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Senior Social Development Officer

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Close relatives1 of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB.

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


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.

This vacancy is a local staff position. It is open only to nationals and residents of PRC.

Overview

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.

The position is assigned in the PRC Resident Mission (PRCM) within the East Asia Department (EARD). The ADB-PRC Resident Mission (PRCM) was established to assist its Headquarters in the implementation of projects and programs, in project processing, country programming, and economic and sector work. It also coordinates ADB's activities with other resident diplomatic and donor missions, NGOs, academic institutions, local think tanks, private sector and other members of the civil society.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

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Job Purpose

The Senior Social Development Officer will support the Resident Mission (RM) in developing and implementing social development and protection policy on areas of addressing poverty, gender and development, and indigenous peoples safeguards in ADB operations, including investment projects (loan/grant), technical assistance projects and non-lending products and services. Work with clients, project teams and other relevant stakeholders on issues related to ADB's social safeguard (indigenous people) policies. The incumbent will report to designated International Staff.

Responsibilities

  • Acts as gender focal in PRCM and works with EARD Gender Specialist and Gender Equity Thematic Group in HQ to support in strengthening ADB's gender-inclusive operations. Fosters better understanding of ADB's project gender requirements and commitments under Strategy 2030 and communicates them to EAs/IAs. Supports in monitoring implementation of gender actions and progress towards gender targets on a per project level and multi-project view. Provides gender and development, and indigenous people review and technical support to project implementation teams to enhance project quality and compliance on gender and indigenous people in ADB operations in the country.
  • Participates in loan processing missions to assess project from the poverty, gender and development perspective and developing project components and implementation mechanisms to ensure women's and girl's participation in the project, including development of the gender action plan. Considers how men and women can participate in the project, in light of their motivations, knowledge skills, organizational resources, and time burdens and how the project is likely to affect gender and development relations.
  • Participates in loan review missions to assess compliance on gender and development, indigenous peoples safeguard and related loan covenants and address implementation issues of gender and development, and indigenous peoples. Assists the missions in communication with affected persons. Formulates recommendations, discusses with executive agencies/implementing agencies (EA/IAs) and agrees upon time-bound action plans to improve the implementation of gender and development, and indigenous peoples activities and participates in Project Completion Review missions and assists in evaluating poverty, gender and development, indigenous peoples work, and writing the relevant parts of the Project Completion Report.
  • Reviews draft/updates/revises gender action plan and indigenous people plan and submits to ADB for approval and documents whether they are satisfactory to meet ADB requirements or requires further revisions. Formulates recommendations, discusses with executing agencies (EA)/implementing agencies (IA) and agrees upon time-bound action plans to improve the implementation of gender and indigenous people and ensure quality in compliance with ADB requirements.
  • Advises Government agencies, project sponsors, consultants and non-governmental organizations on ADB's gender-inclusive operations, indigenous peoples safeguards policy, guidelines, procedures and best practices and assists them in preparing appropriate frameworks, plans and actions to address these issues during project development and implementation.
  • Reviews poverty, gender and indigenous peoples monitoring and evaluation reports and project progress reports, assesses the quality of compliance with ADB indigenous peoples safeguards policy, and gender action plan, and recommends follow-up actions as necessary. Provides technical assistance to EA/IAs and external monitors to improve their monitoring, evaluation, supervision and reporting of poverty, gender and indigenous peoples progress.
  • Liaises with relevant divisions in Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD) and regional department on gender and indigenous peoples safeguard policy compliance requirements and interacts with government, civil society, other international/local organizations, and other project stakeholders as required.
  • Participates in Project Completion Review missions and assists in evaluating the gender action plan and indigenous peoples plan implementation, and poverty assessment in writing the relevant parts of the Project Completion Report.
  • Participates in Country Portfolio Review Mission and Monitors the performance of gender and development, and indigenous peoples activities under the assigned projects; prepares related pre- and post-mission documentation; and undertakes assigned special portfolio management activities (e.g. safeguards reviews; sector reviews).
  • Conducts training to EA/IAs on ADB's gender-inclusive operations and indigenous peoples safeguards policy and guidelines and assists focal persons for gender and indigenous peoples implementation.

Qualifications

Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's degree in applied social science (e.g. sociology, anthropology) or other related fields, or Bachelor's degree combined with advanced training
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in gender and indigenous people safeguards assessments, planning, implementation, and monitoring
  • Understands the gender-inclusive operations and indigenous peoples safeguards policy and procedures of multilateral development organizations
  • Has strong capacity to communicate with government agencies, local communities, civil societies and other stakeholders
  • Skills in social and institutional analysis
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop rapport in a multicultural environment
  • Experience in facilitation of decision making, planning and conflict management
  • Familiar with local languages and institutions
  • Able to interact in a professional manner with ADB staff and government officials
  • Able to work collaboratively with teams as a constructive team member
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for National Staff Levels 3 - 4

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.