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  • African Development Bank (AfDB) - Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).

    The Bank's development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 - 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas, all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

    Principal and Senior Resource Mobilization Officers - FRMB.1 & FRMB.2

     

    Objectives

    The Resource Mobilization and External Finance Department (FRMB) is responsible for the strategic resource mobilization and the leveraging of the financial resources and instruments of the African Development Bank Group. It seeks to increase the pool and types of funding available to the Bank’s Regional Member Countries in line with the Bank’s Ten-year strategy (TYS). The Sovereign Division (FRMB.1) is responsible for fund raising initiatives and partnerships with sovereign entities, including the replenishment of the African Development Fund (ADF) and technical cooperation with legacy bilateral donors. It also coordinates the Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA), the allocation process of ADF resources among beneficiary countries (PBA), and monitors their use in accordance with the relevant ADF policies and guidelines. The Non-Sovereign and International Institutions  Division (FRMB.2) is responsible for fund raising initiatives and partnerships with non-sovereign entities, and traditional and emerging donors outside of the ADF process. The division is also in charge of the relationships with the private sector, foundations and philanthropic organizations.

    Duties and responsibilities

    1.   Play a crucial role in the organization and coordination of the ADF replenishment and mid-term review processes, including the management of relationships with ADF Deputies, as well as contributing to discussions, papers, presentations on the ADF's financial and related issues (e.g., the long-term financial sustainability and capacity of the ADF, alternative sources of funding, innovative instruments, etc.).

    2.   Be part of the team task managing and/or contributing to the monitoring and reporting on the utilization of the different ADF resource envelopes, in collaboration with the other relevant departments.

    3.   Help manage the annual assessments of the Bank's Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) and all related processes, in particular, take key responsibility in the designing, maintaining, developing, and otherwise, fine-tuning the various CPIA data that provides governments, researchers, civil society organizations and individuals a quick access to the historical performance of the Bank's CPIA scores and ratings.

    4.   Play a crucial role in and/or contribute to the development of strategic options for positioning the Bank Group in the global aid architecture, mobilizing and deploying its resources, by contributing to the planning, conceptualization, elaboration and presentation of the Bank Group key resource mobilization and negotiation documents.

    5.   Play a key role in coordinating resource mobilization through co-financing, trust funds, special initiatives and any other innovative partnership mechanisms; while also promoting the utilization of mobilized resources by user Departments, monitoring their disbursement, and preparing progress reports/financial reports to the respective Donors and to Senior Management.

    6.   Contribute and/or participate in the organization of regular internal and external outreach events for the benefit of staff, clients and other stakeholders, to explain the activities of the different funds and key drivers of the allocation system.

    7.   Organize business development and strategic initiatives consultations and meetings with key sovereign partners; and effectively monitor the implementation progress of any existing or new partnership agreements formalized with those partners.

    8.   Participate and/or organize high-level partnerships events and forums, including the annual AfDB Partnership Forum, involving the Board Members, Senior Management and traditional and emerging partners globally.

    9.   Provide internal stakeholders with regular information and analysis of development partner funding priorities to strengthen opportunities for target fundraising and facilitate the coordination and collaboration between Bank Group business units.

    10.  Help organize and lead key Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) meetings and working groups of important donors and international meetings, as required.

    11.  Manage relationships with existing donors effectively and with a measure of proactivity, and convey a global view of the Bank's operations and key priorities for funding.

    12.  Propose new strategic partnerships with a variety of donors in light of the TYS and operational priorities of the Bank.

    13.  Organize high-level partnerships events and forums, including Business Opportunity Seminars for traditional and emerging partners globally.

    14.  Provide internal stakeholders with regular information of development partner funding priorities to strengthen target fundraising and facilitate the coordination and collaboration between Bank Group business units. and

    15.  Contribute to the effective collaboration with other departments and complexes.

    Selection Criteria

    • Minimum of a Master's degree in economics, law, international affairs, finance, business or engineering or any other relevant field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
    • Experience with innovative finance, particularly concessional resources, in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs);
    • Proven quantitative and qualitative analytical and problem solving skills (experience in treasury, corporate finance, risk management, or accounting would be pluses);
    • A minimum of five (5) years for the PL-5 positions and six (6) years for the PL-4 positions of relevant experience including in resource mobilization, project development and implementation preferably across public, private and/or non-profit sectors along with established operational track record in achieving results; (fundraising with international, public and private sector a major plus); 
    • Proven ability to take initiative, innovate, adapt and make smart decisions; to create, apply, and share knowledge; to share expertise and learning; to develop self and others; to expand networks; to collaborate within teams and across boundaries; to be inclusive and exhibit good corporate citizenship.
    • Superior written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French (with a working-knowledge of the other language) including the ability to synthesize complex issues into effective written and oral briefs to diverse audiences;
    • Ability to apply a practical approach to problem solving, produce high quality work outputs, effectively prioritize, and adaptation skills at times of competing and unexpected demands;
    • Proven interpersonal, relationship building and diplomatic skills as well as a high degree of discretion and tact necessary to effectively maintain good relationships with partner countries and the Bank shareholders;
    • Proven ability to identify and provide sound advice on policy and financial issues, setting priorities and weighing tradeoffs; 
    • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

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    Chief Communication Specialist (President’s Speechwriter/Editor)

     

    Objectives

     

    THE BANK:

     

    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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas, all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

     

    THE POSITION

     

    The Communication and External Relations Department (CERD) assists the Boards of Directors, Management and staff in the definition and implementation of the Bank’s overall communication policies, strategies and programmes intended to facilitate the institution’s ability to mobilize the support of its shareholders and various partners and stakeholders for the Bank Group operations. It also disseminates the Bank’s events and institutional messages and provides services destined to ensure public access and knowledge about its activities. It is responsible for providing a better understanding and feedback about the internal and external perceptions of the institution.

     

    The Communication Specialist (President’s Speechwriter/Editor) will take the lead in producing speeches that articulate the vision and ideas of a President who maintains a very active internal and international speaking schedule. In addition to Board members and staff of the Bank, major audiences include Bank Governors, National Government Leaders, Public and Private Sector officials, the international donors’ community, diplomatic and professional bodies, civil society organizations, and academic leaders. The President’s Speech Writer’s responsibilities also include drafting, editing and revising official documents that extend the President's message.

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the supervision of the Chief of Staff & Director of Cabinet of the President, the Communication Specialist (President’s Speechwriter/Editor) is responsible for the following duties:

     

    1.    Setting medium and long-term goals to accomplish communication goals for the President’s office, both with senior management of the Bank, and the wider world; and providing input in the preparation of budgets to effectively achieve these goals;

     

    2.    Writing, editing and proofreading speeches and statements for the President; gathering and analysing facts, statements and all communications to and from the President; preparing and /or reviewing official statements for the Office of the President;

     

    3.    Proactively identifying issues and targeting audiences for which the President should make public statements inside and outside the Bank;

     

    4.    Working closely with the Bank’s language Services unit to ensure good quality statements and translated documents;

     

    5.    Assembling, reviewing and summarizing  key messages in various publications, including policy reports, newspapers, magazine articles, the annual report, and other periodicals ;

     

    6.    Contributing through periodic written reports to the President’s office follow up of policy aspects and commitments made through speeches and statements, in line with the President’s mandate; 

     

    7.    Coordinating and attending to requests to the Office of the President for information and materials by the different interest groups within the Bank, external groups and organizations.

     

    8.    Determining, in collaboration with the Bank’s communication team, appropriate news/communication’s content, design and packaging for different audiences within and outside the Bank;

     

    9.    Working closely with the Bank’s communications team as liaison for all communication and written media assignments related to the President.

    Selection Criteria

     

    1.    At least a Master’s degree or equivalent in Communication , Languages and Linguistics, International Relations or related fields; 

     

    2.    A minimum of 7 years of experience in a similar position;

     

    3.    Strong record of writing and communication experience in English.  Working knowledge of French is an advantage;

     

    4.    Excellent interpersonal skills;

     

    5.    Experience in a similar environment (International Financial Institution or Multilateral Development Bank); 

     

    6.    Strong qualifications and hands-on experience in writing, research, print media, and academia; outstanding record of publications and of high quality and varied written communication pieces; ability to work fast and produce quality results;

     

    7.    Integrity, independence, and ability to work under pressure; excellent organizational, analytical and communication skills;

     

    8.    Competence in the use of the Bank standard software applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

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    Secretary General

     

    Objectives

     

    THE BANK:

     

    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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas, all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialisation, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa. The Bank is seeking to build a senior management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    The Secretary-General reports directly to the President and supervises the General Secretariat which provides secretarial services to Boards of Governors and Boards of Directors. The Secretary-General is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the day-to-day functioning of the General Secretariat (SEGL) and other responsibilities which include but are not limited to the following:

     

    1.    Providing advisory services to the President of the Bank and senior management on the one hand and ensures consensus building - formal and informal – with respect to Board matters.

     

    2.    Providing administrative support and secretarial services to the Board of Directors, Governors of the African Development Bank and the African development Fund.

     

    3.    Ensuring the coordination of statutory relations with the Governments of member countries and Boards of Governors.

     

    4.    Directing and supervising activities relating to reproducing, publishing, storing and distributing of Bank’s internal documents.

     

    5.    Ensuring management and safe-keeping of vital records and supervising utilization of the Bank’s seals.

     

    6.    Verifying, controlling and ensuring the observance by the Bank Group, of obligations and rights stipulated in agreements and conventions signed with member States, Governments and International Organizations.

     

    7.    Planning, directing and supervising the translation of all official documents and interpretation services for meetings of the Board of Governors, Directors and organizational units.

     

    8.    Ensuring that efficient protocol and related support services are provided to the Bank’s elected officers, and other related administrative services to Bank staff. 

    Selection Criteria

     

    1.    A minimum of a Master's degree or its equivalent in Political Science, Law, Corporate Governance, Business Administration, or related disciplines.

     

    2.    A minimum of fifteen (15) years relevant and demonstrable experience acquired in corporate governance and or Board management or relevant areas. The last eight (08) years should be at a senior management level.

     

    3.    Demonstrable understanding of corporate governance and protocol issues; and the role of Boards in multilateral development institutions and issues related to Board effectiveness.

     

    4.    Experience in managing host country agreements and relations with governments and the diplomatic community.

     

    5.    Excellent understanding of multilateral development institutions group policies, strategies and operational issues and the role of the Board and governors in these processes.

     

    6.    Demonstrated ability to take prudent business risks and make effective, timely and well-determined decisions.

     

    7.    Proven ability to build and lead motivated and committed teams across functional boundaries, and utilize talent and expertise of team members in a productive way.

     

    8.    Strong managerial, interpersonal and communication skills; strong negotiating skills; ability to think strategically.

     

    9.    Ability to listen and communicate effectively with oversight bodies such as Boards of Executive Directors and Governors and other senior management and government officials.

     

    10. Ability to think strategically and design long-term plans and programs to develop staff competences in line with strategic priorities.

     

    11. Ability to inspire, generate and sustain staff commitment and professional excellence.

     

    12. Excellent negotiating skills and ability to communicate orally and write effectively in English and/or French, with a working knowledge of the other language.

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    General Counsel & Director

     

    Objectives

     

    THE BANK:

     

    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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas, all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa. The Bank is seeking to build a senior management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    The principal function of the Legal Services Department is to protect the interest of the Bank from legal liability and, as necessary, to provide legal defence in cases against or by the Bank. The Department provides, in particular, legal support, legal advice and services to the Boards of the Bank Group, to the President, Vice Presidents, as well as the operational, financial and administrative Departments of the Bank. It ensures that the Bank Group has at its disposal the best available legal support, advice and services in order to enable the Bank Group to fulfil its functions, in accordance with the constitutive instruments of the Bank Group and the principles and norms of international investment banking. The Department exercises both advisory and operational functions and responsibilities, and renders legal support, advice and services in connection with all aspects of the business of the Bank Group.

     

    The General Counsel and Director, Legal Services Department, reports directly to the President and is the principal legal adviser of the President and the Boards of Governors and Directors. The incumbent represents the Bank in all litigation before internal adjudication machinery and in cases of outside arbitral and judicial proceedings.

     

    The General Counsel will be responsible for the following functions:

     

    1.    As the principal legal advisor of the governing bodies of the Bank and its Management, provide legal support and services to the Boards of Governors and Directors and Management of the Bank.

     

    2.    Draft all legal instruments for the governance of the Bank, to ensure conformity with constitutive agreements, rules and regulations of the Bank and to enhance the pace of implementation of their decisions

     

    3.    Ensure that the policies of the Bank conform to sound legal principles in line with the practices of other international financial institutions.

     

    4.    Represents the Bank in negotiations with member states, other international organizations and, represents and defends the Bank in arbitral and judicial proceedings.

     

    5.    Leading, planning, directing, managing and coordinating the work of the Legal Services Department to ensure responsiveness, effectiveness and high-level delivery on all legal matters, and also advance strategic directions of the Bank.

     

    6.    The incumbent will drive a performance-based contract system in the Department to ensure accountability and high level productivity.

     

    7.    Direct and manage all activities related to providing advice and assistance to all organizational units of the Bank on legal aspects of institutional, financial, operational and administrative matters.

     

    8.    Establishing and maintaining contacts with the legal profession outside the Bank and arranging for the Bank Group to obtain the best legal advice and services as needed.

    Selection Criteria

     

    The prospective candidates are expected to have:

    1. At least a Master’s degree in private and public law, international finance, commercial law, comparative and corporate law.
    2. Admission to the Bar Association of a member country of the African Development Bank.
    3. A minimum of 15 years of experience in legal practice, with extensive experience in structuring and negotiation of transactions across multiple sectors and countries, 8 years of which must be at a senior management level.
    4. Extensive experience in legal services for international organizations.
    5. Excellent leadership, management and negotiation skills.
    6. Proven excellent writing and communications skills in both French and English languages.
    7. Ability to work in complex multicultural institutional environments.

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    Senior Legal Counsel - Administration - GECL.4

     

    Objectives

     

    The principal objective of the General Counsel and Legal Services Department (GECL) is to protect the interests of the Bank in connection with all aspects of the business of the Bank Group, including providing legal opinion, drafting all legal instruments required for the Bank’s activities as well representing the Bank in litigation internally and externally.

     

    The role of the Administrative Affairs Division (GECL4) is to provide legal advice and assistance in connection with (i) all legal aspects pertaining to the Bank’s rules, regulations, procedures and processes other than those related to the Bank’s financing, borrowing and investment activities, (ii) institutional procurement, (iii) corporate legal issues arising from the interpretation and application of various Bank instruments, and (iv) human resources and personnel matters. GECL4 is also tasked with preparing the defense of the Bank and of representing the Bank in internal and external litigation.

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the direct supervision of the Division Manager of the Administrative Affairs (GECL.4), the incumbent shall carry out the following:

    1. Prepare drafts of opinions on constitutional and corporate legal issues arising from the interpretation and application of the African Development Bank’s Charter (the Bank);
    2. Advise on matters pertaining to the privileges, immunities and exemptions of the Bank and the Fund and those of officers, employees, experts and consultants of the Bank;
    3. Participate in the preparation and representation of the defence of the Bank in litigation, arbitration, other administrative or legal proceedings including internal administrative review and appeal and tribunal proceedings and other matters in which the Bank is a party or may have an interest;
    4. Advise on, negotiate, and prepare contracts for the acquisition of goods and services for the Bank including consulting and professional services, intellectual property, technology and other products, in accordance with the Bank’s procurement rules and financial regulations, and provide legal support and advice regarding existing contracts or new contracts to be entered into;
    5. Draft legal opinions and memoranda on all administrative and human resources management matters of the Bank, including the draft, review and amend all contracts and legal documents and advise on all legal questions relating to administrative and personnel matters, such as employment contracts and staff benefits;
    6. Advise on insurance matters and on administrative and policy matters concerning Staff Retirement Plan and Medical Benefits Plan, and provide legal support that may be required in respect of the Staff Retirement Plan and the Medical Benefits Plan;
    7. Provide legal services in the negotiation and finalising of legal instruments of co-operation between the Bank and the Fund and bilateral and multilateral partners; prepare, negotiate and finalize host agreements and other instruments required to ensure the Bank’s presence in its member countries;
    8. Maintain existing contact with legal services of other multilateral institutions and of member states and with the legal profession in general in member states of the Bank on matters relating to the functions and activities of the Bank and Fund;
    9. Undertake such other assignments as may be required.

    Selection Criteria

     

    • A minimum of  Master’s degree in Law, and admission to the Bar of one of the African Development Bank member countries; or 
    • A Bachelor’s degree with a relevant combination of academic qualification in law e.g. Juris Doctor (JD) and with admission to the Bar of one of the African Development Bank member countries;
    • At least five (5) years of relevant experience, preferably with an established law firm, with proven administrative experience;
    • Proven competence in Contract, Corporate, and Public International Law; 
    • High level skills in communication, team building, inter-personal, writing and analytical skills;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and/or French.  Working knowledge of the second language will be an advantage.
    • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP will be a plus.

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    Principal Legal Counsel - Administration - GECL.4

     

    Objectives

     

    The principal objective of the General Counsel and Legal Services Department (GECL) is to protect the interests of the Bank in connection with all aspects of the business of the Bank Group, including providing legal opinion, drafting all legal instruments required  for the Bank’s activities as well representing the Bank in litigation internally and externally.

     

    The role of the Administrative Affairs Division (GECL4) is to provide legal advice and assistance in connection with (i) all legal aspects pertaining to the Bank’s rules, regulations, procedures and processes other than those related to the Bank’s financing, borrowing and investment activities, (ii) institutional procurement, (iii) corporate legal issues arising from the interpretation and application of various Bank instruments, and (iv) human resources and personnel matters. GECL4 is also tasked with preparing the defense of the Bank and of representing the Bank in internal and external litigation.

    Duties and responsibilities

     

    Under the direct supervision of the Division Manager, Administrative Affairs (GECL.4), the incumbent shall carry out the following:

     

    1.    Advise on constitutional and corporate legal issues arising from the interpretation and application of the African Development Bank’s Charter (the Bank);

     

    2.    Advise on, draft, vet and revise legal documentation relating to the organisation, structure, and administration of the Bank, the Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund (together “the Bank Group”) and the relations of the Bank Group with international organisations and with member and non-member states, including matters pertaining to the privileges, immunities and exemptions of the Bank and the Fund and those of officers, employees, experts and consultants of the Bank;

     

    3.    Represent the Bank in litigation, arbitration, other administrative or legal proceedings including internal administrative review and appeal and tribunal proceedings and other matters in which the Bank is a party or may have an interest;

     

    4.    Advise on, negotiate, and prepare contracts for the acquisition of goods and services for the Bank including consulting and professional services, intellectual property, technology and other products, in accordance with the Bank’s procurement rules and financial regulations, and provide legal support and advice regarding existing contracts or new contracts to be entered;

     

    5.    Advise on all administrative and human resources management matters of the Bank, including the drafting, reviewing and amending of all contracts and legal documents and advising on all legal questions relating to administrative and personnel matters;

     

    6.    Advise on insurance matters and on administrative and policy matters concerning Staff Retirement Plan and Medical Benefits Plan, and provide legal support that may be required in respect of the Staff Retirement Plan and the Medical Benefits Plan;

     

    7.    Provide legal services in the negotiation and finalising of legal instruments of co-operation between the Bank and the Fund and bilateral and multilateral partners; prepare, negotiate and finalize host agreements and other instruments required to ensure the Bank’s presence in its member countries;

     

    8.    Establish and maintain contact with legal services of other multilateral institutions and of member states and with the legal profession in general in member states of the Bank on matters relating to the functions and activities of the Bank and the Fund;

     

    9.     Undertake such other assignments as required.

    Selection Criteria

     

    • A minimum of Master’s degree in Law, and admission to the Bar of one of the African Development Bank member countries; or 
    • A Bachelor’s degree with a relevant combination of academic qualification in law e.g. Juris Doctor (JD) and with admission to the Bar of one of the African Development Bank member countries;
    • At least six (6) years of relevant experience, preferably with an established law firm, with proven administrative experience;
    • Proven competence in Contract, Corporate, and Public International Law; 
    • High level skills in communication, team building, inter-personal, writing and analytical skills;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and/or French.  Working knowledge of the second language will be an advantage.
    • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP will be a plus.

    Method of Application

    To apply, visit AFDB Career Page

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