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The African Development Bank Group’s Ten-Year Strategy for 2013-2022 places the Institution on a 10-year path to maintain its role as key player in Africa's quest to achieve substantial economic development and social cohesion (Inclusive Growth), while promoting the sustainable use of all natural resources (Green Growth).

In implementing its Ten-Year Strategy for 2013-2022, the Bank’s present strategic focus is on the High Five priority areas, commonly referred to as the High 5s.

The specific disciplines and specialist professional areas that are aligned to our Ten-Year Strategy (TYS) and our Gender Strategy are the following five high priorities (High 5s) of the Bank’s operations:

  • Light Up and Power Africa

Power systems development (grid base power system, power utilities), Climate change and green growth (climate finance, climate adaptation), Energy statistics, policy and regulation (energy statistics), Renewable energy (off grid energy access), Energy partnerships (energy partnerships and stakeholders engagement, energy markets).

  • Feed Africa:

Agriculture & agro-industry (agribusiness development, agriculture research, production and sustainability), Agricultural finance & rural development (agricultural and rural finance, rural infrastructure development).

  • Integrate Africa

Development research (macroeconomic policy, debt sustainability and forecasting, microeconomic, institutional and development impact), Governance and public financial management (program development, policy management), Statistics (economic and social statistics, statistical capacity building).

  • Industrialize Africa:

Private sector development (strategy and new product, portfolio asset management, special operations), Financial sector development (financial institutions, financial inclusion), Infrastructure, cities & urban development (transport and logistics, ICT), Industrial and trade development.

  • Improve the lives of the people of Africa

Water, human and social development (education, human capital and employment, sanitation and public health, security & nutrition), Gender, women & civil society (women empowerment, community engagement).

The Bank’s internship program is part of the interventions for delivering on the above mentioned High 5s. 

Objectives of the Internship Program:

The objectives of the internship Program are to:

(i) Provide students with the opportunity to acquire and develop the ability to work in an international environment;

(ii) Provide the Bank with a pool of potential candidates in the future; and

(iii) Enhance the visibility of the Bank and its development activities.

Focus Areas for the 2018 Intake:

In addition to the fields that are in the job families of the Bank, focus will be on the following areas:

§  Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth;

§  Agriculture, Human and Social Development;

§  Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization;

§  Economy, Statistics;

§  Governance and knowledge Management

§  Finance

§  Legal

§  Human Resources and Corporates Services: IT, Language Services, General Service a& Procurement, HR Management

§  Audit, Anti-corruption

§  Evaluation;

§  Communication & External Relations

§  Public Relations.

The Bank aims to select candidates possessing professional degrees in the above disciplines.