Recruitment at African Development Bank (AfDB), 20th May, 2017

African Development Bank (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: Senior Legal Counsel – Administrative Affairs
Reference: ADB/17/151
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: PL5
Position N°: NA
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 African Development Bank and the African
    Development Fund.
  • The President supervises several Departments and Units including
    Office of the President; Independent Development Evaluation Department;
    Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department; Compliance Review and
    Mediation Unit; Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board;
    Administrative Tribunal; Office of the Auditor General; Group Risk
    Management Directorate;  General Counsel and Legal Services Department;
    Communication and External Relations Department; Staff Integrity and
    Ethics Office and Office of the Secretary General & General

The Hiring Department

  • The General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL)
    delivers legal advice and services to the statutory organs of the Bank
    and the Fund: Boards of the Bank and the Fund, to Senior Management, to
    Regional Directorates and more generally to the whole Bank. The
    department is also protects the interest of the Bank from legal
    liability and as necessary provide legal representation in cases filed
    against or brought by the Bank.
  • The role of the Administrative Affairs Division (PGCL4) is to
    provide legal advice and assistance in connection with (i) litigation of
    any nature brought by or against the Bank (including legal action
    against the Bank through its own internal recourse mechanisms), (ii) all
    legal aspects pertaining to the Bank’s rules, regulations, procedures
    and processes in respect of human resources management including
    employment contracts, staff performance management, benefits, discipline
    and separation, (iii) institutional procurement, (iv) corporate legal
    issues arising from the interpretation and application of various Bank
    instruments, and (v) insurance and pension matters, (vi) cooperation
    with public sector or private sector entities, including Non-Government

The Position

  • The overall responsibility of Senior Legal Counsel –
    Administrative Affairs will be to ensure the correct interpretation of,
    and compliance with the various Bank’s policies, rules, regulations and
    procedures applicable to staff (including Staff Rules and Regulations,
    applicable Presidential Directives and Administrative Instructions),
    corporate procurement, and delegation of authority.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager,
Administrative Affairs (PGCL4), the Senior Legal Counsel –
Administrative Affairs will provide legal advice and assistance in
connection with litigation, all legal aspects pertaining to the Bank’s
rules, regulations, procedures and processes in respect of human
resources management, institutional procurement, corporate legal issues,
insurance and pension matters, and cooperation with public sector or
private sector entities, including Non-Government Organizations. In
particular, the incumbent will:

  • Prepare drafts of opinions on constitutional and corporate legal
    issues arising from the interpretation and application of the
    agreements establishing the Bank and the Fund;
  • Advise on matters pertaining to the privileges, immunities and
    exemptions of the Bank and the Fund and those of officers, employees,
    experts and consultants of the Bank;
  • Participate in the preparation and representation of the defense
    of the Bank in internal litigation, including internal administrative
    review, appeal and Administrative Tribunal proceedings and coordinate
    the work of external counsel in external litigation in which the Bank is
    a party or may have an interest;
  • Advise on, negotiate, and prepare contracts for the acquisition
    of goods and services for the Bank including consulting and professional
    services, intellectual property, information technology, in accordance
    with the Bank’s procurement rules and financial regulations, and provide
    legal support and advice regarding existing contracts or new contracts
    to be entered into;
  • Advise on insurance matters and on administrative and policy
    matters concerning Staff Retirement Plan and Medical Benefits Plan, and
    provide legal support that may be required in respect of the Staff
    Retirement Plan and the Medical Benefits Plan;
  • Provide legal services in the negotiation and finalization of
    legal instruments of co-operation between the Bank and the Fund and
    bilateral and multilateral partners;
  • Prepare, negotiate and finalize host agreements and other
    instruments required to ensure the Bank’s presence in its member
  • Maintain existing contact with legal services of other
    multilateral institutions and of member states and with the legal
    profession in general in member states of the Bank on matters relating
    to the functions and activities of the Bank and Fund;
  • Draft legal opinions and memoranda on all administrative and
    human resources management matters of the Bank, including the drafting,
    review and amendment of employment contracts and other related legal
    documents, as well as advise on all legal issues relating to personnel
    matters, including staff benefits;
  • Undertake such other assignments as required by the Division Manager – Administrative Affairs or the General Counsel.
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Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Master’s or equivalent degree in Law and
    admission to the Bar of one of the African Development Bank member
    countries; or a Juris Doctor (JD) and admission to the Bar of one of the
    African Development Bank member countries;
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in
    similar jobs, preferably with a reputable international law firm, a
    legal department of a private or public entity, or an international
    financial institution with proven technical competence and experiences;
  • Good knowledge of the current trend of development and familiarity with international law, and related matters;
  • Capacity to draft and negotiate agreements of all manners and
    form that balances the standards and norms of outside parties with the
    unique requirements of the Bank;
  • Effective consulting and advisory skills that enable clients and help resolve their legal questions.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to work with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams;
  • Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous and shifting demands, priorities and tight deadlines;
  • Good skills in communication and negotiation as well as the
    ability to build partnerships with a broad range of clients and deliver
    results that meet the needs of the Legal Services Department’s work
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, with a working knowledge of the other;
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications; knowledge of SAP is an added advantage.

Job Title: Lead Economist
Côte d’Ivoire
Position N°:
The Complex

  • The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and
    Knowledge Management is the Bank’s spokesperson on economic matters and
    the Vice President for the ‘Economics Governance and Knowledge
    Management Complex.
  • The Complex is responsible for (i) 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; (ii) systematically
    emphasize the critical role of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and
    their tangible impact on sustainable, inclusive transformation of
    African economies.
  • The Complex will inspire, generate and provide direct support to
    the President and Senior Management of the Bank on a broad range of
    technical and management issues within the broad remit of economic,
    finance, public financial governance, management and social economics.

The Hiring Department

  • The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and
    Knowledge Management Complex’s core mandate has been to position the
    Bank as a trusted broker of knowledge in the pursuit of Africa’s
    development and make it a world class center of excellence advocating
    for evidence based policy making.
  • Hence the Complex’s activities can broadly be categorized as:
    (i) providing the knowledge base to support the effectiveness of Bank
    Group Operations and policy dialogue in Regional Member Countries; (ii)
    Capacity development in Regional Member Countries and Sub-Regional
    Organizations in statistics, project and economic management; and, (iii)
    Leadership in coordination of knowledge advocacy, financial and
    economic governance in Africa.
  • The Complex is therefore responsible for the management of Bank Group knowledge produce.
  • This includes knowledge generation through strategic and applied
    research, knowledge measurement embedded in statistical and data work,
    knowledge generated from operational and field experiences, and
    knowledge sharing through dissemination, networking and partnerships.
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The Position

  • Under the guidance of the Chief Economist, the Lead Economist
    drives the Bank’s leadership in building sustainable competitive
    economies in the Regional Member Countries.
  • He / she contributes to policy dialog and coordinates the Bank’s
    economic analytical work, with the view to spur a culture of excellency
    and stewardship for the Bank’s clients and partners.
  • The Lead Economist enhances the Bank’s branding in providing
    high standard economic advice to the clients in alignment with the donor
    community in the Regional Member Countries.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure the Bank is at the forefront of economic development
    knowledge and practice in support to the Regional Member Countries’
    effective management of macroeconomic policy.
  • Leading the preparation of country strategy papers, in
    collaboration with the regional directorates and other stakeholders
    inside and outside the Bank.
  • Developing partnerships with the other knowledge departments
    within the Complex and in and outside the Bank, and ensure that the
    highest level of knowledge is incorporated in the design of Bank
    strategies and operations.
  • Leading production of flagship reports on country economic issues
  • Leading the prioritization of the High 5s in country strategy
    papers in collaboration with the regional directorates and other
  • Leading the application of economic research generated inside
    and outside of the Bank, to the development and review of economic
    policy solutions tailored to the specific circumstances of each Regional
    Member Countries.
  • Monitoring economic conditions and policies in Regional Member
    Countries and providing policymakers with well researched insights about
    developments in their economies.
  • Provide advice and guidance on core Bank policies, strategies and processes for greater Bank effectiveness.
  • Foster the Bank’s position on high level strategic issues in relation to economic governance.
  • Enhance the Bank’s comparative advantage and quality assurance
    in delivering its development goals to the Regional Member Countries.
  • Design, lead and oversee the implementation of the Bank’s knowledge strategy.
  • Manage and monitor the complex’ economic research agenda.
  • Support the economic work transformation venture across the Bank, in coordination with other relevant Bank Units.
  • Coordinating the work of country economists in the Bank towards improved harmonization of approaches and standards of quality
  • Leading the production of country-relevant, timely, analytically
    sound, and reliable policy advice for Regional Member Countries.
  • Coordinate partnership with sister institutions on high level
    economic development initiatives in support to the Regional Member
  • Contribute to knowledge generation and outreach.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • A minimum of a PhD in Macroeconomics, Econometrics or Applied Economics.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant and progressive
    professional experience in macroeconomic management, Applied economics,
    Research, gained within major international organizations.
  • Standing record of support in macroeconomic modelling and
    forecasting, including debt management issues in the Regional Member
    Countries is a must.
  • Evidence of recently international published works in economics
    in international journals or books published by reputable publishers.
  • Demonstrated operational experience in a multilateral setting.
  • A very good background in corporate services activities in
    particular in procurement management, fixed assets management for public
    development organizations.
  • Solid experience in knowledge and partnership leverage.
  • Competence in the use of at least one standard econometric software for empirical analysis.
  • Communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Excellent knowledge of the international development institutions’ policies, guidelines and procedures.
  • Proven experience in leading policy dialog with the highest level of Government bodies in the Regional Member Countries.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications.

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


Application Deadline: 9th June, 2017.

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