and agencies; Represents the Bank Group in major international conferences and meetings especially on human and social development.
  • Performs other duties assigned by the Vice President

Selection Criteria

  • Hold at least a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Business Administration, Social Sciences, Development Economics, or closely related disciplines.
  • Have a minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant and progressive experience on human capital development, social development, research and policy, particularly related to employment creation, social protection, social development, public health, gender empowerment or related field in an internationally recognized financial or development institution or similar. At least five (5) years of professional experience should be at a managerial level.
  • Ability to interact with and provide advice to high level government officials and Senior Executives.
  • Knowledge of operational policies, rules, procedures and practices of the Bank or comparable institution;
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of socioeconomic issues and provide policy advice.
  • Experience in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the activities of similar departments and supervising managers and department staff, organizing teams, and providing managerial support.
  • Experience in delivering high quality operational products and services (economic analyses, research advice, sectoral studies and evaluation) in support of the Bank’s work.
  • Experience in human capital development, employment and social protection, dealing with situations of fragility and fragile states, social development, or health sector development and policy support in Africa is a plus.
  • 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 Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is desirable.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Senior Financial Management Officer, SNFI4

Reference: ADB/19/188
Location: Johannesbourg, South Africa
Grade: PL5
Position N°: 50078491

The Complex

  • The Senior Vice-Presidency 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 will provide effective 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 will lead senior management discussions, decisions-making process and the implementation of key Board and Management decisions.

The Hiring Department

  • The Senior Vice-Presidency supervises the Fiduciary and Inspection Department (SNFI), which is a custodian of the procurement (including procurement for private and public partnership) Financial Management profession and has the following responsibilities:
    • Developing and interpreting policy, strategy and related guidance notes and manuals;
    • Preparing annual post review reports on the Bank’s Financial Management and procurement operations for the Board;
    • Developing training strategy for internal and external clients;
    • Dialoguing with external and 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 Senior Financial Management Officer is responsible to ensure that financial management of Bank-financed projects are compliant with the Bank’s financial management policy
  • This is done by advising on financial management arrangements and reviewing financial management decisions within the project/program operations cycle from the identification to completion stages
  • The incumbent also contributes to the preparation of the Bank’s Country Strategy Paper, and to building Public Financial Management (PFM) capacity of Borrowers which includes training of Borrower staff, advising on project related financial management matters, and assessing and strengthening the Borrower’s PFM systems.
  • The Senior Financial Management Officer reports administratively to the Regional Operations Manager for Implementation Support (ROM-IS) and functionally to the Division Manager-Financial Management (SNFI.4).

The Position
The key responsibilities of the Senior Financial Management  Officer are:

  • Ensuring quality and timely FM advice and providing support to projects activities, including:
    • Quality of Financial Management (FM) activities in the region;
    • Timeliness of responses on all FM issues; and
    • Quality of advice to both Bank sector and Borrowers staff incountries covered by the Director General.
  • Executing the operations fiduciary function for the Bank in projects and programs that it finances , including through:
    • Conducting country, sector and project level FM assessments and related capacity development action plans;
    • Providing FM-related support for country dialogue;
    • Supporting development of regional professional FM networks; and
    • Participating in donors coordination meetings in their areas for promoting better coordination and effective resources mobilization; and
  • Contributing to capacity development of Bank and Borrowers’ FM staff, including:
    • Coaching,
    • Mentoring,
    • Training and
    • Upgrading of the skills.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the oversight and guidance of the Division Manager, Financial Management, the Senior Financial Management Officer will:

  • Take a proactive role in assessing the adequacy of the Borrower’s project financial management systems and their ability to manage and monitor Bank financed projects. This includes budgeting, internal control, treasury management, accounting, financial reporting and external auditing;
  • Attend negotiations and ensure Financial Management issues are taken into account in the loan/grant agreements and other associated documentations;
  • Participate in project/program launching missions to assist the project/program team in developing capacity building of the Executing Agencies in the area of financial management;
  • Carry out supervision work to ensure that projects financial management systems are functioning appropriately, including the periodic review of project financial management reports for financial performance;
  • Review audited financial statements received, monitor the Borrower’s compliance with financial covenants including audit compliance, ensure adequate communication with the Borrower and the project implementing agencies with respect to audits and advise as appropriate;
  • Provide advice and support to Borrowers and the Bank Project Teams on matters affecting financial management and disbursement on capacity building in projects and with public sector accountability institutions;
  • Provide financial management guidance for the development of technical assistance programs and evaluate and monitor their implementation;
  • Assess the selection and recruitment of external independent auditors, ensuring their suitability including their independence, and competence to perform;
  • Play an active role in Country Portfolio Performance Reviews (CPPRs) /Country Strategy Paper (CSPs) from the financial management perspective and draft the FM sections of the CPPR/CSP report;
  • In collaboration with other colleagues, undertake Public Financial Management diagnostic reviews;
  • Undertake Financial Management Capacity building in Regional Member Countries and sector departments in the Bank;
  • Participate in fiduciary clinics;
  • Participate in donor coordination meetings within the region and in country dialogue platforms between the country and the donors on the basis of the overall Bank’s strategy to support aid effectiveness; and
  • Undertake other activities, as appropriate, as requested by the Manager, Financial Management.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold a Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or a related discipline and a Professional Accounting Certification (CPA, CA, ACCA, Expert Comptable);
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in the Bank or similar financial institution, with particular expertise in designing, supporting and implementing financial management operations;
  • Have a sound knowledge of the African Development Bank’s Financial Management Policy and Procedures;
  • Experience in supporting private sector operations (banking, auditing, finance, microfinance institutions, agriculture, electricity, water) would be an added advantage;
  • Experience in an Multilateral Development Bank, with emphasis on financial management, highly valuable;
  • Experience in the preparation of financial management policy documents;
  • Expert knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and International Standards on Auditing (ISAs). Knowledge of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs) and the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs);
  • A good understanding of cross-cutting issues beyond financial management (e.g. procurement, governance, donors’ practices) at sector/country level;
  • Ability to lead highly technical staff and ensure that teams stay organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches;
  • Strong planning, organization, and time management skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively (Written and Oral) in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language; and
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications, preferably SAP and Risk Management Software.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Senior Fragility and Resilience Officer, RDTS

Reference: ADB/19/184
Location: Yaounde, Cameroon
Grade: PL5
Position N°: 50053852

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/Division:

  • 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

  • Under the supervision of Lead Coordinator/Fragility Expert, the Senior Fragility and Resilience Officer facilitates the work of the Principal Fragility and Resilience Experts in drafting policy documents as well as designing the interventions to enhance client countries resilience and capacity.
  • The Senior Fragility and Resilience Officer assists the Principal Fragility and Resilience Experts background research and data gathering as inputs into drafting Economic and Sector Works and the development of sustainable project interventions in Transition Countries.
  • This includes the assisting with origination, appraisal and approval of projects.  It also includes promoting and showcasing the Bank’s development impact achievements in fragile countries in Africa and projecting the Bank’s image as a leader in fragile countries through representation in various fora, publications, and networking with key stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Lead Coordinator/Fragility Expert and the Principal Fragility and Resilience Experts, the Senior Fragility and Resilience Officer will assist with performing the following duties:

Impact on the Business:

  • As needed, participate in project and economic sector work identification missions;
  • Assist with background research and drafting of ESW and project proposals;
  • Assist with coordination of project due diligence missions;
  • Contribute to the preparation of project appraisal reports, including various risk analysis and financial/economic analysis, for presentation to the various review committees and the Board of Directors;
  • As needed, participate in developing and promoting the Bank’s role in Transition Countries;
  • Work with consultants as and when required for the delivery of business objectives.

Clients/Stakeholders:

  • Support the experts in discussions and negotiations with potential partners in order to foster business relationships with the Bank;
  • Develop and nurture excellent professional working relationships with project appraisal team members, including colleagues in the regional centers;
  • Initiate and nurture excellent relationships with other Multilateral Development Banks and other partners active in Transition Countries to share best practices and market knowledge;
  • Contribute to the experts’ work in preparing for Bank seminars, workshops and conferences on Transition Countries;
  • Ensure timely and efficient communication with all external partners;
  • Deliver accurate and relevant management information to various stakeholders.

Teamwork:

  • Work closely with Principal Experts and other relevant team members;
  • Contribute to the planning of various initiatives designed to facilitate interaction with other AfDB departments, regional centres and external partner institutions;
  • Participate in the preparation of annual work program/budget of the team.

Operational Effectiveness & Control:

  • Keep abreast of market developments and share knowledge with colleagues;
  • Work collaboratively with the ‘ecosystem’ both in the region and at headquarters to ensure timely and effective delivery on business objectives.

Management of Risk:

  • Ensure compliance of projects with Integrity Due Diligence requirements including anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing guidelines;
  • Assist the experts to continually assess the operational risks inherent in the business and changing economic or market conditions, legal and regulatory requirements, operating procedures and practices and the impact of new technology.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Administration, Business, Economics, Law, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, or any related qualification.
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience in in economic research, peace and state building, social dialogue, management consulting and strong experience in the drafting and review of policy and strategy documents, particularly in multilateral institutions.
  • Innovation and Creativity: The commitment to search for and produce innovative creative approaches to activities in order to enhance performance and create added benefits to the Bank and its clients.
  • Communication: Provides clear and concise oral and written communication; presents oral information with clarity and appropriate style and adapts language and style to suit the requirements of a particular audience.
  • Problem Solving: Applies business knowledge to the resolution of problems and identifies solutions to the benefit of the client (internal and external) and the organization.
  • Client Orientation: Ensures that the client is considered to be of primary importance in all transactions and interactions. Strives to understand, and when appropriate, anticipate client needs, and ensures that the client receives the best possible service from the Bank.
  • Team Working and Relationships: Works with others to maximize the effectiveness of the team as a whole. Sharing the knowledge and workload. Develops strong working relationships with colleagues and contributes to creation of a positive team 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,).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Deadline: 21st October, 2019.

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