Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

(Senior) Capacity Building and Training Economist/Specialist

Department Capacity Building and Training (CBT)
Report to Deputy Dean (CBT and Special Activities)
Location ADBI, Tokyo, Japan
Date Posted 23 May 2023
Closing Date 6 June 2023

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is looking for an experienced (Senior) Capacity Building and Training (CBT) Economist or Specialist to produce and deliver sustainable development policy CBT events, knowledge products, and other activities for government officials from Asian Development Bank (ADB) member economies and stakeholders. This is a Level C (senior) or Level D professional (international) staff position, based on ADBI standards, depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.


  • Identify sustainable development policy challenges and capacity building and training needs for government officials from ADB member economies and stakeholders, in-line with ADBI priorities and focus areas
  • Develop and implement related training workshops, policy dialogues, conferences, and other CBT events
  • Develop training materials, training needs assessments and evaluations, and knowledge products, such as case studies, manuals, handbooks, policy briefs, and e-learning courses
  • Present at CBT events and both leverage and build strong working relationships and networks among policy makers, experts from think tanks, universities, and international organizations, colleagues from ADB, and others
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual CBT work program and budget
  • Other tasks and projects as assigned by the ADBI Deputy Dean or Dean


  • Advanced university degree (PhD desirable, but not required) in a discipline related to socioeconomic development in Asia and the Pacific
  • At least 7-8 years relevant experience (10-12 for senior position), preferably in a government agency or international or regional organization, working on economic development issues, capacity building and training, knowledge management, economic research, and policy analysis
  • Strong leadership and project management skills
  • Strong analytical skills related to development policy and capacity building
  • Knowledge and understanding of the operation of multilateral and/or international development organizations will be an advantage
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in written and oral English

Core Competencies

Technical knowledge and skills

  • Regularly applies technical skills and international best practices in a team leadership role to resolve and manage complex issues in relation to responsibilities
  • Convinces others to adopt international best practices by explaining the situational relevance and benefits

Client orientation

  • Has a high level of understanding of the needs of key clients, including government agencies of ADB developing member countries, ADB, and other international organizations, think tanks, private sector parties, and non-governmental organizations
  • Applies highly developed skills to support internal and external client groups and seeks client feedback on the effectiveness of support provided

Achieving results

  • Focuses on achieving work-related deadlines to meet the expected results of ADBI
  • Regularly monitors the progress of work assignments to meet performance targets on time
  • Prioritizes work to achieve maximum results

Working together

  • Develops teamwork skills of reporting staff
  • Motivates project teams to work effectively together and with others
  • Works cooperatively to address work challenges and opportunities in relation to priority areas and strategies

Learning and knowledge sharing

  • Develops innovative processes with colleagues for knowledge and information sharing
  • Empowers supervised colleagues to make continuous improvements
  • Encourages team members to share their knowledge and experience

Application Procedure

Applicants must be nationals of an Asian Development Bank member economy.

This is a special fixed term staff position based in Tokyo for an initial term of 3 years. At ADBI's sole option, the appointment may be extended on an exceptional basis for a further fixed term (generally up to 2 years). Conversion into a regular indefinite appointment is precluded. A special fixed term appointment will automatically and without prior notice expire at the end of the original or extended term.

ADBI offers an internationally competitive compensation package based in US Dollars (paid in Japanese yen). Salaries and expatriate benefits are generally free of tax except for citizens of some countries.

Applicants are invited to apply online. Please attach a cover message, CV, and Personal History Form.

Applications should be submitted no later than 6 June 2023 at 5:00pm Tokyo time.

Upon submission, please wait for your application to load. Once completed, you will be redirected to a thank you page. Do not submit your application multiple times.

Women are encouraged to apply.

No telephone or e-mail submissions.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.