Asian Development Bank

Chief of Public (Private Partnership Thematic Group)

Asian Development Bank

Job Description

Reference Number: 200406 Position Level: IS 7/8 Department: Office of Public-Private Partnership Division: Office of the Head, OPPP Location: Asian Development Bank Headquarters Date Posted: Friday, January 15, 2021 Closing Date: Friday, January 29, 2021 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT) IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a senior staff fixed-term appointment for a period of 3 years. This vacancy is open to internal and external applicants.

If the selected candidate is an external hire, the appointment may be extended for a period of up to 3 years per extension, or not renewed. In case of extension, staff may continue in the position for another term of up to 3 years or be reassigned to any suitable position in ADB.

The same terms and conditions also apply to a selected internal candidate. In addition, if the staff selected has a regular appointment, staff will retain the regular appointment and his/her selection will be considered an assignment for an initial fixed period of 3 years. If the staff selected has a fixed term appointment, his/her appointment will cease, and he/she will be given a new fixed term appointment for an initial term of 3 years.

Fixed-term appointments or assignments are subject to Section 3 of Administrative Order (AO) 2.01 (Recruitment and Appointment) and Section 8 of AO 2.03 (Selection, Talent and Position Management) and its Appendices.

Whether the selected candidate is internal or external, and regardless of the type of appointment, any extension of staff beyond age 60 shall be subject to such terms and conditions determined by ADB, including, where relevant, those provided in Section 10 of AO 2.05 (Termination Policy) and its Appendices.

Close relatives1 of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB.

1 Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).


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 in the Office of Public-Private Partnership (OPPP). OPPP coordinates and supports ADB-wide Public-Private Partnership (PPP) operations and provides transaction Advisory Services (TAS) to DMC clients in Asia and the Pacific. Aside from TAS, it also has a project preparation facility that helps governments, and their private sector partners, establish a pipeline of bankable PPP projects. The Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility (AP3F) is a multi-donor trust fund aiming to increase the level of infrastructure development and enhance the quality of infrastructure in Asia and the Pacific. OPPP manages the AP3F which helps developing members to prepare a pipeline of "ready-to-finance" infrastructure projects by (i) assisting with due diligence and helping to address impediments to investment decisions; (ii) supporting project design; and (iii) assisting with project preparation, structuring, and tendering. Target sectors include energy, transport, urban development, and social infrastructure.

Job Purpose

The Chief Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Thematic Group (TG) will provide technical leadership and oversee the preparation and implementation of PPP TG work plan. Develops and implements bank-wide knowledge management activities. Develops and maintains thematic policies, strategies, operational plans, and directional papers to guide bank-wide work in relation to PPP, as well as in structure PPP deals, ensuring their alignment with ADB's Strategy 2030 and mutual consistency. Works with complex issues and guides others in resolving complex problems with high levels of risk.

The incumbent will directly report to Head, Office of Public-Private Partnership with indirect reporting to Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change (SDCC) as technical supervisor. The incumbent will supervise international, national and administrative staff.


a. Leadership and Strategic Management

  • Leads in the development and implementation of the revised PPP Operational Plan (2020-2030) for ADB, and drive PPP TG's strategies in line with the revised Operational Plan and ADB's Strategy 2030.
  • Leads ADB in the strategic discussions with international and multilateral organizations on matters relating to PPPs as well as ADB's PPP operations
  • Leads the preparation and implementation of PPP TG work plan and provides leadership in all PPP TG technical and operational matters under supervision and guidance by Head, OPPP, contributing new or innovative approaches to policy and operational issues.
  • Facilitates effective internal communication and foster a TG environment conducive to achieving high staff morale and motivation.
  • Provides strategic direction and guidance to the regional departments (RDs) sector divisions, country directors in driving bank-wide PPP agenda and support implementation of sovereign projects with PPP deliverables, including critical support for Pillar 1 and 2 interventions.
b. Strategic Operations Support

  • Acts as PPP central monitoring tower in developing and maintaining thematic policies, strategies, operational plans, and directional papers as well as providing targeted advice on the structuring of PPP deals.
  • Fosters and drives innovation, thought leadership and future looking bank-wide initiatives to help develop future business.
  • Supports the RDs in the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) and Country Operations Business Plan (COBP) and also in selection and prioritization of PPP projects.
  • Organizes peer review by PPP TG for CPS, thematic assessments, and projects and provide advice on project implementation issues to ensure high impact solutions and outcomes.
  • Monitors quality assurance, including reporting to Head OPPP and DG, SDCC on work plan progress and advising on critical issues.
  • Works in partnership with other Sector and Thematic Groups (STGs), in order to find collaborative solutions to complex development challenges.
c. Knowledge Management and Knowledge Sharing
  • Promotes best practices and knowledge, by bringing in global/regional best practices to ADB and promoting ADB's best practice externally.
  • Identifies and develops knowledge in new emerging areas and promote dissemination of technical knowledge and learning as the basis for future operations.
  • Provides corporate knowledge support, including reporting, briefing papers, speeches, and supports to corporate initiatives.
  • Ensures timely flow and captures of knowledge and expertise so that clients receive the highest quality support and knowledge they need, when and where they need it.
  • Promotes capture of tacit knowledge in PPPs operations and disseminates the same using existing knowledge platforms in ADB.
d. Thematic Group Management
  • Ensures PPP TG remains at the forefront of the Global Development debate on regional issues
  • Leads and facilitates effective PPP TG Coordination and cooperation with other STGs, departments and internal stakeholders.
  • Drives and inspires technical excellence within the PPP TG by creating an environment of learning and innovation.
Implements and administers budget and resource allocations of the PPP TG.

e. Human Resource and Talent Management
  • Contributes to the recruitment and talent management of technical staff across the Bank.
  • Facilitates interdepartmental mobilization of staff resources as required, including identifying projects/programs which require interdepartmental teams.
  • Engages with SDCC-KC to ascertain use of the Skills Development Budget for Sector and Thematic Groups for purposes of strengthening skills of staff in all areas related to PPPs.
f. Staff Supervision

  • Manages the performance of PPP TG secretariat staff providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
  • Provides coaching and mentoring to staff and ensures their on-going learning and development.
g. Trust Fund Management

  • Oversee and provide guidance, advice, and oversight on trust fund management to ensure adherence to implementation guidelines and the overall objectives of the trust fund.
h. Others
  • Undertakes tasks which are directed by Head OPPP and/or DG, SDCC from time to time.
Qualifications Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's degree or equivalent, in related fields. University degree combined with significant specialized experience in similar organization/s, will be considered in lieu of a Master's degree.
  • At least 15 years of relevant experience within the PPP thematic area at senior levels
  • At least 10 years direct market experience for structuring PPP projects and leading PPP transaction advisory business at a global level
  • Experience working in diverse multi-cultural environments
  • International experience working in several countries
  • Proven ability to act as a trusted, strategic Advisor, partnering with clients to deliver results
  • Proven ability to influence the design and execution of major policy initiatives, and promote innovations in project design and management
  • Demonstrated organizational cross-cutting skills (e.g. collaboration, mentoring, innovation)
  • Demonstrated experience working across boundaries and with complex multiple stakeholders
  • Has a track record of conducting effective policy dialogue with country partners
  • Proven ability to effectively implement complex Change Management initiatives
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • International experience working in several countries.
  • Please refer to the linkfor ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Levels 7-8.
General Considerations

The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package . Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB's standards and computation, taking into account 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 to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.

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