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African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
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Job Title: Evaluation Officer, BDEV1
Reference: ADB/19/208
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: PL6
Position N°: 50090782
The Complex
  • The Board of Directors provides oversight and strategic direction to the African Development Bank Group. It is composed of Executive Directors who are representatives of the African Development Bank member countries. Specifically the Board is responsible for the conduct of the general operations of the Bank, and carries out the following functions:
    • Determine the general structure of the Bank’s services;
    • Approve the financing policy and take decisions concerning loans, guarantees, equity investments and fund loans by the Bank;
    • Determine the interest rates of loans and guarantee commissions;
    • Approve the Bank’s operations program and administrative budget;
    • Prepare the work of the Board of Governors; and
    • Submit accounts and annual reports, as well as the administrative budgets for the approval of the Board of Governors.
  • The Board does its work through a series of permanent Committees that review and discuss policy and program documents and make appropriate recommendations to the whole Board. The Independent Development Evaluation (BDEV); Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM); Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board (BSAB); Administrative Tribunal (BATR) report to the Board.
The Hiring Department
  • The overarching mission of the African Development Bank’s Independent Development Evaluation is to enhance the development effectiveness of the Bank and foster sustainable growth and poverty reduction in its regional member countries through independent and influential evaluations, oversight over self-evaluation processes and products, and proactive engagement in evaluation partnerships and knowledge-sharing activities. To support the Bank Group in achieving greater development effectiveness, the independent evaluation function has adopted three core objectives:
  • Contribute to enhanced learning in the Bank and regional member countries to improve current and future policies, strategies, programs, projects, and processes.
  • Provide a basis for accountability to the public and to member countries by documenting the use and results of the Bank Group’s assistance.
  • Promote an evaluation culture in the Bank and regional member countries to encourage a focus on development results, learning, and continuous quality improvement.
  • The core mandate of Independent Development Evaluation is to conduct independent evaluation studies, provide relevant lessons, develop and harmonize standards and practices, support evaluation capacity development together with partner agencies and attest to the validity of both processes and the results of African Development Bank’s self-evaluation activities. Independent Development Evaluation also collaborates and exchanges information with bilateral and multilateral development agencies’ evaluation departments, and undertakes joint evaluation of co-financed projects and programs.
  • Independent Development Evaluation has three divisions: The Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth; Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization; and Integration Evaluations Division (BDEV.1), the Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Corporate and Country Evaluations Division (BDEV.2) and the Knowledge Management, Outreach and Capacity Development Division (BDEV.3). The Divisions 1 and 2 focus on undertaking evaluations whilst Division 3 works on Knowledge Management, Outreach and Capacity Development.
The Position
  • The evaluation officer contributes to the delivery of the division work program by leading components of evaluations, participating in evaluation teams, and supporting work program implementation and BDEV’s quality assurance activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager BDEV1 the Evaluation Officer will:
  • Contribute to or undertake Evaluation Activities: Design (including literature review, evaluation question framing, approach, data sources and methods), conduct and report on evaluations in accordance with the Bank’s Evaluation Policy and Strategy and international evaluation standards (e.g., OECD DAC evaluation standards and the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG) Good Practice Standards).
  • to Meta-Evaluations and Meta-Analyses; design, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • to updating the BDEV evaluation quality standards, and quality assurance processes, tools and capacity.
  • to the capture and dissemination of evaluation results and lessons learned, and also to the follow-up of BDEV evaluation recommendations.
  • Contribute to the effective and efficient management of evaluation human and financial resources especially in ensuring timely data gathering, analysis and reporting.
  • Promote the mandate of the evaluation function and contribute to the creation of an evaluation culture in the Bank and in Regional Member Countries (RMCs).
  • Contribute to positioning BDEV as an innovator and leading-edge among other multilateral institutions and to maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Bank’s Evaluation Function.
  • Contribute to building strategic alliances and partnerships with key stakeholders within and outside the Bank to further the Evaluation Function’s mandate and engage in evaluation communities of practice within and outside the Bank.
  • Contribute to the preparation of BDEV’s three-year rolling work programme and annual report.
  • Perform any other assigned tasks.
Selection Criteria
  • Holds at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Economics, Development Evaluation, Evaluation Science, Finance (Economic Finance; Financial Market Analysis), Business Administration, Sociology, Development, Statistics, Policy analysis, Public administration, Infrastructure or Private and Financial Sector Development, related field.
  • Holds also a certificate in development evaluation, or development oriented research and/or program/project planning, management and evaluation (desirable).
  • A minimum of four (4) years’ experience in designing, conducting, managing and reporting development evaluation/research studies.
  • Significant knowledge in quantitative and/or qualitative evaluation methods.
  • Broad knowledge of evaluation theories and practice including evaluation needs assessment, design and implementation.
  • Operational and field experience working in private and/or financial sector development and /or other complex development programs (desirable).
  • Knowledge of operational/policy areas, procedures and practice of the AfDB or other multilateral development Banks and/or other international development agencies.
  • Operational experience relating, in particular, to areas covered by BDEV 1 (private sector, infrastructure (including transport, ICT, urban development, water and sanitation), industrialization, power, energy,climate change, green growth and regional integration).
  • Experience in development planning, management and evaluation in Multilateral Development Banks or other international development agencies.
  • Strong theoretical and operational knowledge of international development issues and theories relating, in particular, to Africa.
  • Experience in providing strategic advice to management.
  • Experience in managing human and financial resources.
  • Experience to working in multidisciplinary teams, and in diverse and multi-cultural settings.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access and Power Point); knowledge of integrated document management system and/or quantitative and qualitative data analysis packages is an added advantage.

How to Apply

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Job Title: Advisor, Natural Resources Management, ECNR
Reference: ADB/19/209
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: PL2
Position N°: 50083908
The Complex
  • The Chief Economist and 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 ECVP is responsible for:
    • 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;
    • Systematically emphasize the critical role of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and their tangible impact on sustainable, inclusive transformation of African economies.
  • The ECVP 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 external role of the African Natural Resources Center’s (ANRC) is to support Regional Member Countries (RMCs) improve development outcomes through effective management of natural resources wealth by delivering practical solutions on policy, legislative and investment decisions in the sector. Internally, it brings cohesion to the Bank’s strategies in natural resources sectors by providing a single lens through which the institution tackles natural resources governance.
The Position
  • As part of the African Natural Resources Center, Lead Expert Renewable Resources position is responsible for providing strategic and operational direction for the Center’s renewables programs and leading a team of experts to support Regional Member Countries and strategies of the Bank.
Duties and Responsibilities
Work program validation and execution:
  • Support the Director to set goals for the division, ensuring alignment to the Bank, Complex and Department strategic priorities.
  • Establish and monitor work program for the division and introduce changes where required.
  • Support the Director to manage financial resources of the Division and assure its effective implementation.
  • Report on the work program execution and propose alternative and corrective measures as needed.
  • Actively contribute to the designing and monitoring of the division key performance indicators.
Technical oversight on the division activities:
  • Provide strategic and programmatic advice to the Director and staff of the Center on all matters relating to fisheries, forestry, land and water by ensuring adequate technical input into regional programs.
  • Oversee implementation of the Center’s Strategy and workplans as relates to fisheries, forestry, land and water sectors by managing the relevant workstreams in line with Bank strategies.
  • Oversee programs and manage resources as relates to the Center’s work in fisheries, forestry, land and water, by leading the extractives team of experts, consultants and managing budgets.
  • Coordinate advisory work on fisheries, forestry, land and water regulatory matters, including policy, laws and institutional structures by working with regional offices to grow and meet demand.
  • Oversee the provision of strategic and technical advice on fisheries, forestry, land and water projects negotiations between Regional Members Countries and investors by ensuring availability of technical expertise and policy tools to guide strategies by representatives of Regional Members Countries.
  • Collaborate with peers to benchmark policy formulation by conducting periodic benchmark studies,
  • Bridge knowledge and skills capacity gaps by leading the design of products and policy tools to help Regional Members Countries build capacity,
  • Support the Director in mobilizing human and financial resources by identifying and forging strategic partnerships with internal and external peers in the Regional Members Countries, Regional Economic Communities, industry and think-tanks,
  • Support the Director in managing all resources allocated to specific role by ensuring availability of adequate human and financial resources to deliver the program,
  • Keep abreast of international and regional trends through analytics, networking and self-development,
  • Represent the Center by being the spokesperson and ensuring availability of institutional memory on fisheries, forestry, land and water in the Center.
People and Talent Management:
  • Ensure the division has the appropriate skills-mix at any time for effective delivery of the objectives defined in the work program.
  • Supporting the Director in reviewing and validating the staffing needs and build with the Human Resources department the required recruitment plans.
  • Contribute to assessing work performance, appraising 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 division for business continuity.
Selection Criteria
  • Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Renewables Economics, Policy Design or Renewable Resources Management and related disciplines. An additional qualification such as a PhD will be an added advantage;
  • Have a minimum of eight (8) years of relevant work experience in the sector, international organizations, regulatory environment, private sector or a Think-Tank with a focus in the relevant sector and or function, of which at least three (3) years will be at managerial level.
  • Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
  • Be a change agent with extensive knowledge of the renewables sector regulatory environment, regional initiatives in the sector, African Union development programs and relevant protocols.
  • Strong ability in designing and implementing programs of advice and capacity building.
  • Good grasp of the regions development challenges and Development Financial Institutions environment coupled with the knowledge of principles of good governance as pertains to natural resources policy.
  • Extensive report writing and editorial skills.
  • Knowledge of influencers of public policy.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage small team of researchers in specific projects and/or tasks; capacity to initiate innovative research ideas and techniques in order to improve research policy making content of development research.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities, coupled to manage innovation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language;
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Principal Civil Engineer, CHGS1
Reference: ADB/19/210
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: PL4
Position N°: 50065427
The Complex
  • The Vice-Presidency, Human Resources and Corporate Services (CHVP) Complex ensures the delivery of efficient, people-centered, client-oriented, corporate services to ensure overall institutional effectiveness in all aspects of the Bank’s corporate services.  The Vice President is responsible for driving efforts to digitize and transform the Bank into a knowledge-based pool of employees, promote human resource policies that showcase talent, drive a performance-based culture, making the Bank an employer of choice.
  • The complex will also be at the forefront of developing a new institutional culture that rewards creativity and innovation, develops talent, attracts and retains world-class staff at the Bank.
The Department/Division
  • Within the CHVP complex, the Corporate Services and Procurement Department designs and implements the Bank’s corporate services and corporate procurement strategies.
  • The role of the Operations and Maintenance Division (CHGS1) of the Department of General Services (CHGS) is to: provide technical management of the Bank’s real estate technical infrastructure; manage all of the Bank’s fixed assets and properties and provide technical support for the Bank’s decentralization policy.
  •  As such, the Operations and Maintenance Division of the General Services Department contributes in a visible way to the support provided by the Corporate Services Complex to the other complexes and entities of the Bank. This Division should play a significant role in the implementation of the Bank’s new development and business delivery model.
The Position
Under the supervision of the CHGS.1 Division Manager (Operations and Maintenance Division), the Principal Civil Engineer is responsible for the management and monitoring of works and maintenance services on Bank-owned real estate (land, buildings, structures and miscellaneous civil engineering infrastructure, etc.) and premises occupied by the Bank at its headquarters and in the country offices:
  • Operate and maintain all of the Bank’s immovable and movable property at Headquarters and the country offices
  • Define and implement the Bank’s administrative and investment budgets for infrastructure;
  • Conduct the execution of new or renovation works and ensure the management of works contracts and maintenance services of the Bank’s infrastructure at Headquarters and in the country offices.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plan and coordinate construction projects for buildings and civil engineering works, improvement and renovation of the Bank’s real estate assets.
  • Initiate and coordinate studies the execution of works and services necessary to improve buildings and installations.
  • Participate in the development of the Bank’s investment programs real-estate infrastructure (buildings, premises and office space, residences, etc.) and the management of the related investment and operating budgets.
  • Participate in the implementation of internal procedures to monitor and inspect new works and maintenance services meet the Bank’s objectives.
  • Oversee the preparation and drafting of technical dossier
  • Develop standard specifications and terms of reference to procure and maintain workspaces and residences in the Bank’s country offices.
  • Participate, in liaison with the coordination unit of the country offices, in implementing the installation of the country offices including identifying spaces for rent, adapted to the standards of the Bank.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams responsible for investment projects and specific refurbishments.
  • Design and apply innovative approaches; work in a team, and draw conclusions, maintain good interpersonal relationships, communicate and be detail-oriented and be customer-oriented.
  • Keep abreast of developments in construction and civil engineering techniques and standards and make recommendations for submission to the Division Manager.
  • Act as the head or acting manager of the Head of Buildings Section in the event of absence.
Selection Criteria
  • Hold at a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or Public Works or an equivalent degree in a related discipline; additional training in the Bank’s rules and procedures for the procurement of works, goods and services would be a plus.
  • Possess at least six (6) years of relevant experience in construction and operating real estate infrastructure in an international setting and five (05) years in engineering consultancy, construction or building maintenance services.
  • Possess sound experience in the planning, and management of complex works and services projects and programs
  • Possess knowledge of civil engineering techniques, characteristics of building construction, road paving and sanitation networks materials.
  • Possess skills in budget management and procurement of works, goods and services.
  • Serve as a specialist on all matters relating to the Bank’s real estate infrastructure (buildings, land, offices, residences, etc.) at headquarters and in the country offices.
  • Propose promoting high environmental quality and the operating and maintenance costs of Bank buildings at headquarters and workspaces in the country offices.
  • Develop standard specifications for the procurement and maintenance of country office premises.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English or French with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Proficiency in standard Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Access, ); knowledge of SAP would be a plus.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Principal Regional Operations Management Officer, RDRI
Reference: ADB/19/211
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: PL4
Position N°: 50071223
The Complex
  • The Bank has reorganized and is developing the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex whose major objective is to build regional capabilities and bring responsibility for client activities closer to the regions.
  • Within the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex (RDVP), the Bank has five (5) Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery (RDIBD) Directorates, one in each region of Africa: North, South, East, West, and Central. Each Regional Directorate is headed by a Director General (DG) and is staffed with the relevant sectoral functions and administrative capabilities for rapid delivery of services to client countries.
  • The Regional Directorates provide overall strategic direction to country offices within the regions and are responsible for the Bank’s operations, business development, project management and overall effective delivery of the Bank’s High 5s of ‘Light up and Power Africa,’ ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Industrialise Africa,’ ‘Integrate Africa,’ ‘Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.
The Hiring Department
  • Under the new Development and Business Delivery Model (DBDM), the Regional Integration Coordinating Department (RDRI) was established within the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex (RDVP) with the aim of providing strategic direction for the Integrate Africa work streams at the regional level while focusing on implementation at the sub-regional and national level through Regional and Country Strategy Papers to enable Regional Member Countries to realize enhanced outcomes.
The Position
  • The Principal Regional Operations Management Officer monitors regional projects implementation and provide support in enhancing productivity, accountability, efficiency of regional operations but also in regional integration business development with Regions and Sector Departments within the Bank and with RDRI external partners.
  • S/he provides expertise, support on regional project design, implementation, follow up, and, if needed, project restructuring activities.
  • S/he will also manage the annual process of initial projects screening for the Regional Operations Envelop (ROE) support.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Division Manager, the Principal Regional Operations Management officer will perform the following duties:
  • Monitor regional operations progress by liaising with Regional Integration Coordinators and, if necessary, RPOs, CPOs and Task Managers on issues of pipeline development, portfolio management but also strategy development and review.
  • Review periodic reports (including but not limited to quarterly, half-yearly, and annual operational, technical, environmental and financial reports) of flagged regional integration projects to ensure compliance with covenants and project implementation timelines, highlighting implementation issues and challenges and keep regular communication with related Country and Head Office staff.
  • Advise and be a member of the origination teams on transactions with focus on improving the regional dimension in the design, the preparation and the implementation of projects and contribute to strengthen quality of the regional operation portfolio at entry.
  • Contribute to build and maintain strong relationships with clients, multilateral partners, and government officials to develop a strong pipeline for new regional operations.
  • Monitor performance of regional operations portfolio and lead analytical work on portfolio analysis.
  • Manage the annual prioritization exercise for the Regional Operation Envelope and participate to potential project sponsors interviews, check accuracy of information provided, and evaluate capacity of the parties to successfully implement the proposed projects.
  • Prepare relevant reports for submission to Management as periodic updates on regional operations portfolio implementation progress.
  • Represent the Division Manager in various committees/meetings on issues related to regional operations portfolio management.
  • Develop, under RDRI management guidance, solid working relationships across regions and complexes, support, and advise RDRI management to improve the reporting on regional integration projects implementation including with RDRI external partners.
Selection Criteria
  • Hold at least a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as economics, international law, international relations or development or related field.
  • Have a minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience in design and / or implementation of cooperation project /  program, notably within an international and development organization
  • Demonstrated experience in portfolio management within a multilateral institution / Proven track record of working with multiple stakeholders across complexes to operationalize collaboration and implement integrated solution to enhance portfolio monitoring.
  • Experience in developing countries and excellent understanding of regional integration policies within Africa.
  • Good knowledge of relevant strategies, policies, procedures and practices of development finance institutions will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to effectively plan, direct, organize and administer diverse activities, to ensure effective delivery of work program.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Deadline: 20th November, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Important Information/Notice
  • To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.
  • Applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted. Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered. The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever.

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