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  • African Development Bank Group (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 (High 5s), 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 Education & Gender Officer

     

    Reference: ADB/19/072
    Location: Côte d’Ivoire
    Grade: PL4
    Position N°: 50071526

    The Complex

    • The Vice Presidency for ‘Agriculture, Human, and Social Development’ is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy High 5s priority of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.
    • The complex objectives are; (i) to develop, policy and strategy; (ii) provide deep sector expertise to the Regions by gathering pools of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions; (iii) develop new financing instruments; (iv) the Vice President will act as the spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on aspects of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.

    The Hiring Department/Division

    • The Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department, within the Agriculture, Human and Social Development Complex will spearhead the achievement of the High 5s on “Improving the Quality of Life of People in Africa” and contribute to the other High 5s. The Department has two divisions (i) Education, Human Capital and Employment Division, which focuses on scaling-up of Bank’s support to education, human capital and employment/livelihoods; and (ii) Public Health, Security and Nutrition Division focusing on strengthening health systems and nutrition for human wellbeing. It also hosts various pertinent initiatives and trust funds. Education and skills training for development and gender analysis are central to the Department’s approach to strengthen the Bank’s role in helping the RMCs build the human capital they need for economic transformation in the context of globalization and the Fourth industrial revolution.
    • The Education, Human Capital and Employment Division focuses on human capital development, skills training, employment creation and empowerment, poverty reduction for improved and sustainable wellbeing and livelihoods. The Division:
    • Leads the development and promotion of Bank’s policy and strategy work so that operations which are identified, developed and executed by the regional hubs effectively implement the Bank’s relevant sector policies and strategies;
    • Provides technical guidance/advisory services and expertise to regional hubs by generating relevant knowledge and gathering a pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide technical advice on complex transactions (Communities of Practice);
    • Fosters strategic partnerships with regional and global partners to leverage resources into the human and social development sectors. It also directly contributes to the work of the various initiatives and trust funds hosted under the Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department; and provides expertise to support Vice President’s role as the Bank’s spokesperson to external audiences, and;
    • Ensures coherence of the Bank’s action in human and social development across regions.

    The Position

    • The Division will lead the Bank’s agenda on Education, Human Capital and Employment. It will promote activities related to improving the demand responsiveness of the education & training system to the skills needs of the labour market and for job creation on the continent.
    • Specifically, activities focusing on improving, post-basic, technical and vocational training, tertiary education, science and technology as well as gender issues in education will be undertaken.

    In this context the main objectives of the Principal Education & Gender Specialist will be to:

    • Lead knowledge work regarding gender analysis in education and skills training for Human capital development in the productive sectors;
    • Provide documented strategic advice to Management on gender integration in education and skills training across the AHVP and various complex aligned with the High 5 within the bank;
    • Contribute to the preparation of gender responsive policies and strategies pertinent to education gender and skills training for development especially bringing the assets from the private sectors;
    • Support the design, monitoring and supervision of Non-sovereign and complex operations to address gender, education and skills training for productive sectors.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Under the supervision of the Division Manager Education, Human Capital and Employment and working closely with internal and external stakeholders, the Principal Education and Gender Specialist will performs the following:

    Leading the integration of gender in the Education and skills training and across the department:

    • Provide leadership and support in integrating gender in the education sector as well as other relevant sectors and portfolio teams in processing and supervising programmes including NSO
    • Work with Task managers and regional teams to design and implement sector, development support programmes that are gender inclusive and to ensure project documents prepared by the Division adequately address gender issues.
    • Participate and collaborate with other staff in operational missions and drafting of project documents in order to promote the implementation of the Bank’s education sector specifically in terms of the gender aspects and enhance the level of gender analysis of programmes within the division and at departmental level.
    • Prepare project appraisal reports that are gender responsive for presentation to the department, review committees senior management and to the board of directors.
    • Develop and champion the implementation of gender oriented educational responsive monitoring tools for human capital development interventions
    • Lead the Human capital department’s coordination mechanism on education, especially gender issues.

    Supporting education and human capital partnerships at international and regional level to enhance education and gender development for economic transformation. This will include:

    • Leading the development of strategic partnerships (including public private partnerships with the productive sectors) in education and gender around the core areas of TVET, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), STI and the leveraging of digital technology.
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with private sector institutions, multilateral/bilateral partners, and government institutions to develop strong pipeline gender responsive education investment opportunities.
    • Providing technical leadership, support to knowledge and lesson sharing approaches and events with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Monitoring project progress with a gender lense through field visit/desk review and prepare relevant reports (including, inter-alia, the quarterly Portfolio Status Report (PSR) and Project Completion Reports (XSR / PCR) for submission to Senior Management as periodic updates on implementation progress.
    • Representing the Bank at technical meetings on education and gender on developmental issues. Liaising with and supporting the interventions under education and gender

    Knowledge management and sharing:

    • Lead knowledge work regarding gender analysis in education and skills training for human capital development in the productive sector
    • Play a leading role in knowledge sharing with the Bank’s clients, staff and development partners especially on education and gender.
    • Provide guidance and lead the preparation of gender responsive policy and strategy documents on education and skills training for economic development.
    • Provide peer review to other colleagues to share gender in education knowledge and information on respective sector.
    • Leading study and capacity building interventions in education and gender.
    • Periodically disseminating key information on gender education and skills training to sensitize Bank staff.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

    Selection Criteria
    Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

    • Hold at least a Master's degree or its equivalent in Education and gender with a good knowledge of quantitative and qualitative gender analysis as well as policy issues determining skills development for economic transformation;
    • Have a minimum of six (6) years of relevant professional experience in the areas of education and gender;
    • Ability to understand complex problems in Education, gender and human development, to identify key issues and recommend pragmatic solutions;
    • Good knowledge of the education systems, gender and development issues in Africa;
    • Strong analytical and gender analysis skills, deliver briefs and reports using both quantitative and qualitative information;
    • Strong understanding and grasp of multi-sector approaches of education, gender and skills development, partnerships in Africa, as well as professional ability to build partnerships and deliver services that meet both immediate needs and long-term interests of clients within and outside the institution;
    • Ability to provide leadership and support in integrating gender in the education sector as well as other relevant sectors and portfolio teams in processing and supervising programmes including NSO
    • Ability to innovative and integrate gender, education and skills training through the other sectors;
    • Ability to engage, support and motivate others to implement efficient ways of doing things;
    • Ability to deliver high quality work within very tight deadlines;
    • Ability to communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language;
    • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint), knowledge of SAP is desirable.

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    Chief Transaction Support Officer (PINS1)

     

    Reference: ADB/19/066
    Location: Côte d’Ivoire
    Grade: PL3
    Position N°: 50070326

    The Complex

    • The Vice Presidency for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization is central to the Bank’s mission of developing the private sector, improving infrastructure and accelerating industrialization.
    • The complex main functions are to (i) strengthen the enabling environment for private sector [and financial sector] development conducive to inclusive growth and sustainable development, (ii) support the development of reliable and sustainable infrastructure, including cities and urban development, and (iii) place renewed emphasis on industrial and trade performance in support of structural transformation across Africa.
    • The Complex leverages knowledge, co-financing, and partnerships to attract private capital and work with governments on delivering the Bank’s development agenda.

    The Hiring Department/Division

    • The role of the Bank’s NSO and Private Sector Support Department (PINS) is to promote private sector in Regional Members Countries (RMCs), ensuring that it plays a central role in laying the foundations in the development role of the Bank, in line with the Bank’s 10 Year Strategy and HI 5 initiatives.
    • As part of the Private Sector Support Department, the Strategy and Transaction Support Division is responsible for preparing strategies, policies, guidelines, and analytical tools relevant to the private sector development; it also ensures global client management and undertakes specialized assignments for the Regions, providing ad hoc advice on transaction bankability, structuring, Project Modelling and designs and implements technical assistance for Private Sector operations;

    The Position

    • The Chief Transaction Support Officer is responsible for leading the Investment Analytics, Modeling, Structuring and Advisory Team (IAMT) and for structuring Non-Sovereign Operations towards credit enhancement and financial sustainability of the transaction.

    He/She is also responsible for:

    • Advising origination teams on best economic and financial model to adopt in order to optimize use of available financial instruments and legal structures in NSO transactions;
    • Developing structuring approaches in response to the Bank’s specific commercial and legal requirements, including market requirements of co-financiers where the Bank is acting as Mandated Lead Arranger;

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Under the supervision of the Division Manager, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

    • Provide leadership and guidance to the Modeling and Structuring Team,
    • Lead and draft Integrated Models optimizing the use of available financial instruments for non-sovereign transactions
    • Lead and draft structuring opinions, present proposed solutions for investments under consideration, clarify the pros and cons of diverse structuring options;
    • coordinate through written opinions the drafting and review of finance and project documentation
    • Review of legal and financial terms of potential investments and transaction with a view of achieving the future secondary sale of assumed exposures to commercial investors, financiers and insurers;

    Selection Criteria
    Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

    • A minimum of a Master's degree or its university equivalent in Finance or Economics.
    • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant professional experience in the Bank or a similar institution and/or in strategic consultancy, business development, modeling and in structuring.
    • Disciplined approach whilst maintaining creativity and lateral thinking for effective problem solving;
    • Sense of initiative and innovation in proposing solutions to client needs.
    • Ability to deal with sensitive issues in a multi-cultural environment and to build effective working relations with colleagues.
    • Strong interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.
    • First-hand knowledge of financial instruments and techniques.
    • Strong experience with Credit enhancement instruments.
    • Sound knowledge of tailored products (such as guarantees) for sector based investments.
    • Experience with aggregation and pooling structures for investors.
    • Ability to respond swiftly to new situations and to anticipate new issues.
    • Proven ability to acquire new skills (particularly in legal, investment, risk capital, technology and innovative sectors).
    • Proven ability to integrate socio, environmental and economic indicators in the model.
    • Capacity to adapt to the rapidly evolving needs of the Bank’s NSOs ecosystem.
    • Solid negotiation skills, diplomacy and credibility to deal with clients at all levels.
    • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
    • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

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    Chief Private Sector Strategy Officer

     

    Reference: ADB/19/067
    Location: Côte d’Ivoire
    Grade: PL3
    Position N°: 50065852

    The Complex

    • The Vice Presidency for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization is central to the Bank’s mission of developing the private sector, improving infrastructure and accelerating industrialization.
    • The complex main functions are to (i) strengthen the enabling environment for private sector [and financial sector] development conducive to inclusive growth and sustainable development, (ii) support the development of reliable and sustainable infrastructure, including cities and urban development, and (iii) place renewed emphasis on industrial and trade performance in support of structural transformation across Africa.
    • The Complex leverages knowledge, co-financing, and partnerships to attract private capital and work with governments on delivering the Bank’s development agenda.

    The Hiring Department

    • For effective, coherent and harmonized Private Sector Operations performed by the 5 sectoral departments of the Bank (Energy, Infrastructure, Industry and Trade, Agriculture and Social Services, Financial services) a Central  Support Department for NSOs-related activities (PINS) was recently put in place.
    • The primary role of PINS is to: (i) assist Sector Departments to efficiently design and monitor NSOs, in a coherent manner, in line with the best market practices and in consistency with the Bank’s related Strategies, Policies and Guidelines, including the Bank’s Private Sector Development Strategy and Policy, (ii) manage the corporate portfolio and provided shared services to other NSO departments

    The Position

    • The Chief Private Sector Strategy Expert is responsible for managing several streams of activities under the leadership of the Division Manager. Key among these are upstream and analytical work on Private Sector Development in Africa, NSO related Policies, strategies and guidelines, Country Private Sector Profiles and  support for the development of initiatives for enhancing the Bank’s interventions in ADF countries and Transition countries, development of capacity building programs on the Bank’s private sector strategies and objectives.
    • The incumbent provides leadership and supervises the implementation of the new Central private sector department's mandate of the Bank Group in mainstreaming initiatives aimed at growing private sector business.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Under the supervision of the Division Manager PINS.1, the incumbent  will perform the following duties:

    Strategies and Policies:

    • Prepare Country private sector diagnostic/profiling analysis with the goal to identify niches and sectors associated with the Bank’s High 5 initiatives that hold strong potential for impactful NSOs by liaising with country program officers, country economists and other staffs in the regional directorate and country offices and sister institutions working on country diagnostic platforms;
    • Make proposals to mainstream the pertinent private sector development findings and solutions in the Bank’s Country Strategy Papers (CSPs) and Regional Integration Strategy Papers (RISPs), assess the different pillars and the Bank potential private sector intervention program.
    • Coordinate the Division active participation in CSPs mission and provide keys inputs related to CSP discussion at the Relevant Internal Oversight and decisions making bodies (Operation Review Committee- OPSCOM, Board Committee of Development Effectiveness -CODE);
    • Contribute to the development and update of policies, and guidelines, related to Non-Sovereign Operations and Private Sector Development in the Regional Member Countries to reflect the Revised NSO Policy and strategic Direction of the Revised PSD Strategy.
    • Lead and contribute to the revision  of the Bank’s new Private Sector Strategy by liaising with SNSP
    • Facilitate synergies and collaboration between the Bank’s non-sovereign and sovereign operations to provide support for effective private sector interventions in the RMCs.

    Capital Increase, Replenishments and Resource Mobilisation:

    • Lead on assignments related to GCI, ADF MTR, Annual Meetings, MDBs technical working groups, AIF, NSOs in Transition Countries,
    • Represent the Department in resource mobilisation efforts carried out by other Bank’s departments
    • Act as focal point in co-financing and blend financing initiatives

    Advisory, Analytical Work and Support to Private Sector Operations:

    • Provide key analytical inputs in the design and review of NSO’s lending instruments and their regular reviews and updates
    • Provide leadership in the revision of Private Sector Business Manuals and processes
    • Perform periodic in-depth assessment and identify the areas where the Bank can catalyse investors and third party resources to provide adequate funding for implementing its private sector agenda within the framework of the Bank’s CRM Platform
    • Make proposals recommendations aimed at providing visibility for the Bank’s private sector development agenda in the target markets, regions, sector  including organizing and participating in special business development missions
    • Manage the development of training curriculum and capacity building of Bank’s wide staff in the area of Private Sector Strategies, Policies, Guidelines and operation manuals

    Others:

    • Provide inputs for PRST Speeches
    • Support the Vice-President for Private Sector  in providing key notes and other Adhoc assignment.

    Selection Criteria
    Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

    • Hold at least a Master's degree or its equivalent in Business, Finance or Economics.
    • Have a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in strategic, private sector business development, financial and econometric analysis.
    • Comprehensive state-of-the-art understanding of private sector development challenges in  Africa and mastering relevant strategies, policies, procedures and practices of development finance institutions;
    • In depth awareness of the latest trends and developments in financing for development to make effective business decisions; including a solid appreciation of the various clients' needs and drivers to advance colleagues' thinking around business issues
    • Demonstrated leadership in developing initiatives and a track record in supporting various resource mobilisation and co-financing initiatives
    • Knowledge of Development Finance Institutions (MDBs in particular) private sector business as well as sovereign risk will be an added advantage.
    • Demonstrated leadership skills, teamwork and communications skills in a highly diverse environment with experience in managing during the past three years multi-disciplinary teams of minimum of 5 staffs
    • Proven ability to effectively plan, direct, organize and administer diverse activities to ensure effective delivery of work program.
    • Proven record of accomplishment in building and maintaining very strong and successful partnerships.
    • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, with a working knowledge of the other.
    • Use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

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    Climate Change and Green Growth Officer

     

    Upload another subjobReference: ADB/19/065
    Location: Côte d’Ivoire
    Grade: PL3
    Position N°: 50076660

    The Complex

    • The Vice Presidency for ‘Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth’ is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten Years Strategy, High 5s priority of “Light up and Power Africa”.
    • The complex’s objectives are (i) to develop policy and strategy; (ii) to provide deep sector technical expertise to the Regions by gathering pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted for their expertise on complicated transactions; (iii) to develop new financing instruments; (iv) to act as spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on all aspects of “Light Up and Power Africa”.
    • The Complex will focus on areas of Power systems, policy and regulation, renewable energy; and, Climate and Green Growth.

    The Department

    • The Climate Change and Green Growth Department has broad objectives of: i) mainstreaming climate change and green growth into Bank’s High 5s’ operations; ii) implementing the Bank’s climate change interventions through the Bank’s Climate Change Action Plan and the Bank’s Green Growth Framework; iii) managing access to the growing number of sources of Green and Climate Finance for all Operational Vice Presidencies within the Bank; iv) driving towards achieving universal energy access through the greenest solutions possible; and v) leading all efforts within the Bank focused on minimizing and reversing the effects of Climate Change on the continent.
    • The Department consists of two main divisions, Climate and Green Growth Division, and Climate Finance Division.

    The Hiring Division

    • The Climate and Green Growth Division is responsible for ensuring that all efforts within the Bank are focused on minimizing and reversing the effects of Climate Change on the continent, including advising Regional Member Countries on climate and green growth policies and strategies, mainstreaming climate change and green growth in Bank-wide implementation activities, tracking climate-related operations financed by the Bank, with the view of achieving Bank’s climate and green growth mandates.

    The Position

    • The position of Chief Climate Change and Green Growth Officer in the Green Growth and Climate Adaptation Division focuses on minimizing and reversing the effects of Climate Change on the continent and mainstreaming climate change and green growth in Bank-wide implementation activities. It supports all Operational Vice-Presidencies on the HI 5 initiatives.
    • The Chief Climate Change and Green Growth Officer will therefore provide technical leadership and advisory services to Bank’s operations on the mainstreaming of climate change and green growth in Bank’s High 5 related activities in various sectors and regional hubs, while leading Bank’s efforts on project finance initiatives and Fund structuring as they relate to climate change, green growth and green finance.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Under the overall supervision and general guidance of the Division Manager, Climate and Green Growth,   the Climate Change and Green Growth Officer will perform the following:

    Climate change and green growth policy and advocacy:

    • Lead the provision of technical support on mainstreaming climate and green growth into all High 5 activities and support RMCs, in helping them achieve their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
    • Support project teams in structuring their projects and financing instruments to benefit from climate finance, including project finance initiatives;
    • Provide advisory and investment services to all Bank’s sector and regional operations on matters relating to climate change and green growth;
    • Support all Bank’s sector and regional departments as well as RMCs to ensure an effective consideration of climate change adaptation and mitigation measures into development interventions;
    • Provide technical leadership and support to the secretariat of the Bank’s Climate Change Coordination Committee (CCCC), the Africa NDC Hub and related meetings and activities.
    • Lead on the implementation of the objective of the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy of supporting Africa’s transition to green growth.
    • Advise and assist Regional Member Countries in the development and implementation of climate and green inclusive policies and measures in order to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions, Sustainable Development Goals and access green and climate finance, by applying deep technical expertise to all of the Bank’s relevant activities;
    • Guide all Operational Vice Presidencies in the Bank to ensure that they incorporate green and climate relevant criteria in project design, and help them access green and climate finance;
    • Support the development of all High 5s as appropriate, by advising Bank’s sector and regional operations to mainstream climate change and green growth into operations;
    • Provide technical leadership on the promotion of climate-resilient and low-carbon development pathways in Africa, by advising RMCs to achieve their climate change and green growth objectives;
    • Lead the development of relevant adaptation, mitigation and green growth tools and instruments that support climate-resilient and low-carbon development trajectories in Africa ;
    • Engage in the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) negotiations and provide input via AfDB’s observer status, in order to enhance African voice on climate change and green growth, by providing technical leadership for Bank’s participation in relevant international fora, including the Conferences of Parties (COPs);
    • Assess and make recommendations to management on engagement with other relevant conventions and protocols, including desertification & land degradation, biodiversity conventions, among others;
    • Provide technical leadership for the design and implementation of Bank’s integrated capacity development programme on climate change and green growth, to facilitate the delivery of Bank’s commitments and to ensure that Bank’s and RMC’s investments are protected against the impacts of climate change while taking advantage of the associated opportunities to low-carbon and climate-resilient development pathways;
    • Provide technical leadership for the implementation of the Bank’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), the Green Growth Framework, and the Africa NDC Hub, in collaboration with relevant Bank’s departments and external partners;
    • Provide technical support for the implementation of global and continental initiatives arising from the multilateral and regional negotiations relating to climate change, including the regional flagship programmes, the Africa Adaptation Initiative, the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, the NDC Partnership, as well as other climate change and green growth partnership initiatives by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Global Green Growth Initiative (GGGI), the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and bilateral development agencies;
    • Assist the Director and the Manager in leading the Bank’s technical support to the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) and other relevant continental initiatives for effective consideration of Africa’s priorities and concerns into global frameworks;
    • Provide technical expertise on climate change and green growth to operations, by supporting Bank’s sector and regional operations through advisory services on climate change and green growth mainstreaming;
    • Providing technical leadership on project finance and fund structuring for climate change related interventions, with the aim of minimising climate risks to the economic and maximizing finance opportunities for adaptation and mitigation;
    • Support other Bank’s departments, including Treasury, and Environmental Safeguards on issues relating to Green Bonds, Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) ratings, and the Integrated Safeguards System (ISS);
    • Lead Bank’s engagement with other International Financial Institutions and multilateral and bilateral agencies on alignment of development interventions with the Paris Agreement’s goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
    • Support Bank’s efforts to become a knowledge broker on climate change and green growth, by leading the development of technical papers and scientific studies on issues related to climate change and green growth in Africa;
    • Undertake any other task as assigned by the Director and the Division Manager.

    Selection Criteria
    Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

    • Hold at least a Master's Degree in Climate, Environment and Natural Resource Management, Energy Policy, International Development, Economics, or a related field;
    • Have a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in a combination of related fields such as national and international climate policies and measures including the UNFCCC negotiations; climate and green growth; energy and project management; climate or green finance; trust fund management; multilateral development bank; public or private financial institutions; and development or related fields.
    • Excellent technical and analytical skills and established track record in operational and policy work on climate change, green growth and climate finance matters;
    • Strong knowledge in supporting the mainstreaming of climate change and green growth into major development investments within the Continent;
    • Knowledge of climate change and climate finance issues facing regional member countries (RMCs);
    • Strong practical experience in applying tools and instruments for mainstreaming climate change, tracking climate finance, green growth and climate finance into development concerns in Bank operations.
    • Strong project finance and fund structuring experience.
    • Extensive knowledge of climate change and green growth, and of multilateral climate governance framework and global climate finance architecture;
    • Understanding of climate change and green growth issues, challenges and practices relating to Africa;
    • Experience in the area of mainstreaming climate change adaptation and mitigation measures into development interventions, or field operations involving climate change and green growth matters;
    • Private sector experience, with focus on project finance, co-financing and fund structuring;
    • Proven track record on policy dialogue and cross-institutional collaboration at the highest level, including with representatives of government and non-government partners;
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
    • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

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    Senior Disbursement Assistant

     

    Reference: ADB/19/064
    Location: Mali
    Grade: GS8
    Position N°: 50064125

    The Complex

    • The Vice Presidency for Finance oversees the financial management of the Bank Group. This encompasses the Bank Group’s treasury activities including borrowings from the capital markets and investment activities; controllership functions including financial reporting and loan administration; strategic resource mobilization and the strengthening of the non-statutory financial resources and instruments; the overall asset/liability management for the Bank Group.

    The Hiring Department/Division

    • The Financial Control Department of the African Development Bank (The Bank) is responsible for accounting for the financial consequences of the Bank Group’s transactions and decisions, and for the preparation, fair presentation and overall integrity of the internal financial reports and published financial statements. The department is also responsible for loan administration and accounting and related fiduciary responsibilities, including disbursement of funds to projects and programs financed by the Bank Group. Lastly, the department provides decision support and expertise in the development and implementation of financial control policies, operational and financial strategies and related information systems.
    • The primary objective of the Loan Disbursement Division is to ensure compliance with key fiduciary related articles in the Agreement Establishing the African Development Bank and Fund. Ensure that adequate controls are maintained around the disbursement of Bank Group financed project.

    The Position

    • Under the general supervision of the Disbursement Officer, the Disbursement Assistant is primarily responsible for determination of the completeness of borrowers’ requests in accordance with the Bank’s policies and procedures, Verification of documentation and processing of disbursements or special commitment requests.
    • The Incumbent provides support to negotiations, mission preparation, and disbursement seminars and ensure timely disbursements of proceeds from Bank Group and co-financed projects in accordance with relevant loan and protocol agreements and Bank Group policies.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    The Disbursement Assistant  functions will  include the following:

    Disbursement Transactions Processing:

    • Analyze  and  determine  the  appropriateness  of  borrowers’ requests  for  disbursements  and  the supporting documentation.
    • Determine whether they should be approved, reduced or rejected in accordance with Bank’s policies and procedures. This requires the identification of irregularities and non-compliance with Bank procedures and policies, as well as highlighting circumstances for further investigation where  the Bank may be exposed to financial risk .
    • Review and recommend changes to disbursement systems, policies and procedures to promote timeliness, accuracy and efficiency in processing while maintaining appropriate internal controls.
    • Draft clear and concise correspondence to borrowers of operational staff on disbursement-related issues.
    •  Process special commitment amendments and prepare amendment letters.

    Project Management:

    • Respond to questions from Task Team Leaders, borrowers, commercial banks, and suppliers on payments, balances, and application status.
    • Cooperate with concerned departments and stakeholders to resolve disbursement issues promptly.
    • Monitor borrowers’ utilization of special account funds, ensuring that the funds are properly accounted for and used in accordance with Bank procedures.
    • Participate in loan disbursement missions to verify use of resources and resolve disbursement issues.
    • Contribute to improving the efficiency of disbursement operations by ensuring that records and reports are properly maintained and updated at all times.
    • Participate in technical discussions and loan negotiations to ensure that disbursement arrangements are compliant with Bank Group disbursement policies.
    • Provide  input  on  audit  reviews,  and  monitor  borrower  compliance  with  audit  findings,  as  requested  by  the Disbursement Officer.

    Capacity Building:

    • Provide input into the training of Executing Agencies, Projects, and Bank Staff.
    • Participate in the design of materials for disbursement seminars.
    • Respond to questions regarding disbursement procedures.
    • Answer questions from Task Team Leaders, borrowers, commercial banks, and suppliers on payments, balances, and application status.

    Departmental/Divisional Tasks:

    • Participate in departmental/divisional task forces.
    • Identify issues relating to disbursement policies, procedures and guidelines and propose actions or enhancements.
    • Undertake ad-hoc assignments at the discretion of the Country Manager or Division Manager.
    • Participate in the review of project documents such as Appraisal Reports, Country  Strategy Papers, and Project Completion Reports and provide input to supervisors.

    Selection Criteria
    Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

    • Hold at least a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in Accounting or Business Administration.
    • Have a minimum of five (6) years of direct relevant experience preferably in accounting in a large organization.
    • Familiarity with disbursement policies, guidelines and procedures of multilateral development institutions
    • Good understanding of basic general accounting concepts and principles, and their application.
    • Analytical, systematic, strong numerical skills, attention to details.
    • Ability to plan and coordinate schedules in order to meet tight deadlines
    • Good understanding of internal control concepts and business aptitude for figures and attention to detail
    • Ability to adopt new policies, systems and processes in a timely fashion.
    • Good Client Orientation, Achieving Results and Problem Solving, Communication and Knowledge Sharing, Innovation and Change.
    • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French preferably with a good working knowledge of the other language. Ability to communicate (Oral) in Portuguese would be an advantage.
    • Proficient in the use of standard MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project Knowledge of SAP would be an advantage.

    Method of Application

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