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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.

    Principal Special Operation Officer, SOU

     

    Objectives

     

    The Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration Vice Presidency (OIVP) is responsible for all private sector operations falling within the umbrella of the Bank Group’s private sector development strategy. Within this complex, the Special Operations Unit (SOU) provides timely specialized services to resolve distressed assets. The SOU works closely with OPSD and OFSD to plan, organize and implement the activities related to private sector project identification, preparation, appraisal, implementation and portfolio management.

     

    Accountability and Objectives: The Special Operations Unit (SOU) main responsibility is designing and implementing workouts in the form of financial restructurings, or other recovery solutions for jeopardy as well as potentially distressed investments that preserve to the extent possible the Bank’s development impact.  SOU will undertake its workouts either independently or jointly with portfolio management units, with SOU always taking the lead.

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the overall supervision of the Vice-President OIVP, the Head of SOU will have both technical and managerial responsibilities. The incumbent is also expected to develop an understanding of the dynamics of AfDB regional and sector portfolios and to actively communicate with their respective portfolio managers to explore areas of potential SOU value addition. He/she will be :

    • Assuming leadership during the SOU’s startup, including hiring and managing staff, setting work assignments, as well as supervising consultants and liaising with other AfDB units as required in the task of developing policies, procedures, guidelines, and manuals for SOU’s continuing operations;
    • Approving or obtaining approvals for overall asset-resolution objectives;
    • Identifying with SOU staff the specific targets, milestones, and other objectives against which performance assessments will be applied;
    • Undertaking restructuring and recovery efforts regarding jeopardy or distressed investment cases by taking over assets deemed nonperforming or impaired or in risk of becoming nonperforming or impaired, from Portfolio Officers in a structured and documented fashion;
    • Analysing nonperforming and impaired or potentially nonperforming and impaired transactions in order to determine and present the best course of action in terms of asset resolution to the respective approval authority within the Bank.

    Selection Criteria

     

    • At least a Master's Degree or equivalent in economics, finance, accounting or related fields.  An additional qualification such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) will be an added advantage;
    • At least 12 years of relevant experience in an international bank, multilateral/bilateral development organization, or consulting firm. Strong experience in managing corporate and capital restructurings, preferably in the areas of credit is required; in addition to financial analysis, debt re-profiling, recapitalization, pre-and post-default operational restructuring, and management/sale/liquidation distressed asset;
    • Excellent technical knowledge and demonstrated track record in all areas of credit risk management of individual transactions. Proven ability to capture the essence in terms of risks of transactions under review, using the concepts and tools available;
    • Experience in valuation of listed and unlisted equities and ability to assess proposed exit strategies, and experience with Private Equity Funds would be an advantage;
    • Strong analytical abilities, as well as negotiation and transaction execution skills
    • Sound business judgment, with creative problem solving skills
    • Ability to build effective client relationships (internally and externally), to represent SOU effectively within and outside the AfDB, and to play an active role in knowledge sharing;
    • Ability to work under pressure and deliver high-quality work within tight deadlines.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and tactfully to a variety of audiences within and outside the AfDB; and

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    Chief legal counsel (private sector operations), GECL.2

     

    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) the Financial Sector Department (OFSD) and the Special Operations Unit (SOU).  SOU is responsible for managing problem investments in the Bank’s non-sovereign loan and equity portfolios including: restructuring and workouts of problem investments and distressed assets, asset resolution.  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. S/he will be primarily responsible for the following activities in connection with the Bank’s non-sovereign loan and equity portfolios:

    • Liaise and collaborate with staff in the SOU, OFSD, OPSM, finance and environmental and social complexes to develop practical, innovative and creative restructuring and workout solutions for complex infrastructure projects (including power projects, toll roads, airports, ports, oil & gas, amongst others), and advising on distressed investments and non-performing loans, while ensuring compliance with applicable rules, regulations and Bank policies.
    • Advising as appropriate, on documentation in connection with any creditors’ rights issues, on any bankruptcy, insolvency and on any potential dispute resolution alternatives that may be required as part of any debt recovery and insolvency proceedings.
    • Advising on appropriate means for asset resolution including, but not limited to, any asset sales.

    Additionally, s/he may also be required to undertake the following activities with regards to the Bank’s general private sector activities:

    • 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.
    • Liaise and collaborate with staff in the private sector ,finance and environmental and social complexes to develop the appropriate terms and conditions of transactions, ensuring compliance with applicable rules, regulations and Bank policies.
    • Be responsible for drafting and/or reviewing, negotiating and finalizing all relevant legal documentation required for Bank lending.
    • 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

     

    • 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 with a specialization in restructuring and workouts, cross-border insolvency and bankruptcy, distressed debt and asset resolution with a focus on infrastructure projects.
    • Proven competence in international banking and finance, project finance, corporate finance with a specialization in bankruptcy and insolvency law, creditors’ rights issues, disposal of distressed assets, cross-border insolvencies and the negotiation of bankruptcy terms for new loans and inter-creditor agreements, and creditor's rights issues that arise during commercial and other transitions.
    • 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 MS Word, Power Point, Excel and Internet Explorer.

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    Head of the special operation , SOU

     

    Objectives

     

    The Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration Vice Presidency (OIVP) is responsible for all private sector operations falling within the umbrella of the Bank Group’s private sector development strategy. Within this complex, the Special Operations Unit (SOU) provides timely specialized services to resolve distressed assets. The SOU works closely with OPSD and OFSD to plan, organize and implement the activities related to private sector project identification, preparation, appraisal, implementation and portfolio management.

     

    Accountability and Objectives: The Special Operations Unit (SOU) main responsibility is designing and implementing workouts in the form of financial restructurings, or other recovery solutions for jeopardy as well as potentially distressed investments that preserve to the extent possible the Bank’s development impact.  SOU will undertake its workouts either independently or jointly with portfolio management units, with SOU always taking the lead.

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the overall supervision of the Vice-President OIVP, the Head of SOU will have both technical and managerial responsibilities. The incumbent is also expected to develop an understanding of the dynamics of AfDB regional and sector portfolios and to actively communicate with their respective portfolio managers to explore areas of potential SOU value addition. He/she will be :

    • Assuming leadership during the SOU’s startup, including hiring and managing staff, setting work assignments, as well as supervising consultants and liaising with other AfDB units as required in the task of developing policies, procedures, guidelines, and manuals for SOU’s continuing operations;
    • Approving or obtaining approvals for overall asset-resolution objectives;
    • Identifying with SOU staff the specific targets, milestones, and other objectives against which performance assessments will be applied;
    • Undertaking restructuring and recovery efforts regarding jeopardy or distressed investment cases by taking over assets deemed nonperforming or impaired or in risk of becoming nonperforming or impaired, from Portfolio Officers in a structured and documented fashion;
    • Analysing nonperforming and impaired or potentially nonperforming and impaired transactions in order to determine and present the best course of action in terms of asset resolution to the respective approval authority within the Bank.

    Selection Criteria

     

    • At least a Master's Degree or equivalent in economics, finance, accounting or related fields.  An additional qualification such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) will be an added advantage;
    • At least 12 years of relevant experience in an international bank, multilateral/bilateral development organization, or consulting firm. Strong experience in managing corporate and capital restructurings, preferably in the areas of credit is required; in addition to financial analysis, debt re-profiling, recapitalization, pre-and post-default operational restructuring, and management/sale/liquidation distressed asset;
    • Excellent technical knowledge and demonstrated track record in all areas of credit risk management of individual transactions. Proven ability to capture the essence in terms of risks of transactions under review, using the concepts and tools available;
    • Experience in valuation of listed and unlisted equities and ability to assess proposed exit strategies, and experience with Private Equity Funds would be an advantage;
    • Strong analytical abilities, as well as negotiation and transaction execution skills
    • Sound business judgment, with creative problem solving skills
    • Ability to build effective client relationships (internally and externally), to represent SOU effectively within and outside the AfDB, and to play an active role in knowledge sharing;
    • Ability to work under pressure and deliver high-quality work within tight deadlines.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and tactfully to a variety of audiences within and outside the AfDB; and
    • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills.

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    Chief trade and regional integration officer, ONRI.2

     

    Objectives

     

    The Regional Integration Policy and Strategy (RIPoS) approved in November 2014 provides the strategic direction of the ONRI department.  The key pillars of the RIPoS are: 1) infrastructure development (with emphasis on soft infrastructure); Trade & Industrialization; and 3) capacity building as a cross-cutting pillar.   

     

    The objective of the Regional Integration and Trade Division is to implement activities that support regulatory and policy reforms and institutional capacity development to ensure movement of goods and services across borders to facilitate Africa’s economic integration and global trade.  The division’s priority focus areas include: a) trade facilitation and support to infrastructure investments; b) trade policy and capacity support; c) investment attraction & value chain diagnostics; d) Services trade with emphasis on cross-border trade in skills;   and e) financial integration.

     

    The candidate is expected to lead and provide strategic direction to the division’s trade agenda particularly in the areas of trade policy, investment attraction, trade facilitation and services.   Furthermore, he/she is expected to deepen the Bank’s trade analytical and knowledge work, engagement with Regional Member Countries, Regional Economic Communities and other international organizations.  Within the Bank, the candidate is expected to lead and provide technical support to regional and cross border infrastructure operations and develop tools and knowledge products that are operationally relevant.

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the supervision of the ONRI.2 Division Manager, and in collaboration with other staff of the division, the incumbent’s duties and responsibilities will be as follows:

    • Lead the division’s work on trade and regional integration by strengthening and further defining and expanding the current work stream in line with the Bank’s overall agenda and with RMCs and other international partners.
    • Provide strategic and business leadership of trade and regional integration with sector and regional departments in the Bank;
    • Develop trade and regional integration programmes/projects  that are operationally relevant for Bank intervention especially in the infrastructure sector;
    • Build and strengthen partnerships coalitions within and outside the Bank, including the private sector, RECs, local institutions, and NGOs; 
    • Support RECs and RMC in implementation of their regional integration programmes;
    • Mentor and provide guidance to less experienced staff in the preparation of programmes, analytical work, tools and other products and services; 
    • Lead the Bank’s policy dialogue, analytical and knowledge agenda on regional integration and trade and ensure that they are mainstreamed into the Bank’s operational and analytical work;
    • Provide technical and advisory services to Regional Member Countries (RMCs), Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the private sector;
    • Provide support to other duties as assigned by the Division Manager ONRI.2. 

    Selection Criteria

     

     

    • A minimum  Master’s degree or equivalent in  Economics, Law, Social sciences, International Trade/Relations,  or related international development fields;
    • Strong analytical skills and ability to produce high quality reports;
    • At least ten years of  progressively responsible experience in trade , operational experience in Africa is an added advantage;
    • A diverse work background in trade and regional integration issues , especially in the division’s focus areas;  
    • Strong client orientation with commitment to results on the ground;
    • Strong operational experience and ability to contribute to strategic thinking and to integrate strategies and policies into Bank programmes/projects;
    • Proven ability to conduct research, analyze and produce reports.  Publications on topics related to trade and regional integration would be an added advantage;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate ideas effectively;
    • Strong leadership skills including the ability to mentor, coach and to  work effectively in a matrix management environment, both as a team leader and team member; 
    • Excellent computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.;
    • Language skills: proficiency in English or French, with a good working knowledge of the other.  Proficiency in the two working languages of the Bank will be an advantage.

     

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    Division Manager: Regional Integration & Trade, ONRI2

     

    Objectives

     

    The purpose of the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) is to finance the preparation of bankable projects in infrastructure across the continent. Its major partners are African States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Specialized Institutions such as Power Pools and River Basin Organizations including continental bodies, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA). NEPAD-IPPF focuses on Transport, Transboundary Water Resources, Energy and ICT sectors. It is a multi-donor Facility managed by the African Development Bank through the NEPAD, Regional Integration and Trade Department. The key activities of the unit are the management and administration of the resources of the Facility, resource mobilization, organization of Oversight Committee (OC) meetings and portfolio management in collaboration with Task Managers.

     

    The Senior Programme Officer will, in collaboration with the Division Manager be responsible for developing briefs and reports related to IPPF programs, portfolio management, communication, and on the OC meetings.  The senior programme officer will also prepare IPPF’s annual reports and support in the production of communication material for the department.   

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the supervision of the NEPAD-IPPF Manager, the incumbent  shall perform the  following duties:

    • Research and develop analytical reports on IPPF programs including the annual reports;
    • Analyse IPPF’s portfolio and develop reports on Portfolio performance;
    • Track and report on the development impact of IPPF funded interventions through an appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework
    • In collaboration with infrastructure specialists provide briefs and quarterly reports on IPPF’s programmes for OC members;
    • Work closely with the Portfolio analyst to monitor portfolio performance & propose actions to improve performance to management;
    • Support the NEPAD-IPPF Manager  in the implementation  of IPPF operations and the Strategic Business Plan (SBP);
    • Provide material for IPPF’s website and newsletter Prepare and disseminate the quarterly  status report on the execution of the objectives of the SBP;
    • Any other activity that will be assigned by the Manager or the Director.

    Selection Criteria

     

    • A minimum  of Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences,   Economics, ,Law or related international development fields;
    • Proven strong research,  analytical, M&E and writing skills
    • At least seven (7)  years of  professional experience on issues in managing programmes, regional integration, project preparation  and management including tracking and reporting on results;
    • Strong client orientation with commitment to results on the ground and operational experience;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate ideas effectively and to work in a multi-cultural environment;
    • Excellent computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, etc.;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and/or French. A good working knowledge of the other language would be an added advantage

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    Senior Operations Assistant, ONRI

     

    Objectives

     

    The Regional Integration Policy and Strategy (RIPoS) approved in November 2014 provides the strategic direction of the ONRI department.  The key pillars of the RIPoS are: 1) infrastructure development (with emphasis on soft infrastructure); Trade & Industrialization; and 3) capacity building as a cross-cutting pillar.   

     

    The Director’s front office provides strategic focus, support and coordinates the three divisions and two units in the department.  Administrative issues of the front office include implementation of the work programme, budget, procurement and portfolio management.   

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the guidance of the director, the selected candidate is expected to provide administrative and operational support to the department.  Specific duties include:

    • Assists with the preparation of annual working calendar and quarterly mission programme;
    • Support the director in creating/revising  systems and procedures by analyzing operating practices,  budgetary and personnel requirements;
    • Support the preparation of annual budget and work program;
    • Support the development of an annual calendar for work program monitoring;
    • Prepare the quarterly work program reports, mission program;
    • Submission for approval and monitoring Consultant’s summary data sheets;
    • Support task managers on consultancy procurements issues;
    • Monitor and report on project pipeline and portfolio of the department (ONRI, IPPF, AfTra and other Trust Funds)
    • Provide administrative support for workshops and  conferences; 
    • Responsible for processing the department’s documents and  publications;
    • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed;

    Selection Criteria

     

    • At least a Bachelor’s degree or BTS in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, or other related field;
    • At least seven (5)  years of  progressively responsible operational and administrative experience, preferably with international organisations,
    • Should be well versed with IT systems and information management systems such as SAP
    • Strong client orientation with commitment to results and operational experience;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate ideas effectively;
    • Excellent computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and/or French. A good working knowledge of the other language would be an added advantage.

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    Senior program officer, JSSO

     

    Objectives

     

    The Joint Secretariat Support Office (JSSO), based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The main purpose of the JSSO is to strengthen collaboration and coordination and leverage synergies between the three institutions. The Office therefore works closely with the three institutions to monitor and follow up on the implementation of joint initiatives such as the PIDA, Agenda 2063, the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), ClimDev, etc.

     

    The Incumbent will work closely with the Coordinator to implement joint initiative to strengthen the collaboration between the three institutions.

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the general guidance of the Director of ONRI and the specific technical guidance and administrative supervision of the JSSO Coordinator, the senior Program Officer of the JSSO will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

    • Write reports  and briefs for the JSSO related to key continental initiatives such as Agenda 2063, ClimDEV, BIAT, CFTA, & PIDA;
    • Provide technical input to seminars, Workshops and meetings organized by JSSO;
    • Monitor implementation of  joint programmes & ensure complementarity among the three continental institutions: AUC, UNECA & AfDB; 
    • Help to determine new and emerging issues requiring strategic intervention by the three institutions;
    • Ensure that cooperation arrangements are program-oriented and based on the common priority areas;
    • Identify resource requirements of the JSSO and its activities as well as potential funding sources;
    • Coordinate the on-going collaboration between the three institutions in the area of regional integration, particularly with regard to the implementation of NEPAD programmes and activities such as the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), the prioritization of NEPAD programs, implementation of the African Action Plan (AAP) and participation in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and their related programs and meetings;
    • Provide technical input to technical reports and supervise research reports commissioned by JSSO secretariat;
    • Represent the Bank, upon delegation by the JSSO Coordinator or other relevant Bank departments, in joint meetings with the ECA, AUC and other Addis Ababa-based institutions and help coordinate joint initiatives;
    • Prepare each year a Report on the Status of collaboration between the three institutions.

    Selection Criteria

     

    • At least a Master’s degree in social sciences, development, economics international relations   and related fields.
    • A minimum of six years  of relevant professional experience
    • Excellent writing and analytical skills (an added advantage)
    • Knowledge of Bank  policies and good working knowledge of the AUC and ECA
    • Experience in dealing with national and regional authorities.
    • Proven ability to conduct research, analyse and synthesize information and produce reports.
    • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
    • Excellent computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
    • Language skills: proficiency in English and French, given that the incumbent will be required to interact with highest authorities of the three institutions and member countries, RECs, DFIs, ROs, the media, civil society organizations and other stakeholders, sometimes on a one-to-one basis.

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    Senior program officer, ONRI / IPPF

     

    Objectives

     

    The purpose of the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) is to finance the preparation of bankable projects in infrastructure across the continent. Its major partners are African States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Specialized Institutions such as Power Pools and River Basin Organizations including continental bodies, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA). NEPAD-IPPF focuses on Transport, Transboundary Water Resources, Energy and ICT sectors. It is a multi-donor Facility managed by the African Development Bank through the NEPAD, Regional Integration and Trade Department. The key activities of the unit are the management and administration of the resources of the Facility, resource mobilization, organization of Oversight Committee (OC) meetings and portfolio management in collaboration with Task Managers.

     

    The Senior Programme Officer will, in collaboration with the Division Manager be responsible for developing briefs and reports related to IPPF programs, portfolio management, communication, and on the OC meetings.  The senior programme officer will also prepare IPPF’s annual reports and support in the production of communication material for the department.     

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the supervision of the NEPAD-IPPF Manager, the incumbent  shall perform the  following duties:

    • Research and develop analytical reports on IPPF programs including the annual reports;
    • Analyse IPPF’s portfolio and develop reports on Portfolio performance;
    • Track and report on the development impact of IPPF funded interventions through an appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework
    • In collaboration with infrastructure specialists provide briefs and quarterly reports on IPPF’s programmes for OC members;
    • Work closely with the Portfolio analyst to monitor portfolio performance & propose actions to improve performance to management;
    • Support the NEPAD-IPPF Manager  in the implementation  of IPPF operations and the Strategic Business Plan (SBP);
    • Provide material for IPPF’s website and newsletter Prepare and disseminate the quarterly  status report on the execution of the objectives of the SBP;
    • Any other activity that will be assigned by the Manager or the Director.

    Selection Criteria

     

    • A minimum  of Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences,   Economics, ,Law or related international development fields;
    • Proven strong research,  analytical, M&E and writing skills
    • At least seven (7)  years of  professional experience on issues in managing programmes, regional integration, project preparation  and management including tracking and reporting on results;
    • Strong client orientation with commitment to results on the ground and operational experience;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate ideas effectively and to work in a multi-cultural environment;
    • Excellent computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, etc.;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and/or French. A good working knowledge of the other language would be an added advantage

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    Senior trade and investment officer, ONRI.2

     

    Objectives

     

    The Regional Integration and Trade Division is seeking an experienced Trade and Investment specialist to design and implement programmes for promoting investment and trade linkages across several industries, especially between Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The Regional Integration Policy and Strategy (RIPoS) approved in November 2014 provides the strategic direction of the ONRI department.  The key pillars of the RIPoS are: 1) infrastructure development (with emphasis on soft infrastructure); Trade & Industrialization; and 3) capacity building as a cross-cutting pillar.   

     

    The objective of the Regional Integration and Trade Division is to implement activities that support regulatory and policy reforms and cross-border trade and investment to help facilitate the free movement of goods and services and in order to enable Africa’s economic integration into the global economy.  The division’s priority focus areas include: a) trade facilitation and support to infrastructure investments; b) trade policy and capacity support; c) investment attraction & value chain diagnostics; d) Services trade with emphasis on free movement of persons and talent mobility;   and e) financial integration.

     

    Investments are critical to promoting trade across Africa and developing the African private sector. The candidate is expected to deepen the Bank’s work in investment facilitation through support for policy and regulatory reforms as well as institutional strengthening by developing analytical and knowledge works and Technical Assistance projects through close collaboration with Regional Member Countries, Regional Economic Communities and sister international organizations.  Within the Bank, the candidate is expected provide technical support on the investment aspects of regional infrastructure operations and develop tools and knowledge products that are operationally relevant.  

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the supervision of the Division Manager Regional Integration and Trade, the Senior Trade and Investment Expert will:

    • Develop and implement targeted programmes and projects to support investment promotion and trade promotion agencies, working in collaboration with the Bank’s African Development Institute (EADI) and the Private Sector Department.   
    • Design and implement collaborative project partnerships on trade and investment promotion with sister organizations such as the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Bank’s Trade and Competitiveness Practice.
    • Support Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Member Countries (RMCs) in implementing their programmes on investment promotion. This includes support for institutional strengthening of investment promotion agencies, regulatory reforms to facilitate investment and programmes specifically targeting the investment facilitation for the African private sector.
    • Support the division’s work on targeting promotion of investments into Africa from specific markets in order to promote trade, such as the USA through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Africa – EU Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).
    • Contribute to the Bank’s knowledge base on investment facilitation, best practices and new developments in the area
    • Provide technical and advisory services to Regional Member Countries (RMCs), Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the private sector on investment facilitation reforms.
    • Mobilize resources within and outside the Bank for technical assistance activities to support investment facilitation.
    • Provide technical support on the investment aspects of the Department’s infrastructure operations,
    • Provide support to other duties as assigned by the Manager or the Director, ONRI

    Selection Criteria

     

    • A minimum  Master’s degree or equivalent in  Economics, Law, Finance, Social Sciences, International Trade/Relations,  or related international development fields,
    • At least five (5) years of  progressive experience in investment facilitation;
    • Familiar with trade/ investment treaties and cross-border investment facilitation in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America;
    • Previous experience in providing investment facilitation support in Africa would be an advantage;
    • Strong client orientation with commitment to results on the ground;
    • Strong operational experience and ability to contribute to strategic thinking and to integrate strategies and policies into Bank programmes/projects;
    • Strong writing skills and a proven ability to conduct research and produce analytical reports.  Demonstration of previous publications on trade issues and investment facilitation would be an added advantage;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate ideas effectively;
    • Ability to  work effectively in a matrix management environment, both as a team leader and team member; 
    • Excellent computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc;
    • Language skills: proficiency in English or French, with a good working knowledge of the other.  Proficiency in the two working languages of the Bank will be an asset.

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click on preferred job titles to apply online.

    Principal special operation officer, SOU

       
    Chief legal counsel (private sector operations), GECL.2    
    Head of the special operation , SOU    
    Chief trade and regional integration officer, ONRI.2    
    Division Manager: Regional Integration & Trade, ONRI2    
    Senior Operations Assistant, ONRI    
    Senior program officer, JSSO    
    Senior program officer, ONRI / IPPF    
    Senior trade and investment officer, ONRI.2

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