Gender Officer

Job Vacancy | Friday, May 13, 2022


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

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


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 to ADB's Papua New Guinea Resident Mission (PNRM) in Port Moresby. PNRM is a resident mission within the ADB's Pacific Department (PARD) established in 2003. PNRM supports and manages ADB's portfolio, projects, and country relationships in Papua New Guinea (PNG) including client relationships with the Government of PNG.

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Job Purpose

The Gender Officer will support, monitor, and report on gender equality outcomes and support the formulation and implementation of social development and protection policy and strategies in Papua New Guinea. The position will support administration of loans and technical assistance in gender; and undertake work in gender to assist Pacific DMCs (PDMC) in reducing poverty and improving social inclusiveness and accountability. The position will also carry out gender research and analysis; engage with Governments in policy dialogue and gender capacity development; coordinate closely with development partners on gender issues; and provide inputs to ADB’s activities to support gender equality in projects/programs and technical assistance (TAs) across all sectors.

The position reports to the Country Director, PNRM and the incumbent will receive technical guidance and support from designated international staff from the Social Sectors and Public Sector Management Division (PASP) of the Pacific Department (PARD) and the Gender Equality and Thematic Group (SDTC-GEN) of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC), both of which will serve as input providers to the incumbent’s annual workplan and performance review.


Strategy and Planning

  • Acts as gender focal in PNRM and works with PARD Gender Specialist and SDCC’s 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.
  • Under close guidance and in consultation with the ADB HQ PARD Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development), provide inputs to draft concept papers, initial poverty and social analysis (IPSA), project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) reports, report and recommendation to the President (RRP), Gender Action Plans (GAPs), project administration manual (PAM), loan covenants and other project documents in accordance with ADB’s gender mainstreaming strategy to ensure quality-at-entry of gender mainstreaming.
  • Participate during processing and fact-finding missions to guide the gender analysis, identify opportunities for innovative and transformative gender designs and review GAPs for ADB projects and programs.
  • Carry out regular monitoring of gender activities, policies and research in PNG, including in specified sectoral areas to be determined (e.g. good practice and emerging research on specific gender topics such as social norms change etc.).
  • Participate in country teams and work with ADB HQ PARD Gender Specialist to provide gender inputs for Country Partnership Strategies (CPS) and Indicate Country Pipeline and Monitoring (ICPM)

Project Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Regularly coordinate and provide technical advice and support to relevant government staff in Executing Agencies/Implementing Agencies (EA/IAs) and project gender consultants/focal points to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of ADB project GAPs.
  • Consistent follow-up with EA/IAs on the timely submission of GAP progress reports, using the prescribed ADB GAP reporting template, and submit quarterly analysis to the ADB HQ PARD Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development) on the current status of GAP implementation in PNG portfolio (e.g., gender mainstreamed projects on-track, off-track or at-risk).
  • Participate and provide input into loan/grant inception and review missions to monitor progress towards achieving gender and development objectives, prioritizing project mid-term review (MTR) missions and review missions of projects requiring special attention on gender mainstreaming.
  • As part of loan review missions, assist EAs/IAs in the preparation of quality GAP monitoring reports and document the gender agreements in the Aide Memoire/Memorandum of Understanding, Back-to-Office Report (BTOR), Project Completion Reports and other relevant documents that will form part of the mission reports.
  • Contribute to the preparation of gender aspects of project completion reports (e.g. gender appendix including GAP achievements matrix, case studies) and prepare a range of key reports, management briefs, and other reports related to the assigned projects and/or the country portfolio of gender mainstreamed projects for submission to the Gender Anchor, Country Director, or other concerned offices.
  • Review and provide inputs into relevant project documents (e.g. GAPs, gender strategy, survey tools, gender case studies etc.).
  • Support Pacific DMCs to monitor gender aspects of ADB COVID-19 projects and programs.
  • Contribute to the preparation of gender aspects of project completion reports (e.g., gender appendix, case studies).

Capacity Building

  • In collaboration with ADB HQ Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development), support training for Government of PNG on: gender and development; gender statistics and; GAP implementation, monitoring and reporting. This includes hands-on coaching and mentoring sessions for PIU/PMU staff and project gender consultants in ADB-financed projects
  • Identify GAD capacity needs of EAs/IAs, project gender consultants, gender focal points and project staff in the context of ADB’s gender mainstreaming strategy, and coordinate appropriate capacity-building activities to respond to these needs.
  • Design and conduct gender sensitization seminars for the country’s policy and planning agencies.

Knowledge Sharing

  • Develop and maintain Pacific gender networks and contacts to keep abreast of the latest developments and issues.
  • Contribute to the creation of knowledge products on gender and development, including case studies, blogs, gender briefings, and regular country specific gender updates.
  • Participate in and contribute to relevant gender internal and external training and conferences and other activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building.

Partner Coordination and Collaboration

  • Strengthen collaboration on gender and development with governments, national gender machineries, national women’s groups, intergovernmental and aid agencies, research institutions, civil society, development partners and other gender stakeholders in PNG.
  • Contribute and support collaboration with the Pacific Partnership on regional GBV prevention hub and online portal.
  • Ensure coordination and alignment of ADB programs with other donors’ and stakeholders working on gender equality.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, social science and/or gender studies, Social Sciences, e.g., Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Development or Human Geography preferably with Master’s degree.
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience specifically working on gender mainstreaming and/or gender projects and programs
  • Experience of working in monitoring and evaluation – preferably with a focus on gender projects/programs
  • Experience of gender capacity development and delivering gender training
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Preference for experience working on gender mainstreaming across multiple sectors, including women’s economic empowerment and infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with counterpart governments as well as a range of multilateral and bilateral donors.
  • Strong leadership qualities and interpersonal skills.
  • Solid analytical, organizational, and negotiation skills.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for NS2.

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.