Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 December 2008

JOB / AFRICA / VACANCY NOTICE / African Development Bank / Principal Economist -Quality Assurance and Results Department (ORQR) / Quality Assurance Division (ORQR.2)




JOB / AFRICA / VACANCY NOTICE / African Development Bank / Principal EconomistQuality Assurance and Results Department (ORQR) / Quality Assurance Division (ORQR.2)










Position :

Principal Economist


Department :

Quality Assurance and Results Department (ORQR)

Quality Assurance Division (ORQR.2)


Grade :



Closing date :

18 December 2008


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Quality Assurance and Results Department (ORQR) is responsible for coordinating Bank-wide implementation of the agenda to improve quality and strengthen the focus on development results in operations, strategies and reporting systems. The ORQR Department consists of three divisions: i) Quality Assurance; ii) Results Reporting; and iii) Safeguards Compliance. Within ORQR, the incumbent will be assigned to the Quality Assurance Division, where he/she will lead work within the team to improve the quality at entry of Bank Group Country Strategy Papers (CSP) and Economic and Sector Work (ESW)/technical assistance (TA) and contribute to the implementation of the ADF-XI Results Measurement Framework and related Action Plan, including reporting on quality at entry and key institutional performance indicators. The incumbent under the general direction of the Manager, ORQR.2, will carry out the specific tasks described below.


Specific Tasks:

  • Carries out a systematic review of and provides guidance to Regional and Sector Departments on CSPs and ESW/TA at
    (i) concept stage and (ii) appraisal stage, in order to ensure their conceptual quality, particularly LogFrame design, outcomes, outputs and baseline data, and compliance with policies, formats and guidelines, reflecting best practices and lessons of experience in enhancing development effectiveness;
  • Contributes to the revision/design of a coherent regulatory framework of review processes and procedures as well as instruments to ensure quality at entry of CSPs/ESW/TA, including Annotated Formats, guidelines for Managing for Results (MfR), Readiness Assessment Checklists, Peer Review Guidelines, etc.;
  • Supports the promotion of internal partnership on quality at entry through the establishment of effective working relationships with staff of Regional and Sector Departments, including Field Offices, to ensure Bank-wide ownership/internalization and effective application of results-based approaches;
  • Carries out training of Bank staff and officials of Regional Member Countries to build up knowledge and skills in MfR processes and procedures, and assists in the design of MfR training programs, work shops, etc.;
  • Engages in a close dialogue with other results-based International Organizations, such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, to identify best practice knowledge in ensuring quality at entry, and represents ORQR in international fora devoted to quality at entry;
  • Contributes to the preparation of the Bank’s ADF-XI Results Reports to the Boards, notably including the gathering and analysis of data related to quality at entry and key institutional performance indicators related to ORQR.2;
  • Ensures timely contracting of Consultants to support the effective implementation of the Division’s work program, including the drafting of Terms of Reference as well as the identification, selection and supervision of Consultants;

Undertakes any other task as the Director ORQR and/or Manager ORQR.2 may assign to the incumbent.


Selection Criteria:

At least a Master’s Degree or its university equivalent in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field;

  • Preferably a minimum of six (6) years of proven work experience, preferably gained in the field in AfDB Regional Member Countries, in country programming; preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of results-based strategic documents, such as Country Assistance Strategies/Country Strategy Papers, sector programs/strategies; preparation, management/implementation and monitoring/evaluation of Economic and Sector Work (e.g. Public Finance Management assessments such as CFAA, CPAR, PEMFAR, Public Expenditure Reviews, Governance-related studies and analyses); application of results-based approaches and results/impact monitoring/evaluation at both strategic and ESW/TA levels;
  • Work experience in the above-mentioned areas gained in another Multilateral Development Bank, International Organization, bilateral aid agency and/or relevant public agency (Ministry of Finance, Central Bank, Ministry of Planning, etc.) is a strong advantage;
  • Strong analytical/evaluation skills, with attention to details;
  • Results-oriented, pro-active approach and hands-on attitude, ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team, strong communicator and ability to write effectively in English and French;

    Competent in the use of standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, MS Projects); knowledge of SAP highly desirable.



Only applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are being considered for interview will be contacted. Applicants will only be considered if they submit (preferably electronically, to:
a fully completed Personal History Form (PHF), available from the Bank’s web site, and attach a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating date of birth and nationality. The President, ADB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.




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