Administrative Assistant at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Administrative Assistant, PCER0

Reference: ADB/20/010
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: GS7
Position N°: 50000675

The Complex

  • The President, plans, supervises and manages the business of the Bank Group. Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and the African Development Fund and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund.
  • The President supervises several Departments and Units including Office of the President; Independent Development Evaluation Department; Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department; Compliance Review and Mediation Unit; Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board; Administrative Tribunal; Office of the Auditor General; Group Risk Management Directorate; General Counsel and Legal Services Department; Communication and External Relations Department; Staff Integrity and Ethics Office and Office of the Secretary General and General Secretariat.

The Hiring Department/Division

  • The purpose of the Department is to plan, prepare and implement public relations and institutional communication programs designed to make the Bank better known by its various audiences so as to promote social and economic development in Africa, and to establish and maintain the Bank’s credibility and good reputation as Africa’s leading development finance institution.
  • The Department is also responsible for enabling the Bank to understand better, how the institution is perceived both internally and externally.

The Position
Under the general guidance and supervision of the Director Communication and External Relations, the incumbent:

  • Provide assistance in the administrative, financial and personnel support services of a programme, office or organization Unit by compiling and maintaining budget and payments; coordinating changes in office space; processing requisitions for equipment and supplies; maintaining office records; providing general information on and monitoring the timely and accurate documentation of actions related to recruitment, appointments, promotions, transfers, allowances and benefits, travel authorizations and claims; and arranging facilities for meetings and notifying participants.
  • In addition, the Administrative Assistant will be responsible for maintaining the liaison with other organizational units

Duties and responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Director, the Administrative Assistant  has the following responsibilities:


  • Prepare documents, briefing papers, reports, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Acts as secretary at meetings. Drafts the minutes of the meetings; establishes a reporting system on all decisions taken during the meetings for follow up of implementation of outstanding decisions.
  • Processes the schedule of inter departmental meetings within the Bank, consultation and bi lateral meetings with between Bank and other partners.
  • The request to incur representation expenses; follow up of actions to be taken by concerned services
  • Represents the department at Finance/Budget meetings related to carry over budget meetings with FIFC, CHGS and budget departments and disseminates information on any guidelines, instructions, communicated during the meetings

Administration, Budget and Finance:

  • Assists in and advises the Director and Managers on a variety of administrative and personnel matters;
  • Establishes stock control system for the management of office supplies and other bank properties (Personal computers, printers, faxes …); centralizes requests for office supplies submitted by staff within the department and makes provisions in order to ensure distribution of the required items.
  • Advises on the allocation of support staff to meet priorities, workload and timeliness; participates in recruitment of temporary local staff by reviewing candidatures; pre-selecting candidates, and participating in interview panel, providing reports for decision making, drafting terms of reference and follow-up of their recruitment.
  • Negotiates with CHGS allocation of appropriate office space for the Unit by providing justifications; responsible for organizing and coordinating office moving operations.
  • Contributes to preparation of budget of department as as Mid-year budget retrospective by:
    • Collecting facts and presenting them for decision making; recording data, monitoring and reporting on the department budget implementation level;
    • Initiating actions on expenses to be incurred, processing requests for recruitment of  short-term   staff and consultants, missions, with particular attention to the procedures, follow-up of the required travel authorizations, contracts and payments.
    • Arrange travel, visa and accommodation for staff going on missions.
  • Initiate and prepare various administrative documents and forms, such as staff list, Staff missions, training programs, staff absence (annual leave, home leave, excused absence and maternity leave) as well as statistical data when required on staff.
  • Manage create process reports in SAP.
  • Store inventory control, reception, management and distribution of promotional items.
  • Follow up on requests addressed to the department via the PCER support platform.

Reporting and Correspondence:

  • The department’s reports and the reporting on level of work executed by (i) reminding and collecting the work programs from Managers and staff; (ii) proofreading and formatling their inputs, and submitting (within the required deadline) to the Director.
  • Correspondence that requires research and/or discussion on administrative and technical matters such as:
  • Information memoranda to staff,
  • Various obtain information or approval from other departments in respect requests related to administrative issues.
  • Assist applicable programming of the Department activities by appropriate software, entering project information producing the Department’s reports.
  • Liaise with professional staff in the Division to obtain information for special and ongoing projects.

Secretarial Duties:

  • Ensure maintenance of sufficient stocks of stationery and other basic office requisites.
  • Track and follow-up on documents, deal with incoming emails, faxes and general mails.
  • Handle internal and general public enquiries; screen telephone calls and requests, and handle them as appropriate; welcome and look after visitors; organize and maintain electronic diaries and make appointments.
  • Maintain confidential records and filing of report s, correspondence and related material for ease of referral.
  • Source and documents for research purposes and ascertain d techniques required to projects.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold at least a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Commerce, Administration or related discipline, preferably supplemented with courses in secretarial training/administration/office management (BTS or DUT).
  • Knowledge of secretarial skills and duties
  • Knowledge of administration duties
  • Experience in drafting general or administrative correspondence on own initiative or on the basis of instructions
  • Experience in coordinating, scheduling and management of program at senior executive level (daily schedule and long-term schedule).
  • Experience in supporting operations of international organizations is preferable;
  • Excellent organizational, and communication skills.
  • Able to work under pressure in the dynamic setting of an international and multicultural setting.
  • Handling speedily and efficiently internal and external requests.
  • Ability to work and cooperate with others from diverse background
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, with a working knowledge of the other. Proficiency in both languages is an asset.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint)

Application Closing Date
6th February, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online