Principal Civil Engineer

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  • Position title: Principal Civil Engineer
  • Grade: PL4
  • Position N°: 50065427
  • Reference: ADB/18/028
  • Publication date: 12/03/2018
  • Closing date: 23/03/2018
  • 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. The Bank has 80 member countries, including 54 African countries (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, Human Resources and Corporate Services (CHVP) Complex ensures the delivery of efficient, people-centered, client-oriented, corporate services to ensure overall institutional effectiveness in all aspects of the Bank’s corporate services.  The Vice President is responsible for driving efforts to digitize and transform the Bank into a knowledge-based pool of employees, promote human resource policies that showcase talent, drive a performance-based culture, making the Bank an employer of choice.

 The complex will also be at the forefront of developing a new institutional culture that rewards creativity and innovation, develops talent, attracts and retains world-class staff at the Bank.


Within the CHVP complex, the Corporate Services and Procurement Department designs and implements the Bank's corporate services and corporate procurement strategies.

The role of the Operations and Maintenance Division (CHGS1) of the Department of General Services (CHGS) is to: provide technical management of the Bank's real estate technical infrastructure; manage all of the Bank's fixed assets and properties and provide technical support for the Bank's decentralization policy.

 As such, the Operations and Maintenance Division of the General Services Department contributes in a visible way to the support provided by the Corporate Services Complex to the other complexes and entities of the Bank. This Division should play a significant role in the implementation of the Bank's new development and business delivery model.


Under the supervision of the CHGS.1 Division Manager (Operations and Maintenance Division), the Principal Civil Engineer is responsible for the management and monitoring of works and maintenance services on Bank-owned real estate (land, buildings, structures and miscellaneous civil engineering infrastructure, etc.) and premises occupied by the Bank at its headquarters and in the country offices:

1.  Operate and maintain all of the Bank's immovable and movable property at Headquarters and the country offices

2.  Define and implement the Bank’s administrative and investment budgets for infrastructure;

  1. Conduct the execution of new or renovation works and ensure the management of works contracts and maintenance services of the Bank's infrastructure at Headquarters and in the country offices. 

Duties and responsibilities

1.  Plan and coordinate construction projects for buildings and civil engineering works, improvement and renovation of the Bank's real estate assets.

2.  Initiate and coordinate studies prior to the execution of works and services necessary to improve buildings and installations.

3.  Participate in the development of the Bank's investment programs in terms of real-estate infrastructure (buildings, premises and office space, residences, etc.) and the management of the related investment and operating budgets.

4.  Participate in the implementation of internal procedures to monitor and inspect new works and maintenance services in order to meet the Bank’s objectives.

5.  Oversee the preparation and drafting of technical dossier to recruit consultants (individuals and consulting firms), construction companies and services in the field of construction and civil engineering;

6.  Develop standard specifications and terms of reference to procure and maintain workspaces and residences in the Bank’s country offices.


7.  Participate, in liaison with the coordination unit of the country offices, in implementing the installation of the country offices including identifying spaces for rent, adapted to the standards of the Bank.

8.  Participate in multidisciplinary teams responsible for investment projects and specific refurbishments.

9.  Design and apply innovative approaches; work in a team, analyze and draw conclusions, maintain good interpersonal relationships, communicate and be detail-oriented and be customer-oriented.

10.  Keep abreast of developments in construction and civil engineering techniques and standards and make recommendations for submission to the Division Manager.

Act as the head or acting manager of the Head of Buildings Section in the event of absence.

Selection Criteria

1.  Hold at least a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or Public Works or an equivalent degree in a related discipline; additional training in the Bank's rules and procedures for the procurement of works, goods and services would be a plus.

2.  Possess at least six (6) years of relevant experience in construction and operating real estate infrastructure in an international institution, including five (05) years in the field of engineering consultancies, construction companies or maintenance services.

3.  Possess sound experience in the planning, organization and management of complex works and services projects and programs

4.  Possess knowledge of civil engineering techniques, characteristics of building construction, road paving and sanitation networks materials.

5.  Possess skills in budget management and procurement of works, goods and services.

6.  Serve as a specialist on all matters relating to the Bank's real estate infrastructure (buildings, land, offices, residences, etc.) at headquarters and in the country offices.

7.  Propose initiatives promoting high environmental quality and minimizing the operating and maintenance costs of Bank buildings at headquarters and workspaces in the country offices.

8.  Develop standard specifications for the procurement and maintenance of country office premises.

9.  Provide technological watch on buildings and civil engineering.

10.  Ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English or French with a good working knowledge of the other language.

11.  Proficiency in standard Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP would be a plus.


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