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 Banks development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Director, African Development Institute
Reference: ADB/17/005
Location: Cote d’Ivoire
Grade: EL5
Position N°: 50000861
Objectives

The Complex:

  • The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management is the Bank’s spokesperson on economic matters and the Vice-President for the Economics Governance and Knowledge Management Complex. The Complex is responsible for (i) providing leadership and visibility for the Bank on economic, finance, financial governance and socio economic development issues; and coordinate the generation of analytical works to inform operational policy; (ii) systematically emphasize the critical role of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and their tangible impact on sustainable, inclusive transformation of African economies.

The Hiring Department:

  • The African Development Institute coordinates and oversees Capacity Development mainstreaming in Bank operations for enhanced development effectiveness in the regional member countries, through:
    • Providing advisory services including guidance tools to support effective design and delivery of Capacity Development goals in Bank operations;
    • Identifying and designing tailored Capacity Development programmes and carrying out related activities to sustain development results in the regional members countries;
    • Leveraging partnerships and coordinating knowledge dissemination and outreach, conversion and transfer, with the view to contribute to improved policy-making and economic governance for sustainable development in the regional members countries.

The Position:

  • The Director of the African Development Institute will be responsible for shaping, coordinating and overseeing the Bank’s agenda and delivery of Capacity Development to its clients.
  • He/she will design Capacity Development strategies and policies, and also ensure their effective implementation.

Duties and responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, the Director will:

  • Strategy for Capacity Development:
    • Update and implement Bank’s framework for capacity development, including its objectives, scope, prioritization, partnership with other development stakeholders, delivery, monitoring and valuations.
    • Update and implement Bank’s strategy on technical assistance and training, with clearer focus on results and improved outcomes in regional member countries, with the goal of strengthening local institutions and boosting skills of officials involved in strategic areas.
    • Design, implement and monitor an action plan to help regional member countries strengthen policies and institutional frameworks to diversify their economies, boost economic growth, and create decent employment.
  • Work program validation and execution:
    • Review and validate the objectives and work program for the department, ensuring alignment to the Bank, Complex and department strategic priorities.
    • Review and validate the budget, and its effective implementation.
    • Report on the work program execution, and propose alternative and corrective measures as needed.
    • Actively contribute to the designing and monitoring of the department key performance indicators.
  • Technical oversight on the department activities:
    • Work closely with the Bank’s Regional and Sector Departments; including Statistics and Development Research Departments to identify and assess priority Capacity Development challenges and needs of the regional member countries.
    • Manage the Bank’s resources dedicated to Capacity Development for increased operational and institutional efficiency in delivery of development goals, in addition to providing oversight of the implementation of the Institute’s administrative budget.
    • Provide the Bank and its clients with Capacity Development advisory services; and guidance and quality assurance tools to ensure operational effectiveness and contribute to improved sustainability of development results in the regional member countries.
    • Play a leadership role in designing, delivering and overseeing high quality High Fives-related Capacity Development programmes, including training materials and audio-visual support, to contribute to strengthen regional member countries’ ownership of development results.
    • Work in collaboration with the Resource Mobilization and partnership unit to identity bilateral sources of funds for training.
    • Oversee the preparation of annual reports on the Bank’s achievement in Capacity Development.
    • Serve as Acting for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management Complex Vice President when required.
    • Perform other duties assigned by the Vice President.
  • Knowledge dissemination:
    • Contribute to Capacity Development knowledge and best practice within the development community, through overseeing the conduct of Capacity Development assessments and results evaluations.
    • Coordinate the implementation of the Eminent Speakers program by identifying and attracting distinguished speakers.
    • Assist the Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting and Research department in the planning and holding of the annual African Economic Conference.
    • Provide leadership in developing Capacity Development assessment and evaluation tools, including e-learning ones, for use in Bank operations.
    • Oversee knowledge dissemination to staff and Bank clients using the Bank’s virtual platforms, in particular the Knowledge and Virtual Resources Center.
  • People and talent management:
    • Ensure the department has the appropriate skills-mix at any time for effective delivery of the objectives defined in the work program.
    • Review and validate the staffing needs, and build with the Human Resources department the required recruitment plans.
    • Assess work performance, appraise staff potential and determine training needs.
    • Put in place, with the assistance of the Human Resources department, talent management mechanisms, to build a talent pool for the department for business continuity.
    • Organize effective delegation of responsibilities by empowering staff at all levels.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Ph.D. degree in Economics, Public Policy, Governance or International development, with top level experience in addressing development challenges in African countries, preferably gained in diverse bilateral, multilateral and / or regional development agencies.
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant work experience in Capacity Development, of which at least five (5) years will be at managerial level.
  • Solid knowledge and good grasp of Capacity Development needs in African countries.
  • Proven ability to provide leadership in designing training programs, developing training materials and managing a Capacity Development or training institution.
  • Strong knowledge of African economic and development issues; strategic mind-set, and strong capacity to analyse situations from the perspective of stakeholders and translate strategic thinking into implementation.
  • Ability to build and manage strategic partnerships with a results-oriented mind-set.
  • Strong ability to translate development challenges into knowledge leverage opportunities with a solid knowledge of andragogy.
  • Strong analytical and negotiation skills, coupled to superior monitoring and evaluation abilities.
  • Strong ability in conceptualizing new approaches and innovation in Capacity Development, as well as developing user friendly training materials.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is highly desirable.

  

Job Title: Director, Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development
Reference: ADB/17/010
Location: Cote d’Ivoire
Position N°: 50092151
Grade: EL5
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 pool 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 spokeperson 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

  • The Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department, within the Agriculture, Human and Social Development Vice Presidency will spearhead the achievement of the High 5 on “Improving the Quality of Life for People in Africa” and contribute to the other High 5s.
  • The Department has two divisions: (i) Education, Human Capital and Employment Division; and (ii) Public Health, Security and Nutrition Division focussing on strengthening health systems and nutrition for human wellbeing.
  • It also hosts various pertinent initiatives and trust funds. The Department leads the Bank’s support to Africa’s economic transformation by (i) developing and promoting the adoption of relevant policies and strategies; (ii) providing deep multi-sector expertise to the regional hubs by gathering pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide technical advice on complex transactions (Communities of Practice); (iii) developing new financing instruments; and (iv) fostering strategic partnerships to leverage resources into the human and social development sectors.

The Position

  • The Director of the Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department reports to the Vice President for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development.
  • He/She is responsible for providing leadership and supervising the staff and activities of the two Divisions as well as the special initiatives and trust funds hosted in the Department.

The main work objectives are:

  • Lead the Bank’s policy and strategic work on human and social development to ensure operations which are identified, developed and executed by regional hubs effectively implement the Bank’s relevant sector policies and strategies.
  • Lead the execution of the Bank’s Jobs for Africa’s Youth strategy to build skills and entrepreneurship and implement innovative financing systems to deliver on massive job creation for youths across regional member countries.
  • Forge strong strategic partnerships with multilateral and bilateral organizations and regional organizations to leverage resources and support the growth of the Bank’s portfolio in the human and social development sectors, and to support the Vice President’s role as the Bank’s spokesperson to external audiences.
  • Support the development and implementation of innovative financing mechanisms, as well as technical and management approaches to promote access to social services across regional member countries, including through public-private partnerships and improvement of the overall governance of these sectors.
  • Strengthen Africa’s scientific research and innovation capacity.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of action plans to reduce malnutrition and stunting across regional member countries and building political support and strategic partnerships for the implementation of the African Leaders for Nutrition initiative.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of the Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department, under the oversight of the Vice-President for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development Complex, manages staff of the Department and plans, organizes, supervises and directs the work to ensure efficient and effective Bank Group assistance. Specifically, the Director:

  • Leads, supervises and carries out the strategic direction of the two Divisions as well as the initiatives hosted within the Department; evaluates their performance; and promotes and organizes team work among them to achieve the objectives of the Department.
  • Determines and manages the human and financial resource requirements of the Department; participates in the selection of staff, allocates and provides management support to the staff and facilitates their full performance in technical work; determines the staff’s training and career development needs; approves their annual performance evaluation; and resolves serious staff disputes/complaints.
  • Oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Department, including preparation of budgets, reporting on the Department’s performance, evaluation of staff performance; recruits staff, taking due account institutional values; and manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
  • Leads and coordinates the work programme of the Department, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the timely delivery of outputs; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Department and across organizational boundaries; implements the work programme of the Department; Oversees the management of activities undertaken; and ensures that the key performance indicators set for the Department are met.
  • Participates in and/or chairs meetings for the Departmental Management Team, Inter-Departmental Working Groups, donor and partner meetings related to the initiatives and trust funds under the Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department and other meetings related to the work of the Department.
  • Provides expertise and leadership in the development and review of Bank Group’s policies, rules, regulations, norms and standards especially related to human and social development; and ensures their implementation in the Department; promotes and ensures the professional quality of the documents produced by the staff of the Department.
  • Provides advice to the Vice President and the President of the Bank on Jobs for Youth, human capital development and health matters and defends before the Board papers originating from the Department.
  • Develops and maintains cooperation and co-financing relations with the other development agencies and organizations; Leads important and sensitive missions to the member countries and partner organizations and agencies; Represents the Bank Group in major international conferences and meetings especially on human and social development.
  • Serves as Acting Vice President for the Agriculture, Human, and Social Development Complex when required.
  • Performs other duties assigned by the Vice President.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Business Administration, Social Sciences, Development Economics, or closely related disciplines.
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant and progressive experience on human capital development, social development, research and policy, particularly related to employment creation, social protection, social development, public health, gender empowerment or related field in an internationally recognized financial or development institution or similar. At least five (5) years of professional experience should be at a managerial level.
  • Recognized as a thought leader in Jobs for Youth and human capital development.
  • Knowledge of operational policies, rules, procedures and practices of the Bank or comparable institution;
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of socioeconomic issues and provide policy advice.
  • Experience in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the activities of similar departments and supervising managers and department staff, organizing teams, and providing managerial support.
  • Experience in delivering high quality operational products and services (economic analyses, research advice, sectoral studies and evaluation) in support of the Bank’s work.
  • Experience in human capital development, employment and social protection, dealing with situations of fragility and fragile states, social development, or health sector development and policy support in Africa is a plus.
  • 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 Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is highly desirable.

  
Job Title: Director of the Office of the Senior Vice President and Senior Management Coordinating Committee Secretariat
Reference: ADB/17/011
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: EL5
Position N°: 50092072
The Complex

  • The Senior Vice-Presidency is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve it strategic objective, and drive performance culture that will align all processes and systems to deliver high impact results.
  • The Senior Vice-President will provide effective leadership and exceptional coordination to ensure implementation and monitoring of key corporate decisions as well as the identification of necessary corrective measures and actions.
  • The Senior Vice-President will lead senior management discussions, decisions-making process and the implementation of key Board and Management decisions.

The Hiring Department
The Director for the Senior Vice-President and Senior Management Coordinating Committee Secretariat Department role is to coordinate and support the Senior Vice-President in the execution of responsibilities related to:

  • Coordinating the implementation of Bank-wide activities;
  • Monitoring of corporate performance and results;
  • Ensuring organizational effectiveness; and
  • Overseeing organizational units reporting directly to the Senior Vice-President. The Director for the Senior Vice-President and Senior Management Coordinating Committee Secretariat also plays the role of the Senior Management Committee Meeting Secretariat, and supports the Senior Vice-President in Board and Board Committee meetings.

Duties and Responsibilities  Under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Vice-President, the Director for Senior Vice-President and Senior Management Coordinating Committee Secretariat will:

  • Support the Senior Vice-President in the management of the Institution.
  • Ensure overall coordination of the management of Bank activities.
  • Coordinate the arbitration of resource uses to ensure alignment with institutional priorities and strategies
  • Coordinate the monitoring of corporate performance and the elaboration of required corrective measures and actions.
  • Coordinate the implementation of cross-complex initiatives and institutional reforms to achieve organizational effectiveness, drive efficiency and enhance delivery.

Key Functions

  • Spearhead the development and review of themes relating to the enhancement of Bank policies, strategies and programs.
  • Provide leadership and coordination to the development of the new Development and Business Delivery model.
  • Provide leadership to and coordination to the development of the Decentralization Action Plan.
  • Support the constitution and leadership of the Transformation Management Team.
  • Provide leadership to the teams in charge of improving processes for increased internal efficiency in place.
  • Responsible for the overall coordination of the activities of the units directly attached to the Senior Vice President.
  • Lead the preparation and implementation of the front office work program, resource allocation and management budgets, and human resources.  Provide direction and guidance to the front office staff in the execution of their respective functions.
  • Serve as the Secretary to the Senior Management Coordinating Committee, and provides guidance to the Senior Management Coordinating Committee Secretariat.
  • Support the Senior Vice-President in Board and Board Committee meetings.
  • Coordinate and monitor the implementation of the business lines managed by Front Office Staff.
  • Support the Senior Vice-President in interacting and collaborating with key stakeholders.
  • On behalf of the Senior Vice President, monitor the performance of the External offices attached directly to the Senior Vice-President, coordinates and monitors special initiatives as assigned by the Senior Vice-President.
  • Coordinate, under the direction of the Senior Vice-President, the implementation of the decentralization Action Plan.
  • Provide support to the Senior Vice-President on Mission Clearances for Vice-President’s as well as managers and staff reporting directly to the Senior Vice-President.
  • First line focal point for the Presidency, the Asia External Representation, the Office of the Secretary General and General Secretariat, the Committee of the Whole, the Credit Risk Committee, the Senior Management Coordinating Committee, the Group Risk Management Directorate & the Purchasing Committee.
  • Perform other duties assigned by the Vice-President.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Business Administration, Management, Finance, Economics or other relevant fields.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience, at least five (5) years of which at senior level; solid credibility on development issues underpinned by multiple regional (world) and cross-sectoral experience; understanding of both public and private sector perspectives; experience in change management would be an asset.
  • Track record of thinking conceptually and mastering complex subject matters quickly.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated capacity to develop and implement practical strategies, plans, and solutions to identified issues and problems.
  • Proven ability to assimilate information gathered through research and consultations, to apply that information in creative and cross-cutting ways, and to synthesize appropriate strategies and responses.
  • Superior critical thinking skills, including the capacity to identify and appropriately assess and order competing interests and priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to present complex and technical issues to non-technicians.
  • Ability to work effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is a plus.

  

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Job Title: Director, Syndication and Financial Technical Service
Reference: ADB/17/012
Location:
Cote d’Ivoire
Grade: EL5
Position N°: 50092178
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:

  • The role of the Syndications and Financial Technical Services Department is to mobilize and increase in Africa and outside Africa resources for the financing of investment projects and programmes; and promote investment in Africa of public and private capital in projects or programmes designed to contribute to the economic development or social progress of regional member countries.

Duties and responsibilities
The Position:

  • The position of Director of the Syndications and Financial Technical Services Department which reports to the Vice President for Finance, is responsible for providing centralised syndications, co-financing and financial technical services (client services) to the entire Bank Group cutting across both public and private sectors lending activities.

Key Functions:

  • Under the general supervision of the Vice President, the duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Manage the resources of the unit to maximize its effectiveness in supporting investment officers and task managers, marketing investors and executing transactions.
  • Provide structuring guidance to investment officers and task managers and actively participate in presenting proposals and mandate letters to clients, emphasizing the benefits of syndication and co-financing.
  • Establish working relationships with the widest possible group of commercial co-financiers.
  • Execute A/B-loan co-financings and Development Finance Institutions syndications, sharing responsibilities where appropriate with co-arrangers.
  • Perform market soundings, pricing and provide risk appetite feedback to senior management for their consideration.
  • Review syndication guidelines and make recommendations for amendments and improvements.
  • Develop internal operational processes and procedures for the department as well as financial instruments and performance metrics to incentivize, mainstream and scale-up co-financing, syndication and leveraging activities.
  • Identify existing assets for potential secondary sale, obtain market feedback on likely cost of sale and, where applicable, seek all necessary approvals.
  • Work with, inter alia, Operations (both public and private) / Financial Control / Financial Treasury, Financial Management, Legal and other departments within the Bank to establish capacity to act as agent for all B-loans, Development Finance Institutions syndications and other co-financings.
  • Development of the Bank Groups Financial Products.
  • Provision of Financial Technical Services to Sovereign and Non-Sovereign Transactions in Project Teams.
  • Lead Domestic Capital Markets Funding activities.
  • Lead the Development and Adaptation of Financial Policies and Programmes as applicable to the activities of the department.
  • Serve as Acting Vice President for Finance Complex when required.
  • Perform other duties assigned by the Vice President.

Selection Criteria

Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Finance and/or Business Administration or related disciplines.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience acquired in reputable financial institutions. At least five (5) years of this experience should have been in a managerial level.
  • Knowledge of market instruments and market sources of financing (sovereign bond financing, municipal/sub-sovereign financing, syndicated lending/infrastructure finance), other sources of financing and risk management/hedging products.
  • Knowledge of fund raising and on-lending activities in developing capital markets, particularly in Africa.
  • Excellent understanding of financial issues affecting sovereign and non-sovereign clients in developing countries and policy associated with the Bank’s mandate.
  • A full understanding of the capital markets and demonstrated understanding of project finance and the use of risk mitigation instruments to catalyze private capital.
  • Strong customer focus, ability to interface effectively with clients and business contacts at a senior land team level.
  • Strong background in investment and development banking with experience in working with private sector projects, state owned entities, utilities/infrastructure authorities and government.
  • Candidate must have a strong track record of excellence in written communication.
  • Strong leadership skill to support and mentor staff in the Department.
  • Strong business judgment and analytical decision making skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • 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 Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is highly desirable.

Information on the Position:

  • The African Development Bank Group Has Retained Ca Global Headhunters (Pty) Ltd To Assist With This Appointment.

  

Job Title: Director, Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting and Research
Reference: ADB/17/013
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: EL-5
Position N°: 50092171
The Complex

  • The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management is the Bank’s spokesperson on economic matters and the Vice-President for the Economic Governance and Knowledge Management Complex. The Complex is responsible for:
    • Providing leadership and visibility for the Bank on economic, finance, financial governance and socio economic development issues; and coordinate the generation of analytical works to inform operational policy;
    • Systematically emphasize the critical role of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and their tangible impact on sustainable, inclusive transformation of African economies.

The Hiring Department

  • The Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting And Research Department is dedicated to the generation of high quality knowledge in the area of development in Africa.
  • It provides technical support to operations and regional member countries through rigorous analytical work; engages in impactful policy dialogue with decision-making bodies within and outside of the Bank; and most importantly enhance the operational effectiveness of the Bank in achieving the High 5s.
  • The activities of the department are structured around the Macroeconomic Policy, Debt Sustainability and Forecasting on one side, and the Microeconomics, Institutional and Development Impact on the other.

The Position

  • The Director of the Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting And Research Department will be responsible for providing strategic direction, developing work programs with specific, measurable, and achievable key performance indicators, and for the technical oversight on the work of team members.
  • In addition, he/she will build a strong, motivated and diverse workforce to ensure alignment of research and knowledge generation and dissemination to the Bank’s operations and projects.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, the Director will:
Work program validation and execution:

  • Review and validate the objectives and work program of the Department, ensuring alignment to the strategic priorities of the department, the Complex and the Bank.
  • Monitor their execution and provide guidance as needed to the teams.
  • Review and validate the budget, and its effective implementation.
  • Report on the work program execution, and propose alternative and corrective measures as needed.
  • Actively contribute to the designing and monitoring of the corporate key performance indicators.

Technical oversight on the department’s activities:

  • Provide the Bank Group and member countries with economic intelligence on macroeconomic developments, projections of the most widely used economic and financial variables relating to Africa’s economy and Bank Group operations.
  • Analyze regional member countries’ economies with emphasis on the HI-5s, using cutting-edge techniques and assessing regional and continental development strategies with particular emphasis on debt-sustainability analysis and impact of major exogenous shocks on macroeconomic aggregates and living standards.
  • Conduct or participate in special studies aimed at improving the strategies and programming of Bank Group operations.
  • Develop appropriate analytical tools for the purpose of streamlining Bank Economic and Sector Work on critical areas, such as macroeconomic analysis and impact evaluation of development projects.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the Bank Group’s flagship reports.
  • Supervise the processing of the Bank’s major publications, including the African Development Report, the African Development Review, and the annual statistical publication.
  • Prepare and process major statements, speeches and briefs for the President and Vice-Presidents, for the high level meetings, conferences and visits to the regional member countries.

People Management:

  • Ensure the department has the appropriate skills-mix at any time for effective delivery of the objectives defined in the work program.
  • Review and validate the staffing needs, and build with the Human Resources department the required recruitment plans.
  • Assess work performance, appraise staff potential and determine training needs.
  • Put in place, with the assistance of the Human Resources department, talent management mechanisms, to build a talent pool for the department for business continuity.
  • Organize effective delegation of responsibilities by empowering staff at all levels.

Relations with Stakeholders:

  • Ensure effective collaboration with the other departments of the Complex.
  • Work closely with operational departments to ensure relevance of knowledge and research work to the Bank’s operations and projects.
  • Promote and maintain relations with institutions dealing with economic research and development policies, especially as relating to Africa.
  • Serves as Acting Chief Economist/Vice President for the Complex for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management when required.
  • Performs other duties assigned by the Chief Economist/Vice President.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Ph.D. Degree from a reputable university in Economics, Applied Macroeconomics or other relevant discipline.
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years of highly relevant professional experience, at least five (5) of which should be in a managerial roles, in a multilateral development institution, government agency or reputable organization involved in applied research.
  • Strong capacity in macroeconomic and microeconomic research with a traceable record of publications in peer reviewed reputable journals in the same field or relevant subject.
  • Ability to adopt and implement emerging and cutting edge analytical tools in the areas of macro and micro economics.
  • Extensive and in-depth ability to use statistical and econometric methods and packages in data processing and analysis.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with strict attention to details.
  • A proven ability to think strategically, taking into account the bigger picture without sacrificing the details.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a credible ability to influence and present ideas.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to stay abreast of the latest developments, best practices and trends to bring leading edge expertise to the position.
  • Capacity to connect, understand and influence stakeholders at all levels.
  • Capacity 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 Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is highly desirable.

Job Title: Director, African Natural Resources Center
Reference: ADB/17/006
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Position N°: 50063863
Grade: EL-5
The Complex

  • The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management is the Banks spokesperson on economic matters and the Vice President for the Economics Governance and Knowledge Management Complex’.
  • The Complex is responsible for (i) providing leadership and visibility for the Bank on economic, finance, financial governance and socio economic development issues; and coordinate the generation of analytical works to inform operational policy; (ii) systematically emphasize the critical role of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and their tangible impact on sustainable, inclusive transformation of African economies.

The Hiring Department

  • The external role of the African Natural Resources Center is to support Regional Member Countries improve development outcomes through effective management of natural resources wealth by delivering practical solutions on policy, legislative and investment decisions in the sector.
  • Internally, it brings cohesion to the Banks strategies in natural resources sectors by providing a single lens through which the institution tackles natural resources governance.

The Position

  • The Director of the African Natural Resources Center is responsible for the leading, design and implementation of the Centers strategy and work program in accordance with the Banks High 5 strategies.
  • The Director will lead the design and implementation of the Centres strategy and work program in relation with the Banks strategic priorities, the High 5, and especially the three-year business plan for capacitating regional member countries in managing renewable and non-renewable resources in order to improve development outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management , the director will:

Strategy:

  • Provide an overall vision and strategy on how the management of natural resources affects the quality of life for both present and future generations. Bring to bear the best expertise available domestically and internationally to provide customized policies for individual client countries.
  • Recommend a socially desirable policies regarding optimal fiscal policy (taxation) and contract negotiations and implementation for non-renewable and renewable natural resources management.
  • Design sustainable solutions to address natural resource conservation and management problems and prepare and implement an action plan to make the African Center for Natural Resources an internationally-recognized center of excellence.
  • Advise Regional member countries on natural resource stewardship in both theory and practice, with the goal of helping them design institutional and policy frameworks that are adaptable and resilient in light of the social and ecological complexity and change that characterize todays challenges.

Work Program Validation and Execution:

  • Review and validate the objectives and work program for the department, ensuring alignment to the Bank, Complex and department strategic priorities.
  • Monitor their execution and provide guidance as needed to the teams.
  • Review and validate the budget, and its effective implementation.
  • Report on the work program execution, and propose alternative and corrective measures as needed.
  • Actively contribute to the designing and monitoring of the department key performance indicators.

Technical Oversight on the Department Activities:

  • Provide strategic guidance to the Bank through the Vice-President on Bank wide natural resources related strategies.
  • Coordinate regional natural resources governance support through programs knowledge.
  • Collaborate with the Director Generals to grow and meet demand for policies and projects in natural resources.
  • Advise the Vice-President on the Centers strategic and operational matters by identifying areas of support to regional member countries and regional offices.
  • Support Director Generals by providing expertise, technical assistance and building knowledge dissemination of natural resources sectors at country level.
  • Oversee the narrowing of knowledge and skills gaps in relevant natural resources sectors as relates to the delivery of High 5s through leadership of internal and external knowledge development initiatives.
  • Lead work plans for the development of solution oriented policy tools by ensuring the products respond effectively to natural resources development policy, legal and institutional development needs.

People Management:

  • Ensure the department has the appropriate skills-mix at any time for effective delivery of the objectives defined in the work program.
  • Review and validate the staffing needs, and build with the Human Resources department the required recruitment plans.
  • Assess work performance, appraise staff potential and determine training needs.
  • Put in place, with the assistance of the Human Resources department, talent management mechanisms, to build a talent pool for the department for business continuity.
  • Organize effective delegation of responsibilities by empowering staff at all levels.

Relations with Stakeholders:

  • Procure adequate human and financial resources to deliver the mandate by leveraging internal resources and forging external partnerships.
  • Represent the Bank at relevant platforms by articulating the Centers value proposition and increasing the Banks brand visibility.
  • Serves as Acting Vice President for the Complex for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management when required.
  • Performs other duties assigned by the Vice President.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Ph.D. degree in Natural Resources Management, Resource Economics, Natural Resources Policy or related disciplines.
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant and progressive professional experience in the areas of natural resources management and policy reforms in reputable international organizations of which at least 5 years must be in managerial role.; relevant experience includes work in policy legal and institutional formulation and reforms.
  • A strong track record in regional development policy.
  • Thorough knowledge of renewable and non-renewable resources policy formulation and implementation principles.
  • Strong knowledge of capacity building strategies.
  • Familiarity with operational activities in multilateral development institutions is essential.
  • Strong strategic influencing skills and demonstrated ability to present and win support for ideas.
  • Track record of application of sound and balanced judgment, even under stressful situations.
  • Excellent analytical and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is highly desirable.

 Note: This position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their full CV’s together with a supporting statement highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to: 

  • afdb-971323@globalcareercompany.com for Director, African Development Institute, Director, Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development, Director, Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting and Research, Director, African Natural Resources Center Positions.
  • pandora@caglobalint.com for Director of the Office of the Senior Vice President and Senior Management Coordinating Committee Secretariat Position.
  • danelle@caglobalint.com for Director, Syndication and Financial Technical Service Position.

please quote the role title and assignment code 971323 in the subject heading of the email.

For Enquiry call: +44 (0) 20 8834 0300

Application Deadline: 9th March, 2017.

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