African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Job Recruitment


  2020-05-26
  Unspecified

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: Principal Financial Management Operations Officer, SNFI2

Reference: ADB/20/064
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Grade: PL4
Position N°: 50102238

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-Presidency 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-Presidency will lead senior management discussions, decisions-making process and the implementation of key Board and Management decisions.

The Hiring Department

  • The SNFI department has four (4) divisions including two (2) for procurement and two (2) for financial management (FM) whose main activities are to provide support to operations complexes for ensuring that project’s fiduciary arrangements comply with Bank Fiduciary (Procurement and FM) policies and procedures and contribute to effective delivery and value for money in Bank-financed projects.
  • The Financial Management Division is anchored at the Head-Quarters in the Fiduciary and Inspection Department (SNFI) under the Senior Vice-Presidency. The Division provides professional leadership in ensuring high quality performance with respect to compliance with Bank financial management policies and procedures in lending operations; and in ensuring high quality work in diagnostic work and country dialogue designed to support development of budgeting, accounting and reporting, internal control, treasury management and external auditing and overall financial management policies, systems and capacity of member countries.
  • The Principal Financial Management Operations Officer is responsible to ensure that financial management of Bank-financed projects are compliant with the Bank’s financial management policy. This is done by advising on financial management arrangements and reviewing financial management decisions within the project/program operations cycle from the identification to completion stages.
  • The incumbent also contributes to the preparation of the Bank’s Country Strategy Paper, and to building Public Financial Management (PFM) capacity of Borrowers which includes training of Borrower staff, advising on project related financial management matters, and assessing and strengthening the Borrower’s PFM systems.
  • The Principal Financial Management Operations Officer reports functionally to the Division Manager-Financial Management for North, Central and West Regions (SNFI-2) and administratively to the Regional Operations Manager for Implementation Support (ROM-IS)

The Position
The key responsibilities of the Principal Financial Management Operations Officer are:

  • Ensuring quality and timely FM advice and providing support to projects activities, including: (i) quality of Financial Management (FM) activities in the region; (ii) timeliness of responses on all FM issues; (iii) quality of advice to both Bank sector and Borrowers staff in countries under his responsibilities
  • Executing the operations fiduciary function for the Bank in projects and programs that it finances , including through: (i) conducting country, sector and project level FM assessments and related capacity development action plans; (ii) providing FM-related support for country dialogue; (iii) supporting development of regional professional FM networks; (iv) participating in donors coordination meetings in their areas for promoting better coordination and effective resources mobilization
  • Contributing to capacity development of Bank and Borrowers’ FM staff, including (i) coaching, (ii) mentoring, (iii) training and (iv) upgrading of the skills.

Duties and responsibilities
Under the oversight and guidance of the Division Manager, Financial Management, the Principal Financial Management Operations Officer will:

  • Provide technical guidance at the Field Offices in the financial management activities of assigned projects and programs within the framework of the Bank’s policies and guidelines all over the operations cycle.
  • Take a proactive role ensuring ‘Quality at Entry work’ in assessing the adequacy of the Borrower’s project financial management systems and the borrowers’ ability to manage and monitor Bank financed projects. This includes budgeting, internal control, treasury management, accounting, financial reporting and external auditing;
  • Oversee the review of and provision of comments on financial management aspects of assigned projects and programs as documented in concept papers, feasibility studies, appraisal reports and other relevant documents to ensure consistency and enhance the quality of projects/program from the financial management perspective.
  • Attend negotiations and ensure FM issues are taken into account in the financing agreement and other associated documentations
  • Participate in project/program launching missions to assist the project/program team in developing capacity building of the Executing Agencies in the area of financial management.
  • Undertakes on-site and desk supervision mission on a risk-based approach and issues the supervision reports including FM performance ratings and drafting the contribution to the aide memoire
  • Carry out supervision work to ensure that projects financial management systems are functioning appropriately, including the periodic review of project financial management reports for financial performance;
  • Provide advice and support to Borrowers and the Bank Project Teams on matters affecting financial management and disbursement on capacity building in projects and with public sector accountability institutions;
  • Provide financial management guidance for the development of technical assistance programs and evaluate and monitor their implementation;
  • Assess the selection and recruitment of external independent auditors, ensuring their suitability including their independence, and competence to perform;
  • Participates in PEFA, SAI-PMF, and ROSC-AA Assessments and on that basis, provides information to Bank operations and other initiatives in the countries concerned.
  • Plays an active role in CPPRs from the financial management perspective and draft the FM part of the CPPR report
  • Undertake Capacity building on FM issues in the countries and in sector departments in the Bank
  • Participate in fiduciary clinics;
  • Participate in donor coordination meetings within the region (not continent wide or global) and in country dialogue platforms between the country and the donors on the basis of the overall Bank’s strategy to support aid effectiveness

Selection Criteria

  • Hold a Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or a related discipline
  • Hold a professional Accounting, External Auditing or Internal Auditing Certification/Degree (CPA, CA, ACCA, Expert Comptable, IIA…)
  • Have a minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience in the Bank or similar financial institution, with particular expertise in designing, supporting and implementing financial management operations;
  • Have a sound knowledge of the African Development Bank’s Financial Management Policy and Procedures;
  • Experience in supporting private sector operations (banking, auditing, finance, microfinance institutions, agriculture, electricity, water) would be an added advantage;
  • Experience in an Multilateral Development Bank, with emphasis on financial management, highly valuable;
  • Experience in the review of financial management policy documents;
  • Expert knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and International Standards on Auditing (ISAs). Knowledge of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs) and the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs);
  • A good understanding of cross-cutting issues beyond financial management (e.g. procurement, governance, donors’ practices) at sector/country level;
  • Strong planning, organization, and time management skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively (Written and Oral) in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language;
  • Ability to work in Arabic will be an added advantage
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications including SAP.

Job Title: Senior Gender Officer, AHGC1

Reference: ADB/20/067
Locations: Tunis, Tunisia, Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
Grade: PL5
Position N°: 50050626/ 50071218

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; and (iv) 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 Gender, Women and Civil Society Department is designed to improve coherence and coordination across complexes on Gender and Civil Society Organization issues. The Department ensures strategic priorities are reflected in resources allocation, enhances monitoring and management of performance, and strengthens the focus on results. As part of the Gender, Women and Civil Society Directorate, the Gender and Women Empowerment Division provides leadership on mainstreaming Gender in operations.

The Position

  • The Senior Gender Officer will be based in one of the Regional Offices of the Bank and will support the effective operationalization of gender mainstreaming within (i) the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy 2013-2022 and (ii) the High-5 priorities areas, in support of gender mainstreaming in Bank operations at regional level.

Duties and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Division Manager, AHGC.1, the Senior Gender Officer, will provide support to mainstream and promote gender equality and women empowerment. The responsibilities of the Senior Gender Officer – include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Mainstream gender issues at all stages of the project cycle, from planning to monitoring and evaluation;
  • Assist in the inclusion of gender in all programs/projects or any related activities, ensuring gender balance in project staff teams, training, and beneficiaries;
  • Assist in developing indicators to monitor the gender impact of Bank supported projects using the Gender Marker System;
  • Assess the potential gender impact of proposed projects, review impact of on-going projects and propose mitigating measures;
  • Participate in operational missions and the drafting of project documents in order to promote the implementation of the Bank’s gender strategy, ensure that women are consulted and enhance the level of gender analysis of programs/projects;
  • Work with Task managers to develop innovative approaches to gender stand-alone operations;
  • Collect and make available to the Country Offices gender-related information on each of these countries (for example in the form of country-level “Gender Profiles”);
  • Develop studies and any preparatory documents related to gender for the purpose of project formulation, supervision and post-evaluation;
  • Develop Terms of Reference for knowledge products related to gender assessments and analysis;
  • Contribute to research and studies relevant to gender policy development and implementation and/or contribute to gender sensitization and skill building activities;
  • Liaise with key gender-related NGOs, multilateral, national and regional institutions and any relevant stakeholders in countries served by the Regional Office for purposes of partnerships, information sharing, networking and potential operational collaborations;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Gender Studies, International Development, Finance Development, Economics or closely related disciplines. Relevant qualification in development project management and project finance is a plus.
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience on gender and social inclusion in the development space and experience in project management.
  • Demonstrate understanding of regional social issues, analysis and policy formulation; knowledge of the practices of major bilateral and multilateral partner development agencies in African countries is an added advantage.
  • Demonstrate experience in private sector development, entrepreneurship and support to women SMEs;
  • Demonstrate strong communication and organization skills, dealing with various stakeholders with different backgrounds and capacity to perform in complex situations.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships in a diverse multicultural environment;
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is desirable.

Job Title: Principal Gender Officer, AHGC1

Reference: ADB/20/066
Location: Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire, Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: PL4
Position N°: 50102228/ 50102229/50102230

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; and (iv) 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 Gender, Women and Civil Society Department is designed to improve coherence and coordination across complexes on Gender and Civil Society Organization issues.
  • The Department ensures strategic priorities are reflected in resources allocation, enhance monitoring and management of performance, and strengthens the focus on results. As part of the Gender, Women and Civil Society Directorate, the Gender and Women Empowerment Division provides leadership on mainstreaming Gender in operations.

The Position

  • The Principal Gender Officer will be based in one of the Regional Offices will support the effective operationalization of gender mainstreaming within (i) the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy 2013-2022 and (ii) the High-5 priorities to mainstream gender in Bank operations at regional level.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Division Manager, AHGC.1, the Principal Gender Officer, will provide support to mainstream and promote gender equality and women empowerment. The responsibilities of the Principal Gender Officer – include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Mainstream gender issues at all stages of the project cycle, from planning to monitoring and evaluation;
  • Support the inclusion of gender in all programs/projects or any related activities, ensuring gender balance in project staff teams, training, and beneficiaries;
  • Assist in developing indicators to monitor the gender impact of Bank supported projects using the Gender Marker System;
  • Assess the potential gender impact of proposed projects, review impact of on-going projects and propose mitigating measures;
  • Participate in operational missions and the drafting of project documents in order to promote the implementation of the Bank’s gender strategy, ensure that women are consulted and enhance the level of gender analysis of programs/projects;
  • Work with Task managers to develop innovative approaches to gender stand-alone operations;
  • Collect and make available to Country Offices gender-related information on each of these countries (for example in the form of country-level “Gender Profiles”);
  • Develop studies and any preparatory documents related to gender for the purpose of project formulation, supervision and post-evaluation;
  • Develop Terms of Reference for knowledge products related to gender assessments and analysis;
  • Contribute to research and studies relevant to gender policy development and implementation and/or contribute to gender sensitization and skill building activities;
  • Liaise with key gender-related NGOs, multilateral, national  and regional institutions and any relevant stakeholder in countries served by the Regional office for purposes of partnerships, information sharing, networking and potential operational collaborations;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Gender Studies, International Development, Finance Development, Economics or closely related disciplines. Relevant qualification in development project management and project finance is a plus.
  • Have a minimum of six (6) years of professional experience on gender and social inclusion in the development space and experience in project management.
  • Strong leadership and coaching skills, with a proven track record of working with economic teams and creating an empowering and self-development-oriented work environment
  • Demonstrate understanding of regional social issues, analysis and policy formulation; knowledge of the practices of major bilateral and multilateral partner development agencies in African countries is an added advantage.
  • Demonstrate experience in private sector development, entrepreneurship and support to women SMEs;
  • Demonstrate strong communication and organization skills, dealing with various stakeholders with different backgrounds and capacity to perform in complex situations.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships in a diverse multicultural environment;
  • Communicate and write effectively in either 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); knowledge of SAP is desirable.

Deadline: 24th June, 2020.

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