Division Manager Urban Development, Abidjan

Closing date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Position title: Division Manager Urban Development - PICU2

Grade: PL2

Position N°: 50092443

Reference: ADB/17/062/2

Publication date: 18/09/2018

Closing date: 17/10/2018

Country: Côte d'Ivoire


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, 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 Vice-Presidency for Private Sector Infrastructure and Industrialization is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank's Ten Years Strategy High 5s priority of 'Industrialize Africa'. The objectives of the Complex are to: (i) develop the 'Africa Industrial Strategy'; (ii) provide deep sector expertise to the Regions by leveraging on experienced individuals who can be consulted on complex transactions; (iii) develop new financing instruments; (iv) act as the Bank's Spoke person on 'Industrialize Africa'.


The role of the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department is to foster advancement of infrastructure and cities in Africa by detailed development of appropriate interventions which the Bank might finance on a national, regional or continent-wide basis. The Manager, Urban Development Division is responsible for the Bank's vision for urban planning, policy and strategy, urban infrastructure services municipal finance development, municipal institutional reforms and governance and its future prospective areas of intervention in the sector.


The purpose of the Division Manager - Urban Development will be as follows:

1. To act as the Bank's principal expert on cities and urban development.

2. To strengthen and maintain the Bank's understanding of the cities and urban Development sector and its role in the development of the continent.

3. To advise on future investments in the sector by the Bank and its regional member countries.

Duties and responsibilities

Cities and Urban Development Strategy

1. Devise, maintain and revise the Cities and urban development strategy of the Bank in consultation with internal stakeholders and taking account of long-term trends in cities and urban development and the development of the continent.

2. Ensure the appropriate implementation of the strategy through communication and advise to all relevant stakeholders in the Bank, particularly operations functions, and define a monitoring framework.

3. Identify and develop any necessary policies to underpin the strategy.

4. Consult as necessary with external partners and Regional and non-Regional Member Countries on the form and efficacy of the strategy.

Cities and Urban Development Knowledge

1. Manage a team to develop and maintain the Bank's expertise on cities and urban development to support the development goals of the Bank and the continent.

2. Devise the Bank's contribution to key cities and urban development themes such as inclusive cities and urban development.

3. Coordinate and lead work alongside key partners, such as other Multilateral Development Banks and the World Economic Forum to design cities and urban development-based programs and solutions for the economic and social infrastructure development of Africa.

4. Publish major studies and reports on cities and urban Development, taking into account the comparative advantage that the Bank can bring to bear to any specific subject or theme. Convene associated workshops and media events to solidify the learning across Africa.

5. Organize workshops and associated media events to consolidate lessons learnt across Africa.

6. Develop and maintain, in collaboration with partners, a detailed database of statistics and economic models relating to cities and urban development, both African and global in nature, to support proper analysis of the impact of the sector for development and the relative state of cities and urban Development in Africa.

Cities and Urban Development Advice

1. Act as a focal point for advice to Regional Member Countries on cities and urban development issues.

2. Represent the Bank at global, regional and national conferences and workshops on cities and urban development.

3. Provide cutting edge advice on cities and urban development infrastructure investments to foster public and private partnerships and the use of all the Bank's financing instruments.

4. Provide direct support to cities and urban development operations staff in the field, particularly in order to improve the impact and the financial and economic analysis of projects.

5. Advice operational staff on cities and urban development trends and the consequences they have for future project development and design.

6. Identify appropriate cities urban development training for internal and external stakeholders.


1. Manage a small, specialist team of Transport and Logistics experts to meet demanding Key Performance Indicators.

2. Develop and safeguard the Bank's brand as a source of transport and logistics knowledge for Africa by detailing the quality of output expected from the division and ensuring that it is attained.

3. Manage the administrative budget for the division.

4. Mobilize resources from donors to support the work of the division.

Selection Criteria

Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience

1. Hold at least a Master's degree or its equivalent in Civil Engineering, Urban Development, Urban Mass Transport, Architecture, Engineering, Transport Planning, Urban Planning, or related discipline.

2. Have a minimum of eight (8) years of experience at increasingly senior levels in infrastructure development, transport, water, energy, Information and Communications Technology, Housing sector, Multi-lateral Financial Institutions, with proven experience in developing countries.

3. Highly developed technical and strategic knowledge of urban planning, policy and strategy, urban infrastructure services municipal finance development, municipal institutional reforms and governance.

4. Good knowledge of financing instruments and options.

5. Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.

6. An ability to make sense of complexity and to express this simply both in writing and orally.

7. Effective consultation and advisory skills coupled with a client orientation to ensure relevancy

8. Ability to lead a team of specialists and to take forward projects, often in collaboration with other partners.

9. Attention to detail to create quality output and to set standards for the team.

10. Mentoring to develop skills within the team and to improve the quality of output and outcomes.

11. Budget management.

12. Objective setting and staff evaluation.

13. Communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language;

14. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications and preferably, SAP.


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Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018