Senior Social Development Specialist (Core Labor Standards)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Applications received in response to previous posting will be considered together with applications received in response to this advertisement. Previous applicants need not apply.

Job Purpose

To support the implementation of Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s social protection strategy with regard to international core labor standards (CLS). To provide advice and support to ADB operations to help ensure compliance with international recognized core labor standards and national labor laws. Work within general policies, principles and goals, working directly with clients.

Expected Outcomes

a. Policies, Strategy, and Frameworks Job Purpose- Lead efforts to support the implementation of ADB's commitments to core labor standards, in close cooperation with the social development thematic group, gender thematic group, NGO and Civil Society Center, social safeguards network and the operations departments. - Assist in policy and strategy formulation relevant to core labor standards, and assess country circumstances. - Prepare on a highly selective basis guidelines, handbooks, and staff instructions and electronic and web-based materials. - Undertake reviews and prepare progress reports on the implementation of CLS in ADB operations. b. Guidance and Advisory Function - Review project/program concepts papers, preparatory technical assistance papers and Report and Recommendation of the President to assess the extent to which core labor standards and other related labor issues exist, and provide advice and assistance to project teams to address any opportunities and manage direct or contextual risks. - Participate in activities to support operations departments in policy dialogue and country programming.- Work closely with social development, gender sand safeguard specialists to support social impact assessments for project preparation- Participate, on a selective basis, in operation support missions to assist project teams to address relevant issues in complex and sensitive projects, and support stakeholder consultations. - Review loan agreements and procurement documents to ensure appropriate inclusion of provisions on CLS. c. Knowledge Sharing - Act as institutional resource person on core labor standards- Lead the design and conduct of training and capacity development for ADB staff and executing agencies. - Prepare targeted knowledge products to raise awareness and promote best practices. - Participate in and contribute to relevant internal and external training and conferences and other activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building. - Promote partnerships to share knowledge and experience, including liaising with other multilateral financing institutions, the International Labor Organization, Internationally recognized labor unions, and employer associations. d. Staff Supervision - Provide leadership and support to reporting staff. - Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance. - Ensure the ongoing learning and development of reporting staff.

Core Competencies

Application of Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Provides supervision to others in completing their technical tasks
  • Called upon for advice and guidance based on expertise gained by working in different countries and organizations
  • Contributes advanced knowledge and expertise to different parts of the Department

Client Orientation

  • Proposes effective services and solutions to staff beyond presenting issues and past challenges
  • Assists colleagues adapt to the cultural and business norms of diverse clients and country situations
  • Gains respect for the breadth and depth of expertise demonstrated in effectively managing diverse clients and country situations
  • Called upon to resolve client situations that may impact their long-term ADB relationship

Achieving Results and Problem Solving

  • Resolves situations where client needs are not being met
  • Shares past experiences from different projects, organizations, and countries to help achieve quality results
  • Ensures that thorough analysis includes current and relevant factors from different countries and contexts
  • Sought out for guidance and experience in overcoming the most challenging situations
  • Draws on long-term relationships with stakeholders to help plan for and achieve results

Working Together

  • Addresses team members not contributing to required standards
  • Commits to delivering timely and high quality work to assist in the team's success
  • Develops and maintains good internal and external peer and senior level relationships
  • Helps teams understand common features to build rapport and overcome challenges

Communication and Knowledge Sharing

  • Provides stakeholders with the level and quality of information required to achieve outcomes
  • Encourages others to seek long-term solutions to address feedback opposed to focusing on immediate concerns or reactions
  • Uses breath of multi-country and multi-client knowledge to equip clients and staff for more effective outcomes
  • Designs and implements project and program knowledge and services

Innovation and Change

  • Consistently seeks more effective and practical ways for the Departmental delivery of services, products, and processes
  • Proposes new ways to improve the quality and relevance of products and services
  • Includes the core benefits and reasons for change when developing comprehensive change roll out plans
  • Influences and persuades decision makers by presenting business cases supporting the proposed changes


Education Requirements

  • Master's degree, or equivalent, in social science, law or other related fields. University degree in social science, law or other related fields combined with specialized experience in similar organizations may be considered in lieu of a Master's degree.

Relevant Experience

- Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level

- At least 10 years of relevant experience

- Good working knowledge in the operations of multilateral development organizations and executing agencies

- Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of social development and labor issues in several Asian or Pacific countries

- Strong interpersonal, team, and negotiation skills

- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

- International experience working in development in several countries

Reporting Relationships

  • The position reports to Director, Environment and Safeguards Division (SDES)
  • The following staff positions report to the Senior Social Development Specialist (CLS): National Staff and Administrative Staff

We encourage diversity in our workplace and support an inclusive and respectful work environment. Women are especially encouraged to apply.