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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: Division Manager, Capital Market Development, PIFD2

Reference: ADB/20/105
Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Grade: PL2
Position N°: 50092440

The Complex

  • The Vice Presidency for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization is central to the Bank’s mission of developing the private sector, improving infrastructure and accelerating industrialization. The complex main functions are to (i) strengthen the enabling environment for private sector [and financial sector] development conducive to inclusive growth and sustainable development, (ii) support the development of reliable and sustainable infrastructure, including cities and urban development, and (iii) place renewed emphasis on industrial and trade performance in support of structural transformation across Africa. The Complex leverages knowledge, co-financing, and partnerships to attract private capital and work with governments on delivering the Bank’s development agenda.

The Hiring Department:

  • The primary role of the Financial Sector Development (FSD) Department is to help the Regional Member Countries (RMCs) increase the reach, depth, and breadth of their financial systems, while safeguarding financial stability. The Department has four long-term objectives: (i) development of a vibrant private sector through an inclusive access by households and enterprises to financial services; (ii) strengthening markets participants; (iii) developing efficient capital markets, and (iv) deepening regional financial integration.
  • Paired with other Industrialization, infrastructure and Private Sector complex departments, the FSD Department is responsible for implementing the Bank Group’s Financial Sector Development Policy and Strategy 2014-2019 (FSDPS) towards vibrant, innovative, robust and competitive financial systems, both national and regional, and in both the public and private sector levels of RMCs. FSD plays a transversal role across the Bank’s five strategic priorities, applying its financial deepening and access tool kit to the High Five (H5) agenda. Fundamentally, the scalability and policy momentum inherent in the H5 agenda create an important opportunity for expanded relevance of the FSD core skill-set: flexible financing instruments and delivery frameworks for financial inclusion, smart resource mobilization and capital markets development. FSD leverages partnerships to bring about greater developmental impact in financial sector development.

The Position

  • The Manager, Capital Markets Development is responsible for the Bank’s vision for capital markets in Africa and its prospective areas of intervention in the sector. The Manager, Capital Markets Development will be responsible for ensuring that all the Bank’s operational Vice Presidencies have efficient and predictable access to expertise and instruments related to capital markets finance as well as development policies to grow the various RMCs’ capital markets sector.
  • The broad objectives of Capital Market Development Division are to focus on providing expertise to operations on capital markets projects and programs aiming to create more efficient capital markets and institutions capable of mobilizing domestic savings and allocating scarce capital. The Capital Markets Development Division will endeavor to ensure that the capital markets in regional member countries are deepened, strengthened and developed to enable them to provide capital towards the achievement of the Bank’s High 5 priority areas.
  • The Manager, Capital Markets Developments Division leads a team of dedicated capital markets experts’ professionals.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Financial Sector Director and in close collaboration with the Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization (PIVP) Complex, the manager will perform the following:

  • Lead Capital Markets Development in Africa and align it with institutional objectives within the High 5 priorities of the Bank, at the strategic and operational levels Duties/Responsibilities/tasks will focus on how AfDB can best support the deepening of domestic capital markets to mobilize long-term financing for needed investments critical to development in Africa
  • Lead Capital Market Solutions to face major crisis (health, financial, other disasters) in Africa. Duties/Responsibilities/Tasks will focus on how AfDB can support at due time in an emergency context the countries affected by the crisis to raise domestic financial resources able to reduce the impact of the crisis

Capital Markets Development Policy & Strategy:

  • Develop, maintain and revise the Capital markets development policy and strategy of the Bank in consultation with internal and external stakeholders (including Regional and non-Regional Member Countries) and taking into account of medium to long-term trends in capital markets and the development of the continent;
  • Ensure the appropriate implementation of the policy and strategy in a one-bank approach  and define a monitoring and evaluation framework;
  • Develop a cost-benefit perspective to pricing and build the logical and quantitative frameworks for addressing market failures.
  • Lead the development of policy frameworks on Capital Markets products pricing.
  • Drive capital markets development agenda on the basis of a regional capital markets integration.

Capital Markets Deal structuring and advisory:

  • Establish and lead as the focal point on the Bank’s Capital Markets Development Advisory offering a suite of the following services to RMCs (private and public sector):
    • AfDB Affordable Housing Finance Advisory Services
    • Advise and promote bond programs such as Municipal Bond, Green Bond and securitization programs
    • Assist with reforms on Pension Funds, Insurance and Asset Management industry in Africa
    • Advise on Capital Markets regulatory frameworks and reforms for broadening market participation
    • Advise on financial stability and governance in capital markets sector
    • Provide cutting edge advice on capital markets infrastructure solutions, securities and commodities exchange/regulator establishment, operations, and/or development;
    • Provide direct support to Capital Markets Development operations staff in the field, particularly in order to improve the impact and the financial and economic analysis of projects;
    • Advise operational staff on capital markets trends and the consequences they have for future project development and design
    • Supervise African Financial Market Initiative Team
    • Identify and structure transactions in local currency including through new products (ETF’s, ITF’s, REITs, etc.) on exchanges
    • Lead the development and the fund-raising activity for the African Domestic Bond Fund,
    • Structure Capital Markets Risk Mitigation Products (Currency, Credit, Political)
    • Assist with the introduction/development/ boosting of efficiency of companies to support the capital markets in Africa to thrive – ecosystem company providers such as investment ratings; digital company registries; fiduciary, investment and fund administration services providers.
    • Establish framework, run pilot and promote the AfDB SME Fund for listing on selected exchanges.

Capital Markets Technical Assistance:

  • Supervise / monitor and report to the Director on all the activities under the Capital Market Development Trust Fund (CMDTF) including the regular functioning of the Fund and the operational aspects relative to the projects approved or to be approved by the Fund
  • Assist the fund-raising activity including especially the introduction of new donors in the Fund
  • Ensure the alignment of the projects financed through CMDTF with the objectives of the Division and the Bank’s H5 Priorities
  • Insure that CMDTF will provide a strong added value permitting to enhance the other projects and initiative (as AFMI)
  • Insure a strong harmonization with the other MDB technical assistance activities in the capital market development in RMC countries

Africa Capital Markets Knowledge:

  • Coordinate and work alongside key partners, such as other MDBs and the World Economic Forum to design capital markets development-based programs and solutions for the economic and social development of Africa;
  • Publish major studies and reports on capital markets development including bond Market, taking into account the comparative advantage that the Bank can bring to bear to any specific subject or theme.
  • Convene associated workshops and media events to solidify the learning across Africa;
  • Develop and maintain, in collaboration with partners, a detailed database of statistics and economic models relating to capital markets development, both in Africa and global in nature, to support proper analysis of the impact of the sector for development and the relative state of capital markets development in Africa including but not limited to ABABI, BADBC, and BADBX
  • Represent the Bank at global, regional and national conferences and workshops on capital markets development.

The Technical Oversight:

  • Plan, organize and supervise the activities and staff of the Division;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships, through a high-level dialogue, with capital markets regulators (including relevant government officials and ministries), stock exchanges, capital markets leaders, clients, global and regional private businesses, local and foreign institutional investors, banking and multilateral partners and government officials to further develop the sector and to develop specific investment opportunities within the H5 priorities of the Bank
  • Lead in implementing, processing and closing efficient capital markets and related transactions through offering ongoing guidance and sector knowledge and ensuring the consolidated Bank KPIs for capital markets development are achieved
  • Lead in structuring and implementing innovative capital market solutions to face new challenges regarding especially climate change and gender;
  • Monitor and analyse economic developments in regional member countries;
  • Lead targeted resource mobilisation initiatives towards traditional development partners and donors and well as non-traditional donors, with the aim of mobilising concessional financings and grants to support the Bank’s work
  • Provide advice to the Director on issues relating to Capital market development;
  • Work closely with the Regional Operation Manager and his/her multi-disciplinary teams in identifying and designing projects, and support the appraisal and monitoring of projects;
  • Coordinate the preparation of the Division’s budget;

People Management:

  • Manage a team of professional level and support staff in providing efficient and high quality services that support the business. Set realistic performance goals and motivate team members to meet them, both for individual staff and for the team as whole;
  • Be a collaborative member of the Management Team, contribute and share expertise and input and foster a collegial environment.
  • Build strong relationship management and understand the business needs to assist in developing practical and effective solutions.

Leadership:

  • Develop and direct the implementation of objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the Division. Ensure compliance with Bank policies and regulations.
  • Lead complex missions involving negotiations with government officials and private investors.
  • Improve customer service orientation of staff of the Division and ensure provision of efficient services to clients.

Staff engagement:

  • Promote collaboration and facilitate teamwork across teams and across organizational units, particularly with the Regional Operations Manager Offices;
  • Maintain a high standard of professional integrity, treat individuals fairly and respectively and be sensitive to differences across culture, nationalities and gender;
  • Provide on-the-job training and advice to relatively less experienced staff and supervise their work.

Selection Criteria

  • A minimum of a Master’s or its equivalent in Finance, Development Economics, Business Administration or any other discipline that is relevant to the operations of the Capital Markets Development Division;
  • Sound knowledge of financial sector issues and a demonstrated ability to engage in a broad range of development and policy issues facing Africa’s capital markets.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in Infrastructure, Industrialization and Public Private Partnerships, preferably within the Financial Sector. 3 years of which should be in a management position or leadership role.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of having previously worked in a capital markets environment, including a capital markets transactional environment or within a capital markets regulatory environment, or capital markets securities exchange environment.
  • Proven track record in the structuring of a range of Bank instruments, such as loans, guarantee products and technical assistance, programs of reforms. Experience in managing the delivery of programmes.
  • Leading and developing teams and managing projects and programmes
  • Professional experience in Development Finance Institutions and the private sector is advantageous
  • A proven track record for origination and in managing the delivery of projects in Capital Market.
  • Demonstrated experience in project appraisal in a multilateral financial institution with special focus on Capital Markets development
  • Experience in and strong understanding of socio-economic and development issues and dynamics in Capital Market sector, preferably in Africa.
  • Familiarity with strategies, policies, procedures and practices of multilateral development institutions.
  • Comprehensively understands projects structures, including project design, planning, risk management strategy, issue management strategy, communication management strategy, lessons learned and handover, and other critical success factors, strategies, policies, procedures and practices of multilateral development banks.
  • Negotiation Skills – Highly developed negotiation skills proven to yield positive outcomes with senior counterparts, both internal and external, and understands when and how to apply diplomacy, influence, maintain a hard line, make or break contacts, understand unwritten lines of influence and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Knowledgeable in the structuring and execution of debt and equity investments in the Capital Market sector projects and programmes.
  • Professional Expertise: Continuously expands understanding of relevant business products, practices and systems/technology.
  • Highly developed strategic thinking skills allied to an ability to translate strategic concepts and direction into the implementation of workable and sustainable projects and programs.
  • Ability to pull together all aspects of project origination and drive the process to deliver the lending program.
  • Excellent Professional written and verbal communications in English or French with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence in the use of standard MS office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and Financial Market software such as Blomberg.

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

Job Title: Chief Financial Sector Strategy Officer, PIFD0

Reference: ADB/20/083
Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Grade: PL3
Position N°: 50093718

The Complex

  • The Vice Presidency for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization is central to the Bank’s mission of developing the private sector, improving infrastructure and accelerating industrialization.
  • The complex main functions are to (i) strengthen the enabling environment for private sector [and financial sector] development conducive to inclusive growth and sustainable development, (ii) support the development of reliable and sustainable infrastructure, including cities and urban development, and (iii) place renewed emphasis on industrial and trade performance in support of structural transformation across Africa. The Complex leverages knowledge, co-financing, and partnerships to attract private capital and work with governments on delivering the Bank’s development agenda.

The Hiring Department:

  • The primary role of the Financial Sector Development (FSD) Department is to help the Regional Member Countries (RMCs) increase the reach, depth, and breadth of their financial systems, while safeguarding financial stability. The Department has four long-term objectives: (i) development of a vibrant private sector through an inclusive access by households and enterprises to financial services; (ii) strengthening markets participants; (iii) developing efficient capital markets, and (iv) deepening regional financial integration.
  • Paired with other Industrialization, infrastructure and Private Sector complex departments, the FSD Department is responsible for implementing the Bank Group’s Financial Sector Development Policy and Strategy 2014-2019 (FSDPS) towards vibrant, innovative, robust and competitive financial systems, both national and regional, and in both the public and private sector levels of RMCs.
  • FSD plays a transversal role across the Bank’s five strategic priorities, applying its financial deepening and access tool kit to the High Five (H5) agenda. Fundamentally, the scalability and policy momentum inherent in the H5 agenda create an important opportunity for expanded relevance of the FSD core skill-set: flexible financing instruments and delivery frameworks for financial inclusion, smart resource mobilization and capital markets development. FSD leverages partnerships to bring about greater developmental impact in financial sector development.

The Position
Under the supervision of the Director, Financial Sector Development Department, the Chief Financial Sector Strategy Officer will contribute to the following functions:

  • Strategy Development: Lead the periodic drafting, design, review, and approval process of the Bank’s Financial Sector Development Strategy and provide sector inputs into country, regional and other sector strategies as required
  • Financial Sector Research and Support:  Conduct research and prepare draft papers for management on strategic themes relating financial sector operations and produce briefing papers and reports for management as requested.
  • Coordinate the Department’s Non-lending work programme including the Sector Policy dialogue at country level: guide the design and implementation of the department’s non lending work programme including policy dialogues, identification of resources and preparation of funding requests as may be required
  • Coordination and Engagement: Coordinate and engage with internal and external stakeholders to ensure a good understanding of the department’s strategy and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Director, the Chief Financial Sector Strategy Officer will perform the following duties:

Strategy Development:

  • Support external and internal evaluations of Bank financial and other relevant sector strategies with a view to incorporating key findings into future financial sector strategies;
  • Liaise and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure their understanding and buy in to the financial sector strategy and alignment of strategy with the Bank’s overall strategy;
  • Disseminate financial sector strategy internally and externally;
  • Lead the drafting, design, review, and approval process of the Financial Sector Development Strategy and subsequent revisions, and
  • Contribute to drafting of other country / sector strategies and policies on behalf of the Financial Sector Department as may be required.

Financial Sector Research and Support:

  • Conduct research and draft papers for management on financial sector themes including briefing papers and reports on AfDB initiatives, policies and programs of member countries and other development partners, and
  • Provide analytical support to PIFD Management on country and sector programs, approaches of other Development Finance Institutions, various aspects of Policy/Strategy documents, private sector operations (PSO), and overall performance in member countries;

Coordinate the Department’s Non-lending work Programme and initiate the Sector Policy dialogue at country level:

  • Guide the design and implementation of the department’s non-lending work programme including the   initiation of policy dialogue at country level, identification of resources and preparation of funding requests as may be required;
  • Provide guidance in the processing and administration of technical assistance (TA) projects for which Financial Sector Development is responsible.
  • Create and lead the PIFD knowledge hub that will be a one-stop reference point for the department.

Coordination and Engagement:

  • Coordinate and engage with clients, other MDBs/IFIs and private sector operators to establish and maintain collaboration and free flow of information.
  • Coordinate and engage with staff from other Departments, including, but not limited to, Private Sector Department, Strategy Department, Office of the General Counsel, Risk Management Department, Independent Evaluation Department, to ensure comprehensive and consistent response to issues raised related to Financial Sector Strategy and Policy.

Other:

  • Assist in preparing presentations and speaking notes as required.
  • Represent the department in internal and external meetings, including high-level events, conferences, policy dialogues etc. as required.

Selection Criteria

  • At least a Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Management, Public Administration, or related fields; preferably with advanced training.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant post-graduate professional experience in public policy or DFIs
  • Working knowledge of AfDB procedures and policies in a wide range of areas including project processing, project administration, and general administration.
  • Specific knowledge on NSO is required
  • Ability to research, analyze, and check data from external and internal sources, reconcile or explain inconsistencies and perform statistical calculations.
  • Ability to conduct analyses of operational and procedural issues and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the department’s operational work.
  • Strong analytical thinking with the ability to analyze relationships among several parts of a problem or situation; break down a complex task into manageable parts in a systematic way; recognize several likely causes of events or several consequences of actions; and anticipate obstacles and think ahead about next steps.
  • Strong planning and organizing skills to handle many tasks with deadlines.
  • Financial economic policy: Demonstrates broad knowledge of economic policy development; demonstrates strong analytical skills and writing ability to help identify and assess policy issues in support of policy dialogue;
  • 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.
  • Team working and relations: 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 work and cooperate with others from diverse backgrounds.
  • Sector representation: Demonstrates ability to coordinate, participate in, and act as a catalyst for, strategic cross-sector dialogues within the networks, across countries, among Bank colleagues and other development institutions, governments and other organizations.
  • Capacity to conduct independent research and analyses, identify problems, propose solutions, and make recommendations to Management
  • Mentor and develop junior staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence in the use of standard MS office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).

Deadline: 27th August, 2020.

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

Important Information / Notice

  • This position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.
  • 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(link sends e-mail)
  • 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.

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