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  • Posted: Nov 26, 2020
    Deadline: Dec 26, 2020
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    The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. The AfDB was founded in 1964 and comprises three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. The AfDB’s missi...
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    Principal Capacity Development Officer (ECAD0)

    Reference: ADB/20/166
    Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
    Grade: PL4
    Position N°: 50053025

    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 emphasizing 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 coordinates and oversees Capacity Development mainstreaming in Bank operations for enhanced development effectiveness in the regional member countries, through: (i) providing advisory services including guidance tools to support effective design and delivery of Capacity Development goals in Bank operations; (ii) identifying and designing tailored Capacity Development programmes and carrying out related activities to sustain development results in the regional members countries; (iii) leveraging partnerships and coordinating knowledge dissemination and outreach, conversion and transfer, with the view to contribute to improved policy-making and economic governance for sustainable development in the regional members countries.

    The Position
    The Principal Capacity Development Officer ECAD0, will play an active role in the day-to-day delivery of the Department’s mandate, ensure high-quality standards are observed and collaborate with the Bank operations to further capacity development mainstreaming within the Bank. Specifically, the Principal Capacity Development Officer ECAD0 has the following responsibilities:

    • Support the capacity development of the Banks RMCs to effectively design and implement their own macroeconomic tools to improve policy-making processes and outcomes.
    • Provide Management and by extension, the ECVP complex and other Bank departments with expert technical advice on addressing RMCs’ capacity building issues and improve dialogue with development partners.
    • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts and implementation of Trust Funds to address emerging capacity development needs in the RMCs.
    • Support the ECAD Senior Director in providing quality assurance and coordination of work program deliverables of the Institute.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Director of the African Development Institute, the Principal Capacity Development Officer will:

    • Participate in the design and delivery of macro-economic management tools and trainings in the RMCs, in collaboration with other relevant staff members across the Bank.
    • Participate in the identification and assessment of capacity needs and demand in the RMCs.
    • Task Manage capacity development activities in collaboration with country investment teams, to contribute to improve
    • Enhance partnerships with international, regional and national training institutions to deepen and expand the scope of capacity development activities in the RMCs.
    • Mobilize resources from the Bank’s Trust Funds and other partners to deliver successful capacity development initiatives in the Bank’s RMCs.
    • Contribute to the preparation of the Annual/Mid-year review of capacity development activities and duly prepare reports and presentations as may be required by Management.
    • In collaboration with ECVP and other Bank departments, design and deliver capacity development programmes in macroeconomic modelling, forecasting and analysis.
    • Task manage ongoing institutional support grants to regional economic capacity development institutions in Africa.
    • Task manage ongoing projects financed by the Bank’s Trust Funds.
    • Contribute to the review of Bank’s core policy, strategy and operational documents.
    • Prepare input to the AfDB Annual Report and articles on capacity development.
    • Participate in peer review meetings in the annual preparation of the African Economic Outlook.
    • Represent the Senior Director in meetings upon request.
    • Undertake any other duties as may be requested by the Senior Director.

    Selection Criteria

    • Hold at minimum a Ph.D in Economics, Finance, Social Sciences, or related fields with a minimum of six (6) years of relevant and progressive professional experience in economic development, public policy analyses, and/or capacity development in international development settings and in Africa.
    • Or hold at minimum a Master Degree in Economics Finance, Social Sciences, or related fields with  a minimum of height (8) years of relevant and progressive professional experience in economic development, public policy analyses, and/or capacity development in international development settings and in Africa
    • Have excellent knowledge of economic development models and a strong ability to interpret the results of research to facilitate policy dialogue.
    • Have proven ability to think strategically and to design long-term plans and programs in line with the Bank’s strategic priorities.
    • Demonstrate the ability to build and manage strategic institutional partnerships for streamlined and increased support to capacity development in the RMCs.
    • Be results-oriented, concise planning to achieve anticipated outcomes.
    • Demonstrated team player with strong interpersonal and communication, problem-solving, self-organization and time management skills. A client and results-oriented individual with a proactive attitude.
    • Strong analytical and negotiation skills.
    • 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 Bank software namely MS Office applications and SAP will be an advantage.

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    Principal Water Supply and Sanitation Officer (RDGC2)

    Reference: ADB/20/102/2
    Location: Libreville, Gabon
    Grade: PL4
    Position N°: 50066100


    • The Vice-Presidency for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery (RDVP) is responsible for operational relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programs and activities. 
    • The RDVP ensures that the Bank operates successfully across its Regional Members Countries (RMCs) and oversees the full implementation of all aspects of the Bank’s Regional Directorates.
    • The Agriculture, Human and Social Development Complex (AHVP) leads in implementing two of the five goals, namely “Feed Africa” and “Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa”. 
    • The Complex comprises five departments: (i) Agriculture and Agro-Industry Development; (ii) Agriculture Finance and Rural Development; (iii) Gender, Women and Civil Society; (iv) Water Development and Sanitation; and, (v) Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development.

    The Hiring Department / Division(s):

    • The Water Development and Sanitation Department (AHWS) is responsible for the coordination of the Bank’s water development and sanitation-related activities to enhance synergies and contribute to achievement of all High 5s.
    • The Department consists of three Divisions: AHWS.1 for water coordination and partnerships, and AHWS.2 for water security and sanitation, as well as the African Water Facility (AWF).
    • AHWS leads the preparation and implementation of water sector Non-Sovereign Operations (NSOs). It also supports regional hubs in operations and in the development and promotion of new knowledge, approaches and tools for green and inclusive water resources development and management, and for improved sanitation. In so doing, the Department leads the scaling-up of the Bank’s contribution to Africa’s efforts to attain water security and sanitation for sustainable socio-economic transformation.

    The Position
    The position of Principal Water Supply and Sanitation Officer based in Gabon has the following objectives:

    • Contribute to attainment of national / regional water and sanitation agenda and related objectives of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including ensuring universal access to water and sanitation and improving water quality to enhance the quality of life for the people;
    • Liaise with stakeholders in the RMCs, work closely with regional platforms and other complexes dealing with water issues, while contributing to the appropriate management of technical knowledge and guidance on affordable water supply services and sanitation technologies and approaches;
    • Provide assistance to RMCs in understanding and applying Bank Group’s operational procedures relating to loan administration, and procurement of goods and services.
    • Develop and manage the portfolio in the sub-region in accordance with the Bank's policy by identifying projects and consulting with governments, the various stakeholders in RMCs and other Technical and Financial Partners (TFPs).

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Under the overall supervision of the Sector Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

    • Provide technical advice / assistance to RMCs to develop their water and sanitation sector;
    • Contribute to the development of the Bank Group Water and Sanitation Sector policy and provide technical advice / guidance to introduce and monitor the implementation of the policy.
    • Identify, prepare and evaluate water and sanitation projects and programmes, together with multisector projects and programmes in Gabon and central region;
    • Identify and coordinate the co-financing needs of the country / region’s projects / programmes and make funding proposals;
    • Supervise portfolio projects in accordance with Bank rules and procedures;
    • Perform project completion missions with a view to preparing project completion reports;
    • Conduct project preparation and appraisal missions in the water and sanitation sector;
    • Provide guidance in the region to supervise staff, monitor the portfolio, the loan programme and the Division's indicators;
    • Support the Manager of Division in monitoring and achieving the target indicators, and in monitoring projects managed by other colleagues;
    • Represent the Division and the Department in meetings and events related to the water and sanitation sector within the Bank, and externally;

    Selection Criteria

    • At least a Master's or equivalent degree in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Water Supply, Sanitation, or related discipline. Knowledge of project management is an asset for the position;
    • Minimum six (6) years of proven and relevant professional experience in monitoring and managing water and sanitation projects, especially in Africa;
    • Demonstrate strong knowledge of the activities of other multilateral and bilateral institutions that finance the water and sanitation sector;
    • Demonstrate sound knowledge of the challenges of the water and sanitation sector, and ability to support RMCs in designing appropriate projects and programmes in the sector;
    • Show good professional experience in water and sanitation project development, and technical support for projects;
    • Possess strong experience working in a multicultural environment and leading project preparation and appraisal teams;
    • Demonstrate strong ability to build and lead motivated and committed teams for project preparation and evaluation;
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French, with a working knowledge of the other language
    • Proficiency in the use of common Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint etc.); Knowledge of SAP is an advantage.

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    Important Information & Notice

    • This position is classified as international recruitment and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.
    • Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and / or a screenshot showing the problem to HR Direct via: HRDirect@AFDB.ORG
    • 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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