Transport Specialist


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.


The position of Transport Specialist is assigned to the Transport Sector Office within the Sectors Group. You will be based at our Headquarters in Manila, Philippines.

You will report to the Director, Transport Sector and will oversee national staff and administrative staff.

Your Role:

Sectors Group aims to deliver impactful sector strategy, initiatives, and integrated solutions that advance ADB’s strategic agenda in the region and with ADB’s clients. The SG, which is comprised of seven sector offices, supports the delivery of sovereign and nonsovereign, and advisory operations; delivers knowledge services; supports regional departments (RD) and resident missions (RM) in engaging with developing member countries (DMCs); and ensures ADB’s technical leadership externally and internally.

SG-TRA leads policy development dialogue, knowledge management, project quality assurance, sector analytic work, and loan and technical assistance processing and administration in the transport sector.

The Transport Specialist contributes to articulation and implementation of policies and strategies for the transport sector in developing member countries (DMCs). Process and administer transport sector assistance projects, technical assistance (TA), and non-lending products and services (NLPS) to support sustainable and efficient transportation initiatives. The incumbent will ensure proper project identification, preparation, appraisal, documentation, and compliance with ADB’s policies, operations manuals, project administration instructions, and assistance-related documentations during the development and implementation of loans, TA, and NLPS for the transport projects. The incumbent will work closely with internal teams and resource departments, and externally with clients and supervise critical tasks, as may be assigned from time-to-time.

You will:

• Conduct dialogue with government officials and other stakeholders of DMCs on transport sector issues and projects and assists in preparing indicative country pipeline and monitoring report.
• Support project identification, preparation, appraisal, documentation, and compliance with ADB’s policies, operations manuals, project administration instructions, and related documentations.
• Ensure that climate change impacts, sustainability, best engineering practices including high technology and appropriate technology, safety, and efficiency are realistically incorporated in project design for effective implementation.
• Work with borrowers/clients, provide guidance and assist in formulating, planning, and preparing high quality documents related to the projects (e.g., project concept papers, TA papers, RRP and linked documents).
• Assist Project Team Leaders (PTLs) in the above functions, as well as lead and coordinate such activities when assigned to be the PTL.
• Addresse issues raised as queries, comments, and suggestions from internal review including from senior management, and address issues raised by direct and indirect stakeholders.
• Liaise and coordinate with development agencies on loans, TA, and NLPS for compliance with ADB’s project preparation, appraisal, and implementation requirements.
• Closely coordinate with Regional Departments, Resident Missions, Office of Safeguards, and Climate Change Sustainable Development Department in identifying, developing, implementing, and administering loans, grants, and TAs for the Transport sector.
• Establishe and maintain a monitoring system, report on project progress, and carry out such administrative tasks as are reasonably assigned in consonance with such functions.
• Actively participate in the network activities in transport sector, share knowledge, and keep abreast of the latest developments and issues.
• Contribute to activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building around transport and development issues.
• Lead, supervise, and support reporting staff, including their performance and development.
• Ensure the ongoing learning and development of reporting staff. Mentor junior staff and supports their learning and integration into SG-TRA and across Sector Offices in effective ways.


You will need:

• Master’s degree in civil, highway, or transportation engineering, transport economics or finance, transport policy or planning, sustainable transport; or University degree and at least 5 years specialized experience relevant to the position can be considered.
• At least 6 years of relevant professional experience in the transport sector including international work experience, preferably in urban transport, railways, logistics, climate change, private sector participation/financing, or other emerging areas.
• Knowledge of transport and communications development issues in Asia. Good expertise within a specific area of ADB's operations (economic, sector or thematic), or breadth across multiple areas with in-depth knowledge within one area.
• Understanding and experience in the overall tasks needed in the preparation of investment projects, including project identification and conceptualization, analysis of relevant policies, preparing studies and reports, and coordination with external stakeholders, consultants, and government agencies.
• Skills and experience in working with teams of professionals such as for technical, social, and environmental safeguards, economic assessments, procurement, etc.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
• Proficient or advanced competency level in Client Orientation, Achieving Results and Problem Solving and Knowledge Sharing.
• Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level IS3/4.


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)

Additional Information

This position has been created as part of the Workforce Rebalancing Framework, which is a multiyear initiative (2022-2027) aimed at increasing in-house expertise in key operational areas that was previously sourced from consultants through ADB’s technical assistance. The goal is to strengthen in-house expertise to enhance the quality of ADB’s policy dialogue, operations, and knowledge solutions delivery by collaborating closely with developing member country clients. Expected candidates are seasoned experts in the advertised area(s) with strong field experience who can lead policy dialogue and project work with emphasis on providing knowledge solutions. Staff may undertake short-term assignments in other groups, departments or offices only when the expertise in the advertised area(s) is needed by those groups, departments or offices.

This is a fixed term appointment with option to renew for an initial period of three (3) years following Section 3.1 (b) of Administrative Order No. 2.01 (“Recruitment and Appointment’). This appointment is not convertible to a regular appointment. It may be extended on an exceptional basis for a further fixed period at the option of ADB. This appointment is open to internal and external applicants.

Multiple positions at various levels may be filled from this opening.

Actual position title and level will be based on your qualifications, experience and job scope that will be assigned to the selected candidates.

Initial appointment to ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines. Some positions may be outposted or strategically assigned in a Field Office.

Selection process may commence while the vacancy is posted.

About Us

The 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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