Reference Number: 230281
Position Level: NS 2/3
Department: Strategy, Policy and Partnerships Department
Division: Strategy, Policy and Partnerships Department
Location: Asian Development Bank Headquarters
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Closing Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.
The position is assigned to the Strategic Partnerships Division (SPSP) of the Strategy, Policy, and Partnerships Department (SPD). SPD provides ADB with strategic planning perspective and direction, ensures policy and operations coordination, and maintains institutional relations and strategic partnership with the international development community, especially on matters relating to resource mobilization.
SPSP has the primary responsibility for establishing and managing ADB’s strategic partnerships (except for commercial and concessional cofinancing under nonsovereign operations), and (i) acts as the focal point for corporate engagements with strategic partners (ii) formulates policies and strategies on for partner engagement (iii) supports resource mobilization, (iv) provides oversight of establishment of trust funds and their replenishments, (v) supports operations departments in planning, promoting, and arranging project-specific cofinancing, (vi) provides strategic support for partner-related communication.
The Partnerships Officer/Senior Partnerships Officer supports or leads the technical, analytical and coordination work related to developing policies and strategies, managing financing and non-financing partnerships and, mobilizing and processing of concessional loans and grants cofinancing. The incumbent supports or leads SPSP’s coordination with other relevant departments and financing partners. The incumbent builds and maintain strong relationships with diverse external actors. The Partnership Officer/Senior Partnership Officer will guide and mentor junior members of the team.The incumbent will report to Director, SPSP or designated International Staff and may supervise Administrative Staff.
a. Relationship Management
- Communicates regularly with sovereign and other concessional partners to identify their interests and available resources and discuss possible issues and other matters as they may arise.
- Leads or support the preparation of annual consultations and other meetings by drafting programs/meetings’ agendas, briefing notes, presentations and arranging logistics for visiting delegation and external visitors.
- Leads or supports the establishment of new cooperation and/or financing partnerships.
- Leads or supports the preparation and consolidation of briefing notes on all donor countries and partners for Management.
- Coordinates regularly with the relevant divisions of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) to ensure partner’s feedback is appropriately addressed.
b. Policy and Strategy Formulation and Operational Planning
- Leads or supports the development and updating of policies and business processes concerning affiliations, knowledge, and financing partnerships.
- Leads or supports resource allocation arrangements (e.g., TASF, trust funds, project-specific cofinancing) of additional resources from partners.
c. Partners’ Resource Mobilization and Processing
- Promotes ADB’s strategies, operational plans, and administration of funds to prospective partners for financing partnerships.
- Supports the planning and leads the preparation of funds-raising engagement with partners.
d. Trust Fund Establishment and Replenishment
- Support in establishing trust funds, financing partnership facilities, framework cofinancing agreements, project-specific cofinancing and other cofinancing initiatives by preparing documents for submission to Management and the Board.
- Provides inputs to the development of custom-made cofinancing partnership plans or frameworks for fund mobilization.
- Prepares, reviews, clarifies, assists in negotiation, revises, and finalizes cofinancing agreements and MOUs for new project-specific financing and for additional cofinancing arrangements.
e. Management of Non-Financing Partnership Agreements
- Leads or supports the processing and amendments of bank-wide partnership agreements for cooperation, affiliation, knowledge partnerships and financing partnerships (including global funding initiatives).
- Reviews and provides comments on draft Indicative Country Pipeline and Monitoring Reports (ICPMs), reports and recommendations of the President (RRPs), technical assistance (TA) papers, cofinancing agreements and arrangements, and cofinancing memorandums of understanding (MOUs) to help identify cofinancing opportunities, finalize project-specific cofinanicng agreements, and ensure compliance with cofinancing requirements and consistency with standard procedures.
- Performs other duties that may be assigned as reflected in the incumbent’s workplan.
Relevant Experience and Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, or related fields preferably with advanced training.
- At least 8 years of relevant experience with the entire project cycle from processing to implementation.
- Familiarity with multicultural organizations’ or ADB’s technical assistance and lending modalities, operational procedures, policies, cofinancing products and financing partnership facilities, and preferably, knowledge on procedures of donor agencies; procedures and practices in arranging official cofinancing.
- Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of contracts, agreements, and other legal documentation.
- Basic concepts of accounting applications and statistical methods.
- Excellent knowledge and skills in IT applications including word processing, spreadsheets, database management and webpage updating.
- Ability to research and organize important information, analyze, and communicate effectively and succinctly in writing.
- Please refer to the links for ADB Competency Framework for National Staff levels NS2 and NS3.
The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. The actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, considering the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.
ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of ADB member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.