Principal Programme Coordinator

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  • Position title: Principal Programme Coordinator
  • Grade: PL4
  • Position N°: 50093758
  • Reference: ADB/17/421
  • Publication date: 15/09/2017
  • Closing date: 28/09/2017



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 Bank is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision


The Vice Presidency for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization is central to the Bank’s mission of developing the private sector, improving infrastructure and accelerating industrialization. The complex main functions are to (i) strengthen the enabling environment for private sector [and financial sector] development conducive to inclusive growth and sustainable development, (ii) support the development of reliable and sustainable infrastructure, including cities and urban development, and (iii) place renewed emphasis on industrial and trade performance in support of structural transformation across Africa. The Complex leverages knowledge, co-financing, and partnerships to attract private capital and work with governments on delivering the Bank’s development agenda.


The role of the Bank’s Private Sector Development Department is to promote private sector in Regional Member Countries (RMCs), ensuring that it plays a central role in laying the foundations in the development role of the Bank, in line with the Bank’s 10 Year Strategy and HI 5 initiatives.

As part of the front office of the Directorate, the Programme Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that all PISD Work programme are delivered on time and that the Director’s commitments and engagements are met.


The purpose of the job is as follows:

1.  The job holder will be responsible for overall coordination of the work programme of the private sector development department (PISD) and will also be responsible for delivering some technical advisory services.

2.  The incumbent will also help in coordinating the Director’s front office as well private sector related work handled by the Sector departments and the Directorate Generals.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the general guidance and supervision of the Director Private Sector Development, the Principal Programme Coordinator will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

1.  Supervise and guide the implementation of the department work programme, ensure quality delivery, strategic alignment and resource optimization;

2.  Report to the Director on work programme progress and identify critical areas that deserve specific support and provide recommendations as appropriate;

3.  Liaising with the two directorate’s divisions, Sector departments, and the Directorate Generals, and other key stakeholder to ensure coherence and complementarity across activities;

4.  Assist in policy discussions with Regional Member Countries(RMCs) officials and in raising external funding from Bank’s partners;

5.  Work on existing initiatives as well as in the establishment of new initiatives with outside parties;

6.  Ensure follow up/Draft Director’s briefing materials i.e. talking points, speeches, media program etc;

7.  Build relationships with clients, global and regional private businesses, banking and multilateral partners and government officials;

8.  Serve as the Secretary to the Department Management Team (DMT).

Selection Criteria

1.  Minimum of a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Management or other relevant fields;

2.  Generally more than 6 years of relevant professional experience in finance and administration within the Bank or another first class institution.

3.  Having private sector experience will be an added advantage

4.  Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills, and demonstrated capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders (financial institutions, businesses, international organizations, etc.)

5.  Ability to collaborate and to successfully communicate with different stakeholders

6.  Excellent organizational, analytical, coordination and communication skills.

7.  Attention to detail, respect for deadlines and the ability to work under pressure.

8.  Familiarity with private sector project finance;

9.  Understanding and interest in finance and economic concepts with a good Knowledge of international economic development issues;

10. Ability to summarize strategic documents and highlight main ideas.

11. Strong drafting ability.

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

13. Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Knowledge of SAP is desirable.





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