IT Support Assistant / Business Applications, CHIS4 at 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: IT Support Assistant / Business Applications, CHIS4

Reference: ADB/20/126
Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Grade: GS7
Position N°: 50050725

The Complex

  • The Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Services will lead the effort to digitalize and transform the Bank into a knowledge-driven workforce, promote human resources policies that enhance talent, drive a performance-driven culture, and ensure the competitiveness of the Bank as the employer of choice.
  • Under the direction of the President, s / he will drive a new corporate culture that rewards creativity and innovation and attracts and retains a world class workforce into the Bank.

The Hiring Department / Division:

  • The Corporate IT Services Department (CHIS) is mandated by the Bank to deliver the best possible IT services for Bank staff and help achieve the results that will get the Bank closer to accomplishing its development goals.
  •  Client Services Division serves as the “face” of IT department and the “one-stop-shop” for IT support services, client services and provision of IT working tools to clients. The Division provides efficient and effective the ‘Run the Bank’ capability portion of the IT department by focusing more on delivery of IT services to clients.

The Position

  • The main objective of this position is to provide 2nd level support service on all business applications and systems used in Bank as recorded by the clients at the IT Service Desk. In addition, to liaise with Business Process Owners on issues related to business process of the respective system and act as a focal point for feedback on usage of the applications and work closely with systems developers to ensure the system’s functionalities are fully utilized by clients

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision and guidance of the Division Manager, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

  • Provide business support services by prioritizing, categorizing, investigating, diagnosing, resolving and closing all incidents and service requests related to business applications at the 1st level such as SAP, ECM / DARMS, BPPS, REGISTRY, SWIFT, SUMMIT, Audit Command Language (ACL) software, etc in accordance with agreed criteria and the needs of the organization at headquarters, regional offices, country, and liaison offices
  • Ensure that all the incidents and service requests are properly recorded and documented in the IT Service Management Tool in compliance with the implemented core ITSM / ITIL processes handled by the Service Desk Function
  • Conduct user satisfaction by calling back and informing them about the progress of their logged incidents and service requests.
  • Ensure all work is carried out and documented in accordance with required standards, methods and procedures and that any applicable configuration management procedures are adhered to.
  • Record the resolutions of incidents appropriately to a knowledge database of business application known errors
  • Escalate all complex business application incidents and service requests to appropriate 3rd Level Support Teams or Business Owners for business processes instructions.
  • Communicate with clients regarding business application incidents and service requests, and notify them of impending changes or agreed unavailability of services.
  • Monitor the performance trends of business applications and notify the systems developers and administrators on enhancements or resolutions for known and unknown errors for further problem analysis.
  • Participate in user acceptance tests and early support services for released business application (new or upgraded)
  • Provide coaching and guidance to clients on best use of business applications and recommend further trainings to clients
  • Provide continuous technical and business trainings or share knowledge to fellow Service Desk staff on business application
  • Ensure the incident management processes, service request fulfilment processes and problem management processes are followed during the provision of support services on business application systems.
  • Deliver a service-orientated and quality-driven culture across the business application support services
  • As focal point for business application support services, liaise with business clients and departments
  • Inform the Principal Service Desk Officer / Chief Service Desk Coordinator in case of major incidents

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent Degree in Engineering, Electronics Science and Communications
  • Excellent knowledge of the Service Desk Operations and Top-notch Remote Access and Remote Support Tools
  • Working experience in a Virtual Service Desk Operations and “Working From Home” environments
  • Familiar with core ITSM / ITIL practices such as Incident management, ­ Problem management,­ Service request management,­ Service desk and­ Service level management
  • Excellent knowledge of software development methods and disciplines
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in ICT gained with similar multinational organization of major private or public institutions.
  • Good knowledge of applications both functionally and technical architecture, the distribution of services to the application server level, databases, client computer, internet, etc.
  • Working experience with IT Service Management Tools such as ServiceNow®, Remedy®, etc
  • ITIL Foundation Certificate.
  • Strong analytical skills associated to capacity to solve problems.
  • Ability to suggest better alternatives and flows to given requirements based on experience.
  • Ability to use appropriate data structures and algorithms and come up with generic / object-oriented code that encapsulates aspects of the problem that are subject to change
  • Knowledge of the Bank’s standard software: Excel, Word, Power Point, MS Project, Access, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work under pressure, meeting competing deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; and strong analytical ability and supervisory skills.
  • Strong teamwork skills.
  • Ability to communicate in English and / or French or good working knowledge for other language.

Deadline: 3rd October, 2020.

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

Important Information and Notice

  • This position does not attract international terms and conditions (the post holder will be considered as a local staff and will not have international terms and conditions of employment.
  • Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and / or a screenshot showing the problem to HR Direct via: HRDirect@AFDB.ORG (link sends e-mail)
  • To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB Member Countries.
  • Applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted. Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered. The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever.


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