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    The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. The AfDB was founded in 1964 and comprises three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund.
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    • Open Jobs
      1. Director of Statistics, ECST
      2. Administrative & Finance Officer, COGN
      3. General Counsel & Director, PGCL0
    • Method of Application

    Director of Statistics, ECST

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification MBA/MSc/MA , PhD/Fellowship
    • Experience 10 years
    • Location Other
    • Job Field Finance / Accounting / Audit&nbsp

    Reference: ADB/21/034
    Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
    Grade: EL5
    Position N°: 50092395

    The Complex

    • The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management (ECVP) is the Bank’s spokesperson on economic matters and the VP for the ‘Economics Governance and Knowledge Management Complex’.
    • The ECVP 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 ECVP inspire, generate and provide direct support to the President and Senior Management of the Bank on a broad range of technical and management issues within the broad remit of economic, finance, public financial governance, management and social economics.

    The Hiring Department
    The Statistics Department is responsible for the Bank’s statistical activities that focus on two main components:

    • providing support for effective development of statistical capacity and systems in African countries for the provision of timely and reliable data to support development results measurement for the High 5s and Sustainable Development Goals agenda across Africa.
    • mainstreaming results measurement in Bank operations to ensure their operational effectiveness as well as to support the Bank’s research, policy and financial services.

    The Department is also responsible for:

    • Providing technical and financial support to African countries in a wide range of statistical domains emphasizing regional and sub-regional activities, where countries can benefit through using internationally agreed common methodologies and approaches, thus achieving economies of scale.
    • Supporting the data needs for the Bank’s operational effectiveness and the results measurement framework, as well as for research, policy and financial work.

    The Position
    The Director of Statistics Department (ECST) is responsible for the following:

    • Providing leadership to the Bank’s Statistics team to support effective development of statistical capacity and systems in African countries for the provision of timely and reliable data to support development results measurement for the High 5s and SDGs agenda across Africa.
    • Managing the Bank’s Statistics team to help mainstreaming results measurement in Bank operations to ensure their operational effectiveness as well as to support the Bank’s research, policy and financial services.
    • Providing the necessary leadership to build and strengthen internal and external partnerships to ensure coordinated and effective support for statistical development work in African countries.
    • Support the transformation of statistical agencies from exclusively reliant on traditional survey statistics to design, implement and analyze phone survey and big data in general.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Under the overall supervision of the Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, the Director-Statistics performs the following:

    • Plans, organizes, manages and controls the activities of the Department:
      • Lead the Department, including setting goals, recruiting top notch staff and provide leadership to deliver high quality statistical products;
      • Provide intellectual and strategic leadership in the development of Statistics as a continuous process across RMCs;
      • Manage human and financial resources of the Department;
      • Build partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and engage at the most senior levels to coordinate the Bank’s statistical activities to enable consistent monitoring and evaluation of the Bank’s strategic goals.
      • Provide efficient and high-quality services to achieve the set objectives.
      • Develop and significantly grow the Bank’s statistical program.
      • Initiate and introduce necessary changes to ensure the Department’s activities respond to current and emerging data needs.
    • Plans, manages and advises on up to date approaches of data collection, dissemination and utilization of data to inform applied research on African development issues. This involves among other issues:
      • Advocate for methodological coherence through the harmonization of statistics and availing of up to date metadata to aid cross-country comparison of key aggregates in collaboration with other development partners and in liaison with the Operations Departments of the Bank.
      • Avail and promote the necessary data dissemination tools across all RMCs and maintaining the same with a view of enabling real time sharing of development data to inform the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)(Agenda 2030); Agenda 2063, the HIGH 5s and a host of other national development initiatives across countries.
      • Establish and maintain relations with other development partners involved in producing data to inform timely decision making.
    • Represent the Bank in international and regional conferences, seminars and workshops.
    • Perform other tasks as requested by the Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management and Senior Management

    Selection Criteria

    • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Economics or other relevant discipline. A PhD would be a strong asset.
    • A minimum of ten (10) years of extensive and progressive experience in the field of statistics and/or data management in a similar organization, five (5) years of which must be at a managerial level.
    • Knowledge and experience with programs where big data techniques have been deployed in development context and experience with the transformation of statistical agencies.
    • Ability to build internal team dynamics and foster inclusion in a multicultural environment.
    • High degree of discretion and tact with the Bank’s external clients.
    • Good listener with demonstrated ability to present and win support for ideas.
    • Ability to make effective and timely decisions.
    • Extensive and in-depth experience on statistical and/or economic development issues in Africa.
    • Strong analytical and empirical skills for interpreting data and informing decision- or policy- making.
    • Familiarity with the roles of other development finance institutions in addressing the data needs for SDGs & the High 5s agendas across Africa.
    • Ability to think strategically and to design long term plans and programs in line with strategic priorities.
    • Good leadership skills and ability to attract, motivate and retain high quality professional staff.
    • Demonstrated ability to take prudent business risks, develop innovative approaches and make effective, timely and well-determined decisions.
    • Demonstrated ability to present and win support for ideas, a good listener and cultural sensitivity, commitment to diversity and capacity to initiate and manage innovations and change.
    • Proven ability to build partnerships with a broad range of clients and deliver results that meet the needs and long-term interests of clients within and outside the Bank.
    • 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.

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    Administrative & Finance Officer, COGN

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification MBA/MSc/MA
    • Experience 4 years
    • Location Other
    • Job Field Administration / Secretarial&nbsp , Finance / Accounting / Audit&nbsp

    Reference: ADB/21/030
    Location: Conakry, Guinea
    Grade: LP6
    Position N°: 50097482

    The Complex

    • The Vice-Presidency for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery is responsible for operational relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programs, and activities.
    • The Vice Presidency for Regional Development will ensure that the Bank operates successfully across its Regional Member Countries and oversee the full implementation of all aspects of the Bank’s Regional Directorates. Within regional development, integration and business delivery complex the Bank has five (5) regional hubs one in each region: South Africa, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa and Central Africa. Each Regional Hub is headed by a Director General.

    The Hiring Departement

    • The various Country Office falls within one of the five (5) Regions of the Africa Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Hubs. The Hub oversees a combination of country and liaison offices, as well as non-presence countries.
    • The Director General is accountable of the specific African region. Each Hub will house relevant operations, business development and project implementation functions and administrative capabilities in a shared service for rapid deployment into the individual countries, to help drive the overall business of the Bank effectively on the ground.
    • Country Offices of the African Development Bank have been established to strengthen policy dialogue between the Bank, Governments and other stakeholders; improve performance of the project portfolio and aid coordination with other development partners.

    The Position

    • Under the overall administrative authority of the Country manager and in consultation with the Administrative and Finance Unit at Headquarters, the Administrative and Finance Officer, will among others: undertake to implement the administrative services including accounting and budgeting, human resources activities and supervision of use of office facilities and resources.
    • He / she will carry out effective recording, control and management of Bank resources, the Office’s operational activities in keeping with the Bank’s policies and guidelines.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Prepare the administrative and capital budgets in compliance with the schedule set by the Budget Department at Headquarters;
    • Monitor expenditures in accordance with the Bank’s internal control rules and procedures and prepare periodic reports and where appropriate propose revisions;
    • Implement financial management and reporting procedures and controls to improve service efficiencies, identify savings and promote the efficient use of resources;
    • Review monthly financial reports and periodically prepare reports, statements and schedules to facilitate the audit of the Field Office by the Bank’s Auditors;
    • Maintain personnel records including benefits in accordance with the Bank’s Human Resources policies and instructions;
    • Supervise the procurement of goods and services and management of property and equipment in accordance with Bank rules and procedures;
    • Prepare and monitor service providers’ contracts;
    • Institute sound stock keeping for office supplies and maintain inventory records and a fixed asset register of Bank property and equipment;
    • Control the processing of mission expenditure advances and balances;
    • Prepare and follow up the processing by Government of requests for tax exemptions, long stay visas, diplomatic and international organization cards and registration of the Bank’s vehicles and staff members;
    • Handle and follow up the processing of visa applications for official missions and all other Bank official documents;
    • Submit reports on personnel management; manage office staff benefits in accordance with the Human Resources policy and instructions in force; assist the Country manager with consultant recruitment and staffing issues.
    • Oversee the staff members responsible for airport arrival and departure formalities for Executive Directors and Governors, and all other personalities invited by the Country Office.

    Selection Criteria

    • At least a Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Audit or Administration.
    • Membership to an internationally recognized professional accounting body (CA, CPA, ACCA or Expert Comptable) and a degree in Human Resources Management would be an advantage.
    • Minimum of four (4) years of relevant experience including three (3) years in an accounting firm or in business organisations;
    • Proven ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment, to function effectively as a member of various groups and to deliver under pressure;
    • Proficiency in written and verbal communication in English or French, with a working knowledge of the other;
    • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (SAP, Word, Excel, Access, MS Projects and PowerPoint).

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    General Counsel & Director, PGCL0

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification MBA/MSc/MA
    • Experience 15 years
    • Location Other
    • Job Field Law / Legal&nbsp

    Reference: ADB / 21 / 035
    Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
    Grade: EL4
    Position N°: 50092338

    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 day-to-day business of the Bank (AfDB) and the African Development Fund (ADF), as well as manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the ADB and the ADF.
    • The President supervises several Departments and Units including the Office of the President ; Independent Development Evaluation Department (BDEV); Integrity and Anti-Corruption Office (PIAC); Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM); Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board (BSAB);
    • Administrative Tribunal (BATR); Office of the Auditor General (PAGL); Group Risk Management Directorate (PGRM);  General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL); Communication and External Relations Department (PCER); Staff Integrity and Ethics Office (PETH) and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat (PSEG).

    The Hiring Department:

    • The General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL) delivers legal advice and services to the statutory organs of the Bank Group: Boards of the Bank Group, to Senior Management, to Directorate General Hubs and more generally to the whole Bank. PGCL also protects the interest of the Bank from legal liability and, as necessary, provides legal defense in cases filed against or brought by the Bank.

    The Position

    • The General Counsel and Director, Legal Services Department, reports directly to the President and is the principal legal adviser of the President and the Boards of Governors and Directors.
    • The General Counsel represents the Bank in all litigation before internal adjudication machinery and in cases of outside arbitral and judicial proceedings.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    The General Counsel will be responsible for the following functions:

    • As the principal legal advisor of the governance bodies of the Bank and its Management, provide legal support and services to the Boards of Governors and Boards of Directors and Management of the Bank Group.
    • Drafting all legal instruments for the governance of the Bank Group, to ensure conformity with constitutive agreements, rules and regulations of the Bank Group entities, as well as to enhance the pace of implementation of their decisions
    • Ensuring that the policies of the Bank Group conform to sound legal principles in line with the best practices of other international financial institutions.
    • Representing the Bank Group in negotiations with member states, other international organizations and, representing and defending the Bank Group in arbitral and judicial proceedings.
    • Leading, planning, directing, managing and coordinating the work of the Legal Services Department to ensure responsiveness, effectiveness and high-level delivery on all legal matters, and also advance strategic directions of the Bank.
    • The incumbent will drive a performance-based contract system in the Department to ensure accountability and high level productivity.
    • Directing and managing all activities related to providing advice and assistance to all organizational units of the Bank on legal aspects of institutional, financial, operational and administrative matters.
    • Establishing and maintaining contacts with the legal profession outside the Bank and arranging for the Bank Group to obtain the best legal advice and services, as needed.

    Selection Criteria
    The prospective candidates are expected to have:

    • Holds at least a Master’s Degree in Private or Public Law, International Law, Commercial Law or Corporate Law.
    • Admitted to the Bar Association of a member country of the African Development Bank.
    • Have a minimum of 15 years of experience in legal practice, with extensive experience in structuring and negotiation of transactions across multiple sectors and countries, 8 years of which must be at a senior management level.
    • Extensive experience in providing legal advice to high level government officials and/or multinational leadership.
    • In-depth knowledge and vast and diverse legal experience working in the developing world in both government and private sector.
    • Experience handling complex negotiations on behalf of institutions of a similar nature and/ or representation of the institutions of a similar nature before Administrative Tribunals and other dispute resolution fora
    • Strong leadership and management skills in supervision of legal teams and managing diverse legal services for a diverse set of clients.
    • Demonstrable and highly developed consulting and advisory skills
    • Excellent leadership, management and negotiation skills.
    • Proven excellent writing and communications skills in both French and English languages.
    • Ability to work in complex multicultural institutional environments.

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    Important Information / Notice

    • This position is classified as international recruitment 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
    • 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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