African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Recent Job Vacancies [2 Positions]
African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering 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 Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Officer – FIRM1
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Position N°: 50001278
- 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 Partnerships Officer
As part of the Finance Complex, the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Department has fiduciary responsibility for strategic concessionary resource mobilization, as well as donor relationship management and reporting, with the aim to complement and leverage the financial resources and instruments of the African Development Bank Group. The department is comprised of two divisions whose primary, joint role is to increase the pool and types of funding available to the Bank’s regional member countries, particularly for transformative projects in line with the Bank’s Ten-year strategy and High Five priorities. The Division 2:
- Leads the institution’s partnership with emerging shareholder countries (e.g. China, Korea, India, Brazil) and their bilateral aid agencies; and multilateral bodies including the European Union, the United Nations and African Union;
- Leads the strategic negotiations for the setting up financial vehicles and institutional frameworks necessary for the institution to accept external resources, including all co-financing facilities and trust funds financed by external partners;
- Oversees fiduciary management of the institution’s bilateral and thematic trust funds; that is, mobilize, allocate and monitor non-statutory capital ensuring compliance with the African Development Bank Group’s rules and the commitments taken upon the replenishment negotiations, as applicable;
- Monitors and manages relationships with existing and new partners, including non-sovereign partnerships such as with corporates and philanthropic foundations (e.g. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation); serving as the secretariat for the review committee for new partnerships (i.e. Standing Committee on Partnerships);
- Identifies innovative ways to partner with non-traditional donors and leverage new resource mobilization tools and approaches (e.g. crowdsourcing, block chain) to evaluate their potential applicability and viability for the institution;
- Researches and positions the institution to respond to emerging thematic resource mobilization trends
- Assists other organizational units of the Bank Group to identify resources for their initiatives (i.e. Jobs for Youth Program);
- Houses innovative financial products and risk mitigation instruments which catalyze private capital to finance development in Africa (e.g. Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility) under a blended finance approach.
- Reports globally on the use of resources placed in trust at the African Development Bank Group to management and to outside parties, as required;
- Develops and disseminates to internal and external audiences trainings, capacity building, guidance papers and policy documents on resource mobilization at the African Development Bank (e.g. member to MDB Roundtable on Trust Funds and Co-Financing, Business Opportunity Seminars).
- The Principal Resource Mobilization & Partnerships Officer (PL-4) plays a central role in the department and division.
- The selected individual would contribute directly to engaging, managing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on both institutional relationships with external partners and financial commitments, with a focus on delivering impact and results to donors and senior management.
- The successful candidate would be directly implicated in mobilizing and deploying the Bank Group’s resources, by contributing to the planning, conceptualization, elaboration and operationalization of key Bank Group key resource mobilization and partnerships processes, programs and projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager, the Principal Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Officer will:
- Facilitate the coordination and collaboration between Bank Group business units and external partners and/or sovereign donors as assigned;
- Contribute to the conceptualization, elaboration and presentation of negotiation documents relevant to the successful fundraising of new resources;
- Task manage specific resource mobilization efforts including but not limited to statutory and/or non-statutory replenishments, co-financing, fundraising for trust funds, fundraising for special initiatives and launching of any other innovative partnership mechanisms with the Bank Group’s sovereign and non-sovereign partners;
- Serve as a Fund Manager, overseeing the administration and monitoring of existing and new resource vehicles (trust funds), particularly their disbursement, and grant-level project implementation so as to ensure organizational compliance with donors’ financial and programmatic reporting requirements with a focus on impact and results for Africa’s development;
- Serve as the external focal point for assigned donors and initiatives, responding to ad hoc queries and ensuring the highest level of visibility for the partner and the uses to which resources placed in trust have been applied;
- Consistently monitor and evaluate grant-level activities of donor-funded programs and review activity progress reports, project completion reports, audit reports and other evaluation outputs from operational departments; and financial statements from the accounting department to assess corrective actions if required, and submission of documents for review by the respective donor(s), as needed;
- Provide internal stakeholders with technical advice and information on the priorities and availability of development partner and donor funding to strengthen opportunities for fundraising of targeted Bank Group initiatives
- Contribute to key processes for the strengthening of the operational environment for resource mobilization including updating and or developing related implementation procedures and operational guidelines for receipt and use of funding or new financial instruments;
- Assist in the organization of regular internal and external outreach events for the benefit of staff and other stakeholders to explain the activities of the different funds, facilities and instruments of the Bank Group;
- Participate in and contribute to key partnerships meetings and conferences (including those with other Multilateral Development Banks and international philanthropic organizations) to seek new resource mobilization and partnership opportunities for the Bank Group;
- Contribute to the conceptualization, elaboration and presentation of Bank Group resource mobilization and negotiation documents; elaborate policy and strategy papers relevant to resource mobilization and/or negotiation process;
- Contribute to the development of white papers and other reports to address emerging fundraising innovations (i.e. crowdsourcing; social impact bonds; blended finance) and the evolving positioning of the Bank Group within the evolving global aid architecture;
- Serve as an advisor on documentation presented for review to various relevant internal committees including Operations Committee (OPSCOM) and Standing Committee on Partnerships (SCP);
- Assist in elaborating the Division’s objectives, work programs and their execution while ensuring that deadlines are met and that outputs meet the highest technical standard.
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:
- Hold at least a Master’s Degree (or its equivalent) from recognized/accredited university in either: Social sciences (law, public policy, international affairs, economics, politics, diplomacy, etc.), Economics and finance,
Other relevant fields:
- Have a minimum of six (6) years of relevant and work experience in resource mobilization and/or partnerships, preferably within a (i) public financial institution and/or non-profit sector; or (ii) private sector, with a clear and established operational track record of achieving results;
- Strong grasp and understanding of key trends in international development finance (e.g. knowledge of ODA approaches and policies of major international donors as part of OECD-DAC, as well as emerging donors; bilateral and multilateral agency fundraising and partnership trends in the short-, medium-, and long-term) and an ability to identify the strategic fit of new partners, products and services in the global marketplace and what these may imply for the Bank Group’s fundraising efforts at any given time;
- Mature relationship manager with ability to balance the needs and requests of external donors against the policy environment of a multilateral development bank;
- General knowledge of the Bank Group’s shareholders, various financial vehicles and facilities, capitalization ambitions, and volume of its lending activities;
- Proven consultation and diplomacy skills, with track record of effectively contributing to the conclusion of complex negotiations with public and private institutions; proven ability to persuade, influence and win over a skeptical audience; and tailor arguments to all levels of stakeholders;
- Strong professional network within the international development community;
- Evidence of operational effectiveness in the execution of discrete tasks (e.g. demonstrable ability to meet fundraising targets);
- Determined and client oriented problem solver, willing to be flexible and use innovation & creativity in the face of challenges;
- Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English and/or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other language; Ability to demonstrate cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Competence in the use of standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software a plus.
- Team player, with an ability to manage and supervise junior and/or support staff or consultants, as required.
Job Title: Senior Energy Officer – RDGS2
Position N°: 50064458
- The Vice Presidency for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery is responsible for operational relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programs, and activities
- This will ensure that the Bank operates successfully across its Regional Member Countries and oversee the full implementation of all aspects of the Bank’s Regional Directorates.
The Hiring Department
- Within the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex (RDVP), the Bank has five (5) Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery (RDIBD) Directorates, one in each region of Africa: North, South, East, West, and Central
- Each Regional Directorate is headed by a Director General (DG) and is staffed with the relevant sectoral functions and administrative capabilities for rapid delivery of services to client countries
- The Regional Directorates provide overall strategic direction to country offices within the regions and are responsible for the Bank’s operations, business development, project management and overall effective delivery of the Bank’s High 5s of ‘Light up and Power Africa,’ ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Industrialize Africa,’ ‘Integrate Africa,’ ‘Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.’
- The country offices were created to strengthen the strategic dialogue between the Bank, governments and other stakeholders, it also seeks to strengthen the operational functions of the Bank Group, including the energy sector, by supporting project/programme identification, start-up and monitoring with a view to enhancing portfolio quality and to coordinate aid with other development partners in Africa.
- The Senior Energy Officer is responsible for the origination, processing, supervision and general portfolio management of energy sector projects, as well as conducting policy dialogue on key issues in the energy sector.
- The incumbent will be in charge of project management and loan administration activities related to energy sector of the Bank Group’s portfolio in Mozambique as defined in the country office functions and responsibilities, including the coordination of related programs with the Government, civil society and local bodies, private sector and development partners.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Regional Sector Manager, Energy Infrastructure, (RDGS1) and the Country Manager, the Senior Energy Officer will perform the following:
Business Development and Pipeline Management:
- Provide support to the government and bank’s teams in the origination, preparation, approval, structuring and implementation of projects, both for Sovereign (SO) and Non-Sovereign (NSO) operations;
- Support and participate in energy sector identification, preparation and appraisal missions, collaborating with the sectoral team by specifically facilitating access to information and supporting the preparation of mission related documentation;
- Review the various energy sector proposals and communications sent to the Bank by public and private sector partners, including Bank’s clients, and signal to the sectoral team business development opportunities;
- Collaborate internally with colleagues towards the mobilization of additional Bank’s resources for energy projects in Mozambique, including resources from fiduciary funds and dedicated financing instruments, climate-finance funds and project preparation facilities.
- Liaise with other development partners and maintain, under the guidance of the country manager, an institutional dialogue conducing to the identification of co-financing opportunities and other partnerships;
- Monitor the Bank’s pipeline of projects within the country’s energy sector, both private and public sector projects, overseeing its execution.
- Lead project implementation in the energy sector, providing expertise for preparation of terms of reference (TORs), requests for proposals (RFPs), tender documents to procure goods and/or services in line with the Bank’s procurement rules;
- Undertake the supervision of the Bank’s portfolio of power sector investments, review of relevant monitoring and evaluation reports and field inspections as necessary; and proffer measures for resolving material operational weaknesses;
- Ensure portfolio quality by tracking appropriate indicators in the corporate dashboard and taking appropriate action to ensure project portfolio quality and address blockages in project execution;
- Advise and assist energy sector project/programme executing agencies on sector issues, constraints and priorities, technical aspects of projects and Bank rules and procedures, especially with regard to the procurement of goods, works and services as well as disbursement procedures;
- Ensure timely preparation of project supervision report and project completion reports;
- Ensure the follow-up of recommendations emanating from supervision, mid-term reviews, portfolio reviews and accounts audit missions on energy projects/programmes, paying the necessary attention to project monitoring and evaluation;
Knowledge Production, Policy Dialogue and Coordination:
- Contribute to the preparation of energy sector assessments and other upstream analytical and diagnostic work;
- Advise on policy issues relating to energy sector development in Mozambique, including advice on promoting policies conducive to improving electricity as well as other areas of activity (creation of an enabling environment for private sector investments in energy projects, corporate governance);
- Support policy dialogue on key issues for the sector;
- Contribute to the preparation of policy statements, papers, briefs and various reports on energy sector issues and other areas relevant to the Energy, Environment & Climate Change Department;
- Represent the Bank at conferences, seminars and national workshops, participate in events meetings and energy sector groups on issues related to energy sector development and related issues and provide regular reports to the Country Manager and Sector Manager;
- Contribute to the strengthening of coordination and dialogue with other donors on activities related to energy projects and programmes, and participate in sector thematic groups;
- Undertake any other tasks as assigned by the Country Manager.
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:
- At least a Master’s Degree in Economic, Finance, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering or Electromechanical Engineering or related fields. Additional training in management and / or economics is an asset.
- Demonstrate at least 5 years of relevant professional experience and proven track record and analytical skills in the following areas: power sector strategy formulation; financing of energy projects (both public and private); structuring of financial packages for financing of infrastructure projects; management and operation of power generation, transmission and distribution utilities; electrical system planning and design; project management; contract administration; costing of infrastructure projects;.
- Experience implementing projects with public sector institutions and / or bilateral and multilateral development finance institutions; will give an added advantage for this position.
- Proven ability to operate in high level policy dialogue and in politically sensitive context;
- Strong networking skills, and an ability to coordinate diverse shareholders and interests;
- Strong team spirit and proven ability to operate across a diverse team, often based in different geographical locations;
- A self-starter, with an ability to work with relatively little supervision or guidance;
- Capacity to initiate and manage innovations and change.
- Familiarity with project management and project identification procedures in development institutions, with multilateral development banks and in particular of the African Development Bank, an added advantage
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and IN Portuguese
- Good working knowledge of French will be an added advantage.
- Good command of standard Bank commonly used software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite for word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations)
- Knowledge of SAP is desirable.How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline 30th August, 2018.