Urban Development Specialist

Job Vacancy | Monday, February 22, 2021


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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.

The position is assigned in the Urban Development, Water Supply and Sanitation Division (PAUW) within the Pacific Department (PARD). PARD is responsible for providing leadership, innovation, lending, project implementation and knowledge sharing for ADB’s sector and thematic work that covers operations in Pacific countries. PAUW is responsible for sector support for water and urban development.

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Job Purpose

The Urban Development Specialist contributes to the formulation and articulation of policy and strategies on urban and water sector in developing member countries (DMCs). The incumbent will lead in identifying, developing, processing, implementing, and administering loans, technical assistance (TA) projects, and provide relevant stakeholders with necessary technical support and knowledge for projects. The incumbent will report to Director, PAUW and may supervise National and Administrative staff.


  • Processes and administers sub-regional and DMC specific loan, grant, and TAs in the areas of urban and water sector development, with due attention to country’s development policies, and projects’ impacts on climate change. When assigned, assumes the role of mission leader, and supervises work of mission members and ensures the overall high quality of outputs and reports.
  • Develops new lending program in the sector including water supply, wastewater management, sanitation, drainage, solid waste management, housing, urban and regional planning, municipal governance/finance, climate and disaster-resilience, sector restructuring/utility management and reforms. Collaborates with other divisions and departments in ADB to propose integrated solutions in response to DMC needs.
  • Identifies and introduces innovative and smart solutions and international best practices while formulating and administering the loans, grants, and TAs. Proposes appropriate contract modalities and leads discussion on procurement issues including review of bidding documents and bid evaluation reports.
  • Closely coordinates with resident missions (RMs) in identifying, developing, implementing and administering loans, TA projects, and non-lending products and services (NLPS) for the urban and water sector in Pacific region.
  • Liaises and coordinates with development agencies. Undertakes capacity building activities in water supply and sanitation sector policies and practices of Executing Agencies, including urban development.
  • Continuously assesses urban and water sector development policies, strategies and programs with a view of ensuring comparability to international best practices, smart solutions and technological advance, and responsiveness to development needs of DMCs.
  • Identifies the priority areas in the urban and water sectors and the modality and nature of the required loans and technical assistance support.
  • Assists PARD Management with guidance on inquiries related to urban and water sector development and urban environmental improvement and relevant sector governance reforms.
  • Maintains strategic partnership with external partners for knowledge and project opportunities. Responds to external inquiries as needed.
  • Collaborates and disseminates contents on PARD operations in the urban development and water sectors. Leads relevant in-house studies and seminars and prepare reports or policy briefs on topics crucial to ADB's urban and water sector operations.
  • Leads, supervises, and supports reporting staff, including monitoring of their performance and development.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master’s degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, urban and regional planning, urban and environmental management, or economics. Alternatively, master’s degree in general fields combined with additional relevant professional experience on urban infrastructure, urban regional planning, urban management, economics or other related fields, can be considered. University degree combined with specialized experience in similar organizations(s) may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
  • At least 8 years relevant work experience in urban development and municipal service improvement, urban sector development issues, and in project preparation and administration of projects, practical knowledge and experience in integration of financial, economic, social, institutional and safeguard requirements and issues in project design and execution.
  • Broad experience in the preparation of investment projects and analysis of relevant development policies, including knowledge on procurement and consultant recruitment.
  • Supervisory skills and experience in leading professionals, teams, and missions for technical matters and projects processing/implementation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
  • Working experience in Pacific countries is an advantage.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS3-4.

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.