Senior Operations Specialist

Job Vacancy | Monday, July 8, 2024


Join Our Mission to Foster Prosperity in Asia

Are you ready to make a lasting impact on the future of Asia and be a catalyst for positive change? We are thrilled to offer a unique opportunity to become an important part of the prestigious Asian Development Bank (ADB). At ADB, our mission is simple yet powerful: to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationship

The position of Senior Operations Specialist is assigned to the Afghanistan Resident Mission (AFRM) within the Central and West Department (CWRD). Upon reopening of the AFRM Kabul Office, your duty station will be in AFRM. Prior to the reopening, your duty will be in ADB HQ, Manila.

You will report to Country Director, AFRM aspects. . You may supervise national staff and administrative staff.

Your Role

As a Senior Operations Specialist, you will provide support to the Country Director (CD) in leading the planning, implementation and supervision of AFRM’s vision, goals, strategies, and work plan in support of overall ADB goals and ensure that the efficiency, relevance and impact of ADB Operations in Afghanistan (AFG) is maximized.

You will:

• Lead implementation of the ADB’s approved Afghanistan Approach Paper 2.0, and in particular, in close consultation with the Interdepartmental Working Group (IWG) prepare responses and actions in relation to communication with consultants and contractors as well as project administration actions. The Senior Operations Specialist will also be required to update the public disclosure material in relation to Afghan portfolio and projects on the and other electrotonic platforms such as Sov-Ops, Consultant Management System, Procurement Review System, etc.
• Closely coordinate with other departments including Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department (CCSD) and Southeast Asia Department (SERD) to ensure that approach to Afghanistan is fully aligned with ADB’s differentiated approach to FCAS and ongoing operations in Myanmar, respectively. In addition, Senior Operations Specialist will also need to ensure close coordination with other development partners to ensure full alignment on the Afghanistan approach.
• Closely coordinate staff activities on STAs with HQ departments and other resident missions. The performance evaluation will be the responsibility of the Senior Operations Specialist in close consultation with the CD, COH, and other relevant divisions and departments.
• Closely coordinate with the TJRM with regards to day-to-day administrative arrangements for the AFRM staff.
• Support processing of any new potential novel financing arrangements to support the Afghan people. The new processing will need to take into account the lessons learned during the implementation of previously approved projects.
• Lead in the provision of advice on ADB policies, guidelines, and practices on operations with internal and external stakeholders. Undertake specific analytical studies as required and share this knowledge for improved operational performance.
• Take the role of coach to develop capabilities/potential of reporting staff. Supervise the performance of reporting staff providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
• Plan and ensure the on-going learning and development of reporting staff. Ensure quality and consistency of reports and outgoing communications related to the division’s portfolio management.


You will need:

• Master’s degree in Economics, Finance, Engineering, or other related specialized fields. University degree in Economics, Finance, Engineering, or other related fields, and at least 5 years specialized experience relevant to the position can be considered.
• At least 10 years of relevant professional experience including international experience working in several countries.
• Experience in Central and West Asia region, and in particular, Afghanistan, will be an advantage.
• Good knowledge and hands on experience in portfolio management, project administration and management, and policy and project evaluation.
• Sound knowledge of sector operations (i.e., agriculture and natural resources, education, health, energy, and transport).
• Familiarity with operations and project administration guidelines, or similar documents related to portfolio and project implementation.
• In-depth experience in the procurement and administration of large works and goods contracts, with a focus on supporting ongoing efforts to verify and pay consultants and contractors.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
• Proven leadership qualities and strong analytical and interpersonal skills.
• Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS5.


ADB offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. The salary will be based on ADB’s standards and comparator markets, taking into account your qualifications and experience.

· Paid leave (including parental)

· Medical and health benefits

· Life and other insurance plans

· Staff development

· Retirement plan

· Housing and education allowance (if applicable)

· Expatriate benefits (for international staff)

About Us

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.

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