Posted on :
23 Jan, 2010
23 Jan, 2010
African Development Bank is recruiting for Director – Human Development
Position title: Director – Human Development
Grade: EL- 5
The Human Development Department (OSHD) of the African Development Bank is responsible for the promotion of health, education and social protection in Regional Member Countries (RMCs). The department assists RMCs by providing technical and managerial services as well as quality assurance through its analytical work and lending operations related to the health, education, and social protection sectors.
Duties and responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Vice President for Sector Operations (OSVP), the Director of the Human Development Department is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and supervising the activities of the department as well as supervising the department’s staff working at the AfDB offices in RMCs. He/She will also be responsible for the delivery of the agreed strategy and for the overall health, education, and social protection activities of the Bank’s portfolio in these countries. The duties will include the following:
Sector Analysis, Sector Dialogue
Participate in the formulation and/or review, in collaboration with relevant Bank’s departments, of strategies, policies, procedures, guidelines, operational targets and performance indicators for Bank operations regarding health, education, and social protection;
Ensure the overall supervision and full implementation of the Bank’s sector strategies and assistance programs;
Prepare country health, education and social protection profiles (CHESPs), and monitor health, education and social protection activities;
Provide specialist advice to country departments in conducting dialogue on health, education, and social protection; and
Promote sector knowledge building and dissemination in the field of health, education, and social protection within and outside the Bank, including establishing and managing networks relevant to Human Development.
Project Design and Portfolio Management
Responsible for the management of project cycle activities (from identification to completion) in RMCs at the country, regional and multinational levels in the fields of Health, Education and Social Protection; and
Lead and provide guidance to Country Teams with a view to strengthening performance, organize, conduct and provide leadership for health, education and social protection budgetary allocation, and sign agreements on behalf of the Bank Group in these areas.
Donor coordination and partnerships
Serve as the Bank’s representative at regional and international meetings, conferences and seminars related to health, education and social protection;
Develop partnerships with relevant international, regional and sub-regional bodies in the areas of health, education and social protection for resource mobilization, technical cooperation and knowledge building;
Contribute to the formulation and development of new approaches, strategies, polices, procedures, guidelines and standards for the Bank;
Promote knowledge building and dissemination, and encourage the participation of health and education experts, and socio-economists, in relevant networks.
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience
A minimum of a Master’s degree in Education, Public Health, Public Administration, Social Sciences or any other relevant discipline;
A minimum of 10 years of extensive experience in country program operations in an international organisation, 5 years of which must be at the management level. A solid knowledge and grasp of socio-economic and development issues in Africa;
Strategic mindset; strong capacity to analyse actions from the perspectives of stakeholders and translate strategic thinking into compelling plan of action;
Demonstrated ability to take prudent business risks and make effective, timely and well-determined decisions;
Evidence of ability to build and lead motivated and committed teams across functional boundaries, and utilize talent and expertise of team member in a productive way;
Demonstrated ability to present and win support for ideas, a good listener, and culturally sensitive, commitment to diversity, with the capacity to initiate and manage innovations and change;
Ability to build partnerships with a broad range of clients and deliver results that meet the needs and long-term interests of clients within and outside the Bank;
Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint); and
Excellent written and verbal communication in English and/or French with a working knowledge of the other.