Chief Accountability officer, Corporate Performance and Accountability Division

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:
Please quote the role title and assignment code RBDB046 in the subject heading of the email.
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 659 9200
Closing date: 28 June 2017 (at 11:59pm gmt)
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 5s), 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 Senior Vice-Presidency is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve its strategic objective and drive performance culture that will align all processes and systems to deliver high impact results. The SNVP will provide effective leadership and exceptional coordination to ensure implementation and monitoring of key corporate decisions as well as the identification of necessary corrective measures and actions. The SNVP will lead Senior Management discussions, decision-making processes and the implementation of key Board and Management decisions.
Located within the Senior Vice-Presidency Complex, the Department for Delivery, Performance Management and Results supports Senior Management in meeting AfDB’s development mandate, improving operational and corporate performance, accelerating the pace of delivery and increasing the Bank’s impact on development. As part of its mandate, it also works to strengthen the Bank’s external and internal accountability for results and promotes a performance-oriented culture across the organisation.
The Department’s activities will be undertaken by the following Divisions:
  1. Corporate Performance and Accountability
  2. Delivery Support
The Corporate Performance and Accountability Division is responsible for establishing and maintaining corporate frameworks for assessing and tracking the Bank’s development effectiveness and performance. As part of this mandate, it seeks to strengthen the Bank’s internal and external accountability and promote a performance-oriented culture.
The Division undertakes the following activities:
  1. Establish corporate metrics for tracking performance & results— It ensures that accountabilities are clear, key performance indicators and scorecards are balanced and measure both outcome and performance and metrics cascade where appropriate. It also establishes an effective system of incentives by designing Key Performance Indicators that are aligned with the Bank’s Results Measurement Framework and corporate priorities.
  2. Strengthen accountability, promote a performance culture and extend outreach— It promotes greater accountability as one of the key drivers of a performance-oriented culture. As part of this, the Division focuses on internal accountability by engaging with the Board of Directors and external accountability by providing stakeholders with an assessment of the Bank’s performance in meeting its development objectives and through communication and outreach.
  3. Draw lessons from independent and external evaluations— It assesses Independent and External Evaluations with a view to improving the Bank’s performance, addressing critical issues, removing bottlenecks and improving business processes.
The Chief Accountability Officer is responsible for reviewing internal and external evaluations, and for working with Management to coordinate and prepare these responses including clear actions in response to recommendations made by the evaluations. This is with the view to improving the Bank’s performance, addressing critical issues, removing bottlenecks and improving business processes. The incumbent will be responsible for following up and tracking implementation of commitments made by Management in response to these evaluations, as well as managing the Management Action Record System. The Chief Accountability Officer is responsible to coordinate the work with the Bank’s Independent Evaluation Department, Management and the Departments of the Bank in order to improve the Bank’s accountability and performance. The incumbent will also be the Bank’s focal point for external evaluations, such as evaluation of multilateral banks by partners.
The Chief Accountability Officers activities include:
  1. Supporting and contributing to assessing evaluations with a view to improving the Bank’s performance.
  2. Addressing critical issues, removing bottlenecks and improving business processes.
  3. Providing analytics on lessons learned, including from analytical work conducting within the report, to improve the Bank’s effectiveness and performance.
  4. On this basis, support the learning agenda for Management and Staff.
Under the supervision and guidance of the Manager, Corporate Performance and Accountability, the Chief Accountability Officer will:
  1. Develop and implement an efficient process to coordinate quality and timely management responses to evaluations.
  2. Develop and disseminate specific guidelines to produce quality and timely management responses.
  3. Review independent and external evaluations; coordinate with Management, Sector Departments and the Independent Evaluation Department, to prepare the Management’s responses to these evaluations.
  4. Coordinate and provide inputs, on behalf of Management to the Board Agenda.
  5. Provide guidance and extensive inputs in the preparation of Management responses.
  6. Manage and coordinate the Management Action Record System.
  7. Produce an annual report to the Board on the implementation of commitments made by Management in response to these evaluations.
  8. Regularly engage with the Board of Directors on progress in implementing the Bank’s mandate and addressing challenges and corporate priorities.
  9. Lead analytical work to formulate recommendation and policy advice for addressing operational challenges in improving the Bank’s performance and accountability.
  10. Establish and maintain strong working relationships with other Bank Departments and build networks with professionals from other development organisations to learn their practices and processes.
  11. Participate in relevant internal and external meetings and promote the work of the Bank through presentations and papers.
  12. Contribute to the Division’s and Department’s work programme as required.
  13. Commission and supervise work of consultants or contractors as required.
COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):
  1. Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent, it would be desirable to hold a Master’s degree in International Relations, Development Studies, Public Administration, Economics or Political Science;
  2. Have a minimum of seven (7)  years of relevant experience; experience working in an international organization will be an added advantage;
  3. Knowledge of results based management, managing for development results (MfDR) and evaluation;
  4. Having private sector experience will be an added advantage;
  5. Excellent technical and analytical skills and an operational track record of achieving results;
  6. Strong conceptual abilities and the capacity to produce high-quality analytical work; good judgment in dealing with complex and sensitive policy issues;
  7. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and synthesize complex issues;
  8. Strong interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to work in and adapt to a multicultural environment;
  9. Strong ability to exercise good judgment in dealing with complex and sensitive policy issues;
  10. Ability to manage and supervise support staff and to recruit and manage consultants as required;
  11. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other language;
  12. Competence in the use of standard MS office applications: Word, Excel, Power Point
  13. Ability to use SAP or equivalent corporate financial tools and/or MS Project or equivalent project management tools.
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 (AfDB) 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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