African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Recruitments


Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified graduates for African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Recruitments. The Application deadline is 29th May 2019

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) or Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD) is a multilateral development finance institution. The AfDB was founded in 1964 and comprises three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. The AfDB’s mission is to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the continent through promoting the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region. The AfDB is a financial provider to African governments and private companies investing in the regional member countries (RMC). While it was originally headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the bank’s headquarters moved to Tunis, Tunisia, in 2003, due to the Ivorian civil war; before returning in September 2014.

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

Job Title: Senior/Principal Urban Development Officer

Reference: ADB/19/088
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: PL5/PL4
Position N°: 50055698; 50093733

The Complex

  • The Vice-Presidency for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization is central to the Bank’s mission of developing the private sector, improving infrastructure and accelerating industrialization.
  • The complex main functions are to (i) strengthen the enabling environment for private sector [and financial sector] development conducive to inclusive growth and sustainable development, (ii) support the development of reliable and sustainable infrastructure, including cities and urban development, and (iii) place renewed emphasis on industrial and trade performance in support of structural transformation across Africa.
  • The Complex leverages knowledge, co-financing, and partnerships to attract private capital and work with governments on delivering the Bank’s development agenda.

The Hiring Department

  • The role of the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department is to foster infrastructure and urban development in Africa through appropriate policies and strategies as well as projects and programs interventions which the Bank might finance on a national, regional or continent-wide basis.

The Position

  • The Senior/Principal Urban Planning Officer will lead or support the development of policies, strategies and project and programs related to urban development initiatives supported by the Bank in regional member countries.

The purpose of the job is as follows:

  • To be an active member of the Bank’s team of experts on urban planning with particular emphasis on cities development strategies and urban and regional development planning.
  • To contribute in strengthening and maintaining the Bank’s understanding of the urban development and planning and its role in the development of African cities and towns.
  • To advise on ways and means to addressing the social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups through accountable institutions, and future investments in the sector by the Bank and its regional member countries.
  • To lead the identification, preparation, appraisal, and implementation supervision of urban development projects and programs.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general guidance and supervision of the Division Manager, the Senior/Principal Urban Planning Officer will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

Urban development Policy, strategy, business plan:

  • Contribute and collaborate in revising the urban development policy, strategy and business plan of the Bank in consultation with internal stakeholders and taking account of long-term trends in urbanization on the continent;
  • Contribute to the appropriate implementation of the business plan through communication and advice to all relevant stakeholders in the Bank, particularly operations functions, and define a monitoring framework;
  • Consult as necessary with external partners and Regional and non-Regional Member Countries on the form and efficacy of the policy, strategy, and business plan.

Urban Development Knowledge:

  • Collaborate with a team to develop and maintain the Bank’s expertise on urban development and Services to support the development goals of the Bank and the continent;
  • Devise with other members of the urban team the Bank’s contribution to key urban development  themes and represent the Bank at global, regional and national conferences and workshops on urban development;
  • Coordinate and work alongside key partners, such as other Multilateral Development Banks and the United Nations organizations to design urban development programs and solutions for the orderly spatial development of Africa’s cities and towns;
  • Publish major studies and reports on urban development and services, taking into account the comparative advantage that the Bank can bring to bear to any specific subject or theme. Convene associated workshops and media events to solidify the learning across Africa;
  • Develop and maintain, in collaboration with other team members and partners, urban information databases, publications, and economic models relating to urban development and services, and the state of African cities and towns;
  • Contribute to identify appropriate urban development training for internal and external stakeholders.

Urban development Projects and Programs:

  • Act as a task team leader in providing advice to Regional Member Countries on urban planning and cities development strategies and lead dialogue with governments in advancing decentralization policy, urban institutions reforms;
  • Lead the development of technical assistance programs to provide cutting edge advice on urban land use planning, the urban-rural transition, local development, land tenure, management and information systems;
  • Lead the origination and financial structuring of urban development and public private partnership (PPP) projects in regional member countries in collaboration and with the support of operations staff based in the regions and ensuring the optimum use of all the Bank’s financing instruments;
  • Advise and support operational staff based in the regions on urban development projects implementation and ensure appropriate coordination of actions in supporting clients during the project procurement, execution and monitoring phase.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Urban Development, Urban Planning, Public Policy, or related discipline.
  • Dual academic qualification in urban planning/development and public policy, public administration, finance or urban economics is desirable.
  • Have at least five (5) years of experience for PL5 and six (6) years of experience for PL4, in urban development, city and regional planning, urban services planning and delivery in the public or private sector.
  • Public and/or private sector experience in urban planning and cities development strategies in developing countries is desirable.
  • Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
  • Develop and deliver innovative solutions to clients – Proactively addresses clients’ needs.
  • Collaborate within teams and across functional boundaries, provides own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
  • Ability to make sense of complexity, interpret a wide range of information and make smart decisions.
  • Effective consultation and advisory skills coupled with a client orientation to ensure relevancy.
  • Range of inter-personal skills and an ability to vary their use according to the audience.
  • Create, apply and share knowledge across the Bank to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
  • Thorough knowledge of urban Planning, urban policies, strategies, Institutions and regulations.
  • Foundational knowledge of urban services delivery, with ability to apply/recommend operationally relevant solutions and lessons for clients.
  • Knowledge and experience in development and understanding of policy making process; project and program design, execution, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Policy dialogue skills – Ability to identify and assess critical policy issues and actively dialogue with governments and/or other stakeholders to develop solutions.
  • Ability to lead a team of specialists and to take forward projects, often in collaboration with other partners.
  • Attention to detail to create quality output and to set standards for the team.
  • Ability to develop skills within the team and to improve the quality of output and outcomes.
  • Ability to assess cost/benefits of alternative options, select optimum solution and allocate budget and resources to achieve results.
  • Ability to articulate clear objectives, set ambitious bur achievable targets and monitor execution and results.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Knowledge of SAP is desirable.


Job Title: Security Assistant
Reference: ADB/19/087
Location: Cote d’Ivoire
Grade: GS7
Position N°: 50000425

The Complex

  • The President, plans, supervises and manages the business of the Bank Group. Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and the African Development Fund and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the ADB and the ADF.
  • The President supervises several Departments and Units including Office of the President (PRST0); Independent Development Evaluation Department (BDEV); Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (PIAC); Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM); Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board (BSAB); Administrative Tribunal (BATR); Office of the Auditor General (PAGL); Group Risk Management Directorate (PGRM);  General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL); Communication and External Relations Department (PCER); Staff Integrity and Ethics Office (PETH) and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat (PSEG)

The Hiring Department

  • The African Development Bank’s Security Unit (PSEC) is a robust security function reporting to the President of the Bank. Deep global analytical capabilities combined with Africa wide security processes are in place in order to provide the full spectrum of security services to the Bank.
  • Security Unit detects, deters and reacts to a broad range of risks spanning the security spectrum; physical; political, information and reputational risks around the globe are monitored closely to address the changing security dynamic. Our security requirements include risk analysis, training, coordination with outside actors and implementation of security programs at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.

The Position

  • The Security Agent assists in the implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the management of safety and security for AfDB in the Bank’s Head Quarter host country or in the region of assignment.
  • The SSA will fully support the PSEC Management in the execution of their security responsibilities at the assigned duty station and this includes acting in support of the collection, collation, analysis and dissemination of Security Threat Information relevant to AfDB PSEC with a primary focus on Armed Conflict, Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Crime and Hazards.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Head Of Security Unit, the Security Assistant will:

Information collation and analysis:

  • Collate and prepare annual data to contribute to Country and Area Security Risk Assessments
  • Prepare security data for the purposes of incident and operational mapping
  • Assist in the production of analytic assessments by providing input based on knowledge of the host country
  • Assists in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country/Region;
  • Ensure all mandatory reports and documents are updated in a timely manner

Access Control:

  • Ensure that access to the Bank’s facilities are made through the appropriate entrance through the supervision of agents and guards;
  • Ensure that exit from the Bank’s facilities are through the appropriate exits through the supervision of agents and guards;
  • Ensure that the Emergency Key and its Log Sheet are updated in a timely manner;
  • Control, organize and supervise access to facilities in collaboration with Bank staff other related third parties.
  • Approve visitor access requests
  • Contribute to Access Control Policies and Standards
  • Recommend initiatives/solutions to improve access control to the Bank’s premises

Facilities Monitoring and Control:

  • Coordinate building security checks to ensure that they are carried out as frequently as is required.
  • Liaise with the security guard company to ensure that services provided meet the Bank’s standards
  • Organize and control security for special events organized by the Bank;
  • Review periodic analysis based on information collected from access control equipment and make recommendations to improve the overall security posture of the Bank’s premises;
  • Contribute to the development of procedures and policies associated with security such as emergency procedures, Fire safety etc.
  • Observe areas immediately surrounding the Bank’s premises to identify threats. Recommend risk mitigation or prevention strategies for identified threats.
  • Implement measures prescribed to deter and detect fraudulent activities from inside or outside the Bank.
  • Report any security issues to PSEC Leadership for resolution.
  • Implement protective and preventive security measures against terrorist attacks as directed.

Incident Response:

  • Collect information from victim(s) and provide immediate assistance as required
  • Review incident reports periodically to ensure that a high quality of records is maintained
  • Collaborate with external parties and partners in the management of incidents
  • Request the update of residential information on security databases as and when necessary

Residential Assessments:

  • Conduct residential assessments and provide recommendations for improvement to staff member;
  • Lead the liaison with staff to ensure the implementation of Security improvements
  • Contribute to the development of methodologies for residential assessments

Selection Criteria
Including Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Security or any other related subject
  • A minimum of Five (5) years of experience in security, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work
  • Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO or International Organization is desirable and is considered as a positive factor.
  • Experience in diplomatic security, protection and intelligence considered as an asset
  • Completion of Guard Training and First Aid Training Courses.
  • Knowledge of host country safety codes
  • Knowledge of Security Threat Information processes
  • Communication – Provides clear and concise oral and written communication; presents oral information with clarity and appropriate style and adapts language and style to suit the requirements of a particular audience.
  • Problem Solving: Applies business knowledge to the resolution of problems and identifies solutions to the benefit of the client (internal and external) and the organization.
  • Client Orientation: Ensures that the Bank’s staff is considered to be of primary importance in all interactions. Strives to understand, and when appropriate, anticipate staff needs, and ensures that staff receive the best possible service from the Unit.
  • Team Working and Relationships: Works with others to maximize the effectiveness of the team as a whole, sharing the knowledge and workload. Develops strong working relationships with colleagues and contributes to creation of a positive team environment
  • Ability to work under pressure or in crisis situations
  • Knowledge in the field of security risk management.
  • Ability to apply AfDB PSEC rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations.
  • Proven and sustained communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Ability to conduct risk assessments and write a comprehensive report
  • Ability to maintain continuity of security information analysis efforts
  • Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation;
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications; knowledge of SAP is an added advantage.



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:

Application Deadline 29th May 2019

 This position does not attract international terms and conditions (The post holder will be considered as local staff and will not have international terms and conditions of employment).

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