Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development) | Asian Development Bank

Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)


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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 is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 67 members.

The position is assigned in the Gender Equity Thematic Group within the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. 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 to consolidate the thematic operational and knowledge support services, which include carrying out the implementation of ADB's Policy on Gender and Development (GAD) which calls for gender equity across the full range of ADB's operations and the strengthening of capacity of implementation of the Gender Operational Plan.

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Job Purpose

The Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development) will provide support to the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the ADB Policy on Gender and Development and the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Operational Plan, 2019-2023 (Gender OP), work with operational departments on gender mainstreaming and support the effective implementation of project gender action plans; support the quality assurance of ADB's gender mainstreaming standards in operations, and contribute to innovative knowledge work on gender equality in Asia and the Pacific. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Gender Equity Thematic Group and will supervise national staff, administrative staff, and consultants.

[1] Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle



  • Contribute to the Gender TG's workplan: a) ensure gender mainstreaming in other sector and thematic policies, strategies, and operational plans of ADB; b) prepare implementation progress reports of the Gender OP and GAD Policy; and c) prepare briefing notes and analytical write-up on gender for Management and the Board.
  • Provide technical advice to the operations departments (ODs), both sovereign and nonsovereign, for integrating gender analysis and dimensions into country partnership strategies (CPS) and programming, and the Asian Development Fund's country performance-based allocation as well as assist the preparation of selective country gender assessments as part of the CPS process.
  • Provide technical advice to ODs on gender mainstreaming through quality assurance peer review process, monitoring implementation of project gender action plans (GAPs), tracking results, and carrying out review missions as required to elicit good practices from ongoing projects.
  • Develop and implement regional technical assistance projects (TAs) on gender issues relevant to regional cooperation and economic integration, and work with ODs to design and implement gender pilot initiatives. Build institutional partnerships on GAD and maintain knowledge networks with other agencies and organizations, including bilateral and multilateral development agencies, DMC governments, women's NGOs. Coordinate with other international agencies and selected center of excellence in the preparation of joint reports, workshops, advocacy activities, etc.
  • Pursue fundraising opportunities and partnerships, including contributions to the Gender and Development Cooperation Fund (GDCF).
  • Prepare knowledge products and services on gender issues of importance, such as studies on current and emerging issues, operational tools (sector checklists and toolkits), and good practice project case studies. Disseminate ADB gender knowledge by organizing knowledge and learning events, use of media and website, social media, and represent ADB in external events.
  • Conduct staff training and briefing sessions on areas relevant to gender mainstreaming.

Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent, in Gender Studies, Sociology/Anthropology/Social Development, International Development/Affairs, Public Policy, Economics, Human Rights, or other social science preferably involving gender studies. University degree in Gender Studies, Sociology/Anthropology/Social Development, International Development/Affairs, Public Policy, Economics, Human Rights, or other social science combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master's degree
    • At least 6 years of relevant experience in developing countries, with good knowledge of the Asia and Pacific Region (e.g. managing projects)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS 3 and 4

General Considerations

The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of 3 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.