Senior IT Specialist Risk Officer - PGRF

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  • Position title: Senior IT Specialist Risk Officer - PGRF
  • Grade: PL5
  • Position N°: 50076383
  • Reference: ADB/17/379/2
  • Publication date: 23/07/2018
  • Closing date: 22/08/2018
  • 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. 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, 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 African Development Bank and the African Development Fund. The President supervises several Departments and Units including Office of the President ; Independent Development Evaluation Department ; Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department; Compliance Review and Mediation Unit ; Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board ; Administrative Tribunal ; Office of the Auditor General ; Group Risk Management Directorate;  General Counsel and Legal Services Department ; Communication and External Relations Department ; Staff Integrity and Ethics Office  and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat.


 The Risk Management Department (PGRF) develops policies and guidelines, methodologies and systems relating to credit risk assessment, market Risk and Operational Risk and as well as ensures internal consistency of all of the Bank’s risk management policies and guidelines, including those initiated and developed by other departments. The department main mandate is to safeguard the Bank’s financial integrity and consolidate all core risk management activities of the Bank in order to exercise comprehensive oversight over the Bank’s risk exposure. In delivering its mission, PGRF focuses largely on promoting the Bank Group’s strategic goals within a defined risk tolerance framework.


The Senior IT Specialist Risk Officer is to ensure that the Department has up to date technical tools and maintain the integrated risk platform.

  • Participate in the development of IT platforms for managing credit risk and risk of financial products.
  • Maintain and update technical infrastructure, data bases and process documentation.
  • Developing and implement the risk assessment, analysis and rating work flow systems and procedures supported by the relevant guidelines.
  • Assessing existing risk management capabilities, investigating and suggesting procurement proposals for the new tools to increase the efficiency of internal processes and models

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief Risk Infrastructure Officer, the Senior IT Specialist Risk  Officer will:

Maintain the Risk Management applications and support to users of Credit Risk systems

1.  develop ad hoc applications when necessary to comply with new requirement pertaining to Credit Risk Management

2.  Supervise the monitoring and day-to-day use of the credit risk platform, the integrity of information data in the systems, and ensure that daily operations procedures are followed;

3.  Provide support on key systems used in the Department;

4.  Respond to queries and reporting requirements of Credit Risk Officers and;

5.  Identify users training requirements and organize training sessions.

Liaise with CHIS and suppliers of Risk Management systems

6.  Liaise with the IT Department (CHIS) to ensure adequate technical support on Risk Management systems for project implementation activities, customization, back-up and batch processing, system security and database maintenance;

7.  Interact with CHIS to evaluate hardware and software requirements;

8.  Initiate and develop proposals for the acquisition of new information systems and information services for Credit Risk Management activities;

9.  Liaise with Credit systems suppliers and data service providers if necessary to ensure adequate maintenance, technical support and smooth running of their services;

10.  Work with technical specialists of software suppliers to resolve complex programming and configurations problems.

Provide Technical support for the implementation of Risk Management systems

11.  Produce software requirements specifications and prepare design specifications including data structure definition in conformity with CHIS standards;

12.  Participate in the implementation of Risk Management systems, in collaboration with CHIS in order to improve transactions processing, control framework and the decision-making process;

13.  Analyze client server systems, develop feasibility studies, and design application software to support Credit Risk Officers requirements. 

14.  Make recommendations on Credit Risk activities workflows based on systems functionalities and best market practices.

Other duties

  • Define and document security and disaster recovery requirements for Risk Management activities;
  • Provide budget figures for Risk Infrastructure information service;
  • Prepare technical and user documentation, information memoranda and project related reports.

Selection Criteria

1.  Hold at least a Master’s degree or equivalent in Risk Management, International Banking or Economics or in computer science, software development or related business fields;

2.  Have a minimum of five (5) years relevant professional experience with focus in risk management and information technology.

3.  Relevant practical working experience in Information technology  risk assessment and data analysis

4.  Problem-solving and decision-making skills, with the ability to analyse complex information to identify the key issue/action and drive resolution

5.  Considerable knowledge and experience of best practice risk management

6.  Problem solving : Applies business knowledge to the resolution of problems and identifies solutions to the benefit of the client (internal and external) and the organization

7.  Communication: Provides clear and concise oral and written communication; presents oral information with clarity and appropriate style and adapts language and style to suit the requirements of a particular audience.

8.  Operational effectiveness :The Commitment to ensure that full use is made of the systems, procedures and culture within the organization in order to deliver the required results

9.  Innovation & Creativity: The commitment to search for and produce innovative and creative approaches to activities in order to enhance performance and create added benefits to the Bank and its clients.

10.  Teamwork & Relationships: Works with others to maximize the effectiveness of the team as a whole, sharing the knowledge and workload. Develops strong working relationships with colleagues and contributes to creation of a positive team environment.

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


1.  In-depth knowledge on relationship databases (ACCESS, MYSQL, SQL Server 2010 and up, ORACLE), SharePoint and Technical and functional knowledge on ERP and Decision Management Systems

2.  Mastering of IDE / development tools: Visual Studio; .NET technology and other programming languages

3.  Conversant with Open Source Development Tools and proficiency in developing Applications.

4.  Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access and Power Point); knowledge of SAP (or other integrated document management system or quantitative and qualitative data analysis packages is an added advantage


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