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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 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), 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 President, plans, supervises and manages the business of the Bank Group. Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and the African Development Fund and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the ADB and the ADF. The President supervises several Departments and Units including Office of the President (PRST0); Independent Development Evaluation Department (BDEV); Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (PIAC); Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM); Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board (BSAB); Administrative Tribunal (BATR); Office of the Auditor General (PAGL); Group Risk Management Directorate (PGRM); General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL); Communication and External Relations Department (PCER); Staff Integrity and Ethics Office (PETH) and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat(PSEG).
THE HIRING DEPARTMENT:
The Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (PIAC) plays an integral role in achieving this mandate by protecting the Bank’s corporate image and reputation, and improving the continent's investment climate through the deterrence, prevention and reduction of fraud, corruption, staff misconduct and other harmful practices within the Bank Group.
The PIAC has the overriding mandate to undertake unhindered investigations into allegations of corruption, fraud and other malpractices in Bank Group Financed Operations and conduct investigations into allegations of misconduct involving staff members of the Bank.
The Director PIAC will be responsible for managing and coordinating the overall mandate of PIAC. The job holder will oversee all the investigation allegations of misconduct by Bank Staff, as well as allegations of fraud and corruption and sanctionable practices in activities, programs and projects financed by the Bank Group. In undertaking investigations, the job holder will maintain the highest standards of professional proficiency and integrity.
The Director PIAC is responsible for managing PIAC and ensuring that it fulfills its role of leading the Bank Group’s effort in the detection, investigation and reporting of violations of Bank Group’s standards of institutional integrity, including fraud, corruption and unethical behaviors and also develops preventive measures to proactively reduce the potential for misconduct, fraud or corruption within Bank Group operations.
The Director will ensure high standards of excellence and will maintain strong partnerships within the Bank Group. The job’s objective is also to ensure confidentiality during the investigation of all allegations of corruption and staff misconduct, and provide Management with independent and objective appraisals.
Under the supervision and guidance of the President, the Director - The Office Of Integrity And Anti-Corruption (PIAC) will:
1. Manage the staff of the Department: determine the necessary human and professional requirements of the department;
Develop and maintain a qualified group of staff and an organizational structure that provides for the efficient and effective prevention and investigation of all of the Bank's internal programs and activities;
ensure coordination of activities and cooperation between divisions; promote teamwork within the department;
and ensure that the work is accomplished in the most cost and time efficient manner; review and approve annual performance evaluation and counsel staff on performance, training and career development issue and make recommendations on reward and disciplinary actions as necessary; resolve serious employee complaints; write/review departmental position descriptions to ensure that they are current and that they reflect the work required by the organization.
2. Establish and promote PIAC’s vision, goals, development strategies, accountability standards and key result areas (KRAs) in support of the Bank Group’s objectives, in compliance with the established policies and to ensure that its own funds and funds entrusted to it are used for their intended purposes.
3. Plan, develop and build up effective operations for PIAC and establish performance and accountability guidelines that ensure consistency in decision-making.
4. Implement best international practices for the detection, investigation and prevention of staff misconduct, fraud and corruption. To that end, develop procedures governing the investigation process and the application of sanctions and other remedies to be applied as a result of investigative findings.
5. Develop corporate strategies in cooperation with relevant Bank Group units, such as CHHR, the Ethics Office, the Legal Department and the Fiduciary, Inspection Procurement and Financial Management Department and Bank’s Regional and country offices carry out the Investigative and Prosecutorial (Staff integrity Function) activities and the prevention , detection and deterrence of staff misconduct, fraud and corruption within the context of the Bank Group’s overall governance and anticorruption strategies, including raising awareness of the deleterious effects of fraud and corruption in the Bank’s operations.
6. Investigate act of misconduct including but are not limited to, harassment, conflict of interest, abuse of power, data privacy, professional conduct, gifts and decorations, personal and private issues (when the bank’s name , image and reputation is at risk) and the misuse of Bank resources (travel, benefits, allowances, P-Cards or petty cash, etc.).
7. Provide advice and counsel to Staff and Management, investigate all allegations of staff misconduct.
8. Ensure that all cases of misconduct are investigated in line with Staff Bill of rights and obligations;
9. promoting a culture of integrity.
10. Encourage a ‘speak up culture’ in line with the codes of the international civil service
11. Direct outreach programs, train and disseminate lessons learned from investigative results to Bank Group staff, Bank Group clients and other relevant external parties.
12. Recruit, train, mentor, coach and provide overall management of a multi-faceted team consistent with PIAC’s business requirements.
13. Prepare operational and salary budgets and efficiently manage and monitor expenses relative to the budget and resources allocated to PIAC.
14. Ensure prompt and appropriate review consistent with established standards of all allegations and determine the viability of investigations.
15. Represent the Bank Group in national and international fora on workplace misconduct, anticorruption and fraud and collaborate and cooperate with other institutions, notably, multilateral development institutions and other institutions engaged in the same functions as PIAC and develop best practices with comparator institutions to establish benchmarks with a view to improve internal processes.
16. Collaborate to organize interactive workshops with the Offices of the General Counsel, Ethics Officer and the Ombudsman and other relevant units and departments.
17. Collaborate to organize interactive meetings with the Office of the Auditor General with regards to controls failure detected during the investigation activities.
18. Meet as required with the President and prepare quarterly and annual reports to update the Office of the President and the Board of Directors on the appropriate actions to be taken as a result of investigative findings and preventive activities.
19. Carrying out such other duties as may be reasonably requested by the President and/or the Board.
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience
1. Holds at least a Master’s degree or its university equivalent in law, legal studies, forensic accounting, criminal justice and investigation, criminology or related disciplines.
2. Have a minimum of ten (10) years of extensive and progressive experience in the anti-corruption and/or governance arena and in delivering best practice investigative and preventive services in large, complex organizations with significant activity in Africa, including governmental entities in the same areas, 7 years of which must be at a managerial level.
3. Litigation experience; Admission to the Bar (or equivalent) in at least one jurisdiction would be an advantage. Experience in Law enforcement is also an advantage
4. Diplomatic skills, sensitivity to political and respect for cultural factors and fostering teamwork
5. High level of integrity, moral values, and be widely respected and regarded for his/her competence and expertise and independence.
6. Working knowledge of international standards, policies, and mechanisms to effectively reduce the risk of fraud and corruption and to promote transparency and accountability.
7. Comprehensive knowledge of investigative practices, procedures and principles.
8. Understanding of forensic techniques, specifically in areas related to financial, procurement and operational fraud.
9. Strong analytical skills, decisive decision making and an ability to conceive, formulate, and implement policies and programs;
10. Strategic mindset; strong capacity to analyze actions from the perspectives of stakeholders and translate strategic thinking into compelling plan of action;
11. Ability to build partnerships with a broad range of clients and deliver results that meet the needs and long-term interests of clients within and outside the institution.
12. A good understanding of governance issues and anti-corruption work.
13. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
14. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications; knowledge of SAP is an added advantage.
THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.
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To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.
Applicants who fully meet the Bank's requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted. Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered. The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. www.afdb.org
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever.