Risk Management Specialist/Senior Risk Management Specialist

Job Vacancy | Wednesday, August 10, 2022


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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.


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.

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Job Purpose

The Risk Management Specialist/Senior Risk Management Specialist provides guidance on risk assessments and related due diligence work for various types of ADB’s nonsovereign transactions, including loans and guarantees for financial institutions, as well as provide risk oversight in the monitoring of existing transactions. The position’s responsibilities include recommending appropriate risk mitigation measures and transaction structuring including pricing, security arrangement, financial covenants, and other terms and conditions of transactions; and approving credit-related waiver and amendment requests and evaluating changes in scope proposals. It also supports the formulation of ADB policies, guidelines and practices on risk management and portfolio monitoring.

The incumbent will report to Director, RMCD1 and may supervise national and administrative staff.


  1. Risk Assessment

    • Reviews, assesses, writes credit opinion, and provides recommendations for key transaction risks, covering, inter alia, sponsor, commercial, industry, reputation and structure risks in proposed financing transactions.

    • Provides advice and recommendations to origination teams on appropriate risk mitigation measures, deal structuring, risk adjusted pricing, security and other commercial terms, and financial covenants throughout the risk appraisal process.

    • Works alongside origination teams to develop terms of reference for consultants (where appropriate), identify areas of due diligence and have client meetings / site visits as necessary to participate in the diligence process.

    • Provides guidance to origination and analyst teams on using the most appropriate rating models and inputs therein and approves the final credit ratings for individual transactions.

    • Provides credit notes for all types of nonsovereign transactions, including loans and guarantees for financial institutions, in both the concept review and final approval stages.

    • Develops and updates best practice/lessons learnt for investments/exposure in a structured manner for sharing with/training of origination teams and stays up to date with developments in the sectors and transactions.

  1. Transaction Monitoring

    • Reviews monitoring reports of nonsovereign debt and guarantee transactions and determines the appropriate frequency of the monitoring report based on the specific risk profile of the transaction and recommending appropriate ratings.

    • Evaluates and recommends approval for waivers, amendments, and consents related to various proposed changes to loan covenants, and terms and conditions in legal documents, restructuring proposals for performing assets, and all changes to the security package for previously approved transactions.

    • Recommends risk mitigation measures including those relevant to covenant structures, security arrangements, risk defeasance arrangements for financial institutions’ loans or guarantees, as applicable, to reduce the risk profile of transactions, places transactions on the Watch List based on increased risks or adverse trends and recommends transfer of impaired transaction to ORM's Remedial Management Unit.

  1. Others

    • Assists ORM Management with guidance on internal and external inquiries related to the relevant sector.

    • Participates in selected due diligence missions.

    • Provides support for Investment Committee meetings.

    • Assumes ad hoc project duties and other forms of assignments, as required.

    • Provides support to other divisions and units in ORM as and when needed for special projects and tasks.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent in engineering, finance, economics, accounting or other related fields; university degree and at least 5 years specialized experience relevant to the position can be considered.

  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in an international bank, rating agency, or multilateral/bilateral development organization, in risk management, deal origination or investment appraisal of varied product types with specific focus on financial institutions.

  • Substantial exposure in dealing with credit risk investment and monitoring issues related to complex debt and guarantee of transactions with financial institutions preferably in Asia and the Pacific region.

  • Experience in all aspects of credit risk assessments, mitigation, and structuring of debt, direct and indirect equity, or guarantee transactions including technical, financial, market/industry, and regulatory risk analysis.

  • Detailed understanding of lending and investment practices, banking products, financial modeling, rating methodology, and risk management concepts and methodology.

  • Working knowledge of regulatory environments in relevant jurisdictions.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

  • International experience working in multiple markets, preferably in developing countries.

  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 4 and the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 5.

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.