Manager, Operation office – Power

Location: Abidjan, Còte D`Ivore, 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:
Please quote the role title and assignment code RBDB045 in the subject heading of the email.
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 659 9200
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Closing date: 23 June 2017
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 Bank has reorganized and is developing the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex whose major objective is to build regional capabilities and bring responsibility for client activities closer to the regions. Five Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Hubs have been created, each run by a Director General: Southern Africa, North Africa, West Africa; East Africa, and Central Africa.
The Power Operations Department, which is accountable to the Director General, is established to contribute to the Bank’s strategic focus to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development in Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Division Region. 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 of ‘Light Up and Power Africa,’ ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Industrialize Africa,’ ‘Integrate Africa,’ and ‘Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.’
The scope of its functions subsumes areas such as national and regional power systems, power utilities, renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate & green growth, oil & gas Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth.
The Manager for Power operations plans, directs and oversees the Complex’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 to their approval by the Bank’s Boards of Directors.  As part of the Regional, Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex, the Manager is responsible for the delivery of the ‘New Deal on Energy for Africa’ and works in close collaboration with the Vice Presidency for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex.
The incumbent leads the division team to build a robust project pipeline and lending programme, and strategically prioritize and drive their delivery for approval by the Bank’s Boards of Directors. In addition to internal partnerships, the manager leads the staff to build and maintain key external relationships with government officials, influential leaders, and technical experts to support due diligence in the development of projects.  The incumbent and staff also work within the processes of the Bank to fulfill all requirements to get project approval and to provide all requisites for implementation of their approval thereafter. The job of the Manager: Power Operations which reports to the Director General, is key to the implementation of the Bank’s New Deal on Energy for Africa strategy in the designated region in Africa.
Under the overall supervision of the Director General & expert guidance from Senior Management from the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex, and in close collaboration with Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex, the Manager performs the following:
  • Lead the strategic staffing of the Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Division team in the respective region, giving due support to and championing the Bank’s Strategy, and promoting Powering 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 resources management.
  • Cultivate and ensure a culture of "ONE-Bank" in the Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Division with the highest levels of ethics, fiduciary responsibility and professionalism which protect and enhance the reputation of the Bank.
  • Provide 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 Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth.
  • 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.’  
  • Ensure impacts are made per the objectives of the ‘Gender Strategy,’ and the ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Jobs for Youth,’ ‘New Deal on Energy for Africa’ flagship programmes.
  • Develop critical resources and the technical capability necessary for sourcing and originating bankable projects.
  • Pipeline Development: Develop and manage a diversified pipeline and lending programme of investments in Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth 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;
  • Identify direct investment opportunities for possible Bank financing and build up Power project pipeline.
  • 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 liaising 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. 
  • Supervise all stages of the project origination part of the project cycle up to Board presentation.
  • Drive the development and delivery of transformational projects for the region and the continent.
  • Promote Bank Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth 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.
  • Lead and manage the development of partnerships that would lead to the creation of Public Private Partnership for transformation and innovative financing of operations under the above mentioned High 5 in the (indicate region).
  • Build 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 Power, Energy, Climate & Green Growth Development operations (exchange of information on policies, operational experience, identification, preparation and appraisal).
  • Work with the Energy 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 (Knowledge & Skills):
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree (or its university equivalent) in Electrical/Power Engineer, Economics Business Administration, Finance, 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 will 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 Energy 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 in and strong understanding of socio-economic and development issues and dynamics in at least one of the sectors covered by the Division particularly in Africa and/or assigned region.
  • 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: Ability to deploy 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, 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 programs.
  • 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.
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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