Education Specialist | Asian Development Bank

Education Specialist


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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 members.

The position is assigned in the Human and Social Development Division (SAHS) within the South Asia Regional Department (SARD). SAHS is mandated to develop the social sectors, including but not limited to education, health, and social protection, in South Asia developing member countries (DMCs). SAHS aims to ensure DMCs can deliver quality social services for all and address constraints in human capital development that supports sustained economic development

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Job Purpose

The Education Specialist is expected to formulate and articulate social sector policy and strategies, particularly in education and technical and vocational education and training (TVET), engaging Developing Member Country (DMC) governments in policy dialogue, and conducting ADB's activities to support sector policy and reforms. Lead in identifying, developing, implementing and administering loans, Technical Assistance (TA) projects, and non-lending products and services (NLPS) in education and TVET. Work within general policies, principles and goals, working directly with clients. The incumbent will report to Director SAHS and may supervise National and Administrative Staff.


  • Lead in supporting the development of policy and strategies for the social sector in DMCs in consultation with relevant government agencies and Resident Missions (RMs).
  • Conduct dialogue with government officials of DMCs on social sector policy and reforms with a focus on education and TVET.
  • Participate actively in country teams and provide sector inputs for the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS).
  • Conduct economic, thematic, and sector work in the context of sustainable economic development and poverty reduction.
  • Identify new directions, innovative approaches and opportunities for ADB assistance for projects in the education and social sectors in DMCs.
  • Actively pursue cofinancing opportunities and collaboration in the social sector with other development partners.
  • Coordinate with RMs for consistency of approach, exchange of experience, and continuous improvement of practices and integration of social sector policy commitments to the management of projects.
  • Develop, process, and administer loan and TA projects in the social sector possibly with moderate to high levels of risk and complexity.
  • Identify ADB assistance for projects in the education and social sectors in DMCs.
  • Ensure effective implementation of loans and TA projects in the education sector.
  • Liaise with and coordinate with development agencies on program loans and investment projects.
  • Ensure key technical, economic, financial and crosscutting issues are incorporated into projects.
  • Develop and maintain a suitable network in the social sectors to keep abreast of the latest developments and issues.
  • Conceptualize, produce and disseminate knowledge products and relevant and innovative practices and lessons from operations.
  • Lead and substantially contribute to activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building around education sector issues.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent, in education or other related fields including economics
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in social sectors and in project administration, with a focus on education and TVET.
  • International experience working in several countries.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS3 to IS4.

General Considerations

The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of three 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.