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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 Human and Social Development Division (SAHS) within the South Asia Regional Department (SARD). SARD is responsible for providing leadership innovation, lending, project implementation and knowledge sharing for ADB’s sector and thematic work that covers operations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. SAHS, is responsible for support to the social sectors with a primary focus on education and TVET.
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The Senior Social Sector Specialist will lead in formulating and articulating social sector policy and strategies, particularly in education and technical and vocational education and training (TVET), engaging Developing Member Country (DMC) governments in policy dialogue, and conducting ADB’s activities to support sector policy and reforms. Lead in identifying, developing, implementing and administering loans, Technical Assistance (TA) projects, and non-lending products and services (NLPS) in the social sectors. Work within general policies, principles and goals, working directly with clients. The incumbent will report to Director SAHS and may supervise.
- Lead in supporting the development of policy and strategies for the education and TVET in DMCs in consultation with relevant government agencies and Resident Missions (RMs).
- Lead in conducting dialogue with government officials of DMCs on social sector policy and reforms with a focus on education and TVET.
- Lead and participate in country teams and provide sector inputs for the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS).
- Lead in conducting economic, thematic and sector work in the context of sustainable economic development and poverty reduction.
- Lead in the identification of new directions, innovative approaches and opportunities for ADB assistance for projects in the education and social sectors in DMCs.
- Actively pursue co-financing opportunities and collaboration in the social sector with other development partners.
- Ensure proper coordination between Headquarter and RMs for consistency of approach, exchange of experience, and continuous improvement of practices and integration of social sector policy commitments to the management of projects.
- Lead in the development, processing and administration of loan and TA projects in the social sector possibly with moderate to high levels of risk and complexity.
- Lead in the identification of opportunities for ADB assistance for projects in the education and social sectors in DMCs.
- Ensure effective implementation of loans and TA projects in the education sector.
- Liaise with and coordinate with development agencies on program loans and investment projects.
- Ensure key technical, economic, financial and crosscutting issues are incorporated into projects.
- Develop and maintain a suitable network in the social sectors to keep abreast of the latest developments and issues.
- Conceptualize, produce and disseminate knowledge products and relevant and innovative practices and lessons from operations.
- Lead and substantially contribute to activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building around social sector issues.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
- Master’s Degree, or equivalent, in the social sectors or other related fields; or University degree, combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
- At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in social sectors and in project administration, with a focus on education and TVET.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
- Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS level 5.
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.