Principal Knowledge Management Officer

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  • Position title: Principal Knowledge Management Officer
  • Grade: PL4
  • Position N°: 50078461
  • Reference: ADB/17/527
  • Publication date: 10/01/2018
  • Closing date: 22/01/2018
  • Country: Côte d’Ivoire



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 Board of Directors (BDIR) provides oversight and strategic direction to the African Development Bank Group. It is composed of Executive Directors who are representatives of the AfDB member countries. Specifically the Board is responsible for the conduct of the general operations of the Bank, and carries out the following functions: (1) determine the general structure of the Bank’s services; (2) approve the financing policy and take decisions concerning loans, guarantees, equity investments and fund loans by the Bank; (3) determine the interest rates of loans and guarantee commissions; (4) approve the Bank’s operations programme and administrative budget; (5) prepare the work of the Board of Governors ; and (6) submit accounts and annual reports, as well as the administrative budgets for the approval of the Board of Governors. The Board does its work through a series of permanent Committees that review and discuss policy and program documents and make appropriate recommendations to the whole Board. Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV); Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM); Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board (BSAB); Administrative Tribunal (BATR) report to the Board.


The overarching mission of the African Development Bank’s Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) is to enhance the development effectiveness of the Bank in its regional member countries through independent and influential evaluations, oversight over self-evaluation processes and products, and proactive engagement in evaluation partnerships and knowledge-sharing activities. The core mandate of IDEV is to conduct independent evaluation studies, provide relevant lessons, develop and harmonize standards and practices, support evaluation capacity development together with partner agencies and attest to the validity of both processes and the results of African Development Bank’s self-evaluation activities. IDEV also collaborates and exchanges information with bilateral and multilateral development agencies’ evaluation departments, and undertakes joint evaluation of co-financed projects and programs.

IDEV has three divisions; IDEV1, IDEV2 and IDEV3. IDEV1 and IDEV2 divisions focus on undertaking evaluations. IDEV3, the Knowledge Management, Outreach, and Capacity Development Division, is responsible for knowledge management, dissemination and outreach activities around IDEV evaluations, and for supporting the development of evaluation capacities both in the Bank and in its Regional Member Countries.


The Principal Knowledge Management Officer leads on the knowledge management and dissemination of (knowledge from) IDEV evaluations, among others through knowledge and communication products and the organization of events.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of  the Division Manager IDEV3, the Principal Knowledge Management Officer will perform the following:

1.  Determine and develop the knowledge management and dissemination strategy for IDEV

2.  Contribute to the implementation of the strategy by planning and undertaking outreach and dissemination of evaluation findings in various ways.

3.  Organize and facilitate meetings, lectures and other internal and external events to disseminate evaluation findings and results

4.  Manage and edit a quarterly IDEV periodical (Evaluation Matters) on development evaluation

5.  Conduct and update knowledge needs assessments of Bank operations staff and other clients as necessary

6.  Provide advice and expertise to IDEV staff on the most effective evaluation dissemination methods and approaches, and synthesize and disseminate good practices from other MDBs and development agencies

7.  Act as a peer reviewer and provide constructive comments on the approach papers and evaluation reports of colleagues as required

8.  Establish and maintain effective working relationships and communication channels with clients within and outside the Bank to ensure the widest possible dissemination of information about evaluation results

9.  Supervise and coach consultants and junior staff

10.   Provide oral and written responses and briefings for queries

11.  Contribute to the IDEV website, help desk, and intranet pages and the Bank’s Evaluation Community of Practice

12.   Identify and secure funding for dissemination and training activities

13.   Represent IDEV in initiatives, meetings and conferences related to his/her duties

14.  Propose the knowledge management activities to be included in the three-year IDEV work programme

15.  Report on activities achieved during the year to be taken into account in the IDEV Annual Report

16.  Develop and manage outreach programs and inform IDEV and operations staff on evaluation activities of other development agencies

Selection Criteria

1.  Hold at least a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in communications, public relations, marketing, social sciences, or related field. Certification or degree in knowledge management is desirable.

2.  Have a minimum of six (06) years relevant international professional experience.

3.  Experience with knowledge management and communication is desirable.

4.  Private Sector experience is advantageous.

5.  Knowledge of the Bank’s and IDEV’s mandate, strategic priorities, policies and operations

6.  Ability to plan, manage and lead projects, to guide and provide expert advice to project teams

7.  Thorough knowledge of concepts, methodologies, tools, features, implementation, developments and trends in knowledge management and communication

8.  Ability to capture and communicate key messages succinctly, both orally and in writing

9.  Ability to package and present information according to the needs of the audience

10.   Excellent research, writing, reporting and presentation skills

11.  Understanding of desktop publishing

12.  Experience using different dissemination channels, including social media

13.   Skills and experience in organizing events or coordinating activities

14.   Knowledge and experience in developing relationships with professional associations and country clients

15.  Ability to maintain overview with strong attention to detail

16.  Good interpersonal skills

17.   Flexibility, integrity, professionalism

18.   Ability to work under pressure

19.  Respect for diversity, strong team player

20.   Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.

21.  Competence in the use of standard Microsoft software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).



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