Close relatives (spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle) 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 affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB.
This is a special fixed-term appointment for a period of three (3) years following the Section 3.1 (c.) of Administrative Order 2.01 (“Recruitment and Appointment’). This appointment is not convertible to a regular appointment. It may be extended on exceptional basis for a further fixed period at the option of ADB. This appointment is open to internal and external applicants.
If the successful candidate is an ADB staff member holding a regular appointment, his/her regular appointment will be converted to a special fixed-term appointment. A special fixed-term appointment will automatically and without prior notice expire at the end of the term.
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 Kazakhstan Resident Mission (KARM) 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. KARM is responsible for policy dialogue, country reporting, country strategy and program formulation, regional cooperation activities, portfolio management, project administration, economic and sector work, financial and administrative activities, information dissemination ,external relations and coordination of ADB’s activities with government, donor agencies, nongovernment organizations, academic institutions, private sector, and other members of the civil society.
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The Project Officer (PO) provides assistance in handling sovereign loan/technical assistance (TA) operations, portfolio management, sector work, and other general sector activities, covering public sector operations, with focus on environment, natural resources and agriculture. The PO contributes independently to KARM by covering all or a combination of the functions listed below, taking a lead role of assigned sovereign loans and TAs, depending on the situation and KARM’s requirements. The PO provides all necessary support in project administration and portfolio management activities and performs a wide range of project specific administrative tasks as directed by the direct supervisor. The PO will report to KARM’s Country Director and/or a designated KARM’s international staff.
- Contributes to sector work in the field by assisting in conducting research, updating information on the assigned sector, analyzing financial, institutional or economics uses, and preparing reports analyses and assessments for environment, natural resources and agriculture sector within the context of development aid effectiveness and national sector strategy to be used for programming, project identification, implementation and administration, as well as strategy formulation purposes;
- Provides support to fact-finding and appraisal missions, including but not limited to reviewing technical designs and cost estimates, liaison with government officials, data and project costing, procurement packaging and related technical issues;
- Liaises with and supports ADB headquarters and field offices, government agencies, other development partners, and other local stakeholders to facilitate policy dialogue and project formulation, processing, administration and monitoring of ADB-financed loans, TAs, and related activities;
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge base of future Government investment plans and approval processes, organizational structure and policies relevant to the agriculture sector as well as prepare inputs for sector database portfolio management;
- Identify and implement agribusiness projects, in collaboration with HQ staff.
- Support project administration, with tasks including but not limited to: (i) monitoring progress of assigned projects and preparing project performance reports; (ii) preparing and updating forecasts of contract awards and disbursements; (iii) identifying factors responsible for project shortfalls; and (iv) expediting achievement of activities’ target levels where possible;
- Identify issues and takes actions to address emerging issues through regular interaction with executing agencies (EAs), contractors, consultants, and project beneficiaries;
- Support project team leaders in sovereign operations in annual review missions with the government counterparts;
- Provide advice to ministries and other government agencies, regional governments, EAs, and sector entities on ADB guidelines on procurement, recruitment of consultants, preparation of tender documents, etc. to ensure effective project preparation and implementation;
- Assist in preparing project/TA completion reports and support and participate in project review and country portfolio review missions as required;
- Provide support for policy dialogue with national and regional government agencies on policy matters and institutional issues and act as focal on the assigned sector to maintain close relationships with the relevant Government agencies and HQ staff.
- Maintain close cooperation with other development partners and undertakes meetings and consultations with them, especially in areas relating to donor coordination and harmonization of sector work;
- Performs other duties as may be assigned by supervisors.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
- At least a bachelor’s degree in agriculture sector or related disciplines, preferably with advanced training. Master and PhD degree on agriculture sector or related discipline would be considered as an advantage;
- At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in project management and implementation;
- Demonstrated expertise and working experience with an assigned sector (environment, natural resources, and agriculture);
- Detailed knowledge of the various stages of the project cycle (project planning / feasibility analysis / detailed design / project implementation / construction supervision / contract management) is highly desirable;
- Sound knowledge of government administrative systems and procedures;
- Familiarity with accepted best practices of procurement and disbursement processes.
- Effective report-writing and communication skills in English, Russian, as well as Kazakh languages.
Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for NS2
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.
This vacancy is for a local staff position. It is open only to nationals and residents of Kazakhstan.
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.