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.
This vacancy is a regional staff position with local remuneration package. It is open to nationals and permanent residents residing in the duty station, Australia, and ADB member countries in the Pacific region such as Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
This is a special fixed-term appointment for a period of three (3) years following Section 3.1 (c.) of Administrative Order No. 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.
This position is assigned to the Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office (PLCO) based in Sydney, Australia. PLCO is an office within the Pacific Department of ADB. PLCO was opened in 2005 and is ADB’s representative office in Sydney, Australia. It has three essential functions: serving as the country office for Nauru, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu; working as the division for the ADB Pacific Department’s financial sector and private sector operations across all 14 of ADB’s Pacific developing member countries and acting as the focal point for liaison with the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand.
The position will be funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the Pacific Partnership Facility.
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The Senior Gender and Social Development Officer will be based in ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office (PLCO), Sydney and will work with Pacific DMCs (with a particular focus on Nauru, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu) to support, monitor and report on gender equality outcomes and support the formulation and implementation of social development and protection policy and strategies. The position will support the processing and administration of loans and technical assistance in the social sector; and undertake work in the area of social development and related fields to assist DMCs in reducing poverty and improving social inclusiveness and accountability. The position will also carry out gender research and analysis; engage with Governments in policy dialogue and gender capacity development; coordinate closely with development partners on gender issues; and provide inputs to ADB’s activities to support gender equality in projects/programs and technical assistance (TAs) across all sectors. The Senior Gender and Social Development Officer will work closely with the Social Sectors and Public Sector Management Division (PASP) and with the Gender Equality and Thematic Group (SDTC-GEN) of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC). The position reports to designated International Staff and may supervise Administrative Staff.
a. Strategy and Planning
• Carry out regular monitoring of gender activities, policies and research in specific Pacific DMCs (Nauru, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu) and in specified sectoral areas to be determined (e.g. good practice and emerging research on specific gender topics such as social norms change etc)
• Participate in country teams and work with ADB Pacific gender specialist to provide gender inputs for Country Partnership Strategies (CPS).
• Support the team in the development of social development and poverty reduction policy and strategies in consultation with relevant government agencies (Nauru, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu) and conducting dialogue with government officials on social development.
• Work with ADB Pacific social sector team in providing inputs and assessment around social development issues for Country Partnership Strategies (CPS) and thematic and sector work in the context of social development and povery reduction.
b. Coordination and collaboration
• Strengthen collaboration on social development and gender with governments, national women’s groups, intergovernmental and aid agencies, research institutions, civil society, development partners and other stakeholders in Pacific DMCs (Nauru, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu)
• Ensure coordination and alignment of ADB programs with other donors’ and stakeholders working on the social sector, poverty reduction and gender equality.
c. Project Monitoring and Evaluation
• Regularly coordinate and provide technical advice and support to relevant government staff in Executing Agencies (EAs), Implementing Agencies (IAs) and project gender consultants/focal points to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of ADB project Gender Action Plans (GAPs).
• Participate and provide input into loan/grant inception and review missions to monitor progress towards achieving gender and development objectives
• Review and input into relevant project documents (e.g. GAPs, survey tools, gender case studies etc)
• Assist in incorporating social development and poverty dimensions in the preparation of loan, grant and TA across different sectors in Pacific DMCs (Nauru, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu)
• Support the processing and administration of selected loan, grant, and TA projects in the social sector including the monitoring of social protection components in projects/programs in Nauru, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
• Provide inputs into relevant project documents (Initial Poverty and Social Analysis, Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategy)
• Identify opportunities for ADB assistance aimed at operationalizing social development policies including social protection.
• Liaise with and coordinate with development agencies on program loans and investment projects in social sector.
• Support Pacific DMCs to monitor gender aspects of ADB COVID-19 projects and programs
• Contribute to the preparation of gender aspects of project completion reports (e.g. gender appendix, case studies)
d. Capacity development and training
• In collaboration with ADB HQ Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development), develop and deliver training for Pacific DMCs in gender, gender statistics and GAP implementation, monitoring and reporting.
e. Knowledge Sharing
• Develop and maintain Pacific networks and contacts on gender and social development and poverty reduction to keep abreast of the latest developments and issues.
• Contribute to the creation of knowledge solutions on gender and development, including case studies, blogs, gender briefings, and regular country specific gender updates
• Contribute substantially to activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building on social development.
• Participate in and contribute to relevant social development, poverty and gender internal and external training and conferences and other activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree in international development, social science and/or gender studies, Social Sciences, e.g., Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Development or Human Geography preferably with Master’s degree.
• At least 8 years of relevant professional experience specifically working on gender mainstreaming and/or gender projects and programs
• Experience of working in monitoring and evaluation – preferably with a focus on gender projects/progrmas
• Experience of gender capacity development and delivering gender training
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
• Preference for experience working on gender mainstreaming across multiple sectors, including women’s economic empowerment and infrastructure.
• Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with counterpart governments as well as a range of multilateral and bilateral donors.
• Strong leadership qualities and interpersonal skills.
• Solid analytical, organizational, and negotiation skills.
• Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for NS3–4.
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.