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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 in the Energy Division (SAEN) within the South Asia 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. SAEN, is responsible for sector support for transport and communications development in SARD’s jurisdiction.
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The Social Development Specialist will work with project teams to ensure that poverty reduction and social development aspects (social safeguards, gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) and core labor standards) are adequately addressed and incorporated in SAEN operations to ensure compliance with ADB’s safeguard policy on involuntary resettlement (IR), indigenous peoples (IP) and adherence to the Gender and Development (GAD) Policy and other operational procedures on social development/GAD aspects during processing and implementation of loans, grants and technical assistance (TAs). The incumbent will contribute to develop operationally-relevant knowledge products on emerging aspects of social development relevant to the energy sector in South Asia. He/she will conduct policy dialogue with Government agencies and a broad range of stakeholders on social safeguards, GESI aspects of ADB-financed operations, work to strengthen country safeguard systems, and build staff and counterpart capacity on social safeguards and GESI. The incumbent will report to the Director of SAEN and may supervise one or more National and Administrative staff.
- Conduct policy dialogue with governments and stakeholders on social safeguard issues and other social development aspects.
- Support the preparation of project-specific Gender Action Plans (GAPs) and/or GESI Action Plans for loans categorized as Gender Equity (GEN) and Effective Gender Mainstreaming (EGM).
- As part of project teams, review and assess the potential of SAEN loan, grants, and TA projects to contribute to social/GESI-related results, and support the processing of projects with significant social development and GESI-related impacts.
- Incorporate and mainstream social development aspects into relevant investment projects and programs by preparing terms of reference for consultants involved in the preparation of poverty and social analyses, resettlement plans and indigenous people development plans, and -as relevant- project-specific GAPs or GESI/APs. Take responsibility of social development particularly on IR and IP and support project officers in achieving safeguard compliance.
- Be responsible for quality assurance of social safeguards and SD/GESI aspects of loans, grants and TAs projects, including the quality of poverty and social analyses, stakeholder consultations, and formulation of relevant action plans in accordance to the ADB policies and operating procedures
- Assist project officers in addressing any compliance issues in consultation with other ADB departments.
- Work with partners in the preparation, publication, and dissemination of operationally-relevant knowledge products on broader aspects of social development, and do so collaboratively with RM-based focal points.
- Regularly liaise with RM-based focal points and respective Country Directors on social development matters.
- Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
- Ensure the on-going learning and development of reporting staff.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
- Master’s Degree, or equivalent, in Sociology, Anthropology, Applied Social Science or other related fields. University degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Applied Social Science or other related fields combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
- At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in design and implementation of safeguards programs (IR and IP) and GESI-aspects related to infrastructure development and impacts.
- Knowledge on social safeguards and GAD in the operations of multilateral organizations, experience working in multilateral organizations will be an advantage.
- Strong interpersonal, team, and negotiation skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- International experience working in development in several countries, experience in the developing member countries of the region will be an advantage.Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS3 to IS4.
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.