Manager, Operation office – Agriculture

Location: Abidjan, Còte DÌvore, Ivory Coast
Date Posted: 14-06-2017
The African Development Bank group has retained CA Global Headhunters (pty) ltd to assist with this appointment. To apply, please send a concise cv together with the application form highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to: botha@caglobalint.com
 
Please quote the role title and assignment code RBDB044 in the subject heading of the email.
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This position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.
 
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Closing date: 23 June 2017
 
THE BANK:
Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).  The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten-Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa. The Bank is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.
 
THE COMPLEX:
The Vice Presidency for ‘Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery is responsible for operational relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programs, and activities. This will ensure that the Bank operates successfully across its Regional Member Countries and oversee the full implementation of all aspects of the Bank’s Regional Directorates.
 
THE HIRING DEPARTMENT:
The mission of the Agriculture, Human & Social Development Division is to contribute to the Bank’s efforts to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development in Regional Member Countries. It does so by contributing to development of country and regional strategies and building sector knowledge and by focusing on origination and delivery for approval of flagship programmes defined under the High 5s priorities as ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Industrialize Africa,’ ‘Integrate Africa,’ and ‘Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.’ The scope of the Division subsumes areas such as agriculture, water and sanitation, broader rural and urban development issues, education, health and nutrition, human and social development, youth employment, gender equality, and social protection.
 
THE POSITION:
 
The Manager for Agricultural Operations plans, directs and oversees the Division’s operations to ensure effective origination and delivery of sound and practicable projects within the business development process.
The incumbent is both directly involved in the processes related to origination and delivery of the concerned High 5 flagship projects and programmes, and in the management of staff who are directly involved in the project development cycle from identification of opportunities in line with the High 5s to their approval by the Bank’s Boards of Directors.  As part of the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex, the Manager, Agriculture Operations, is responsible for the delivery of the ‘Feed Africa’ and ‘Jobs for Youth’ Flagship programmes and ‘Gender Strategy’ in the designated region, and works in close collaboration with the Vice Presidency for Agriculture, Human and Social Development. The incumbent and team build a robust project pipeline, and strategically prioritize and drive their delivery for approval.
 
KEY FUNCTIONS:
Under the overall supervision of the Director General & expert guidance from Senior Management from the Complex, and in close collaboration with the Agriculture Complex, the manager performs the following:
  • Lead the strategic staffing of the Agriculture, Human and Social Development Division team in the respective region, giving due support to and championing the Bank’s Strategy, and promoting Feeding Africa.
  • Lead, plan, organize, manage and supervise the activities and work program of the Division with appropriate delegation of day-to-day activities.
  • Drive and ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Division, achieving the Bank’s strategic imperatives and the management of change and its budget resource management.
  • Cultivate and ensure a culture of "ONE-Bank" in the Division with the highest levels of ethics, fiduciary responsibility and professionalism to protect and enhance the reputation of the Bank.
  • Provide both technical and managerial leadership to staff in the definition and realization of the Key Performance Indicators of the Division.
  • Strengthen the human and institutional capacities of countries, and deepen the capacity of the Bank to implement the Bank’s Flagship Projects and to become the thought leader in knowledge products and advisory services to countries.
  • Build teams of highly talented and motivated technical and operational staff, for efficient and effective business development and delivery of the lending program.
  • Ensure the Task Managers of the Division contribute to the development of country strategy papers and regional integration strategies in relation to their High 5 of concern and country of assignment;
  • Head multi-disciplinary teams including Investment Officers, Economists, Engineers and Lawyers to identify, prepare, design, and appraise projects.
  • Lead and drive the Division’s contribution to policy dialogue with Government Officials in Agriculture, Human and Social Development.
  • Manage the delivery of the lending program for member countries in the Region in accordance with Bank policies and procedures.
  • Advance regional integration through the development of and contribution towards the execution of major regional transformative development projects to attain the Bank’s High 5s ‘Light up & Power Africa,’ and ‘Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa’ and where possible to contribute to ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Industrialize Africa,’ and ‘Integrate Africa.’  
  • Pipeline Development: Develop and manage a diversified pipeline and lending programme of investments in Agriculture, Human and Social Development across the region, to meet the Bank’s impact and profitability targets.
  • Identification of Opportunities - Identify and secure co-financing opportunities and organization of joint promotional activities;
  • Under the guidance of the Director General, spearhead national and regional business development and investment, drive resource mobilization across the countries under their remit and significantly grow the business of the Bank.
  • Project Management - Ensure that when preparing and designing projects in Countries in fragile situations, there is effective liaison with internal Fragility and Resilience Experts to ensure effective application of the fragility-lens, taking into consideration the fragility context (economic, political, social, environmental, and regional factors) and implications from a risk management point of view to minimize impact, and if within scope of the project to make an informed beneficial impact. 
  • Promote the Bank’s Agriculture, Human and Social Development operations and programs to Government Officials, business operators, development partners, etc.
  • Developing partnerships - Lead the Division’s contribution in the creation of networks and partnerships to implement the ‘Light up and Power Africa’ High 5 and make impact on ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Industrialize Africa,’ ‘Integrate Africa,’ and ‘Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa’ High 5s.
  • Building strong relationships – a strategic focus with regional and local private businesses, Regional Economic Communities, River Basin Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, United Nations Organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners and Government officials to develop investment opportunities and to ramp up co-financing and loan syndications.
  • Coordination role - Coordinate the Bank’s relationships with institutions involved in Agriculture, Human and Social Development operations (exchange of information on policies, operational experience, identification, preparation and appraisal).
  • Work with the Agriculture Sector Complex to draw on and/or contribute resources as needed.
  • Execute staff performance management, including work performance appraisals and assessments of staff potential and training and development needs.
  • Foster an environment that stimulates and rewards performance, initiative and innovation, and encourages continuous learning, open communication and teamwork.
  • Champion the Complex / Regional mandate and purpose – provide a direct and indirect operational support that contributes to the regional output and mandate in assigned Country.

 
COMPETENCIES (Skills & Knowledge)
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree (or its university equivalent) in Agriculture/Forestry, Agricultural    
 Economics, Social Sciences, Engineering, Water Resources Management, or any other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience, 3 years of which should be in a management position or leadership role.
  • Having Private Sector experience would be an added advantage.
  • A proven track record for origination and in managing the delivery of projects in at least one of the sectors/sub-sectors covered by the Division.
  • A track record demonstrating a high-level expertise of project appraisal including environmental, social, economic and financial analysis and the provision of technical assistance to improve service delivery.
  • Demonstrated experience in Agriculture project origination, financial and economic analysis, and financial structuring (project finance and corporate finance) in a multilateral financial institution with special focus on at least one of the sectors in the assigned Division.
  • Experience with working in a team oriented, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, international and professional environment.
  • Track record of leading and developing teams and managing projects and programmes.
  • Innovation & Creativity: Deploys a strategic mind-set and the capacity to steer the Division’s agenda while empowering staff during a phase of institutional reforms and transformation towards greater country focus of the Bank’s activities.
  • Client Orientation, First-rate interpersonal skills, Communication Skills and Business Acumen
  • Familiarity with strategies, policies, procedures and practices of multilateral development institutions.
  • Comprehensively understands projects structures, including project planning, risk management strategy, issue management strategy, communication management strategy, lessons learned and handover, and other critical success factors, strategies, policies, procedures and practices of multilateral development banks.
  • Highly developed negotiation skills proven to yield positive outcomes with senior counterparts, both internal and external, and understands when and how to apply tact, influence, maintain a hard line, make or break contacts, understand unwritten lines of influence and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Knowledgeable in the structuring and execution of debt and equity investments in the assigned sector projects and program.
  • Professional Expertise: Continuously expands understanding of relevant business products, practices and systems/technology.
  • Implementing Strategy: Highly developed strategic thinking skills allied to an ability to translate strategic concepts and direction into the implementation of workable and sustainable projects and programs.
  • Executing for Results: Ability to pull together all aspects of project origination and drive the process to deliver the lending program.
  • Influential:  Can build a vision of how the division should be in terms of corporate culture/climate, broad objectives/goals/targets, then motivate and inspire staff to move forward as individuals, as a unit, and as upstanding Bank representatives. 
  • Decisive, Takes Initiative/Spotting Opportunity/Pushing Strategy
  • Mentorship/Coaching: Empowers staff by seeking to understand how to upskill them and then applying the right methodology for each to convey and apply counsel. 
  • Excellent Professional written and verbal communications in English or French with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence in the use of standard MS office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint);
 
 
Applicants who fully meet the Bank's requirements and are considered for further assessment will be contacted. Applicants should submit a concise Curriculum Vitae (CV) and any additional documents that may be stated as required. The President of the African Development Bank reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level.  The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. http://www.afdb.org
 
The African Development Bank Group does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever
 
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CA Global Finance
 
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