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Senior Procurement Operations Officer

Mon, 20/09/2021 - 22:39

THE BANK:

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten-Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The Senior Vice-Presidency (SNVP) is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve 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:

The SVP supervises the Fiduciary and Inspection Department (SNFI), which acts as the custodian of the procurement (including procurement for private and public partnership) and financial management (FM) profession, and has the following responsibilities for its functions: (i) developing and interpreting policy, strategy and related guidance notes and manuals; (ii) preparing annual post review reports on the Bank’s FM and procurement operations for the Board; (iii) developing training strategy for internal and external clients; (iv)  and dialoguing with external and global partners with a view to building partnerships and fostering harmonization; (v) providing the secretariat for the Procurement Review Committee (PRC); and (vi) inspecting and reporting on the performance of procurement and FM activities undertaken by the regions.

The Senior Procurement Operations Officer is responsible to ensure that the project procurement activities financed by the Bank are compliant with the Bank’s procurement policy.  This is done by advising on procurement arrangements and reviewing procurement 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 procurement capacity of Borrowers which includes training of Borrower staff, advising on project related procurement matters, and assessing and strengthening the Borrower’s procurement systems.

The Senior Procurement Operations Officer reports administratively to the Regional Operations Manager for Implementation Support (ROM-IS) and functionally to the Division Manager - Procurement (SNFI).

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the supervision and guidance of the Procurement Division Manager, the Senior Procurement Operations Officer will:

  1. Advise/assist the various Sector Divisions involved in the supervision of Borrowers project implementation activities as required by the relevant Presidential Instructions.
  2. Advise Borrowers, Suppliers, Consultants, Contractors and other Entrepreneurs on all aspects related to the procurement of goods and services under Bank Group funded projects.
  3. Participate in Preparation and Appraisal missions for projects with routine procurement components with a view to assisting Borrowers and Sector Divisions Staff to define the most appropriate modalities for procurement.
  4. Prepare the procurement chapter in the Project Appraisal Report.
  5. During the project/program preparation cycle missions, assess the adequacy and effectiveness of the procurement capacity at the Executing Agencies and Project Implementation Unit as well as provide advisory technical support to the project/program team on matters of procurement as an input to a new project.
  6. Undertake assessment of Country Procurement Systems of Regional Member Countries.
  7. Participate in the project/program Launching Mission to assist the project/program team in developing capacity building of the Executing Agency in the area of procurement.
  8. Review, provide comments and participate in working group meetings of lending and non-lending activities reports.
  9. Receive, review and approve all tender related documents requiring the Bank’s “No Objection”, “Approval” or “Action” under the Procurement Policy of the Bank; monitor practical aspects by assisting the Projects’ Task Managers to supervise the procurement activities carried out by Borrowers throughout the project cycle.
  10. Maintain an on-going system of monitoring the compliance with the Bank’s Procurement Policy by the Borrowers and actions taken by project management to implement internal and external audit recommendations and report on the status of implementation.
  11. Facilitate and undertake training seminars /workshops for Borrowers and Bank Staff.
  12. Ensure that procurement information and data entering in SAP by sector experts are effective, correct and accurate.
  13. Undertake Annual Post Procurement Review Report on on-going projects with a view to advising Management on lessons learnt.
  14. Provide or generate reports (monthly or quarterly or as requested).
  15. Execution of audit findings as directed – initiating the necessary corrective actions to address all audit findings in Procurement function and prevent any repeat thereof.
  16. Championing the Complex / Regional mandate and purpose – providing a direct and indirect operational support that will contribute to the regional output and mandate in assigned Country.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  1. Hold at least a Master’s degree in Public/Business Administration, Law, Engineering, Procurement, Economics or related fields.
  2. Have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in providing procurement support and advice to the preparation and implementation of programs and projects financed by the Bank or any other similar institution in developing countries, having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
  3. Proven familiarity with and solid experience in the practice of procurement of goods and works and the acquisition of consultancy services under donor funding conditions, it would be desirable to have knowledge of Bank Procurement policy.
  4. Experience in supervising and effectively managing implementation of developments projects and programs.
  5. Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
  6. Ability to be flexible, open-minded with integrity, client and results oriented for achieving both Bank’s and Borrowers’ objectives.
  7. Effective consulting and advisory skills that enable Sector Staff and Borrowers to build their confidence and skills to deal with procurement issues.
  8. Good networking skills and judgment are required while working within teams and when building professional relationships with procurement specialists and sector specialists working in the Region.
  9. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in French, preferably with a working knowledge of the English.
  10. Competence with standard MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), preferably combined with knowledge and experience of SAP operations.

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Chief Research Economist–Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting

Mon, 20/09/2021 - 22:16

THE BANK:

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified, namely: energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa. The Bank is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.

THE COMPLEX:

The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management is the Bank’s spokesperson on economic matters and the VP for the Economic Governance and Knowledge Management Complex. The Complex is responsible for (i) providing leadership and visibility for the Bank on economic, finance, financial governance and socio economic development issues; and coordinate the generation of analytical work to inform the Bank’s operational engagement and policy dialogue; (ii) systematically emphasize the critical role of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and their tangible impact on sustainable, inclusive transformation of African economies.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT/DIVISION:

The Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting And Research Department is dedicated to the generation of high quality knowledge in the area of development in Africa. It provides technical support to operations and regional member countries through rigorous analytical work; engages in impactful policy dialogue with decision-making bodies within and outside of the Bank; and most importantly enhance the operational effectiveness of the Bank in achieving the High 5s. The activities of the department are structured around the Macroeconomic Policy, Debt Sustainability and Forecasting on one side, and the Microeconomics, Institutional and Development Impact on the other.

The Macroeconomic Policy, Debt Sustainability and Forecasting Division is responsible for the following, inter alia: (i) Conducting policy research and debt sustainability analysis in order to improve the Bank’s macroeconomic surveillance and understanding of sovereign debt risk profile and the policy tools that Regional Member Countries can deploy to contain debt distress; (ii) Conducting macroeconomic analysis, modelling and forecasting to inform decisions made by the Bank’s the Regional Member Countries; (iii) Providing cutting edge analytical support to Senior Management through timely and rigorous economic intelligence work; (iv) Collaborating with partner institutions; research think tanks and universities, both within and outside Africa, in order to deepen analytical capacity and broaden the scope and outreach of the Bank’s research work and (vi) Leading the production and dissemination of all the Bank’s flagship publications and other knowledge products on Africa’s emerging macroeconomic and development issues and on the Bank’s High 5s priority areas.

THE POSITION:

The Chief Research Economist–Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting, is responsible for leading research work focusing on macroeconomic issues that are relevant for the Bank’s regional member countries and its operational engagement, including research on the Bank’s High 5 agenda. The role involves the construction of macroeconomic models and conducting debt sustainability analysis to improve the Bank’s modelling portfolio for evidenced based and enhanced policy dialogue in the Regional Member and improving macroeconomic analytical content of its operations.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager Macroeconomic Policy, Debt Sustainability and forecasting, the Chief Research Economist will:

1. Develop and lead research programs and projects focusing on macroeconomic issues of particular relevance to the Bank’s RMCs and its High 5 agenda. This involves:

  1. Initiate, oversee and contribute to research projects focusing on macroeconomics issues using established and proven quantitative techniques/methods.
  2. Lead the preparation of Flagship publications and knowledge products such as the African Economic Outlook; African Development Report; books, reports, etc.
  3. Lead the design and construction of a suite of structural macro-econometric models; Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium, Global Vector Autoregressive Analysis and other simpler Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average models.
  4. Provide senior management and regional member countries with comparative research analysis, socio-economic data and macroeconomic projections of the most widely used socio-economic parameters relating to Africa’s economies and Bank Group operations.
  5. Deliver inputs in collaborative research and knowledge management activities carried out jointly with regional and international organizations, research and capacity building institutions in Africa, development research centers and universities.

2. Provide technical and analytical inputs into the work of Operations Complexes. This involves:

  1. Provide support and input to regional, investment and technical assistance project teams on macro-economic issues related to country/regional context, macroeconomic trends, country, region or sector -specific analysis. This entails among others providing input into Country Strategy Papers and budget support operations;
  2. Carry out simulations and forecasts based on the models developed and lead in disseminating results and provide advice to the Bank’s senior management and regional member countries to strengthen policy dialogue.
  3. Represent the Division in country teams and interdepartmental working groups within the Bank; review operations documents.

3. Participate in the Bank’s dissemination efforts of its analytical and research products with the view to help build capacity of RMCs and position the Bank as a thought leader.

  1. Support the dissemination of knowledge products such as African Economic Outlook; African Development Report; books, reports, etc.
  2. Organize internal Research Seminars and/or International Conferences such as the African Economic Conference on Development Policy Issues.
  3. Contribute to the training and capacity development activities in the Bank and in regional member countries.
  4. Publish research output in the Bank’s working paper series and reputable peer reviewed journals.
  5.  Organize and contribute to international and regional conferences, seminars and workshops.

4. Act as a mentor for junior staff and support management

  1. Write briefs for Senior Management on economic development issues  and review  policy documents.
  2. Prepare funding request proposals to mobilize research funds from other organizations and agencies.
  3. Assist in the management of the division’s HR and financial affairs and mentor more junior staff

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  1. Hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in Economics, Economic modelling, Macroeconomics; Development Macroeconomics, or any relevant field.
  2. A PhD in economics is a strong advantage.
  3. Have a minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in development policy research and analysis with focus on Africa or low-income countries.
  4. Working experience in macroeconomic modelling and macroeconomic research is a strong advantage.
  5. Strong publications record in reputable peer review journals.
  6. Having experience in international financial institutions will be an added advantage.
  7. Extensive practical knowledge of advanced econometric methods and ability to handle, process and analyze large time series datasets using packages such as Matlab, R, Stata, and Eviews.
  8. Ability to lead the identification of appropriate methods and techniques to conduct cutting edge empirical research and present the results.
  9. Capacity to come up with innovative research ideas and techniques to improve research outcomes.
  10. Willingness to learn and take advice from the supervisor and peers.
  11. Capacity to work independently and meet tight deadlines.
  12. Communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  13. Competence in the use of standard software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Senior Resource Mobilization and Partnership Officer

Mon, 20/09/2021 - 21:31

THE BANK GROUP:

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agribusiness, industrialization, regional integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The Vice-Presidency for Finance oversees the financial management of the Bank Group. This encompasses the Bank Group’s treasury activities including borrowings from the capital markets and investment activities; controllership functions including financial reporting and loan administration; strategic resource mobilization and the strengthening of the non-statutory financial resources and instruments; the overall asset/liability management for the Bank Group.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT / DIVISION:

As part of the Finance Complex, the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Department has fiduciary responsibility for strategic concessionary finance resource mobilization, as well as donor relationship management and reporting, with the aim to compliment and leverage the financial resources and instruments of the African Development Bank Group. The department is comprised of two divisions whose primary, joint role is to increase the pool and types of funding available to the Bank Group’s Regional Member Countries, particularly for transformative projects in line with the Bank’s Ten-year strategy and High Five priorities.

Division 2 of the Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Department is responsible for the following corporate objectives:

  1. Leads the institution’s partnership with emerging shareholder countries (e.g. China, Korea, India,  Brazil) and their bilateral aid agencies; and multilateral bodies including the European Union, the United Nations and African Union;
  2. Leads the strategic negotiations for the setting up financial vehicles and institutional frameworks necessary for the institution to accept external resources, including all co-financing facilities and trust funds financed by external partners;
  3. Oversees fiduciary management of the institution’s bilateral and thematic trust funds; that is, mobilize, allocate and monitor non-statutory capital ensuring compliance with the African Development Bank Group’s rules and the commitments taken upon the replenishment negotiations, as applicable;
  4. Monitors and manages relationships with existing and new partners, including non-sovereign partnerships such as with corporates and philanthropic foundations (e.g. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation); serving as the secretariat for the review committee for new partnerships (i.e. Standing Committee on Partnerships);
  5. Identifies innovative ways to partner with non-traditional donors and leverage new resource mobilization tools and approaches  to evaluate their potential applicability and viability for the institution; 
  6. Assists other organizational units of the Bank Group to identify resources for their initiatives (i.e. Jobs for Youth Program);
  7. Houses innovative financial products and risk mitigation instruments which catalyze private capital to finance development in Africa (e.g. Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility) under a blended finance approach;
  8. Reports globally on the use of resources placed in trust at the African Development Bank Group to management and to outside parties, as required;
  9. Develops and disseminates to internal and external audiences communication materials, seminars and trainings, capacity building, guidance papers and policy documents on resource mobilization at the African Development Bank (e.g. Business Opportunity Seminars).

THE POSITION:

The Senior Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Officer (PL-5) plays a central role in the department and division. The successful candidate would be directly implicated in mobilizing and deploying the Bank Group’s resources, by contributing to the planning, conceptualization, elaboration and operationalization of key Bank Group key resource mobilization and partnerships directives, processes, programs and projects.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager, the Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Officer will:

  1. Facilitate the coordination and collaboration between Bank Group business units and external partners and/or sovereign donors as assigned;
  2. Contribute to the conceptualization, elaboration and presentation of negotiation documents relevant to the successful fundraising of new resources;
  3. Serve as a Fund Manager, overseeing the administration and monitoring of existing and new resource vehicles (trust funds), particularly their disbursement, and grant-level project implementation so as to ensure organizational compliance with donors’ financial and programmatic reporting requirements with a focus on impact and results for Africa’s development;
  4. Serve as the external focal point for assigned donors and initiatives, responding to ad hoc queries and ensuring the highest level of visibility for the partner and the uses to which resources placed in trust have been applied;
  5. Consistently monitor and evaluate grant-level activities of donor-funded programs and review activity progress reports, project completion reports, audit reports and other evaluation outputs from operational departments; and financial statements from the accounting department to assess corrective actions if required, and submission of documents for review by the respective donor(s), as needed;
  6. Provide internal stakeholders with technical advice and information on the priorities and availability of development partner and donor funding to strengthen opportunities for fundraising of targeted Bank Group initiatives
  7. Contribute to key processes for the strengthening of the operational environment for resource mobilization including updating and or developing related implementation procedures and operational guidelines for receipt and use of funding or new financial instruments;
  8. Assist in the organization of regular internal and external outreach events for the benefit of staff and other stakeholders to explain the activities of the different funds, facilities and instruments of the Bank Group;
  9. Participate in and contribute to key partnerships meetings and conferences (including those with other Multilateral Development Banks and international philanthropic organizations) to seek new resource mobilization and partnership opportunities for the Bank Group;
  10. Contribute to the conceptualization, elaboration and presentation of Bank Group resource mobilization and negotiation documents; contribute to  policy and strategy papers relevant to resource mobilization and/or negotiation process;
  11.  Review documentation presented for review to various relevant internal committees including Operations Committee (OPSCOM) and Standing Committee on Partnerships (SCP);

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  1. Hold at least a Master’s Degree from a recognized/accredited university in either:
  1. Social sciences (Law, Public Policy, International Affairs, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy, etc.),
  2. Economics and Finance (accounting),
  3. Other relevant fields;
  1. Have a minimum of five (5) years of practical work experience, of which at least two to three (2-3) must be related to resource mobilization and/or strategic partnerships preferably within a (i) public financial institution and/or non-profit sector; or (ii) private sector, with a clear and established operational track record in achieving results;
  2. Strong grasp and understanding of key trends in international development finance (e.g. climate finance issues, knowledge of ODA approaches and policies of major international donors as part of OECD-DAC, as well as emerging donors; bilateral and multilateral agency fundraising and partnership trends in the short-, medium-, and long-term) and an ability to identify the strategic fit of new partners, products and services in the global marketplace and what these may imply for the Bank Group’s fundraising efforts at any given time;
  1. General knowledge of the Bank Group’s shareholders, various financial vehicles and facilities, capitalization ambitions, and volume of its lending activities;
  2. Determined and client oriented problem solver, willing to be flexible and use innovation & creativity in the face of challenges;
  3. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English and/or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other language;
  4. Ability to demonstrate cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  5. Competence in the use of standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software a plus.

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED AS INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Regional Procurement Coordinator

Fri, 17/09/2021 - 17:39

THE BANK:

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The Senior Vice-Presidency (SNVP) is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve 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:

The SVP supervises the Fiduciary and Inspection Department (SNFI), which acts as the custodian of the procurement (including procurement for private and public partnership) and financial management (FM) profession, and has the following responsibilities for its functions: (i) developing and interpreting policy, strategy and related guidance notes and manuals; (ii) preparing annual post review reports on the Bank’s FM and procurement operations for the Board; (iii) developing training strategy for internal and external clients; (iv)  and dialoguing with external and global partners with a view to building partnerships and fostering harmonization; (v) providing the secretariat for the Procurement Review Committee (PRC); and (vi) inspecting and reporting on the performance of procurement and FM activities undertaken by the regions.

The Regional Procurement Coordinator should ensure that the project procurement activities financed by the Bank in his/her region done by Procurement Specialists, are compliant with the Bank’s Procurement Policy.  This is done by advising on procurement arrangements and reviewing procurement decisions of the Procurement specialists’ team 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 procurement capacity of Borrowers which includes training of Borrower staff, advising on project related procurement matters, and assessing and strengthening the Borrower’s procurement systems.

The Regional Procurement Coordinator reports administratively to the Regional Operations Manager for Implementation Support (ROM-IS) and functionally to the Division Manager - Procurement (SNFI) for East, Southern Regions and Nigeria.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager Procurement, the Regional Procurement Coordinator will, in his/her duty station:

  • Ensure consistent, uniform and predictable application of the Policy within the region and provide corrective actions as appropriate;
  • Review procurement policy deviations and provide clearance for inclusion in Project Appraisal Reports (PARs) for subsequent Board approval with clearance of the manager as needed;
  • Review all cases involving the use of Third-Party procurement methods and procedures and provide clearance for inclusion of those methods and procedures in the PAR for Board approval with clearance of the manager as needed;
  • Review and clear procurement diagnostic assessments reports (BPAR, Sector Market Assessments) for approval by the Manager and Director of SNFI, assist Regional member countries for their procurement reforms and mobilize financial resources for this assistance;
  • Review and clear the assessment of borrowers’ procurement systems done by the Procurement specialists’ team, and the design of adequate action plans to improve Borrowers’ procurement systems and to strengthen the institutional capacity within borrowers’ entities;
  • Participate with other Multilateral Development Banks in the assessment of the Regional Member Countries procurement systems;
  • Review and clear procurement cases as per the Bank’s Delegation of Authority matrix for Sovereign and Non-Sovereign projects;
  • Take a pro-active role ensuring ‘Quality at Entry work’ through supervision of a team of Procurement Specialists across the region in terms of the Fiduciary and Development mandate of the Bank;
  • Follow up with Procurement Specialists of complaints received from bidders, contractors or civil society;
  • Deal with cases where the advice provided by Procurement Specialists was not accepted by Task Managers and finding appropriate solutions;
  • Facilitate and undertake training seminars/workshops for the Borrower and Bank Staff and Business Opportunity seminars for the regional and non-regional private sector
  • Prepare all Project Procurement brief for the Senior Management when required;
  • Monitor Procurement Data Entry by reviewing their quality through random checks to ensure that accurate procurement data are generated for SNFI reports;
  • Maintain procurement information regarding her/his region on the Bank’s Website; 
  • Make sure that the objectives of the key performance indicators set up by the Procurement department are attained by developing tools and;
  • Prepare periodic activity reports of the region and the Bank’s Annual Procurement Reports.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree in Engineering, Public/Business Administration, Law, Procurement, Economics or related fields
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant professional experience in providing procurement support and advice to the preparation and implementation of programs and projects financed by the Bank or any other similar institution in developing countries, having private sector experience will be an added advantage
  • Proven familiarity with and solid experience in the practice of procurement of goods and works and the acquisition of consultancy services under donor funding conditions, it would be desirable to have knowledge of Bank Procurement policy
  • Experience in supervising and effectively managing implementation of developments projects and programs
  • Ability to be flexible, open-minded with integrity, client and results-oriented for achieving both Bank’s and Borrowers’ objectives 
  • Effective consulting and advisory skills that enable Sector Staff and Borrowers to build their confidence and skills to deal with procurement issues
  • Good networking skills and judgment are required while working within teams and when building professional relationships with Procurement Specialists and sector specialists working in the Region
  • Strong leadership and coaching skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English with a working knowledge of French
  • Competence with standard MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), preferably combined with knowledge and experience of SAP operations

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Senior Transaction Officer

Tue, 14/09/2021 - 15:45

THE BANK:

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, the Bank is implementing the High 5s, all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, , namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The President plans, supervises and manages the business of the Bank Group. Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and the African Development Fund and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund. The President supervises several Departments and Units including Office of the President; Independent Development Evaluation Department; Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department; Compliance Review and Mediation Unit; Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board; Administrative Tribunal; Office of the Auditor General; Group Risk Management Directorate; General Counsel and Legal Services Department; Communication and External Relations Department; Staff Integrity and Ethics Office and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT:

The Africa Investment Forum in The Office of the President assists the President in planning, supervising and managing all activities related to the efficient and timely delivery of the mandate of the Africa Investment Forum.

Africa Investment Forum (AIF) is a multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary platform dedicated to advancing private and public-private-partnership projects to bankable stages, raising capital, and accelerating the financial closure of deals. The AIF is Africa’s investment market place, through which the African Development Bank, along with its partners, is structuring transformational deals, screening and enhancing projects, attracting co-investors, and facilitating transactions to close Africa’s investment gaps. The AIF objectives are to reduce intermediation costs, improve the quality of project information and documentation, and increase active and productive engagements between African governments and the private sector as well as increase regional integration for developmental impact. The AIF offers investors access to a structured platform offering bankable projects within an enabling environment.

The Africa Investment Forum facilitates awareness raising about the investment opportunities in Africa for international investors, social impact investors, institutional investors (pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and others) both local and global. It provides an opportunity for the Africa Investment Forum partners to determine the investment needs of these various categories of investors, facilitate tailored structures and showcase Africa’s investment successes and enabling policies that would be attractive to these various classes of investors who are looking to deploy funds in Africa.

The Africa Investment Forum seeks to deliver on the proposed strategic approach via its pillars as defined below:

  1. The Platform - selects, supports, and facilitates the origination, structuring and closure of high-impact deals in Africa’s critical sectors through facilitating financing for project preparation & advisory services directly or through its network of advisors. It includes a digital platform for investors and project sponsors to profile their investment interests and deals respectively.
  2. The Market Place - leads productive engagements and roundtables with both existing and new stakeholders’ thereby deepening relations and diversifying the sponsor, investor and partner base.  
  1.    The Market Days - physically convenes investors, project sponsors and key decision makers at a bespoke platform for investment conversations and closing deals.
  2. The Deal Tracker - a pioneering structured mechanism designed to facilitate the progress of Boardroom deals, accelerate investor’s commitments, and advance projects further towards and until deal closure.
  3.  Knowledge/Policy Environment - seeks to foster investment friendly regulation, a pro-investment climate to remove bottlenecks to deal closure, as well as disseminate knowledge products.  

The Africa Investment Forum tracks the implementation of commitments made at the actual event to ensure transactions reach financial close and policies and bottlenecks to facilitate Africa Investment Forum projects are implemented. 

THE POSITION:

The Senior Transaction Officer is responsible for providing support to the transaction workstream team in originating, Structuring, tracking, and advancing the AIF portfolio deals by ensuring good Quality at Entry (QuE) Sheet, and also support and advise on the technical, legal, financial onboarding documentation for efficient investment facilitation.

The Senior Transaction Officer is also responsible for advising on non-Sovereign operations towards credit enhancement, transaction bankability, and financial sustainability. Developing structured approaches in the design, preparation and implementation of innovative transactions, projects and initiatives to strengthen the quality of portfolios.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the direct supervision of the Manager, Transaction Work stream, the Senior Transaction Officer will perform the following:

  • Participate in financial due diligence on new products/programmes, conducted by the AIF;
  • Provide advisory, restructuring and operational transaction services;
  • Structure opinion drafts, present proposed solutions for investments under consideration, clarify the pros and cons of diverse structuring options;
  • Coordinate, through written opinions, the drafting and review of finance and project documentation;
  • Lead origination support on equity and debt investment operations of private sector and public-private projects, primarily at origination level but also throughout the project cycle;
  • Coordinate activities related to the selectivity and arbitration of equity pipeline;
  • Supervise asset class business intelligence gathering (market trends, benchmarking, etc.);
  • Review the process and procedures related to the AIF’s equity operations;
  • Drive identified work streams around pipeline development, project preparation, policy and regulations, and credit enhancements in collaboration with sector and regional colleagues to advance the Africa Investment Forum.
  • Work with legal department to ensure that all deals have appropriate legal documentation and that financial close is achieved in a timely fashion.
  • Assist in analysing, understanding and acquainting with financial and economic models prepared by other Stakeholders, including project sponsors/owners;
  • Determine the appropriate conversion factors for linking the socio-economic constraints and financial cash flows in the models;
  • Provide structuring guidance to investment officers through active engagement in the presentation to clients/sponsors of financing proposals, negotiation of financing mandates, emphasizing the benefits of loan syndication and co-financing services;

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  • Hold at least a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Banking or related areas;
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant working experience, in the field of development financing, financial services, resource mobilization, project finance. Experience working in developing/emerging market economies;
  • Experience working in the Financial sector in Africa and/or specialized experience in similar organization/s would be considered an advantage;
  • Professional qualifications such as CFA, FRM, CPA, CA and CMA would be highly regarded
  • Prior experience in appraising recourse and non-recourse project finance and corporate loan in the infrastructure, industrial, manufacturing, agribusiness and services sector is necessary;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French, and preferably with a working knowledge of the other language, fluency in Portuguese is an added advantage.

Behavioural Competencies:

  • High Integrity in decision making
  • Must be a team player with the ability to engage in the effectively with all stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and time management skills including an ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deliver high quality work on schedule;
  • Proven ability to work independently and efficiently to deliver under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
  • Excellent presentation skills.

Technical Competencies:

  • Relevant experience in deal origination, advisory, structuring and project management;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of international development financing and the global funding architecture particularly as related to Africa;
  • Experience in investment appraisal of multi-sector projects;
  • Experience in client and relationship management;
  • Results-focused and effective, ability to work under time pressure with high degree of accuracy and with a strong capacity to produce high-quality work;
  • Demonstrate initiative, monitor issues and tasks, to meet deadlines and priorities;
  • Strong analytical, coordination and organizational skills with capacity to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment;
  • Communicate effectively, written and oral fluency in English and/or French with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence with standard MS Office software, preferable experience of SAP;
  • First-hand knowledge and ability to structure a variety of complex of financial instruments (debt, equity and guarantee);
  • Experience in direct equity investment and private equity funds appraisal will be an asset;
  • Strong experience with Credit enhancement and risk mitigation instruments is preferred;     
  • Knowledge of tailored products (such as guarantees) for sector-based investments is desirable;
  • Ability to respond swiftly to new situations and to anticipate new issues;
  • Proven ability to acquire new skills (particularly in investment, risk capital, technology and innovative sectors);
  • Capacity to adapt to the rapidly evolving needs of the AIF's ecosystem.

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Senior Investment Platforms Officer

Tue, 14/09/2021 - 15:15

THE BANK:

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The President, plans, supervises and manages the business of the Bank Group. Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and the African Development Fund and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund. The President supervises several Departments and Units including Office of the President; Independent Development Evaluation Department; Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department; Compliance Review and Mediation Unit; Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board; Administrative Tribunal; Office of the Auditor General); Group Risk Management Directorate;
General Counsel and Legal Services Department; Communication and External Relations Department; Staff Integrity and Ethics Office and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat). 

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT/DIVISION:

The Africa Investment Forum Unit in The Office of the President assists the President in planning, supervising and managing the business of the Africa Investment Forum activities. Africa Investment Forum is a multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary platform dedicated to advancing private and public-private-partnership projects to bankable stages, raising capital, and accelerating the financial closure of deals and tracking those investments. The Africa Investment Forum is Africa’s investment market place, through which the African Development Bank, along with its partners, is structuring deals, screening, credit enhancing projects, attracting investors, and facilitating transactions to close Africa’s investment gaps.

The Africa Investment Forum’s objectives are to reduce intermediation costs, improve the quality of project information and documentation, and increase active and productive engagements between African governments and the private sector as well as increase regional integration. The Africa Investment Forum offers investors access to a structured platform offering bankable, de-risked projects within an enabling environment.

The Africa Investment Forum facilitates awareness raising about the investment opportunities in Africa for international investors, social impact investors, institutional investors (pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and others) both local and global. It provides an opportunity for the Africa Investment Forum partners to determine the investment needs of these various categories of investors facilitate tailored investible structures and showcase Africa’s investment successes and enabling policies that would be attractive to these various classes of investors who are looking to deploy funds in Africa.

The AIF as a market place brings together the African Development Bank, global multilateral financial institutions and regional financial institutions to de-risk investments at scale, to focus their investment products on agreed key transformative transactions so as to scale up and accelerate Africa’s investment opportunities.

The Africa Investment Forum will continuously track the implementation of commitments made at the annual event to ensure transactions reach financial close and policies and bottlenecks to facilitate Africa Investment Forum projects are cleared and implemented.

THE POSITION:

The Senior Investment Platforms Officer plays a central role in identifying, building and managing strategic relationships with relevant stakeholders vital to the success of the AIF.

Under the supervision of the Senior Director, the Senior Investment Platforms Officer will proactively identify potential investment partners, including multilateral development partners, investment opportunities and manage relationships with institutional and non-traditional investors. The Senior Investment Platforms Officer will also build, maintain and expand a robust pipeline of bankable projects for on boarding to the AIF platform.

The Senior Investment Platform Officer will also:

(i) Coordinate the implementation of the AIF Digital Platform "The Platform"; (ii) Develop and implement an AIF Management Information System tool and data warehouse; (iii) Enhance the AIF registration Database; (iv) Maintain and sustain other AIF IT tools (AIF databases, mobile applications, IT Infrastructure gap analysis, etc.)

KEY FUNCTIONS:

  1. Pipeline Development and Management

1.1 Assess the attractiveness of specific investment opportunities with a strong focus on credit quality and development impact and make recommendations to the AIF management

1.2 Originate and structure deals in collaboration with investment officers across multiple AIF work streams and sector complexes within the Bank.

1.3 Task manage pipeline development efforts in coordination with sector complexes and regions to present to partners and showcase on the AIF platform.

1.4 Drive identified work streams around pipeline development, project preparation, policy and regulations, and credit enhancements in collaboration with sector and regional colleagues to advance the Africa Investment Forum.

1.5 Work with legal department to ensure that all deals have appropriate legal documentation and that financial close is achieved in a timely fashion.

  1. AIF legacy Systems (MIS, Swap card, Registration, Web Portal)

2.1 Develop IT infrastructure Strategy documents for the AIF.

2.2 Establish Virtual Boardroom Development and Partnership, Roadshow modules.

2.3 Review the registration database structure to ease interoperability with other tools and make sustainable 

2.4 Ensure that all relevant digital investment initiatives are fully integrated into the AIF strategic planning process for leadership commitment, resource allocation and execution.

2.5 Support sustainability of other AIF IT tools (eventApps, registration system etc.).

2.6. Drive the launch of the AIF Digital Platform and the MIS -2 phase development.

  1. Resource Mobilization

3.1 Identify, develop and assist with the management of long-term, strategic relationships between the Africa Investment Forum, Investors (institutional and non-traditional), Multilateral Development Banks, government officials, and the private sector community.

3.2. Articulate strategic interests of investors and translate them into tailored partnerships and engagement plans; match these to the pipeline of projects that are investment ready or under preparation, ensuring continuous successful delivery of these plans and maximizing value of engagement.

3.3. Help build a robust database of the various categories of investors and their investment policy/plans in Africa’s private sector, their investment flows in Africa to date, and subsequently use that information to proactively match them to investable solutions/pipeline of investments and or project structures.

3.4. Work with the various arms of the Bank’s departments to drive policy issues that will ease institutional investment in Africa Investment Forum transactions.

3.5. Support the development of investment promotion strategies in Africa, including targeting potential Investors and promoting AfDB’s products and services proactively.

3.6. Prepare, present and maintain detailed and compelling investment documentation in collaboration with relevant sector teams.

  1. Design Specific Initiatives and Partnerships

4.1 Participate in and contribute to key partnerships meetings, (including those with other Multilateral Development Banks and other international organizations, institutional and non-institutional Investments) to seek for new resource mobilization and partnership opportunities for the AIF.

4.2 Contribute to the development of strategic options for positioning the AIF in the global investment architecture.

4.3 Manage the development and maintenance of the AIF’s digital investment platform and the Bank’s engagement with sister platforms.

4.4 Act as a trusted adviser to all users, guiding them on the platforms and ensuring that they derive the highest value from their engagement (matchmaking Investments and projects).

4.5 Source relevant content for the AIF’s digital investment platform from the internal stakeholders and external partners

4.6 Assist with securing strategic corporate partners for the AIF digital platform.

4.7 Contribute to shaping the content program for the Africa Investment Forum’s annual events.

  1. External Liaison and Knowledge Sharing

5.1 Support the engagement with AIF Advisory Council

5.2 Provide technical leadership and support to webinars, knowledge and lesson sharing events with internal and external stakeholders.

5.3 Participate in and contribute to activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building relating to AIF’s work-streams and initiatives.

5.4 Engage with the Chief Economist’s Complex for relevant content to feed the AIF website and digital platforms.

5.5 Assist the Management team by providing technical input and comments on policy, papers and other documents relating to the AIF’s participation in various fora.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  1. Must have a minimum of a Master’s degree in International Development, Computer Science, Economics, Development Finance, Business Administration, Finance or related discipline
  2. Have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant working experience, in the field of development financing, financial services, resource mobilization, and project finance.
  3. Experience working in developing/emerging market economies is essential
  4. Experience working in Financial sector in Africa and/or specialized experience in similar organization/s is desirable, and would be considered an advantage

Behavioral Competencies

  • Ability to make sound decisions as well as commit to decisions
  • Ability to initiate, effectively and independently interact with the senior government officials, senior management of potential clients as well as financial and technical partners in order to build networks across the region to generate new business, partnerships and collaborative opportunities
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and time management skills including an ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deliver high quality work on schedule
  • Proven ability to work independently and efficiently to deliver under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
  • Willingness to travel extensively and geographic flexibility;
  • Excellent presentation skills

Technical Competencies

  • Solid experience in deal origination, structuring and project management.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of international development financing and the global funding architecture particularly as related to Africa.
  • Experience in investment appraisal of multi-sector projects.
  • Experience in client and relationship management.
  • Results-focused and effective, ability to work under time pressure with high degree of accuracy and with a strong capacity to produce high-quality work.
  • Demonstrate initiative, monitor issues and tasks, to meet deadlines and priorities
  • Communicate effectively, written and oral fluency in English and/or French with a working knowledge of the other. Fluency in Portuguese is an added advantage.
  • Strong analytical, coordination and organizational skills with capacity to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of a range of technologies to support investment portfolios.
  • Competence with standard MS Office software, preferable experience of SAP

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Chief Regional Security & Safety Officer, RDGC

Fri, 10/09/2021 - 15:58

THE BANK:

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The President, plans, supervises and manages the business of the Bank Group. Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and the African Development Fund and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the ADB and the ADF. The President supervises several Departments and Units including Office of the President (PRST0); Independent Development Evaluation Department (BDEV); Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (PIAC); Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM); Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board (BSAB); Administrative Tribunal (BATR); Office of the Auditor General (PAGL); Group Risk Management Directorate (PGRM);  General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL); Communication and External Relations Department (PCER); Staff Integrity and Ethics Office (PETH) and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat(PSEG).

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT:

The African Development Bank’s Security Unit (PSEC) is a robust security function reporting to the President of the Bank. Deep global analytical capabilities combined with Africa wide security processes are in place in order to provide the full spectrum of security services to the Bank. Security Unit detects, deters and reacts to a broad range of risks spanning the security spectrum; physical; political, information and reputational risks around the globe are monitored closely to address the changing security dynamic. Our security requirements include risk analysis, training, coordination with outside actors and implementation of security programs at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.

THE POSITION:

The Chief Regional Security & Safety Officer will be responsible for leading the delivery of security and safety services to the region. The incumbent will provide expertise and specialized support on all aspects of security and safety in the region based on International Standards and Bank Guidelines.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the supervision and guidance of the Head Of Security Unit, the Chief Regional Security & Safety Officer will:

Management:

  1. Provide security advice for the Director General and all leadership personnel in assigned Field Offices
  2. Participate in the creation of corporate policies, strategies, standards and guidelines for Security and Safety
  3. Ensure corporate policies, strategies, standards and guidelines for Security and Safety are implemented
  4. Monitor the effectiveness of policies, standards and processes and take necessary action when required
  5. Supervise Security personnel in the Regional Resource Centre and its associated country and field offices.

Monitoring and Review

  1. Threat Monitoring: Monitor and assess threats and ensure proactive measures are taken to mitigate potential risk to the AfDB operations
  2. Security Assessment and Review: Implement and manage a security risk and vulnerability assessment and review program to ensure the timely identification and management of threats including mitigation and prevention measures.

Relationships:

  1. Maintain close liaison with diplomatic missions (e.g. UN, NGOs), International Organisations             security officers;
  2. Coordination and Networking with security officers / security focal points of all relevant actors in the region.

Technical:

  1. Provide forward-looking advice and expertise on all security technology including access control, CCTV, Intrusion and security alarms.
  2. Emergency Plans: Develop and maintain emergency action plans to prepare for and respond to incidents including Active Shooter, civil unrest, terrorism and country evacuation.
  3. Regulatory compliance: Ensure that corporate operations meet and demonstrates compliance with all local security, safety and business continuity regulatory requirements.

Supply Partner Management:

  1. Lead the management of relationships with suppliers to help ensure the timely delivery of goods and services
  2. Lead the management of relationships with suppliers and the Bank’s procurement departments to ensure compliance with procurement practices and timely payment to suppliers.

Budgets and Project Management:

  1. Ensure the efficient use of budgets and ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget to agreed standards.
  2. Actively identify opportunities for cost savings through simplification or cross party collaboration

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  1. Holds at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Security Management or Business Administration, Political/Social Science or International Relations, with focus on Security Management
  2. A minimum of 7 (Seven) years of progressive experience in coordinating security operations or in security administration within a security organization
  3. Professional Security Certification by an internationally recognized security institution
  4. Certification or completed training in: Weapons Proficiency, Convoy Driving, Defense Driving and Close Protection.
  5. Experience in managing multiple and divers military, police or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment
  6. Good assessment, evaluation, analysis and strategic planning skills.
  7. Strong analytical and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple complex tasks independently
  8. High level of experience in developing security related technical tools guidelines and systems.
  9. Ability to teach basic personal safety and security landmine safety and awareness.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Straightforward. Not afraid to tell the truth especially up the chain of command or when it might make one unpopular. Honest in word and deed in order to build confidence and trust with subordinates.
  13. Courageous. Fair minded and resists the temptation to “manage upwards” in order to look out for the best interests of the working masses. Resists pressures and has the will power to stand up for subordinates when required.
  14. Loyal. Both to subordinates and superiors. Enjoys engaging with subordinates, then promotes growth and upward movement of team members. Takes responsibility when things go wrong and initiates corrective actions without blaming others for team failures. Empowers surbordinates and peers with loyalty and transparency.
  15. Calm. Even tempered under pressure. Does not panic or hide during a crisis but stands up and takes a leadership role by managing both people and processes no matter how difficult the situation.
  16. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  17. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications; knowledge of SAP is an added advantage.

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Short Term Staff – Administrative Assistant

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 17:40

THE BANK:

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa. The Bank is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.

THE COMPLEX:

The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management (ECVP) is the Bank’s spokesperson on economic matters and the VP for the ‘Economics Governance and Knowledge Management Complex’. The Complex is responsible for (i) providing leadership and visibility for the Bank on economic, finance, financial governance and socio economic development issues; and coordinate the generation of analytical works to inform operational policy; (ii) systematically emphasize the critical role of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and their tangible impact on sustainable, inclusive transformation of African economies.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT:

The African Development Institute (ECAD) coordinates and executes Capacity Development (CD) programs in the regional member countries (RMCs) by (i) providing advisory services on capacity building; (ii) identifying and designing tailored capacity development programmes and implementing the programmes; and (iii) leveraging partnerships and coordinating knowledge dissemination and outreach,  with a view to improving policy-making, economic governance and sustainable development in the Regional Member Countries.

THE POSITION:

Short-Term Staff (STS) - Administrative Assistant.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the Supervision of the Senior Director, the Administrative Assistant (STS) will perform the following:

  1. Support the convening of the global community of practice seminars
  2. Assist in the proof reading and editing of knowledge products
  3. Receive and register all incoming and outgoing documents of the Department/ Division;
  4. Ensure that documents presented for Director’s signature are complete, with necessary attachments and background documents;
  5. Provide background information to the Director / Manager for appointments with official visitors and/or staff members;
  6. Relay information between Director, Division Managers and other staff members of the department;
  7. Follow up on work deadlines with Division Managers;
  8. Schedule weekly team and ad hoc meetings for the Director, according to schedules and Director's Agenda for the week;
  9. Maintain a filing system in both hard and soft copies to meet the needs of the Department;
  10. Keep a weekly calendar of activities that shows all meetings to be attended by the Director as well as by other staff members. It also includes all external visits to the Department ;
  11. Make travel arrangements for the Director including tickets, hotel reservation, etc.;
  12. Assist in preparation of presentations using PowerPoint and other software packages on own initiative or on the basis of instructions;
  13. Perform other office administration tasks (photocopies, emails) when the need arises;
  14. Other duties that may be assigned by the Supervisor

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  1. Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Accounting, Law, Political Sciences, or a related field. 
  2. Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience at a similar position.
  3. Experience in professional editing, drafting legal or policy documents, etc.
  4. Good knowledge of administration and office support services, including systems and procedures;
  5. Good coordination skills - methodical and self-organized;
  6. Demonstrable commitment to delivering excellent customer service focused reception and administration service;
  7. Good interpersonal, planning and organizational skills;
  8. Ability to think quickly to respond to immediate requests;
  9. Flexibility to adapt, positive attitude towards change, and a constructive and creative approach to problem solving;
  10. Proficiency in the use of standard equipment (computer, fax, scanner, photocopies, etc.);
  11. Communication;
  12. Problem Solving;
  13. Client Orientation;
  14. Team working;
  15. Operational Effectiveness;
  16. Innovation and Creativity;
  17. Attention to detail;
  18. Good analytical skills.
  19. Proficiency /good written and oral skills in English and/or French languages.
  20. Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access). Knowledge of SAP is an added advantage.

 

THIS POSITION DOES NOT ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS. THE POST HOLDER WILL BE CONSIDERED A SHORT TERM STAFF (local staff).

Senior Rural Infrastructure Engineer

Wed, 08/09/2021 - 21:21

THE BANK:

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas, all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

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; (i) to develop, policy and strategy; (ii) provide deep sector expertise to the Regions by gathering pools of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions; (iii) develop new financing instruments; (iv) the Vice President will act as the spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on aspects of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT/DIVISION:

The Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department (AHHD), within the Agriculture, Human and Social Development Complex will spearhead the achievement of the High 5s on “Improving the Quality of Life of People in Africa” and contribute to the other High 5s. The Department has two divisions (i) Education and Skills Development Division, which focuses on scaling-up of Bank’s support to education and skills development, human capital and employment/livelihoods; and (ii) Public Health, Security and Nutrition Division focusing on strengthening health systems and nutrition for human wellbeing. It also hosts various pertinent initiatives and trust funds. Education and skills training for development and gender analysis are central to the Department’s approach to strengthen the Bank’s role in helping the RMCs build the human capital they need for economic transformation in the context of globalization and the Fourth industrial revolution.

The Education and Skills Development Division (AHHD1) focuses on human capital development, skills training, and empowerment, poverty reduction for improved and sustainable wellbeing and livelihoods. The Division:

  • Leads the development and promotion of Bank’s policy and strategy work so that operations which are identified, developed and executed by the regional hubs effectively implement the Bank’s relevant sector policies and strategies;
  • Provides technical guidance/advisory services and expertise to regional hubs by generating relevant knowledge and gathering a pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide technical advice on complex transactions (Communities of Practice);
  • Fosters strategic partnerships with regional and global partners to leverage resources into the human and social development sectors. It also directly contributes to the work of the various initiatives and trust funds hosted under the Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department; and provides expertise to support Vice President’s role as the Bank’s spokesperson to external audiences, and;
  • Ensures coherence of the Bank’s action in human and social development across regions.

THE POSITION:

The Senior Infrastructure Engineer will support the Bank’s agenda on education and skills development for employability and productivity in Africa. He/she will promote activities related to improving the demand responsiveness of the education & training system to the skills needs of the labour market and for job creation on the continent. Specifically, he/she will support activities focusing on improving infrastructure development in technical and vocational training, higher education, science and technology institutions as well as gender issues in education.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the supervision of the Division Manager Education and Skills Development  and working closely with internal and external stakeholders, the Senior Infrastructure Engineer will undertake the design and implementation of projects, polices and studies in the Education and Skills Development and Rural Development sectors.  

Supporting Bank Operations (Lending)

  • Support AHHD1 in all education and skills development infrastructure engineering and architecture related activities, including project development, implementation and supervision, and co-ordination with other stakeholders within the Bank as well as other donors and development partners.
  • Support RDGS and AHHD in analysing requests for financing from Regional Member Countries (RMCs) in light of the priorities identified by the Bank;
  • Prepare education and skills development project requests to be submitted for bilateral funds, and necessary management and follow up actions for the funds;
  • Identify opportunities for strategic collaboration with multilateral and bilateral donors in support of the education and skills development sector, to increase the advantage effects of AfDB’s loan and grant operations.
  • Support the development of public private partnerships in education and skills development infrastructure;
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to officials of executing agencies on sector issues and priorities, technical and operational aspects of projects, and Bank rules and procedures, including those for the procurement of works, goods and services, and disbursement activities.
  • Provide active support to Governments in facilitating loans/grants effectiveness.
  • Assist country officials and implementing agencies in carrying out procurement and disbursement activities in accordance with Bank Group rules and procedures.
  • Assist Governments and implementation agencies in the utilization of revolving funds and preparation of quarterly reports and annual audit reports.
  • Ascertain good performance of operations through regular supervision of portfolio operations, technical guidance and training of borrowers on compliance with the Bank’s rules and procedures.

Non-lending support/Knowledge work

  • Collaborate with other Bank Units in reviewing the operations performance, preparing completion reports, etc, to ensure that the lessons drawn from the implementation of past social sector infrastructure operations are considered in new projects.
  • Undertake analytical work and provide technical guidance in the area of education and skills development and other social sector infrastructure development and advice on how to ensure sustainability of benefits of Bank-financed social development projects and programs in the Bank’s Southern Africa Development Business and Delivery Unit (RDGS) and AHHD;
  • Support the preparation, updating and the implementation of economic and sector work in the development of projects and programs;
  • Review and give opinions on documents, studies and other reports by the Bank;
  • Represent the Bank at technical meetings on education and skills development infrastructure
  • Supporting the preparation of briefs, talking points and status reports for management
  • Contribute to the preparation of Country Strategy Papers, with reference to education and skills development infrastructure development;
  • Participate in the relevant sector donor-coordination meetings, sector wide approaches, and advise on sector policy issues;
  • Assist where required in the development of the Bank’s infrastructure development policies, procedures and guidelines in the social sector, and ensure their application;
  • Provide inputs in the review of tender evaluation reports and undertake the evaluation of technical and financial proposals for contracts relating to project implementation;
  • Collaborate with other Bank Units in reviewing the operations performance, preparing completion reports, etc., to ensure that the lessons drawn from the implementation of past social sector infrastructure operations are considered; and
  • Undertake any other duties as may be assigned by the Manager AHHD1/Director General RDGS

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  • Hold at least a master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Rural Infrastructure Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, or related field;
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years relevant professional experience in program/project design and management, broad knowledge of all social infrastructure, with specific experience in implementation and management of donor-funded projects in the education and skills development infrastructure sub-sector;
  • Previous experience working in multilateral financial institutions or similar large organizations, and performing such roles as project preparing, appraising, supervising or implementing donor funded projects;
  • Proven planning and organizational skills, with ability to think strategically and rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources into conclusions and recommendations;
  • In-depth knowledge of job-related social, economic and environmental development issues in the Africa region;
  • Proven ability to interact competently with Government and donor agencies on issues relating to aid coordination;
  • Proven experience in project management;
  • Having private sector experience will be an added advantage;
  • Ability to work in a team and work in a multicultural environment;
  • Ability to work effectively in partnership with clients and seek feedback to improve work processes;
  • Communicate verbally and write effectively in English or French, with a good working knowledge of the other language; and
  • Competences in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is desirable.

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Lead Coordinator

Tue, 07/09/2021 - 21:28

THE BANK:

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified, namely: energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

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 agenda: ‘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) oversees the implementation of the Bank Group’s Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in its Regional Member Countries (RMCs). It also coordinates the lending and non-lending activities of all fragility and resilience experts stationed in the various Regional Directorates or Country Offices. Apart from RMCs, the Bank also works with several international partners including the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) system, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other sub-regional organizations such as the G5 Sahel Permanent Secretariat, Lake Chad Basin Commission, IGAD, and the Mano River Union(MRU) Secretariat. The Bank also works with several humanitarian, peace and development actors working in fragile situations.

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 emerging pressures which include conflict and instability, population displacement and migration, continuing patterns of exclusion and poverty, unemployment, rapid urbanization, climate change and poor management of natural resources. More recently, the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, is expected to significant adverse effects and far-reaching consequences for countries in fragile situations.

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, through the application of the Country Resilience and Fragility Assessment (CRFA) tool and corresponding fragility assessments.  RDTS also plays a crucial role in mainstreaming fragility considerations in the Bank’s regional and country strategies as well as in the design and implementation of projects and programs. In this regard, 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. To this end, the Bank is also active in carrying out thematic analytics to enhance policy dialogue on fragility related issues to steer reforms and policy changes aimed at creating enabling environments for accelerated development in countries in fragile situation. This includes creating a business enabling environment to attract private sector investments in these countries, as a way of expanding opportunities for decent work.

THE POSITION:

Under the general supervision of the Director, RDTS, the Lead Coordinator will principally be responsible for the implementation and execution of the African Development Bank’s agenda for addressing fragility and building resilience in Africa. The Lead Coordinator will also be responsible for providing leadership, managing and supervising the delivery of corporate products and activities of RDTS, including resources mobilization and the fiduciary management of the TSF and supervising the implementation of the Bank’s fragility and resilience programs and frameworks.

The Lead Coordinator will oversee the planning and the execution of the work program and ensure an effective use of human and budgetary resources for the promotion of the Fragility Lens application in the Bank’s analytics, strategies, and operations. She/he will oversee the work planning and resource management towards the development of corporate strategic and policy frameworks that empower the effective implementation of the Bank’s fragility agenda. This will entail advising senior management on the actions needed to meet the Bank’s commitments under each cycle of the African Development Fund.

In coordination with the Management of appropriate Bank’s units, the Lead Coordinator will ascertain a structured and timely delivery of high-quality fragility-related inputs in the Bank’s lending and non-lending activities. She/he will further ascertain a structured and timely delivery of high-quality resilience-based advocacy materials, partnership initiatives, knowledge products, guidance notes, and policy frameworks supporting the effective implementation of the Bank’s strategic and operational engagement in fragile situations in Africa.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the supervision of the Director RDTS, the Lead Coordinator will provide technical leadership, manage and supervise staff and activities of RDTS, determine the overall objectives, oversee the execution of the work program and the performance of the TSF, and ensure effective use of the RDTS budget. Her/his duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  1. Lead and coordinate the formulation of the Bank’s strategies, guidelines on fragility and the preparation of the Bank’s work program; oversee and ensure regular review and update of the Bank’s strategies and guidelines on fragility and resilience;
  2. Coordinate with the front office of the RDVP Complex to set, monitor, and keep rolling the RDTS workplan for the preparation of full-fledged and/or targeted fragility assessments in synchronization with the preparation schedule of country and regional integration strategy papers;
  3. Lead the fiduciary and administrative management of the TSF, including the monitoring of financial flows, country eligibility, country allocations, program-based approvals and disbursements. Set a structured approach for an effective monitoring and reporting on the performance of the TSF portfolio;
  4. Work with the appropriate resource units of the Bank and co-lead the effective implementation of the Enhanced Readiness Reviews framework to ensure the compliance of projects with high quality standards and promote the operational mainstreaming of resilience-based considerations;
  5. Lead work on the development of new fragility and resilience tools, knowledge generation and participate in policy dialogue with Regional Member Countries;
  6. Lead, plan, and supervise the annual rollout of the Country Resilience and Fragility Assessment (CRFA) framework.  Ensure a timely data collection, compilation, and validation of the CRFA scores for all RMCs and regions. Lead the release and the dissemination of the annual CRFA scores and profiles;
  7. Provide intellectual and technical leadership to effectively support the design and implementation of operations in fragile situations, in collaboration with operational and sectorial units, including private sector investment teams, Country Offices, and Regional Directorates;
  8. Coordinate with the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Department (FIRM) and contribute in the Bank’s efforts for mobilizing resources by leading the preparation of appropriate fragility-related materials in support of the advocacy for the African Development Fund, as well as other Trust Funds and financial instruments;
  9. Coordinate with the Regional Integration Coordination Office (RDRI), and appropriate task teams, the annual implementation of the Regional Operations Prioritization exercise and contribute in mainstreaming fragility and resilience-based considerations in submitted regional programs and regional public goods;
  10. Work with the relevant Finance Departments and Units, and provide strategic and technical advice on innovative mechanisms to help mobilize larger volumes of resources to meet the increasing financing needs in fragile situations;
  11. Maintain relationships with the Bank’s shareholders and set a structured approach for mobilizing additional financing—targeting specific fragility issues—through the TSF from non-traditional donors, philanthropies, charitable institutions, non-governmental organizations, and private foundations
  12. Coordinate with the appropriate task teams and ensure that RDTS is properly involved in the preparation of fragility-sensitive diagnostic notes, strategy papers, and project documents, especially in those reflecting on the Bank’s operational engagement in vulnerable and/or conflict-affected settings;
  13. When required, lead the preparation of information notes, briefs, presentations, talking points, and/or speeches in support of the participation of Senior Management in high-level, technical, international, regional, and/or national events on topics relating to addressing fragility and building resilience in Africa;
  14. Facilitate and supervise the delivery of capacity building, communication, dissemination, and/or knowledge events (including the Africa Resilience Forum) on the Bank’s strategic approach to building resilience and its operational application of the fragility lens for the benefit of internal and/or external stakeholders;
  15. Provide regular, timely, and consolidated—quantitative and qualitative—updates on RDTS activities under operations, analytics, policies, partnerships, capacity building, resources mobilization, and the TSF management. Monitor and assess progress made towards the attainment of relevant key performance indicators assigned to these workstreams and provide regular reports to the Bank’s Senior Management and the Board of Directors;
  16. In coordination with appropriate Bank’s authorities, develop a clear and practical roadmap to foster dialogue with RMCs and RECs, assess their capacity building needs, and identify targeted entry-points for building institutional resilience through capacity development programs;
  17. Represent the Director, as needed, in Bank-wide working groups as well as preparatory meetings for High Level events.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  1. Hold at least a Master's degree in Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, or related discipline;
  2. Have a minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience in a multilateral development institution at a similar operating level;
  3. Solid understanding of fragility and resilience concepts and demonstrated capacity to understand the political economy and local context of fragility, particularly in Africa. Familiarity with fragility policies, tools, and instruments;
  4. Ability to deliver in a dynamic environment with multiple demands and quick turnaround of outputs, as well as ability to lead cross-complex and Corporate assignments, work under pressure while retaining perspective and professionalism, and making effective and timely decisions. Strong operational experience in fragile settings is essential;
  5. Excellent strategic thinking skills with the ability to translate strategic concepts and direction into the results-driven implementable operational programs and activities;
  6. Excellent knowledge of development institutions’ policies, guidelines and procedures relevant to fragile contexts, and strong analytical and strategic capabilities, program management in policy-oriented institutions, academia or within multilateral development institutions
  7. Strong leadership qualities, interpersonal, organizational and team management skills, with demonstrated ability to build strong networks and teams to achieve results;
  8. Excellent client orientation; pragmatism and effectiveness; integrity, tact and discretion;
  9. Demonstrated ability to lead or contribute to high-level analytical work and investment operations;
  10. Results oriented, with an ability to work independently as well as motto and produce results in collaboration with departments across the African Development Bank;
  11. Excellent communication and presentation skills, able to write effectively in English and/or French with a good working knowledge of the other language;
  12. Competence in the use of Bank standard software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Knowledge of SAP is highly desirable.

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED AS INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Senior Agriculture and Rural Development Officer

Thu, 02/09/2021 - 22:26

THE BANK:

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution. Its mission is to promote economic growth and social progress across the continent. The Bank has 81 member countries, including 54 African countries (regional member countries - RMC). 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.  In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten-Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.  The Bank is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.

THE COMPLEX:

The Agriculture, Human and Social Development (AHVP) Complex supports in implementing two of the five goals, namely “Feed Africa” and “Improve the Quality of Life for Africans”. The complex comprises four departments: (i) Agriculture and Agro-Industry Development (AHAI); (ii) Agriculture Finance and Rural Development (AHFR); (iii) Gender, Women and Civil Society; and (iv) Water, Human and Social Development.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT/DIVISION:

The Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department provides support for the delivery of Feed Africa: Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa, 2016-2025. The strategy aims to end hunger and rural poverty in the next decade through self-sufficiency in 18 priority commodity value chains specific to the continent’s agro-ecological zones. Realizing the objectives set forth in the strategy requires increased productivity; value addition/processing; investment in infrastructure; an enabling agribusiness environment; capital flows; and inclusivity, sustainability and effective nutrition. The Department Supports the effort to transform African agricultural systems for greater competitiveness, inclusivity and sustainability, and for enhanced job creation and poverty reduction.

THE POSITION:

The Senior Agriculture and Rural Development Officer, who will be based in the Bank's Country Office in Chad, will contribute to the agenda for transforming agriculture in Africa. He/she will provide specific support to the Bank Group's operational activities in Chad, in the areas of agriculture, rural development and the environment. As a member of AHAI- RDGC2, he/she will also be responsible for initiating dialogue with the public authorities of the regional member countries, specifically with those of Chad, particularly with regard to the policies and activities of the African Development Bank to support national and sector policies and reforms in the field of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the supervision and direction of the  Division Manager in Charge of Agriculture for the Central Africa Region, and liaising with the Country Manager for Chad, the Senior Agriculture and Rural Development Officer will perform the following functions:

A) Project Cycle Activities

  • Conduct operational activities for the preparation of agricultural and rural infrastructure development projects to support the agricultural policy in Chad and in other countries the Central Africa region if needed including reviewing notes, preparing of projects for Bank financing and defending projects/programmes before the Bank Board.
  • Recruit consultants and/or organise and undertake field missions for the preparation, appraisal, supervision and control of Bank-financed projects and sector studies.
  • Provide on a continuous basis, technical assistance and strategic advice to project management staff and professionals in Bank member countries for the proper implementation of the Bank's operational procedures for project administration.
  • Organise regular meetings with project teams to ensure close monitoring of activities and resolve any operational difficulties.
  • Monitor the effective completion of all project phases, including procurement management, monitoring disbursements, conducting regular audits, monitoring progress reports, etc., while ensuring compliance with the Bank’s rules and procedures.
  • Coordinate with the Bank's financial department and national partners, the processing of disbursement requests, management of audit missions and monitoring of project financial implementation.
  • Provide technical opinions to the Disbursement Division of the Bank on the eligibility of project expenditures.
  • Review procurement files from regional member countries to ensure that they comply with the Bank Group’s procurement procedures and make proposals for actions to be taken by the Bank and the executing agencies.
  • Review feasibility studies and progress reports on projects and make proposals for action by the Bank and executing agencies.
  • Organise regular dialogue meetings with members of project implementation units and other development partners especially in the areas of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
  • Monitor the timely preparation and implementation of financing agreements related to Bank operations.
  • Facilitate, lead, as needed, agricultural sector reviews, the preparation of agriculture and rural development projects, mid-term reviews and various missions (identification, preparation, evaluation, completion, etc.).
  • Participate in Bank portfolio reviews in the country, and provide all relevant information for assigned projects.
  • Prepare Project Completion Reports (PCRs) in accordance with the Bank's Operations Manual.

B) Knowledge Management

  • Identify and call upon, at strategic moments, key experts (individuals and institutions) in Africa to support beneficiaries in the design and implementation of projects, particularly in the field of Rural Development, the Agro-industry and the Environment.
  • Contribute to the search for funding and partnerships, in order to ensure the development of knowledge and the initiation of thematic studies in the position’s sector areas.
  • Contribute to fostering the creation of an environment conducive to knowledge management, including (i) providing practical assistance to implement projects to achieve the overall objectives, (ii) involving experts and resources in Africa, (iii) identifying innovative approaches, results and lessons learned from past experiences, (iv) ensuring rapid information sharing with national partners, (v) encouraging and supporting dissemination of results at level required for possible reproduction, (vi) ensuring the recruitment of consultants to undertake various knowledge management activities, etc.
  • Provide technical expertise during Country Strategy Paper (CSP) preparation and review missions in the agriculture, agribusiness and environmental sectors.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of information and ensure that lessons and recommendations are documented and quickly shared.

C) Partnerships and dialogue

  • Represent the Bank at various meetings organised in Chad, related to the fields of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
  • Coordinate with national, regional and international partners.
  • Represent the Bank in donor meetings, regional and international meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops on issues of agricultural development and natural resource management.
  • Establish good communication between the different stakeholders.
  • Within the Country and according to the needs, complete various dialogue and representation tasks assigned by the Country Manager.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in Agronomy, Rural Engineering, Natural Resource Management, or related fields.
  • Have at least five (5) years of experience in the field of Rural Infrastructure and Development of Agricultural Value Chains, Formulation and Monitoring-Evaluation of Agricultural policies, or in related fields.
  • Possess solid experience and proven track record in the design and execution of operations (including investment projects and operations focusing on agriculture and rural development) as well as in project management.
  • Possess knowledge of the operational policies and programming practices of a multilateral organisation.
  • Have a sound understanding of rural development, agribusiness, climate change and natural resource management issues in developing countries and a proven track record of the policies, procedures and operational practices of major bilateral or multilateral aid agencies in Africa, especially in Central Africa and the DRC, and be able to work effectively in all sectors.
  • Exercise a true spirit of initiative, be results-oriented, and demonstrate leadership qualities.
  • Possess the ability to implement innovative approaches, work autonomously and apply new methods to solving problems, while remaining effective in a dynamic, evolving and demanding institutional environment.
  • Demonstrate sound critical thinking
  • Possess the ability to anticipate needs and requests, and to conduct political discussions with government officials, and support strategic thinking on agricultural and rural development, agribusiness, natural resource management, the environment and climate change.
  • Possess the ability to work harmoniously in a multicultural environment and to collaborate within teams and with other services.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills in French, with a good working knowledge of English.
  • Possess sound knowledge of standard applications of the Microsoft Office Suite.

 

THIS POSITION DOES NOT ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS  (THE POSITION HOLDER WILL BE CONSIDERED AS LOCAL STAFF AND WILL NOT HAVE INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT).

Senior Business Analyst

Thu, 02/09/2021 - 19:28

THE BANK

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX

The Vice-Presidency for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery is responsible for operational relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programs, and activities. The Vice Presidency for Regional Development will ensure that the Bank operates successfully across its Regional Member Countries and oversee the full implementation of all aspects of the Bank’s Regional Directorates. Within regional development, integration and business delivery complex the Bank has five (5) regional hubs one in each region: South Africa, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa and Central Africa. Each of the regions is headed by a Director General.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT

The RDVP Front Office in charge of Portfolio Delivery and Impact (RDSA) focuses on coordinating the delivery of the Bank’s sovereign lending portfolio, strengthening its quality and impact, and reducing the share of cancellable operations, while accelerating disbursements. The RDSA supports and advises the VP on matters to strengthen the quality of the Bank’s portfolio in close coordination with the regional hubs to implement the Ten-Year Strategy (TYS), the High5s Agenda, and the work program of regional hubs. 

RDSA provides strategic and operational support to the Directors General, with a view to ensuring the effective delivery of the lending program, strengthening the quality of the portfolio and maximizing the utilization of trust funds and co-financing arrangements. In performing this role, RDSA is expected to ensure the maintenance of a robust monitoring system, with a strategic focus on achieving the lending targets, while addressing start-up delays, slow procurement, slow disbursement, project supervision, project closure, and problematic projects.

THE POSITION

Under the supervision of the Director, Portfolio Delivery and Impact, the Senior Business Analyst will be an essential part of the RDVP Front Office and will work closely with the Lead Country Program Coordinators (CPCs); Lead Specialist, Budget and Results; and the Chief Program Officer and MIC TAF Coordinator. She/He will support the RDVP Front Office’s work program by managing all the data requirements and reporting relating to the Bank’s operations (pipeline, lending program, portfolio, etc.) across regions. The purpose is to ensure quality, accuracy and completeness of data, as well as to generate analytical reports that will support informed decision-making by all concerned internal stakeholders. 

KEY FUNCTIONS

  1. Collect, collate, process, provide, and maintain accurate data on the Bank’s operations across the regions (new, ongoing, and completed)
  2. Prepare spreadsheets for collection of data sources from regional hubs, analytical reports using Pivot tables and other data formats, and complex PowerPoint presentations using the data and graphics to be used by Senior Management. Specific attention will be put on the following data aspects related to the RDVP Complex’ Key Performance Indicators:
  • Maintenance of RDVP operational performance dashboard which will include analysis of following indicators:
    • Status of Indicative Operational Pipeline (IOP)
    • Lending program processing schedules and status
    • Status of on-going projects in terms of cancellations, disbursements, unjustified special accounts, counterpart funding, project savings; and
    • Status of Project Completion Reports (PCRs) and Implementation Progress Reports (IPRs)
  • Resource utilization analysis including Work Program Agreement (WPA) execution status reports, Staff analysis in relation to work program needs.
  • Overall implementation status of RDVP KPIs
  1. Prepare regular and ad hoc reports using data sources from SAP and other dashboards on the management and performance of the portfolio, inclusive but not limited to project aging analysis, disbursement trends, loans and grants qualifying for cancellation, project completion reports and non-lending deliverables.
  2. Report on the accuracy and completeness of lending program and portfolio data in various corporate systems (e.g. SAP, BPPS, SRAS, etc.).
  3. Contribute to the preparation and monitoring of the Complex’s Annual Work Program and its regular updates using established schedules or as may be directed.
  4. Develop, maintain, and update data and report platforms that interface with existing corporate systems e.g. SAP, BPPS, BRAG, SRAS, etc. to seamless update data on pipeline, lending program processing, cancellable loans and grants, project completion reports due, WPA execution, etc.
  5. Represent RDVP front office as the key user on IT related corporate initiatives, such as Wakanda to ensure enhancing of IT systems in response to evolving operations requirements.
  6. Assist in the preparation of multimedia presentation of documents for Board presentation (including the preparation of charts, graphs, etc.) or any other documents as may be deemed necessary.
  7. Support other corporate exercises, including reporting on implementation of BDEV and audit recommendations, ADF policy commitments and GCI commitments.
  8. Assist with compilation and prioritization of information required to facilitate substantiated decisions or to serve as input to various documents.
  9. Build effective working relationships with, provide guidance to, and help strengthen capacities of Operations Assistants and Operations Data Analysts to ensure good data practices across regions and to ensure transfer of best practices across the delivery units at regional hubs.

SELECTION CRITERIA (including desirable skills, knowledge, and experience)

  1. At least a master’s degree in Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Management, or related discipline.
  2. Structured Query Language (SQL) Certification;
  3. A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in compiling management information, data analysis and formulation of data models
  4. Demonstrated experience in Data Management especially SAP in development or similar organizations
  5. Relevant experience with African Development Bank operations or sister multilateral development finance institutions
  6. Solid experience in creativity data visualization
  7. Experience working in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and professional environment.
  8. Comprehensive understanding of project structures, including project planning, communication management, procedures and critical success factors
  9. Acute knowledge and understanding of the elements essential for the effective delivery and measurement of development impacts, using data management and processing skills
  10. Ability to identify and create meaningful linkages across sectors to drive data management at country and regional levels
  11. Knowledge of the Bank’s (or other similar organization’s) systems and capabilities and ability to analyze business operations for further understanding of possible strengths and weaknesses which help to facilitate informed decision-making
  12. High level of expertise in data management, analysis, and visualization
  13. Deep knowledge of project cycle management
  14. Ability to make effective, timely and well-determined interventions for results delivery
  15. Ability to work under pressure in a multicultural and distributed organization
  16. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other language
  17. Proficiency in MS Office platforms, especially pivot tables and other features of Excel and PowerPoint (up to mastery level) and expert knowledge of SAP.

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Research Economist, ECMR2

Fri, 27/08/2021 - 13:26

THE BANK

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas, all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX

The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management is the Bank’s spokesperson on economic matters and the Vice President for the ‘Economics Governance and Knowledge Management Complex’. The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management is responsible for (i) providing leadership and visibility for the Bank on economic, finance, financial governance and socio economic development issues; and coordinate the generation of analytical works to inform operational policy; (ii) systematically emphasize the critical role of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and their tangible impact on sustainable, inclusive transformation of African economies. The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management will inspire, generate, and provide direct support to the President and Senior Management of the Bank on a broad range of technical and management issues within the broad remit of economic, finance, public financial governance, management and social economics.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT/DIVISION

The Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting and Research Department is dedicated to the generation of high quality knowledge in the area of development in Africa. It provides technical support to operations and regional member countries through rigorous analytical work; engages in impactful policy dialogue with decision-making bodies within and outside of the Bank; and most importantly enhance the operational effectiveness of the Bank in achieving the High 5s. The activities of the department are structured around the Macroeconomic Policy, Debt Sustainability and Forecasting on one side, and the Microeconomics, Institutional and Development Impact on the other.

The Microeconomic, Institutional and Development Impact Division focuses on microeconomic issues related to development finance, infrastructure development, private sector development, industrial organizations, governance, competitiveness & investment climate, agriculture, institutions, and regional integration to support the High 5s. In addition, the Microeconomic, Institutional and Development Impact Division is the institutional anchor of the ex-ante Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment (ADOA) of the Bank’s operations, as such it is a key element of the Bank Results Framework and the primary tool for mainstreaming Development Outcomes.

THE POSITION:

The Research Economist will be part of the ECMR.2 team and expected to perform both ADOA assessments of the Bank’s lending operations as well as research activities related to the Bank’s High5 agenda.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the supervision of the Microeconomic, Institutional and Development Impact Division Manager, the Research Economist will:

  • Participate in Ex-ante Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment of Bank’s lending operations

1.1 Provide inputs and assist the team in the delivery of ex-ante Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment of the African Development Bank lending to Non-sovereign and Regional Operations and any other type of operation as required by the management.

1.2 Contribute to any revisions to the Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment framework on the basis of implementation experience and lessons from other Development Finance institutions.

  • Participate in research activities in the areas supporting the Bank’s High 5s (High   priority areas: Light Up and Power Africa (Energy), Feed Africa (Agriculture and Nutrition), Industrialize Africa (Industrialization), Integrate Africa (Regional Integration) and Improve quality of live for Africans (Sustainable socio-economic development)). This includes also strengthening knowledge generation in the area of inclusive and green growth.
  • Provide inputs into the production of the Bank’s flagship publications

3.1 Contribute to the preparation of flagship reports or assigned chapters, write assigned sections and follow it (peer reviews) until publication

3.2 Assist and lead on the dissemination of the findings of reports

  • Provide technical and analytical inputs into the work of Operations Complexes:

4.1 Provide input into Country Strategy Papers;

4.2 Lead or participate in Economic Sector Work;

4.3 Participate in the peer review process of projects, programs, policy documents, including documents submitted to the Operations Committee.

  • Contribute knowledge in the Bank’s “Working Papers Series " and the Bank’s "African Development Review":
    • Publish research papers and review submitted articles to the African Development Review and Working Paper Series.
  • Provide inputs in collaborative research and knowledge management activities carried out jointly with regional and international organizations, research and capacity building institutions in Africa, development research centers and universities.
  • Review operation documents and participate in review meetings.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor or Management.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  1. Have at least a master’s degree in Economics, Finance, or relevant field.
  2. A PhD would be an added advantage
  3. Have a minimum of four (4) years of professional experience combining research and operational involvement in the design and evaluation of operations relevant to the High 5s areas including the following: infrastructure including energy, agriculture, private sector development, industrial organizations and social sectors, project analysis and/or monitoring and evaluation
  4. Publication record in international peer reviewed journals, working papers, book chapters, reports, etc
  5. Good knowledge and background in the use of statistical and econometric methods and packages in project evaluation, finance and development economics research
  6. Proven ability in development policy research and analysis of economic conditions that are of relevance for the High 5s (Bank priority areas)
  7. Ability to design and conduct research projects/programs
  8. Ability to understand and identify development outcomes expected from real sector projects
  9. Proven skills in drafting and preparation of policy memoranda, speeches and notes for use in decision making processes
  10. Communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language
  11. Competence in the use of leading econometrics software packages and in Microsoft Suites (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access)
  12. Have good communication skills and a proven ability to work in teams and on multiple projects in parallel.

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Chief Investment Officer (Origination), PESR2

Fri, 27/08/2021 - 10:59

THE BANK:

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified, namely: energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The Vice Presidency for ‘Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth’ is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy and first High 5s priority of “Light up and Power Africa”. The complex’s objectives are to develop policy and strategy; to provide deep sector technical expertise to the Regions by gathering pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted for their expertise on complicated transactions; to develop new financing instruments; to act as spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on all aspects of “Light Up and Power Africa”. The Complex will focus on areas of Power systems, policy and regulation, renewable energy; and, Climate and Green Growth.

THE DEPARTMENT

The Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulations department is responsible for advising Regional Member Countries in the establishment of relevant policies and regulations as well as to structure energy investments, provide financing and mobilize resources including through blended finance instruments. The department is also responsible for coordinating relevant flagship programs, including through Technical Assistance support to relevant stakeholders in the Bank’s member countries. Under the department there are two divisions, namely: (1) Energy Policy Regulations and Statistics Division and (2) Financial Solutions Division.

THE HIRING DIVISION

The Energy Financial Solutions Division provides leadership in the structuring of financing instruments to attract both public and private sector investments into the power sector. These instruments include debt, equity, blended finance, leasing and innovative capital markets solutions.

The Financial Solutions Division leads on non-sovereign energy sector operations and provides financial expertise, including structuring investments across the full spectrum of the energy sector. In pursuing its resource mobilization efforts and co-financing, the Division is increasingly mandated to take lead arranger roles.

THE POSITION:

The responsibility of the Chief Investment Officer is to ensure the technical strength of the Bank’s activities in support of transactions linked to private sector investments in the energy sector. The main task of the job holder will be to identify business opportunities and execute transactions related to private investments in the energy value chain, as well as process financing instruments through to board approval and financial close of IPP projects and corporate loans mainly.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the overall supervision and general guidance of the Division Manager, Financial Solutions, the Investment Officer (Origination) will perform the following:

  1. Coordinate the delivery of flagships as relevant to ensure delivery of the New Deal on Energy objectives;
  2. Lead the structuring of projects involving public and private sector participation (e.g. in the form of IPP, project finance operations and corporate loans) in close coordination with Hub teams, Power Systems, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Teams;
  3. Work across the energy value chain and be involved in new business processing until funding is secured;
  4. Contribute towards developing a strong pipeline of good quality investment opportunities through anticipating market trends and employing sector/country knowledge;
  5. Evaluate, structure, negotiate, and close new transactions, portfolio restructurings, leasing, capital markets solutions etc.;
  6. Develop innovative and appropriate financial structures for complex transactions;
  7. Lead/participate in negotiation of finance documentation, develop financial solutions and overcome bottlenecks in the transaction life-cycle;
  8. Provide feedback on energy project documents, including Investment Agreement, shareholders’ Agreement, Concession Agreements, Power Purchase Agreements, Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contracts, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Agreements, Fuel Supply Agreements, etc.;
  9. Have a thorough understanding of the energy value chain including utilities, energy markets, major operators and technologies;
  10. Develop a good understanding of project and concession financing, tendering of IPP projects, policy issues, license conditions, tariff regimes, and collaborate on these matters as appropriate with sector policy specialists and government regulators and officials;
  11. Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, especially regional IPP developers and sponsors, utilities, corporates, banking and multilateral partners and government officials to develop specific investment opportunities;
  12. Support/advise and when necessary lead the evaluation, structuring, negotiation of new transactions;
  13. Proven experience in coordinating lenders under a lead arranger mandate;
  14. Have an appreciation of applicable capital markets and leasing solutions that may be employed in financing the energy sector;
  15. Lead/Participate and manage project teams, mentor and develop junior staff;
  16. Perform any other duty assigned by the Division manager or Director.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge)

  1. Hold at least a Master’s degree in Economics, Finance, Business and/or a professional qualification such as: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Accountant (ACCA) or related subjects.
  2. Have a minimum of seven (7) years relevant working experience in financial structuring in the energy value chain gained from within a Commercial/Investment Bank, Development Finance Institution, Energy Utility, Infrastructure/Private Equity Fund, Sovereign Wealth Fund, Energy Project Developer, established Accounting/Consulting Firm etc.;
  3. Proven ability to identify, process and negotiate complex transactions in the energy sector from a private sector standpoint and in particular related to Independent Power Projects (IPP) investments and corporate financing;
  4. Ability to review and understand complex financial models; proven ability to construct financial models from scratch would be a bonus
  5. Appreciation of company valuation techniques, corporate and project finance concepts as well as capital markets solutions.
  6. Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
  7. Communication: Good listener with demonstrated ability to present and win support for ideas
  8. Client orientation and team working skills
  9. Ability to communicate orally and in writing effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  10. Competent in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Principal/Senior Climate Finance Specialists (ADRiFi), AHFR

Thu, 26/08/2021 - 10:46

THE BANK:

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The Vice Presidency for ‘Agriculture, Human, and Social Development’ is a Sector Complex focusing on two of the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy High 5s priorities of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”. The complex objectives are (i) to develop, policy and strategy; (ii) provide deep sector expertise to the Regional Directorates by gathering pools of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions; and (iii) develop new financing instruments. The Vice President acts as the spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on aspects of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT / DIVISION:

The core mandate of Agriculture Finance and Rural Development (AHFR) Department is to develop the strategy of the Bank related to agricultural and rural finance, and rural development, represent the Bank with external stakeholders, provide sector expertise to the regions by gathering experts who can be consulted by operations and closing the financing gap for private sector-led development of agricultural value chains. AHFR is to mobilize and deploy the required expertise and, provide support to the design and implementation of agricultural finance and rural development operations for key commodity value chains. AHFR is structured into two Divisions: (i) Agriculture and Rural Finance Division; and (ii) Rural Infrastructure Development Division. The Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRiFi) programme is coordinated from the Front Office of AHFR by a Coordinating Unit (CU) as a Special Initiative, to support Regional Member Countries (RMCs) to enhance their resilience and response to climate shocks by improving the management of climate disaster risks.

ADRiFi COORDINATING UNIT

The Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRiFi) programme was established by the African Development Bank (the Bank) in response to requests from RMCs for support in managing disaster risks, including paying insurance premiums for various disaster risks including drought, floods and tropical cyclone. The overall goal of ADRiFi is to enhance the resilience and response to climate shocks in RMCs by improving the management of climate disaster risks. The ADRiFi Coordinating Unit (CU) was proposed and approved by the Bank’s Board as part of the agreement with donors to establish a Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) to support programme implementation.  

THE POSITION:

The purpose of Climate Finance Specialist job is to facilitate discussions with the Regional Member Countries (RMCs) to initiate the design, development, implementation and management of climate disaster risks through the implementation of the ADRIFI Programme. It will also support project portfolio management including facilitating disbursements and procurement for the respective ADRiFi country projects.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRiFi) programme, the Climate Finance Specialist assignment will include, but not limited, to the following:

  1. Lead appraisal missions / teams to design complex disaster risk management country projects for Board approval.
  2. Facilitate the elaboration of Disaster Risk Financing (DRF) strategies in countries participating in ADRiFi implementation to galvanize funds from various sources including national budgets to address respective layers of climate-related risks.
  3. Train and sensitize policy makers and decision makers for the implementation of DRF strategies in respective countries.
  4. Contribute to the design of new DRF instruments, such as Catastrophic Bonds that can be used by participating countries in financing disaster risks.
  5. Facilitate development of risk profiles, designing early warning systems and elaboration of contingency plans in the countries, and support the preparation of Final Implementation Plans (FIPs) for operationalizing activities following disaster, insurance payout and supporting victims of disasters, such as smallholder farmers, rural women and children.
  6. Liaise with implementing partners for all technical matters related to risk assessment, product design, insurance premium calculation.
  7. Asses the overall climate finance architecture in respective countries, including government budgets, international donors, lending agencies, and for the management of disaster risks.
  8. Review and analyse the various national provisions that govern the funding and management of climate change related activities in respective countries.
  9. Propose plans for mobilization of new and additional resources for climate investment in respective countries.
  10. Perform other duties assigned by the Director, Agricultural Finance and Rural Development and/or the Programme Coordinator, Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRiFi) programme.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  1. Hold at least a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Climate Change Management, Agriculture, Economics, Finance or any discipline that is relevant to the assignment;
  2. Have a minimum of six (6) years (for the PL4 role) or five (5) years (for the PL5 role), of relevant professional experience in Environmental Science, Climate Change Management, Agriculture Finance or any discipline that is relevant to the assignment;
  3. Demonstrated depth of understanding of climate change financing as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation measures;
  4. Proven ability to manage and deliver products in a timely manner and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  5. Expertise and substantial experience in one or more key areas of public financial management, in particular budget management;
  6. Strong expertise and knowledge of institutional change, the challenges of policy reform and capacity development, particularly in Africa, and demonstrated leadership, project management and team working skills;
  7. Experience in fragile states and knowledge of international development agency practices would be desirable;
  8. Experience of sovereign disaster risk financing in either a developed or developing country context desire;
  9. Excellent working knowledge of insurance products and institutional structures for large insurance / cat risk insurance programs;
  10. Ability to fit in an international and multi-cultural environment;
  1. Excellent presentation skills;
  2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language; and
  3. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

 

THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AFDB) ON BEHALF OF THE AFRICA DISASTER RISK FINANCING MULTI-DONOR TRUST FUND (ADRiFi MDTF) WHICH IS THE EMPLOYER FOR THESE POSITIONS POSTS THIS ADVERTISEMENT. ENGAGEMENT AS STAFF OF ADRiFi MDTF DOES NOT OFFER ANY EXPECTATION FOR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT AS STAFF IN THE AfDB.

Principal Climate Change and Green Growth Officer, PECG2

Tue, 24/08/2021 - 10:24

THE BANK:

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified, namely: energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The Vice Presidency for ‘Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth’ is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten Years Strategy, High 5s priority of “Light up and Power Africa”. The complex’s objectives are (i) to develop policy and strategy; (ii) to provide deep sector technical expertise to the Regions by gathering a pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted for their expertise on complicated transactions; (iii) to develop new financing instruments; (iv) to act as spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on all aspects of “Light Up and Power Africa”. The Complex will focus on areas of Power systems, policy and regulation, renewable energy; and, Climate and Green Growth.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT

The Climate Change and Green Growth Department has broad objectives of:

  • Mainstreaming climate change and green growth into Bank’s High 5 s’operations;
  • Monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Bank’s climate change interventions through the Bank’s Strategic Framework on Climate Change and Green Growth;
  • Managing access to the growing number of sources of Green and Climate Finance for all Operational Vice Presidencies within the Bank;
  • Assisting African countries to develop and implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long -erm Strategies (LTS), as well as to increase their access to global climate finance; and
  • Leading all efforts within the Bank focused on minimizing and reversing the effects of Climate Change on the continent

The Department consists of two divisions, Climate and Green Growth Division, and Climate Finance Division.

THE HIRING DIVISION

The Climate and Green Growth Division is responsible for ensuring that all efforts within the Bank are focused on minimizing and reversing the effects of Climate Change on the continent, including advising Regional Member Countries on climate and green growth policies and strategies (including the NDCs and LTSs), mainstreaming climate change and green growth in Bank-wide implementation activities and providing support to the High 5s to meet their objectives.

THE POSITION:

The position holder will work under the functional supervision and guidance of the Manager, Climate and Green Growth and in close collaboration with regional climate change and green growth officers based in the Regional Hubs, and the climate finance officers in the Climate Finance Division at the HQ.  The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the Bank’s Climate Change and Green Growth strategic framework and related policies, procedures, and guidelines into the Bank’s operations both for private and public sectors.  The job serves all of the Operational Vice Presidencies, with a particular focus on the West African region, in order to ensure that climate change and green growth considerations are mainstreamed in all Bank’s operations (strategies, policies, plans, programmes and projects) in West Africa. The holder of the position will also assist in ensuring that the Bank’s commitments as captured in the Climate Change and Green Growth Policy, Strategy and Action Plan, including the provision of USD 25 billion by 2025 and allocation 40% of project approvals as climate finance are met. Specifically, she/he will work with Task Managers and Investment Officers in the Regional Office to ensure that all projects and Country/Regional Strategy Papers in the region are based on climate-informed design and aligned with the Paris Agreement’s objectives, and that climate change and green growth opportunities are identified and tracked in each project.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the overall supervision and general guidance of the Division Manager, the incumbent will perform the following:                      

  1. Climate change and green growth policy:
  1. Support the mainstreaming of climate change into Country Strategy Papers (CSPs) and Regional Integration Strategy Papers (RISPs) in collaboration with Country/Regional Economists;
  2. Support the preparation of climate change/green growth action plans, documents, reports, operational guidelines, tools as requested by senior management, taking into account RMCs and Bank’s commitments including the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);  
  3. Assist and advise RMCs in West Africa on preparation and implementation of climate change and green growth strategies, policies and measures taking into account commitments to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  4. Support the monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Bank’s Climate Change and Green Growth Policy, Strategy and Action Plan (CCAP) and related policies and strategies;
  5. Support the tracking and reporting on climate finance, with focus on the West African region;
  1. Mainstreaming climate change and green growth in projects and programmes
  1. Support the mainstreaming, implementation and monitoring of climate change and green growth considerations/elements in Bank’s operations in West Africa during the identification, preparation, appraisal, supervision and project completion stages as appropriate;
  2. Support preparation of the climate change technical sections required in the Project Concept Notes (PCNs) and the Project Appraisal Reports (PAR) and any other project related reports as appropriate in close collaboration with project teams;
  3. Support the implementation of the climate risk screening and Adaptation Review and Evaluation Procedures (AREP) functions of the Climate Safeguards System (CSS), and the Bank’s Greenhouse Gas Accounting tool for projects, as well as the joint MDB climate finance tracking methodology;
  4. Support Bank’s task managers and investment officers in the Regional Office to access climate finance from both internal and external trust funds for the implementation of eligible project components and activities in close collaboration with Climate Finance Officers, including participation in Trust Fund cluster meetings;
  5. Contribute to other climate change and green growth initiatives and activities carried out by the Department such as the Africa NDC Hub, and
  6. Liaise with other lenders to ensure consistency in the mainstreaming of climate change and green growth concerns throughout all aspects of the documentation for projects;
  1. Capacity Building and Knowledge Management:
  1. Identify, assess, and monitor capacity building needs on climate change and green growth in the West African regional hub, including relevant RMCs;
  2. Support the design and organisation of training sessions for Bank staff and their counterparts in RMCs on the assessment and analysis of climate change and green growth issues in projects and programs (including the understanding of stakeholder needs; institutional and organization issues; and impact monitoring and evaluation of outcomes);
  3. Participate in and contribute to internal and external trainings and conferences on climate change and green growth as well as in other activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building;
  4. Develop and/or contribute to the development of innovative knowledge products on sustainability, climate change and green growth; and
  5. Develop Economic and Sector Works (ESWs) on climate change and green growth;
  6. Undertake any other tasks as assigned by the Division Manager, Green Growth and Climate Adaptation.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge)

  1. At least a master’s degree in Climate Change, Environment and Development, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Development, Engineering, Energy economics and policy, Environmental Policy or related discipline;
  2. A minimum of Six (6) Years’ experience in a combination of climate change related areas, including: national and international climate policy; project development and management; environment and climate safeguard policy and enforcement; renewable energy policy and project implementation; climate change; climate risk management - adaptation/mitigation; green growth; trust fund management;
  3. An excellent knowledge and practice of mainstreaming climate change and green growth considerations in projects and programmes and good understanding of project operations of multilateral development banks or equivalent institutions, particularly in West Africa; 
  4. Experience in mobilizing climate finance for project implementation, climate risk management, and project management;
  5. Field operational experience in the area of implementing environmental policies, climate change adaptation and mitigation and green growth;
  6. Well-rounded understanding of critical issues in sustainable development, emerging climate change issues, green growth and sustainability concerns;
  7. Experience in Climate policies and measures, green and inclusive growth, greenhouse gas and climate risk assessment and management, 
  8. Excellent technical and analytical skills and established track record in operational and policy work on climate change, green growth and climate finance matters;
  9. Strong knowledge in supporting the mainstreaming of climate change and green growth into major development investments within the continent;
  10. Knowledge of climate change, green growth and climate finance issues facing regional member countries (RMCs), with particular focus on West Africa;
  11. Strong practical experience in applying tools and instruments for mainstreaming climate change, green growth and climate finance into development concerns in Bank operations in the region.
  12. Experience in the private sector will be an added advantage
  13. Ability to communicate orally and in writing effectively in French or English, with a working knowledge of the other language.
  14. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Knowledge of SAP and Bank-Wide Program Processing Schedule (BPPS) is desirable.

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Chief Fiduciary Inspection Specialist, SNFI

Mon, 23/08/2021 - 17:02

THE BANK:

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten-Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas, all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, Agro business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.  

THE COMPLEX:

The Senior Vice-Presidency complex (SNVP) is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve it strategic objective, and drive performance culture that will align all processes and systems to deliver high impact results. The 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 Senior Vice-President (SVP) is responsible for strengthening of the Bank’s internal procedures, ensuring the efficient and effective coordination of business processes, monitoring and maintaining vigilant and dynamic fiduciary, quality assurance, operational safeguards and providing clear guidance on measurable internal service standards across the Bank Group.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT:

The Senior Vice-President (SVP) supervises the Fiduciary Services and Inspection (SNFI) Department, which acts as the custodian of the procurement (including procurement for private and public partnership) and financial management profession, and has the following responsibilities for its functions: (i) developing and interpreting fiduciary policy, strategy and related implementing documents (Manuals and Tools), including serving as the secretariat of the Procurement Review Committee (PRC); (ii) providing fiduciary support to operations complexes (Sector Departments, Directorate General) during the whole project cycle, including country strategy papers, to ensure that fiduciary arrangements comply with Bank Fiduciary (Procurement and FM) policies and procedures; (iii) developing and implementing fiduciary capacity building strategy for Bank  Staff and Regional Member Countries (RMCs); (iv) Inspecting and reporting on the performance of fiduciary activities undertaken by sector departments and the regions, including preparing annual post review reports on these activities for Board presentation that will contribute to building credibility and trust of the Bank in the countries and with other stakeholders; and (v) dialoguing with external and global partners with a view to building partnerships and fostering harmonization.

THE POSITION:

The SNFI department comprises an Inspection Section which provides evidence-based support to the fiduciary work of procurement and FM and helps significantly in building credibility and trust of the Bank in the countries and with other stakeholders. The inspection section is headed by a Lead Fiduciary Inspection Officer (LFIO) who supervises the technical activities of inspection staff, including those led by the Chief Fiduciary Inspection Specialist (CFIS). The CFIS reports functionally and administratively to Director SNFI.      

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the overall supervision of the Director – SNFI, the Chief Fiduciary Inspection Specialist will perform the following duties:

  1. Contribute to the development of the fiduciary inspection policy, procedures and detailed guidelines on the processes to be followed by the Inspection Section;
  2. Contribute to the designing of templates, tools such as surveys, questionnaires…etc. to be used by the Inspection Section staff while performing their inspection duties;
  3. Conduct reviews on quality at entry of Bank Group operations to ascertain the adequacy and compliance of procurement and financial management arrangements with the relevant policies ;
  4. Conduct an independent physical verification on the ground of selected flagged Bank projects to ensure that the disbursement corresponds to the physical progress on the ground and that the Bank’s resources are being used as intended and are bringing value to the beneficiaries they are intended to serve.
  5. Analyze the results of surveys and questionnaires and interviews with the aim of ensuring that the Bank’s resources are being used as intended and are bring, identify gaps and shortfalls, propose corrective measures and make recommendations for future Bank operations;
  6. Ensure, in close collaboration with concerned Sectors and Safeguards & Compliance departments, that the borrower has taken measures to ensure that contractors on the ground are conforming to the conditions of the contract- particularly as regards the core-conditions of the ILO (use of child labor, payment of fair wages, safety and security at site etc.) ;
  7. Support the procurement and sectoral functions by reviewing unit rates, the quality of the outputs of Bank projects and support the FM function in ensuring that financial management arrangements are robust enough to capture weaknesses in implementing reliable and effective financial audit;
  8.  Review the findings of the supervision reports of the Bank in relation to fiduciary functions and ensure that they capture the progress and the challenges adequately.
  9. Identify required technical expertise from within or outside the Bank to contribute to the inspection in view of the type of project under consideration;
  10. Contribute to the development of the inspection yearly report or the inspection input to the department’s annual report ;
  11. Provide technical guidance to the Principal/Senior Inspection Specialist and other staff of the section while performing their duties;
  12. Design training material and deliver training on the inspection function when required;
  13. Provide the inspection related information to other Bank departments;
  14. Provide the inspection related input to various Bank’s reports when required and contribute to respond to any Board enquiry concerning inspection; and
  15. Identify and recommend training and capacity building needs to the inspection staff.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge)

  1. Hold at least a master’s degree in an engineering or business administration or law or procurement or economics or accounting with a minimum of a professional accounting certification (CPA, CA, ACCA, finance, or a related discipline 
  2. Have a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in providing procurement or financial management support and advice to sector departments supervising Bank-financed operations or similar international institutions; and conducting inspection, independent procurement reviews and audit.
  3. Proven familiarity with and solid experience procurement, financial management and operations using Multilateral Development Banks Guidelines and with the Bank’s policy and procedures.
  4. Experience in working in multi-lateral development Banks or similar international development institutions
  5. Experience in inspecting/auditing private sector operations
  6. Ability to be flexible, open-minded with integrity, client and results oriented for achieving both Bank’s and Borrowers’ objectives
  7. Strong planning, organization, and time management skills
  8. Excellent analytical skills.
  9. Good networking skills and judgment which are required in the management of professional relationships with procurement, financial management and sector specialists working in the regions
  10. Demonstrated ability to mentor less senior staff
  11. Skills in supervising and effectively managing fiduciary implementation of development projects and programs
  12. Proven behavioural competencies in the areas of innovation, creativity, communication, integrity, problem solving, team working, relationships and operational Effectiveness
  13. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French and able to work in the second language
  14. Competence in the use of standard MS office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Principal Climate Finance Officer, PECG1

Mon, 23/08/2021 - 10:30

THE BANK:

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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified, namely: energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The Vice Presidency for ‘Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth’ is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten Years Strategy, High 5s priority of “Light up and Power Africa”. The complex’s objectives are (i) to develop policy and strategy; (ii) to provide deep sector technical expertise to the Regions by gathering pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted for their expertise on complicated transactions; (iii) to develop new financing instruments; (iv) to act as spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on all aspects of “Light Up and Power Africa”. The Complex will focus on areas of Power systems, policy and regulation, renewable energy; and, Climate and Green Growth.

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT

The Climate Change and Green Growth Department has broad objectives of:

  • Developing and implementing the Bank’s Climate Change and Green Growth Framework comprising a Policy, Strategy and Action Plan which will guide the Bank to Paris Alignment within the next few years
  • Mainstreaming climate change and green growth into Bank’s High 5s’ operations
  • Managing access to the growing number of sources of Green and Climate Finance for all Operational Vice Presidencies within the Bank
  • Assisting African countries to develop and implement their NDCs as well as to increase their access to global climate finance, and
  • Leading all efforts within the Bank focused on minimizing and reversing the effects of Climate Change on the continent.

The Department consists of two divisions, Climate and Green Growth Division, and Climate and Environment Finance Division.

THE HIRING DIVISION

The Climate and Environment Finance Division is responsible for ensuring the Bank’s and RMCs’ enhanced access to climate and green finance. Specifically, the Division manages the growing pool of climate resources available within and outside the Bank, develops innovative ways and tools to increase Bank’s access to climate and environment finance, strengthens the capacities of RMCs to access global climate finance through their Nationally Determined Contributions, improves climate finance tracking within the Bank, and engages in thought leadership and knowledge development on climate finance.

THE POSITION:

The purpose of this job is to ensure efficient and predictable access to green and climate finance to enable the Bank to channel funds to achieve the High 5s, bring more climate and environment finance to the Continent and achieve its climate finance targets.  The incumbent will be a core member of the climate finance team, supporting the various climate funds for which the Bank is an implementing entity. The job serves all of the Operational Vice Presidencies in order to ensure that climate and green finance are made available and successfully accessed by all of the Operational Vice-Presidencies. He/she will also contribute to achieve the objectives of the Bank’s Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Action Plan.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the overall supervision and general guidance of the Division Manager – Climate and Environment Finance, the Climate Finance Officer will perform the following:                                                  

  1. Prepares documentation for, and assists with applications to the Green Climate Fund for projects from the Bank’s operational complexes
  2. Supports access to other external and internal climate change funds such as the Green Climate Fund, Global Environment Facility, Climate Investment Funds, Africa Climate Change Fund by meeting operational, accreditation and reporting requirements and following appropriate modalities and procedures
  3. Creates opportunities to co-finance projects and leverage new and additional funding sources to achieve the Bank’s climate finance targets by liaising with other Divisions within the Bank, Donors and Development Partners
  4. Actively communicates with the Fund Secretariats (particularly GCF Secretariat) and other participating accredited entities, National Designated Authorities and Focal Points, and other relevant stakeholders to advance the Bank’s interests and secure project approvals
  5. Attends and represents the Bank at Fund Meetings and other events where requested
  6. Advises all Operational Vice Presidencies on accessing climate finance, by building strong links with Officers and Task Managers within the Bank and communicating regularly
  7. Ensures that the Bank fulfils internal and external quality control and reporting obligations to the climate funds by ensuring that reports are prepared in a timely and accurate manner
  8. Contributes actively to the development, management and administration of climate funds, by responding to calls for input, attending meetings and conference calls and making innovative proposals to scale up finance
  9. Supports Bank’s efforts to allocate at least 40% of its approvals per year as climate finance, and support African countries to benefit from the global commitments to raise USD 100 billion per year for climate finance
  10. Actively works with project teams to develop bankable projects for climate finance
  11. Works in close coordination with existing climate finance structures under the UNFCCC, the MDBs and other relevant institutions, with the view to advocate for enhanced Africa’s access to climate and green finance
  12. Provides technical support on climate finance in contribution to all High 5 activities and support RMCs, in helping them achieve their climate finance targets under the Paris Agreement, and particularly their Nationally Determined Contributions and their Long-Term Strategies
  13. Develop financing instruments that will incentivize the private sector to invest in climate change adaptation and mitigation programs and projects
  14. Provides advisory and investment services to all Bank’s sector and regional operations on issues related to the access to GCF resources
  15. Assist in increasing access to finance through the development of innovative financing instruments finance.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge)

  1. At least a Master’s Degree in international development studies, climate change, climate finance, environmental management, finance, economics or related field.
  2. A minimum of Six (6) Years experience in climate or green finance; trust fund management; multilateral development bank procedures, and a combination of project development and management experience; private sector experience
  3. Strong experience in accessing GCF funds with a focus on adaptation and mitigation, ideally demonstrated by direct involvement in the approval of existing GCF projects
  4. Strong experience in infrastructure finance and in blended finance
  5. Knowledge and experience on climate finance, and on multilateral climate governance framework and global climate finance architecture
  6. Understanding of climate and green finance issues, challenges and practices relating to Africa
  7. Experience in the provision of climate finance resources for lending and non-lending operations
  8. Experience in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation, with a particular emphasis on scaling up climate finance for Africa
  9. Knowledge and experience in policy dialogue and cross-institutional collaboration at the highest level, including with representatives of government and non-government partners
  10. Understanding of critical issues in sustainable development, international climate change policy, and climate finance, and
  11. Further experience in financial accounting and reporting, green and inclusive growth accounting and reporting (triple bottom line), risk management, and portfolio management.
  12. Experience in private sector will be an added advantage
  13. Ability to communicate orally and in writing effectively in French or English, with a working knowledge of the other language.
  14. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Knowledge of SAP and Bank-Wide Program Processing Schedule (BPPS) is desirable.

 

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Department Assistant

Thu, 19/08/2021 - 20:54

THE AFRICAN LEGAL SUPPORT FACILITY (ALSF):

The African Legal Support Facility (“ALSF” or “Facility”) is an international public organization dedicated to providing legal advice and technical assistance to African countries in matters pertaining to creditor litigation and complex commercial transactions. The goal of the Facility is to remove asymmetric technical capacities and level the field of legal expertise among parties during litigation and negotiations. The Facility strives to further development in Africa by removing obstacles to realizing the benefits of debt relief through its work in vulture fund litigation. It also provides advisory services to improve the negotiating capabilities of its member countries. Through all of its activities the Facility aims to build additional legal capacity on the continent. The ALSF is hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB). 

The African Legal Support Facility ("ALSF" or the "Facility") established by Treaty on December 22, 2008. Its membership is open to (a) all AfDB member states; (b) other states; (c) AfDB; and (d) other international organizations or institutions. The Facility currently has 60 members, comprising 53 countries and 7 international organizations. ALSF's main objectives include: (i) assisting AfDB’s Regional Member Countries(RMCs) address litigation brought against them by vulture funds (and other such entities); (ii) creating an avenue for AfDB’ s RMCs to access technical advice when negotiating complex commercial transactions (especially in the area of infrastructure and natural resources); and (iii) investing in and organizing the training of legal counsel from RMCs to equip them with legal expertise necessary to better represent their countries. The ALSF also develops and proposes innovative tools for capacity building and knowledge management.

 THE POSITION:

The Department Assistant in the Operations Department, Capacity Building/Knowledge Management (ALSFOP1) or Energy/Power (ALSFOP3), works on the basis of general instructions, own experience and precedents, following specific procedures and practices to ensure smooth workflow in the Department and respective Divisions.  Most of the work is controlled for correctness and appropriateness by the incumbent. The job also requires strict confidentiality.  The job holder is required to review the work and ensure that it meets expectations of the Department in terms of overall quality.  The Department Assistant is relied upon to brief/assist team members of the Department and Division on specific administrative procedures and practices such as travel arrangement, meeting organizations Facility’s administrative standard formats etc.

The objective of the job is to ensure smooth flow of work of the Operations Departments: Capacity Building/Knowledge Management Unit (ALSFOP1) and Power/Energy Unit (ALSFO3. Specifically, the job holder is expected to:

  • Provide administrative support to the Operations Departments: Capacity Building (Knowledge Management (ALSFOP1) and Power/Energy Units (ALSFO3), through a direct working relationship.
  • Coordinate multiple and diverse work processes and activities in the Department thus ensuring that management decisions are effectively carried out within the Department.
  • Serve as an intermediary between the Department Heads, the Units and staff of the Department as well as the Facility as a whole and external audiences.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the overall supervision of the Operations Department Heads, the Department Assistant performs the following:

WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT.

  • Receive and register all incoming and outgoing documents for the Department.
  • Ensure that documents presented for Department Head’s signatures are complete, with necessary attachments and background documents.
  • Draft general or administrative correspondence on own initiative or on the basis of instructions and finalize for the Department Head.
  • Verify that outgoing correspondence is presented in accordance with the Facility’s accepted formats and check on probable typographical errors, presentation, completeness and procedural accuracy of all documents submitted to the Departments and Heads of Unit for clearance, approval or signature.
  • Review and classify priority and important correspondences and submit accordingly.
  • Follow-up and ensure that target dates and deadlines are met using appropriate tracking tools, and that correspondence and queries are responded in a timely manner.
  • Channel correspondence for action by the Head of the concerned Departments.

COMMUNICATION AND LIAISON

  • Receive visitors and telephone calls with tact and discretion, and act according to the nature and urgency of each, including redirecting to the concerned as appropriate.
  • Screen the Head of the Department's calls/visitors, make appointments for visitors to meet the concerned Managers.
  • Provide background information to the Head of Department for appointments with official visitors and/or staff members.
  • Relay information between the Head of Department and other staff members of the departments.
  • Follow up on work deadlines with other Departments.
  • Schedule weekly team and ad hoc meetings for the Heads of Departments, according to schedules and the Head of concerned Department's Agenda for the week.
  • Arrange time and venue for meetings, collect necessary background materials of meetings needed from the relevant Departments; Remind the Head of Departments and other staff members about scheduled meetings.
  • Write meeting reports/minutes of meetings.

RECORD KEEPING AND DOCUMENTATION

  • Maintain a filing system in both hard and soft copies to meet the needs of the Departments.
  • Keep a weekly calendar of activities that shows all meetings to be attended by the Head of Department as well as by other staff members. It also includes all external visits to the Department.
  • Obtain briefing and background materials for meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. to be attended by the team's staff, checking their availability and ensuring they have the appropriate briefing files and documents.
  • Maintain Contact address / Mailing directory of partners working with the Departments.

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

  • Make travel arrangements for the Heads of Departments including tickets, hotel reservation, etc.
  • Assist in preparation of presentations using PowerPoint and other software packages on own initiative or on the basis of instructions.
  • Photocopy and send correspondences when the need arises.
  • Undertake any other task as assigned by the Heads of the Departments.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge)

  1. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Commerce, Administration   or   related   discipline, preferably   supplemented   with   courses   in   Administration/Office Management or Secretarial Studies.
  2. A minimum of four (4) years of progressively relevant and practical experience, in an executive office preferably in an international organization, Development Banks or similar institutions.
  3. Good organisational, budgeting and planning skills will be highly desirable.
  4. Good organizational, analytical and writing skills, ability to make sound judgments and decisions.
  5. Ability to work under pressure in the dynamic setting of an international and multicultural setting.
  6. Speedy and efficient handing of internal and external requests.
  7. Ability to work and cooperate with others from diverse background.
  8. Excellent working knowledge and experience in administrative and sectorial skills and duties.
  9. Strong customer service skills, good organizational skills, ability to multitask, attention to detail
  10. Ability to work under pressure and with a diverse workforce.
  11. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French, with a good working
  12. Knowledge of the other language.
  13. Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access and Power Point), knowledge of SAP or other ERP system would be an added advantage
  14.  Excellent levels of initiative, enthusiasm and team spirit, and interpersonal skills.*
  15. Ability to interpret ALSF policies, guidelines and procedures.

 

THIS ADVERTISEMENT IS POSTED BY THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AFDB) ON BEHALF OF THE AFRICAN LEGAL SUPPORT FACILITY (“ALSF” OR “FACILITY”) WHICH IS THE EMPLOYER FOR THIS POSITION. ENGAGEMENT AS STAFF OF ALSF DOES NOT OFFER ANY EXPECTATION FOR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT AS STAFF IN THE AfDB.

THIS POSITION DOES NOT ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS (THE POST HOLDER WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A LOCAL STAFF AND WILL NOT HAVE INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT).

Administrative Assistant

Thu, 19/08/2021 - 20:30

THE AFRICAN LEGAL SUPPORT FACILITY (ALSF):

The African Legal Support Facility (“ALSF” or “Facility”) is an international public organization dedicated to providing legal advice and technical assistance to African countries in matters pertaining to creditor litigation and complex commercial transactions. The goal of the Facility is to remove asymmetric technical capacities and level the field of legal expertise among parties during litigation and negotiations. The Facility strives to further development in Africa by removing obstacles to realizing the benefits of debt relief through its work in vulture fund litigation. It also provides advisory services to improve the negotiating capabilities of its member countries. Through all of its activities the Facility aims to build additional legal capacity on the continent. The ALSF is hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB). 

The African Legal Support Facility ("ALSF" or the "Facility") established by Treaty on December 22, 2008. Its membership is open to (a) all AfDB member states; (b) other states; (c) AfDB; and (d) other international organizations or institutions. The Facility currently has 60 members, comprising 53 countries and 7 international organizations. ALSF's main objectives include: (i) assisting AfDB’s Regional Member Countries(RMCs) address litigation brought against them by vulture funds (and other such entities); (ii) creating an avenue for AfDB’ s RMCs to access technical advice when negotiating complex commercial transactions (especially in the area of infrastructure and natural resources); and (iii) investing in and organizing the training of legal counsel from RMCs to equip them with legal expertise necessary to better represent their countries. The ALSF also develops and proposes innovative tools for capacity building and knowledge management.

 THE POSITION:

As part of the African Legal Support Facility, the Administrative Assistant will:

  • Perform administrative and personnel support functions including such tasks as the provision of and administrative services to support the planning and/or implementation of projects or activities within the Operations or Institutional Departments.
  • Maintain administrative and budgetary control records.
  • Requisition of office supplies and equipment; classify and code material relating to a number of subject matter areas; make arrangements for shipment and receipt of office and project supplies and equipment or material.

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Under the supervision of the Head of the Operations or Institutional Departments, the Administrative Assistant will be responsible for the following:

Workflow Management:

  • Devise and maintain office systems to deal efficiently with paper flow; organize and store paperwork, documents and computer-based information; these include the management of the filing and retrieval system.
  • Track and follow up on documents: deal with incoming email, faxes, post and correspondence.
  • Distribute documents from the Department and maintain a follow up system as required.

Meetings:

  • Prepare documents, briefing papers, reports, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Acts as secretary at meetings. Draft minutes of meetings; establishes a reporting system on all decisions taken during the meetings for follow up of implementation of outstanding decisions.
  • Processes schedule of the Department meetings within the ALSF.
  • Processes the request to incur representation expenses; follow up of actions to be taken by concerned services.

Administration:

  • Devises and maintains efficient office systems.
  • Tracks and follows up on documents, deal with correspondence and general correspondence and briefs.
  • Manages the flow of information by receiving, examining, sorting and monitoring the ALSF’s incoming and outgoing mail, taking into account the priority and urgency of the documents concerned; organizes logical filing of this correspondence.
  • Handles incoming and outgoing telephone-calls.
  • Establishes and update the agenda and electronic mail address book.
  • Drafts mail and documents in conformity with administrative instructions.
  • Drafts memoranda and acknowledgement letters to be submitted, along with their background documents, for the Departments Head’s signature.
  • Makes necessary arrangements for visiting delegations.
  • Assists in and advises the Departments Head on a variety of administrative and personnel matters.
  • Establishes stock control system for the management of office supplies and other ALSF’s properties (personal computers, printers, etc.); centralizes requests for office supplies submitted by staff within the Department and makes provisions in order to ensure distribution of the required items.
  • Advises on the allocation of support staff to meet priorities, workload and timeliness.
  • Negotiates with CHGS on allocation of appropriate office space for the ALSF by providing justifications; responsible for organizing and coordinating office moving operations.
  • Coordinates and submits staff missions, BTOR’s and training programs.
  • Contributes to the preparation of the annual budget submission for the ALSF: Collects facts and presents them for decision making; recording data, monitoring and reporting on the Department budget implementation level; Initiates actions on expenses to be incurred, processing requests for recruitment of short-term staff and consultants, missions, with particular attention to the procedures, follow-up of the required travel authorizations, contracts and payments.
  • Manage systems, creates and process expenses reports in MIS/SAP

Reporting and Correspondence

  • Consolidates the Departments reports and the reporting on level of work executed and following up with Departments Heads and staff on relevant documents.
  • Drafts correspondence that requires research and/or discussion on administrative and technical matters including information memoranda to staff and various self-explanatory memoranda to obtain information from other Units.
  • Liaise with professional staff in the Departments to obtain information for special and ongoing projects.

Secretarial Duties:

  • Ensure maintenance of enough stocks of stationery and other basic office requisites.
  • Track and follow-up on documents, deal with incoming emails, faxes and general mails.
  • Handle internal and general public enquiries; screen telephone calls and requests and handle them as
    appropriate; welcome and look after visitors; organize and maintain electronic diaries and make
    appointments.
  • Maintain confidential records and filing of reports, correspondence and related material for ease of
    referral.
  • Source internal and external documents for research purposes and ascertain the methods and techniques required to undertake related projects.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge)

  1. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Commerce, Administration or related discipline, preferably supplemented with courses in Administration/Office Management or Secretarial studies (BTS or DUT).
  2. A minimum of five (5) years of progressively relevant and practical experience, in an executive
    office preferably in an international organization.
  3. Good organisational, budgeting and planning skills will be highly desirable.
  4. Good organizational, analytical and writing skills, ability to make sound judgments and decisions.
  5. Ability to work under pressure in the dynamic setting of an international and multicultural setting.
  6. Speedy and efficient handing of internal and external requests.
  7. Ability to work and cooperate with others from diverse background.
  8. Excellent working knowledge and experience in administrative and sectorial skills and duties.
  9. Strong customer service skills, good organizational skills, ability to multi task, attention to detail
    and ability to work under pressure and with a diverse workforce.
  10. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French, with a good working
    knowledge of the other language.
  11. Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access and Power Point), knowledge of SAP or other ERP system would be an added advantage
  12.  Excellent levels of initiative, enthusiasm and team spirit, and interpersonal skills.
  13. Ability to interpret ALSF policies, guidelines and procedures

 

THIS ADVERTISEMENT IS POSTED BY THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AFDB) ON BEHALF OF THE AFRICAN LEGAL SUPPORT FACILITY (“ALSF” OR “FACILITY”) WHICH IS THE EMPLOYER FOR THIS POSITION. ENGAGEMENT AS STAFF OF ALSF DOES NOT OFFER ANY EXPECTATION FOR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT AS STAFF IN THE AfDB.

THIS POSITION DOES NOT ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS (THE POST HOLDER WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A LOCAL STAFF AND WILL NOT HAVE INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT).

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