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Senior Governance Management Officer at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Governance Management Officer

Reference: ADB/17/453
Location: Côte d’Ivoire

Grade: LP5

Position N°: 50051052

The Complex

  • The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management (ECVP) is the Bank’s spokesperson on economic matters and the VP for the ‘Economics Governance and Knowledge Management Complex’.
  • The Complex is responsible for providing leadership and visibility for the Bank on economic, finance, financial governance and socio economic development issues; and coordinate the generation of analytical works to inform operational policy; systematically emphasize the critical role of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and their tangible impact on sustainable, inclusive transformation of African economies.

The Hiring Department

  • The Directorate General Hub is responsible, answerable and accountable for among others, sourcing and origination of bankable projects in collaboration with stakeholders and the private sector, in support of impactful developmental objectives in the Regional Member Countries to achieve Bank Group’s Business development objective.
  • The Regional Operations Manager Office for Governance etc. reports to the DG-Hub and provides technical expertise in the area of Governance and Public Management, towards ensuring that the Bank effectively supports Regional Member Countries in their efforts to promote good governance, transparency and accountability, effective economic management and the improvement of the business environment.

The Position

  • As part of the Regional Operations Manager Office for Governance, the Governance and public management officer is responsible for engaging the governments of regional member countries in policy dialogue and conducting the African Development Bank’s activities to support country and sector level policy and reforms in the area of governance and public sector management.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Director, Governance and Public Financial Management Coordination Office; the Governance and public management officer will:

Strategy and Planning:
  • Contribute towards the development of country and sector level policy and strategies for economic governance issues in Regional Member Countries in consultation with relevant government agencies and country offices.
  • Lead policy reform dialogue with Government officials and development partners on governance policy and reforms.
  • Participate in the preparation of policy statements, papers, briefs and various reports on economic governance issues.
  • Contribute to the preparation of Regional Integration Strategy Papers, Country Strategy Papers and Country Policy and Institutional Assessments towards ensuring Governance and economic management issues are incorporated and adequately addressed.
  • Represent the Bank in its relationship with development partners on the macroeconomic framework for the country.

Project Management:

  • Lead the preparation and the implementation of program-based operations and institutional support projects at the country and regional level.
  • Manage an active and complex portfolio of project/programs, to ensure timely implementation according to agreed objectives.
  • Involve all relevant stakeholders including Regional Member Countries’ governments, other development partners and concerned parties (including civil societies) or other stakeholders in project cycle activities.
  • Ensure key technical, economic, financial and crosscutting issues are incorporated into projects.

Sector Economic Work and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Undertake reviews, analysis and reporting of economic management initiatives of Governments, ensuring that these are considered in the design and implementation of programs.
  • Lead Bank’s involvement in preparation of Public expenditure and financial accountability assessments and other upstream analytical and diagnostic work of Governance and public financial management systems.
  • Coordinate with other donors working in this field, and act as focal person for country level engagements in these areas
  • Contribute to activities of advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building around sector issues, public financial management, tax policy, public expenditures.
  • Engage in networks relevant to Governance and economic management issues.
  • Perform any other related tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Economics, Public Administration, Governance/ Political Science, Law or related fields.
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years work experience in governance, economic management, policy formulation, revenue management, public expenditure or related areas.
  • Strong experience and proven track record in the design and delivery of operations (including investment projects and policy based operations), as well as project management.
  • Familiarity with operational policies and programming practices of multilateral organisation.
  • Sound understanding of macroeconomics, fiscal policy and public budgeting issues in developing countries and demonstrable experience of the operational policies, procedures and practices of major bilateral or multilateral organisations in Africa.
  • Proven sense of initiative, results orientation, team work and leadership qualities.
  • In-depth understanding of governance and economic management issues and ability to work effectively across sectors.
  • Ability to apply innovative approaches, work independently and apply new methods to solve problems, while remaining efficient in a fast-paced, changing and challenging institutional environment.
  • Strong interrogative skills- Anticipates needs and requests and able to conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and support strategic thinking on governance and economic management.
  • Ability to succeed in multi-cultural environment and to collaborate within teams and across boundaries.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications.

Application Closing Date
26th October, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


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