Chief Strategy Officer

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  • Position title: Chief Strategy Officer
  • Grade: PL3
  • Position N°: 50076482
  • Reference: ADB/19/083
  • Publication date: 24/04/2019
  • Closing date: 23/05/2019
  • 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 (High 5s) 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 complex (SNVP) is responsible for supporting the President in the day-to-day management of the Bank Group to achieve it 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 leads senior management discussions, decisions-making process and the implementation of key board and management decisions.


The Strategy and Operational Policy Department (SNSP) plays a key role in shaping a corporate vision and a strategic perspective for the African Development Bank as well as developing the operational policies aimed at guiding the Bank’s agenda.

The primary roles of the department are: (i) to develop and help maintain (along with other units) corporate strategies and operational policies necessary for the Bank to deliver according to the spirit of its Charter and in line with the Bank’s 2013-2022 Strategy, the High 5 priorities, and other strategies; (ii) to play a prominent role in keeping the Bank a strategy-focused organization in line with its policies;  (iii) to support the Bank in raising its profile and engaging strategically at international fora, as well as to foster cross-fertilization and greater coordination with other MDBs ; and, (iv) to lead the Bank in the development of a new culture of innovation and change, including the incubation of new financial/non-financial  products and business lines.


  1. The key objectives of the position of the Chief Strategy Officer will be to:

  2. Conduct or facilitate policy analysis of the different dimensions of sector plans and processes to ensure coherence of advice to management and country programmes (CSPs), project design and implementation support.

  3. Monitor and report on the implementation of Bank strategies and action plans.

  4. Support operational sector departments in developing, and consolidating sector-specific strategies and policies in line with the Bank’s overall strategy

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Manager– Corporate Strategy and Policy, the Chief Strategy Officer  will perform the following:

  1. Participate as part of the core department in corporate strategy development and its subsequent monitoring, reporting, updating and ensuring their alignment with the strategic planning directions and strategy. 
  2. Lead the analysis of legal, economic, policy, social and institutional frameworks related to selected sectors from the perspective of their adequacy, relevance and suitability.
  3. Contribute to a transformative and enabling institutional, policy and legal environment for the creation of sustainable sector dialogue through sound policy advice to both internal and external clients.
  4. Support the development of the Bank’s existing skillset in policy analysis to ensure that it can advise RMCs, RECs and other bodies on key levers within the overall policy matrix that are critical to driving agricultural transformation.
  5. Support operational sector departments in developing, and consolidating sector-specific and regional strategies and action plans in line with the High 5 strategic objectives.
  6. Work with sectors departments, RMCs and the private sector to broaden their awareness on policy issues that affect agriculture and rural development processes as well as developing innovative solutions.
  7. Monitor and report on the implementation of Bank group strategies. 
  8. Provide support to Senior Management in the formulation of strategic policy objectives, and ensure their alignment with the strategic planning orientations and the Bank Strategy 2013-2022.
  9. Provide support to the office of the President as required, in particular on recent policy developments, and on the Bank’s response to emerging international issues. 
  10. Support Strategic communications related to the Bank group strategies and policies.
  11. Initiate and take lead in the Bank’s knowledge management effort especially in the area of agriculture and rural development.
  12. Provide leadership to junior staff, consultants and interns.
  13. Attend, where necessary, local, regional or national meetings on behalf of the Department on issues of agricultural and rural development.
  14. Undertake any other assignments as may be assigned by the Manager or Director.

Selection Criteria

  1. Hold at least a Master's degree or its equivalent in economics, macroeconomics or development economics, finance, strategic management, engineering or related development fields and a broad knowledge of development issues in Africa.
  2. Have a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience as a development specialist; sector specific specialisation (agriculture, private sector, infrastructure, industry, etc) will be an added advantage;
  3. Solid experience in leading and coordinating the development of corporate policies, strategies and other directional documents.
  4. Ability to develop corporate policies, strategies and other directional documents.
  5. Client and results oriented individual with a “can do” attitude.
  6. Effective consulting, analytical and advisory skills that enable and support the work of clients in rural development.
  7. Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  8. Good understanding of development economics and specificities of Regional Members Countries.
  9. Experience with multilateral development banks and international organizations is an asset.  
  10. Experience and exposure to infrastructure and operational issues, and ability to provide advice, assistance and advice on these issues, will be an advantage.
  11. Ability to work collaboratively with several teams of multi-cultural backgrounds, both internally and externally to the Bank.
  12. Ability to manage multiple and simultaneous and shifting demands, priorities and tight deadlines.
  13. Innovation and creativity.
  14. Communication.
  15. Problem solving.
  16. Team working and relationships.
  17. Operational effectiveness.
  18. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  19. Competence in the use of standard MS office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and preferably SAP.


Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and/or a screenshot showing the problem, to: HR Direct HRDirect@AFDB.ORG. 

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