African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Fresh Job Recruitment

Posted on: 11 July, 2018
Deadline: 10 August, 2018

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.

Principal Civil Society Engagement Advocacy Officer

Job Type: Full Time
Qualification: MBA/MSc/MA
Experience: 6 years
Location: Other
Job Field: Banking
Reference: ADB/18/123
Location: Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: PL4
Position N°: 50076661

The Principal Civil Society Engagement Advocacy Officer is responsible for ensuring the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Civil Society Engagement Strategy and Action Plan.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Principal Civil Society Engagement Advocacy Officer under the supervisory of the Division Manager, Civil Society and Community Engagement performs the following:

1. Ensure the development of the Civil Society Engagement policies and Action Plans.
2. Conduct regular reviews of existing policies on the promotion of cooperation with Civil Society;
3. Responsible for M&E, knowledge management and reporting issues on CSE;
4. Monitor progress achieved on adopting participatory approaches and the extent of participation by stakeholders in Bank financed projects;
5. Coordinate the development and revision of approaches, procedures mechanisms and, guidelines for the AfDB Engagement with Civil Society (CS) in delivering the Bank’s strategic priorities;
6. Provide information and advice on CSE-related issues in both public and private sector operations;
7. Prepare and present relevant documents for senior management’s approval;
8. Review and customize good practices from other MDBs; develop tools that support participatory approach in Bank operations including ensuring participatory enhancement at quality at entry of operations;
9. Ensure regular update and management of CSO database;
10. Coordinates the Civil Society Focal Points;
11. Supports the Civil Society Experts in Regional Offices;
12. Mobilize resources to strengthen CSO/AfDB relations for institutional support and capacity building for NGOs and CBOs;
13. Organize the AfDB-Civil Society Committee meetings; and
14. Take responsibility in planning and organization of the Civil Society Forums.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

1. Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Social Sciences, Economics, Business administration, or related areas.
2. Have a minimum of six (6) years of professional experience in participation and civil society engagement, advocacy and policy dialogue skills.
3. Demonstrate understanding of regional social issues, analysis and policy formulation; Knowledge of the practices of major bilateral and multilateral partner development agencies in African countries is an added advantage.
4. Experience, expertise and capacity for civil society engagement.
5. Ability for conceptual and strategic analysis to elaborate and review the Bank CSE Policy and Action Plan.
6. Capacity to work across departments and institutional boundaries to coordinate a bank-wide process to mainstream CSE and inclusion into policies, operations and monitor result to improve the implementation of the Bank CSE Policy and Action Plan; and engages, supports and motivates staff in HQ and Regional Offices to implement efficient ways of civil society engagement.
7. Ability to have a corporate communication for external stakeholders.
8. Aptitude to develop diagnose and resolve multiple, concurrent problems.
9. Ability to handle stress due to multiple and simultaneous and shifting demands, priorities and deadlines.
10. Innovation & Creativity: Develop new approaches, procedures and techniques to improve the quality of execution of projects and initiatives and proposes or implements initiatives which improve the organization.
11. Communication: Synthesizes multiple/complex messages and identifies appropriate key points for different audiences and extracts key points and ensures that these are communicated directly and efficiently.
12. Problem Solving: Identifies high level problems and utilizes business knowledge to resolve these and readily identifies alternative actions or approaches to a problem.
13. Client Orientation: Works proactively with clients to achieve superior results and provide leading edge advice and guidance; creates opportunities for expanding and developing new client relationships.
14. Team Working & Relationship Management: Solicits input and expertise. Displays willingness to learn from others including peers and collaborates across the Bank to make things happen.
15. Communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
16. Competences in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is desirable.

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