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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 Social Sector Division (CWSS) within the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD). CWRD is responsible for maintaining client relations and delivering ADB assistance to countries in the Central and West Asia region. CWSS supports 10 diverse client countries in achieving inclusive growth through investing in human development, especially in health, education and skills development sectors.
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The Principal Education Specialist provides substantive technical input and leads analyses in education and skills development related areas to help client countries to develop policies and strategies, and innovative and evidence-based solutions to difficult problems and CWSS articulate its strategic focus in assisting client countries. The specialist will lead the development and administration of loans and Technical Assistance (TA), according to ADB guidelines and interests as well as identifying potential ADB financed projects and ensuring such projects are in country programs. The incumbent will report to Director, CWSS and will supervise national and/or administrative staff and will mentor junior specialists.
• Develop and articulate policies and strategies in education and skills development in client countries in close partnerships with government counterparts, division colleagues, staff in other divisions/departments and Resident Missions (RMs).
• Participate actively in country teams and provide inputs on Education and Skills Development issues for Country Partnership Strategies, operation programs or other documents and reports.
• Proactively identify opportunities for ADB financed projects, and develop solid and innovative as necessary, and implementable projects based on in-depth dialogue with clients, and analysis of facts and data.
• Attentively administer loans, grants and TA projects to deliver intended development results, timely identify and resolve problems.
• Lead economic and sector work, including sector assessments, roadmaps, and policy and strategy options analyses, in consultation and/or coordination with relevant government agencies, experts, partners, and resident missions (RMs).
• Proactively share knowledge within ADB and also externally.
• Develop and maintain an appropriate professional network within and outside ADB to keep abreast of latest developments in the sector and share his/her own knowledge and experience.
• Advocate for the importance of investing in human development, especially, education and skills development with client countries and within ADB.
• Guide and supporting other specialists in the Division, particularly in education, in their work with governments to identify investment opportunities.
• Supervise the performance of reporting staff with oversight from a more senior staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
• Master’s degree in education, economics, public finance, technology, or other relevant fields. Alternatively, university degree in related fields combined with additional relevant professional experience can be considered.
• Minimum of 12 years of relevant professional experience, especially international experience with multilateral bank financed project processing and administration.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required.
• Experience in CWRD countries is beneficial
• Proven record of strong adaptability to diverse clients and colleagues, and team work.
• Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for
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.