Job Vacancies at African Development Bank Group (AfDB)


  2020-07-13
  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 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: Division Manager, Financial Technical Services, FIST2

Reference: ADB/20/098
Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Grade: PL2
Position N°: 50092454

The Complex

  • The Vice Presidency for Finance (FIVP) 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 Vice Presidency for Finance is also responsible for syndications, co-financing as well as the innovation, development and marketing of the Bank’s financial products and services. In addition, the Administrator of the Staff Retirement Plan reports to the Vice-President Finance.

The Hiring Department

  • The Syndication and Financial Technical Services Department (the “Department”) is responsible for the design and introduction of new financial products as well as the provision of structured finance solutions to the Bank’s clients. Additionally, the Department is responsible for the syndication and co-financing of all the Bank’s transactions including but not limited to balance sheet management through secondary market sales and securitization of the Bank’s asset portfolio.
  • The role of the Financial Technical Services Division (the “Division”) is the innovation, development and marketing/dissemination of the Bank Group’s financial products as well as its local currency funding operations. The Division also provides financial technical expertise and advisory services on project teams supporting task managers in originating, structuring, appraising, negotiating, restructuring, secondary sales and closing of transactions.
  • The Division has the additional responsibility for the lending rate management of the Bank and in assisting Bank’s clients to manage market-related risk through derivative-based hedging solutions.

The Position
Under the Supervision of the Director, the Division Manager has the responsibility to:

  • ­Design products and financial services that are competitive, responsive to the evolving needs of the clients and consistent with the development objectives of the Bank and specifically the High5s;
  • Design and develop Balance Sheet Optimization instruments to enhance the management of the Bank’s capital, and lead the efficient and effective deployment of the Bank Group’s risk instruments.
  • Provide financial technical expertise and advisory services to project teams, support task managers in originating, structuring, appraising, negotiating, restructuring, secondary sales and closing of transactions.
  • Assist Bank’s clients to manage risk through customized derivative based hedging solutions.
  • Lead the Bank’s initiative to develop African capital markets through the provision of long-term local currency funding solutions and swaps.
  • Lead the general dissemination and implementation of the Bank Group’s financial products, including developing and delivering training workshops, awareness and capacity building for Bank’s staff and clients

Duties and Responsibilities
The Division Manager will undertake the following functions:

People management:

  • Manage staff performance in line with the Bank’s guidelines, ensuring that clear objectives are set and agreed upon with the team in the work program and that annual performance cycles are effectively managed in line with the Bank’s calendar;
  • Mentor, coach and guide staff ensuring their clear understanding of their roles and promote a supportive work environment that is responsive to personal development of staff, ongoing feedback and development, including long term career development.

Development of innovative Financial Products and Balance Sheet Optimization Products:

  • Design and implement new and/or enhanced financial products for financing, leverage of Bank Capital and for risk management purposes; write product specifications, technical guidelines and implementation modalities for the Bank’s financial products.
  • Design and Implement innovative balance sheet optimization structures including but not limited to cash and synthetic securitization, insurance, complex guarantee structures, credit default swaps etc..
  • Monitor the performance of products and services, and where necessary, analyze, develop and implement changes to existing product range to ensure that they continue to adequately meet borrower needs.
  • Manage the preparation of product competitor analysis and keep abreast of financial innovation, monitor economic and political trends in the international capital and money markets, and assess their impact on the Bank’s competiveness
  • Support the general dissemination of the Bank’s financial products. This involves developing and delivering training, marketing and communication modules, helping to resolve important funding and risk management issues, and applying a broad knowledge of  financial markets and operational issues of each product to ensure high quality outcomes for the Bank and its clients.
  • Provide financial advisory and technical services including debt management and an understanding of Bank products and financial services to clients.
  • Build and maintain highly effective and successful relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, including financial advisors, investment banks, multilateral development banks and other financial institutions.

Financial Solutions, Advisory on Finance and  Technical Expert Support:

  • Provide financial technical expertise and advisory services on project teams in originating, structuring, appraising, negotiating, restructuring, secondary sales and closing of transactions in various sectors utilizing the breadth of available instruments.
  • Lead the expansion of Bank’s project pipeline targeted to mobilize private sector financing. This includes (i) identification of opportunities and candidates, and (ii) relationship building and management with both internal clients and external clients (banks, institutional investors, private project participants etc.).
  • Review and negotiate complex project documentation, including mandate letters, term sheets, loan agreements and common term agreements.
  • Lead the Divisions interventions in supporting task managers developing guarantee transactions (for e.g. but not limited to infrastructure projects and capital market financings), including support during upstream preparation, structuring, negotiation, and closing of the transactions. Draft, as appropriate, project related documentation, including guarantee term-sheets and in collaboration with Legal Counsel, finalize the terms and conditions of Bank’s support. Contribute to the operational documents and provide support for internal processing, review transaction agreements, and coordinate across project components with other team members.
  • Support task managers to design appropriate structures and solutions to meet the growing and evolving needs of clients;
  • Develop a fair and equitable pricing of the Bank’s lending products and assist Bank’s clients in their debt management strategies through the design of customized derivative based hedging solutions.
  • Assist clients in developing expertise and maintain appropriate systems for identifying and assessing risks associated with their external liabilities.

Domestic Capital Markets Funding:

  • Lead the Bank’s initiative to issue domestic bonds in African Capital markets and on-lend to projects.
  • Manage the process of local currency papers preparation to seek President’s approval to designate specific regional member countries currencies as approved lending currencies of the Bank and thereafter establish medium term note programs in the underlying countries.
  • Lead the development of local currency funding strategies for Bank’s projects utilizing domestic bond issuance, cross currency swaps or synthetic derivative structures.
  • Design structured transactions (partial credit guarantees, securitizations, credit enhancements, and risk sharing facilities) to assist clients mobilize local currency in domestic capital markets or through syndicated loan structures or commercial lenders.

Management of the Division – Contributing to the Development and Adaptation of Financial Policies and Programmes:

  • Ensure that the division’s operations, processes and controls are strong and effective to ensure positive compliance of audit outcomes.
  • Mitigate operational risk by ensuring that the division’s procedure manual is updated at all times and ensuring compliance with internal procedures and practices.
  • Lead the design and implementation of a marketing strategy for the Division, both to internal and external clients.
  • Chair or participate as a key member of all the Asset and Liability Management Committee working groups and in technical working groups.
  • Provide input on strategic issues and policy dialogue concerning the Bank’s corporate business.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold at least a Master’s or equivalent degree in Finance / Banking, Business Administration, Economics, Accounting or related discipline.  A professional qualification in one of the aforementioned fields is an added advantage.
  • A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder or ICMA will be a plus.
  • Have a minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience with good market knowledge – particularly in relation to transaction structures, products, balance sheet optimization  structures, fixed income, derivatives, equity, African capital markets, due diligence and financial analysis of project finance and corporate finance lending and equity investments, risk management instruments.
  • Proven experience in structuring at least 3 balance sheet optimization transactions.
  • Knowledge of market instruments and market sources of financing (sovereign bond financing, municipal/sub-sovereign financing, syndicated lending/infrastructure finance), other sources of financing (e.g., other IFIs, export credit agencies, concessionary bilateral financing, etc.); and risk management/hedging products (e.g., swaps, forwards, futures, options, etc.).
  • 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 level and work successfully as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated leadership in creative financial engineering and a track record of supporting various financing structures utilizing various financial instruments.
  • Strong background in investment and development banking with experience in working with private sector projects, state owned entities, utilities/infrastructure authorities and government
  • Competence with standard MS Office software applications, particularly Word, PowerPoint, and Excel including SAP.
  • Competence in the use of Treasury Systems – Summit, Reuters and Bloomberg applications
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other language.

Job Title: Principal ICT Specialist, PITD3

Reference: ADB/20/097
Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Grade: PL4
Position N°: 50065418

The Complex

  • The Vice-Presidency for ‘Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization’ is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy and the ‘High 5’ priority of “Industrialize Africa”. The objectives of the Complex are to: (i) develop the ‘Africa Industrial Strategy’; (ii) provide deep sector expertise to the Regions by leveraging on experienced individuals who can be consulted on complex transactions; (iii) develop new financing instruments; (iv) act as the Bank’s Spoke person on “Industrialize Africa”.

The Hiring Department / Division:

  • The role of the Bank’s Industrial and Trade Development department is to promote the implementation of the Bank’s 10 Year Strategy and HI 5’s initiatives with special emphasis on the Industrialize Africa strategy. The department leads the Bank’s activities in the area of industrial policies, ICT, trade and investment climate, and private sector investments in industry and services.
  • The ICT Operations Division is responsible for the Bank Group’s public sector-based activity in the ICT sector.  In particular, the Division is responsible for the identification, appraisal and subsequent supervision of the Bank’s lending and grants programme to Regional Member Countries for ICT projects.  In addition, the division supports other operations of the Bank requiring sectoral advice.
  • The main objective of the ICT Operations Division is to build on the Bank’s sector skills to become a leader in the development, financing and implementation of ICT projects and programmes across the African continent.

The Positions
The Bank is hiring a Principal ICT Specialist  The position has the following functions:

  • To lead, and coordinate the identification, appraisal and negotiation of Bank operations for the ICT sector, involving RMCs, Governments, Private Sponsor and other development partners or concerned parties;
  • To supervise the implementation of projects by RMCs and to coordinate the Bank’s responses on procurement, financial management, evaluation, restructuring and audit of projects;
  • To direct the provision of expert advice on issues related to ICT sector development including advice to RMCs;
  • Provide the required technical skills to design national and multinational projects that respond to the needs of the RMCs and RECs based on priority and selectivity;
  • Mobilise external resources to prepare feasibility studies, co-invest in projects and finance economic research work of the Division.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Division Manager, the Principal ICT Specialist in addition to the above-mentioned tasks shall:

  • Dialogue with Regional Member Countries (RMCs), Partners and relevant specialised agencies on project requests;
  • Advise the Bank and RMCs on the viability of ICT projects;
  • Identify funding options including the use of PRGs, PCGs and the applicability of PPP structures;
  • Carry out identification, preparation, appraisal and supervision missions; Prepare and process project documentation (including Project Concept Notes and Appraisal Reports) and follow up on reviews and approval processes;
  • Mobilise co-financing for projects from other MDBs, donors and the private sector;
  • Manage the strategic project cycle process including consultations with RMCs and the Bank’s Country Programme Officers to ensure that prospective ICT projects are included in the overall agreed lending plans of the Bank and the RMCs;
  • Manage a portfolio of projects, ensuring that each project is properly supervised, is disbursing funds and is achieving its original development goals.  In doing so, apply the rules and regulations of the Bank correctly to issues of procurement and fund management and disbursement;
  • Initiate and execute programmes and studies to develop knowledge in Africa on strategically important ICT subjects.  Where necessary, mobilise funds for studies.  To do so, it will be necessary to develop terms of reference for studies and pilot projects and comply with donor information needs to obtain financial support.
  • Develop consultancy terms of reference and recruit consultants to support the work area.  Observe fully Bank procurement rules and regulations;
  • Undertake Ad hoc activities including coordination with other operational and regional complexes; integration of ICT in Country and Regional Strategy Papers; strengthen the Bank’s knowledge and expertise (article writing, briefing and analyses); support broad financial mobilisation activities of the Bank; attend Business Opportunity Seminars with the private sector to explain upcoming procurement opportunities in Bank ICT projects.
  • Participate in relevant skills development activities to ensure that technical, market, financial and processing knowledge is maintained to a required level.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in the field of ICT, Telecommunications, Management, Business or Economics or any other related discipline.
  • Should have at least six (6) years for the Principal position proven track record in the ICT sector. Key areas are  ICT/Communication policy and regulation, infrastructure deployment and development, data economy infrastructure and services, and eGovernment services.
  • Proven practical experience of working with Governments in  Africa to design and  deliver national and cross border ICT projects for economic development
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution of ICT projects/studies.
  • Experience of working with international financial institutions (IFIs) or with bilateral aid and development agencies, including familiarity with their financing arrangements for grant and/or loan support;
  • Rigorous, results-oriented individual with strong analytical skills, sound business judgement and the ability to identify needs and constraints, to set priorities and translate them into measurable actions.
  • Effective consultation and advisory skills coupled with a client orientation to ensure relevancy.
  • Sound market knowledge with a particular emphasis on current digital trends in regulatory thinking.
  • An ability to think strategically, to make sense of complexity and to express thoughts simply both in writing and orally.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to vary the use of them according to the audience including government officials, private sector and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
  • Experience in the use of SAP is advantageous.

Deadline: 9th August, 2020.

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

Important Information / Notice

  • This position is classified international status and attracts 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 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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