Current Job Vacancies at African Development Bank Group

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 Banks 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: Director General (Southern Africa Region)
Reference: ADB/18/020/2
Location: Southern Africa
Grade: EL4
Position N°: 50092487

The Position

  • The Bank has prioritized five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate developmental impacts for Africa: Light Up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life of the People of Africa. The Bank is building a world class senior management team to lead the successful implementation of the vision.
  • The Bank is adapting its operating model to ensure the effective delivery of these priorities. A critical part of this is the establishment of five regional development and business delivery offices: West, East, Central, North and Southern Africa. It would like to appoint a new Director General for Southern Africa to lead these operations. The Director General will report to the Vice President for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery.
  • The Director General will ensure that the Bank operates efficiently, effectively and successfully in the relevant countries, and ensure the full implementation of all aspects of the Bank’s work.
  • Energetic and results driven candidates for this role will combine regional knowledge with excellence in delivery. They will have a proven track record of building effective teams and of cultivating successful partnerships with both governmental and private sector counterparts.

Position Specification

  • The African Development Bank has rolled out a new development and business delivery model in order to bring its operations closer to its clients; grow its portfolios from sovereign and private sector operations; and expand the revenue of the Bank.
  • This model will enable the Bank to better deploy high quality knowledge and advisory services, and, most importantly, to accelerate its developmental impacts across Africa.
  • The Bank has established five (5) regional development and business delivery offices, with one in each region of Africa: North, South, East, West, and Central.
  • The Directors General Southern Africa will drive and ensure the operational efficiency, effectiveness and overall health of the Bank’s portfolio across the region to achieve significant developmental impacts.
  • The Director General will oversee the full implementation and integration of all aspects of the Bank’s work in that region.
  • S/he will spearhead regional business development and investment, driving resource mobilization across the countries under his/her remit and growing significantly the business of the Bank.
  • S/he will work closely with Sector Vice Presidents and Directors to deliver on the Bank’s program the region to achieve transformational development impacts.
  • The regional Director General will collaborate with internal and external partners to accelerate private sector investments through the development and implementation of the African Investment Forum, amongst other initiatives.

Additional objectives include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advancing regional integration through the development and execution of major regional infrastructure and development projects and by supporting Regional Economic Communities.
  • Strengthening the human and institutional capacities of countries, and deepening the capacity of the Bank to become the thought leader on knowledge products and advisory services to countries.
  • Building effective collaboration with bilateral and multilateral finance and development institutions to ramp up co-financing and loan syndications.
  • Developing and deploying special programs and advisory services to support fragile states.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Director General will operationalize his/her mandate by undertaking the following:

  • Building a team of highly talented and motivated technical and operational staff, drawn from all sector complexes. This will enable the Bank to improve the quality of all projects and deliver high- quality portfolios to meet the needs of regional member countries and the private sector.
  • Supporting countries in the development of country strategy papers and regional integration strategies that will drive country ownership and accelerated delivery on all “high-five” priorities of the Bank.
  • Developing critical resources and the technical capability necessary for sourcing and originating bankable projects. This will include collaboration with the private sector on projects with regional social impacts.
  • Ensuring efficient and effective project completion by streamlining and speeding up internal processes, enhancing operational efficiencies, and driving accelerated disbursements on all approved projects.
  • Driving greater value for money in all operations and ensuring country and regional offices are cost- effective through prudent management of human and financial resources.
  • Fostering a culture of accountability for results across all offices in the respective regions.
  • Cultivating and ensuring a culture of “ONE-Bank”, with the highest levels of ethics, fiduciary responsibility and professionalism to protect and enhance the reputation of the Bank.
  • Representing the Bank in the region and building strong partnerships with countries, regional economic communities, and other development partners.
  • The Director General will report to the Vice President for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery.

Selection Criteria
Desirable experience and qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Finance, Business Administration, Economics, Business Law, or related disciplines.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years relevant and demonstrable experience in international development finance or with a leading private sector financial institution. The last ten (10) years should be at a senior management level.
  • A record of delivering results in complex project, portfolio, country, and partner arrangements in Africa, with substantial experience in project planning, development, and management.
  • Proven ability to engage effectively at the senior-most levels across the public, private, and civil society sectors, and to mobilise partners for transformative action.
  • The ability to communicate orally and write effectively in English and/or French, with a working knowledge of the other language.

In terms of performance and personal competencies required for the position, we highlight the following:

Business Acumen:

  • Excellent understanding of multilateral development institutions, strategies and operational issues.
  • An acute appreciation and understanding of the elements essential for the effective delivery and measurement of development impacts through projects and programs in Africa.
  • Ability to identify and create meaningful linkages across sectors to drive development impact at a country and regional level.
  • Highly developed negotiation skills proven to yield positive outcomes with senior counterparts, both internal and external.

Setting Strategy

  • Ability to innovate, communicate, and implement new strategic approaches essential to the creation and success of the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex.
  • Highly developed strategic thinking skills allied to an ability to translate strategic concepts and direction into the implementation of workable and sustainable projects and programs.
  • Able to define and drive effectively the Bank’s activities under uncertain and challenging circumstances.

Executing for Results:

  • Excellence in project planning, development and management, with a superior ability to deliver and manage high quality portfolios.
  • Demonstrated ability to take prudent business risks and make effective, timely and well determined decisions.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a multicultural and distributed organisation.

Leading Teams:

  • Ability to design long-term plans and programs to develop staff competences in line with the Bank’s strategic priorities.

Position Specification:

  • Proven ability to build and lead motivated and committed teams across functional and geographic boundaries, and to utilize the talent and expertise of team members in a productive way.
  • Ability to inspire, generate and sustain staff commitment and professional excellence.
  • Agility and resilience to drive successful change management processes.

Building Relationships and Using Influence:

  • Strengthens and builds partnerships and synergies internally across functions and geographies, and externally with key institutions to drive regional integration and development.
  • Develops constructive working relationships at the highest Management level within the Bank and externally so that important, sometimes contentious, issues can be dealt with effectively.
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively with stakeholders at the highest levels across sectors.
  • Strong negotiating skills, ideally in both English and French.


  • The roles will be based out of the African Development Bank’s regional development and business deliver offices. The DG will travel frequently to Bank headquarters, country offices, and throughout her/his region to collaborate with teams and to engage strategically with key stakeholders and partners.
  • The scope of this role is dynamic and is not limited to the responsibilities as set out above; it will evolve over time and as a result of further organisational reviews.

Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply


Application Deadline 3rd May, 2018.



Job Title: 
Chief Quality Assurance Officer (Operational Learning and Staff Development)
Reference: ADB/18/048
Location: Cote d’Ivoire
Grade: PL3
Position N°: PL3

The Complex

  • The Senior Vice-Presidency is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve its 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, decision-making processes and the implementation of key Board and Management decisions.

The Hiring Department

  • Located within the Senior Vice-Presidency Complex, the Department in charge of Quality Assurance and the Operations Committee Secretariat works to continuously enhance the quality and timely delivery of Bank operations.
  • The Department coordinates and supports the Bank’s global efforts towards sharpening the country focus, strategic selectivity and quality of the Bank’s operations.
  • The Quality Assurance (QA) Division is the operational support unit of the African Development Bank (AfDB) that focuses on enhancing and mainstreaming the quality and results focus of the Bank’s strategies and operations. More specifically, the Division (i) sets quality standards for the Bank’s interventions; (ii) develops and strengthens tools and processes throughout the operational cycles; and (iii) enhances staff capacities and facilitating operational knowledge.

The Position
The main objective of the position is to:

  • Spearhead the staff learning in the area of quality assurance and results-based management; and
  • Build and disseminate operational knowledge across the Bank, focusing on the effective use of quality assurance tools and disseminate knowledge gained from the division’s activities.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Division Manager, Quality Assurance, the Chief Quality Assurance Officer will be responsible for:

  • Staff learning and coaching. Lead the staff development activities undertaken by the division in the area of quality assurance and results-based management. This includes development of curricula and training materials on various aspects of Bank operations, facilitation of workshops and learning events for Bank staff and Management in field offices and HQs, oversight and management of organizational aspects of staff development activities.
  • Task Manager Academy: Take the lead role in the establishment and institutionalization of the Academy as on-line learning facility for Bank operational staff.
  • Helpdesk Management. Manage the Bank’s QA site and coordinate help desk initiatives to provide hands-on support to project teams especially in relation to project design and management as well as Bank operational processes.
  • Analytical work. Lead specialized operational analytical work produced by the division and knowledge dissemination activities.
  • Staff guidelines and operational tools. Contribute to the process of refining and disseminating quality at entry standards and staff guidelines related to the preparation and management of Bank operations.
  • Relationship management. Maintain effective working relationships with staff of Regional and Sector Departments, including Field Offices, to ensure Bank-wide ownership/internalization and effective application of quality assurance tools. Work closely with other departments in charge of staff training and development.
  • Best practices. Promote the sharing of operational best practice across the Bank’s regional hubs.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree in business administration, economics, development studies or related disciplines.
  • Have a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant professional experience gained in an operational department as task manager in charge of project preparation and management and/or portfolio performance management.
  • Experience as trainer, facilitator or instructor for workshops and learning events; experience with e-learning development would be an asset.
  • Knowledge and practice of operational policies, procedures, and review processes of multilateral development banks or other development agencies.
  • Familiarity with and practical experience of results-based approaches.
  • Strong leadership and coaching skills;
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams; proven innovation, creativity and client service.
  • Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
  • Strong behavioural competencies, especially in line with the key performance drivers below:
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Client Orientation
    • Team Working and Relations
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Operational effectiveness.
  • Ability to work in French and/or English, with a working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, SAP, PowerPoint, MS Project).

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply



Job Title: Senior Environmental and Social Safeguards Officer
Reference: ADB/18/049
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: PL5
Position N°: 50067042

The Complex

  • The Senior Vice-Presidency (SNVP) is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve its strategic objective and drive performance culture that will align all processes and systems to deliver high impact results
  • The SNVP 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 SNVP will lead senior management discussions, decision-making processes and the implementation of key Board and Management decisions.​

The Hiring Department

  • Located within the SVNP Complex, the Safeguards and Compliance Department (SNSC) is responsible for mainstreaming environmental and social development considerations into Bank-financed operations in the public and private sectors through the implementation of the Integrated Safeguard System (ISS)
  • The Department’s main tasks is to improve the quality-at-entry (QAE) of Bank operations, including Country Strategy Papers and project-specific interventions (projects, ESW, etc.) as well as during implementation, with a particular emphasis on enhancing developmental effectiveness through application of environmental, social and climate safeguards procedures and tools at various stages of the project cycle
  • The Safeguards and Compliance Department’s mission is to ensure proper application of the Integrated Safeguards System (ISS) and its associated procedures, guidelines and tools, in order to enhance environmental, social and climate sustainability into the Bank’s operations.

The Position

  • The Senior Environmental and Social Officer will work under the general supervision and guidance of the Director Safeguards and Compliance Department, and in close collaboration with the Safeguards and Compliance Officers in the Department

The main objective of the job position is to assist the Department in:

  • Assessing the environmental and social risk during identification phase
  • Ensure that the required environment and social reports are prepared in compliance with the ISS during the preparation and appraisal phases, prior to Board approval, performing environmental and social quality control as per the Environment and Social Assessment Procedures (ESAP) for all documents
  • Identifying gaps in compliance, and proposing actions to enhance compliance ensuring effective and efficient engagement of the Bank in key social policy frameworks and convention, ensure loan conditions include social consideration as needed,
  • Supervising the application of environmental and social mitigation measures and ensure compliance of projects with the ISS thereby minimizing reputation risks during implementation phases of the project and ensures that projects effectively recognize and address environmental and social risks

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Senior Environment Officer’s’ core duties/responsibilities will include the following:

Mainstreaming of Environmental Concerns:

  • Prepare quarterly reports on progress of departmental work and due diligence statistics from the ISTS and coordinate preparation of the annual safeguards and sustainability performance report to Management and Boards;
  • Provide E&S support to the Bank’s projects and programmes for both private and public sectors
  • Address environmental and social  issues in various Bank operations during the identification, preparation, appraisal, supervision and project completion stages;
  • Design and/or improve the design of features/ components within Bank operations in order to ensure the effective implementation of environmental and social measures throughout the duration of the operations;
  • Assign E&S Categorization and screen for climate change and GHG emissions for projects (public and private).
  • Mainstream climate adaptation measures and mitigation measures into the Bank’s operations as required;
  • Review TORs for feasibility studies (ESIA, SESA and RAP) to ensure adequate coverage of all pertinent issues required by the Bank’s environmental and social assessment procedures (ESAP);
  • Review Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA), Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) and prepare where applicable summaries for disclosure on the Bank’s website;
  • Prepare the environmental and social technical sections required in the Project Concept Notes (PCNs) and the Project Appraisal Reports (PAR) and any other project related report as required.
  • Develop recommendations to enhance environmental and social benefits and corrective action plans to mitigate environmental and social risks in Bank operations.
  • Mainstream relevant and cross-cutting issues into Bank operations, particularly issues related to natural resource management and climate change;
  • Liaise with other lenders to ensure consistency in the mainstreaming of the E&S modalities, documentation, and other aspects of projects and programmes and the harmonization of E&S standards for all lenders.

Policy and Compliance with Environmental and Social Requirements:

  • Provide policy and operational guidance to Task Managers on environmental issues as a means of strengthening the environmental and social performance of Bank operations.
  • Monitor compliance of operations with the Bank’s environmental and social safeguards, policies, and guidelines consistent with the Bank’s Integrated Safeguards System (ISS);
  • Ensure the quality of  safeguard documents, such as Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, Environmental and Social Management Plans, Resettlement Action Plans;
  • Prepare, where applicable, action plans to bring projects and programmes to compliance with the Bank’s environmental and social requirements such as Resettlement Action Plans.

Capacity Building and Knowledge Management:

  • Identify, assess, and monitor overall  training needs of clients and task managers;
  • Develop and  deliver training sessions for Bank staff and their counterparts in RMCs,
  • Participate in, and contribute to internal and external training and conferences on environment and social safeguards as well as to other activities pertaining to advocacy, dissemination and knowledge development.
  • Develop and/or contribute to the development of innovative knowledge products on environmental sustainability and/or E&S performance of Bank financed projects and programmes.
  • Undertake any other task as assigned by the Director of the Environment and Social Safeguards Department.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Environment, Economics, Business Management, Information Technology or in a related discipline;
  • Knowledge of Bank IT Systems
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience, and demonstrated ability to manage and perform multiple tasks efficiently;
  • Good working knowledge of operations, particularly the information required for project cycle activities and portfolio management, planning, work programmes, budget preparation and financial management.

Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply


Application Deadline 9th May, 2018.

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