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.
- The primary role of the Language Services Department is to ensure, as required by the Bank’s Agreement, the accessibility in the two working languages of the Bank (English and French, and on occasion Arabic and Portuguese) of all issues and documents submitted to the Senior Management and governing bodies of the Bank, for efficient decision-making aimed at the achievement of the Bank’s mission.
- To this end, high priority will be accorded to ensuring an accurate and effective flow of communication within the Bank, and also between the Bank, its shareholders, development partners and the public at large, through the translation, interpretation and terminological services provided by the Department.
- The specific objective of the French Translation Division (CLSD.2) is to ensure quality translation of all Bank documents into French, as well as the editing in French of key documents such as the Bank Group Annual Report.
Duties and responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Division Manager CLSD.2, the incumbent:
- Translates into French from English, without revision;
- Translates complex, technical and sensitive documents covering the full range of the Bank’s work, namely: reports of an economic and financial nature, statements from Senior Management, audit reports, planning and programming documents, project appraisal reports, legal documents, etc.;
- Must aim at a high standard of accuracy, faithfulness to the spirit, style and nuances of the original.
- Observes established terminology and usage and ensures consistency among individual translators working on the same document;
- Advises on language matters and proposes improvements to the translation process;
- Assists less experienced internal and external translators and helps to develop the Department’s terminology base;
- Participates in working groups on various issues related to the business of the Bank in general, and that of the Division in particular;
- Performs any other duty assigned to him/her by his supervisors.
- At least possess a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Translation. Qualifications in any other discipline relevant to the business of the African Development Bank Group would be an added advantage;
- Have at least 5 (five) years practical experience in translation (particularly in economy, finance and/or law), at least 3 of which (for external candidates) should have been spent working in or with an international organization (preferably in multilateral development banks);
- Have extensive general knowledge and be able to quickly adapt to a complex multicultural environment;
- Possess excellent writing skills and a sound mastery of various language standards;
- Have initiative and the ability to grasp the basic challenges of the African Development Bank;
- Be able to quickly blend into, and maintain a smooth working relationship with a multilingual team;
- Have a sound knowledge of, and be able to use modern Computer-Assisted Translation tools (Trados, Multitrans, etc);
- Be conversant with all the Microsoft standard software used in the Bank to be able to revise directly and independently on the computer.
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- The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) which aims to mobilize resources to promote the water sector and investment in Africa. It was originally created as part of the African Water Vision and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), its mission now covers the implementation of the MDGs.
- The African Development Bank is hosting the Facility at AMCOW’s request. AWF resources are mainly focusing on: the preparation of infrastructure projects and programmes, water resource management projects and programmes for the creation of a more conducive environment for the sustainable management of national and regional water resources and small-scale strategic direct investments.
- The AWF plans, organizes and conducts activities related to project and programme cycle (identification, preparation, implementation and supervision) in the above areas and in all African countries.
- The Facility conducts studies on issues relating to water sector development and related areas, in line with its 2012-2016 Operational Strategy and the 2017-2025 Long-Term Strategy, which is being prepared.
- It provides advice and technical assistance to African countries and ensures coordination and synergy with other partners and donors in the water and sanitation sector in Africa. To carry out the above activities, the Bank is recruiting multidisciplinary staff with expertise in its core areas of intervention.
- The monitoring/evaluation (M&E) and project portfolio management officer will be responsible for: (i) developing and implementing the Facility’s monitoring and evaluation system to improve feedback to the Facility’s donors; (ii) managing project portfolio to improve portfolio quality; (iii) supporting project managers with project-cycle activities in the implementation of M&E systems assessment at the national or regional levels; and (iv) informing financiers on project preparations completed to facilitate financial closure of projects prepared.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Division Manager, the Investment Officers will be responsible for:
Developing and implementing AWF’s monitoring and evaluation system:
- Analyzing the current monitoring and evaluation system and improving it with the objective of reporting on the results of the implementation of the 2017-2025 strategy;
- Developing and conducting necessary system information inquiries;
- Defining study needs necessary for system information, recruiting consultants and overseeing the completion of the studies;
- Participating in the drafting of AWF annual reports and other corporate documents;
- Analyzing monitoring and evaluation system results, and producing relevant knowledge products.
Project portfolio management:
- Developing portfolio management tools and dashboards;
- Defining action plans in collaboration with project managers to improve project quality, and monitoring project implementation; and
- Analyzing project portfolio structure and trend, and proposing measures for ensuring project quality at entry;
Supporting project managers on project-cycle activities:
- Conducting a review of submitted project proposals in the Facility’s project pipeline to ensure that monitoring/evaluation and information system concerns are properly taken into account before project implementation;
- Ensuring that concerns related to monitoring/evaluation and information management are taken into account in project completion reports and that knowledge management products are sourced from them.
Facilitating information flow to potential project financiers:
- Developing communication tools to attract the interest of financiers for projects prepared for the Facility’s financing (website module, newsletter, reports, etc.);
- Creating a network of focal points among potential financiers who will be kept informed of development projects being prepared;
- Participating in the preparation of events to connect project owners and financiers with the objective of facilitating project financial closure;
Miscellaneous / Other tasks:
- Helping to strengthen partnerships with civil society organizations, multilateral and bilateral cooperation agencies and international and regional organizations for the development of joint activities in the areas of monitoring, evaluation and information management; and
- Developing capacity building programmes in the areas of monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management in countries and regional organizations through seminars, workshops and conferences aimed at promoting support for the adoption of good practices in this important domain which is often overlooked.
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience
- Hold a least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Economics, Water Resources Management, Civil Engineering, International Development or a related field;
- Have a minimum of six (6) years of professional experience in monitoring and evaluation; experience as project portfolio manager would be an asset;
- Experience in developing the water and sanitation sector in Africa;
- Extensive experience in evaluation methodology, data collection and analysis;
- Experience in developing and coordinating professional networks would be an asset;
- Strong knowledge in the use of analytical software, databases and good IT skills (MS Office);
- Proven experience in organizational capacity building and / or training on monitoring and evaluation;
- Strong sense of coordination and management of project teams; and
- Ability to effectively communicate in English and/ or French (written and oral), with practical knowledge of the other would be an asset.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified? Go to African Development Bank - AfDB career website on www.afdb.org to apply