Close relatives1 of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB.
1Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle
Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).
In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first two performance reviews after appointment at the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new category.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.
ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.
The position is assigned in the Strategy, Policy and Business Process Division (SPBP) in the Strategy, Policy and Partnerships Department (SPD). SPD provides ADB with strategic planning perspectives and direction, ensures policy and operations coordination, supports allocation and monitoring of the use of operational resources, manages the implementation of development results and effectiveness, and maintains institutional relations with the international development community. The department also oversees representative offices in Washington DC, Tokyo and Frankfurt. SPBP supports the development of ADB’s strategy and policies, as well as business processes for sovereign operations. The division leads quality assurance review of country partnership strategies (CPS) and selected projects to ensure consistency with applicable operational policies, as well as interagency coordination with multilateral development banks.
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The Planning and Policy Specialist supports corporate strategy and policy development, coordination, and dissemination; and contributes to operations coordination and monitoring activities to foster alignment of operations with ADB’s medium to long term directions and strategies. To fulfill these responsibilities, the incumbent will (i) participate in the efforts to develop/implement strategic initiatives; (ii) carry out reviews and update the business processes in selected areas; and (iii) contribute to operational quality assurance processes. S/he may be assigned to: (i) provide support to Management on institutional communications related to the corporate strategy and planning issues; (ii) lead preparation of briefing materials, knowledge products, and other dissemination materials; and (iii) contribute to the efforts for inter-agency coordination with multilateral development banks. S/he will work within a framework of broad policies, principles and goals, working directly with clients.
The incumbent will report to Director, SPBP and may supervise national and administrative staff.
- Contributes to strategic planning and policy coordination.
- Formulates and reviews strategy, planning, and policy papers.
- Prepares, formulates, and reviews operations manuals covering policies and procedures.
- Provides operational support on specific directional documents and guidelines.
- Liaises with various departments and offices on implementation of business processes.
- Undertakes special initiatives assigned to SPD and participate in various committees, working groups, and task forces.
- Provides support to Management and the Board of Directors on strategic planning issues, including preparation of briefing material, reports and internal and external communication (as requested).
- Helps coordinate initiatives and contributes to ADB’s interagency cooperation with other multilateral and bilateral development organizations.
- Acts as a resource person for internal training and external briefings on ADB strategies, policies, and procedures.
- Fosters knowledge sharing and disseminates relevant information, findings, and lessons on operations policies, business processes, and strategic initiatives.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
- Master’s Degree, or equivalent, in law, economics, finance, business, public administration or fields related to ADB’s operations. University degree in law, economics, finance, business, public administration or fields related to ADB’s operations, combined with specialized experience in similar organizations, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree
- At least 8 years of relevant professional experience, with excellent knowledge of development conditions and challenges across the Asia-Pacific Region, and of the broader international development agenda
- International experience in development work in several countries
- Thorough knowledge of strategic objectives, priorities and operational procedures of ADB or similar multilateral institutions
- Experience working with key developing member country stakeholders, including governments, private sector, civil society and others, including organizing and implementing workshops and seminars
- Good understanding of ADB or any similar multilateral development bank’s products and services. First-hand experience in an ADB regional department would be an advantage.
- Able to share and utilize relevant knowledge to benefit the broader ADB community
- Strong analytical skills
- Ability to effectively operate as part of a team and to coach team members to develop their capabilities and potential
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
- Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 4.
The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.
ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.
ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.