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Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development)


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Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).

In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first two performance reviews after appointment at the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new category.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 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 68 members.

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Job Purpose

The Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development) will provide primary support to the implementation, monitoring and reporting of ADB Strategy 2030 Operational Plan for Priority 2: Accelerating Progress in Gender Equality, 2019-2024 (Gender OP). He/she will provide high level support to the Chief of Gender Equity Thematic Group (Gender TG) on all matters regarding the TG Secretariat, functions, including acting in her/his absence. The incumbent will ensure and lead the implementation of Bank-wide standards on gender mainstreaming in operations, provide support to operational departments in integrating gender equality into ADB operations and effectively implement project gender action plans. He/she will manage cutting-edge knowledge work on priority gender issues in Asia and the Pacific that would support developing member countries and ADB future operations and organize knowledge events. Serve as a Bank-wide focal point for engagement with external partners to exchange knowledge and showcase ADB's good gender equity practices. As a member of the Gender TG, contribute to the implementation and reporting of the Gender TG annual work plans. Work within a framework of broad policies, principles and goals, applying a high degree of autonomy in selection of work methods. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Gender Equity Thematic Group and will supervise the national and administrative staff.


  • Assist the Chief of Gender Equity Thematic Group provide high level policy advice on both short-term and long-term GAD issues in relation to ADB's strategic development objectives. Tasks include, but not limited to: (i) preparation of annual reports on progress in implementation of the Gender OP and GAD Policy; (ii) leading the tracking and reporting on annual gender equality results and targets in the annual corporate Development Effectiveness Review reports; and (iii) preparing high-level Op-Ed, briefing notes and analytical write-ups on gender for Management and the Board.
  • Provide quality 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. Supervise other team member in this process by assisting the Chief.
  • Lead development and implementation of 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.
  • Raise grant funds for gender work and develop and maintain knowledge and financing partnerships, including contributions to the Gender and Development Cooperation Fund (GDCF) and obtaining funds for gender work through other sectoral/thematic trust funds.
  • Lead delivery of cutting-edge 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.
  • Lead in conducting 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 10 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
  • Experience with international agencies, particularly multilateral development banks is a major advantage
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS 5


General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, 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.