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.
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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 to the Strategic Partnerships Division (SPSP) of ADB Strategy, Policy and Partnership Department (SPD). SPD provides ADB with strategic planning perspectives and directions, 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 international development community.
SPSP helps ADB build trusted and effective partnerships, mainly with non-private sector partners (as this is the focus of the ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department). SPSP’s approach is based on proactive and holistic partner engagement rooted in our partner’s aspirations, our developing member countries’ priorities, and ADB’s strategy. SPSP helps set corporate directions for partnership development by developing partnership strategies and the necessary policy, procedures and monitoring frameworks to underpin their implementation. In addition, SPSP supports internal ADB clients in our operational departments by identifying partnership opportunities, supporting partnership negotiations, and providing guidance and quality assurance. SPSP also supports ADB Sr. Management with timely, high-quality inputs for their engagement with partners.
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The Principal Partnerships Specialist leads the engagement with key ADB partners, drives the development of ADB partnership strategy and policy development, explore new partnership instruments, and ensures effective support for ADB operational departments and Senior Management.
The incumbent will report to Director, SPSP and may supervise national and administrative staff.
a. Partner Relationship Management
- Manages the overall relationship with selected partners, ensuring timely communication about opportunities for collaboration, resource mobilization and knowledge partnerships; facilitating concrete partnerships activities; and resolving problems as needed.
- Leads preparations and execution of regular high-level partner consultations.
- Leads outreach and engagement with new partners.
- Leads preparation of formal institutional framework agreements with partners.
- Oversees preparation of specific, activity-level partnership agreements (Establishment of Trust Funds; Trust Fund contributions; project specific cofinancing contribution agreements; knowledge partnership agreements)
b. Strategy and Policy Formulation and Operational Planning
- Leads the development and update of strategy and policies concerning ADB financing and non-financing partnerships aligned with Strategy 2030s emphasis on resource mobilization and knowledge partnerships.
- Leads the development of business processes for financing and non-financing partnership, including review processes, partnership agreement templates, etc.
- Contributes to ADB’s Work Program and Budget Planning Process, and other corporate operational processes.
- Reviews country partnership strategy (CPS), country operations business plans (COBPs), report and recommendation of the President (RRPs) and grant assistance reports with a view to enhancing ADB partnerships.
c. Support to Internal Clients
- Supports operations departments in matching their priorities with donors’ project-specific cofinancing.
- Supports negotiations of project-specific cofinancing agreements
- Helps resolve operations departments’ issues in relation to implementation of partnership agreements.
- Communicates regularly with other departments to ensure that partners’ feedbacks is appropriately disseminated and taking into account as relevant.
- Prepares and consolidates briefing notes on all donor countries and partners for Management and SPD’s senior management.
d. Other Responsibilities
- Provides regular supervision, coaching, mentoring, monitoring and feedback on performance, learning and development to less experienced staff.
- Accumulates analytical knowledge related the key responsibilities listed above and ensures it is appropriately disseminated.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
- Master’s degree in business administration, finance, economics, law or relevant fields. University degree combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree
- At least 12 years of relevant experience, including demonstrated understanding of the international development assistance architecture
- Experience in partnership management and proven track record in building effective partnerships based on trust and responsiveness to partner priorities
- Experience in policy and strategy development, business processes design, loan, grant and technical assistance (TA) processing, project and TA implementation, portfolio management and in-depth understanding of operations data analytics and reporting is required
- Experience in high-level coordination and interaction with both internal and external stakeholders
- Broad-based understanding of multilateral development bank operations, activities, and processes
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
- International experience working in several countries with experience in multilateral or bilateral agency’s resident missions or field offices an advantage
- Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS6.
The selected candidate 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.