Senior Social Development Specialist (Civil Society Participation) | Asian Development Bank

Senior Social Development Specialist (Civil Society Participation)


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 67 members, 48 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB's mission is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable economic growth in the region. ADB's main instruments for helping its developing member countries are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance.

ADB only hires nationals of its 67 member countries.

The position is assigned in the NGO and Civil Society Center (NGOC), Thematic Advisory Service Cluster (SDTC) within the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC). The SDCC is the focal point which provides corporate coherence in the development and implementation of sector and thematic policies and strategies in ADB. The SDTC aims is to consolidate thematic operational and knowledge support services, which include strengthening engagement of civil society organizations (CSOs) and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in ADB operations.

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Job Purpose

The Senior Social Development Specialist (Civil Society Participation) will support and provide guidance to ADB operations to engage with CSOs effectively by building ADB's institutional capacity to share knowledge and collaborate productively with civil society. The incumbent will report to Head, NGOC and will supervise the national and administrative staff.


  • Provide expertise in the area of ADB-Government-CSO cooperation in reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through the provision of direct and corporate support to ADB's operations in working with CSOs.
  • Strengthen and support the role of the NGO and Civil Society Center (NGOC) and the internal ADB-wide CSO Cooperation Network, comprising of CSO Anchors in operational departments and key departments engaging with CSOs, in integrating CSO participation in ADB operations.
  • Develop and implement knowledge products in improving and deepening ADB-CSO cooperation which include integration of CSO knowledge and expertise into ADB operations.
  • Support ADB departments and offices in the application of appropriate participation methodologies, strategies, and techniques which enhance CSO participation in ADB operations.
  • Improve developing member country (DMC) and ADB's institutional capacity to cooperate with CSOs.
  • Process and administer NGOC technical assistance by working within ADB's general policies, principles and business processes.
  • Strengthen and support CSO capacity to work more effectively and efficiently with ADB and DMCs.
  • Engage CSOs in continuing dialogue by developing strategic partnerships between ADB and CSOs.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • At least a Master's degree, or equivalent, in Social Sciences, Public Policy Development Studies/Economics, or related fields. University degree in Social Sciences, Public Policy Development Studies/Economics, or related fields, combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master's degree.
  • At least ten years of relevant professional experience, including recent experience working for CSOs. Strong understanding of where and how CSOs may contribute to ADB operations, with up-to-date and in-depth knowledge in concepts and practices related to ADB-CSO cooperation in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Proven operational competence in project design, implementation, financial management, monitoring, and evaluation of development projects. Knowledge of ADB business processes and experience in developing and administering ADB technical assistance and ADB Loan and Grants an advantage. Experience in CSO contracting and partnership agreements, CSO- capacity building, CSO-networking and ADB-government-CSO engagement policies and practices. Has up-to-date knowledge in concepts and practices related to CSO engagement and experience in training staff and government officials in CSO engagement in development operations.
  • International experience working in development in several countries, and comprehensive understanding of social and cultural environments, including field exposure, in several Asian and the Pacific countries. Has networking experience with Governments, multilateral development banks, United Nations, donor agencies, philanthropic organizations, international policy/advocacy CSOs, and the private sector in the fields relevant to the position.
  • Ability to liaise and engage effectively with ADB Board, Management and senior staff, and advocacy NGOs. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Please refer to for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 5 - 6.

General Considerations

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.