African Development Bank Group Recruitment

AfDB: African Development Bank Group, is 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 Agro-Industrial Processing Zone Officer / Rural Infrastructure Development

Position Number: 50093741
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Position Grade: PL4

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 pools of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions; (iii) develop new financing instruments; (iv) the VP will act as the spokesperson to 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 Agriculture Finance and Rural Development Department (AHFR) provides support for the delivery of Feed Africa: Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa, 2016-2025. The strategy aims to end hunger and rural poverty in the next decade through self-sufficiency in 15 priority commodity value chains specific to the continent’s agro-ecological zones.
  • Realizing the objectives set forth in the strategy requires increased productivity; value addition; investment in infrastructure; an enabling agribusiness environment; capital flows; and inclusivity, sustainability and effective nutrition.
  • The Department leads the effort to mobilize the required finance to implement Feed Africa and provides support for the implementation of all rural development activities in Regional Member Countries (RMCs). The AHFR Department is structured into two Divisions: (i) Agriculture and Rural Finance Division; and (ii) Rural Infrastructure Development Division.
  • The Rural Infrastructure Development Division will support the Directorate General Hubs in the design and executions of the programs to develop hard & soft Infrastructure that would boost productivity, agro-processing, storage, transportation and trade of agricultural produce, as well as enabling distribution and improved use of quality agricultural inputs.

The Positions
The job of the Chief Agro-Industrial Processing Zone Officer in the Rural Infrastructure Development Division is:

  • Designing and implementing of quality sovereign operations for hard and soft rural infrastructure, in particular, for the private-sector-led special agro-industrial processing zones (SAPZs), critical for the agricultural transformation in Africa;
  • Supporting Regional Directorates/Business Development Units for the relevant sovereign operations with innovative business models, specifically public private partnership, private sector-led management and operation to implement the special agro-industrial processing zones (SAPZs);
  • Partnering with co-financiers, financial institutions and commercial banks to find solutions for financing tenant companies in the special agro-industrial processing zones (SAPZs) along the key priority agricultural value chains;
  • Developing knowledge and share lessons of special agro-industrial processing zones (SAPZs) that have successfully provided value chain related employment opportunities to women and youth;
  • Carrying out policy dialogue for a business enabling environment for special agro-industrial processing zones (SAPZs), which includes the legal, regulatory and institutional framework;
  • Mobilizing resources for special agro-industrial processing zones from other Development Partners, Development Financial institutions and Non-Traditional sources including climate financing, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds
  • Providing implementation support and supervise the special agro-industrial processing zones (SAPZs) to ensure effective contribution to the goals of the Feed Africa Strategy, impact poverty, enhance competitiveness and transform agriculture.

Key Functions
Reporting to the Division Manager, the Chief Agro-Industrial Processing Zone Officer will be responsible for:

Technical Oversight:
Innovation and Technical Advice in Design and Implementation of Public Private Partnerships:

  • Developing sovereign operations based on innovative rural infrastructure approaches with specific focus on developing special agro-industrial zones through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) and a private sector lens;
  • Understanding the specifications required in project design and feasibility study for specific special agro-industrial processing zones to be commercially viable and attractive to anchor/equity investors as well as tenant companies;
  • Capacity building of regional and country staff and implementing partners to apply and adapt private sector led infrastructure models for Bank designs, tailored to the local conditions, environment and country priorities;
  • Providing deep sector expertise for design, implementation and supervision of projects by gathering experts for projects and work with a network of consultants, transaction advisors, service providers, implementing partners and private sector developers;

Knowledge Sharing on Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones:

  • Monitoring implementation around a set of impact indicators around development impact and job creation for women and youth and share best practices, and share lessons learnt;
  • Developing guidelines, toolkits and other knowledge products based on best practice emanating from empirical evidence during project implementation;

Policy and Partnerships with Public and Private Stakeholders :

  • Carrying out stakeholder engagement and increased private sector participation in special agro-industrial processing zones (SAPZs) and associated rural infrastructure;
  • Developing and carry out an alliance strategy with financial institutions at the country level to support small medium size enterprises;


  • Being a collaborative member of the department Management Team, contribute and share expertise and input and foster a collegial environment;
  • Building strong relationship management and understand the business needs to assist in developing practical and effective solutions;


  • Managing the efficient use of the financial and human resources of the Division, including the career development of staff.  On the technical front the work requires analytical and strategic skills, as well as personal knowledge and practical experience in the main areas of Bank intervention;
  • Supervising complex project identification, preparation and appraisal for Bank Group financing and verify quality of the projects;

Staff engagement:

  • Leading People: Serve as a role model, leading by example, builds alignment and commitment. Is courageous in challenging others to move the Bank forward;
  • Promoting collaboration and facilitate teamwork across teams and across organizational units;
  • Maintaining a high standard of professional integrity, treat individuals fairly and respectively and be sensitive to differences across culture, nationalities and gender;

Corporate communication:

  • Ensuring effective communication between the Management and staff of the Bank, the authorities of member countries, officials from other organizations;
  • Monitoring best practice in the industry and, as appropriate, liaise with counterparts in other organization.


  • Hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Agronomy, Economics, Finance or Engineering, or related field of study with strong rural development and engineering experience;
  • Have a minimum of six (06) years of relevant professional experience in the area of rural infrastructure development and at least 3 years working on Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones as a task manager in an international multilateral institution;
  • Sound Experience with International Development Financing Institutions in developing countries including a satisfactory knowledge of their operational policies and procedures;
  • Proven leadership in matters relating to rural development such as policy dialogue, technical review of reports and consultation with other financiers, among others;
  • Knowledge of Africa and the rural development needs, opportunities, development challenges and possible solutions;
  • Deep understanding of rural infrastructure development;
  • Having Private Sector Experience is advantageous;
  • Operational Effectiveness;
  • Problem Solving;
  • Client Orientation
  • Team working and relationships;
  • Communication;
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively in French or English languages, preferably with a working knowledge of the other language;
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is desirable.

Application Closing Date
23rd September, 2023.

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




Job Title: Principal Evaluation Officer

Position Number: 50089993
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Position Grade: PL4

The Complex

  • The Board of Directors provides oversight and strategic direction to the African Development Bank Group. It is composed of Executive Directors who are representatives of the African Development Bank member countries.
  • Specifically the Board is responsible for the conduct of the general operations of the Bank, and carries out the following functions:
    • Determine the general structure of the Bank’s services;
    • Approve the financing policy and take decisions concerning loans, guarantees, equity investments and fund loans by the Bank;
    • Determine the interest rates of loans and guarantee commissions;
    • Approve the Bank’s operations program and administrative budget;
    • Prepare the work of the Board of Governors; and
    • Submit accounts and annual reports, as well as the administrative budgets for the approval of the Board of Governors.
  • The Board does its work through a series of permanent Committees that review and discuss policy and program documents and make appropriate recommendations to the whole Board.
  • The Independent Development Evaluation Department (IDEV); Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM); Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board (BSAB); and the Administrative Tribunal (BATR) report to the Board.

The Hiring Department
The overarching mission of the African Development Bank’s Independent Development Evaluation is to enhance the development effectiveness of the Bank and foster sustainable growth and poverty reduction in its regional member countries through independent and influential evaluations, oversight over self-evaluation processes and products, and proactive engagement in evaluation partnerships and knowledge-sharing activities. To support the Bank Group in achieving greater development effectiveness, the independent evaluation function has adopted three core objectives:

  • Contribute to enhanced learning in the Bank and regional member countries to improve current and future policies, strategies, programs, projects, and processes.
  • Provide a basis for accountability to the public and to member countries by documenting the use and results of the Bank Group’s assistance.
  • Promote an evaluation culture in the Bank and regional member countries to encourage a focus on development results, learning, and continuous quality improvement.

The core mandate of the Independent Development Evaluation Department is to conduct independent evaluation studies, provide relevant lessons, develop and harmonize standards and practices, support evaluation capacity development together with partner agencies and attest to the validity of both processes and the results of African Development Bank’s self-evaluation activities. The Independent Development Evaluation Department also collaborates and exchanges information with bilateral and multilateral development agencies’ evaluation departments, and undertakes joint evaluation of co-financed projects and programs.

The Independent Development Evaluation Department has three divisions: The Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth; Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization; and Integration Evaluations Division (IDEV.1); the Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Country and Corporate Evaluations Division (IDEV.2); and the Knowledge Management Outreach and Capacity Development Division (IDEV.3). The Divisions 1 and 2 focus on undertaking evaluations whilst the Division 3 on Knowledge Management Outreach and Capacity Development.

The IDEV1 division is mainly responsible for evaluations relating to the private sector, infrastructure (including transport, ICT, urban development, water and sanitation), industrialization, power systems, energy, climate change, and green growth.

The Position

  • The Principal Evaluation Officer contributes to the delivery of the division work program by leading moderately complex evaluations, supervising evaluation teams, and mentoring and coaching junior colleagues, and supporting work programme management and the Independent Development Evaluation Department’s quality assurance activities of the Bank’s interventions (including policies, strategies and operations) in the areas covered by the Division, in particular activities related to the private sector, infrastructure (including transport, ICT, urban development, water and sanitation), industrialization, power systems, energy, climate change, and green growth.

Key Functions
Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager Division.1, the Principal Evaluation Officer will:

  • Undertake Evaluation Activities: Design, conduct and report on evaluations in accordance with the Bank’s Evaluation Policy and Manual and international evaluation standards (e.g., OECD DAC evaluation standards and the Evaluation Cooperation Group Good Practice Standards).
  • Undertake Meta-Evaluations and Meta-Analyses; Lead, and guide meta-evaluations and meta-analyses including designs, and methods (for literature search, and data collection, analysis and reporting).
  • Undertake Evaluation Quality Management: Contribute to updating the Independent Development Evaluation Department evaluation quality standards, and quality assurance processes, tools and capacity.
  • Contribute to the capture of learning from evaluation design to evaluation dissemination for use in updating the Independent Development Evaluation Department evaluation manual, and for staff learning events.
  • Manage human and financial resources of a multi-disciplinary evaluation team to ensure the delivery of complex and concurrent evaluations that are conducted in an independent, cost-effective, rigorous and timely manner.
  • Promote the mandate of the evaluation function and contribute to the creation of an evaluation culture in the Bank and in Regional Member Countries (RMC).
  • Contribute to positioning the Independent Development Evaluation Department as an innovator on the leading-edge among other multilateral institutions and to maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Bank’s Evaluation Function.
  • Contribute to building strategic alliances and partnerships with key stakeholders within and outside the Bank to further the Evaluation Function’s mandate and engage in evaluation communities of practice within and outside the Bank. Provide substantive input to these communities and share lessons of experience.
  • Contribute to the preparation of Independent Development Evaluation Department’s three-year rolling work programme and annual report.
  • Perform any other assigned tasks.

Competencies (Skills, Experience and Knowledge)

  • Holds at least a Master’s Degree in Economics, Development Evaluation, Finance, Business Administration, Sociology, Development, Statistics, Policy Analysis, Public Administration, or other international development related field. A Certificate/Diploma in Development Evaluation, Development oriented research and/or Program/Project Planning, Management and Evaluation is an advantage.
  • A minimum of six (6) years experience in as a development evaluator/researcher; designing, conducting, managing, and reporting development evaluation/research studies.
  • Significant knowledge in quantitative and/or qualitative evaluation methods.
  • Broad knowledge of evaluation theories and practice including evaluation needs assessment, design and implementation.
  • Proven operational and field experience working in complex development programs.
  • Knowledge of operational/policy areas, procedures and practice of the African Development Bank or other multilateral development Banks and/or other international development agencies.
  • Operational experience relating, in particular, to areas covered by the Division, such as private sector, infrastructure (including transport, ICT, urban development, water and sanitation), industrialization, power systems, energy, climate change, and green growth.
  • Substantial experience in development planning, management and evaluation in Multilateral Development Banks or other international development agencies
  • Strong theoretical and operational knowledge of international development issues and theories relating, in particular, to Africa
  • Experience in providing strategic advice to senior management.
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring staff.
  • Substantial experience in evaluation in Multilateral Development Banks or other international development agencies desirable.
  • Substantial experience in managing human and financial resources.
  • Experience to lead multidisciplinary teams, and work in diverse and multi-cultural settings
  • Ability to communicate effectively (in writing and orally) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access and Power Point); knowledge of integrated document management system and/or quantitative and qualitative data analysis packages is an added advantage.

Application Closing Date
21st September, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online





Title: 2024 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program

Position Number: 50100504
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Ibrahim Leadership Fellow will take leadership guidance from the President, the Senior Vice President, the Chief of Staff and Director of Cabinet and/or a designated Representative.
  • With this guidance, the Fellow will contribute to the design and implementation of strategic assignments that will increase and enhance their professional and leadership capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries.

The Fellow will also have the following responsibilities:

  • Design, develop and help implement innovative approaches to various strategic issues of importance to the Bank’s mission and objectives, based on international best practice.
  • Undertake research and analysis of existing and emerging strategy, program and policy areas relevant for the Bank, as required.
  • Assist with the monitoring and analysis of the implementation of various Bank Group initiatives as well as the regular work program, and prepare briefs, memos and other documentation that convey in non-technical terms the likely impact;
  • Participate in high-level discussions and contribute to the preparation of the President’s meetings and missions; and
  • Carry out any other assigned duties by relevant senior staff in the President’s office.

Selection Criteria (Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience)

  • The priority for the selection of the 2024 Mo Ibrahim Fellow is the Bank’s High 5 areas (lighting up and powering Africa; Feeding Africa; Industrializing Africa; Integrating Africa and Improving the quality of life for the people of Africa).
  • The key competencies are top-notch professional experience in private sector and strong policy analytical skills at all levels and ability to run models.
  • The Fellowship is for young professionals, mid-career or/and new executives.

The Fellow Must:

  • Be a national of an African country, residing anywhere in the world;
  • Not be an active, non-active, retired, or separated staff member of the Bank;
  • Not have close family relations with an active or non-active staff member, such as mother, father, sister and brother;
  • Government officials, active military personnel and political party leaders are not eligible;
  • Age limit is forty (40) years for men and women and forty-five (45) years for women with children;
  • Have outstanding academic credentials backed by a minimum of a Master’s Degree from a recognized institution in Banking, Business, Economics or other Social Sciences, Finance, International Development, or in any other discipline relevant to the Bank’s business;
  • Have relevant and demonstrable work experience, strong communication skills, demonstrated leadership skills, and ability to work with others;
  • Have at least 7 (seven) years work experience relevant to the Bank’s activities;
  • Demonstrate proven leadership and consultative skills;
  • Have experience in strategic planning, project management and execution;
  • Have experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures;
  • Demonstrate a strong ability to analyze and interpret financial and other data;
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills;
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government and to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;
  • Demonstrate ability to motivate teams and simultaneously manage several projects.

Application Closing Date
20th October, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online





Job Title: Director, Financial Control Department

Position Number: 50092450
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Position Grade: EL5

The Complex

  • The Vice Presidency for Finance 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 Hiring Department / Division

  • The Financial Control Department (FIFC) is responsible for accounting for the financial consequences of the Bank Group’s transactions and decisions, and for the preparation, fair presentation and overall integrity of the internal financial reports and published financial statements.
  • The Department is also responsible for managing controls around the banks administrative payment’s function, loan administration and accounting and related fiduciary responsibilities, including disbursement of funds to projects and programs financed by the Bank Group.
  • Finally, the Department provides decision support and expertise in the development and implementation of financial control policies, operational and financial strategies and related information systems.
  • The Financial Control department is responsible for all controllership functions, analyses, recording and reporting of the financial consequences of all decisions and transactions of the Bank Group—including the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund, the Nigeria Trust Fund, the Bank’s Staff Retirement Plan’s trust fund, and all single donor and multilateral trust funds and special funds administered by the African Development Bank.
  • In this regard, FIFC maintains accounting policies and systems; prepares financial statements and ancillary reports; manages controls around the Banks administrative payment’s function; and authorizes disbursements and other payments on loans, technical assistance, grants, equity investments, and guarantee claims. FIFC also provides professional advice in the development and implementation of new financial products, operational and corporate financial strategies, policies and guidelines, and in the development of financial information systems.
  • The department is also responsible for coordinating the activities of the Bank Group to ensure that the internal control framework is properly documented and monitored to ensure its continued effectiveness.
  • In addition, the department is responsible for the formulation of all accounting policies, as well as for the preparation of policies on the administration of the loans and grants of the Bank Group.

The Position

  • Under the general direction of the Vice President, FIVP, the Director of Financial Control is responsible for supervising Divisions rolling up to Financial Control such as Financial Reporting (FIFC.1), Administrative Expenses (FIFC.2), Loan Disbursement (FIFC.3) and Loan Accounting (FIFC.4).
  • In addition, the Director will manage a front office with supporting professional staff who are dealing with and advising on such issues as technical accounting policy, management of the relationship between the Bank Group and the External Auditors, as well as other special projects and priorities as they may arise.
  • The Director will also be responsible for all the accounting and financial reporting of the transactions of the Bank Group, including all the bilateral and special funds.
  • The role also extends to the efficient execution and implementation of development-related operations projects funded by the AfDB Bank Group loans, grants and other instruments, by ensuring timely disbursements of the same

Key Functions
Under the general guidance of the Vice President, the Director is responsible for developing a strategic approach to defining, planning, organizing, coordinating and leading the activities of the Department. His/her duties includes:

  • Oversee the preparation, integrity and timely completion of financial reports to Management, the Board of Directors and Shareholders, in compliance with applicable accounting standards and best practices.
  • Strictly monitor and report on accounting and reporting standards that can impact the institution. Review and monitor accounting policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Oversee the establishment, maintenance, and implementation of adequate internal control system to ensure that all Bank Group financial transactions, including those from funds administered by the Group, are accurately recorded and in compliance with policies and procedures. Ensure efficient controls in all processes and procedures and safeguard the assets of the Bank.
  • Provide accurate, efficient and timely transaction processing and payment services including for loan administration, disbursements and administrative and capital expenditure budget.
  • Establish the objectives and key performance indicators of the department, in support of the vision and strategic objectives of the institution.
  • Oversee the planning and effective execution of the work program of the department, monitoring the quality of outputs.
  • Provide decision support to Management through strategic financial statements and data analysis. Evaluate the impact of financial policies on the Bank’s financial position and recommend appropriate actions.
  • Spearhead innovative approaches that will increase the efficiency, impact or delivery of the department

Competencies (Qualifications, Experience & Skills)

  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or related disciplines. An internationally recognized professional accounting qualification such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), or equivalent is required.
  • Minimum of Ten (10) years of relevant and extensive professional experience in a similar organization or large financial institution, five (5) of which must be at a managerial level.
  • Sound understanding of the business and strategic priorities of International Finance Institutions (IFIs); Substantial exposure to the design and implementation of modern accounting and other relevant IT systems.
  • Solid knowledge of IFRS. Ability to exercise professional judgment in the application of all the relevant controllership rules, to ensure that the assets and other resources of the Bank are safeguarded.
  • Ability to lead and manage diverse teams and interact effectively with staff, Management, Board Members, senior government officials, and other external counterparts.
  • Ability to provide clear and concise oral and written communication. Ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) in English and/or French, with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Ability to build talent and capability inside the organization through coaching, mentoring, training, developmental assignments and knowledge sharing, while also recognizing diversity and promoting inclusion.
  • Track record in leading on change and empowering teams to innovate and deliver in areas such as accounting, reporting, systems and controls while enhancing process efficiency.
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and financial market skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in the development space –Understanding of the operational policies and programs of multilateral development banks.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity and decisiveness including taking accountability and holds others accountable for results.
  • Competence in the use of SAP and standard Microsoft Office Suite applications.

Application Closing Date
13th September, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online





Job Title: Principal Research Economist

Position Number: 50068965
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Position Grade: PL4

The Complex

  • The core mandate of the Vice Presidency (ECVP) is to lead the Bank Group on prioritizing the generation, analysis, dissemination, brokering and implementation of relevant knowledge solutions in all High-5 operational priorities and the cross-cutting themes of its Ten-Year Strategy.
  • Such solutions must be a clear response to priority development challenges facing regional member countries (RMCs), individually or collectively and need to involve RMCs in both the planning and implementation of the solutions.
  • The solutions include:
    • Research on major development issues facing Africa and their relation to global economic governance and other major global public goods
    • Country diagnostics and future perspectives
    • Policy dialogue and advisory services
    • Economic, sector, and thematic knowledge work
    • Improving national and sub-regional statistical systems
    • Preparation, design and support to implementation of public financial management and Governance operations
    • Capacity development for policy formulation and implementation;
    • Technical assistance and advice related to RMCs’ management of natural resources
    • Knowledge dissemination and development of national, regional, and inter regional knowledge networks.

The Hiring Department / Division

  • The Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting and Research Department (ECMR) is dedicated to research on major development issues facing Africa and their relation to global economic governance and other major global public goods.
  • It provides economic research intelligence to support the Bank’s operational effectiveness in the regional member countries through rigorous micro-and macro-economic policy analyses, policy dialogue and technical assistance implemented in collaboration with other Departments in the Economic Governance and Knowledge Management Vice Presidency (ECVP) Complex, and other Sector Complexes of the Bank Group to enhance the operational effectiveness of the Bank in achieving the High 5s.
  • The activities of the Department are structured around the Macroeconomic Policy, Debt Sustainability and Forecasting on one side, and the Microeconomics, Institutional and Development Impact, on the other.
  • The Microeconomic, Institutional and Development Impact Division (ECMR.2) focuses on microeconomic research designed to improve the effectiveness of the Bank’s Operations.
  • The Division leads the Bank’s assessments of development additionalities of projects and provision of knowledge solutions to improve the development effectiveness of infrastructure development, private sector development, industrial organizations, governance, competitiveness & investment climate, agriculture, institutions, and regional integration to across all the Bank’s High 5s priorities. ECMR.2 is the institutional anchor for the ex-ante Additionality and Development Outcomes Assessment (ADOA) and Impact Evaluation (IE) of the Bank’s operations.
  • Thus, it is a key element of the Bank Results Framework and the primary tool for mainstreaming Development Outcomes in the Bank’s operations.
  • The Division works in close collaboration with the Sector Complexes of the Bank Group including Agriculture and Human Development (AHVP); Power, Energy, Climate Change, and Green Growth (PEVP); Industrialization and Private Sector Development (PIVP); Regional Integration and Trade (RDVP) and the Natural Resources and Investment Centre (ECNR), among others.

The Position

  • The Principal Research Economist is part of the ECMR.2 team and is expected to perform both ADOA assessments of the Bank’s lending operations as well as research activities related to the Bank’s High5 agenda.

Key Functions
Under the supervision of the Microeconomic, Institutional and Development Impact Division Manager, the Principal Research Economist will:
Perform Ex-ante Additionality and Development Outcome Assessments of Bank’s lending operations:

  • Lead and provide inputs for the delivery of ex-ante Additionality and Development Outcome Assessments of the African Development Bank Non-sovereign and Regional lending Operations and any other type of operation as required by the management.
  • Contribute to any revisions to the Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment framework on the basis of lessons learnt from implementation experience and other Development Finance institutions as well as Industry best standards.
  • Lead and participate in the division’s research activities supporting the Bank’s High 5s (High priority areas: Light Up and Power Africa (Energy), Feed Africa (Agriculture and Nutrition), Industrialize Africa (Industrialization), Integrate Africa (Regional Integration) and Improve quality of live for Africans (Sustainable socio-economic development)). This includes also strengthening knowledge generation in the area of inclusive and green growth

Provide inputs into the production of the Bank’s flagship publications:

  • Lead and contribute to the preparation of flagship reports or assigned chapters, write assigned sections and follow up (peer reviews) until final publication.
  • Assist and lead on the dissemination of the findings of these flagships.

Provide technical and analytical input into the work of Operations Complexes:

  • Provide input into Country Strategy Papers.
  • Lead or participate in Economic Sector Work produced by sector complexes.
  • Participate in the peer review process of project documents, policy documents, including documents submitted to the Operations Committee and the Board of Directors.

Contribute to the Bank’s “Working Papers Series ” and the Bank’s “African Development Review”:

  • Publish research papers and review submitted articles to the African Development Review and Working Paper Series.
  • Provide inputs in collaborative research and knowledge management activities carried out jointly with regional and international organizations, research and capacity building institutions in Africa, development research centers and universities.
  • Participate in review meetings, internal Task forces and Working Groups and represent the Bank in external ones.
  • Oversee the work of more junior staff and mentor them as needed.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor or Management.

Competencies (Skills, Experience and Knowledge)

  • Have at least a Master’s Degree in Economics, Finance or relevant field; A PhD would be an added advantage.
  • Have a minimum of six (6) years of professional experience combining research and strong operational involvement in the design and Evaluation of operations relevant to the High 5s areas including the following: infrastructure, energy, agriculture, private sector development, industrial organizations and social sectors, project analysis and/or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Proven ability in leading and producing development policy research and analysis of economic conditions that are of relevance for the High 5s (Bank priority areas) with a strong publication record in international peer review journals, working papers, book chapters, reports.
  • Good knowledge and background in the use of statistical and econometric methods in project evaluation, finance and development economics research.
  • Ability to understand and identify development outcomes expected from real sector projects.
  • Demonstrated skills in writing and preparing policy documents and briefs and speeches for decision-making.
  • Communicate and write effectively in English or French, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Good communication skills and a proven ability to work in teams and on multiple projects in parallel until tight deadlines.
  • Competence in the use of leading econometrics software packages and in Microsoft Suites (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access).

Application Closing Date
16th September, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online





Job Title: Chief Communications Specialist (PCSC)

Position Number: 50107032
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Position Grade: PL3

The Complex

  • The Presidency Complex (URPR) comprises the Office of The President of the Bank Group and all corporate offices, departments and other organization units that are directly subordinate to the Presidency in administrative as well as functional terms.
  • The President, in the capacity of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bank Group, is mandated to provide competent strategic management of the Bank Group and all its resources towards the fulfillment of the Bank Group’s purpose of contributing to economic development and social progress of Regional Member Countries.
  • The Presidency Complex provides day-to-day and medium-term corporate leadership and executive oversight, maintains communication with the Bank Group’s Member Countries, and supports the Boards of Directors in the conduct of their statutory roles. In addition, the Complex provides legal and regulatory oversight on the conduct of the Bank Group’s business and integrated risk management of Bank Group operations, oversees corporate communication with a range of internal and external stakeholders, promotes integrity, transparency and the highest ethical standards and norms among Bank Group personnel in the conduct of their work, and assures the security of the Bank Group’s personnel, premises and physical assets, information and data in all locations where the Bank Group operates. Furthermore, the PRST Complex is also involved in catalysing investment from various sources in line with the operational priorities of the Bank Group.
  • The President directly supervises several departments and units including Office of the President (PCSC); the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (PIAC); the Office of the Auditor General (PAGL); the Group Risk Management Directorate (PGRM); the General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL); the Communication and External Relations Department (PCER); the Staff Integrity and Ethics Office (PETH); Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat (PSEG); the Africa Investment Forum (PAIF); the Joint Secretariat Support Office (PJSS) and; the External Representation Office in Asia (PEXT).

The Hiring Department

  • The Executive Office of the President assists the President in planning, supervising, and managing the business of the Bank Group.
  • The Office of the President monitors, coordinates and supervises the implementation of various Bank programs based on the global or regional trends and emerging knowledge in the major development areas of agriculture, human and social development, energy and climate, and gender and civil society.
  • The Office examines the impact of the Bank Group country and regional programs in responding to existing and emerging development trends and needs in the regional member countries, identifies new areas for business growth; leads and coordinates the preparation of technical and knowledge briefs for the President’s internal and external engagements; and monitors the effective and timely implementation of Presidential instructions, Board and Management decisions.
  • Under other activities, the Office prepares and organizes the President’s missions and represents the Bank at international conferences and on working missions to member countries; organizes meetings with Bank’s Senior Management; reviews, evaluates and gives advice on communication and interaction between the Presidency and the various organs of the Bank; provides effective administrative and logistic support to facilitate implementation of the President’s programs; and prepares, monitors audit reports and follows up on the implementation of the recommendations of the reports.

The Position

  • We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-driven speechwriter with exceptional writing, research, and analytical skills.
  • The specialist is expected to have meticulous attention to detail, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • The specialist’s responsibilities include drafting executive-level speeches suited to diverse audiences and platforms, completing revisions according to client feedback, and meeting all deadlines.
  • Furthermore, the specialist will work with other Bank staff in and outside of the Cabinet to support the management of external and internal communications needs directly related to the Presidency.

Key Functions
Under the general guidance of the Director-General of Cabinet, the incumbent will be assigned the following duties, including but not limited to:

  • Working with the President, Cabinet and other senior Bank staff to determine key points, themes, positions, and core messages for speeches and public statements;
  • Flesh out well-structured draft speech/statements reflecting the President’s message;
  • Creating, editing and revising various forms of communication products, including but not limited to correspondence and technical documentation such as speeches, factsheets, talking points, opinions, prefaces, forewords, web articles and social media texts in a consistent and coherent manner across various communication platforms;
  • Conducting research, including material produced by the African Development Bank Group and other relevant organizations, in consultation with substantive units and relevant staff in the President’s Cabinet t and relevant Vice-Presidential Complexes;
  • Ensuring all written work is authentic, original and appropriately cited and/or referenced;
  • Editing and proofreading documents including spell checks, acronyms and abbreviations, etc.
  • Providing advisories on strategic communications opportunities;
  • Developing outlines with compelling narratives, including relevant examples of African Development Bank activities and results;
  • Researching, verifying content, and transforming complex concepts into clear, meaningful and effective communication;
  • Collaborating with the Bank’s Communications Department on all aspects of communication and supporting an enhanced understanding of strategic communication activities;
  • Reviewing the content of major communication strategies and materials specific to the work of the President, for the purpose of ensuring consistency with corporate policies, messaging and initiatives; and
  • Performing other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping, as required.

Competencies (Qualifications, Experience & Skills):

  • At least a Master’s Degree in Journalism, Communication or Communication-related disciplines, International Relations, the Social Sciences or related disciplines;
  • Demonstrable experience working with senior leaders of at least seven (years), preferably as a speechwriter, communications specialist, storyteller, narrative development, or a similar role;
  • Exceptional rigor and ability to understand/research data, facts, trends, examples, stories;
  • Excellent writing skills, including experience in creating, editing and proofreading within a professional organization;
  • Strong research capabilities to gather relevant data and information for speeches and communications materials;
  • Adept at translating complex ideas into accessible language for various audiences with sensitivity the cultural contexts;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to quality;
  • Knowledge of current events, industry trends, and public policy issues;
  • Familiarity with the role of development finance institutions in facilitating socioeconomic reform and addressing poverty reduction in developing countries, a plus; and
  • Competence in the use of standard software applications.


  • Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural skills and related sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Quick learner with high energy, continuous curiosity and an ability to think clearly and articulate precisely; and
  • Collaborative style with the ability to work as part of a team in a high-pressure environment.

Application Closing Date
3rd September, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online




Job Title: Team Assistant, SNAC

Position Number: 50087668
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Position Grade: GS5

The Complex

  • The Senior Vice-President is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve it strategic objectives and drive a performance culture that will align all processes and systems to deliver high-impact results.
  • The Senior Vice-President will provide effective leadership and exceptional coordination to ensure the implementation and monitoring of key corporate decisions as well as the identification of necessary corrective measures and actions.
  • The Senior Vice-President will lead senior management discussions, decision-making processes and the implementation of strategic board and management decisions to achieve the Bank’s objectives.

The Department

  • The Staff Grievance Committee (STAGRICO) formerly, Staff Appeals Committee, SNAC, is a formal dispute resolution mechanism mandated to hear all appeals against any contested administrative decision concerning matters within its competence and to submit non-binding recommendations to the President of the Bank. It is intended to facilitate a fair settlement of the staff members’ grievances arising from their terms, conditions, and benefits of employment.
  • The Committee is composed of 22 Members including a Chairperson and an Alternate Chairperson. The remaining 20 Members include (10) ten Presidential nominees and (10) ten others nominated by the Staff Council.

The Position

  • The Job of Team Assistant which falls under General Support Services that provides administrative support for the Secretariat and to the Committee, is to assist the Executive Team Assistant of the Committee in the management of the Appeals files, the organization of the oral and hearing sessions.

Key Functions
Under the overall supervision of the Executive Team Assistant to Staff Grievance Committee, the Team Assistant performs the following:

  • Provide preliminary assistance to members of staff wishing to file an Application or seeking information and documentation related to the peer review procedure.
  • Provide the necessary assistance to the staff members by providing them with relevant documents, forms, Presidential instructions, the Rules of Procedure of the Committee, the Staff Rules of the Bank, and all the prescribed procedures;
  • Put at the disposal of the Staff the different forms and options to file an Application;
  • Direct potential Applicants to the Executive Team Assistant of the Committee for any legal guidance.

Manage the Applicant’s Files and the Written Proceedings:

  • Receive and control the files submitted by the Applicants and the Respondent. Verify the conformity (date, delays, format) of all the submitted document to the Committee;
  • Transmit all the written proceedings (exchanges) between parties, members of the Committee and make sure that time delays are strictly respected;
  • Transmit systematically all the document to the translation department and do the follow-up;
  • Draft in both official languages of the Bank, notification, memorandum, invitation etc. and submit it to the Executive Team Assistant for signature;
  • Update the confidential physical and electronic record of the files containing all the proceedings, the addresses of the Applicants and records on their lawyers;
  • Ensure that all entries are classified and matches (physical and electronic files);
  • Arrange for the reproduction and dispatching of the writings to the parties and to the Committee members.
  • Monitor the Case Management Data Base by updating litigation and statistical information.

Provide Logistic and Administrative Support for the Sessions:

  • Make a reservation for a meeting room with the relevant department in charge;
  • Make reservations of interpretation services;
  • Make reservations of coffee break, lunch etc.;
  • Arrange for accommodation, per diem, and tickets for Applicants who may come for a hearing;
  • Plan for the videoconference, recording of hearings, etc.

Participate in the Preparation of the Unit Budget:

  • Provide the Executive Team Assistant with estimated accounting data, projections of expenses necessary to run the sessions and all other program to meet the Unit objective as defined by the Executive Team Assistant;
  • Arrange the annual work program with the Executive Team Assistant;
  • Monitor and review budget expenditure throughout the year;
  • Maintain an overview of the divisional budget to draw the attention of the Executive Team Assistant to any discrepancy in implementing the work program.

Competencies (Skills, Experience and Knowledge)

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Business Management, Commerce, Administration, or related discipline.
  • At least four (4) years of relevant and practical experience in administrative and secretarial roles, in similar offices of international Organizations, Development Banks or similar institutions;
  • The ability to provide direct analytical support in the unit’s services such as administrative processing;
  • Representing the unit at Bank’s meetings as needed at a non-managerial level;
  • The capacity to assimilate the work unit objectives, and services to clients;
  • The ability to assimilate the unit’s technical vocabulary.
  • The ability to maintain an overview of the divisional budget , to draw the attention of the head of the unit to any discrepancy, in order to avoid disruption in the running of the sessions;
  • The ability to plan and initiate the administrative work on time, considering the various parties involved in the Peer Review process, in order to avoid delays and be able to carry through the work programme;
  • The incumbent should maintain a good relationship with the other departments involved in the implementation of the work programme, especially with PGCL, PGLS, HR, etc.
  • Working knowledge of policies, administrative procedures, and practices relevant to peer review;
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to details;
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively in English and/or French with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of Bank standard software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Knowledge of SAP is highly desirable;

Application Closing Date
2nd September, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online





Job Title: Director, Human Resource Operations, Recruitment, and Client Services

Position Number: 50092471
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Position Grade: EL5

The Complex

  • The People and Talent Management Complex (PTVP), will retain overall responsibility for attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining a strong complement of professionals, support staff and contingent staff to deliver the business of the Bank into the future.
  • The PTVP Complex is responsible for ensuring effective systems and controls for people and talent management from talent sourcing to retirement.
  • The PTVP Complex is also responsible for the effective administration of the Bank’s benefit plans (medical and staff retirement) and ensuring the financial sustainability of these plans.

The Hiring Department

  • The Human Resources Operations, Recruitment & Client Services Department (PTCS), focuses on interfacing directly with staff clients through integrated client services to internal and external stakeholders (through HR Operations, Recruitment and Talent Acquisition, HR Business Partnering, and Staff Engagement initiatives).
  • This helps the Bank to achieve its strategic agenda through attraction, development, engagement, motivation and retention of a best-in-class workforce.
  • The Department is responsible for leading teams in charge of specialized people processes and operations (HR Administration, Payroll, Benefits Management, HR Information systems and processes); talent acquisition and retention; HR strategic business partnership for the Bank and separation or exit management.
  • Operating in a business partnering environment, HR Operations, Recruitment, and Client Services Department supports key business initiatives which ensures that core people processes and policies run smoothly and are aligned to the Bank’s strategy.
  • The Director leads a team that works closely with senior leaders to deliver on talent acquisition, optimization, and retention and on key people needs, such as effective people management, employee motivation, staff engagement, and performance management.

The Position

  • The Director – Human Resources Operations, Recruitment and Client Services oversees the management of two (2) Divisions namely: (i) Client Relations and Staff Engagement (PTCS.1) and (ii) Human Resources Operations (PTCS.2). Reporting to and partnering with the Vice-President, People, and Talent Management, the Director, Human Resources Operations, Recruitment, and Client Services leads a professional HR team in developing organizational strategies, programs, policies, and procedures that enhance the Bank’s brand and strengthen the employee value proposition, while leading the delivery of the Bank’s People Strategy. As a key member of the leadership team, the Director of Human Resources Operations, Recruitment, and Client Services works with highly motivated specialists to ensure that the core people operations, policy implementation, and practices are effective, efficient and fit for purpose.
  • The core mandate of the Human Resources Operations, Recruitment, and Client Services Director is to address all issues/areas related to core people processes and Human Resources operations, policy implementation, lead best-in-class recruitment operations that build a team of top talent for the Bank, and embed the HR Partnership model in the Bank, leading to improved staff engagement and service delivery.
  • The Director ensures that the Bank transforms into an enhanced strategic people-focused organization delivering excellent service.

Key Functions
Under the overall supervision of the Vice President, People and Talent Management (PTVP), the Director Human Resources Operations, Recruitment, and Client Services Department, will be responsible for contributing to the Bank’s goals, success and development impact by:

  • Contributing to the execution of the Banks People strategy and plan; organize, direct, and coordinate the Department’s work plan and related resource planning and utilization; assign projects and programmatic responsibilities; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; engage staff to prevent and/or identify and resolve problems.
  • Executing the Bank’s people priorities, ensuring people and talent management best practices are applied consistently, leading to a positive and inspiring organizational culture in the Bank.
  • Functioning as a strategic people and talent management business advisor to the Bank’s Senior Management, regarding key people and talent management organizational and management issues, sharing expertise and data-driven recommendations rooted in contextualized best practices.
  • Providing guidance and input in organization design interventions, workforce planning, and realignment process, and guide risk management and investigations related to people and talent management.
  • Partnering with Senior Management in creating a culture in which gender equality, diversity, and inclusion are reflected in the application of people and talent management policies and practices, and all employee experiences at the Bank.
  • Serving as a thought leader to technical teams and coordinate planning and regular measurement and interpretation of staff satisfaction surveys, motivation, and managerial effectiveness; driving the action planning needed to enhance staff engagement, organizational performance, and productivity, using effective communication strategies to ensure a cohesive approach.
  • Incubating and testing new people and talent management ideas and processes within the people and talent management operations function and organize pilot programs to ensure rollouts are thoroughly vetted and streamlined before launch.
  • Collaborating with Senior Management to identify gaps in team structures while ensuring timely recruitment, focusing on increasing the diverse representation of staff from all member countries.
  • Ensuring adequate flow of knowledge and expertise so that clients receive the highest quality support and understanding they need, when and where they need it, and championing the importance of adhering to organizational policies and procedures, including confidentiality.
  • Proactively developing timely people and talent management dashboards, encouraging data-driven decision making.
  • Formulating and recommending human resources policies and programs in line with the Bank’s strategies and priorities, in the different aspects of people and talent management, including institutional capacity building, staff mobility, and young professionals.
  • Providing leadership and direction to management in the implementation of institutional and people and talent management reforms, by establishing appropriate linkages to the overall strategy of the Bank.
  • Resource Management – accountable for delivering the agreed upon work program through cost-effective use of resources within the agreed parameters and in compliance with internal controls and policies.
  • Building and maintaining networks of senior people and talent management professionals in other international organizations as well as key global companies in the private sector, to share information and bring in the latest external thinking and best practices.
  • Building and maintaining strong working relationships with clients to both understand their needs and communicate the direction of programs and initiatives.
  • Providing leadership, direction, coaching, and feedback to develop a high performing and talented team, and sustain a high performing team over time through effective people management.
  • Advising Senior Management on the vision and strategic framework for managing its people and talent management and the supporting policies and practices to use Bank staff effectively.
  • Representing the Department at corporate level forums and committees.

Competencies (Skills, Experience, and Knowledge)

  • A Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Organizational Development, Law or related disciplines. A professional qualification in people and talent management; HR management or project management will be an added value.
  • At least ten (10) years of extensive and progressive experience in Human Resource Management, five (5) years of which should have been in a managerial role and/or in supervising a team and coordinating work programs or projects.
  • Demonstrable experience executing organizational transformational change and improvement of processes.
  • Working experience in a multilateral development organization is an asset.
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a client-centric, business partnering environment.
  • Sound understanding of the business and operational needs with proven capacity to innovate, promote and direct change initiatives in corporate human resource policies and services in large organizations.
  • Proven experience in people and talent management theories and principles, policy and strategy development, talent and performance management, career development, and other functional areas of people management.
  • Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including leading, supervising, mentoring, developing, and evaluating staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully translating business and people and talent management strategies into the design and implementation of programs in the position’s area of responsibility.
  • Strong generalist people and talent management experience, especially in; (i) supporting managers and staff in planning and implementing change, (ii) people and talent management Operations, (iii) people search, attraction, selection, and retention, (iv) culture change and management, (v) equal opportunities and employment policies, (vi) management of people and talent management information systems and processes (vii) leadership competence including coaching and mentoring (viii) people planning and succession management.
  • Sound analytical skills – ability to build and analyze people and talent management data accuracy, including people and talent management KPIs.
  • Proven track record in people and talent management Projects Management.
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in using standard Microsoft Office Suite applications, ERP Systems (preferably SAP HR), e-Recruitment systems, and project management software like share point or any similar software.

Application Closing Date
30th August, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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  • This position is not a regular position of the African Development Bank.  The contract for this assignment is for a period of one (1) year and is not renewable.  Funding is provided by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF).
  • 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
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