Division Manager Programme Development, ECAD.1


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, 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 core mandate of the Vice Presidency (ECVP) is to lead the Bank Group on prioritizing the generation, analysis, dissemination, brokering and implementation of relevant knowledge solutions in all High-5 operational priorities and the crosscutting themes of its Ten-Year Strategy. Such solutions must be a clear response to priority development challenges facing regional member countries (RMCs), individually or collectively and need to involve RMCs in both the planning and implementation of the solutions. The solutions include: (I) research on major development issues facing Africa and their relation to global economic governance and other major global public goods; (ii) country diagnostics and future perspectives; (iii) policy dialogue and advisory services; (iv) economic, sector, and thematic knowledge work; (v) improving national and sub-regional statistical systems; (vi) preparation, design and support to implementation of public financial management and Governance operations; (vii) capacity development for policy formulation and implementation; (viii) technical assistance and advice related to RMCs’ management of natural resources; and (vii) knowledge dissemination and development of national, regional, and inter-regional knowledge networks.


The African Development Institute (ECAD) coordinates and oversees capacity development (CD) mainstreaming in Bank operations for enhanced development effectiveness in the regional member countries (RMCs), through: (i) providing advisory services including guidance tools to support effective design and delivery of CD goals in Bank operations; (ii) identifying and designing tailored CD programmes and carrying out related activities to sustain development results in the RMCs; (iii) leveraging partnerships and coordinating knowledge dissemination and outreach; conversion and transfer, with the view to contribute to improved policy-making and economic governance for sustainable development in the RMCs.

The Institute has two divisions.


The role of the Programme Development Division (ECAD.1) is to contribute to effective and efficient implementation of development interventions in the RMCs, through identifying capacity gaps, budgeting, implementing, and monitoring related activities along the project cycle. ECAD.1 contributes to portfolio quality through providing leadership in building the necessary human, organizational, institutional capacity of the people and systems involved in the design, and implementation of Bank funded programs and projects.


Specific accountabilities of the function:

  1. Provide Bank operations with CD assessment tools to ensure CD integration along the project cycle
  2. Provide guidance on assessment of capacity needs and demand during project identification through appraisal and propose tailored response to optimize achievement of project results.
  3. Provide fora for Bank project staff and other officials of the RMCs to discuss project and program challenges and agree on sustainable solutions.
  4. Coordinate the delivery of CD activities in collaboration with country investment team, to support project implementation and contribute to effectiveness of Bank’s programming.
  5. Support the development of M&E framework for the assessment of CD achievements at project mid-term reviews and completion.
  6. Support and build partnerships with centers of excellence and other regional and national capacity building institutions in Africa, for delivery of high standard project-related training and learning activities.
  7. Coordinate the preparation of annual report on Bank’s CD achievement in the RMCs in coordination with Bank staff involved in project and program development in the RMCs.
  8. Generate CD related knowledge to foster CD mainstreaming and enhance development effectiveness.
  9. Work in collaboration with the Resource Mobilization and Partnership Unit to mobilize funds from bilateral sources for delivery of project-related CD activities.

Detailed activities in relation with the accountabilities of the function:

  1. Participate in CD and knowledge fora to align the Bank’s supply of CD with RMCs’ demand.
  2. Contribute to the review of Bank’s core policy, strategy, and operational documents.
  3. Assist the ECVP in the planning and holding of the annual African Economic Conference.
  4. Work in collaboration with the Resource Mobilization and partnership unit to identity bilateral sources of funds for training.
  5. Provide leadership in developing CD assessment and evaluation tools for use in Bank operations.
  6. Oversee the Bank’s Virtual Capacity Development Academy (VCDA) including the virtual campus, and, the knowledge repositories – in particular the Knowledge and Virtual Resources Center (KVRC); and the Interactive Collaborative Environment for CD in the RMCs.
  7. Assist in the preparation and submission of ECAD’s input to the AfDB Annual Report
  8. Lead the conceptualization and write-up of concept notes for the Bank Group’s Annual Meetings and prepare post-meeting proceedings as well as other corporate documents, presentations, and speeches.
  9. Coordinate the preparation of reports, articles, and briefs on capacity development
  10. Collaborate with other ECVP departments in the annual preparation of the African Competitiveness Indicators Report and the African Economic Outlook reports.
  11. Prepare briefs for the Senior Director and other Senior Management staff on request, including for World Economic Forum Online Modules.
  12. Lead the formulation of the Division’s work plan; including the development of key performance indicators to drive the Division’s performance.
  13. Contribute to the preparation of annual capacity development reports.
  14. Represent the Senior Director in high-level meetings, conferences, etc., upon request.
  15. Other duties assigned by the Senior Director.

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience, and knowledge):

  1. At least a Master’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, Project Management, Governance or International development, with top level experience in addressing development challenges in African countries, preferably gained in diverse bilateral, multilateral and / or regional development agencies;
  2. At least eight (8) years of relevant experience 3 years of which should be at managerial level in Bank project management, more precisely in project preparation and appraisal, implementation, monitoring and performance measurement.
  3. Experience in designing strategies and CD measurement tools is a must.
  4. Experience in Managing multi-cultural and inter-disciplinary teams, donor agency CD support Programme in Africa with demonstrated expertise in at least one of the High Fives sectors.
  5. Fundraising experience.
  6. Strong ability to translate development challenges into knowledge leverage opportunities.
  7. Good knowledge of andragogy and experience in design of training programmes and modules
  8. Ability to think strategically and to design long-term plans and programs in line with strategic priorities.
  9. Familiarity with operational review processes and quality assurance requirements of the Bank.
  10. Ability to build and manage strategic partnerships for streamlined and increased support to CD in the RMCs.
  11. Results-oriented
  12. Communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language;
  13. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications.