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Overview

Objectives

The main objectives of the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF) is to pool resources to contribute to sustainable development and, in particular poverty reduction by preparing and implementing climate-resilient development programs that mainstream climate change information at all levels in Africa and to strengthen the institutional capacities of natural and sub-regional bodies to formulate and implement effective climate-sensitive policies. CDSF forms one of the three elements of ClimDev-Africa Program, the others being African Climate Policy Center at UNECA, the Climate Change and Desertification Control Unit at the AUC. The AfDB manages the CDSF in close collaboration with the other pan-African institutions, the AUC and the UNECA. ClimDev-Africa Program Steering Committee (CDSC) provides the general policy direction and technical oversight over the CDSF.

Team Assistant

Duties and responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the CDSF Coordinator, the Team Assistant will play a supportive role in the coordination and delivery of the CBFF’s programme. He/She will lead on the establishment and maintenance of all information management systems and databases (e.g. SAP) to enable the effective result-based management of the CDSF.  He/She will generate information and reports to inform on the progress, achievements and outcomes of the CDSF funded projects and the CDSF as a whole. He/She will participate in the management the CDSF website and prepare communication materials for internal Bank and external audiences. These responsibilities will be undertaken within the context of the CDSF strategies and work plans, Operational Procedures and the Bank’s policies and procedures. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Strategic Planning and Monitoring

  1. Support the Coordinator and Coordination Unit staff in the preparation of planning and reporting documents, with particular emphasis on drawing on information maintained on databases.
  2. Provide electronic information management services to the CDSF by ensuring that the SAP is established and maintained to enable timely and accurate reporting on CDSF progress, outcomes and impact against its targets and indicators.
  3. Assist in preparing Missions by Coordination Unit / or consultants, participate in missions, where appropriate, and provide logistical support for the program of conferences and workshops held within or outside Bank headquarters;
  4. Write notes, summaries and / or briefing notes on CDSF experiences, progress and lessons learned drawing from project reports, workshops and information contained in the CDSF database.
  5. Consolidate, categorize and store information and reference files on relevant issues to assess CDSF outcomes and impact (i.e. M&E system), develop databases and information systems and update them;

Grant Management & Administration

  1. Coordinate the maintenance of information management systems to enable effective management of all stages of Call for Proposals (concept notes, project proposals, reviews, correspondence) and CDSF initiated projects.
  2. Update information management systems (e.g. SAP) for individual CDSF funded projects and the CDSF as a whole, in collaboration with CDSF Coordination Unit in Abidjan.
  3. Liaise with the Fund Operations Officers and Task Managers, to ensure that information on CDSF funded projects are regularly updated on the SAP.

Communication and Networking

  1. Prepare regular updates on CDSF for use in Bank internal and external communication forums.
  2. Participate in the management, the regular updating of the CDSF website in close liaison with the Fund’s Operations Officers and the Bank’s webmaster and drawing on from contributions by the ClimDev-Africa partners.
  3. Any other duties relevant to the successful functioning of the CDSF as may be required.

Selection Criteria

  • Education: A Bachelor degree /Maîtrise or equivalent diploma, higher education in business administration, economics and / or statistics would be an asset;
  • Experience: At least 5 years professional work experience in project management, work programme and budget preparation, and information management.
  • Computer skills: Good knowledge of software such as Word, Excel and Power Point, databases and information management systems, and a publishing software. Knowledge of the Bank’s SAP would be an added advantage.
  • Communication: Strong communication skills in English or French with a working knowledge of another language;
  • Professionalism: Good understanding of the functions, organization and procedures of the Bank; leadership; strong research capabilities and problem solving;
  • Planning and Organizing: Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritization in its own program of work, ability to perform the tasks in a timely and effective manner;
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multicultural environment;
  • Learning: Commitment to continuing education, and proactive and responsible attitude vis-à-vis the self-development.

Chief, Climate Change and Policy Officer

Duties and responsibilities

The main responsibility of the Chief, Climate Change and Policy Officer will be to support the preparation and implementation of CDSF and Bank activities related to climate resilient development policies, adaptation and mitigation. Working under the guidance and supervision of the CDSF coordinator, he/she will be responsible for:

  • Leading the development and dissemination of knowledge products on policies on building resilience to impacts of climate change through adaptation and mitigation activities in a number of sectors in Africa, especially those that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, for example, agriculture and food security, water and energy.
  • Leading the CDSF programmatic climate change adaptation and policy activities relating to project identification, preparation, appraisal, mid-term review, supervision, post evaluation (PCR) and submission of the grant proposals for approval by the Bank.
  • Providing technical and policy advice to the CDSF team and professional staff from the regional member countries during implementation of climate change adaptation projects including procurement, project monitoring, disbursement and evaluation. Monitoring the status of the progress, challenges and administrative issues related to the CBFF portfolio and preparing project documents, and aide memoirs from project supervisions.
  • Ensuring that the AfDB rules and procedures for the procurement, disbursement, legal agreements, anti-corruption action planning and social and environmental safeguards are properly applied.
  • Organizing regular supervision missions and other technical and financial reviews of ongoing projects and identifying areas for improvement in regard to problem projects.
  • Preparing reports and briefing materials for AfDB management and CDSF/ClimDev-Africa Steering Committee.
  • Defending the CDSF projects and activities at the CDSC Steering Committee, AfDB management and Board and responding to operational questions.
  • Working with relevant Bank departments, Country Teams and Regional Departments to ensure that CDSF operations meet Bank standards and conform to Country policies and CDSF Operational Procedures.
  • Performing any other duties pertinent to the CDSF and assigned by the Coordinator of CDSF.

Selection Criteria

  • At least a Master’s degree in environment science, agriculture, climate change, natural resources management, or related disciplines, a PhD will be a definite advantage;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years relevant professional experience in development of climate change adaption and mitigation programs, policy formation, capacity building and project management in agricultural and natural resources management sectors;
  • Sound understanding of climate change adaption and mitigation in the key development sectors in Africa vulnerable to the impacts of climate change;
  • Excellent organizational skills and prioritization of work program, meeting deadlines, conducting several activities while simultaneously contributing to the work of others;
  • Being capable of working in a team with colleagues with respect to gender and diversity;
  • Ability to provide guidance and advice on strategies to enable others to achieve goals and solve problems;
  • 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 (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, MS projects, knowledge of SAP;
  • Willingness to travel to the project implementation countries and attend international meetings on climate change adaption as may be required.

Principal Climate Risk and Disaster Officer

Duties and responsibilities

The main responsibility of the Principal Climate Risk & Disaster Officer will be to support the preparation and implementation of CDSF activities related to climate risk and disaster management, and in particular support the implementation of the activities related to disaster risk and resilience building in Africa.  Working under the guidance and supervision of the CDSF coordinator, he/she will be responsible for:

  • Leading the CDSF programmatic activities related to climate risk and disaster management activities, i.e., project identification, preparation, appraisal, mid-term review, supervision, post evaluation (PCR) and submission of the grant proposals for approval by the Bank.
  • Providing technical and policy advice to the CDSF team and professional staff from the regional member countries and regional climate centers during implementation of projects and other activities related to climate risk and disaster management projects including procurement, project monitoring, disbursement and evaluation. Monitoring the status of the progress, challenges and administrative issues related to the CDSF portfolio and preparing project documents, and aide memoirs from project supervisions.
  • Providing technical advice and ensuring that the DRR programs as well as the investments are consistent with internationally recognised process and standards, e.g, in the area of Numerical Weather Predictions and Climatology.
  • Ensuring that the AfDB rules and procedures for the procurement, disbursement, legal agreements, anti-corruption action planning and social and environmental safeguards are properly applied.
  • Organizing regular supervision missions and other technical and financial reviews of ongoing projects and identifying areas for improvement in regard to problem projects.
  • Liaising with the EUMETSAT on the implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) related programs and ensuring timely technical advice on specific aspects related to the projects (e.g., Regional Advanced Retransmission Systems (RARS), Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), and access to satellite data).
  • Coordinate with the agencies/entities responsible for the implementation of the other results of the EU-ACP Disaster Resilience program (i.e., AUC, UNISDAR, World Bank – Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction) in order to ensure synergies between the EU supported programs.
  • Preparing reports and briefing materials for AfDB management and CDSF/ClimDev-Africa Steering Committee.
  • Defending the CDSF projects and activities at the CDSC Steering Committee, AfDB management and Board and responding to operational questions.
  • Working with relevant Bank departments, Country Teams and Regional Departments to ensure that CDSF operations meet Bank standards and conform to Country policies and CDSF Operational Procedures.
  • Performing any other duties pertinent to the CDSF and assigned by the Coordinator of CDSF.

Selection Criteria

  • At least a Master’s degree in climatology, hydrology, meteorology, climate science, earth science or a closely related field, a PhD will be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of six (6) years relevant professional experience in climate science, meteorology, or climatology in  Africa, including policy formation, capacity building and investments in climate data information management systems;
  • Sound understanding of regional advanced retransmission systems, numerical weather predictions and use of polar orbiting meteorological satellite data for weather forecasting;
  • Excellent organizational skills and prioritization of work program, meeting deadlines, conducting several activities while simultaneously contributing to the work of others;
  • Being capable of working in a team with colleagues with respect to gender and diversity;
  • Ability to provide guidance and advice on strategies to enable others to achieve goals and solve problems;
  • 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 (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, MS projects, knowledge of SAP;
  • Willingness to travel to the project implementation countries and attend international meetings on climate change adaption as may be required.

Senior Finance and Administration Officer

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the CDSF Coordinator, the Senior Finance and Administration Officer will be responsible for (i) carrying over the financial monitoring of the CDSF: (ii) preparing the reporting documents required for the donors, ClimDev-Africa partners and the Bank; (iii) supporting the CDSF Operation Officers in dealing with project financial matters; and (iv) assisting the Coordinator in the administrative tasks linked to the management of the CDSF. The tasks include among others the following:

CDSF financial management:

Budgeting and budget management of CDSF by:

  • Designing financial monitoring tools;
  • Oversee CDSF financial expenditure in accordance with agreed budget work plan and in accordance with CDSF and Bank

procedures

  • Liaising with the financial control department in preparing the CDSF financial statements;
  • Capturing the CDSF financial flows;
  • Analyzing the financial statements and accounts of the CDSF;
  • Liaising with the resource mobilization officer (ORRU) to get the donors’ disbursements to CDSF effective.

Project activities:

Support project portfolio implementation in close collaboration with ORPF by:

  • Designing projects financial monitoring tools in collaboration with the FMA;
  • Recruiting the project auditors;
  • Assessing the financial management of the projects through project supervision missions or supervision reports;
  • Supporting the CDSF Operation Officers in order to ensure the financial closure of the projects;
  • Helping the CDSF Operation Officers assess the overall financial performance of the project (ex-ante and ex-post analysis.

CDSF Administration

Support the Coordinator in the administrative management of the CDSF by:

  • Organizing the preparation of the various committees and Governing structures involved in the CDSF governance;
  • Managing the CDSF documents reporting process to the CDSF various Governing structures (AfDB Board of Directors, CDSF Steering Committee);
  • Preparing the internal requests (President, Vice-presidents, Directors);
  • Preparing the recruitment documents and follow-up the recruitment process;
  • Perform any other duties as may be requested by the CDSF Coordinator.

Selection Criteria

  • A minimum of Master’s degree or its equivalent in accounting, business, economics, finance;
  • At least five (5) years of professional working experience, of which at least 5 in a related field of work, preferably with expertise in fund management involving a portfolio of projects and range of Institutions (public sector, civil society and private sector institutions)
  • Working experience in accounting management systems and knowledge of SAP are essential;
  • Knowledge of development issues relating to rural development in Central Africa and forestry sector would be an advantage;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiatives, to synthetize, to conceptualize complex issues and to write reporting documents;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English and/or French:
  • High degree of tact and sensitivity in dealing with internal and external clients and stakeholders at all levels:
  • Results-Oriented, team player, demonstrated ability to work in multicultural environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationals and cultural backgrounds;
  • Computer literate and competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).

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