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African Development Bank (AfDB) - Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank's development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

DIRECTOR FIDUCIARY & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, INSPECTION AND PROCUREMENT POLICY

Reference: ADB/17/063
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Position N°: 50092376
Grade: EL5


THE COMPLEX

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

The Hiring Department
The role of the Fiduciary, Procurement Policy and Inspection Department, is to custodian of the procurement (including procurement for private and public partnership) and Financial Management profession, and the following responsibilities:
Developing and interpreting policy, strategy and related guidance notes and manuals;
Preparing annual post review reports on the Bank’s Financial Management and procurement operations for the Board;
Developing training strategy for internal and external clients;
And dialoguing with external and global partners with a view to building partnerships and fostering harmonization;
Providing the secretariat for the Procurement Review Committee ; and
Inspecting and reporting on the performance of procurement and Financial Management activities undertaken by the regions.

THE POSITION
Director Fiduciary & Financial Management, Inspection And Procurement Policy is responsible for developing and interpreting policy and strategy relating to Project Procurement, Project Financial Management and Inspection;
Designing guidance notes and manuals to assist staff implement policies and strategies as above; formulating safeguards and ensuring their execution by the Regions;
Inspecting and reporting on the performance (Financial Management and Procurement) of the Regions.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Vice-President, the Director will:

1.) Strategy:
Spearhead the development and review of Bank fiduciary policies, strategies and related programs;
Provide technical leadership to the procurement and financial management function through development of adequate networks;
Developing FM and Procurement training strategy for internal and external clients;

2.) Technical Oversight on the Department Activities:
Liaise with the regions to ensure that the fiduciary and development mandate of the Bank is consistently applied;
Support the Transformation Management Team and the Delivery Accountability and Process Efficiency Committee for process improvements;
Reviewing unresolved procurement complaints from bidders and contractors for final Bank decision and servings as the Secretariat for the Procurement Review Committee;
Provide technical guidance to senior management on issues relating to Procurement, Financial Management, Inspection and institutional recruitment of consultants;
Develop the Inspection function- to ensure physical verification of assets in projects financed by the Bank;
Reviewing Financial Management and procurement performance reports from the Regions, and preparing Annual Review Reports on the application of Bank’s Financial Management and procurement policies in Bank Funded Operations;
Support the Senior Vice-President in Board and Board Committee meetings as needed;
Support the Purchasing Committee as a technical member;

3.) People Management:
Ensure the department has the appropriate skills-mix at any time for effective delivery of the objectives defined in the work program.
Review and validate the staffing needs, and build with the Human Resources department the required recruitment plans.
Assess work performance, appraise staff potential and determine training needs.
Put in place, with the assistance of the Human Resources department, talent management mechanisms, to build a talent pool for the department for business continuity.
Organize effective delegation of responsibilities by empowering staff at all levels.

4.) Relations with Stakeholders:
Conducting dialog with external and global partners and participation in inter-institutional meetings (harmonization, etc.);
Building and participating global partnerships with institutions like Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability Secretariat, OECD-Development Assistant Committee (for Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems), International Federation Accountants, academic institutions, etc.
Performs other duties assigned by the Senior Vice President

SELECTION CRITERIA
Including Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Hold at least a Master's Degree or its equivalent in Business Administration, Engineering, Management, Finance, Economics or other relevant fields
Have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant and progressive professional experience in country operational situations relevant to Bank fiduciary work, of which at least 5 years must be in managerial role
Well established and recognized track record in complex procurement and FM issues in particular infrastructure
Good understanding of the African Development Bank's strategic directions and policies
Capacity to work across departments and institutional boundaries to coordinate a bank-wide process on results and to ensure timely production of results
Good command of budgetary and operational management matters
Aptitude to diagnose and resolve multiple, concurrent problems; a conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand the competing requirements
Proven ability to assimilate information gathered through research and consultations, to apply that information in creative and cross-cutting ways, and to synthetize appropriate strategies and responses
High-level skills in communication and negotiation as well as ability to build partnerships with a broad range of clients and deliver results that meet the needs and long-term interests of clients within and outside the department
Strong strategic influencing skills and demonstrated ability to present and win support for ideas
Ability to develop a successful leadership style to establish and achieve exceptional organization performance
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL SAFEGUARDS DEPARTMENT (SNSC)

Reference: ADB/17/064
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: EL5
Position N°: 50093255

THE COMPLEX

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

The Hiring Department
Located within the Senior Vice-Presidency Complex, the Environment and Social Safeguards Department is responsible for mainstreaming environmental and social development considerations into Bank-financed operations in the public and private sectors through the implementation of the Integrated Safeguard System.
The Department’s main tasks will be to improve the quality-at-entry of Bank operations, including Country Strategy Papers and project-specific interventions (Economic and Strategic Works, etc.) as well as during implementation, with a particular emphasis on enhancing developmental effectiveness through application of environmental and social safeguards procedures and tools at various stages of the project cycle.

THE POSITION
The Environment and Social Safeguards Department’s mission is to ensure proper application of the Integrated Safeguards System and its associated procedures, guidelines and tools, in order to enhance environmental and social sustainability into the Bank’s operations.
The Director will provide guidance, leadership and strategic direction on effective:
Planning, organization and coordination of the activities of the Department
Timely delivery compliance of regional operations with the Bank’s environment and social safeguards and timely processing of their Environment & Social requirements
Effective execution of environmental and social safeguards during project implementation through supervision, counselling and compliance audits.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Vice-President, the Director of the Environment and Social Safeguards Department will:

Strategy and technical consultation:
Provide leadership and interface with the Board in providing feedback on environment and social matters related to Compliance Review and Mediation Unit /Independent Review Mechanism in liaison with respective sector departments;
Advise Senior Management in relation to operations undergoing mediation or inspection under the Independent Review Mechanism;
Coordinate Management responses on issues of compliance with environmental and social safeguards;
Provide guidance, leadership and strategic direction on:  developing, implementing and updating the Environment & Social safeguards policies, procedures and guidelines;
Provide policy and operational guidance to Task Managers and Investment Officers on environmental and social development issues as a means of strengthening the environmental and social performance of Bank operations;
Provide technical support to Regional Member Countries to enhance their knowledge of Environment & Social issues and through country dialogue strengthen their own national country safeguards systems
Ensure that projects and programs comply with the Bank’s environment and social safeguards and compliance policies throughout as well as coordinating management responses to complaints on Bank-funded projects;
Foster partnerships in the area of environmental, climate and social sustainability to enhance the delivery and performance of the High 5s;
Strengthen partnerships and initiate networking with other international and bilateral agencies at international, regional and local levels.

Work Program Validation and Execution:
Plan, organize and coordinate the activities of the Department, including review and validation of the work program;
Set the overall objectives, ensuring alignment between the strategic priorities of the department, the Complex and the Bank, and oversee their execution;
Ensure that deadlines are met and that Department’s outputs reach the highest technical quality standards;
Review the budget and its real implementation;

Technical Oversight of Department Activities:
Ensure environment and social compliance of the Bank’s operations;
Oversee environmental and social categorization and climate screening routinely executed by the decentralized regional staff and liaise with operations on any issues of categorization;
Ensure project due diligence review, clearance and monitoring of all operations’ environmental and social safeguards documents.

Knowledge Development and Networking:
Establish and oversee the in-house network of environmental safeguards and social development spe...ts as a platform for consultation, knowledge and capacity development;
Support staff development and capacity building programs on environmental and social safeguards, at both Bank and country levels;
Coordinate knowledge capture, and dissemination and outreach activities;
Manage partnerships, networking, harmonization initiatives with other multilateral development banks and development agencies and represent the Bank in international fora and conferences on environmental and social safeguards.

People Management:
Ensure the department has the appropriate skills-mix at any time for effective delivery of the objectives defined in the work program.
Review and validate the staffing needs, and build with the Human Resources department the required recruitment plans.
Assess work performance, appraise staff potential and determine training needs.
Put in place, with the assistance of the Human Resources department, talent management mechanisms, to build a talent pool for the department for business continuity.
Organize effective delegation of responsibilities by empowering staff at all levels.

Relations with Stakeholders:
Provide sufficient human and financial resources to fulfill the mandate of the Department, leveraging internal resources and establishing external partnerships.
Represent the Bank in the relevant discussion platforms, by clearly presenting Senior Management value proposition and enhancing African Development Bank 's brand image
Performs other duties assigned by the Senior Vice-President.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:
Hold at least a Master’s degree in Environmental and/or Social Sciences, International Development studies or related discipline
Have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience (5 of which must be at a managerial level) in a combination of related fields such as: Environmental and Social impact assessments; environment and social safeguards policy and procedures (development and application); multilateral development bank operations; public or private financial institutions operations; A proven track record in successfully developing and applying environmental and social safeguards measures in development interventions, in the particular context of the multilateral development banks
Ability to manage cultural and sensitive issues within a multicultural team
Demonstrated leadership and strategic thinking on mainstreaming environmental, social and climate safeguards measures in lending and non-lending operations
Extensive knowledge and experience with environmental and social safeguards with a clear understanding of developing and applying multilateral development banks’ safeguard policies and procedures to project operations, or equivalent
A strong understanding of environmental and social  safeguards’ issues, challenges and practices relating to Africa
Ability to interact with various stakeholders at all levels, internally and externally
Ability to develop a successful leadership style to establish and achieve exceptional organization performance
Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a fast paced environment; Strong managerial skills, including interpersonal communication and client-orientation
Ability to communicate effectively (excellent written and oral skills) in English or French, with a working knowledge of the other language
Competence in the use of Bank standard software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
It would be advantageous to have competence in SAP, and any other bespoke application used by the Bank which is deemed critical for discharging of Directors’ duties.

TO APPLY
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DIRECTOR FIDUCIARY & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, INSPECTION AND PROCUREMENT POLICY
DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL SAFEGUARDS DEPARTMENT (SNSC)

Note
Applicants who fully meet the Bank's requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted.
Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered.
The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level.
The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

DUE DATE: 15 May, 2017

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