• Cuurent Careers at African Development Bank (AfDB)

  • Posted on: 19 September, 2014 Deadline: 8 October, 2014
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  • The first thing you will notice about the AfDB is the passion of its employees to help reduce poverty on the continent, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development. That is what drives us to seek motivated individuals who share this commitment to poverty reduction.

    Our network of leading experts in every field identifies women and men whose experience, knowledge, and talents contribute to improving the quality of life on the continent.

    AfDB staff work with governments across the continent, helping them in critical areas of development, from policy advice to the identification, preparation, appraisal and supervision of development projects.

    Our core areas of activities include, among others, infrastructure, private sector development, policy advice, gender equality, climate change and regional integration. The Bank Group is deeply committed to anti-corruption initiatives with a view to improving the continent’s investment climate.

    We are committed to diversity and strive to hire the best brains from across the globe. Our staff are diverse in many respects, including gender, nationality, race, culture, education and experience and fully represent our member countries.

    The AfDB offers a variety of roles suited to your goals, background and talents, providing opportunities to advance, grow and strike the right balance between work and life that is best for you.

    Secretary

     

    Grade: GS5
    Position N°: NA
    Reference: ADB/14/032
    Publication date: 16/09/2014
    Closing date: 30/09/2014

    Objectives
    The Energy 2 Division of the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department of the African Development Bank is recruiting a Secretary who will report to the Division Manager, ONEC2 and provide assistance for a wide range of administrative and operational tasks. He/She will oversee the smooth operation of the offices’ support work and related systems by assuming responsibility for the organizational and coordination of work flow as well as reviewing, processing and executing a variety of resource management transactions. He/She will liaise with the Bank Group offices across Africa as well as with various services within the Bank’s headquarters and assure efficient communication and coordination activities.

    Duties and responsibilities
    Under the overall supervision of the Director and/or Division Manager, the incumbent will provide administrative support and secretarial services, and carry out the following duties:

    •     Devise and maintain efficient office systems;
    •     Organize and attend to multiple meetings, appointments, luncheons and events to ensure that responsible management is well prepared;
    •     Organize meetings on the basis of the Division Manager’s/Director’s schedule while preparing relevant documents and the necessary logistics and facilities;
    •     Track and follow up on documents, deal with faxes and general correspondence and briefs;
    •     Manage the flow of information by receiving, examining, sorting and monitoring the Division’s incoming and outgoing mail, taking into account the priority and urgency of the documents concerned; organize logical filing of this correspondence.;
    •     Handle incoming and outgoing telephone-calls;
    •     Establish and update the agenda and electronic mail address book; Drafting of mail and documents, in conformity with administrative instructions;
    •     Draft memoranda and acknowledgement letters to be submitted, along with their background documents, for the Division Manager’s/Director’s signature;
    •     Prepare minutes of meetings and briefs;
    •     Ensure the translation of documents;
    •     Prepare and administratively follow-up on the missions of the Division Manager/Director and staff of the Division (airline tickets, visas, hotel reservations, follow-up of per diem payments, transport reservation);
    •     Make necessary arrangements for visiting delegations;
    •     Provide general administrative support for the Department by liaising with the General Services and Procurement Department (CGSP) in respect of office accommodation, allocation of office furniture, equipment and supplies as allocated in the Department;
    •     Request for repair and maintenance works and follow-up to ensure that such works have been satisfactorily carried out;
    •     Initiate and prepare various administrative documents and forms, such as staff lists, staff absences (annual leave, home, leave, excused absence and maternity leave) as well as statistical data on staff, as required;
    •     Create and process expense reports in SAP;
    •     Be conversant with DACON application and procurement rules in regards to the hiring of consultants;
    •     Monitor and review expenses and bring issues related to administrative budget to the attention of management;
    •     Assist where applicable with the programming of operational activities by using the appropriate software.
    •     All other secretarial and administrative duties as required.

    THIS POSITION DOES NOT ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
    (Incumbents of the post will be considered as local staff and will therefore not have international status)

    Selection Criteria
    Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience

    •     A minimum of a Licence / Bachelor’s Degree or BAC+4 or Maîtrise or its equivalent in Business Management, Commerce, Administration or related discipline, preferably supplemented with courses in secretarial duties, training/administration/office management, etc.
    •     Preferably a minimum of four (4) years of progressively relevant and practical experience, in an executive office (gained with an international organisation).
    •     Strong customer service skills, good organisational and planning skills, ability to multitask, attention to detail and ability to work with a diverse workforce.
    •     Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
    •     Good knowledge of French
    •     Excellent use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SAP).
    •     Strong typing skills.
    •     Excellent sense of initiative, confidentiality, enthusiasm, team spirit.

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    Senior Legal Counsel (Private Sector Operations)

     

    Grade: PL5 (x2)
    Position N°: NA
    Reference: 50000642 & 50068935
    Publication date: 17/09/2014
    Closing date: 08/10/2014

    Objectives
    General Counsel and Legal Services Department (GECL): GECL provides legal services to the statutory organs of the Bank and the Fund. In addition, GECL provides legal advice on the administration, operations and financial activities of the Bank. GECL also ensures that the activities and operations of the Bank’s Group are consistent with the constitutive documents and other legal instruments of the Bank’s Group, its policies, the relevant norms and principles of international and commercial law, and the best practices of development finance institutions.

    Private Sector Division (GECL2): The Private Sector Division's advises on private sector transactions and other initiatives mostly originated by the Bank’s private sector operations department (OPSM). Most of the transactions include non-sovereign loans, guarantees, project finance, syndicated loans, equity participations and trade finance.
    Duties and responsibilities

    Under the direct supervision of the Division Manager, Private Sector Operations (GECL.2), the incumbent will be responsible for the following activities in connection with the Private Sector activities of the Bank:

    •     Conducting legal due diligence on proposed transactions such as the review of project documents and agreements (including development or construction contracts, supplier agreements, concession agreements, joint venture agreements, management agreements and shareholders’ agreements etc), constitutive documents of proposed borrowers/investee funds and review of local regulatory requirements;
    •     Liaising and collaborating with staff in the private sector operations, finance and environmental and social departments to develop the appropriate terms and conditions of each transaction, ensuring compliance with Bank’s policies;
    •     Participating in project appraisal missions and reviewing project concept notes, project appraisal reports, drafting board resolutions;
    •     Drafting and/or reviewing, negotiating and finalising all legal documentation relevant to the proposed transaction, including term sheets, loan agreements, lines of credit agreements, common terms agreements, guarantee agreements, participation agreements, inter-creditor agreements, security documentation, assignment agreements and information memoranda etc, depending on the nature of the project and the type of financing;
    •     Advising on transaction structure and documentation for private equity investments by the Bank to ensure compliance with Bank policies and practice as well as applicable laws including drafting and/or reviewing shareholders agreements, partnership agreements, management agreements, co-investment agreements, subscription agreements etc
    •     Providing legal support for the implementation and monitoring of projects after signing and disbursement, including advising on waiver requests, approval requests and project work-outs;
    •     Liaising with co-lenders/investors, partners and external counsel as and when needed; and
    •     Undertaking such other assignments as required in furtherance of the Department's mandate.

    Selection Criteria
    Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience

    •     At least a Master’s degree in Law, plus admission to the Bar of (or diploma to practice law in) a member country; or a first university degree plus a relevant combination of academic qualification in Law (e.g. Juris Doctor (JD) plus admission to the Bar of (or diploma to practice law in) a member country of the Bank;
    •     Possess at least 5 years of relevant professional experience with an established law firm or an international financial institution, with in-depth experience in major international financial transactions;
    •     Proven competence in either International banking and finance, Project Finance, Private Equity, Development and/or Public International Law;
    •     Excellent negotiation skills and demonstrated ability to work under pressure and deliver within tight deadlines;
    •     Possess a versatile multi-disciplinary skills-set, an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and effective communication, team building, inter-personal, writing and analytical skills;
    •     Ability to communicate and write effectively in English and/or French, the ability to work in both languages is an added advantage; and,
    •     IT Competence in the use of standard software such as MSWord, Power Point, Excel and Internet Explorer.

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    Chief Legal Counsel - Private Sector Operations

     

    Grade: PL3
    Position N°: NA
    Reference: 50076313
    Publication date: 17/09/2014
    Closing date: 08/10/2014

    Objectives
    General Counsel and Legal Services Department: The principal objective of the General Counsel and Legal Services Department (GECL) is to protect the interests of the Bank and to insulate the Bank from legal liability. GECL provides legal support and advice to the Boards of the Bank Group, to the President and Vice-Presidents as well as to the operational, financial and administrative departments of the Bank. GECL ensures that the Bank’s activities and operations are consistent with the constitutive documents and other legal instruments of the Bank, its policies, the norms and principles of international and commercial law and the best practices of international development banking.

    Private Sector Operations Division: The main activities of the Private Sector Operations Division of GECL (GECL.2) are to handle private sector and other non-sovereign transactions and support the work of the Bank’s Private Sector Department (OPSM). These transactions comprise principally non-sovereign loans, guarantees, project finance transactions, syndicated loans, private equity and trade finance, amongst others.
    Duties and responsibilities

    Under the direct supervision of the Division Manager, Private Sector Operations (GECL.2), the Chief Legal Counsel will be a team leader in the Division, and will assist the Division Manager in coordinating and supervising the work of the Division. He/she may be requested to assume management functions in the absence of the Division Manager. He/she will be responsible for the following activities in connection with the private sector activities of the Bank:

    •     Provide technical guidance to counsel in the Division including in structuring complex transactions in a manner that is consistent with the mandate and policies of the Bank;
    •     Conduct legal due diligence on proposed transactions such as, the review of project documents and agreements, constitutive documents of proposed borrowers/investee funds and review of local legal and regulatory requirements;
    •     Be responsible for drafting and/or reviewing, negotiating and finalizing all relevant legal documentation required for Bank lending;
    •     Advise on transaction structure and deal documentation for proposed private equity investments by the Bank to ensure compliance with Bank policy and practice as well as applicable laws including drafting and/or reviewing shareholders agreements, management agreements, subscription agreements, etc.
    •     Liaise and collaborate with staff in the private sector operations (OPSM), finance and environmental and social complexes to develop the appropriate terms and conditions of transactions, ensuring compliance with applicable rules, regulations and Bank policies;
    •     Participate in project appraisal missions and review project concept notes, project appraisal reports, draft board resolutions and assist in preparing projects for presentation to the Board of Directors;
    •     Provide legal support for the implementation and monitoring of projects/transactions post-financial close including advising on waiver requests, consents and approvals and project work-outs amongst others;
    •     Liaise with co-lenders/investors, partners and external counsel as appropriate;
    •     Assist the Division Manager in coordination and quality control of the legal services provided by the Division; and
    •     Undertaking such other assignments as required in furtherance of the Department's mandate.

    Selection Criteria
    Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience

    •     At least a Master’s degree in Law, plus admission to the Bar of (or diploma to practice law in) a member country; or a first university degree plus a relevant combination of academic qualification in Law (e.g. Juris Doctor (JD) plus admission to the Bar of (or diploma to practice law in) a member country of the Bank;
    •     At least 7 years of relevant professional experience with an established law firm or an international financial institution, with in-depth experience in major international financial transactions;
    •     Proven competence in international banking and finance, project finance, loan syndications, trade finance, investment funds, and public international law; and
    •     Excellent negotiation skills and demonstrated ability to work under pressure and deliver within tight deadlines;
    •     Possess a versatile multi-disciplinary skill-set, an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and effective communication, team building, inter-personal, writing and analytical skills;
    •     Ability to communicate and write effectively in English and/or French. A working knowledge of the other language will be an added advantage; and
    •     IT competence in the use of standard software such as MSWord, Power Point, Excel and Internet Explorer.

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click here to apply online.

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