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Closing Date: 20th of October
Cote d’Ivoire
Posted 3 years ago



The Company

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 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, all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, regional integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

The Vice Presidency for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy High 5s priorities of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”. The complex objectives are (i) to develop, policy and strategy; (ii) provide deep sector expertise to the Regions by gathering pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions; (iii) develop new financing instruments; and (iv) represent the Bank with external stakeholders on aspects of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.

Within the Complex, the Gender, Women and Civil Society Department is designed to improve coherence and coordination across Complexes on Gender and Civil Society engagement issues. The Department ensures strategic priorities are reflected in resources allocation, enhances monitoring and management of performance, and strengthens the focus on results. The Department also houses a number of special initiatives including the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA), a flagship program of the Bank that aims to bridge the gender gap in access to finance and unleash women’s entrepreneurial capacity across the continent.


The Position

Under the general supervision of the Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, the Director, Gender, Women and Civil Society Department is responsible for the strategic implementation of the department’s objectives and the delivery of operations related to financial inclusion.


Key Functions:

  • Provide intellectual and strategic leadership to the Gender, Women and, Civil Society agenda for the Bank Group, working across technical, geographic, and institutional boundaries to support the delivery of development solutions to a diverse range of clients
  • Oversee the bank-wide implementation of the AFAWA initiative, in partnership with relevant internal and external partners with strong involvement in the design of financial tools and innovative methods to ensure financial inclusion
  • Develop innovative and first-class financial tools in line with commercial banking norms to promote women access to financing opportunities and investments
  • Build partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and engage at the senior-most levels to coordinate and mobilize resources to achieve the Bank Group’s strategic goals
  • Lead the implementation of the Bank Group’s strategic framework on gender equality and women empowerment, ensuring the mainstreaming of gender across the Group’s portfolio from project design to implementation, including M&E mechanisms
  • Lead the implementation of the Bank Group’s strategic framework on Civil Society engagement, to institutionalize strategic partnership with the sector from policy dialogue to project implementation
  • Develop a pipeline of high impact research and Economic & Sector Work on Gender, Women, and Civil society to support evidence-based policy dialogue and advisory services
  • Coordinate the Bank Group’s relationships with external partners to enhance collaboration and share best practices on gender equality, women empowerment through women entrepreneurship and financial access, and civil society engagement agenda in Africa and the world
  • Advise the Bank Group on emerging matters of strategic, policy, and institutional significance related to the Gender, Women, and Civil Society agenda across its activities


Candidate Profile


  • Proven experience with commercial and/or investment banking systems in Africa.
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years of progressive experience in development in an international organization or similar institution in the financial services sector, commercial or investment banking, academia, or civil society, with preferably five (5) years of experience at a managerial level.
  • Solid knowledge and a good grasp of socio-economic and development issues in Africa.
  • Experience coordinating or leading corporate assignments across institutional boundaries.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership qualities and operational track record of excellence in achieving results.
  • Proven leadership and team-building skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment.


  • Demonstrated ability to take prudent business risks, develop innovative approaches and make effective, timely, and well-determined decisions.
  • Knowledge of the practices of major bilateral and multilateral partner development agencies in African countries or other developing countries.
  • Ability to network and build partnerships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate creativity and innovation, and display a high level of integrity.

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English and French. Working knowledge of Arabic is an asset.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is desirable.

Education Level

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Gender, Economic Development, Business Administration, Management, or other related disciplines.


The position is located in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.


The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.




Applicants should send an up-to-date CV and a one-page cover letter, including copies of the highest diploma/degree, training certificates related to the position, and names and email addresses of 3 professional referees to Ms. Auree de Carbon by email at: no later than October 20th, 2021 11:59 GMT. Please indicate in the ‘Subject’ of the email the title ‘application for the post of ‘AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK _ DIRECTOR, GENDER, WOMEN AND CIVIL SOCIETY DEPARTMENT.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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