Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 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.
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 Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (PIAC) reports to the President and, as appropriate, to the Board of Directors. It has the overriding mandate to undertake unhindered investigations into allegations of corruption, fraud and misconduct or suspicions thereof.
It investigates allegations of misconduct by Bank Staff, as well as allegations of fraud and corruption and sanctionable practices in activities, programs and projects financed by the Bank Group. In undertaking investigations, PIAC shall maintain the highest standards of professional proficiency and integrity.
PIAC also develops preventive measures to proactively reduce the potential for misconduct, fraud or corruption within Bank Group operations.
The Director, PIAC, is responsible for managing PIAC and ensuring that it fulfills its role of leading the Bank Group’s effort in the detection, investigation and reporting of violations of Bank Group’s standards of institutional integrity, including fraud, corruption and unethical behaviors.
The Director will ensure high standards of excellence and will maintain strong partnerships within the Bank Group. The job’s objective is also to ensure confidentiality during the investigation of all allegations of corruption and staff misconduct and provide Management with independent and objective appraisals.
Duties and responsibilities
The overall function of this position is to plan, organize and direct the work of the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department which is responsible for the prevention of fraud and corruption and investigation on alleged staff misconduct, and Bank’s Group financed projects and operations, including procurement.
This involves the following specific duties:
- Manage the staff of the Department: determine the necessary human and professional requirements of the department; develop and maintain a qualified group of staff and an organizational structure that provides for the efficient and effective prevention and investigation of all of the Bank’s internal programs and activities; ensure coordination of activities and cooperation between divisions; promote teamwork within the department; and ensure that the work is accomplished in the most cost and time efficient manner; review and approve annual performance evaluation and counsel staff on performance, training and career development issue and make recommendations on reward and disciplinary actions as necessary; resolve serious employee complaints; write/review departmental position descriptions to ensure that they are current and that they reflect the work required by the organization.
- Establishing and promoting PIAC’s vision, goals, development strategies, accountability standards and key result areas (KRAs) in support of the Bank Group’s objectives, in compliance with the established policies and to ensure that its own funds and funds entrusted to it are used for their intended purposes.
- Planning, developing and building up effective operations for PIAC and establishing performance and accountability guidelines that ensure consistency in decision-making.
- Implementing best international practices for the detection, investigation and prevention of staff misconduct, fraud and corruption. To that end, develop procedures governing the investigation process and the application of sanctions and other remedies to be applied as a result of investigative findings.
- Developing corporate strategies in cooperation with relevant Bank Group units, such as CHRM, the Ethics Office, the Legal Department, the Corporate Services Vice Presidency, Operations Policy Department, Quality and Results Department and the Procurement and Fiduciary Services Department and Bank’s Regional Hubs and country offices for the prevention, detection and deterrence of staff misconduct, fraud and corruption within the context of the Bank Group’s overall governance and anticorruption strategies, including raising awareness of the deleterious effects of fraud and corruption in the Bank’s operations.
- Directing outreach programs, training and dissemination of lessons learned from investigative results to Bank Group staff, Bank Group clients and other relevant external parties.
- Recruiting, training, mentoring, coaching and providing overall management of a multi-faceted team consistent with PIAC’s business requirements.
- Preparing operational and salary budgets and efficiently manage and monitor expenses relative to the budget and resources allocated to PIAC.
- Ensuring prompt and appropriate review consistent with established standards of all allegations and determine the viability of investigations.
- Representing the Bank Group in national and international fora on workplace misconduct, anticorruption and fraud and collaborate and cooperate with other institutions, notably, multilateral development institutions and other institutions engaged in the same functions as PIAC and develop best practices with comparator institutions to establish benchmarks with a view to improving internal processes.
- Collaborating to and organizing of interactive workshops with the Offices of the General Counsel, Ethics Officer and the Ombudsman and other relevant units and departments.
- Collaborating to and organizing of interactive meetings with the Office of the Auditor General with regards to controls failure detected during the investigation activities.
- Meeting as required with the President and preparing quarterly and annual reports to update the Office of the President and the Board of Directors on the appropriate actions to be taken as a result of investigative findings and preventive activities.
- Carrying out such other duties as may be reasonably requested by the President /and or the Board.
- Minimum of a Master’s degree in Law, Criminal Justice and Investigation, or Criminology or related disciplines. Litigation experience; Admission to the Bar in at least one jurisdiction is a pre-requisite.
- Demonstrated track record of a minimum of ten (10) years of extensive and progressive experience in the law, anti-corruption and/or governance arena and in delivering best practice forensic investigative and preventive services in large, complex organizations with significant activity in Africa, including governmental entities in the same areas, 7 years of which must be at a managerial level.
- High level of integrity, moral values, and be widely respected and regarded for his/her competence and expertise and independence.
- High level of discretion and confidentiality.
- Problem solving
- Team working and relations
- Working knowledge of international standards, policies, and mechanisms to effectively reduce the risk of fraud and corruption and to promote transparency and accountability.
- Comprehensive knowledge of investigative practices, procedures and principles.
- Understanding of forensic techniques, specifically in areas related to financial, procurement and operational fraud.
- Strong talent management skills.
- Strong analytical skills, decisive decision making and an ability to conceive, formulate, and implement policies and programs;
- Strategic mindset: strong capacity to analyze actions from the perspectives of stakeholders and translate strategic thinking into compelling plan of action;
- 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 institution.
- A good understanding of governance issues and anti-corruption work.
- Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including an ability to draft policy papers and to present logical, well-reasoned, and technically sound arguments in a persuasive manner.
- Effective relationship building skills and a strong client focus (proven track record for client- responsiveness.
Integrity and strong interpersonal skills, with ability to provide team leadership and to develop trust and demonstrate fairness
- Ability to communicate and write effectively in English or French
- Competence in the use of the Bank standard software applications (Word, Excel, Power point).
THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED AS INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.
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