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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).

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.

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 is assigned in the Social Sectors and Public Sector Management (PASP) Division within the Pacific Department. The department responsible for client relationships with 14 Pacific developing member countries. PASP manages loan, grant, technical assistance and knowledge products relating to the social sectors, education, health, social protection, public sector management, and gender (inclusive of cross divisional support). The division also manages the PARD-wide economic work and work on fragility as this relates to ADB's efforts to support Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations (FCAS).

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Job Purpose

Lead the planning, implementation and supervision of the division's vision, goals, strategies and work plan in support of overall ADB goals. Oversee the quality of work and ensure the achievement of objectives of the division. Lead and support external and internal relations, coordination and consultation initiatives for the department. Lead and provide guidance on day-to-day operational issues and compliance with ADB policies. Work with problems and issues that may involve high risk. Advise the Director General (DG) in day-to-day operations. Lead in identifying, developing, implementing and administering loans, technical assistance (TAs) projects, and non-lending products and services (NLPS) within sectoral or thematic scope of the division. The incumbent will report to Director General/Deputy Director General, PARD and will supervise international, national, and administrative staff.


  • Lead, establish and cascade the division's vision, goals, development strategies and key result areas (KRAs) in support of ADB's goals, departmental goals and in compliance with ADB policies.
  • Lead the planning, implementation and supervision of work plans and monitor the quality of output and the achievement of long term goals and annual objectives for the division.
  • Lead the identification of priority areas of economic, thematic and sector work, and lead divisional strategic initiatives in these areas and respond to policy concerns, including in regional cooperation.
  • Manage the division to achieve professional and operational excellence, lead in contributing new or innovative approaches to policy and operational issues.
  • Oversee the support for the Country Partnership Strategies (CPSs) and updates in Developing Member Countries (DMCs) and ensure the effective functioning of related teams, committees and networks, including background work on thematic, economic and sector work relating to the CPSs and Country Operations Business Plans (COBPs).
  • Coordinate with Country Directors (CDs) and Regional Directors (RDs) for implementation of operational strategies and objectives annually and in the longer term.
  • Oversee the design and processing of loan and technical assistance (TA) projects to ensure quality, innovation, results orientation, and compliance with ADB's policies covering environment, resettlement, governance, and other safeguards.
  • Lead, monitor, follow up and undertake loan and TA approvals, engagement of consultants, procurement, and disbursements for projects involving varying levels of risk.
  • Lead the administration of loan and TA projects, including regular fielding and at times participation in missions to monitor implementation progress and undertake corrective actions to ensure high portfolio performance and strong results.
  • Participate in Country Portfolio Review Missions (CPRMs) to review country and sector specific project administration issues. Contribute to conceptualization of results-based portfolio reviews.
  • Lead and manage knowledge products based on economic, thematic and sector studies and ensure their dissemination.
  • Manage and provide support for relationships, consultation and coordination with governments, development partners, civil society, academics and private sector groups in DMCs in areas of responsibility.
  • Lead day-to-day operations effectively and provide guidance on operational issues, policy dialogue and ADB policies, and provide quality assurance.
  • Inform and provide recommendations to the DG of significant developments, emerging opportunities and challenges in area of responsibility.
  • Lead and facilitate effective division coordination with other ADB departments and internal stakeholders.
  • Manage budget and resource allocation for the division
  • Manage the performance of teams and individuals providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent, in economics, finance, engineering or other related fields. University Degree or equivalent in economics, finance, engineering or related fields, combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master's degree.
  • At least 10 years of relevant and significant professional experience in project processing and administration in the relevant sectors
  • Strong and proven leadership capacity to elaborate strategies and lead teams in challenging and evolving environments
  • Depth of experience in at least one of the areas of sectoral focus, as well as demonstrating versatility in the application of these skills and lessons to new issues and sectors
  • Experience in small islands developing states and/or fragile and conflict-affected situations is an advantage
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
  • International experience working in several countries
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS7.

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.