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Advisor

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Close relatives 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.

Close 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 is a senior staff fixed-term appointment for a period of 3 years. This vacancy is open to internal and external applicants.

If the selected candidate is an external hire, the appointment may be extended for a period of up to 3 years per extension, or not renewed. In case of extension, staff may continue in the position for another term of up to 3 years, or be reassigned to any suitable position in ADB.

The same terms and conditions also apply to a selected internal candidate. In addition, if the staff selected has a regular appointment, staff will retain the regular appointment and his/her selection will be considered an assignment for an initial fixed period of 3 years. If the staff selected has a fixed term appointment, his/her appointment will cease, and he/she will be given a new fixed term appointment for an initial term of 3 years.

Fixed-term appointments or assignments are subject to Section 3 of Administrative Order (AO) 2.01 (Recruitment and Appointment) and Section 8 of AO 2.03 (Selection, Talent and Position Management) and its Appendices.

Whether the selected candidate is internal or external, and regardless of the type of appointment, any extension of staff beyond age 60 shall be subject to such terms and conditions determined by ADB, including, where relevant, those provided in Section 10 of AO 2.05 (Termination Policy) and its Appendices.

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.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position of Advisor is assigned to the Office of Compliance Review Panel (OCRP). The OCRP supports the work of the Compliance Review Panel (CRP) and facilitates the CRP's communication and coordination with the ADB Board of Directors, Management, and staff. It conducts awareness raising programs in and out of ADB and coordinates with ADB's other departments and the Office of the Special Project Facilitator (OSPF) to ensure that such information dissemination and public outreach is integrated with ADB's efforts in interacting with project beneficiaries and stakeholders and civil society groups. OCRP also works with the Complaint Receiving Officer, OSPF, and ADB's Department of External Relations in maintaining a common ADB Accountability Mechanism website. The CRP's function and operation are regulated by the Accountability Mechanism Policy, 2012 (the AM Policy). 1

To view ADB Organizational Chart, please click here.

1 https://www.adb.org/documents/accountability-mechanism-policy-2012
2 Para 132 of the AM Policy, 2012 provides the full scope of work required of the CRP Chair.

Job Purpose

The position will contribute to overall support to Chair, CRP concurrent Head, Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP) in discharging of his/her functions and in the effective functioning of the CRP and OCRP. This includes: (i) providing advice and support to the CRP Chair and Members in the compliance review process (ii) support in discharging the responsibilities of the Head, OCRP as required; (iii) convening of internal liaison and outreach; (iv) lead producing and ensure publishing of documentations and reports. The incumbent shall ensure confidentiality on cases and on the activity of the CRP/OCRP work within a framework of broad policies, principles and goals. The position will report to Chair, CRP and may supervise national and administrative staff.

Responsibilities

Support to CRP
• Provide advice and support the Chair, CRP in implementing ADB's accountability mechanism and achieve its objectives.
• Contribute to support the CRP members, in carrying out the investigation and monitoring activities under the compliance review function of the ADB Accountability Mechanism.
• Coordinate the CRP's activities with the accountability mechanism of any other co-financing institution in conducting compliance reviews of the same project.
• Oversee, engage and supervise consultants to assist the CRP in carrying out its work.

Compliance Review Requests
• Draft the Terms of Reference (TOR) of a project compliance review and the TOR of experts/consultants to be mobilized to support the compliance review, and contribute to the evaluation of eligibility of a complaint
• Support the CRP in conducting investigation and determine facts, data and responsibilities in relation to compliances by desk review, interview and/or field visits.
• Participates in missions, if required, and contributes to compliance review processes, including the review of Management's response and the RAP progress reports to ensure that the information is complete and adequate and the preparation of back-to-office and other reports.
• Contributes independently to the review of all complaint-related documents and in the preparation of comprehensive reports on compliance review, including its disposition and resolution, and monitors and reports on the status of compliance reviews
• Provide editorial support in writing the CRP's Draft Report and reviewing its Final Reports.
• Provide support to CRP's monitoring of the implementation of Board decisions and in the preparation of the CRP's Progress Monitoring Report/briefing notes for the Board Compliance Review Committee (BCRC) and its Annual Monitoring Report.

Internal and External Liaison
• Collaborate with the Office of the Special Project Facilitator (OSPF) and other relevant ADB departments/offices in carrying out information dissemination and public outreach regarding the ADB Accountability Mechanism to ensure an integrated approach
• In consultation with Chair, CRP, facilitate the CRP's communication and coordination with the Board, Management, OSPF and staff.
• Maintains contacts with functional counterparts in other financial institutions, including multilateral organizations, bilateral institutions, private sector financial institutions to stay current on accountability and complaints mechanism practices.

Outreach and Communication
• Develop the design and conduct of outreach programs to various stakeholders.
• Lead initiatives to familiarize project affected persons, civil society particularly among developing member countries (DMCs), government and private sector project partners, ADB management and staff with the ADB Accountability Mechanism.
• Conduct outreach programs within ADB and with the public that includes a holistic introduction to the ADB Accountability Mechanism.
• Ensure integration of information dissemination and public outreach with ADB's activities in coordination with OSPF, operations departments, the NGO center and DOC.
• Oversee maintaining the problem solving and compliance review interfaces in a common ADB Accountability Mechanism website within ADB's public website in coordination with CRO, OSPF, and DOC,
• In consultation with OSPF, ensure the production of updated and relevant information resources about the Accountability Mechanism.

Knowledge Management
Assist the CRP in the preparation and publication of its Annual reports and other related knowledge products or awareness-raising materials on compliance review, in collaboration with OSFP and/or other ADB departments/offices, as needed.

Staff Supervision
• Assist the Head, OCRP to create and lead multi-disciplinary teams and ensure the overall quality of OCRP's work.
• Provide coaching and mentoring to OCRP staff and ensure their ongoing learning and development.
• Undertake the performance management of OCRP staff

Office Administration
• In consultation with the Head, OCRP, oversee budget monitoring and preparation of the annual budget and the work program and budget framework write-up submissions to BPMSD and SPD.
• Prepare Quarterly Briefings for the BCRC and other compliance review related documents that are needed by BCRC for its meetings or required by specific constituencies of the Board, as requested.
• Review part-time members time sheets and claim forms prior to review by Chair, CRP.
• Perform as officer-in-charge (OIC) of OCRP during the absence of Head of OCRP.

Qualifications

Relevant Experience & Requirements


• Master's Degree, or equivalent, in economics, environment, law, or social sciences, or related fields. University Degree in economics, environment, law, or social sciences, or related fields combined with specialized experience in related organization may be considered in lieu of a Master's Degree.
• Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level.
• At least 15 years of professional experience in working with DMCs, particularly in infrastructure at senior level with International experience working in several countries.
• Knowledge and experience in applying safeguard policies and other related policies of development projects
• Capability in doing or familiarity with research and/or investigative type works.
• Familiarity with the objectives and functions of multilateral development and financing agencies
• Ability to make sound, impartial and fair judgment
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to carry out effective dialogue with stakeholders, including government officials, civil society and non-government organizations
• Excellent skills to liaise and work effectively with staff, Management, Board of Directors and with external clients, member governments, other international organizations and comparable institutions, civil society, and non-government organizations
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
• Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff at Level 7.

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.