Frequently Asked Questions

ADB hires its staff from its 67 members. An applicant must be a citizen of an ADB member to be eligible for employment.

Yes, if you do not see a vacancy that fits your profile at the moment, please review postings in the "Anticipated Vacancies" section. This refers to vacancies that may arise from specific job areas, though specific positions are not yet listed. Applicants may note that the closing date is only indicative.

No, there is no specific age limit, unless you are applying for the Young Professionals (YP) Program. Applicants for YP Program must be no more than age 32 when joining ADB. Majority of ADB staff at the entry level have postgraduate degrees with 8-10 years (at least 3 years for YPs) of relevant professional experience. Retirement age is 60 years.

No. The official working language of ADB is English and only applications in English are accepted.

Typically, it takes between two and six months before a new staff member can report for work from the date of application. Processing time is dependent on circumstances such as: number of qualified applicants, staff category, location, and response time of the applicant to complete all the requirements. 

Our Human Resources Department evaluates the applications received through ARC and refers applications to interested departments/offices for further review. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for preliminary interviews and may be invited to ADB headquarters for a formal interview.

Upon the successful formal interviews, ADB gives a pre-offer to one selected candidate. The candidate will be asked to submit the following documents: Diploma, NBI Clearance (only for NS and AS in HQ), three References, and a medical history form. Since collecting some of these documents may be difficult and may take some time, you are encouraged to collect these documents in advance.

No, please do not attach or send any recommendation letters or references with your application. If needed, ADB will ask candidates on the long- or short-lists for a position to provide additional information for further assessment such as writing samples, publications, and references. 

There are 2 categories of ADB staff - International Staff and National & Administrative Staff. The National & Administrative Staff category is further grouped into two to distinctly separate staff working in Headquarters (HQ) and all others in the field offices (FO).

International Staff vacancies are designed for professionals with considerable international experience and technical knowledge at the international level. ADB offers expatriate staff a competitive remuneration package that is comparable to those offered by similar multilateral institutions.

National & Administrative Staff (NS/AS) vacancies are generally for nationals from the duty station countries. In most cases, candidates are already residing in the country where the specific office is located. These locally recruited staff have local knowledge and experience. ADB provides the salary of HQ NS/AS in Philippine Pesos. The salaries of NS/AS in FOs are denominated in the local currencies.

Here below are ADB's International Staff Levels:

Position Level General Description
1 and 2 Junior International Staff positions. Include participants for the Bank's Young Professionals Program and young economists.
3 and 4 Normal entry level. Require varying degrees of specialized knowledge but with limited supervisory responsibilities. In the operational areas, positions are members of missions with responsibility for specialized aspects of a project, and to varying degrees, leadership of technical assistance, loan administration, or review missions. In the non-operational areas, the positions have the responsibility for specific specialized functions or more general administrative activities.
5 and 6 Senior level. Normal entry level to jobs where there is responsibility for the work of other international staff. These levels include senior specialist and supervisory positions. In the operational areas, the positions are involved in the planning and design of major programs and projects, including responsibility for the leadership of major appraisal and programming missions. In the non-operational areas, positions are involved in supervising a multifunctional area or broad single-functional area such as a major section or unit.
7 and 8 Managerial level. Level 7 is the entry point to ADB's managerial positions and non-managerial lead specialist positions in technical stream.
9 and 10 Heads of departments and offices and deputy heads of larger departments.

Yes, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applicants may view the status of their applications online by logging into the ADB Recruitment Center.

Yes, ADB is currently piloting spouse employment. Spouse employment pilot is limited to an International Staff’s spouse and/or registered domestic partner. Spouse employment aims to further strengthen ADB’s organizational capabilities, improve the skills mix requirements in the priority areas of operations and commitments, and attract and retain qualified couples who are committed to development work in the region.

 

If you have close relatives working as ADB staff, you are not eligible for employment at ADB except if you are the spouse* of an ADB international staff. The following persons, in addition to the spouse and children (including step- and adopted children) of staff members, are defined as "close relatives":

Children Grandmother Stepmother Mother-in-law
Mother Grandfather Stepfather Father-in-law
Father Granddaughter Stepsister Sister-in-law
Brother Grandson Stepbrother Brother-in-law
Sister Aunt   Daughter-in-law
Niece Uncle   Son-in-law
Nephew Cousin (child of an aunt or uncle)    

* ADB is piloting a spouse employment program to allow the consideration of spouse and registered domestic partner candidates of international staff for international staff vacancies.  This pilot does not apply to spouse or registered domestic partner candidates of national and administrative staff.