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Secretary to the Country Manager

Position title: Secretary to the Country Manager

Grade: GS6

Position N°: 50083079

Reference: ADB/19/124

Publication date: 10-Jul-2019

Closing date: 09-Aug-2019

Duty station: Bureau Pays, Sudan



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), 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 Bank has reorganized and is developing the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex whose major objective is to build regional capabilities and bring responsibility for client activities closer to the regions. Five Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery hubs have been created, each run by a Director General: Southern Africa, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, and Central Africa.



The various country offices fall within one of the five (5) Regions of the Africa Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Hubs. The Hub oversees a combination of country and liaison offices, as well as non-presence countries. Under the Directorate General of the Southern Region, the Country Offices of the African Development Bank have been established to strengthen policy dialogue between the Bank, governments and other stakeholders, improve performance of the project portfolio and aid coordination with other development partners.



The Secretary to the Country Manager will work closely with the Country Manager and the Team to provide administrative support. The incumbent of the position will help the Country Manager and the team to make the best use of his time by dealing with secretarial and administrative tasks.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the Supervision of the Sudan Country Manager, the Secretary will perform the following:




  1. Receive and register all incoming and outgoing documents of the Country Office;
  2. Ensure that documents presented for Country Manager’s signature are complete, exempt of errors, with necessary attachments and background documents;
  3. Draft general or administrative correspondence on own initiative or on the basis of instructions without error and finalize for the Country Manager’s signature;
  4. Verify that outgoing correspondence is presented in accordance with the Bank’s accepted formats and check on probable typographical errors, presentation, completeness and procedural accuracy of all documents submitted to the Country Manager’s for clearance, approval or signature;
  5. Review and classify priority and important correspondences and submit accordingly;
  6. Follow-up and ensure that target dates and deadlines are met using appropriate tracking tools, and that correspondence and queries are responded to in a timely manner;
  7. Channel correspondence for action by the Country Manager or send directly to the concerned unit, if necessary.



  1. Develop a network with secretariats within the ministries and other partners in order to facilitate and accelerate processing of Bank requests;
  2. Receive visitors and telephone calls with tact and discretion, and act according to the nature and urgency of each, including redirecting to the concerned offices, as appropriate;
  3. Screen Country Manager’s calls/visitors, make appointments for visitors to meet the Country Manager’s or the Manager concerned;
  4. Provide background information to the Country Manager’s for appointments with official visitors and/or staff members;
  5. Relay information between Country Manager and other staff members of the Country Office;
  6. Follow up on work deadlines with the Country Manager;
  7. Schedule weekly team and ad hoc meetings for the Country Manager’s, according to schedules and Country Manager’s agenda for the week;
  8. Arrange time and venue for meetings, collect necessary background materials of meetings needed from the relevant Country Offices/Divisions; remind the Country Manager and other staff members about scheduled meetings.




  1. Maintain a filing system in both hard and soft copies to meet the needs of the Country Office;
  2. Keep a weekly calendar of activities that shows all meetings to be attended by the Country Manager as well as by other staff members. It also includes all external visits to the Country Offices ;
  3. Obtain briefing and background materials for meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. to be attended by the team's staff, checking their availability and ensuring they have the appropriate briefing files and documents;
  4. Maintain Contact address / Mailing Directory of partners working with the Country Office.



  1. Make travel arrangements for the Country Manager’s including tickets, hotel reservation, etc.;
  2. Assist in preparation of presentations using PowerPoint and other software packages on own initiative or on the basis of instructions;
  3. Perform other office administration tasks (photocopies, emails) when the need arises;

Selection Criteria

  1. Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Commerce, Administration or related discipline;
  2. Training in secretarial Science and/or Administration and Office Management is advantageous;
  3. Have a minimum of four (4) years of relevant and practical experience in administrative and secretarial roles, in similar offices of international Organizations, Development Banks or similar institutions;
  4. Having private sector experience will be an added advantage.
  5. Good knowledge of administration and office support services, including systems and procedures;
  6. Good coordination skills - methodical and self-organized;
  7. Demonstrable commitment to delivering excellent customer service focused reception and administration service;
  8. Good interpersonal, planning and organizational skills;
  9. Ability to think quickly to respond to immediate requests;
  10. Flexibility to adapt, positive attitude towards change, and a constructive and creative approach to problem solving;
  11. Proficiency in the use of standard equipment (computer, fax, scanner, photocopies, etc.);
  12. Effective communication, problem solving, client orientation, team work and operational effectiveness;
  13. Good inovative and creative approaches to activities in order to enhance performance and create added benefits for the clients and the organization;
  14. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English preferably with a good working knowledge of French;
  15. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SAP and/or other integrated document management system).

Apply for this position

To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.

Applicants who fully meet the Bank's requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted. Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered. The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever.