DIRECTOR, WATER DEVELOPMENT AND SANITATION DEPARTMENT
AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK’S WATER DEVELOPMENT AND SANITATION DEPARTMENT
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 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 (High 5s), all of which will accelerate the Bank’s 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 Bank is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.
The Vice Presidency for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development is a Sector Complex focusing on the delivery of the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy and leading on two of the High 5s priorities: “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 a pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions; (iii) develop new financing instruments; (iv) originate, deliver and manage the portfolio of programmes and projects in Regional Member countries; (v) the Vice-President will act as the spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on aspects of “Feed Africa” and Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa.
The Water Development and Sanitation Department is responsible for the coordination of the Bank’s water development and sanitation-related activities to enhance synergies and contribute to the achievement of all High 5s (Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Power, and Light up Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa). The Department leads Bank support to Africa’s economic transformation through the identification and promotion of sustainable and integrated solutions across the water value chain and for sanitation. The Department also supports regional hubs in the development and promotion of new knowledge, approaches, and tools for green and inclusive water resources development and management, and for improved sanitation. In so doing, the Department leads the scaling-up of the Bank’s contribution to Africa’s efforts to attain water security and sanitation for sustainable socio-economic transformation.
Reporting to the Vice President for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development, the Director for the Water Development and Sanitation Department is responsible for providing leadership and supervising the personnel and work programs of three Divisions: (i) Water Coordination and Partnerships (AHWS.1); (ii) Water Security and Sanitation, covering East and South Regions and Nigeria (AHWS.2) and; (iii) Water Security and Sanitation, covering West, Central, and North Regions (AHWS.3). The Director for the Water Development and Sanitation Department is also responsible for the African Water Facility (AWF).
The main work objectives are to:
- Lead the development and review of the Bank’s policy and strategic work on water development and sanitation.
- Lead the identification, development, and implementation of operations in member countries, assuring their technical quality
- Strengthen Africa’s scientific research and innovation capacity in the water sector; as well as develop and disseminate knowledge and provide technical guidance and expertise to various Bank units and complexes.
- Lead the Department’s contribution to the Bank’s resource mobilization efforts for pertinent sectors and initiatives by fostering strategic partnerships with multilateral and bilateral organizations and regional organizations for leveraging funding and knowledge.
- Develop and implement innovative financing mechanisms, as well as technical and managerial approaches to promote access to water, sanitation, and hygiene across regional member countries, including through public-private partnerships and improvement of the overall governance of the water sector.
- Host, coordinate and steer the various water development and sanitation improvement initiatives in the Bank and ensure their effectiveness and efficiency for impact.
- Lead the Bank’s Water Coordination Committee.
Directing and supervising the Department
- Lead and administer the strategic direction of the three Divisions as well as the initiatives hosted within the Department (Rural Water and Sanitation Initiative, RWSSI, and the African Water Facility); evaluate their performance, and promote and organize teamwork among the staff to achieve the objectives of the Department.
- Determine and manage the human and financial resource requirements of the Department; participate in the selection of staff, allocate and provide management support to the staff and facilitate their full performance in technical work; determine the staff’s training and career development needs; approve their annual work programmes and performance evaluation, and resolve serious staff disputes/complaints.
- Lead and coordinate the work program of the Department, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the timely delivery of outputs; foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Department and across organizational boundaries; implement the work program of the Department; oversee the management of activities undertaken, and ensure that the key performance indicators set for the department are met.
- Oversee programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Department, including preparation of budgets, reporting on the Department’s performance, evaluation of staff performance; recruit staff, taking due account of institutional values; and manage, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision.
- Participate in and/or chair meetings for the Departmental Management Team, the Water Coordination Committee, Donor and Partner meetings related to the initiatives and trust funds under the Water Development and Sanitation Department, and other meetings related to the work of the Department.
- Foster an environment that stimulates and rewards innovation, creativity, and accountability for results, and motivate staff to contribute to delivering significant developmental impacts.
Sector Policy and Strategy Development and Monitoring
- Provide expertise and leadership in the development and review of Bank Group’s policies, strategies, rules, regulations, norms, and standards especially related to water development and management, sanitation, and hygiene in support to the High 5s and in response to emerging trends and the needs of the Regional Member Countries.
- Advise on and promote the implementation of relevant sector policies and strategies within the Bank.
- Control the professional quality of reports and documents produced within the Department.
- Develop, implement, and monitor the Water Development and Sanitation Department’s business plans, KPIs, budgets, and objectives.
- Identify opportunities and promote initiatives that enable the Water Development and Sanitation Department to increase its impact or to deliver innovative and differentiated services,
- Develop work programs in line with the sector strategy and the High 5 objectives and priorities,
- Develop a sound pipeline of sovereign and non-sovereign operations in the sector,
- Oversee the origination, delivery, and management of the portfolio of water supply sovereign and non-sovereign operations.
Sector Knowledge Development and Uptake, and Networking
- Enhance knowledge management and provide technical guidance/advisory services and expertise to regional hubs and foster coherence of the Bank’s action in water development and management, and sanitation and hygiene.
- Supports the development and implementation of innovative financing mechanisms, as well as technical and managerial approaches to promote access to water and sanitation across regional member countries, including through public-private partnerships and improvement of the overall governance of the water sector. The Director will also facilitate the coordination function for water-related activities within the Bank.
- Provides advice to the Vice President and the President of the Bank on water development, sanitation, and hygiene matters and defends papers originating from the Department at the Board.
- Approves and advises on the establishment and functioning of various communities of practice – the pools of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide technical guidance/ advisory services and expertise on complex transactions and operations to regional hubs.
- Promotes and contributes to the strengthening of Africa’s scientific research and innovation capacity in the water sector.
- Develops and maintains cooperation and co-financing relations with other development agencies and organizations; Leads important and sensitive missions to the member countries and partner organizations and agencies; Represents the Bank Group in major international conferences and meetings especially on water development and management, and sanitation and hygiene.
- Provides advice and technical expertise to support the Vice President’s role as the Bank’s spokesperson to external audiences.
- Supports the execution of the Feed Africa Strategy to enhance the contribution of the water sector in food and nutritional security, Jobs for Youth in Africa strategy to enhance the contribution of the water sector to job creation for youth, and health and human development-related strategies
- Represents the Bank on Boards, Committees, and Panels of key global and regional water development and sanitation sector initiatives such as the World Water Council and the World Water Forum.
- Serves as Acting Vice President for the Agriculture, Human, and Social Development Complex when required.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Vice President.
Other important parameters for this position include:
Position reports to the Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development (AHVP)
The position is located in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Language: Communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
Under the overall supervision of the Vice President for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development, the Director for Water Development and Sanitation Department manages staff of the Department and plans, organizes, supervises, and directs the work to ensure efficient and effective Bank Group assistance.
- Have a minimum of ten (10) years of extensive and progressive experience in internationally recognized financial or development institutions similar to the Bank; five (5) years of professional experience should be at a managerial level.
- Experience in water or sanitation sector development and policy support in Africa is a plus.
- Familiarity with the work of other multilateral and bilateral development finance institutions and the private sector is a plus
- Having private sector experience will be an added advantage
- Recognized as a thought leader externally for water development and management, and sanitation and hygiene
- Knowledge of operational policies, rules, procedures, and practices of the Bank or comparable institution.
- Knowledge of integrated water resources development; research and policy, particularly related to water, inequality, public health, social development, or related field.
- Ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of socioeconomic issues and provide policy advice.
- Experience in planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the activities of similar departments and supervising managers and department staff, organizing teams, and providing managerial support.
- Experience in delivering high-quality operational products and services (sectoral analyses, research advice, sectoral studies, and evaluations) in support of the Bank’s work.
- Communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
- Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications.
- Hold at least a Master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering, Sanitary Engineering; Economics, Social Sciences, or closely related disciplines.
Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged.
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: email@example.com no later than April 9th 23:59 GMT. Please indicate in the ‘Subject’ of the email the title ‘application for the post of ‘AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK _ DIRECTOR, WATER DEVELOPMENT AND SANITATION DEPARTMENT.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.